As the story goes, it was “love at first sight” when Thai hotelier Khun Akorn Hoontrakul spotted this secluded cove from the sea in 1985. A chance meeting quickly became a full-blown romance when he purchased the land just one week later and starting dreaming up Samui’s first five-star luxury hotel, The Tongsai Bay.
Cocooned by 12 acres of gardens in one of America’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Hotel Bel-Air feels like a private country retreat — yet ritzy Rodeo Drive is just a ten-minute drive away.
This is a hotel that can truly lay claim to being one of the most iconic in the world. Walking through its winding paths, surrounded by redwoods and palm trees, I couldn’t help feeling I’d stepped onto the set of an Old Hollywood movie. The ambience is elegantly understated, deeply glamorous and (surprisingly) relaxed.
The first thing you notice when entering the lobby of the Sofitel Singapore City Centre Hotel is a stunning, nine-metre chandelier whirling across the expanse. To say it’s eye-catching would be an understatement! This glittering work of art, comprising of 700 hand-blown glass crystals shaped into leaves, is designed by Lasvit — an artisan Czech company renowned for its fantastic light sculptures, as seen in the Dubai Opera, Changi Airport and Peninsula Paris. It's just a taste of what’s to come as we head up to the fifth floor for our luxury weekend stay.
It's one of the most famous hotels in the entire world. Marilyn Monroe spent countless hours here. John and Yoko staged a bed-in in one of the bungalows, and Sidney Poitier danced barefoot in the lobby after winning an Oscar. The Beverly Hills Hotel even appeared on the cover of the Eagles’ 1976 album as the famous ‘Hotel California’. The legendary Hollywood moments are endless, and even today this iconic hotel remains a favourite playground for some of Tinseltown’s most elite.
The ultra-luxe Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is an all-pool villa resort set on the remote central coast of Vietnam, in the foothills of the Truong Son mountains and on the longest private beach in Lăng Cô. Designed like a Vietnamese village, a collection of enormous beach, lagoon and hillside villas are dotted along the beach or overlooking lush green grounds and a lagoon. All feature clay-tiled roofs and gorgeous open courtyards, inspired by the traditional homes in the nearby imperial city of Huế, and an expansive outdoor living area that includes your very own pool.
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