As with the resort town of Hakone, Japan, water is central to the experience at Gora Kadan, where guests are never more than a few steps from a bath or pool.
Set along the banks of the Waikato River, this 17-acre resort on New Zealand’s North Island regularly records trout catches of 10 pounds or more from the region’s waters.
Every afternoon, live chamber music and the scents of jasmine and Darjeeling drift through the grand lobby of The Peninsula Hong Kong.
Complementing the over-water rooms at the St. Regis, which opened summer 2006 on one of Bora-Bora’s white-sand motus (little islands), are 13 Beach Villas and the Royal Estate.
Operatic voices echo off the white plaster walls in the lobby at Mollies, a 14-suite hotel near Auckland’s fashionable Ponsonby district.
From the rooftop bar of the Caravelle Hotel, Vietnam War correspondents watched U.S. Air Force jets streaking over enemy strongholds on the outskirts of Saigon.
The frosted-glass windows and leather walls at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street may seem strikingly modern, but the concept behind this newly opened property is ancient.
Once the private home of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, the Umaid Bhawan is a 215,000-square-foot sandstone marvel set within 26 acres of gardens in Jodhpur, India.
Part of the Malaysian capital’s massive City Centre complex, the 30-story Mandarin Oriental sits adjacent to a 50-acre park, a six-level mega-mall, and the Petronas Twin Towers, two of the tallest
Visitors seeking a break from the sensory overload that is New Delhi, India, need only find the palm-lined driveway of the Imperial.
In 1887, four Armenian brothers, the Sarkies, opened a then-10-room property on Beach Road, naming it after Singapore’s founding father, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
Most European merchants who sailed to Siam in the latter part of the 19th century returned to their homelands in ships laden with pepper, sugar, ebony, and rosewood.
Tourists to Sydney, Australia, often scale the 440-foot-tall Sydney Harbour Bridge to glimpse what they've been told are the best views of the city.
Amandari appears to be an authentic teak-and-stone artist’s village, set among the terraced rice fields on the edge of the Ayung River gorge near Ubud, Bali.
Mark Neukomm, the soft-spoken general manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, boasts that a number of his hotel’s guests are Tokyo residents.
The Maldives island of Reethi Rah was less than half its current size before One&Only Resorts arrived on its shores.
Modeled after Mogul palaces and traditional havelis, the Amanbagh is a regal oasis near the abandoned city of Bhangarh.
Opened in 2002, this private island retreat was the first over-water villa hotel in the Maldives, and its open-air construction maximizes lagoon views while maintaining privacy.
Set high on a cliff on the island of Samui, the resort’s entry affords views of the Gulf of Thailand and, directly below, a collection of villas and swimming pools built into the steep hillside.
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower was the brainchild of Indian steel magnate Jamsetji N.
Thalassotherapy goes to new depths at this decadent new over-water spa. And thalasso junkies are taking note. They’re flocking to Bora-Bora not for the island but for the spa.
As a center of politics and culture for six centuries, Seoul is awash in ancient palaces, royal tombs, and Buddhist temples.
From just about any vantage point at the Oberoi Amarvilas, you are reminded of why you came to Agra: The Taj Mahal—built in the mid-17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to hi
Tokyo is the global capital of luxury consumerism, and The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is well-positioned for those who want to experience the city’s extravagances.
Guests of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, which opened along a mile-long private beach on Langkawi’s northern cape in 2005, can search for the island’s native monkeys and raptors on a guided man
Located on Mount Yoshida in Kyoto’s Kagura-oka neighborhood, Yoshida-sanso consists of five guest rooms in the main house and a semidetached villa.
Located outside Ranthambhore in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Aman-i-Khás is the subcontinent’s closest approximation to an upscale African safari lodge.
A host of soothing spots for medical, massage, Ayurvedic, water, and wine treatments.
As if by magic, an actor’s mask changes from the face of a red, gold, and white tiger into the battle-ready visage of a painted warrior.
Viewing Tokyo from within the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, scheduled to open in December atop the 39-story Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in the Nihonbashi district, will provide an exhilarating experience.