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Visitors seeking a break from the sensory overload that is New Delhi, India, need only find the palm-lined driveway of the Imperial. A turbaned doorman welcomes guests with a smile as they arrive at...
The Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt is one of dozens of mansions that Buenos Aires’ aristocracy built in Recoleta during the Belle Epoque era, when the tarde victoriano-style structures lining the nine-...
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. Thus began a narrative that since...
Ahu Aysal, owner of the new Hôtel Les Ottomans in Istanbul, Turkey, claims to have spent more than $80 million transforming this 18th-century pasha’s summer home on the Bosporus into a 10-suite...
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. But Danish merchant Hans Niels...
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. Designed according...
Modeled after Mogul palaces and traditional havelis, the Amanbagh is a regal oasis near the abandoned city of Bhangarh. The three-story structure that houses the resort’s library, Dining room, and...
The Tennessee Trust Bank building in downtown Memphis never looked so inviting as it did on May 1, 2002. The nearly century-old structure had just been reborn as the Madison Hotel, at a time when a...
During winter’s aqua alta, or high-water season, Venetians forgo designer shoes and instead slosh around their city in rubber boots. Sirens warn residents and visitors to move to higher ground as...
Whether referred to as the Midtown Mile or the Heart of the Arts, Atlanta’s core is undeniably in the midst of a renaissance. All along the north-south thoroughfare of Peachtree Street, chic lofts,...
It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in the spring of 1944 when General Eisenhower, unhappy with the decor at Claridge’s, checked out of the hotel and took a stroll...
La Casa Que Canta (“the house that sings”), a 25-suite inn on a cliff above Zihuatanejo Bay, captures the town’s simple charms in an unconventionally refined setting. Cantilevered, terra-cotta-color...
Like the city itself, the Ritz-Carlton in Santiago, Chile, is a fine orchestration of classical and contemporary elements. The stone, brick, and glass exterior—with its vaulted glass dome that houses...
The 82-room Miraflores Park Hotel, located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, often serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to Peru’s exotic locales. But the hotel’s fashionable...
In the late 1880s, Dresdner Bank AG, one of Germany’s Big Three financial institutions, moved its headquarters from Dresden to a new building built by master architect Ludwig Heim in Berlin. Rich...
When in 1981 Lord Charles Forte attempted to acquire the Savoy Group, a most prestigious collection of London lodgings, the firm declared his company, Trust House Forte, “not at all suitable to run...
The Cloister opened in 1928 as an intimate 46-room hotel, designed by Addison Mizner. Almost 80 years later, the 156-room resort retains Mizner’s signature Gothic tracery windows but offers the full...
All 24 rooms at Jade Mountain, a resort-within-a-resort at the 600-acre Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia, have generously sized pools. The infinity-edge features—none of which is smaller than 400 square...
After arriving by rail with trunks and suitcases—and a parade of servants carrying parcels, packages, and monogrammed silver—early visitors to Zagreb’s Regent Esplanade were swept directly from the...
Brussels, capital of Belgium and of the European Union, should never be described as stodgy; the city flaunts its eccentricities like an art- house film. Comic-strip murals decorate old brick...
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. The scenery and...
When César Ritz opened Rome’s Le Grand Hotel in 1894, the Swiss hotelier introduced new levels of luxury and sophistication to the Italian capital. Indulgences such as private baths—and innovations...
Located on the first 10 floors of a 21-storey hotel and residential tower in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Four Seasons provides an intimate, peaceful oasis just minutes away from the city’s...
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. River-stone walkways weave past shrines,...
The Maldives island of Reethi Rah was less than half its current size before One&Only Resorts arrived on its shores. The developers created 12 beaches and numerous coves, and they imported more...
With the completion of the Ty Warner Penthouse, set 52 stories above street level, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has achieved a new height in opulence among Manhattan hotels. The suite also...
Throughout Georgetown, pine-shuttered brick storefronts line streets lit by iron lamps, and steel bridges span the picturesque Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Brick, wood, and metal also are abundant...
Like mainsails straining against a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea...
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. For these visitors, the Ritz, located in Osaka’s commercial...
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. Guests of the Four Seasons know better: Sydney’s...

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