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Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

New Horizon
Allan Lynch

A hospitality ambassador greets guests near a stand of bamboo at a candlelit entrance below street level, then escorts them to their accommodations for in-room check-in over tea. The welcome ritual evokes the Far East, but the establishment itself…

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Park Hyatt Shanghai

Shanghai Rise
Cynthia Rosenfeld

At 101 stories and 1,614 feet high, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the planet’s second-tallest building, after the slightly loftier Taipei 101. But the Shanghai structure holds top bragging rights in at least one respect…

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Capella Ixtapa

Cliff Hangers
Bruce Wallin

The red-cedar door to your suite at Capella Ixtapa opens not to a room but to a view. After waving your key card and passing through the door, you step onto a thatch-roofed terrace—outfitted with a daybed and a generously sized plunge pool…

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Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Island Sheikh
Jennifer Hall

Following the death of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004, his sons decided to convert Sir Bani Yas, an island where the family owned a palace, into a world-class resort destination…

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