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AUSTRALIA Berkeley River Lodge Saffire Freycinet Qualia Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island BHUTAN Amankora CAMBODIA Amansara FIJI Laucala Island FRENCH POLYNESIA Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora INDIA Amanbagh Umaid Bhawan Palace INDONESIA Alila Villas Uluwatu Amanjiwo Como Shambhala Estate JAPAN Gora Kadan MALAYSIA Four Seasons Resort Langkawi MALDIVES Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru […]
Vivanta by Taj Bentota is a refreshed full-service beach resort in a destination your friends haven’t heard of. Why Go: This refurbishment of a 1990s beach resort in Sri Lanka is worth considering if you’re in the area. Find the sprawling red-roofed complex on the southern part of the country’s west coast, about halfway between […]
Commissioned to build a five-star hotel in Marrakech, American architect Stuart Church was presented with a 124-acre site in the Palmeraie district, 10 minutes outside the Old City. Church developed a cohesive plan encompassing architectural, interior, and landscaping designs for what was to become the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech. Five years and several false starts later, […]
Taj Falaknuma Palace (+91.?40.6629.8585, http://www.tajhotels.com) sits atop a hill 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the southern Indian city known as much for its rich architectural heritage and succulent cuisine as for its modern airport and concentration of high-tech companies (including Google, Dell, and Motorola). Falaknuma Palace was built in 1884 by Mehboob Ali Khan, the nizam […]
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan presided over the southern Indian city of Hyderabad from his hilltop Falaknuma Palace. The beauty of the marble building faded along with the Nizam dynasty after India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947. But last November, after a decade of restorative work, India’s […]
The Biryani beckons. In the shadow of the four-towered Charminar mosque, next to a market stall where customers stand and sip tea with pointed nonchalance, a vendor mans his cart, scooping heaping servings of this spicy rice-and-chicken concoction out of a vat and onto his customers’ plates. The rhythmic tap, clank, scrape, tap of his […]
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower was the brainchild of Indian steel magnate Jamsetji N. Tata, who believed that a grand hotel would help establish Bombay, now known as Mumbai, as one of the world’s great cities. With soaring domes, cupolas, vaulted ceilings, and other divergent features, the Taj’s architecture displays a […]
Just outside the nine suites at Banjaar Tola, tigers roam through dilapidated temples, monkeys swing from trees, and, as if from a scene in The Jungle Book, young boys pilot elephants through thick brush. The lodge, which overlooks Kanha National Park, is the latest of four camps opened by Taj Safaris in central India, where […]
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