BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Resorts: Amanoi

Wedged between the forest-covered hills and shimmering bays of Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi (+84.68.377.0777, http://www.amanresorts.com) looks out to some of Vietnam’s most postcard-worthy surroundings. Guests at the Jean-Michel Gathy–designed Amanresorts property, which opened in September, can admire the scenery from the privacy of 36 temple-like pavilion suites and villas that pair traditional Vietnamese architecture […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, takes a contemporary turn at the new Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (+81.75.746.5555, http://www.ritzcarlton.com). The 134-room property, which opened in the former imperial capital in February, sets an authentic scene with meditative waterfalls, washi paper artwork, bonsai gardens, and other elements of the Meiji architectural style. More international in flavor are the […]

FrontRunners: Inn Style

A modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn, the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (www.ritzcarlton.com), debuted in February along the former imperial capital’s Kamo River. The 134-room retreat’s vantage allows for expansive views of the Higashiyama mountain range and convenient access to the shops, geisha houses, and teahouses in the city’s Gion and Pontocho districts. Inside […]

Hotel d’Angleterre

Throughout the Hotel d’Angleterre’s 259-year history, Copenhagen’s White Lady has served as a restaurant for the Danish elite, a private club for the English gentry, and a safe haven for Russian royalty during World War I. Following a two-year renovation unveiled in May, the grand dame has reclaimed her illustrious place in Danish society. The […]

Singita Castleton

James Fawcett Bailes, the grandfather of Singita owner Luke Bailes, established the Castleton estate in 1971 in a remote pocket of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. In November, Luke’s pioneering safari company opened the bush home as its third—and most exclusive—camp in the 45,000-acre park. Following a renovation by the Cape Town–based design […]