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Shangri-La China World Summit Wing

The Shangri-La China World Summit Wing’s rooms and suites occupy the top 18 floors of Beijing’s new 81-story China World Tower, stretching some 1,000 feet above the city’s central business district. To ensure privacy within its lower-level public spaces, the high-tech hotel, which opened in August, offers such features as bulletproof windows in the ballrooms […]

Fullerton Bay Hotel

Gone are the red oil lamps that once guided early-20th-century seafarers into port at Singapore’s Clifford Pier. Today the Fullerton Bay Hotel gleams as the pier’s new beacon. Opened in July, the six-story Fullerton Bay is the first waterfront hotel within Singapore’s master-planned Marina Bay development. The 106-room property is located a short distance from […]

Banyan Tree Samui

Banyan Tree Samui, a collection of 78 pitched-roof villas on the southeastern shore of Koh Samui island, opened in July as the Singapore-based brand’s third hotel in Thailand. Arranged in a horseshoe shape around Lamai Bay in the Gulf of Thailand, the property revolves around water. In addition to the bay and a beachfront swimming […]

Hullett House

Opened last november, the Hullett House in Hong Kong has almost as many restaurants as it does rooms. Each of the 10 guest accommodations at the hotel—which is located inside Hong Kong’s former Marine Police Headquarters—has at least 800 square feet of living space and 13-foot-high ceilings. The three-story compound is run more like an […]

Soneva Kiri

The Eco Villa at Six Senses’ new Soneva Kiri resort is best identified by what it lacks: carbon emissions. This environmentally friendly accommodation—which Six Senses intends as a prototype for its future properties—is one of 42 villas at Soneva Kiri, a stylishly sensitive beach resort that opened on Thailand’s Koh Kood Island in November. Since […]

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa

Ancient Banyan trees and 17,000 swaying palms shade the trails at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives. The resident biologist at the private-island resort, which opened in July, leads tours along the trails, pointing out wildlife and plants such as the noni, the basis of Maldivian remedies for arthritis and hypertension. If you […]