FrontRunners August 2014: TRAVEL

 Hot Spot  Costa Rica’s once-bubbling Arenal Volcano may have run dry in recent years, but the geothermic springs it produces remain as warm as ever. Nayara Springs (—a 16-villa resort set along a rain-forested ravine near the volcano’s base—is the Arenal region’s newest and most luxurious portal to the natural steam baths. Opened in December, […]

Sneak Peek: Waldorf Astoria Beijing

The gleaming Waldorf Astoria Beijing, a newly built bronze jewel box, shines near the high-end Wangfujing shopping district.  Why Go: From Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, Beijing holds some of the world’s most high-profile attractions. The city is also bursting at the seams with hidden gems off of its narrow hutong […]

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Welcomes Global Luxury Travelers to Beijing

Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, marking the second Waldorf Astoria hotel in China and the brand’s continued international expansion.  An expression of its unique location, Waldorf Astoria Beijing features 176 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, three unique restaurants, including Peacock Alley, Brasserie1893 and  Zijin Mansion, 796 square […]

Aman at Summer Palace

Straying from Amanresorts’ less-is-more aesthetic, the Aman at Summer Palace abounds with brightly lacquered imperial furnishings. The Beijing hotel is set within century-old buildings adjacent to a former palace of Empress Dowager Cixi, who reportedly collected before her death in 1908 enough hand-sewn frocks to fill 3,000 camphorwood chests. Amanresorts preserved the integrity of the […]

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street

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 to the principles of feng shui (the Chinese art of placement), the glass-and-chrome hotel features a high-ceilinged lobby built to resemble a traditional Chinese courtyard, with precisely […]

Fairmont Beijing

Japanese architect Paul Tange, son of architect Kenzo Tange, describes the shape of the Fairmont Beijing as “symbolizing a gateway to modern China.” The younger Tange’s portal to the present, however, draws from the past: The 25-story, rose-glass-clad hotel recalls ancient Chinese city gates—erected to keep out foreigners—and presents a stark contrast to the Beijing […]

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