FrontRunners September 2014: TRAVEL

A Star is Born Even without its Hollywood connections, the Brando ( would be generating plenty of buzz. Set within French Polynesia’s Tetiaroa atoll—which the actor Marlon Brando purchased in 1967 after filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the area—the private-island retreat opened in July as the region’s most luxurious new resort, with 35 thatched […]

FrontRunners: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Bill Bensley took full advantage of his second chance at Cambodia’s Park Hyatt Siem Reap ( Formerly the art deco–styled Hôtel de la Paix—which Bensley completed in 2006—the property has been transformed by the Bangkok-based architect and designer into a contemporary urban retreat accented with traditional Cambodian details ranging from punkah fans to pink-elephant textiles […]

Sneak Peek: Park Hyatt Busan, South Korea

The Park Hyatt Busan has opened in the Haeundae Marine City section of Busan, overlooking the ocean and the Gwangan Bridge. The hotel offers the largest rooms and suites in the South Korean city. The arched shape of the futuristic-looking 33-floor glass building is inspired by the images of a sail filled with wind, the […]

Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa

Sipping white-jasmine tea in the Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa’s lounge, you might think nothing has changed in China. The lounge—housed in a more than 500-year-old Ming dynasty mansion on the shores of Don Qian Lake—evokes an ancient world with its historic setting and serene water views. Of course, China has changed drastically in […]

Park Hyatt Shanghai

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: It is home to the world’s highest hotel, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, which surpassed the previous titleholder (the neighboring […]

Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt

The Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt is one of dozens of mansions that Buenos Aires’ aristocracy built in Recoleta during the Belle Epoque era, when the tarde victoriano-style structures lining the nine-block-long Avenida Alvear helped earn the Argentine capital its designation as the Paris of South America. Purchased and renovated by the Duhau family in the 1930s, […]

Park Hyatt, Seoul

As a center of politics and culture for six centuries, Seoul is awash in ancient palaces, royal tombs, and Buddhist temples. But as one of Asia’s many boomtowns, the South Korean capital also is home to shimmering skyscrapers, contemporary art galleries, and luxury boutiques. At the Park Hyatt Seoul, the city’s split personality converges to […]

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