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Kamalaya

Find enlightenment just a 40-minute drive away from the airport at this beachside resort that’s been sensitively constructed around a hillside and cave where monks and locals have been coming (and still do) to meditate for centuries. This is the place to switch off, reboot and reset your body and soul, and we’re not talking the odd yoga or meditation class;

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Le Sutra

A small boutique hotel in Mumbai is an exceedingly rare bird: usually the choice is between budget dives, mid-range blandness, or splendid five stars. With only 16 rooms, this is something special, a place with genuine charm and character, where rooms have plenty of space and light (though no views). The hotel is decorated by contemporary artworks that use

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Samujana

Vying for top spot among Koh Samui’s most luxurious pads, these 27 individual, modern villas cling to a hillside, offering stunning views across the Gulf of Thailand. All mod cons prevail, including all-weather fully-equipped kitchens and BBQs, and private infinity pools. There’s no need for a restaurant as your villa manager or chef will come and rustle up

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ITC Grand Central

The ITC Grand Central has a palatial feel, modelled on the architectural styles of the British Raj in India. Marble floors, plush carpets and gold touches throughout provide an elegant vibe, while nods to the city’s heritage are evident in its architectural features and artworks. Spot a replica of the Rajabai Clock Tower in the courtyard between the main

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The Taj Mahal Palace

When George Harrison wanted sitar lessons, he took notes from maestro Ravi Shankar in one of the Taj Suites. When Jimmy Page and Robert Plant toured India in the 1970s, they made the hotel their Mumbai base. Playing host to cultural icons like these had already made The Taj Mahal Palace a cultural landmark before the 2008 November terrorist attacks seared

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The Scent Hotel

Literally a feast for the senses, or at least the olfactory system, once you light your complimentary incense. Step back in time and choose between a European, Chinese or Thai colonial-style suite (there are 15 in total), all brimming with luxury and opulence but filled with individual pieces to set them apart from eachother. It’s set on Bangrak beach, which

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Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York, located in Midtown across from Carnegie Hall and a block from Central Park, wowed even the most jaded of hotel observers when it opened in 2014, largely because of its gorgeous rooms (designed by Yabu Pushelberg) and its distinctive ribbon facade architecture (envisioned by Christian doe Portzamparc.) Yet this being Park Hyatt,

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Anantara Bophut

A lush, tropical jungle practically envelopes this family-friendly beach resort of 106 classic Thai-style rooms and suites. You’ve a choice of three eateries; the main restaurant, Full Moon Samui, specialises in chargrilled delights, the other two have a good selection of Thai and International dishes. Rooms are on the small side but chances are you’ll be in

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The Crosby Street Hotel

The thoroughly British Firmdale Hotels first crossed the pond in 2009 to open the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho (their second NYC hotel, The Whitby, opened in 2017). Almost a decade later, the hotel, which sits off Soho’s main shopping thoroughfare, still feels like a fresh face, thanks in part to Firmdale’s design director Kit Kemp and her never-boring mix of

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The Trident Bandra-Kurla

The warm colors and quirky bronze sculptures of the new Trident Bandra-Kurla are the first indication that if you're here to mix business with pleasure, this hotel will serve up a pretty heady cocktail.Those that like a tipple will love the wine tasting room and wine library at Oh Two Two (022, the all day multi-cuisine restaurant), as well as the grappa

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