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It takes a village – to make an exclusive resort

Monks at Amanfayun, Hangzhou

Monks at Amanfayun, Hangzhou

 

What’s the story?
Exclusive hotel group, Aman, have got their hands on a traditional Chinese village near Hangzhou and turned it into a five star resort – definitely in a good way. Each of the village buildings has been cleverly transformed into the usual high end hotel staples – a reception area, library, guest bedrooms, several restaurants and a spa – but the result is remarkably unhotel like. It all blends in perfectly with the bucolic surroundings of tea bushes, woodland and bamboo groves.

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A Room with an Exclusive Brew: Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo guest room

Aman Tokyo guest room

In the mini bar at the recently opened Aman Tokyo hotel is an exquisitely designed bottle of sake. Inside guests will discover the Aman Tokyo blend, created especially for the rarefied hotel group by the ancient brewers Masumi.

For Aman has chosen the award-winning brewers as the house sake for its first foray into Japan. There’s also a range of Masumi’s premium and super premium sakes at Aman Tokyo’s Restaurant and Bar; the newly opened Café, where locals queue for at least an hour for a taste of the Aman experience, serves a much in demand sparkling sake and any day now they’ll take delivery of a seasonal sake.

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Lovely Luscious Langkawi

Adult Quiet Pool Pic: Ken Seet

Adult Quiet Pool Pic: Ken Seet

 

Set between a white sandy beach and soaring limestone cliffs synonymous with the Malaysia archipelago, the Fours Seasons Langkawi has the luxury of never feeling crowded. Within 48 acres of luscious, landscaped grounds there are just 91 rooms. And cleverly, families are booked into one side of the resort (close to the children’s swimming pool and kid’s club) and couples into the other – near the adult’s only pool and a delightful bar where the best spot is a swing seat overlooking the beach.

 

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Life is Sweet

Two bedroom overwater villa

Two bedroom overwater villa

Song Saa is not your run-of-the-mill exclusive private island. Where it has become fashionable for upscale hotels to tout sustainable and eco friendly credentials (just as seasonal and local have become a mantra for restaurants), the husband and wife team behind Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort walks the walk as well as talks the talk.

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Hong Kong’s Grande Dame Celebrates Her 85th In Style

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On this auspicious day of 11/12/13 The Peninsula Hong Kong is turning 85. And like most grande dame’s who look fabulous for their age, she’s had a bit of work. The legendary hotel’s rooms and suites have been refreshed with HK$450 million worth of minimalist luxe decor and impressive technical wizardry.

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