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.
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.
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.
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.