The scale of what’s happening in Macau is testament to the rising purchasing power of the Chinese. A decade ago, there was just one casino. Now there are dozens. To some this city is the new Sodom and Gomorrah but to millions of Mainlanders it’s serious business.
Sheltered bays, steeply terraced gardens and tiny, stucco houses that seem to ascend straight from the deep blue sea, the Amalfi coast is a startlingly beautiful place. A visit to Franco Zeffirelli’s former private estate-turned boutique hotel, Villa Tre Ville, casts it in the light of its splendid past.
LA’s Hotel Bel-Air boasts a devoted and publicity-shy clientele who appreciate the grand, exclusive sanctuary’s determination to fly under the radar. But following the hotel’s spectacular two-year, 100 million USD renovation, we just couldn’t resist blowing the historic hideaway’s cover.
The traditional Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad is as renowned for its rich-and-famous residents as it is for its enduring and picturesque surroundings. Now, for the first time in over a century, there’s a new hotel in town. Let’s just say the bar has been raised.
Sister of the legendary Le Bristol Paris and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the Palais Namaskar was always going to be special. Those fortunate enough to escape to this new Moroccan outpost, will find a hotel truly worth its designation as an Ultimate.
Take the escalator straight up to the massive, central atrium and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you're in a museum, not a hotel. There’s no spa. But there’s art in every corner. You can even ask for your own guided tour. There’s a lot more to the Conrad than meets the eye.
First opened in 1885, but vacant since 2004, the hotel originally known as the Metropole reopened last year after a 475 million USD renovation as the Corinthia. Located near Trafalgar Square in London’s West End, the Victorian structure now boasts seven penthouse suites, Harrods’ first-ever hotel boutique and a four-story spa.
To many people, Amsterdam is still about sex and drugs. Pity, because beyond the clichés, it’s a vibrant city full of life, culture and art. In the newly reborn Grand Amsterdam, a Hotel Sofitel Legend, this surprising city finally has a destination to match its majesty.
Following Tunisia’s first free elections since independence in 1956, tourists are finding their way back. To celebrate, Bespoke visits Dar HI, French designer Matali Crasset’s architectural foray, burrowed deep in the country’s southern desert terrain.
Built by royal decree from Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House Muscat is an astonishing new “centre for cultural radiation”. If managed appropriately, it has the potential to change the way the arts are viewed and practiced not just in Oman but the region as a whole.