Holidays for Couples Holidays for Couples Apr-Sep 2017 - Page 16

Hot Hotels From tropical hideaways to futuristic stays, Ginger McLaine shows us new escapes for 2017 // WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS, USA // ROSEWOOD LUANG PRABANG, LAOS If you’re aching to escape the urban drag, Rosewood’s new Luang Prabang resort may be just the place. A luxury tented and villa ‘encampment’, guests can choose from 22 deluxe, garden or pool villas, or opt for luxury tents on stilts with open-air showers, tubs and living spaces that feature wrap-around decks. This is a chance to immerse yourself in an unspoiled natural environment. Set in a thick forest amid streams and waterfalls, Luang Prabang’s villas are inspired by Laos tradition with a touch of French colonial style, suffused with the scents of frangipani and coffee trees. Two restaurants will serve a fusion of Laotian-French cuisine, and if you crave a little pampering, skilled therapists will unknot every kink in the tranquil Rosewood Spa. Luang Prabang, one of the best-preserved French Colonial territories in Asia, is famous for its monastic culture and unique temples. Go and explore their intriguing mysticism or take a boat down the famous Mekong River and catch a river market or just watch the world go by on its fertile banks, brimming with life and local colour. Opening late 2017. 14 At the intersection of the iconic Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, two of the most well-known thoroughfares in Los Angeles, The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will take its place as a desirable urban oasis in one of the world’s most glamorous cities. Almost ready for its much-anticipated close-up, this jaw-dropping new building, part art deco fantasy, part Hollywood mansion, intends to put a new spin on world-class with its triple-height lobby, lush gardens and rooftop pool terrace that commands movie-star views over the city. Think hand-painted murals, Lalique crystal, bespoke chandeliers, VIP pool cabanas, private garden terraces and oversized balconies and you get the idea. And to make you feel special in that way that only Hollywood can, each guest is appointed their own concierge. When it comes to dining, acclaimed three-Michelin- star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be creating his own acclaimed version of French-American cuisine. With 170 rooms and suites across 12 floors, each room has uninterrupted views over La La Land. And don’t worry about bringing your diamonds, Graff will be opening a luxurious store in the lobby. Opening June 2017. // SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA If you’re seeking the palm-fringed magic of an unspoiled paradise, Six Senses is coming to the rescue with its sleek new addition on Krabey Island. Offering 40 private villas, each with their own pool and set in a lush landscape just minutes from the beach, this secluded island haven will offer laid-back luxury for grown-ups. Guests can take time out in the meditation cave or at an outdoor yoga class, or go snorkelling, diving or kayaking in the tranquil turquoise waters. Dining options will include service at your own poolside or at the Indochine restaurant where you can challenge your other half to a hands-on cooking class. An elevated bar will make the perfect spot for a sundowner cocktail, followed by a movie under the stars at the open-air Cinema Paradiso. Opening late 2017.