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Monday, January 2, 2012

Destinasian: The Luxe List 2011

It’s been another big year for hotel openings in the Asia-Pacific region, but what makes one property more luxe than another? Based on reports from our network of contributors, we’ve assembled a list of 36 places that excel when it comes to style and ambience, be it a rambling Indian palace or a private villa in the hills of Chiang Mai. Though wildly different in terms of size, price, and look, they all have one thing in common: a singular sense of place and style that lets them stand out from the rest. Enjoy this year’s list.

Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou at West Lake, Hangzhou
Hotel Icon, Hong Kong
Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai
Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa, Lijiang
Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Hong Kong
St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai
French Polynesia
Maitai Lapita Village, Huahine
Devi Ratn, Jaipur
Leela Palace Kempinski, New Delhi
Rasa Jaipur, Jaipur
Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh
Saratha Villas, Chettinad
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi
W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, Bali
Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo
Hotel Kanra, Kyoto
St. Regis Osaka, Osaka
Kiridara, Luang Prabang
Muntri Mews, Penang
Anantara Kihavah Villas, Ba’a Atoll
Six Senses Laamu, Laamu Atoll
Hotel Fort Canning
W Taipei, Taipei
Hansar Bangkok, Bangkok
Howie’s Homestay, Chiang Mai
St. Regis Bangkok, Bangkok
Thanyamundra Organic Resort, Khao Sok
W Retreat Koh Samui, Koh Samui
United Arab Emirates
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas, Nha Trang
Fusion Maia, Danang
Hotel de l’Opera, Hanoi
Six Senses Con Dao, Con Dao

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