Casa Malca

Lio Malca has spent the last 20 years bringing emerging artists into the limelight, namely with his eponymous gallery in New York and his retrospectives at the city’s Whitney Museum. His latest venture — Casa Malca — allows him to continue his passion within the frame of hospitality. Originally built by Pablo Escobar, the infamous…

Wine Country Retreat

This beautifully inviting eco-friendly property sits on a seven-acre site, 90 minutes north of San Francisco. Bardessono, which is a 60-room boutique, models its hospitality on the vineyard culture Napa Valley is steeped in: natural, refined and exquisite. Not only are the spa and outdoor pool highly lauded, but the hotel bar and restaurant are the…

Farm to Table – Kunshan, China

Wugu means Five Grains in Chinese, and this simple statement crystallizes the approach this restaurant takes. Wugu is one of the restaurants at Fairmont Yangcheng Lake, and one of the central tenets of the hotel is the attached farm and growing gardens from where this restaurant sources most of its food. Cuisine at Wugu is…

Asian Mysticism

The PuLi Hotel and Spa is an urban retreat in the middle of Shanghai, and places just as much importance in its spa experience as its residential experience. The Anantara Spa at the PuLi is designed with Chinese, Indian and Thai influences, and offers a haven of contemporary luxury and tranquility where individuals and couples…

A Transformation to Elevate Hospitality

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park opened its doors last December as Marriott International’s largest property in Asia Pacific. Located along Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok, surrounded by the city’s most vibrant shopping, business and entertainment districts, the iconic hotel is more than just a hotel – it is a destination in itself. “The impressive new…

Rural Fairy-Tale – Cong, Ireland

One of the most beautiful examples of combined medieval and Victorian architecture, Ashford Castle sits proudly near Cong on the shore of Lake Corrib. The site originates from 1228 when it was built on the perimeter of a monastery by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke. The property oozes history and old world charm, with traditional…

Paris Landmark – Paris, France

The Peninsula Paris is the marque’s first European site, and what a grand entrance it is. After four years of restoration, the Peninsula has been given a second lease of life, with 900 specialist artisans laboring to reveal marble, gold-leaf finishing, rich wood panelling and other intricate details. Each new detail was hand-crafted; it took…

Tropical Luxury

Widely regarded as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Nayara Springs is an ultra-exclusive enclave situated in lush Costa Rican rainforest. With unobstructed views of the breathtaking 5,500-foot Arenal Volcano, adjacent to the 30,000-acre Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Springs is eco-tourism taken to the next level. Arenal Volcano National Park has…

Film Set Paradise

One of many of Thailand’s islands, Koh Tao is famous for its adventure sports, especially scuba diving. But the island is as beautiful as it is thrilling, with lush green foliage, yellow sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. In short, this island is straight out of a film set, and staying at The Place Koh…

Nature’s Temple – Canyon Point, Utah

A modernist masterpiece, the Amangiri is in stark contrast to its desert setting, an unexpected luxury retreat amongst the harsh beauty of the southern Utah desert. This sandstone monolith seems almost carved into the ancient landscape, and the use of geometric planes with shades of ochre, yellow and pink allows the Amangiri to blend in…