Cities often have the history of a country etched into it. When planning to stay in a world-renowned city, nothing will make the stay more pleasurable than a luxurious abode that is walking distance from the hustle and bustle that makes a city what it is.
1 Four Seasons George V, Paris France
It might seem hard to make the Paris experience any more beautiful than it already is, but the Four Seasons George V does push the bar on beauty, comfort and aesthetics. This majestic hotel barely a few paces away from Champs-Elysées offers private terraces that open up to a breath taking view of the city. The hotel brings to life the best of 18th century architecture and the décor and interiors perfectly complements the architecture of the time. By night, the hotel acquires a completely different look, swathed in clever lighting that only makes it one more romantic and artistic motif.to the city that is Paris.
2 Four Seasons Mexico City, Mexico
You can enjoy Mexico City in all its glory at the Four Seasons. Chapultepec Park and the posh Polanco neighbourhood, both of which are barely a short walk away. Be part of the oldest city of North America while you stay in an area that is tranquil, protecting you from the cacophony of the bustling city. Savour an excellent dining experience at the Four Seasons courtyard which provides a picturesque backdrop to the city.
3 The Langham, Melbourne Australia
Welcome to Melbourne, a city of tree-lined boulevards and an impressive night life. As you glide into the Southbank Promenade of the city and check into the Langham which is a luxury hotel with 387 guestrooms, you will be struck by the classy and elegant interiors. Each of its rooms has a view of the Yarra River and the bustling City Skyline. You can sample their excellent gourmet cuisine at the signature restaurant Melba or step out to check out the many bars and cafes that dot the bustling metropolis.
4 Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver
Revel in the vibrant metropolis of Vancouver while at the Shangrila. A busy filming destination, given its grand outdoor beauty, do not be surprised if you see a film crew in the vicinity. The hotel itself is neatly tucked between the Coast Mountain Range and Pacific Ocean, a short drive from the Grouse Mountain. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the hotel and do not forget to experience a British Columbian seaweed massage at CHI, The Spa.
5 Cafe Royal London, UK
Reminiscent of British royalty, Shakespearean literature and Sherlockian intrigue, experience the city of London from myriad perspectives as you make this five star luxury hotel your home for a few days. Situated in Central London,the hotel nestles cheek-by-jowl to some of the most famous fashion streets of the world. Soho and Mayfair are just a stone’s throw away as is the Bond Street that houses Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and several other high street brands.The hotel was established in 1865 and is legendary where hospitality and service are concerned.
6 Peninsula Bangkok, Thailand
When you think Thailand, you think beaches. The Peninsula in Bangkok will take this assumption to its logical conclusion, giving you a whirlwind tour of Thai culture as you languorously lounge around the beachfront. The hotel which is located by the Chao Phraya River has 370 luxurious rooms. If you can indeed pull yourself out of the comfort of your room, you must walk around, sign up for some traditional Thai massages and sit at the River Café and enjoy some tea watching the water quietly flow right in front of you or better still swim in the three-tiered swimming pool along the river.
7 The Pierre New York
For an excellent view of the iconic Central Park, The Pierre is the place that allows you to relive so many scenes from movies, books and plays that you have read and seen and which have been set in the area. Fitted with modern and tasteful décor, this opulent hotel is a testimony to the city of New York which is such an iconic symbol of the Great American dream. In line with its larger than life image and grandeur, allow yourself to be indulged in a make believe phantasmagorical experience. Go ahead and hire a personal shopper and limo to take you around the city and if New York is the place you want to pop the marriage question, have your wedding proposal written across the sky over the Statue of Liberty.
8 The Goring London, UK
The Goring succeeds in bringing the Englishness out of England. Here, you come face-to-face with impeccable English manners as you enjoy an afternoon tea in the lawn, underneath a balmy London sun. The hotel, now more than a century old, is situated in Central London and is just a walk away from Buckingham Palace and the nearby parks. Rest assured, you can be guaranteed of a professionally managed stay where attention to detail is a way of life.
9 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York
To feel the energy and pulsating rhythm of New York, a city that rather stubbornly refuses to sleep, there is no better place to stay that this luxury hotel. Access the best views of New York City from this hotel, located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Central Park is only a block away and so are the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hang out at the hotel’s legendry Bemelmans Bar, well known for its extensive drink menu and witness a live entertainment programme that begins once the sun goes down. Experience New York by day and night, two distinctly separate entities that will linger long after you have left.
10 Belmond Copacabana Palace, Brazil
To experience the beaches of Copacabana with a dash of city madness thrown in, check in to the Copacabana Palace. Walk through Ipanema and its many bustling local supermarkets, restaurants and tourist areas or just stare into the Sugarloaf Mountain that is clearly visible from the hotel. Playing host to the 2016 Summer Olympics, you will find the city efficiently gearing up for its big year. This is the city of the Samba dance and the grand carnival and even if you are visiting at a time when the carnival is not in sight, you can still enjoy the local music, dance and festive spirit that is so much a way of life for those in Rio.