September 2016 · From the remote and less frequented islands of Thailand to the unending expanse of the Caribbean beaches of the Dominican Republic, there is so much in between to see and be humbled by. World Travel Magazine highlights a selection of 50 luxury properties across the world that are currently pushing the trend in opulence and style. The beauty of nature and the temptation of exploring the wilderness has been man’s basic instinct. Capitalising on this potential, governments, hoteliers and naturalists have come together in many of the properties on this list to preserve the environment and at the same time make it accessible. Many of the properties are designated UNESCO protected sites. Beaches, forests, vibrant cities, popular tourist friendly townships and old restored properties are featured here as well. It is a fascinating read for it reveals not just options for the traveller but also the zest, endurance and passion that went in to transform a vision into life." />

Loke Thye Kee Residences (Malaysia)

Experience what it is like to live in a 100-year-old shop house, now transformed into a boutique property. Located in Penang’s George Town, one of five UNESCO world heritage sites across Malaysia, the Loke Thye Kee Residences weave together the region’s rich history and cultural tradition merging it with present-day contemporary style. In the guest suites, exposed brick walls and rough wooden flooring create a cool, loft-like environment, finished off with sleek, clean-lined furniture. There are five luxuriously appointed suites each with its own private entrance, equipped kitchenette and outdoor terrace. The residences derive their name from the original Loke Thye Kee building just around the corner, which dates back to 1919 and means “House of Happiness”. Although located at the heart of George Town, Loke Thye Kee Residences maintains an exceptionally private atmosphere. Armenian Street, the Cheong Fatt Tze blue mansion, and Love Lane lie in one direction; a wealth of food-stall streets in the other, all within a 15 minute radius by foot.

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