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." />

Mandarin Oriental (Milan)

Here in the fashion capital of the world is the Mandarin Oriental Milan, masterfully blending Milanese style with Oriental luxury.

The coming together of these equally strong influences creates striking impact. Spread over four elegant 18th century buildings that are just steps away from La Scala, the hotel resonates with comfort, elegance and style. Location is king, with the hotel being in the heart of the Centro Storico.

Barely five minutes away are some of the country’s prized gems, the Teatro alla Scala, one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a most striking shopping mall and the Duomo, an intricate example of devotional architecture. Via Montenapoleone is Milan’s prime luxury fashion street housing chief boutiques of Valentino, Prada, Versace and Chanel, amongst others. Excellent in-house restaurants and a spa facility add to Mandarin Oriental’s charm.

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