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Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin

Nothing beats the glamour of being collected from Venice airport by your own private motor launch and then taken to this exceptional island hotel. During warmer months, make sure to take dinner at least once on the outdoor terrace.

Mount Nelson Hotel

Widely considered to be one of South Africa's best hotels, set in its own grounds. We were underwhelmed by our first stay, during which basic attention to detail was missed by the hotel team on so many counts. However, on our return visit they more than made up for it, firmly establishing this property...

Landis Taipei Hotel

A little bit of London's Savoy Hotel where you least expect it: downtown Taipei. Impeccable service, some gorgeous original features. Book a suite, wear a smoking jacket and serve cocktails at your in-room bar to complete the Noel Coward moment.

The Pierre

An Upper East Side institution which just oozes old money. The place is steeped in Manhattan history: despite a lavish opening and being the talk of the town in 1930, the Great Depression eventually took its toll on the original owner three years later. In 1938 John Paul Getty bought the place and in...

Hotel Antumalal

Like a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture in the middle of lake and volcano country in Chile's south. Fabulous 1950s interior. We stayed in the Royal Chalet, so named after HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stayed in the 1960s....

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Superb. Was met on the airbridge from my arriving flight by hotel staff and spirited through immigration and customs into one of the hotel's Rolls Royce cars. From arrival to being in our suite couldn't have taken more than 40 minutes. As for the stay itself, everything from the suite through to...

Mena House (Fomerly, Mena House Oberoi)

The first time I discovered this absolute gem of a hotel was after a long, dry afternoon exploring the Pyramids at Giza. There, like a mirage, was this wedding cake like building surrounded by lush gardens. First opened in 1869 as a hunting lodge for Egyptian King Isma'il Pasha, it wasn't until two...

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

At one time a legend, with service standards quite unparallelled anywhere else in the world. Whilst still exceptionally smart, much of the unique charm of the rooms was lost during the last major refurbishment - resulting is a look which is more homegenised....