Why would you want to stay anywhere else? By Claire Turrell
LAOS, Avani + Luang Prabang

Perfectly Positioned For: Night market, ancient Wat Mahathat temple and alms giving

The former quarters for French officers is now a sleek boutique hotel in what was once the royal capital of Laos. At the front of the Avani + Luang Prabang you will find the entry to the sprawling street market and by the side of it you will spy the ancient Wat Mahathat temple. If you want to take part in the alms giving ceremony, all you need to do is sit outside the front of the hotel with a basket of sticky rice to offer it to the saffron-robed monks who walk by.
The chic hotel provides the perfect way to understand and explore the city, from the heritage walks that its concierge team offers to the packets of sticky rice and Buddhist offerings that they leave on your pillow. And after all of your sightseeing, you can take a dip in the hotel’s pool that sits at the centre of its courtyard or open the French doors to your balcony and relax on your sumptuous sofa.

Avani + Laos

ZAMBIA, The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Hotel By Anantara

Perfectly Positioned For: The Victoria Falls

If you like all your sightseeing to be done at the end of your garden, book into The Royal Livingstone Hotel. For it’s here that you will find one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the Victoria Falls. Forget about trekking for hours, just wander past the zebras that you will find lazily grazing in the garden and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you watch the sun go down as you look out over the falls. Still too stressful for you? Then how about enjoying a luxurious massage experience whilst overlooking the Zambezi River.

Royal Livingston

USA, The Mark

Perfectly Positioned For: Central Park

This beautiful landmark building can be found just steps away from Central Park. The hotel gives you to the chance to enjoy the famed park in its full glory by offering The Mark Bikes & Picnic By Jean-Georges. You will be able to circumnavigate the park upon one of the hotel’s bespoke Mark Bikes that are decorated in monochic stripes and sport a monogrammed bell. When you’re ready for a bite to eat on your calorie-burning tour you can enjoy your gourmet picnic created by celebrated chef Jean-Georges. You have no fear of getting lost as the concierge will provide you with an illustrated map. Scuffed your shoes whilst you’re busy pedalling? Then leave them with the butler who will arrange a John Lobb Shoe Shine.

The Mark

FRANCE, The Peninsula Paris

Perfectly Positioned For: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Montmartre

If you stay here you get a room with a view, a restaurant with a view and a rooftop with a view. The majestic building overlooks the City Of Light’s most famous landmarks. From the outdoor terrace you can spy the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Montmartre. Not got enough photographs of the Eiffel Tower, you can snap it while you dine at the hotel’s French restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc or book the Rooftop Garden Suite for possibly one of the most romantic views around.

Peninsula Paris

MALAYSIA, Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Perfectly Positioned For: KLCC Park and Petronas Twin Towers

Pull back the curtains to your suite - or should we say, push the button on your bedside iPad, to reveal a jawdropping view of KLCC Park. Four Seasons has arrived in Malaysia and they have found the perfect spot by this record-breaking tower. Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur has used its own lofty building to its full potential by placing its lobby and restaurants in the upper floors. You can soak in the views from every angle, whether it's the staircase, outdoor pool or the Executive Club Lounge's private terrace. The hotel is set within the Golden Triangle neighbour, the city's shopping, entertainment and business hub. Although as every Malaysian celebrity is choosing to dine at one of the restaurants in the Four Seasons, the hotel is set on top of a Robinson's department store and its conference rooms are bustling, we're not even sure that you need to step outside.

Four Seasons KL

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