We highlight the designers that are really are thinking out of the box
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Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li, Shanghai

If you ever wanted to feel like part of the neighbourhood when you’re on vacation, book into the Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li set in the Xuhui heritage district of Shanghai. The designers have taken a former shikumen (residential compound) and turned it into a glamorous hotel. Each guest will be able to book into one of the two-storey villas that come with their own gated courtyard and rooftop terrace. And within maze of alleyways you’ll find a Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, spa and boutiques.
Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li

02
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy

When is a village not a village? When it’s a hotel. The designer of Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita has taken Matera’s famous cliffside grotto dwellings and turned them into a sprawling hotel. The ancient stone caves of this UNESCO city that were once homes, palaces and churches in medieval times are now suites, a restaurant and spa for a luxury hotel. Caves they may be, but prehistoric they are not - expect underfloor heating, Philippe Stark bathtubs and gourmet food.
Matera

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Six Senses Singapore

Finding it hard to choose between the new Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell? Well, you don’t have to for these two venues are treated as one hotel. If you want to leave your luggage at the heritage chic hideaway that is Six Senses Maxwell, then dine in the TCM-inspired Yellow Pot restaurant at Six Senses Duxton, you can for you will only receive one bill. It’s just a few minutes’ walk between each shophouse setting or an even faster tokyobike ride.

Six Senses Maxwell

04
Annandale, New Zealand

When is a farm not a farm? When it’s a sprawling designer hotel. You can book a suite at the original 19th-century homestead at Annandale or choose one of the cottages that can be found in private bays along the coast. Choose from Scrubby Bay cottage with its own private pool to Seascape cottage with its outdoor lounge and fireplace that overlooks the ocean. Guests staying at the cottages can choose to relax and dine in privacy in their cottage or dine in the farm-to-table restaurant at the main house.
Annandale

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Shakti, India

This unhotel that is scattered throughout the Himalayan villages of India is designed to introduce its guests to the location as much as their suite. Adventurous travellers can choose to take a five or eight-day walk through the countryside spending the night at different heritage cottages along the way before finishing their tour at Shakti 360 Leti, a group of four cabins that give you panoramic views of the valley. Or if you are short on time, you can just take the hour long trek to the designer hideaway that is Shakti 360 Leti.

shakti 360 Leti

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Panorama of the tea plantations at sunset - Sri Pada peak in the background

From $8,330 pp

Classic Sri Lanka

Colombo Hill Country Cultural Triangle Sri Lankan Safaris Galle Fort Sri Lanka Indian Subcontinent

  • See the ancient city of Anuradhapura and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the Cultural Triangle
  • Head on a safari searching for elephants, black bears, monkeys, and the elusive Sri Lankan leopard
  • Visit a working tea plantation in the heart of the Hill Country
  • Unwind on the beaches of the south-coast
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort

When to go:

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ideal length 15 nights
Colorful empty colonial street in the historic center of Campeche, Yucatan, Mexico

From $2,880 pp

Cultural Discovery of the Northeast

New York North America

  • Marvel at the Manhattan, New York skyline while cruising around the harbour
  • Enjoy a VIP Broadway experience, including cocktails and a backstage tour
  • Witness views of the monuments of Washington DC on a night tour
  • Learn the secrets of James Bond at the International Spy Museum
  • Go on a guided tour of Harvard University, a top Ivy League school

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 10 nights
Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor Thom entrance, statues on bridge

From $1,960 pp

Photography Weekend in Siem Reap

Siem Reap

  • Explore Angkor Wat with American fine art photographer and photojournalist John McDermott
  • Visit Beng Mealea, one of the few ancient temples you can climb
  • Learn about life in the local villages and dine at a local home
  • Take a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest lake in south-east Asia
  • Discover Siem Reap’s colourful markets

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 3 nights
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