Directors Favourites

Places to Stay

This is a collection of our own personal choices, from the ultimate in luxury world-class hotels & resorts to unique, character-filled guest houses. This collection is quite simply our absolute favourites, designed perhaps as a place to begin or to consult if you are having difficulty in choosing...

Argentina

Explora El ChaltenEl Chalten & Mount Fitzroy $$$$$

The Explora group has long been known for its modern eye-catching architecture and here at El Chalten, the lodge offers a modern, contemporary take on the original estancias of old that melds seamlessly into the surrounding landscape with huge floor to ceiling windows that drink in the breathtaking views of the Electrico Valley. For foodies, delicious regional cuisine is synonymous with the Explora experience which draws on fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce. El Chalten and Mount Fitzro...

Aguas Arriba LodgeEl Chalten & Mount Fitzroy $$$$$

Estancia EoloEl Calafate $$$$$

Estancia Peuma HueBariloche $$$$$

Cambodia

Song Saa Private IslandSihanoukville & Islands $$$$$

Song Saa Private Island features 27 intimate villas, uncompromising on luxury and designed to reflect the simple beauty of the natural environment.

Guests will enjoy uninterrupted sunrise or sunset views from the Over-Water, Ocean-View and Jungle Villas all of which come complete with private pools, and all the high-end modern day luxuries. The villas all feature a private verandah – the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset or perhaps have a private dinner cooked for yo...

Song Saa Private Island-Koh Rong Archipelago-Cambodia

Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool VillasSiem Reap & Angkor Temples $$$$$

Chile

Awasi PatagoniaTorres del Paine $$$$$

The Awasi Patagonia has raised the bar in terms of contemporary design and personalised service and is the only all-inclusive hotel within the park to offer fully private and tailored excursions. On arrival at Awasi, you will be assigned your own private guide and 4×4 vehicle who will look after you during your stay and customise all the activities from hiking and riding to bird-watching and nature drives to your interests. It is expensive yet the Awasi experience is second to none, the ...

Tierra AtacamaAtacama Desert $$$$$

Ecuador

Mashpi LodgeMindo Cloud Forest $$$$$

Striking contemporary design at the heart of Mindo’s steamy cloud-forest, the Mashpi Lodge is the first of its kind in South America. Nestled in a 3212 acre private reserve, the lodge was constructed with sustainability at its very core and blends seamlessly into the surrounding forest, a bio-diversity “hotspot” that boasts a staggering 500 species of birds. Floor to ceiling windows bring the forest into every corner of the hotel, while the chic minimalist design makes Mashpi a landmark...

Hotel del ParqueGuayaquil $$$$$

Casa GangotenaQuito $$$$$

India

Aman-i-khasRanthambhore National Park $$$$$

The camp features just 10 elegantly designed spacious safari style tents all fully equipped with modern amenities and furnished to an exceptional standard in teak, leather and luxurious linen. Each tent interior is divided into five different areas by cream canvas curtains, providing a separate bedroom, living area, two bathing areas and toilet. Each tent is air-conditioned and can also be heated depending on the season and time of day. All guests at the Aman-i-khas are assigned a personal ba...

Aman-i-khas – Ranthambhore - Rajasthan India tent

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Taj Lake PalaceUdaipur $$$$$

The ImperialDelhi $$$$

Laos

AmantakaLuang Prabang $$$$$

Built in 1923, this uniquely French Colonial building once served as the old provincial hospital of Luang Prabang. Nine of the original fifteen buildings on the grounds are in fact UNESCO World Heritage listed which makes a stay at this incredible hotel even more remarkable. The property functioned as a hospital until as recently as 2005.

The rooms feature classic wooden four-pillared poster beds, wooden louvres and antique furniture that are as romantic as the grandeur of a time g...

Malaysia

Eastern & Oriental HotelPenang $$$$

The hotel features suites that all boast wooden flooring and elegant colonial furnishings as well as sea or city views and round-the-clock butler service. Every spacious suite is charmingly furnished complete with essential amenities in the spacious bathroom, Persian carpets by the bedside and bedcovers made from the finest Egyptian cotton. There is also WiFi access available should you require.

There is a good great selection of restaurants and bars within the hotel, including the no...

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Tabin Wildlife ResortTabin Wildlife Reserve $$$

Borneo Rainforest LodgeDanum Valley $$$$

Morocco

Heure Bleue PalaisEssaouira $$$$$

Heure Bleue Palais has succeeded in preserving the character of a traditional Moroccan house and the hospitality cherished by this country. At the crossroads of African, Moorish, Portuguese, English and oriental influences, the rooms and suites are located around the patio, where a fountain sings and the heart of the Riad beats. The traditional Hamman is the perfect place to relax, the panoramic outdoor pool on the terrace overlooks the medina and the ocean, and the cuisine is a subtle blend ...

Heure Bleue Palais

Kam Kam DunesErg Chebbi $$$$

Peru

Villa BarrancoLima $$$$

Hotel Villa Barranco is in perfect keeping with Barranco and is stylish base for enjoying the surrounding sites. Inside, the town-house has been tastefully restored with elegant period fittings, timbered floors and homely décor all surrounded by a small, shady garden. At sunset, guest head to the spacious roof-top terrace, lounge and bar to enjoy the ocean views, sun-downer in hand.

La CasonaCusco $$$$$

Tambopata Research CentreAmazon Lodges – Peru $$$$

South Africa

The Oyster BoxUmhlanga Coast $$$$

With 86 luxurious rooms, suites and villas to choose from, The Oyster Box meets the individual needs of every visitor. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, a family group or solo, each room is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style at your home away from home. Sublime cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients will tempt and delight – of course, incredible oysters are on the menu – even for breakfast accompanied by Champagne should you w...

The Oyster Box

Hamiltons Tented Safari CampKruger National Park $$$$$

Londolozi Founders CampSabi Sand Game Reserve $$$$$

Gorgeous GeorgeCape Town $$$

Sri Lanka

WallawwaColombo $$$

There are seventeen rooms and suites at the Wallawwa which are modern in style but retain the historical charm of the original manor house. All rooms are light and spacious and equipped with modern amenities as well as a small terrace. An added feature is that each room has a window seat which can be made into an extra bed for a child. Restaurant Verandah specialises in a la carte Asian Fusion cuisine and has an idyllic setting overlooking the property’s beautiful gardens. The menus have be...

Wallawwa

Nine SkiesElla $$$$

Fort BazaarGalle $$$$

Vanuatu

Eratap Beach ResortEfate & Port Vila $$$$$

The selection of villas and villa types means that even though small the resort can offer something for almost everyone from romantic private pool villas to 2 or 3 bedroom family villas. All villas are beachfront and all have outdoor showers, sun decks and sun loungers, all the facilities you would expect from a five star resort with separated living and sleeping areas. Pool, gym, spa, bicycles, SUPs, bicycles, tennis court, Petanque Court, snorkelling gear, fishing and two boats that will dr...

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Vietnam

Four Seasons Resort – The Nam HaiHoi An $$$$$

The Nam Hai is a must for those ‘luxe lovers’ looking for spectacular beachfront living, reflecting the true spirit of Indochina. The resort is truly chic, the ultimate in modern luxury with an exotic blend of Vietnamese understated charm. We love this resort for its simple but striking architecture and modern appeal. Dark woods and crisp-white linen, mixed with luscious citrus silks give The Nam Hai an ambience and look that the luxury hotel group Four Seasons do so well in providing a...

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Azerai La Residence HueHue $$$$

Hotel de la CoupoleSapa $$$$

Topas EcolodgeSapa $$$

AmanoiVinh Hy Bay $$$$$

Sofitel MetropoleHanoi $$$$$

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