The 15 best luxury hotels that opened in 2014

5. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts – Beijing
Located in the heart of the city, Rosewood Beijing is a beautiful fusion of age old traditions and the modern way of life. The landscaped outdoor spaces, the traditional artwork, the culinary experiences and the enchanting style in which it is designed gives the guests a true taste of China. The hotel offers a peak into history and depicts the legends and stories that are part of Chinese culture and tradition.
The art in the hotel is like a ‘living canvas’ and extends to all the guestrooms adding depth and meaning to the rooms.
Rosewood Beijing is the perfect reflection of Chinese culture and it enables the guest to undergo a personal journey within its walls. A stunning hotel in one of the world’s fascinating cities.

4. Shangri-La – Lhasa
At 12,000 feet above sea level, situated in the heart of the Himalayas, the Shangri-La Lhasa beckons people to the roof of the world. The 289 rooms are fully furnished and done up with refrigerators, coffee makers, LCD Tvs, free Wi-Fi and offers 24 hours room service. The rooms overlook either the mighty Himalayas or the Potala Palace which is now a UNESCO World heritage site. Along with its 2 restaurants and the spa and indoor pool this Himalayan retreat is a must see.

3. One and Only Hayman Islands – Australia
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queens land, this private island is another name for luxury and style. With helicopter and seaplane tours, luxury yacht transfers and underwater adventures one is left spell bound and exhilarated. From activities to keep the children occupied to intimate candlelight dinners for the adults, from a relaxed peaceful day in the sun to action packed trekking and exploring they seem to have it all. With an array of treatments to pamper your body and senses the spa will take you to cloud nine. From the hospitality that The One and Only offers combined with the sun, surf and sand.

2. Royal Palm – Marrakech
A stunning 6 star hotel with 134 exquisitely done up suites and villas set at the foothills of the Atlas mountains just a few kilometres away from the mythical city. The view is absolutely breathtaking with the manicured lawns in front of the hotel with olive trees growing all around, the mountains towering in the background and a fantastic 18 hole golf course with sparkling lakes within it. The villas are designed to be intimate and private each with their own swimming pool and hammam. A semi Olympic heated pool, children’s club with activities galore, a spa in collaboration with Clarins, mini tennis courts, a telescope for stargazing and three restaurants makes this a very popular property.
Unique décor pieces like Tataoui ceiling drops, moucharaby ( oriel windows) tadelakt lime plaster, Zouak wood painting, Moroccan carpets with Berber motifs and ceramic tiles from Zagora all together give the Royal Palm a mystical and almost magical touch to it. The fabrics, the colors, the décor make the Royal Palm look royal and majestic.

1. The Peninsula Paris – Paris
In one of the most romantic cities in the world The Peninsula Paris sets a new bar for elegance, luxury and comfort. Just a few steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris, a stones throw away from the museums, monuments and the shopping districts. The hotel is located in a 19th century classic Haussmanian building which has been carefully restored and discreetly modernized with all the comforts. The hotel has 200 rooms including 34 suites all of which are beautifully done up.
This is the ultimate proof of French craftsmanship with the hotel being done up in marble, rich wood paneling and gold leaf finishing. Twenty stonemasons restored the façade by hand, with a cascade of flowers taking three weeks to complete. The interiors are plush and elegant with soaring curved ceilings, chandeliers and rich drapes. The hotel boasts of six restaurants with one of them being Paris’s largest enclosed terrace restaurant. The 1800 square meter spa, the enviable art collection and the stunning furniture make it the hotel to be in when in Paris. The rooms are available for approximately $950 per night.

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