TOKYO, March 15 Spending a night between
destinations in a stopover city and need a place to stay? Online
boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith (www.mrandmrssmith.com)
have come up with 10 hotels for a memorable stopover. Reuters
has not endorsed this list.
1. Best for resort relaxation: Capella Singapore, Singapore
Languishing on Sentosa Island, just a 15-minute taxi hop south
of the city centre, Capella Singapore hotel in Singapore [here
] feels a relaxing world away. A tranquil resort, the 112-room
heritage-modern hybrid has a graceful colonial building, art
works dotted around the manicured grounds and a triple-tier
pool with South China Sea views.
2. Best for gourmet dining: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental,
Hong Kong, China
A day-spa with 113 contemporary guest rooms, The Landmark
Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong [here&utm_medium=media&utm_campaign=apac_280812_reuters_top10
] gives good stopover. This stylish skyscraper is in the heart
of Central's retail district. After a hard day's shopping, bag a
table at two-Michelin-starred Amber restaurant, a gold-hued
space where chef Richard Ekkebus whips up modern French cuisine.
3. Best for sports-meets-shopping: Desert Palm, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
The Desert Palm hotel in Dubai [here
] is sister to the Maldives' Huvafen Fushi. This 38-room
Italo-Arab urban retreat sprawls over a private polo estate.
Saddle up at the riding school, play a game of tennis or soak up
views of the polo fields from the lavish outdoor pool. Juggle
bargain-hunting in the souks with holistic pampering at in-house
4. Best for a riverside retreat: The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
The art-deco Siam hotel in Bangkok [here
] has a calm aura thanks to its riverside setting in the
exclusive royal Dusit quarter. Boasting Bangkok's only pool
villas, it has 39 spacious boudoirs with a Thai cooking school,
a Muay Thai kickboxing gym, screening room and Spa by Sodashi.
5. Best for chilling out: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur,
A sanctuary in the capital's leafy embassy enclave, Villa
Samadhi hotel in Kuala Lumpur [here
2_reuters_top10] takes its name from the Sanskrit word for
'journey'. There are 21 private rooms arranged around a curvy,
central pool. In-house Mandi-Mandi restaurant serves Malay and
Italian fare or the hotel can point you to its smart sister
restaurants in town.
6. Best for city buzz: Dean Street Townhouse, London, UK
The ultra-central Dean Street Townhouse hotel in Soho [here
] is in the middle of the action. Surrounded by a warren of
happening cafés, bars and restaurants and tempting shopping, you
can access all areas here, including theatres, museums and art
galleries. With just 39 rooms, this hip haven also plays host to
a very British brasserie, peppered with art works by Hirst, Emin
7. Best for rooftop romance: Petit Ermitage, Los Angeles,
Just off Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Petit
Ermitage boutique hotel in Los Angeles [here
] brings bohemian romance to a sojourn in LA. Dine in the
outdoor restaurant which doubles as a butterfly and hummingbird
haven, watch the sunset from the deck by the outdoor fireplace
or sip a mojito by the rooftop pool. The owner's art collection
adds drama to the 80 suites.
8. Best for surf style: The Modern Honolulu, Honolulu,
The Modern Honolulu boutique hotel [here
] near Waikiki Beach makes for a soft landing. Surfboards
decorate the lobby and the 353 white rooms star ukuleles and
vibrant sarongs. Hawaiian culture continues with Lomi Lomi spa
massages and there are two pools.
9. Best for intimate affairs: Hotel DeBrett, Auckland, New
The intimate 25-room Hotel DeBrett in Auckland [here
], right in the CBD, is just a stroll from the best shopping,
bar-cruising and island-hopping. Art deco goes Pop indoors, with
rainbow-bright, stripy rugs, retro furniture and kooky bedheads.
Outside, High Street hosts many of the best NZ fashion labels
for smart souvenirs.
10. Best for a hipster haven: Hôtel Americano, New York,
Hip Hôtel Americano in New York [here
] is just a hop from artsy Chelsea. This 56-room hot spot is a
hit with the fashion set. Bedrooms have a minimal ryokan feel,
with sleek, low-rise platform beds and there is an edgy rooftop
pool and bar.
(Editing by Elaine Lies)