WHAT TO WEAR
1. Trousers, Dhs2,550, Balenciaga 2. Watch, Dhs110,000, Bulgari 3. Boots, Dhs2,590, Aquazzura at Harvey Nichols-Dubai 4. Hat, Dhs2,375, Maison Michel at Symphony 5. Jacket, Dhs9,900, Madiyah Al Sharqi at The Modist
Shangri-La at The Shard London
London, United Kingdom
Undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic edifices, The Shard is also home to Shangri-La Hotel, Bazaar’s best loved getaway in the UK capital. Here it’s all about multi-sensory experiences, from the binoculars supplied in each room to take in the stellar 360-views, the 300-thread count Frette linen sheets, the attentive-but-never intrusive staff, avant garde cocktails at Gong bar, or Europe’s highest infinity pool on the 52nd floor. Go big or go home, they say, and we’re angling to move in.
From Dhs2,916 a night; Shangri-la.com
Heritage meets cosmopolitan chic in Shangri-La at The Shard London
Intrepid travel and a spot of sartorial sight-seeing is our kind of luxury escape. Fashion pioneer Yves Saint Laurent’s archived work is safeguarded at the new YSL Museum in Marrakech and is a treasure trove of his most creative and conversation-starting designs. While you’re there, stay at Royal Mansour Marrakech for boutique bliss and heritage design with the famous riads in abundance allowing you to
escape to another world with the utmost privacy.
From Dhs5,287 a night; Royalmansour.com
Lavish authenticy abound at Royal Mansour
Located on the vast waters of the largest lake in the city, days spent out in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi are brought to a sense of calm via rooms suspended over a water pavilion complete with cream-coloured walls, dark timber furniture and richly-hued accents in a design that seeks to blend local and modern vibes
for the most discerning
From Dhs602 a night; Hanoi.intercontinental.com
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Lap up outdoor luxury from lofty heights amid the tropical jungles and Mayan ruins of Mexico’s coastline characterised by smooth white cement by local firm Co-Lab Design Office for pared-back chic.
From Dhs7,162 a night; Designhotels.com
Tulum Treehouse, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
The latest in the Mandarin story, this property is set to be a firm favourite for sun and sea lovers. The interiors are pure class courtesy of colonial style suites and pristine marble detailing.
From Dhs5,142 a night; Mandarinoriental.com
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
1898 The Post
Ghent’s best kept secret is found in a former post office where the neo-gothic façade of natural stone hides an elegant 20th-century style décor, enhanced by antique furniture and offering perfect purity, ultimate comfort and breathtaking authenticity. Each room is aptly named after various elements of the postal process, The Stamp, The Postcard and The Envelope, all complete with a warm and inviting atmosphere.
From Dhs867 a night; Zannierhotels.com
History comes alive at 1898 The Post, Belgium
New York City, United States of America
Perched on Park Avenue, this boutique property considers the needs of a city slicker down to a tee. Understated and sleek luxury combines with on-trend touches including a locally curated minibar and Ciel beauty bits and bobs. Gastronomy takes the lead with Cleo, the award-winning Mediterranean concept helmed by chef Danny Elmaleh. Seductive and striking in equal measure and ripe for an autumnal city break.
From Dhs1,494 a night; Morganshotelgroup.com
Mondrian New York
This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia