The Luxe List 2014

  • Abode, Mumbai, India

    Abode, Mumbai, India

  • Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

    Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

    Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

  • Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

    Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

  • Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

    Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

  • Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

  • Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

    Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

  • Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

    Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

  • Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Sofitel So Singapore

    Sofitel So Singapore

  • Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

    Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

  • Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

    Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

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The Luxe List 2014: Abode, Mumbai, India

A collaboration between Wich Latte sandwich-chain owner Abedin Sham and former Goldman Sachs banker Lizzie Chapman, this 20-room charmer holds the distinction of being Mumbai’s first luxury boutique hotel. Abode inhabits the 110-year-old former home of David Sassoon in Colaba, within walking distance of Kala Ghoda and the Fort area. The larger of its retro-chic rooms shine with double-height windows, carefully restored vintage furniture, hand-tiled floors, Indian textiles and art, and claw-foot bathtubs, while the smaller rooms—though no less charmingly appointed—share bathrooms and are affordable for travelers on a budget. As part of its community outreach philosophy, the hotel employs single mothers to work as its own team of taxi drivers and hires its massage therapists from a nearby vocational school for the blind, who will do treatments in-room if you don’t want to venture to the spa facilities. And if afterward you’re too relaxed to step out for a bite, ring the lobby café at any hour, day or night, for a Mumbai street food–inspired meal.

Landsdowne House, M.B. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba; 91-80/8023-4066; Abode; en-suite doubles from US$98

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