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: Sofitel So Singapore

Housed in a former telecommunications center built in 1927 by the city’s first architecture firm, the Sofitel So is an enchanting colonial anomaly among the skyscrapers of Singapore’s CBD. A glass atrium connecting a modern wing of smaller studios with the original Heritage wing of larger suites floods natural light into the lobby, gleaming off the glass light-art installation hanging down into vases of the city-state’s national flower, orchids. French-born designer Isabelle Miaja designed every detail—quilted elevator walls, the pop-art portraits of Napoleon that appear in each room—save for those that Karl Lagerfeld contributed himself, such as the Chanel staff uniforms. The hotel forewent a spa in preference of more spacious rooms, whose three-meter-high ceilings are topped out with light boxes rendered with European cupolas, turned off and on via your bedside iPad. And though cocktail bars sandwich the structure on the infinity-pooled roof and in the lobby across from French chef Anne-Cécile Degenne’s Xperience restaurant (go for the foie gras shumai), the most intoxicating virtue is the pervasive aroma: Urban Forest, an exclusive fragrance from France’s Grasse Perfumery.

35 Robinson Rd.; 65/6701-6800; Sofitel So Singapore; doubles from US$250

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