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: Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

In a city dominated by practical accommodations catering to politicians and businesspeople, Hotel Hotel has style to spare. Part of the Australian capital’s artsy New Acton precinct, it unites the talents of a long list of creative types. Canberra property developers Nectar and Johnathan Efkarpidis are the brains behind the 68-room, 32-apartment project, with filmmaker Don Cameron responsible for the interiors, which feature Japanese grass wallpaper ceilings, reclaimed woodchip panels, and rough rendered walls. A grand staircase of salvaged timber leads to the hotel foyer and a library of art and design books, while guest rooms are individually furnished with original midcentury pieces from Sydney collector Ken Neale. While the surrounding area has its share of attractions including a cinema, boutiques, and bars, a meal at Melbourne chef Sean McConnell’s in-house restaurant Monster is a must, if only to ogle the giant circular skylights and private dining room decorated with ceramic tiles by artist Gerard Havekes.

New Acton Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave.; 61-2/6287-6287; Hotel Hotel; doubles from US$250

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