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 Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

This staunchly modern 70-room hotel on the southern edge of Lijiang’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is a welcome addition to an area where the accommodations scene is dominated by backpacker billets. Clad in local gray stone and topped with a Naxi-style wing-tipped roof, the Indigo blends surprisingly well into its 800-year-old surroundings, though it’s another story inside. The main lounge, Me Space, is festooned with eye-popping pillows, metal-cage light fixtures, and horse-saddle seating meant to evoke the sixth-century Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that once transported pu’er tea from here to Tibet. A more elegant effect is achieved in the white and pale-wood guest rooms, which come with caravan trunks, latticed windows, ink-wash paintings, and plush pillow-top beds that beckon after a day spent exploring Lijiang’s crowded yet charming cobblestone alleyways. The staff are genuinely friendly and diligent, especially in the hotel’s Charm restaurant, where the menu incorporates Yunnanese dishes such as a succulent yak hot pot.

111 Xing Wen Alley, Qiyi Lu; 86-888/559-9111; Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town; doubles from US$295

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