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: Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold —sometimes, it’s bronze, like the latticework that Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill created to clad this new Beijing house of luxury. A stone’s throw from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the hotel is the Waldorf’s second installment in its quickly expanding foray into Asia, and it’s glitzy inside and out. Yabu Pushelberg interiors mix lacquered framework and walls covered in raw silk with high-tech amenities (rooms come with tablets and smartphones) and the hotel’s impressive Chinese art collection. A hauntingly androgynous portrait by Beijing artist Ling Jian hangs in the Peacock Alley Lounge; one of Shao Fan’s “Deconstructed” chairs sits on the mezzanine level. In the spa, exceptional therapists administer a menu of treatments that leave a lasting impression, as do chef Menex Cheung’s Cantonese delicacies (think spicy Wagyu beef in stewed eggplant), served in the elegant dining room of Zijin Mansion.

5–15 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng; 86-10/8520-8989; Waldorf Astoria Beijing; doubles from US$490

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