Every spring, renowned travel publication Conde Nast Traveler releases a Gold List of the best hotels in the world in a number of categories, including best hotels for business types, most historic hotels and much more. We’re pleased to say that quite a few of Nezasa’s partner hotels and resorts made it into their esteemed lists.
More so, five of Nezasa’s partner accommodation spots are in Conde Nast’s distinguished Platinum Circle – meaning they made it into the readers’ favorite list for five years running. They include:
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort – Siem Reap, Cambodia
A special Cambodian element of Nezasa’s unique Lost Kingdoms of Indochina itinerary, this resort offers colonial French elegance just minutes away from the world-famous Angkor Wat and is jaw-droppingly beautiful in its setting and design. Its proximity to several amazing golf courses also includes it in Conde Nast’s list of Best Hotels for Sports Lovers.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: This French colonial with local touches—red-shingled roofs, white arches, terra-cotta tile—is in “an outstanding location.” Guests cross a footbridge over a lake to reach rooms that are “beautiful, with up-to-date amenities while maintaining the look and feel of Cambodia.”
The Regent – Beijing, China
This five-star centrally located hotel in Beijing includes tai chi classes and is just steps away from the world-famous Forbidden City. It’s considered one of China’s top hotels.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: “Extremely spacious rooms” have traditional art, large picture windows that allow sweeping views of the Forbidden City, and “wonderfully deep soaking tubs.
The Oberoi Amarvilas – Agra, India
With milk and rose-petal baths, gold-leaf designs and 64 carved-stone fountains all topped off with a majestic view of the Taj Mahal – there’s hardly a better place in India you can call home for a few days.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: The entrance to this Moorish-Mogul hotel is all arches and sandstone columns, with 64 carved-stone fountains. Elsewhere, the design includes gold leaf, filigree mesh screens, and etched-glass chandeliers. All teak-floored rooms and suites have “stunning, unobstructed views” of the Taj Mahal …
Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India
If you’re not going to Agra, this is an equally magnificent place to lay down your head. Located smack-dab in the center of Lake Udaipur and only accessible by boat, this awe-striking former palace is consistently rated one of the most romantic places in the world.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: “A real-life jewel in Lake Pichola,” this eighteenth-century palace is a sweep of courtyards, corridors, and pavilions inlaid with stone, gilt molding, and mirrors. Guests reach the four-acre man-made island via private boat and are taken to rooms with hand-painted motifs, mosaics, silk bolsters, swings, and stained glass.
The Peninsula – Bangkok, Thailand
This amazing five-star hotel is centrally located along the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River and its unique design ensures river views from every room. With silk upholstery and marble bathrooms, this is a top-tier accommodation choice for visitors who like the high life. This hotel is also included in Conde Nast’s list of the World’s Best City and Business Hotels for 2014 and Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World as determined in a reader survey.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: Guests praise the “immensely attractive waterfront location” and the “amazing international breakfast” at the River Café and Terrace–“it’s the best in town!” The three-tiered pool is amid lush landscaping–“you’ll be convinced that you’re at a tropical resort.”
Nezasa’s accommodation listings also include two spectacular places to stay that were recognized in several of Conde Nast’s other “top” lists for 2014:
Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India
The Rambagh Palace is included in three separate Conde Nast lists for 2014: The World’s Best Historic Hotels, Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World as determined by readers, and Hotels with Cool Histories. It needs to be seen in person for its magnificent surroundings and design to be truly appreciated. A few days here will make you feel like a maharajah in days long ago.
Sample quote from Conde Nast: This “absolutely beautiful” restored 1835 palace was built for the queen’s favorite handmaiden, and later used as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge. Its rooms have four-poster beds and walk-in wardrobes; the Sukh Niwas Suite comes with arched stonework, textured drapes and fabrics, crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf frescoes, and large windows that open onto the gardens and views of the Aravalli hills.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Spa – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Formerly known as The Chedi, the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Spa is the only five-star resort on the Mae Ping River and is just minutes away from all the hotspots including Chiang Mai itself. Included in Conde Nast’s Hotels That Deliver the Wow Factor and Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World as determined by readers, it’s equipped with modern-day luxuries: a rooftop bar, open-air restaurant with food rated a perfect 100.0 by Conde Nast’s readers, and described as “Japanese Ryokan meets Louis Kahn.”
Sample quote from Conde Nast: The 84 sleek rooms, protected from urban noise by two sets of thick doors, have sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of Thai river life. Daybeds indoors and out are a relaxing pleasure, as are teak chaises by the riverfront pool. The hotel wraps around the open-air restaurant, where two Indian chefs spice up an East-meets-West menu.
Nezasa is actively exploring opportunities to add to its ever-growing list of hotels, resorts and escape havens in Asia and soon, other parts of the world. Keep an eye on us and by this time next year, we’ll be sure to have a few more juicy places in Conde Nast Traveler’s esteemed circle.