JASON FRIEDMAN, The Siam, Bangkok — For decades, one of the pleasures of arrival in Bangkok was being greeted in the lobby of The Oriental (now the Mandarin Oriental) by Kurt Wachtveitl, the greatest of the old-school GMs. Before he retired in 2009, Kurt was the public face of his hotel, your effortlessly charming [...]
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Last year saw several prominent openings in New York, Paris and London; this year we are looking elsewhere for promising new properties. All of the major hotel groups have several projects in the works; some look very compelling (St. Regis Bal Harbour, Raffles Maldives, Capella Georgetown), others not so much (Kempinski Vilnius, St. Regis Tianjin, Four Seasons Baku). The Amanresorts guessing game continues to captivate their legion of fans (Gabon! Perth! Wadi Rum!), and it will be interesting to see what their new owners decide to unveil.
When Six Senses unveils a new resort, we tend to pay attention. Its latest property recently opened in the dramatic Vietnamese archipelago of Con Dao, a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The beach resort makes an excellent base for snorkeling the coral reefs, exploring nearby islands by private boat and visiting [...]