Raffles to close ahead of rebirth

Singapore's time-honoured Raffles hotel will close this month for the final stage of a major redevelopment that will introduce three new suite categories, additional event facilities and a luxury spa. The works represent the third and biggest stag

Syd Sofitel heralds a luxury hotel boom

The October debut of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has given the city its first new internationally branded five-star hotel since before the 2000 Olympics, signally the start of a boom in luxury developments in the harbour city. A succession of h

Waldorf Astoria for London arch

One of London's most prominent landmarks is set to be reborn as a luxury hotel after a recent agreement between Prime Investors Capital and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Admiralty Arch, an elaborate Edwardian monument spanning The Mall at

A desert reinvention for Longitude 131

Uluru's luxury desert camp Longitude 131 has added a new Dune Pavilion as part of an extensive renovation, creating a new flagship suite in the style of a contemporary outback homestead. Perched upon the red-sand landscape, it is the first accommo

Luxe the Japanese way

Impeccable service and exclusive experiences define luxury in the new Japan, writes Kristie Kellahan. No discussion of luxury in Japan would be complete without mention of the incredible culinary scene. It sometimes seems that to live is to eat in

Island tourism drives hotel boom

Testament to the Philippines' growing allure as an attractive tourist destination is the swathe of hotels & resorts that are set to open over the next 12 months. The focus for development has primarily been on the idyllic tropical islands the cou