Tatler Travel Guide 2012
Cleveland Collection sister company of Africa Travel proud sponsors of the Tatler Travel Guide 2012, featuring the 101 best properties in the world. From luxury island hideaways, to chic city escapes, and cultural journeys this informative guide highlights the very best properties in the world. We have created a number of unique and exciting offers for readers to exclusively experience these exotic worldwide destinations.
Waterhouse On The Bund Shanghai, China
In this city, where no new building is too tall or too gaudy, no architectural wonder so wondrous it can't be pulled down in a flash, this breakbeat of a hotel feels different. The brainchild of Singapore an hotelier Loh Lik Peng (the man also behind Bethnal Green's Town Hall -curiouser and curiouser,said Alice), it's a genuine piece of local history, housed in a Thirties docklands warehouse that's been given a knock around the chops with faceted bronze and glass panels. Inside, all is industrial chic, with chipped-plaster walls and exposed pipes. Rooms are kitted out with design-classic furniture - Hans Wegner sofas, Acne Jacobsen chairs - bare-brick floors and vast windows that look onto the Huangpu River and the space-age skyscrapers of Pudong. Despite all the uncompromising materials, the whole thing is surprisingly warm and comfortable, and a little humour dashed about - quotes frosted onto the windows, dance steps printed onto the floor-undercuts the severity. Table No 1, the restaurant from Jason Atherton (ex-chef at the Michelin-starred Maze), whips up mod-Euro morsels designed for sharing. You'll find Shanghai fashionistas and design boffins with thick specs and asymmetric haircuts seated at the long refectory tables. In other words, it's a little bit of Shoreditch in Shanghai.
Book it: Cleveland Collection (020 7843 3596) can arrange a three night stay at Waterhouse on the Bund from £1099 per person, to include flights, private car transfers and accommodation.View
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, China
It’s hard to know what not to get excited about. First off is the location, right in the heart of where you want to be, overlooking all the spark of Victoria Harbour. Then there’s the spot-on look: authentic Chinese meets contemporary. There are orchids set in water bowls, vast windows and seven-foot beds with goosey pillows, as well as all the superfly ghadgets you could want (and a technology butler on speed-dial should you hit panic mode). Even the cake shop is nothing short of spectacular – you can smeel the baking from floors above. The food is heavenly high. For breakfast choose from dim sum, dragon fruit, smoked tuna steak, divine pastries and natural ‘air’ yogurt (trendily foamed à la Blumenthal). Have a shave at the barber’s, a quintessential Shanghai pedicure, a to-die-for shepard’s pie for goodness’sake – this is a supreme urban escape, with way more welly than pretty much any other hotel in the zone.
Book it: Cleveland Collection (020 7843 3596) can arrange a four night stay at Mandarin Oriental from £1590 per person, including return British Airways flights, private car transfers and accommodation.View