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CEN AUS Q1 2018

BLACKBOOK ON THE PULSE

BLACKBOOK ON THE PULSE bolstering its impressive portfolio of 120 opulent villas along the pictureperfect beaches of the Shaviyani Atoll. Making a splash in the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal is the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans (tajhotels.com), where all manner of alluring features, from its 75 beachside villas to the restorative Jiva Spa and haute cuisine served at The Settlers eatery, are informed by the surrounding culture and tradition. Architect Bill Bensley, meanwhile, has applied his deft hand to the Rosewood Luang Prabang (rosewoodhotels. com), where a magnificent natural backdrop – the lush, untouched forest of north central Laos – sets the stage for a 23-key jungle camp with farmto-table fare and Laotian therapies administered at a hillside spa. Bensley is also the creative force behind the 22 one-bedroom tented retreats and single two-bedroom lodge of Capella Ubud, Bali (capellahotels. com). Nestled between rainforests and paddy fields in the island‘s uplands, each accommodation boasts a private Clockwise from top left: hilltop tents at Rosewood Luang Prabang; plunge pool and deck at Capella Ubud, Bali; a bedroom at the Rosewood; Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island suite veranda; water villa at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi saltwater Jacuzzi, while dining options include an Asian street-food barbecue. But perhaps the most buzzedabout debut early this year is The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland (retreat.bluelagoon.com), a manmade geothermal spa plonked atop an 800-year-old lava field. Accompanied by sleek, Nordic-style suites, a steam-topped, rock-fringed lagoon and an ocean-to-plate eatery, it’s really the primordial, largerthan-life ecosystem that does most of the talking. BY CLAUDIA ROELKE PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PAUL THUYSBAERT, KRISHNA ADITHYA (2), © FOUR SEASONS, KRISHNA ADITHYA 22 CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM FOR THE LATEST HOTEL OPENINGS GO TO: CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM

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