Escape Winter’s Embrace at Leading Hotels

Summer in the Southern Hemisphere

As daylight hours dwindle up north, the Southern Hemisphere bathes in sunlight. Those fantasizing of a sunset safari or scuba diving in the South Pacific should head to one of these Leading Hotels to make their dreams a reality with adventure, fun and abundant sunshine.
the Ngong Hills on the Royal Nairobi Golf Course, just minutes from this luxury Kenyan hotel.
new heights and recent history at this waterfront hotel in Cape Town, where you can climb nearby Table Mountain and tour Robben Island.
yourself in Brazilian culture before retreating to this greenhouse-like hotel for a traditional caipirinha.
from the comfort of the rooftop lounge at this historic hotel with views of Zimbabwe’s tempestuous Victoria Falls.
in the Pacific, among manta rays, sharks and barracudas at this far-flung island oasis.
an Indonesian elephant or climb Mount Agung while staying at this intimate Balinese retreat.
at night and spot cheetahs by day at this safari-style game reserve.
across the Uruguayan pampas at this glam, luxurious estate with an equestrian center and polo field.
There’s a reason hot cocoa and fondue are winter favorites: nothing beats coming in from the cold and tucking into a warm, calorie-laden meal. Many comfort foods arouse a sense of nostalgia, so make new memories and try local favorites in these destinations with top-of-the-line Leading Hotels.

The Hazelton Hotel Toronto

Toronto, Canada

In recent years, Toronto’s Yorkville area has turned into the city's most stylish district, with fabulous shopping and dining, as well as the acclaimed Royal Ontario Museum. The buzzing neighborhood provides the backdrop for the Hazleton, a design-focused property that is a major social hub. Designed by the cutting-edge Yabu Pushelberg firm, the interiors are sleek and confident, with elegant materials such as green granite, polished wood and silver velvet. Guest rooms are spacious and boast French doors and custom furnishings. Even One Restaurant, headed by Chef Mark McEwan, is über-chic, with a changing menu reflecting seasonal and local fare. Naturally, during the annual Toronto Film Festival the hotel is a major see-and-be-seen place.

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Hotel Okura, Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Classic Japanese to its elegant core, this fabled Hotel Okura Tokyo was designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi, who also created Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art and the Crown Prince's Palace. Opened in 1962, the property celebrates traditional design and culture, as seen in such touches as the tranquil gardens, elegant tea ceremony room with kimono-clad hostesses and stunning ikebana (floral arrangement). Destination-specific details continue in the Zen-inspired rooms, which have vibrant fabrics and shoji screen–like windows. Hotel Okura Tokyo is located in a low-rise building next to the American consulate in the embassy district, making it the perennial choice for visiting dignitaries.

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Le Pavillon Hotel

New Orleans, United States

Located in the heart of New Orleans adjacent to the French Quarter, Le Pavillon opened in 1907. With a history dating back to the Gilded Age, and impeccable French décor throughout, the hotel piques the imagination and delights the senses. Le Pavillon is affectionately known as “The Belle of New Orleans” by discerning travelers who appreciate both the exceptional service and the elegant ambiance of this historic hotel. This intimate hotel reflects the gracious spirit of long ago New Orleans, but features amenities of today like Wi-Fi, a fitness center, rooftop pool and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Le Pavillon invites guests to socialize nightly in the lobby for a little taste of home, serving complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with ice cold milk and piping hot chocolate.

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Surrounded by greenery and striking natural topography, these Leading Hotels offer an array of outdoor pursuits, as well as superior spas with treatments focusing on relaxation. Serenity is guaranteed, whether guests are inclined to while the day away in private spa suites at the mercy of well-trained hands, or simply indulge in post-adventure pampering.

The Shilla Seoul

Seoul, Korea

South Korea’s capital is one of Asia’s most vibrant and economically powerful cities, with a skyline whose architectural innovation reflects its pioneering spirit. It’s not easy keeping up with this futurama, but The Shilla Seoul succeeds with a combination of comfortable elegance and cutting-edge technology. The location is unbeatable: at the heart of the city and bordering the 23-acre Janchungdan Park. Interiors are a flawless blend of East-meets-West, with soaring public spaces and European-style guestrooms, many with views of Namsan Mountain. Equally top-notch is the Guerlain Spa, the first of its kind in an Asian hotel, overseen by Paris-trained therapists. The facilities also include an outdoor swimming pool, a luxury in the fast-paced city.

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Leading Spa Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Arosa, Switzerland

Founded in the early 20th century, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel today is known for its ultramodern Mario Botta–designed Tschuggen Bergoase spa. The 5,000-square-meter, four-floor complex is built directly into the mountain (28,000 meters of gravel were removed for its construction) and connected to the hotel by a glass walkway. Another star designer, Carlo Rampazzi, conceived the vivid interiors, notable for their spectacular mix of color, texture and pattern. The Graubünden landscape provides its own magical scenery, and at 1,800 meters above sea level, the hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy outdoor activates from Alpine and cross-country skiing and horse races on a frozen lake, to hot-air ballooning and delta gliding.

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The PuYu Hotel and Spa

Wuhan, China

Located between Wuhan’s commercial district, the picturesque East Lake, and the Optics Valley region, the 29-story PuYu Hotel and Spa offers an experience that is world class. The hotel is modern in style, with the exterior a striking combination of white granite, black sheet metal and glass. Embodying a theme of reflection, the property boasts extensive water features, ponds and greenery to create a soothing atmosphere. The sumptuous accommodations are executed in contemporary design, incorporating elements of the Hubei culture.

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