New Year, New You

Lighten Up!

After the indulgent holidays, start 2014 in a healthy, smart way by establishing new, well-balanced routines at these Leading Hotels. With on-hand nutritionists, personalized menus and energetic workout classes, these properties make staying healthy fun and rewarding.
UNWIND…
during a five-day yoga retreat complemented by a nutrition-focused spa menu at this serene German retreat.
ATTEND…
a BodyTalk consultation to learn how everyday stress affects the body, held monthly at this cozy property in coastal Spain.
EXPLORE…
nature on foot or by bike at this quiet hideaway in the English countryside, which features 300 acres of lush grounds and woodlands.
RECHARGE…
with one of the special programs ranging from the mind-focused “Relaxation in the Mountains” to the body-centric “Shaping Up” package at this rural Argentinian property.
FOCUS…
on nutrition with the spa menu and a holistic treatment at this cliffside South African hotel.
HEAL…
your muscles with a massage using a specially formulated, organic fitness oil at this stunning Australian resort.
ENROLL…
in one of this wellness hotel’s many classes that teach everything from lifetime nutrition to chronic pain management.
ENJOY…
a restorative “workout to relax” session beginning with low-impact exercise and followed by a healing massage at this sunny California hotel.
INDULGE…
at this alpine retreat in Vail that offers heart-healthy takes on traditional comfort food and lightened-up spa cocktails.
PLUNGE…
into an invigorating Aquagym workout followed by a treatment at the Cinq Mondes spa at this Swiss chalet hotel.
Escape the winter blues at one of these Leading Hotels in South Asia. Surrounded by calming gardens and immersed in local culture, these properties bring serenity with spa treatments aimed at rebalancing the mind and rejuvenating the spirit.

Leading Spa Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur, India

The mystical city of Jodhpur boasts forts and palaces that rise against the backdrop of the surrounding Thar Desert and walled old city. The most spectacular is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, an architectural marvel designed for the Maharaja in the late 1920’s. Part of the palace remains the official abode for Jodhpur’s royal family, while another houses a luxurious heritage hotel that makes guests feel like nobility. Interiors are opulent, with Art Deco touches, gilded furniture and colored murals. The Palm Court, with a soaring 105-foot cupola, stops many visitors in their tracks, as do the royal suites, the former residences of the Maharaja Umaid Singh. Service is unparalleled and the concierge can set up such activities as tennis, village safaris, horseback-riding, polo and croquet.

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Leading Spa Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

South Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is spread across a pristine beach and over one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, with luxuriously appointed villas. Heralded for its culinary offerings, guests may dine in one of the resort’s restaurants, experience in-villa dining valet services or choose any location around the island for memorable al fresco private dining. A highlight of the resort is the Jiva Grande Spa – a private island sanctuary offering a range of Indian wellness signature treatments and rituals.

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Leading Golf Capella Singapore

Singapore City, Singapore

Sentosa Island is renowned as a golf destination with striking landscapes and sheltered beaches, but it was the Capella Singapore that introduced an element of high design. Successfully blending colonial and contemporary aesthetics, the property was designed by Foster Partners, who are noted for innovative architecture. The center of the sprawling grounds is a white Patrician building with two modern wings that house sleek guest rooms. Interiors, by designer Jaya Ibrahim, echo the period motif with selected Asian and colonial accents. The setting, among 30 acres of manicured grounds edged by rainforest overlooking the South China Sea, inspires relaxation. The Auriga Spa is top-notch and staffed with therapists trained in traditional Asian and contemporary techniques.

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Paris is known for many things: iconic museums, trendsetting cuisine and chic residents, all contributing to its longtime status as one of Europe's most-loved capitals. Lately, classic Paris has seemingly hit “refresh,” with a flurry of openings, from trendy restaurants in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods to an amazing new fashion museum. Discerning travelers are returning to the City of Light to experience all the debuts and update their cultural IQ while based at one of these stunning Leading Hotels.

Leading Spa Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris

Paris, France

Just steps from the Champs Elysees, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris has been transformed into a modern Palace infused with the French spirit. The exquisite rooms and suites are spacious sanctuaries of modern comfort. Throughout the hotel, the ambiance is enlivened by art and culture with a private Art Gallery, an art bookstore and an exclusive service of an Art Concierge. A state of the art screening room and an astonishing photography collection complete the show-stopping, dynamic feel. From the contemporary authenticity of French dishes to the celebration of Italian regional food, dining at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris is truly memorable. Beating heart of the hotel, there is a colorful, chic and truly Parisian bar where one can enjoy great classics of luxury.

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Leading Spa Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière

Paris, France

The massive transformation and expansion of Paris’ legendary Fouquet’s brasserie into a luxury hotel was overseen by architect Edouard François and interior designer Jacques Garcia. François merged seven classic Haussmann-style buildings and Garcia’s vivid style is seen in such details as oversized golden fauteuils in the lobby and walls covered in embroidered leather. Hotel Fouquets-Barrière is committed to Dignified Luxury©, which emphasizes that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. The hotel’s lavish design, exquisite cuisine and hip location where the Champs-Élysées meets the Avenue George V, underscores its appeal to a fashionable and discerning clientele.

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Le Bristol Paris

Paris, France

Le Bristol Paris is a unique place for its exemplary service and refinement. Located on the elegant rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the heart of the city’s arts and fashion district, the hotel has welcomed guests since 1925 and features renovated rooms and suites that are decorated in 18th century French-style. Exceptional cuisine is created in the newly designed restaurant, Epicure, which overlooks the French gardens. The luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg offers an inviting atmosphere. Le Jardin Français welcomes guests for afternoon tea, or less formal lunch and dinner. Le Bar du Bristol is the new place to be seen in Paris on evenings. The swimming pool has panoramic views of Paris’ rooftops. The new Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie completes this exceptional palace.

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Hôtel Lancaster

Paris, France

Hôtel Lancaster has housed many a grande dame over the years. In the 1930s, Marlene Dietrich lived in one of the apartments for three years, and today the suite named after her has a grand piano in the living room. Built as a private residence in 1889, the hotel still exudes the personal ambience of a stylish home. Legendary hotelier Emile Wolf hunted for antiques across Paris’ best auction houses, and the impressive collection creates a ravishing backdrop to this day. Further enhancing the home-away-from-home vibe is the interior garden whose lush plants come from five different continents. Given the serene setting in the heart of Paris, no wonder that such presentday grandes dames and gentlemen, like Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodóvar, have all stayed here.

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