Thanks in no small part to the rise of China, India and the economic diversification of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia is on the move. More often than not, that movement is up, up, up, beyond any place heretofore thought possible.
From Dubai to Shanghai, Bangkok to Mumbai, more skyscrapers are in progress on the continent than ever before. The number of projects just completed and in future development is staggering and dwarfs anything being considered in the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
Height matters. It helps a footballer get on top of a phalanx of defenders to head the ball over a keeper’s flailing, outstretched arms. It helps an attacker spike a volleyball with effective velocity. And it can determine whether a basketball is crammed into the hoop or desperately chucked from 20 feet out.
We’ll refrain from pursuing more sports analogies to underscore the fundamental argument that height is a decided advantage. A rare frill even, especially where hotels are concerned.
The Gold Coast, stretching along 60 kilometres of East Australia’s pristine coastline, with theme parks, great beaches, rainforest and activities galore, makes for a perfect family holiday location. There are plenty of family orientated hotels and resorts available, ranging from luxury options to those designed for the more budget conscious. Below are some of the best:
A stay at a great hotel is undoubtedly enhanced by the typical Aussie hospitality provided by a cool hotel bar. Some are so great that it’s not only the hotel guests that are attracted for a drink or two. Below are the top 5 hippest hotel bars in Australia, worth checking out even if you’re not checking in.
Australia is famed for its beaches – great expanses of soft, fine sand, lapped by clear, turquoise waters. From surfing and snorkelling to sunbathing and barbecuing, the Aussie lifestyle is centred around beach culture and when they welcome guests, the Australians certainly encourage them to get in on the action. Some of the very best hotels in Australia face onto the ocean, so here’s a rundown of some of the finest in each coastal state:
Australia had a decent but modest cluster of high-rises for decades. That is until the aughts. The last decade has produced not one but two stunners in Melbourne’s Eureka Tower – the tallest skyscraper in the country from base to roof – and Gold Coast’s Queensland Number One (Q1) – the fifth-tallest residential tower in the world.
Not all of that choice real estate is for office space and plush flats either. A slew of hotel towers proliferates from Perth to Sydney and makes the urban hospitality scene in Australia one of the most progressive and impressive in Asia Pacific.
The Ritz Hotel (London)
No other London hotel has earned such a strong reputation for celebrity guests than The Ritz. The traditional nature of the establishment is perfect for people who enjoy the grandiose nature of true British service.
Lanesborough Hotel (London)
Overlooking Buckingham Palace, the Lanesborough Hotel offers some of the city’s most prestigious and exclusive suites. Commonly visited by royals and celebrities, such as Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Palms (Las Vegas, US)
The Palms has a wide selection of options to suit various budgets. All the suites are individually styled to suit a variety of tastes. Popular weekend options include staying in the Erotic Suite or the Hugh Heffner Suite.
The Ritz-Carlton (Chicago, US)
The Ritz-Carlton has a weekend suite especially designed for couples looking for a weekend of fun in Chicago. Visitors can enjoy an in-room massage and have sushi delivered straight to their room door.
It can be difficult for people like Kristen Stewart to find a decent and discreet hideout to avoid the hassle of the press, especially after her fling with Snow White and the Huntsman Director, Rupert Sanders. Here are some of the hotels that are best known for hiding celebrities, maybe one of which was visited by Kristen Stewart throughout the media storm that has followed her around in recent months.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel bungalows provide some of the most sought after retreats in California. Celebrities have been known to frequent this establishment after being involved in scandals so they can relax in their own private cottage and escape the press.