The city of Hong Kong is arguably the business center of the Far East. With the cost of doing business there far less expensive than in the United States, Hong Kong’s economy is booming.
Hong Kong has long been one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury. But what they see isn’t always what they get…unless, that is, they know where to go. Experienced travelers to this former British colony head for the Excelsior Hotel, a member of the Mandarin Oriental Group.
Probably the world’s most famous hotel, Raffles Singapore is an oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic and one of a kind. First opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore epitomizes the romance of the Far East, an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match.
Nestled in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is a hidden gem for visitors to escape the chaos of city life and become one with nature. The tranquil garden is the home Taiko-en, which encompasses five restaurants and twelve banquet halls.
As the rising sun travels up the mountains of Yakushiyama it awakens the hidden gardens and visitors of hotel Beniya Mukayu. The quaint 17-room Japanese getaway embraces the cherry, maple and other trees that surround the retreat.
Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Kahn and Mekong rivers is an unspoiled landscape of cloud-topped mountains rooted in the river’s rice and vegetable patties and a plethora of kind elephants half wild half tame.
Honor Dargan of the U.K. Telegraph puts it perfectly when he states: “Tokyo has an energy that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s not overt. It’s not in your face. But there’s an intangible fizzle and crackle in the air that makes this place breathe.”