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Leisa Tyler
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  • A guest room at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.A guest room at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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      Chiang Mai, Thailand - 17/08/2012: A guest room at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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  • A Bill Bensley designed guest tent at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land overlooking Burma and Laos, the hotel also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand.A Bill Bensley designed guest tent at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land overlooking Burma and Laos, the hotel also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand.
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      Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 23/08/2012: A Bill Bensley designed guest tent at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land overlooking Burma and Laos, the hotel also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand.
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  • An attic room inside Devi Garh, an 18th century restored palace in the village of Delwara outside of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The palace was built by a soldier who assisted the Maharana of Udaipur defend Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, during the Mughal insurgence of Rajasthan in the 1700's.

The palace has since been restored and converted into a boutique hotel; the palace's attic, once the domain of the women, is now used as a lounge bar.An attic room inside Devi Garh, an 18th century restored palace in the village of Delwara outside of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The palace was built by a soldier who assisted the Maharana of Udaipur defend Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, during the Mughal insurgence of Rajasthan in the 1700's.

The palace has since been restored and converted into a boutique hotel; the palace's attic, once the domain of the women, is now used as a lounge bar.
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      Udaipur, Rajasthan, India - 01/04/2003: An attic room inside Devi Garh, an 18th century restored palace in the village of Delwara outside of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The palace was built by a soldier who assisted the Maharana of Udaipur defend Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, during the Mughal insurgence of Rajasthan in the 1700's. The palace has since been restored and converted into a boutique hotel; the palace's attic, once the domain of the women, is now used as a lounge bar.
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  • Jeanette Mix's boutique hotel Ett Hem, designed by British-based Ilse Crawford and housed in a former office block in the upmarket neighbourhood of Lärkstan in Stockholm, offers smooth confidence and unflinching style.Jeanette Mix's boutique hotel Ett Hem, designed by British-based Ilse Crawford and housed in a former office block in the upmarket neighbourhood of Lärkstan in Stockholm, offers smooth confidence and unflinching style.
  • A patient receiving Thai massage.A patient receiving Thai massage.
  • A Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern MunichA Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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      Siargao, Philippines - 30/07/2013: A Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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  • A towel box at Noordin Mews, 16 room hotel converted out of an old stables and early 20th century Straits Chinese terrace house.
Designed in “Chinese Hollywood” style, the sexy glamour of 1930’s Shanghai, the 14 guest rooms in the old stables, each spread over 30 square meters, have king sized beds, separate day beds, antique terrazzo floor tiles and delightful art deco touches, including vintage wooden chairs and knick-knacks from the 1950’s - bottles of Florida Water, mother-of-pearl mirror compacts, tins of Imperial Leather  talcum powder.A towel box at Noordin Mews, 16 room hotel converted out of an old stables and early 20th century Straits Chinese terrace house.
Designed in “Chinese Hollywood” style, the sexy glamour of 1930’s Shanghai, the 14 guest rooms in the old stables, each spread over 30 square meters, have king sized beds, separate day beds, antique terrazzo floor tiles and delightful art deco touches, including vintage wooden chairs and knick-knacks from the 1950’s - bottles of Florida Water, mother-of-pearl mirror compacts, tins of Imperial Leather  talcum powder.
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      George Town, Penang, Malaysia - 04/03/2013: A towel box at Noordin Mews, 16 room hotel converted out of an old stables and early 20th century Straits Chinese terrace house. Designed in “Chinese Hollywood” style, the sexy glamour of 1930’s Shanghai, the 14 guest rooms in the old stables, each spread over 30 square meters, have king sized beds, separate day beds, antique terrazzo floor tiles and delightful art deco touches, including vintage wooden chairs and knick-knacks from the 1950’s - bottles of Florida Water, mother-of-pearl mirror compacts, tins of Imperial Leather talcum powder.
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  • Inside a Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern MunichInside a Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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      Siargao, Philippines - 28/07/2013: Inside a Nestrest at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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  • A guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern MunichA guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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      Siargao, Philippines - 30/07/2013: A guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from a recyclable plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only only intrepid surfers after the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fuelled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort. Bobby Dekeyser is a former goalie for German football club Bayern Munich
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  • The lobby of the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.The lobby of the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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      Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, Malaysia - 13/05/2013: The lobby of the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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  • A tray of elements designed to 'purify the air' before beginning a treatment session at Ananda in the Himalayas, an Ayurvedic spa above Rishikesh in India. Developed by yogis who meditated on alleviating mankind's suffering from ill health over 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic health philosophy aiming at balancing mind, body and spirit through food, yoga, meditation and treatments.

The life science is currently experiencing a renaissance, fueled by the growing interest in Eastern healing therapies in Western countries and the emergence of the spa tourism industry.A tray of elements designed to 'purify the air' before beginning a treatment session at Ananda in the Himalayas, an Ayurvedic spa above Rishikesh in India. Developed by yogis who meditated on alleviating mankind's suffering from ill health over 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic health philosophy aiming at balancing mind, body and spirit through food, yoga, meditation and treatments.

The life science is currently experiencing a renaissance, fueled by the growing interest in Eastern healing therapies in Western countries and the emergence of the spa tourism industry.
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      Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh, India - 01/03/2003: A tray of elements designed to 'purify the air' before beginning a treatment session at Ananda in the Himalayas, an Ayurvedic spa above Rishikesh in India. Developed by yogis who meditated on alleviating mankind's suffering from ill health over 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic health philosophy aiming at balancing mind, body and spirit through food, yoga, meditation and treatments. The life science is currently experiencing a renaissance, fueled by the growing interest in Eastern healing therapies in Western countries and the emergence of the spa tourism industry.
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  • The spa at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.The spa at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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      Siargao, Philippines - 30/07/2013: The spa at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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  • A guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.A guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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      Siargao, Philippines - 28/07/2013: A guestroom at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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  • View over guest villas and the sea from the lobby of the Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand.View over guest villas and the sea from the lobby of the Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand.
  • A guest room at Avalon Coastal Retreat, a three bedroom luxury villa accommodation near Swansea, Tasmania.A guest room at Avalon Coastal Retreat, a three bedroom luxury villa accommodation near Swansea, Tasmania.
  • Amwaj restaurant at the Anantara Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. The first, Desert Islands, opened in one of the royal palace’s former guest houses in 2008.Amwaj restaurant at the Anantara Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. The first, Desert Islands, opened in one of the royal palace’s former guest houses in 2008.
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      Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 23/10/2013: Amwaj restaurant at the Anantara Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. The first, Desert Islands, opened in one of the royal palace’s former guest houses in 2008.
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  • Designed by Hobart-based 1+2 Architects and built of macrocarpa and cement sheet, Marion Bay House is one of many high end villa accommodation emerging in Tasmania.  Suspended on the edge of a grassy hillside, the house appears as a blank timber wall.  “A folded ribbon of timber which emerges from its site, then folds back on itself to form an enclosure in a manner which both 'grounds' the building and amplifies its presence in the broader landscape”, elaborate 1 + 2 Architects.Designed by Hobart-based 1+2 Architects and built of macrocarpa and cement sheet, Marion Bay House is one of many high end villa accommodation emerging in Tasmania.  Suspended on the edge of a grassy hillside, the house appears as a blank timber wall.  “A folded ribbon of timber which emerges from its site, then folds back on itself to form an enclosure in a manner which both 'grounds' the building and amplifies its presence in the broader landscape”, elaborate 1 + 2 Architects.
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      Marions Bay, Tasmania, Australia - 08/01/2011: Designed by Hobart-based 1+2 Architects and built of macrocarpa and cement sheet, Marion Bay House is one of many high end villa accommodation emerging in Tasmania. Suspended on the edge of a grassy hillside, the house appears as a blank timber wall. “A folded ribbon of timber which emerges from its site, then folds back on itself to form an enclosure in a manner which both 'grounds' the building and amplifies its presence in the broader landscape”, elaborate 1 + 2 Architects.
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  • Setting up for a day in the sun at the main swimming pool of Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season. Setting up for a day in the sun at the main swimming pool of Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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      Huvafenfushi, Maldives - 01/02/2005: Setting up for a day in the sun at the main swimming pool of Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives. Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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  • Dining by Design, private dining, at the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. Al Yamm was the second property to open, in September 2013.Dining by Design, private dining, at the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. Al Yamm was the second property to open, in September 2013.
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      Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 25/10/2013: Dining by Design, private dining, at the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort on Sir Bani Yas, an island in the Persian Gulf, and once the private retreat of the United Arab Emirates’ founder, the former Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Bangkok based Anantara group run three resorts on the island. Al Yamm was the second property to open, in September 2013.
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  • Mathias Dahlgren’s Stockholm restaurant, Matsalen, on the ground floor of the elegant Grand HotelMathias Dahlgren’s Stockholm restaurant, Matsalen, on the ground floor of the elegant Grand Hotel
  • A lady receiving a Thai massage.A lady receiving a Thai massage.
  • The restaurant Salt at Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.The restaurant Salt at Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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      Huvafenfushi, Maldives - 01/02/2005: The restaurant Salt at Huvafenfushi, a new resort on Male Atoll, the Maldives. Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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  • A guest at the spa resort, Tanjung Rhu, receives a Vichy shower treatment.A guest at the spa resort, Tanjung Rhu, receives a Vichy shower treatment.
  • The view over St George Cathedral from Beit Rumman Hotel's rooftop, Christian Quarter, Damascus' Old Town. Housed in a 18th century home, Beit Rumman is the pick of the new exquisitely restored Ottoman-era boutique hotels that have opened in the Christian Quarter. Trying hard to shrug off its reputation as a rogue state, Syria is now opening its doors to tourism, with visitor numbers expected to double to 12 million in the next four years.The view over St George Cathedral from Beit Rumman Hotel's rooftop, Christian Quarter, Damascus' Old Town. Housed in a 18th century home, Beit Rumman is the pick of the new exquisitely restored Ottoman-era boutique hotels that have opened in the Christian Quarter. Trying hard to shrug off its reputation as a rogue state, Syria is now opening its doors to tourism, with visitor numbers expected to double to 12 million in the next four years.
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      Damascus, Syria - 30/03/2010: The view over St George Cathedral from Beit Rumman Hotel's rooftop, Christian Quarter, Damascus' Old Town. Housed in a 18th century home, Beit Rumman is the pick of the new exquisitely restored Ottoman-era boutique hotels that have opened in the Christian Quarter. Trying hard to shrug off its reputation as a rogue state, Syria is now opening its doors to tourism, with visitor numbers expected to double to 12 million in the next four years.
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  • Cheong Fatt Tze- tycoon, diplomat, polygamist, wine buff and humanitarian- left more than just an extensive family and illustrious career.  His favourite house, a bright indigo blue mansion on Leith Street in Penang’s historical centre, George Town, has been the island’s principal tourist attraction since it was renovated and transformed into a living museum in 1995 and later, a small lodge. 
It was recently refurbished by Italian-run Samadhi RetreatsCheong Fatt Tze- tycoon, diplomat, polygamist, wine buff and humanitarian- left more than just an extensive family and illustrious career.  His favourite house, a bright indigo blue mansion on Leith Street in Penang’s historical centre, George Town, has been the island’s principal tourist attraction since it was renovated and transformed into a living museum in 1995 and later, a small lodge. 
It was recently refurbished by Italian-run Samadhi Retreats
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      George Town, Penang, Malaysia - 15/07/2014: Cheong Fatt Tze- tycoon, diplomat, polygamist, wine buff and humanitarian- left more than just an extensive family and illustrious career. His favourite house, a bright indigo blue mansion on Leith Street in Penang’s historical centre, George Town, has been the island’s principal tourist attraction since it was renovated and transformed into a living museum in 1995 and later, a small lodge. It was recently refurbished by Italian-run Samadhi Retreats
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  • The view from a guest room balcony at the Anantara Golden Triangle, a resort in Thailand's far north that borders Burma and Laos. The resort has an elephant camps where money raised from training tourists how to become mahouts - or elephant trainers- is used to rescue young elephants forced to beg for money in the tourist centres in Thailand. The Anantara offers a five day mahout course where guests have to learn to care for, ride and instruct the elephants.The view from a guest room balcony at the Anantara Golden Triangle, a resort in Thailand's far north that borders Burma and Laos. The resort has an elephant camps where money raised from training tourists how to become mahouts - or elephant trainers- is used to rescue young elephants forced to beg for money in the tourist centres in Thailand. The Anantara offers a five day mahout course where guests have to learn to care for, ride and instruct the elephants.
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      Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 20/08/2012: The view from a guest room balcony at the Anantara Golden Triangle, a resort in Thailand's far north that borders Burma and Laos. The resort has an elephant camps where money raised from training tourists how to become mahouts - or elephant trainers- is used to rescue young elephants forced to beg for money in the tourist centres in Thailand. The Anantara offers a five day mahout course where guests have to learn to care for, ride and instruct the elephants.
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  • A woman performing yoga asanas in the ruins of a Mughol pavillion in Khimsar, a small village in the heart of the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Health regimes from India, birth place of meditation as it is practised in the West, have known a renaissance in recent years, spurred on by the spa tourism boom. Meditation is a 5,000-year old breathing discipline that seeks to control the mind, and ultimately, reach enlightenment.A woman performing yoga asanas in the ruins of a Mughol pavillion in Khimsar, a small village in the heart of the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Health regimes from India, birth place of meditation as it is practised in the West, have known a renaissance in recent years, spurred on by the spa tourism boom. Meditation is a 5,000-year old breathing discipline that seeks to control the mind, and ultimately, reach enlightenment.
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      Khimsar, Rajasthan, India - 01/04/2003: A woman performing yoga asanas in the ruins of a Mughol pavillion in Khimsar, a small village in the heart of the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Health regimes from India, birth place of meditation as it is practised in the West, have known a renaissance in recent years, spurred on by the spa tourism boom. Meditation is a 5,000-year old breathing discipline that seeks to control the mind, and ultimately, reach enlightenment.
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  • The bar at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.The bar at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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      Chiang Mai, Thailand - 17/08/2012: The bar at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel built around a house once belonging to Louis Leonowens, British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two-storey colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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  • A bathroom at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai that was built around Louis Leonowens house, a British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two story colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.A bathroom at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai that was built around Louis Leonowens house, a British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two story colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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      Chiang Mai, Thailand - 18/08/2012: A bathroom at 137 Pillar House, a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai that was built around Louis Leonowens house, a British merchant and son of Anna, the school teacher immortalised in the film Anna and the King. Built in 1889, the rambling espresso coloured teakwood house with latticed wooden eaves and a sweeping tile roof supported by 137 pillars now stands as the hotel’s lounge and bar. The 30 guest rooms are spread throughout newly-built two story colonial style bungalows scattered around the perimeter. Each is furnished with four poster beds, separate dressing rooms, claw foot bathtubs and rattan planter’s chairs set on balconies shaded by ancient bhodi trees.
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  • Bedroom in the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.Bedroom in the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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      Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, Malaysia - 13/05/2013: Bedroom in the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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  • A heritage suite at the Kovilakam Lake Resort in Kerala. Completely constructed out of antique buildings dismantled and reconstructed on the banks of Lake Vembanad, Kovilakam Lake Resort is one of many "heritage" resorts in Kerala.

A long thin strip of tropical lushness falling down to the southernmost tip of the Indian land mass, the formerly Portuguese and avidly Christian Kerala has witnessed a boom in tourism in recent years.A heritage suite at the Kovilakam Lake Resort in Kerala. Completely constructed out of antique buildings dismantled and reconstructed on the banks of Lake Vembanad, Kovilakam Lake Resort is one of many "heritage" resorts in Kerala.

A long thin strip of tropical lushness falling down to the southernmost tip of the Indian land mass, the formerly Portuguese and avidly Christian Kerala has witnessed a boom in tourism in recent years.
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      Kovilakom, Kerala, India - 01/04/2005: A heritage suite at the Kovilakam Lake Resort in Kerala. Completely constructed out of antique buildings dismantled and reconstructed on the banks of Lake Vembanad, Kovilakam Lake Resort is one of many "heritage" resorts in Kerala. A long thin strip of tropical lushness falling down to the southernmost tip of the Indian land mass, the formerly Portuguese and avidly Christian Kerala has witnessed a boom in tourism in recent years.
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  • Fried calamari at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.Fried calamari at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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      Siargao, Philippines - 30/07/2013: Fried calamari at Dedon Island resort, the "outdoor lab" of Dedon furniture, a line of high-end outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic owned by Bobby Dekeyser, on the Philippine island of Siargao. Ten years ago only intrepid surfers came here for the hollow waves found at Cloud 9, a reef break fueled by the Philippine Trench in the Pacific Ocean, had heard of Siargao, a tiny island ringed by crisp white beaches and miniature islets flanking the far eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago. That changed in 2011 with the opening of an airport, and in 2012 with the opening of Dedon Island, its first upmarket luxury resort.
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  • A bedroom at the Akyra Chura Samui on Chaweng Beach on Ko Samui, Thailand.A bedroom at the Akyra Chura Samui on Chaweng Beach on Ko Samui, Thailand.
  • Umaid Bhawan - The Jodhpur Royal Palace Hotel. Built during the first half of the 20th century, the palace is an eclectic blend of different architectural styles, cultures and epochs - with Roman Catholic columns and domes, provincial French wings and an overall design resembling the great Cambodian temple Angkor Wat.
Ever since the democratic reforms took place in the 1950's, resulting in the subsequent dethroning of royal families, many Princes, once renowned for their extravagance and pomp have had to convert their stately homes into hotels simply as a means to an end.
Still under the ownership of the Jodhpur Royal Family, the Umaid Bhawan Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel, with the standard 1980's style room costing about $350 per night.
Umaid Bhawan - The Jodhpur Royal Palace Hotel. Built during the first half of the 20th century, the palace is an eclectic blend of different architectural styles, cultures and epochs - with Roman Catholic columns and domes, provincial French wings and an overall design resembling the great Cambodian temple Angkor Wat.
Ever since the democratic reforms took place in the 1950's, resulting in the subsequent dethroning of royal families, many Princes, once renowned for their extravagance and pomp have had to convert their stately homes into hotels simply as a means to an end.
Still under the ownership of the Jodhpur Royal Family, the Umaid Bhawan Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel, with the standard 1980's style room costing about $350 per night.
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      Jodphur, Rajasthan, India - 01/04/2003: Umaid Bhawan - The Jodhpur Royal Palace Hotel. Built during the first half of the 20th century, the palace is an eclectic blend of different architectural styles, cultures and epochs - with Roman Catholic columns and domes, provincial French wings and an overall design resembling the great Cambodian temple Angkor Wat. Ever since the democratic reforms took place in the 1950's, resulting in the subsequent dethroning of royal families, many Princes, once renowned for their extravagance and pomp have had to convert their stately homes into hotels simply as a means to an end. Still under the ownership of the Jodhpur Royal Family, the Umaid Bhawan Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel, with the standard 1980's style room costing about $350 per night.
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  • Feeding giant stingrays at Huvafenfushi, a new resort in Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.Feeding giant stingrays at Huvafenfushi, a new resort in Male Atoll, the Maldives.

Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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      Huvafenfushi, Maldives - 01/02/2005: Feeding giant stingrays at Huvafenfushi, a new resort in Male Atoll, the Maldives. Classified as six stars, Huvafenfushi is one of many super deluxe resorts gracing the many islands of the Maldivian archipelago, an all island country off the coast of southern India. Established a little over 30 years ago, tourism was deemed to fail in the Maldives. With little infrastructure to support tourism, with no telephones or airport- the only communication was through Morse code with Sri Lanka. The Maldives is now one of the trendiest destinations in the world. Importing all food stuffs, water and staff, paradise doesn't come cheap; a simple room at Huvafenfushi is selling for more than $800 per night with a minimum two week stay in peak season.
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  • Guests drinking in the courtyard of the Villa Santi hotel in Luang Prabang. Abandoned during the Communist revolution, Luang Prabang was little more than a ghost town ten years ago. Given World Heritage status in 1995, it is now in the midst of a renaissance, its plethora of traditional and colonial mansions, palaces and shop fronts restored and converted into restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels.

 A former royal palace, the Villa Santi was the first to be converted; bought back into the royal family by the king's son in law who purchased the mansion from the government.

Guests drinking in the courtyard of the Villa Santi hotel in Luang Prabang. Abandoned during the Communist revolution, Luang Prabang was little more than a ghost town ten years ago. Given World Heritage status in 1995, it is now in the midst of a renaissance, its plethora of traditional and colonial mansions, palaces and shop fronts restored and converted into restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels.

 A former royal palace, the Villa Santi was the first to be converted; bought back into the royal family by the king's son in law who purchased the mansion from the government.
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      Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos - 01/10/2004: Guests drinking in the courtyard of the Villa Santi hotel in Luang Prabang. Abandoned during the Communist revolution, Luang Prabang was little more than a ghost town ten years ago. Given World Heritage status in 1995, it is now in the midst of a renaissance, its plethora of traditional and colonial mansions, palaces and shop fronts restored and converted into restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels. A former royal palace, the Villa Santi was the first to be converted; bought back into the royal family by the king's son in law who purchased the mansion from the government.
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  • A mahout with his elephants at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land flanking Burma and Laos, the property also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand. Mahout's form special relationships with elephants that usually last a lifetime.A mahout with his elephants at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land flanking Burma and Laos, the property also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand. Mahout's form special relationships with elephants that usually last a lifetime.
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      Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 23/08/2012: A mahout with his elephants at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle. Set on several hectares of land flanking Burma and Laos, the property also serves as a retreat for elephants, many which were rescued after made to beg on the streets of tourist centres in Thailand. Mahout's form special relationships with elephants that usually last a lifetime.
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  • The Woobar at the W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand, with views over the sea to the island of Ko Phangan.The Woobar at the W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand, with views over the sea to the island of Ko Phangan.
  • Designed by Bill Bensley on 1.2 hectares of Chao Praya River frontage, The Siam is the latest hotel by the Suksol family.Designed by Bill Bensley on 1.2 hectares of Chao Praya River frontage, The Siam is the latest hotel by the Suksol family.
  • Morning Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese breathing exercise, on the beach at Chiva Som, arguably the best health resort in Asia.Morning Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese breathing exercise, on the beach at Chiva Som, arguably the best health resort in Asia.
  • Breakfast at the Tanjong Jara Resort in Dungun, a small fishing town straddling the mouth of the Dungun river, on peninsular Malaysia's east coast, a predominantly Muslim Malay inhabited seashore which boasts some of the most beautiful- and untouched - beaches in Asia.Breakfast at the Tanjong Jara Resort in Dungun, a small fishing town straddling the mouth of the Dungun river, on peninsular Malaysia's east coast, a predominantly Muslim Malay inhabited seashore which boasts some of the most beautiful- and untouched - beaches in Asia.
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      Dungun, Malaysia - 22/05/2013: Breakfast at the Tanjong Jara Resort in Dungun, a small fishing town straddling the mouth of the Dungun river, on peninsular Malaysia's east coast, a predominantly Muslim Malay inhabited seashore which boasts some of the most beautiful- and untouched - beaches in Asia.
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  • A rare phalaenopsis Thai orchid on display at the Dusit Thani's Devarana Spa in Hua Hin. A symbol of grace and beauty, orchids are commonly found in many Thai spas.A rare phalaenopsis Thai orchid on display at the Dusit Thani's Devarana Spa in Hua Hin. A symbol of grace and beauty, orchids are commonly found in many Thai spas.
  • High tea with scones, assorted sandwiches and local tea at the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.High tea with scones, assorted sandwiches and local tea at the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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      Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, Malaysia - 12/05/2013: High tea with scones, assorted sandwiches and local tea at the Cameron Highlands Resort in Tanah Rata. Situated above 1000 meters and blessed with a cool climate, the Cameron Highlands were developed as a hilll station by the British in the 1930's, and is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia.
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  • The palatial setting from Udaivilas's lake facing guest rooms. A stately six-star hotel on the far side of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Udaivilas is one of several new Oberoi resorts which opened their stately doors in Rajasthan and herald a new era in Indian hotels. Each of the architecturally unique resorts is modeled on the Empires and epochs that have inhabited Rajasthan. Udaivilas is a Mewar-style resort.The palatial setting from Udaivilas's lake facing guest rooms. A stately six-star hotel on the far side of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Udaivilas is one of several new Oberoi resorts which opened their stately doors in Rajasthan and herald a new era in Indian hotels. Each of the architecturally unique resorts is modeled on the Empires and epochs that have inhabited Rajasthan. Udaivilas is a Mewar-style resort.
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      Udaipur, Rajasthan, India - 01/05/2003: The palatial setting from Udaivilas's lake facing guest rooms. A stately six-star hotel on the far side of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Udaivilas is one of several new Oberoi resorts which opened their stately doors in Rajasthan and herald a new era in Indian hotels. Each of the architecturally unique resorts is modeled on the Empires and epochs that have inhabited Rajasthan. Udaivilas is a Mewar-style resort.
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  • A patient receiving a Swedish massage - a passive holistic therapy, native to northern Europe, that involves kneading the patient's muscles to release tension and built-up lactic acid deposits, at Dusit Thani's Devarana Spa in Hua Hin.A patient receiving a Swedish massage - a passive holistic therapy, native to northern Europe, that involves kneading the patient's muscles to release tension and built-up lactic acid deposits, at Dusit Thani's Devarana Spa in Hua Hin.
  • Room staff walking through the corridors of Kalari Kovilakom, a 19th century palace in the hills above Palakkad, Kerala, recently converted into an ayurvedic resort. 

Although born in the Himalayas some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda evolved and continued in Kerala - a long strip of tropical lushness falling down to the south of the Indian land mass. While practiced as a life form by the state's inhabitants, ayurveda has been in the middle of a tourism boom in recent years. Spurred on by the spa industry, dozens of resorts have since opened their doors; Kalari Kovilakom the latest.

With no shoes, news, meat, alcohol, salt, sugar or caffeine, mobile telephones or laptops, plus hours of yoga, meditation and treatments a day, it is not for the light-hearted. An attempt to "recreate the traditional ayurvedic sanatorium, but in palatial surroundings" says the hotel.Room staff walking through the corridors of Kalari Kovilakom, a 19th century palace in the hills above Palakkad, Kerala, recently converted into an ayurvedic resort. 

Although born in the Himalayas some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda evolved and continued in Kerala - a long strip of tropical lushness falling down to the south of the Indian land mass. While practiced as a life form by the state's inhabitants, ayurveda has been in the middle of a tourism boom in recent years. Spurred on by the spa industry, dozens of resorts have since opened their doors; Kalari Kovilakom the latest.

With no shoes, news, meat, alcohol, salt, sugar or caffeine, mobile telephones or laptops, plus hours of yoga, meditation and treatments a day, it is not for the light-hearted. An attempt to "recreate the traditional ayurvedic sanatorium, but in palatial surroundings" says the hotel.
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      Palakkad, Kerala, India - 01/03/2005: Room staff walking through the corridors of Kalari Kovilakom, a 19th century palace in the hills above Palakkad, Kerala, recently converted into an ayurvedic resort. Although born in the Himalayas some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda evolved and continued in Kerala - a long strip of tropical lushness falling down to the south of the Indian land mass. While practiced as a life form by the state's inhabitants, ayurveda has been in the middle of a tourism boom in recent years. Spurred on by the spa industry, dozens of resorts have since opened their doors; Kalari Kovilakom the latest. With no shoes, news, meat, alcohol, salt, sugar or caffeine, mobile telephones or laptops, plus hours of yoga, meditation and treatments a day, it is not for the light-hearted. An attempt to "recreate the traditional ayurvedic sanatorium, but in palatial surroundings" says the hotel.
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  • Shirodhara - an ayurvedic application where warm medicated oil is poured over the head in a rhythmic stream, used to alleviate insomnia, skin disorders and headache - at Kalari Kovilakom.

India's 5000 year old health discipline, Ayurveda is in the midst of a renaissance. Spurred on by the recent boom in spa tourism, ayurvedic applications can now be found almost everywhere; from a beach resort in Mexico to the shelves of the Body Shop. But it is in Kerala where the real renaissance is happening, a plethora of plush ayurvedic resorts catering for foreigners recently opening their doors. But offering short courses, and some cutting corners, purists feel these resorts are jeopardising ayurveda's authenticity.

Recently opened, CGH Earth's new property, Kalari Kovilakom is the most authentic ayurvedic resort in Kerala. There is no alcohol, meat, sugar or caffeine; guests aren't allowed to wear shoes or any non-cotton material and have to check in for a minimum of two weeks, sticking to the principals of the health science.Shirodhara - an ayurvedic application where warm medicated oil is poured over the head in a rhythmic stream, used to alleviate insomnia, skin disorders and headache - at Kalari Kovilakom.

India's 5000 year old health discipline, Ayurveda is in the midst of a renaissance. Spurred on by the recent boom in spa tourism, ayurvedic applications can now be found almost everywhere; from a beach resort in Mexico to the shelves of the Body Shop. But it is in Kerala where the real renaissance is happening, a plethora of plush ayurvedic resorts catering for foreigners recently opening their doors. But offering short courses, and some cutting corners, purists feel these resorts are jeopardising ayurveda's authenticity.

Recently opened, CGH Earth's new property, Kalari Kovilakom is the most authentic ayurvedic resort in Kerala. There is no alcohol, meat, sugar or caffeine; guests aren't allowed to wear shoes or any non-cotton material and have to check in for a minimum of two weeks, sticking to the principals of the health science.
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      Palakkad, Kerala, India - 01/03/2004: Shirodhara - an ayurvedic application where warm medicated oil is poured over the head in a rhythmic stream, used to alleviate insomnia, skin disorders and headache - at Kalari Kovilakom. India's 5000 year old health discipline, Ayurveda is in the midst of a renaissance. Spurred on by the recent boom in spa tourism, ayurvedic applications can now be found almost everywhere; from a beach resort in Mexico to the shelves of the Body Shop. But it is in Kerala where the real renaissance is happening, a plethora of plush ayurvedic resorts catering for foreigners recently opening their doors. But offering short courses, and some cutting corners, purists feel these resorts are jeopardising ayurveda's authenticity. Recently opened, CGH Earth's new property, Kalari Kovilakom is the most authentic ayurvedic resort in Kerala. There is no alcohol, meat, sugar or caffeine; guests aren't allowed to wear shoes or any non-cotton material and have to check in for a minimum of two weeks, sticking to the principals of the health science.
      Credit: Leisa Tyler
  • A bedroom in Hiiragiya ryokan, a small traditional Japanese inn which has been in the family for six generations and among Kyoto’s most illustrious. Hiiragiya has 28 rooms, some overlooking manicured Japanese gardens to watch the changing of the seasons. Here, kaiseki dinners served in the rooms by personal attendants and can include fresh sashimi with grated wasabi, abalone, beef topped with meringue and asparagus with salmon; a meal so plentiful, you welcome the fact that all you have to do at the end is move to a couch while the attendants clear the dinner table and lay out thick futon mattresses and rice pillows to sleep it all off.A bedroom in Hiiragiya ryokan, a small traditional Japanese inn which has been in the family for six generations and among Kyoto’s most illustrious. Hiiragiya has 28 rooms, some overlooking manicured Japanese gardens to watch the changing of the seasons. Here, kaiseki dinners served in the rooms by personal attendants and can include fresh sashimi with grated wasabi, abalone, beef topped with meringue and asparagus with salmon; a meal so plentiful, you welcome the fact that all you have to do at the end is move to a couch while the attendants clear the dinner table and lay out thick futon mattresses and rice pillows to sleep it all off.
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      Hiiragiya ryokan, Kyoto, Japan - 18/03/2013: A bedroom in Hiiragiya ryokan, a small traditional Japanese inn which has been in the family for six generations and among Kyoto’s most illustrious. Hiiragiya has 28 rooms, some overlooking manicured Japanese gardens to watch the changing of the seasons. Here, kaiseki dinners served in the rooms by personal attendants and can include fresh sashimi with grated wasabi, abalone, beef topped with meringue and asparagus with salmon; a meal so plentiful, you welcome the fact that all you have to do at the end is move to a couch while the attendants clear the dinner table and lay out thick futon mattresses and rice pillows to sleep it all off.
      Credit: Leisa Tyler
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