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August 9, 2007

The GO List

Stylish and sophisticated, with distinctive character and charm, Asia’s latest hotels are beckoning… Springing up in desirable locales, from undiscovered islands to up and coming cities to hidden tented camps, these suave new properties are enticing us to get up and GO!

The Luxe Innovator
The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam (+84 510 940 000, http://www.ghmhotels.com)
Regent and Aman resorts founder Adrian Zecha takes central Vietnam into the 21st century with a property that blends architecture and nature, substance and style. Located halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, just outside the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, the Nam Hai is home to one-hundred freestanding villas in rich local woods with elaborate hand carved screens, stone floors, and views of the South China Sea. Delight in the historic charm of this city and immerse yourself in the hotel’s stunning spa with unique over-water relaxation rooms and heavenly treatments, which will leave you on “hai.”
Hot Tip: Between now and August 31, 2007, you can enjoy 3-nights for the price of 2, or 4-nights for the price of 3.

The City Slicker
Ritz–Carlton
, Beijing, China (+86 10 6601 6666, http://www.ritzcarlton.com)
As Beijing builds furiously to prepare for the 2008 Olympics, the Ritz–Carlton’s newest property–a tower of shimmering glass and chrome–steps out from the shadows. Located west of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in the city’s new commercial district, the hotel’s minimalist design with elements of classical Chinese style emblemizes the new chic look of Ritz-Carlton properties. With standard rooms sprawling over 500 square feet, five restaurants, and a massive spa and swimming pool, this slick chick has eased her way in and taken the city by storm.

The Beach-Chic Islander
Zeavola
, Phi Phi, Thailand (+66 75 627 000, http://www.zeavola.com)
On the remote isle of Phi Phi, an hour’s boat ride from Phuket, lies the idyllic boutique resort of Zeavola. Made up of more than 50 bungalows complete with tropical woods, thatch roofs and uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea, this resort is the ultimate island hideaway. Indulge in spa treatments that invigorate the senses, relish in some of the best diving and snorkeling in Asia, enjoy a breathtaking sunset in a lush private locale or just take a stroll through the island’s sleepy beachside fishing villages, and feel the stresses of another lifetime melt away. Voila!
Hot Tip: Zeavola is offering special rates until October 31, 2007.

The Wild Child
Mahua Kothi
, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (+91 921 230 5607, http://www.tajsafaris.com)
Trailing on the khaki coattails of Aman’s Indian tiger camp Aman-i-Khas, CC Africa Safaris and Taj Hotels have joined forces to create Mahua Kothi, an intimate luxury wilderness lodge nestled in the lush hills and tropical forests of Bandhavgarh, one of India’s most scenic (and most remote!) natural parks. Featuring just 12 suites, designed in the traditional style of central India, including terra-cotta roofing, richly colored local textiles, mud floors, fire places and built in seats for stargazing, Mahua Kothi’s design epitomizes rustic-chic. Experience the renowned service of Taj Hotels’ hospitality staff and the safari expertise of CC Africa’s guides as you embark on natural and cultural adventures in one of the most populated tiger reserves in the world. Here kitty, kitty…

What are you waiting for? Get GOing!



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