If you fancy the idea of looking out of your window onto bustling Midtown Manattan, then you’ll want to book a stay at the newly opened Viceroy New York. Soak up the spectacular views of Central Park from walnut-and-leather sofas at its rooftop bar, cocktail in hand, or head to the street- level Kingside restaurant for renowned Big Apple restaurateur Marc Murphy’s take on new American cooking. The hotel’s use of Paonazzo marble, rich woods and figured stone gives it a glamorous, 20th-century feel, while its enviable location puts you amid everything from the Empire State Building to the bright lights of Broadway (viceroyhotelsandresorts.com).
While New Delhi’s streets are cluttered with colourful commotion – as much a sight to behold as the Akshardham temple near the banks of the Yamuna river – escape the city and take the train a few hours north to Dehradun where a holistic oasis sits at the foothills of the Himalayas. Opening in January, Vana, Malsi Estate (vanaretreats.com) has contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto bright views of a sal tree forest, dotted with lychee and mango orchards. The retreat combines ancient wellness rituals with modern design, so think spending your days practising yoga and meditation, followed by aqua therapies and spa treatments. Dining means specially tailored international and Indian organic food.
Those in search of a white winter should don their fur coat and head to Swiss celebrity haunt Gstaad. Opening on 13 December, Le Grand Bellevue is boutique chic right on the village promenade – a hotel that spoils its guests with après-ski in the form of an in-house cinema, spa and a restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Urs Gschwend (bellevue-gstaad.com).
Closer to home, Rosewood London looks set to be THE new spot for a weekend break in the bright lights. The Edwardian Grade II-listed building in High Holborn is steeped in charm, from the original carriageway entrance leading to the courtyard to the lavish marble and mahogany interior (rosewoodhotels.com).
This article was published on 25th November 2013 so certain details may not be up to date.