by David Drake
Where can a hedge fund investor retreat to relax from the hustle and bustle? The traveling ballerina has done the journey globally to guide you. Through her journey to luxury hotels around the world, the former Chinese ballerina Jingjing searched for the best of the best in life and visual experiences. As a former PriceWaterhouseCooper banker, we follow her combination of beauty with the views of luxury hotels of the world. The beauty of the hotels as well as her fashion and ballet might entice you to discover a new luxury hotel experience that combines artistic beauty, visual experiences, and serenity.
Here are top 10 hotels in her journey that have the capacity of making an impression for a lifetime.
1. Ladera Resort, the only hotel resort situated at The Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in St. Lucia
Ladera ( Spanish for hillside) overlooks Sugar Beach and the adjacent majestic twin volcanic peaks The Pitons.
The hotel is located in this young post volcanic mountainous island. The Paradise Ridge penthouses run as much as $2500 per night. These 6 penthouse were built only a few years ago. One was actually the former wedding banquet hall now rotating also as a penthouse of 2000 sq.ft. The most daring feature is that all units lack a fourth wall. No curtains, no sliding doors, glass or walls separates your room from the adjacent rain forest. Don’t be surprised at dancing air bats or strange sounds endlessly around you. Owner Holly Scott runs it family style with 150 person staff, delicious cooking by Nigel (their chef of 21 years), impeccable attention to service by butlers and endless sunset visits by islanders and tourists alike.
Rooms: 32 – each has their own pool
Rates: Suites $595-$1395, Villa $1950
Book Hotel: http://www.secure-res.com/res/vn4/checka.aspx?hotelid=3527
2. Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai
A brand new 2016 boutique hotel with 106 suites and a spectacular pool at the rooftop. It carries EAt!, the best 1 Michelin Star restaurant I ever encountered. Meat is flown in from the US for its varied and exceptional dishes. General Manager Carlo Stragiotto spent 24 years with Four Seasons and personifies service with world class internal corporate communication.
Book Hotel: http://www.fourseasons.com/dubaidifc/
3.Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong
The suites had forest clad hills in the bedroom for serenity, while the living room had Victoria Harbor views. These are peaceful suites and the attention to service by General Manager Thomas Hoeborn was superb. They combined sound, smell and flavor to titillate your senses in both lobby and rooms. Most hotels fail to recognize our senses and first impressions through olfactory senses and flavor.
Rates: $286 – $741
Book hotel: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/ch/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1
4. Four Seasons Pudong in Shanghai, China
The Four Seasons Pudong is situated within the heart of the booming and energetic district. This new Four Seasons hotel merged the design of French and Chinese modernism. The junior suites are spectacularly situated in the midst of Shanghai center and offer glass to ceiling views of the spectacular Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower. At night, the adjacent Oriental Pearl Tower shines up magically. The hotel views at day and night are imposing beautiful. Imagine how you turn your head in bed and can see 30 highrises of 20 floors each below your window as a carpet of urban development while across the street facing you in bed are majestic towers. Don’t forget the great restaurants and the magnificent infinity pool and jacuzzi.
Rooms: 259 hotel rooms and 210 private condo suites
Rates: $257-$658, 2 Bedroom $1418
Book Hotel: http://www.fourseasons.com/zh/pudong/
5.Jing An Shangri-La in West Shanghai, China
This is the newest and largest hotel in Shanghai with 700+ rooms. All the rooms have floor to ceiling windows facing Shanghai bustling traffic. 1515 Steakhouse has this private room with a private floor to ceiling glass wall facing the kitchen floor. Food, decoration and quality holds up perfectly in this steakhouse. It wasn’t very difficult to catch my ballerina’s beauty with their views.
Book hotel: http://www.shangri-la.com/
6. Villas at the Belmond La Samanna in St Martin, CEDEX, French West Indies
The opulent villas next to the Belmond La Samanna hotel are 4600 square feet large and have infinity pools larger than the main pool of the hotel section. The 3 bedroom suites have the largest bathrooms I have seen to date. The unobstructed views of sunsets are priceless, as well as the pristine beaches. 30% of the returning guests have been visiting the villas for about 30 years now.
Book Hotel: http://www.belmond.com/it/la-samanna-st-martin/
7. Hotel Christopher at St Barths in French West Indies
This is the only hotel with a sunset view on the island. The exquisite hotel food bites French chef equals the view and pool layout. Its Sisley Spa has magnificent rooms open to the sunset and water.
Rates: $459 – $1,965
Book hotel: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx
8. The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong
Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is something spectacular. It is the world’s highest hotel starting on floor 103. I was constantly and literally walking among the clouds. The 360 degrees views are unobstructed. Breakfast will show you the magnificent view at 6 am how 50 ferries commence operations in the harbor – all at the same time. The executive lounge is magnificently large offering 270 degree views. The pool under the penthouse floor is spectacular with a full LED display setting the mood.
Rates: $869 -$945
Book hotel : https://www.marriott.com/reservation/rateListMenu
9. Chateau Chevre D’Or, Eze, France
This 4000 year old village five star hotel has a new junior suite penthouse and your own private veranda 1000 yards up in the sky overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean Sea and Cap Ferret. The antique lamp posts shimmer throughout the night over your bed which is adjacent to 20 feet of sliding glass doors. Its luxurious feeling to open these lamp posts fully while eating in bed and being caressed by the Mediterranean wind coming in from Africa.
Book hotel: http://www.chevredor.com/uk/chateau-chevre-d-or-eze-official-site.php
10. Yasuragi Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden
A Japanese inspired hotel that until 1989 (from 1970) was the labor unions’ educational conference centers. Today the junior penthouse barely clears the tree tops while 30 cruise ships quietly floating past. You are high enough to look down at the ship’s top deck in kimonos all day long. The cruise ships harbor in downtown Stockholm which is 20 minutes away. Like behemoths, these ships silently pass you by from dusk to dawn while the rest of Stockholm world record 32,000 islands spread forest-filled at your feet. Yasuragi is a serene Scandinavian resort and the only hot spring Japanese resort in Europe.
Rates: $555 – $664
Book hotel: https://bokning.yasuragi.se/welcome/#/?lang=en
Image credit: VictoriaGlobal.co by Mike Hull
Mr. Drake has 20 years of hospitality financing and consulting. Bespoke luxury travel for wealthy families through www.FamilyOffices.Today is his expertise.
Mr. Drake has reviewed over 1000 hotels globally and is an expert in hospitality technology and media. Separately he is also an advocate of innovative investing in private equity, capital formation policies, and the U.S. JOBS Act, which he lobbied for in the U.S. Congress and the EU Commission. He represented the U.S. Commerce Department at the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome in 2012 and spoke at the UK Parliament 2013. As a thought leader, he was invited to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. 2014 while his holdings advise some of the world’s wealthiest family offices on hotel acquisition and asset management. Mr. Drake is an avid writer of hotel reviews while consulting hotel investors and operators on expansion, quality control, marketing, finance and turnaround strategies.