Jet lagged? Even if you’re on holiday, sometimes the thought of walking far beyond the realms of your hotel is just too much, when you’d much rather be in your trackies, veging out. What you need is a home away from home – except without the humdrum of putting the rubbish out. The Carmel boutique hotels are all with amenable amenities, in-house entertainment and the luxury of living space.
There’s no need to go out when you can go up: over 36 floors of dazzling decadence keep you entertained and relaxed at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. After a restful night’s sleep, unwind your muscles and avoid the traffic on their jogging track or use the fitness equipment with views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Puffed and pepped, it’s time to relax at the hotel’s spa with some oxygen therapy and traditional Chinese massage. If you prefer to mingle, the hotel is full of chic socialising scenes such as the 87th floor cocktail bar, Cloud 9. Sit back and drink a cocktail or two, and feel the giggly giddiness of looking down the indoor atrium nicknamed ‘The Time Machine.’ And just in case you think you’re missing a cultural experience, fear not – each room has indigenous artwork and a unique poem on the walls.
You don’t need to spend years in training to feel like a geisha. Instead you can spend your time at the Prince Park Tower Hotel Tokyo. More than a bed to rest your head, this hotel is a complex of shops, restaurants and all things fine and classy. There’s no need to walk kilometres for a workout: instead use the state-of-the-art gymnasium to get the heart rate up before relaxing in the natural hot spring bath. Have lunch at one of the 14 dining possibilities – it could be dainty French éclairs or a Cantonese feast. Either way, you’ll be ready for an afternoon of shopping, pampering and recreation with delights like the nail bar, where you can choose from over 1000 nail art designs – just make sure you go to the bowling alley first.
A museum, theatre, mall and school in one place? If you’re tired of city chaos, then stay at a home-away-from-home in Chiang Mai’s Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel. Underneath the sleepy town veneer is a buzz of life, such as the nearby night markets full of local craftworks. The hotel itself is a cultural experience – you can pretend to live in the Thai colonial era amongst teak floors, silk lampshades and ornate wood carvings with all the mod cons of a DVD player of course! For the culture vultures, the hotel offers classes in Thai cooking and fruit and vegetable carving. And at night, watch Northern Thai musical performances.
Getting hot and sweaty can be a good thing, but not all the time. Keep cool and chill out at Naumi Hotel in Singapore. From the moment you enter the jazz-soothed cool lobby, everything is so chic – why leave? Lounge around the 10th floor poolside area and swim in the infinity pool overlooking the city’s skyline. Back in your room, run a bath in the marble clad bathroom and enjoy the luxurious Kiehl’s toiletries, deciding whether to play an Xbox 360 or Wii. Either or both can be delivered to your room by your personal Naumi aide assigned to you at check-in. After a rally or guitar hero experience, make yourself a coffee from your room’s Nespresso maker. When the rumbles beckon, Naumi is a stone’s throw away from a range of eateries, from high end to quick nosh up.