Siem Reap, Cambodia
Across from the Royal Palace, this recently refurbished hotel is embraced by 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens. It is a meeting place that combines old-world grandeur with peace and tranquillity. An elegant cage elevator adorns the lobby, gracefully carrying guests upwards as if it was 1932 all over again. The Poolside terrace is popular for dining under the stars and the hotel also has an English restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge. There is a spa, fitness centre and, for a little retail therapy, boutiques offer clothing, artwork and handicrafts for discerning shoppers.