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Amansara, Amantaka, Trisara, George V, Singapore Airlines Airbus Suites.
Just wanted to let you know the following about our trip over Christmas and New Year:
Amansara Cambodia - utterly magical. Brilliant GM and they just couldn't do enough for us.
Amantaka Laos - no teething problems when we went, we stayed in one of the two suites, utterly beautiful accommodation and again Gary the GM was utterly charming.
Trisara - too expensive for what it is (service in the restaurant was chaotic, albeit charming), although Anthony Lark is wonderful as you say. But they charge for everything, unlike Amansara!
Four Seasons, George V - is it just me, but don't you get incredibly annoyed that when you stay in a suite they charge you for breakfast (or try to) whereas with the bog-standard rooms it is included? Every time I stay at the Four Seasons and take a suite, whether it is Milan, Paris or whatever, I have this constant battle to get them to include breakfast in the (substantial) room rate. Only after 3 emails each time do they back down and reduce the room rate by $100 to allow for a breakfast allowance. It is so annoying, because otherwise the George Cinq is the best hotel in the world in my view.
Last, Singapore Airlines Airbus Suites - out of this world!
But I am now utterly in love with Amansara...
Thanks for your wonderful recommendations as always.
NC – UK
Mandarin Las Vegas, Kruger & Cape Town, South America, Snowmass.
I just wanted to give you some quick feedback. I know you mentioned the new Mandarin Oriental in Vegas a few issues back. I am an involved in some business there, and have a house in Vegas. As we are remodeling our house, we decided to stay at The MO on our recent trip there. Wow what a place! It really changes the feeling, in a good way, of staying in a Vegas Hotel. No mad rush of crowds, and great service, and spa. It is every bit as good as The MO in Tokyo, or NYC. Really excited to see it in Vegas. Also, both restaurants were great as well, especially Twist. It is a little less experimental than The Gagnaire outpost in Paris, which I think is a good thing.
Also, we went on Safari with Singita to Sabi Sands and Kruger in Oct. Both places were absolutely great. The only down side to them was the food. We also did 3 days in Capetown at The One and Only, which sadly was not up to snuff in comparison to the likes of Reeti Rah, or St. Geran. Even the restaurants, by Nobu and Ramsey were sub par. Our room was very good, but otherwise it felt like a big corporate hotel.
We also went to South America recently, for the first time. We had a great stay at The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, and Carmelo. Both were tremendous bargains too. We had huge suites in each for $450 US/night. We also went to Rio, and stayed at The Fasano. We were very disappointed by it. All sizzle and no steak as we say here, and very expensive for what it was.
I also saw you mentioned the Viceroy Group in The Gossip Section of the last issue. We were recently visiting some friends in Snowmass and stayed at The Viceroy there. Absolutely one of the worst hotel experiences we have ever had. I have not stayed at one of their properties before, but I hope their other properties are better. It would be difficult for me to go back after our stay in Snowmass.
MS – USA.
Jing’s Residence, China
I had the pleasure to spend 3 days at Jing’s Residence and must say my stay was extremely nice.
First the Residence is very nice and comfortable and relaxing and everything I wanted.
The staff is extremely polite and discreet (which is not always the case in many hotels in China).
The food in the restaurant is outstanding, presentation, portions, everything.
You can be very proud of Jing’s Residence.
MS - Belgium