aficionados of boutique hotels rate comfort and service
at the top of their lists, it can't be denied that they
are also always on the lookout for a place that will
blow their minds... while offering private butler service
at the same time, of course. The twelve über contemporary
residences at Commune by the Great Wall were designed
by Asia's top architects (Paris’ Centre Pompidou
purchased the models for their permanent collection).
Notables include the six-bedroom Bamboo Wall and three-story
Distorted Courtyard. The finishing touch: sweeping views
of the Great Wall.
of the most exciting turns the modern boutique hotel
has taken is its approach to roughing it. Let's say
you want to go fishing in a spot so secluded you have
to helicopter in. Does this mean you also have to spend
your nights in a sleeping bag on the lumpy ground? Not
at New Zealand's Huka Lodge. With 20 stylish suites
just steps from the Waikato River, this former fishing
camp has come a long way. Fortunately, its best asset
remains unchanged: mountain fed Lake Taupo filled with
some of the finest Rainbow Trout in the world.