The Fan­tas­tic World of Fair­mont

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One of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel brands, Fair­mont con­nects guests with the very best of its des­ti­na­tions. Here are two prop­er­ties wor­thy of a place on your travel wish list this year.

Fair­mont Makati

Oc­cu­py­ing a rare quiet cor­ner in the Philip­pine cap­i­tal’s fi­nan­cial hub, the 280- room Fair­mont Makati is an ur­ban sanc­tu­ary de­signed for busi­ness and leisure trav­el­ers alike. Rooms start at a gen­er­ous 40 square me­ters and seam­lessly meld the hall­marks of mod­ern com­fort with Filipino mo­tifs and ma­te­ri­als like abaca- lam­i­nated glass and pearl in­lays, while en- suite bath­rooms fea­ture mar­ble spa baths, sep­a­rate rain show­ers, and Le Labo ameni­ties. For the ul­ti­mate in in­dul­gence, book a stay at Fair­mont Gold, the ho­tel’s ex­clu­sive ho­tel within a ho­tel. On the din­ing front, Fair­mont Makati of­fers an ar­ray of food- and- bev­er­age spa­ces in­clud­ing Cafe Mac­aron for light bites, and all- day din­ing restau­rant Spec­trum for its mélange of pan- Asian and Filipino cui­sine. For re­lax­ation, the serene Wil­low Stream Spa is among the city’s most lux­u­ri­ous spa re­treats. Lo­cated just steps from the city’s fa­mous Green­belt and Glo­ri­etta shop­ping precincts, Fair­mont Makati is also per­fectly po­si­tioned for any­one who comes to Manila to shop; his­tory and art buffs will like­wise ap­pre­ci­ate the easy walk to the Ayala Mu­seum.

Fair­mont Mal­dives, Sirru Fen Fushi

Par­adise: that’s the eas­i­est way to sum up this sunkissed re­sort in the north­ern Mal­dives’ Shaviyani Atoll. The sole oc­cu­pant of a beach- fringed isle called Sirru Fen Fushi— which trans­lates as “se­cret wa­ter is­land” in the Dhivehi lan­guage— Fair­mont Mal­dives comes with just 120 beach vil­las, wa­ter vil­las, and tented jun­gle vil­las, each with a pri­vate pool. In­side, cop­per bath­room fit­tings and carved wood de­tail­ing on fur­ni­ture lend the vil­las a bohemian yet rus­tic vibe that con­veys a sense of ro­mance and ad­ven­ture. Din­ing is a dis­tinct plea­sure here— the re­sort’s two over­wa­ter restau­rants, Kata and Azure, dish up sub­lime Ja­panese cui­sine and seafood, re­spec­tively— as are the var­i­ous treat­ments on of­fer at Wil­low Stream Spa, an oa­sis in its own right. But equally al­lur­ing are the off­shore di­ver­sions: guests can sail away on a sun­set dol­phin cruise aboard a pri­vate yacht, pay a visit to a Mal­di­vian com­mu­nity on a lo­cal is­land, or ex­plore the house reef, a nine- kilo­me­ter- long co­ral won­der­land that teems with col­or­ful ma­rine life and manta ray clean­ing sta­tions. At Fair­mont Mal­dives, the ul­ti­mate in bare­foot lux­ury awaits in this abun­dant nat­u­ral haven.

The bed­room of a Grand Wa­ter Sun­set villa at Fair­mont Mal­dives, Sirru Fen Fushi. Above: Pool­side at Fair­mont Makati.

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