The Fantastic World of Fairmont
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.
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.