Best for a Royal Liv­ing EGYPT

AL MOUDIRA

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE -

The Al Moudira ho­tel is a unique palace lo­cated on the west bank of Luxor, where Egypt’s most breath­tak­ing an­tique sites lie. So it’s the per­fect pied à terre for soak­ing up the in­cred­i­ble his­tory of the city. In the open court­yard at the en­trance of the ho­tel, an­tique mouchara­bieh, 100-year-old sculpted wooden col­umns and relics, are taste­fully dis­played, while in­side, the dé­cor is re­plete with Syr­ian frames and Italo-ot­toman 18th cen­tury mo­tifs. Taste­ful flour­ishes and at­ten­tion to de­tail en­sure each of the 54 rooms are unique. The ho­tel’s his­toric façade is a feast for the eyes, whilst its au­then­tic Ot­toman ham­mam is a treat for the body. When not ex­plor­ing the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures of Luxor, you can revel in this au­then­tic lux­ury, fit for a pharaoh. Hot fac­tor: Lo­cal Qur­nuai and renowned Egyp­tian ar­ti­sans were re­spon­si­ble for this unique dé­cor of rare el­e­gance. Cool fac­tor: Be­tween the Nile and the moun­tains, Al Moudira is just a few min­utes away from the tombs of fa­mous pharaohs. Con­tact: Ho­tel Al Moudira, Luxor, Egypt; tel: +201 2325 1307; www.moudira.com S et against the Baja Penin­sula of the Cabo San Lu­cas coast, this über-luxe re­sort is the per­fect ex­otic get­away. The ocean-front prop­erty is perched on the tip of two pri­vate coves on the ma­jes­tic Sea of Cortez, and ev­ery room is draped in Mex­i­can in­flu­ences, and come with per­sonal touches like rose petals-strewn tra­di­tional bath­tubs and soft linen with His­panic designs. Whether you choose a Beach Front Ca­sita or a Lux­ury Suite, you will find the am­bi­ence seeped in re­lax­ation.

The Palapa room, which is on top of ev­ery build­ing in the re­sort. Each Palapa is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof of dried palm leaves, mak­ing it a unique op­tion for your stay.

Try spot­ting humpbacks from the coast that over­looks Punta Bal­lena (Whale Point).

Esperanza, Baja Penin­sula, Cabo San Lu­cas, Mex­ico; tel: +186 6311 2226; www.es­per­an­zare­sort.com

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