The April 2016 Hideaway Report follows our editor’s travels to France, where he evaluates properties in Bordeaux, a place of ancient towns and timeless serenity. He also discovers a splendid new luxury hotel option in Myanmar.
Owned by distinguished winemaker Bernard Magrez, who has four Grands Crus Classés châteaux in the Bordeaux region, this elegant six-room hotel occupies a handsome 18th-century limestone mansion in a quiet residential neighborhood outside of Bordeaux's city center. It showcases the region’s wines and features a restaurant under the direction of Joël Robuchon.
Seasoned French hotelier Agnès Guiot du Doignon, who previously owned a hotel in Biarritz, created this new 12-room hotel in a handsome 19th-century townhouse right in the heart of Bordeaux. It has become popular by offering a variety of amenities rarely found in hotels of this size in France, including 24-hour room service and air-conditioning. A great choice for people who like contemporary design, since guest rooms come with furniture and sofas from Edra and are accessorized with attractive Louis Poulsen lamps and modern Murano glass chandeliers by Vistosi.
Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa is a relaxing 32-villa waterfront hideaway located 20 minutes from the quaint town of Thandwe in the Myeik Archipelago region. A spacious self-contained thatched villa had 20-foot ceilings, stylish teak furniture, magnificent wooden floors, hand-woven cotton curtains, contemporary Burmese paintings and large floor-to-ceiling windows granting picturesque views of the beach and bay; enormous white-marble bath with a walk-in shower, separate teak tub and twin copper sinks.