Asia's Legendary Hotels: The Romance of Travel

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9780794607364: Asia's Legendary Hotels: The Romance of Travel

Featuring over 370 artful photographs and insightful commentary, this book is an exploration of the most magnificent and opulent hotels across the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia, and its many splendid countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, prides itself on being a destination. It has a rich history, and a part of that history is the magnificent travel accommodations that sprang up to cater to the western traveler.

Presented with more spectacular photos and rare archival images, Asia's Legendary Hotels features some of Asia's most significant luxury hotels, locals renowned for their monumental history and superb levels of service and luxury. No literary hotel nor colonial hotel is left out of the mix, from the Raffles Hotel in Singapore to the Ananda in the Himalayas. This book captures the romance of travel from days gone by, when the journey itself was as much of an adventure as the destination. Both the seasoned and unseasoned traveler will be delighted by photographer Jill Gocher's intimate touch with a camera, as she so evocatively captures the mood, unique architecture and luxurious interiors that gives each hotel its singular charm.

Featured Asian hotels include:

  • The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
  • The Taj Maal Palace and Tower, India
  • Dwarika's Hotel, Nepal
  • Grand Hotel, Sri Lanka
  • The Strand, Myanmar
  • The Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Cambodia
  • Hotel Majestic, Vietnam
  • Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Malaysia
  • The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Majapahit, Indonesia

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About the Author:

William Warren, American by birth, has lived in Thailand since 1960 and has traveled extensively throughout Asia over the years. He is the author of more than 50 books on architecture, tropical gardens and history, among them Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery, a biography of the man who made Thai silk famous; The House on the Klong, Heritage Homes of Thailand, Thai Style, The Tropical Garden, Balinese Gardens, Singapore: City of Gardens and Phuket: Pearl of the Orient.

Photographer
Renowned Australian travel photographer Jill Gocher has worked in Asia for many years and her photographs have been published in books and magazines in many countries around the world. On her travels around this fascinating continent, she has sought the unusual, the quirky and the heartwarming, not to mention the beautiful. Now she has turned her eye to Asia's most beautiful and magnificent hotels.

Review:

"Asia's Legendary Hotels could be summed up as "Exquisite Western hotels in Exotic Places." It's aimed at those who have the money to travel luxuriously and at those with a taste for romance and history." —McClatchy News Service

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