• Hotel del Casco,

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    This 1892 former country getaway in the well-heeled area of San Isidro, blessed with a meandering waterfront and marina, offers respite from downtown Buenos Aires. Neoclassical Hotel del Casco’s interiors are a delight: light-filled spaces of high ceilings, columns and mosaics. The 20 rooms are reminiscent of Buenos Aires’ heyday, with pretty linens, old-fashioned baths, parquet floors, antiques and sumptuous paintings.
    Insider tip: There is no restaurant in the hotel, but try nearby La Vaca for an incredible steak. From $175 per night; hoteldelcasco.com.ar

    Raffles

    Singapore

    As writer W. Somerset Maugham put it, Raffles “stands for all the fables of the exotic East”. This 19th-century grande dame, a white wedding cake of a colonial mansion set in frangipani-scented gardens, has been beautifully maintained as if it were still that era, and the legendary Raffles butlers waft about in an ever-present fashion, offering unobtrusively excellent service 24-7.
    Insider tip: As the grandfather clock strikes eight each evening, the pianist strikes up Noël Coward’s I’ll See You Again. From SGD $590 per night; raffles.com/singapore

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    AIRY SPACES
    Neoclassical furnishings at the Hotel del Casco

    EXOTIC TASTES
    Luxury as standard at the Raffles Hotel, as displayed in the sumptuous suites (top)

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