Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
This feels like a small corner of France in Asia, thanks to the hotel’s Côte d’Azur-style façade and glass canopies, Parisian-style cafés serving fine wines, cheese and pastries, and even Hermès in-room beauty products!
Vietnam’s legendarily-luxurious hotel is now effectively two buildings working as one: the Metropole wing retains all the original colonial charm and allure, while the new Opera wing is altogether more dramatic, with subtle lighting, bold wallpapers and rich fabrics.
Club Level rooms have 24-hour butler service, and the expansion has also added an excellent new spa with themed treatment suites, a Hammam and Finnish sauna.
A couple of must-do's are the hotel's cookery class including a trip to the local market followed by lunch or a shopping expedition in the hotel's 1953 Citroën with one of their 'in-the-know' personal shoppers – once they've found what you're looking for, they'll even haggle for you!