Unassuming, masculine and clubby, Ma Du Zi Hotel in Bangkok is a sublime mix of Chinese, Moorish and modern design and a suitably sexy place to sip cocktails in flattering low light. Part luxurious private home, part gentlemen’s club, its obsession with the finer aspects of life will appeal to gourmet travellers, city slickers and chic-retreat addicts alike.If a piece of art or an antique catches your eye in the hotel, feel free to ask if you can buy it ('borrowing' bathrobes and ashtrays is so last year!).
Stretch out with a private lesson at the Ashtanga Yoga studio next door to the hotel (28/1 Sukhumvit Soi 16; +66 (0) 83 449 8002; www.ashtangayogabangkok.com). If retail therapy is more your bag, Emporium (Phrom Phong; www.emporiumthailand.com) is a one-stop shopping destination for international labels, top Thai designers such as Greyhound and Soda, and the third outlet of It’s Happened to be a Closet. This fabulous, den-like boutique is stuffed with girly fashion, jewellery, shoes and bags and even has its own nail spa and café. The centre’s posh food court and supermarket are also well-worth a visit.