Mary Ellen Schultz

Mary Ellen Schultz
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Stories by Mary Ellen Schultz

The New Singapore

One of the world’s most extensive integrated resorts and new concepts in dining and shopping are bound to make the American traveler think twice before whizzing past the gateway to Asia.

Lisbon’s Corinthia Lisbon

From the lobby’s sand-colored marble and warm wood tones with fresh orchid arrangements, to the waterfall garden esplanade to the guest rooms, the property combines luxury with easy comfort.

Desert Divine: The Djibouti Palace Kempinski

Located on a private islet in the blue-on-blue Red Sea and surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea gardens, the Djibouti Palace Kempinski (www.kempinski-dibouti.com) feels like a sumptuous, secret hideaway. The $100 million property boasts 177 rooms and suites, plus a 1,100-capacity conference center. Open since November 2006, this hotel is conveniently situated 15 minutes from Djibouti’s international airport and 10 minutes from Djibouti Town’s French colonial-flavored center.

An Oasis of Comfort at Le Meridien Pyramids

Welcoming guests since 1998, Le Meridien Pyramids sits nestled between Cairo's nonstop bustle and the awesome splendor of the Pyramids. Literally across the street from the Pyramids and the Sphinx, the conveniently located hotel (a Starwood Resorts property) is in the Cairo-hugging suburb of Giza, a 45-minute drive from Cairo International Airport and 15 minutes from the city center. Surrounded by luxuriant gardens and an expansive swimming pool complex, the property feels like a secret urban oasis.