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asia five-star T rick shively 20 august 2010 TAIWAn onsite review march 2010 There always seems to be a certainty about luxury accommodations in Asia. It’s either over-the-top or a kind of subdued elegance that leaves no doubt to its five-star status, with both styles consistently offering the kind of service that even the most demanding luxury client finds exceptional. Taiwan is no different than its Asian counterparts, and on a recent visit there, Recommend experienced two extraordinary properties that mirrored that very formula. The first, a remarkably beautiful hotel and resort with the kind of subdued elegance that belies its five-star status and set in a jaw-dropping mountain setting that literally takes your breath away. The second, an overtly luxurious high-rise hotel set in the middle of bustling Taipei’s upscale environs, where the ultimate in service, amenities and design is taken for granted. The first is the Silks Place Resort and Spa, offering an achingly beautiful minimalist design set amidst a lush mountain background and overlooking a meandering river that continues to eat away at the jawdropping beauty of Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge as it snakes its way to the Taiwan Straits. The hotel is a beauty, with teak-colored wood paneling set against light-colored walls and open space everywhere with absolutely no clutter. There’s an indoor pool and an outdoor pool—both massive—a sauna, gym, tennis court and gift shop, as well as a bicycle rental area. In addition to the sumptuous buffet restaurant, there’s also the China Restaurant, serving—you guessed it—Chinese food. The rooms, too, are large and airy with stunning views from just about anywhere. Ours was huge with a king-size bed, large bath area with oversized shower and a big soaking tub, plus a large, roomy balcony. But the key element here is the service. While the language barrier does present some challenges, it doesn’t keep the staff from trying even if they’re doing the wrong thing. One example is the efforts of the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010