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Tanjong Jara Resort

The haute factor The Spa Village. The guiding philosophy is steeped in the ancient Malay tradition of Sucimurni, underscoring purity of spirit, health, and well-being. The sanctuary is anchored in restorative treatments that have been handed down through the generations, ensuring authenticity and therapeutic value.

Crash pad stats While it may be hard to impress most San Franciscans with claims of incredible views, this 99-room Malaysian resort offers plush exotic suites perched above river waters overlooking the South China sea.

Let the feast begin From the secret recipe for Roselle chicken to the famed Roselle beverage made from Hibiscus flower extract, San Francisco’s elite traveling gourmands will relish in the flavors of authentic Malaysian cuisine, or the plethora of fresh seafood available at one of the resort’s three restaurants.

Cameron Highlands Resort

The haute factor The architecture. Looming French doors, timber-beamed ceilings, and plantation shutters reflect the colonial charm of this authentic tea plantation that is known as the “little corner of England in Asia.”

Crash pad stats Guests are enveloped in nostalgia, when the days of true luxury and manners reigned supreme, upon entering one of the 56 Tudor-style cottage rooms or suites. Bespoke furniture makes an appearance in the four-poster beds, which merge with teak and silk to create an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era.

Let the feast begin Described as a mouth-watering symphony of flavors, the resort will impress even the most discerning San Franciscan foodie with its fusion of traditional English cuisine and the many tastes of Asia at one of the four restaurants and bars located at the resort.

American Airlines

Arriving in style While many of us would refuse to arrive at any of these grand destinations in anything other than an haute private plane, when the option to fly first class arises, I must make mention of the only U.S. carrier to win the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award.

For the long flight The personal, first-class Flagship Suite provides San Francisco jetsetters with Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling headphones, leather headsets, a media library of 45 movies, 80 hours of television programming, and music and games galore on a touch screen monitor.

A place to rest your head When departing from SFO, the long flight will be a breeze in the custom designed bed that lies completely flat and is long enough for a six-foot-six CEO to drift off to sleep.