The Korean traditional garden of Yeouido Park.
Tucked away beneath Yeouido’s skyscrapers, Yeouido Park is now one of the city’s more pleasant recreation spots. But it wasn’t always. Prior to being turned into a park in 1999, this piece of real estate was a military parade ground and, before that, an airfield, and before that, a sand bar in the middle of the Hangang River.
Velaa Private Island - Maldives
With its brilliant combination of Michelin-starred cuisine, luxury accommodation and sensational location in the shimmering aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, Velaa Private Island is one of the most exclusive and luxurious developments in the Maldives. Spanning almost 20 hectares of private tropical paradise, the resort boasts 45 independent villas, houses and residences, all of them tastefully designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar in a wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. One of the property’s many high-end facilities is the spa, which offers an amazing range of treatments and therapies, including the only “snow room” in the Maldives.