Park Hyatt Chennai, India
Despite its location on a major thoroughfare that connects the hotel to Chennai’s Raj Bhavan, or Governors Place (just 20 minutes from the airport), Park Hyatt’s 201-room Chennai satellite has managed to establish an inviting, laid-back charm, which is much different than what goes on outside its doors in a city rich with cultural treasures—from a UNESCO World Heritage site to one of the most visited zoological parks in the world. Sixty-nine of the rooms and suites overlook the hotel’s lily pond and Guindy National Park. Spend time in the infinity pool, which faces the park and provides the illusion of swimming into the foliage. Rooms, from $150; 39 Velachery Main Rd.; 91-44/71-77-12-34; hyatt.com.