With a tagline of ‘stay exquisite’, The St. Regis Astana aims to deliver on that promise throughout its 120 rooms and suites. They feature custom furnishings, 300-thread-count linens and Geneva Sound Systems while also vaunting balconies from which the serene Ishim River is an unmissable sight. The marque’s two eateries provide for laid-back diners – La Riviere presents a buffet and Sunday brunch; The Grill plates uncomplicated but hearty meat and fish delights. Wimberly Interiors crowns it all with a combination of old-school Kazakhstan and the modern St. Regis flair, and outside the property glows golden under its twin cupolas. And with Astana’s landmarks – the newly renovated Baiterek Tower among them – close by from a Central Park base, this newcomer backs up its words with splendid lodgings.