The best new hotels in the world 2017: The Hot List

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  • The best new hotels in the world 2017: The Hot List

    Soho House Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain

    The best new hotel in the Catalan capital certainly packs a punch. For a start, there are 180-degree views down to the Colom monument at the bottom of the Ramblas. And inside there are beautiful hardwood floors, exposed red-brick walls and classic vaulted vigas (beams), divine Italian glass lights that unfurl like petals from the ceilings, and a serious collection of original works by mid-century and contemporary Mediterranean artists, including Jean Cocteau and Blanca Miró Skoudy (granddaughter of Joan). Breakfast, lunch and late-night tapas (sea-bass ceviche, beef cheeks with mushrooms, wine sauce and truffles) are served in the fifth- floor social space, Club, and poolside on the roof terrace. Buzzy Cecconi’s restaurant on the ground-floor is the place for homemade pasta and classic Italian dishes such as a splendid veal Milanese, as well as pizzas made in century-old ovens from a bakery in nearby Badalona. The basement Cowshed spa was inspired by a Thirties Spanish pharmacy (albeit one with an indoor pool) and there’s a speakeasy-style Green Room bar and cinema. With around 40 different events a week, there could be a band playing or an art auction going on at any time. So what if you don’t want to leave? Anyone who’s anyone in town is already here.

    FLASH POINT Linger in your room between 6pm and 9pm and a friendly mixologist will come knocking, bearing ice and the wherewithal to mix the cocktail of your choice.

    Address: Soho House Barcelona, Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

    Telephone: +34 932 204 600


    Price: Doubles from about £220

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    The Pig at Combe, Devon

    Devon, UK

    With tealights flickering along the bar, setting aglow the jewel colours of vintage goblets, and a vast fireplace that wouldn’t look out of place in Wolf Hall, few hotel lobbies suggest ordering a cocktail quite as persuasively as this one. And the cocktail to try is called a Lady Marmalade, a heady blend of Seville-orange vodka, lime, cranberry and Cointreau. The latest and largest (27 bedrooms in an Elizabethan manor) addition to this growing collection of country-house hangouts, this Pig, like its sister hotels, is at the grown-up end of the boho spectrum. But there is real substance beneath the style, from monsoon showers the size of hub- caps and Bamford and Oskia spa treatments in converted outbuildings to superb service from a smiley, efficient crew. Dining in the restaurant is a culinary romp through the hotel’s kitchen garden and out to local producers. A 25-mile menu is created around what’s in season, so crispy courgettes with mint yogurt will have been picked that very morning and might precede plaice with charred asparagus and seaweed butter, followed by gin jelly with cucumber sorbet and borage.

    FLASH POINT Three private houses, the Curlditch Cottages, have just opened down the drive. The Folly (an orangery-turned-bar/café in the grounds) can now be booked for private dining, too. Together, they put the hotel top of the charts for partying in privacy.

    Address: The Pig in Combe, Gittisham, Honiton, Devon, UK, EX14 3AD

    Telephone: +44 345 225 9494


    Price: Doubles from £145

    Read our full review of The Pig in Combe.

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    The Ritz Paris

    Paris, France

    When this splendiferous 1898 landmark reopened after a four- year refurbishment, the whole of Place Vendôme straightened its tie. Pavements were scrubbed and monuments repainted, as though the hotel were its own powerful arrondissement. Nothing here disappoints. Its famous entrance hall and boulevardier walkways, once swagged with heavy curtains, are now flooded with an abundance of light that reveals the intricate mouldings and fat cherubs in the finer, 18th-century parts of the building. And yet it never feels like a museum. In the pale, oak-panelled new Salon Proust, Champagne high tea (order the brioche with coco beans) is served on sofas of mustard and cherry velvet designed to be sunk into rather than perched upon. The glass roof covering the terrace of the Bar Vendôme (there is no better Dover sole in Paris) and restaurant L’Espadon (try the pudding of quince dim sum) peels back on fine days with super-genial modernity. Cocktails in the busy bar are infusions of black plum and herbs, and little shops along a cloister sell snuff boxes and antique pipes, as if found in some miraculous Parisian flea market. The hotel has wit. Dressed in misty pinks and yellows and iridescent paint colours with names such as Hail Storm and Noodle, the bedrooms carry a Versailles lustre. And in the only Chanel spa in the world, there is nothing but the ordered perfection of Deco.

    FLASH POINT The Ritz’s revamp is conclusively gorgeous – this is once again one of Europe’s most extraordinary hotels.

    Address: The Ritz Paris, 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France

    Telephone: +33 1 43 16 30 30


    Price: Doubles from about £845

    See more on the radical rehaul of the Ritz Paris.

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    1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

    New York, USA

    In the cavernous double-height lobby, there’s a wall covered with vines and huge tubs filled with giant plants, under which millennials, families and out-of-towners tussle with dogs and children or sip kombucha drinks and locally roasted coffee. The hotel’s much-vaunted eco-friendly elements, which can’t always be seen, are certainly admirable (it’s paper-free, wind-powered and has a complex water reclamation system), but sustainability is not the whole story. This new 1 Hotel is in one of the city’s prime spots, right on the river in Dumbo. Which means bedrooms have sensational views over Manhattan and along the newly revamped Brooklyn Bridge Park (a meandering mix of gardens, sports areas and beaches). They look good too, being a cosy take on industrial style with wire-mesh headboards and wooden floors reclaimed from an old domino factory, plus the hemp mattresses are really comfortable. Complimentary organic socks, water-saving timers in the shower and an iPad ordering system that actually works all encourage a kind of laid-back feel-good factor. A new Bamford spa, rooftop bar and restaurant are on the cards.

    FLASH POINT This is the sweet point between Manhattan and Brooklyn where you can admire the constant flow over Brooklyn Bridge from bed or embrace the energy and activity on either side of the East River.

    Address: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    Telephone: +1 347 696 2500


    Price: Doubles from about £300

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    Los Enamorados, Ibiza

    Ibiza, Spain

    This white-washed former hostel sits atop a row of blue-painted fishermen’s huts, tickled by the gentlest of waves. The sprawling waterside terrace acts as bar, restaurant and sun deck for guests – the type of well-travelled 30-somethings who have been told about this hotel’s extraordinary mid-century-tropical aesthetic. They gather with clued-up locals feasting at long tables – Portinatx is a fishing village at heart, and the menu of fish tacos and seared pulpo relies heavily on the local catch. By evening, they’ll be sipping Piña Coladas at the bar, which is thatched with faded palm fronds and lined with sheepskin-topped stools. The interiors are a collage of colour, texture and artful precision; each bamboo chair in just the right spot, each slatted line of shade falling just so. Off a long, open-sided corridor are nine jewel-coloured bedrooms, where pile rugs and raffia wall hangings create a throwback-motel vibe. Rooms – on the small side, but with private sea-view balconies – are decked out with burnt-orange curtains, cornflower-blue tiles and huge triple-mattress CocoMat beds. Dinky bathrooms are facelifts of the originals, so don’t expect colossal showers or fancy basins. But like all other things here, they’re so chic you can’t look away.

    FLASH POINT Everything in the hotel is for sale. From the chartreuse Ligne Roset Togo sofa to the North African blankets, kilim rugs and wicker bar trolley. Just add it to the bill.

    Address: Los Enarmorados, 103, Calle de Portinatx 07810 Portinatx, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

    Telephone: +34 971 33 75 49


    Price: Doubles from about £190

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    Sir Adam, Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    A solitary Seventies skyscraper behind Amsterdam’s Central Station has emerged from a major makeover as a pulsing media, music and nightlife hub, with the Sir Adam hotel romping through its first eight floors. Big speakers keep up a steady beat throughout, and funky themed lifts (the disco one has a mirror ball and coloured-light floor) lead you up to the rooms. All have plenty of quirky Dutch design details – drag-queen-sized red stilettos – and retro touches, such as a vinyl library and turntables. The musicians, roadies and producers who populate the place must love (if not feel tempted to steal) the authentic Gibson guitars on the walls. The Butcher Social Club in the lobby serves great Aberdeen Angus burgers, but excels at breakfast, with beetroot-and-carrot juices and spicy shakshuka. This is certainly no place for retiring souls, but rooms are well-enough soundproofed and many have great views across the city.

    FLASH POINT Sir Adam exists in symbiosis with a skybar-restaurant on the 20th floor, which transforms into a club later at night.

    Address: Sir Adam, Overhoeksplein 7, 1031KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Telephone: +31 20 215 9500


    Price: Doubles from about £130

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    Brown Beach House, Croatia

    Trogir, Croatia

    A former tobacco warehouse on the Adriatic coast, just beside Trogir’s medieval old town, was restored and converted by Amsterdam-based interior designer Saar Zafrir. It is Brown Hotels’ first property outside Israel, and at its heart is an immense living room with sea-view windows, mismatched modernist-inspired chairs, a superb library of art, design and photography books, and a full-sized billiard table. The 25 bedrooms are peaceful retreats with Indonesian kempas-wood floors and silvery-blue banana-silk rugs, and the slick bathrooms are lined with grey marble. Down in the pretty garden, there’s a big black-and-white tiled pool and sun beds shaded by parasols from where you can order a Cucumber Crush (Hendrick’s gin, St Germain, lemon, cucumber and rosemary on ice, topped with Prosecco). Come evening, head to the candlelit Cartina terrace for grilled langoustines under an inky-blue sky. Aimed squarely at urbanites accustomed to a cosmopolitan lifestyle, this is a stylish family-friendly retreat.

    FLASH POINT This summer sees the opening of 24 new suites, a spa and beach club.

    Address: Brown Beach House, Put Gradine 66, Trogir 21200, Croatia

    Telephone: +385 21 355 450


    Price: Doubles from about £235

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    Hotel Eden, Rome

    Rome, Italy

    The Eden, which opened in 1889, has always been one of the city’s loveliest places to stay. So when it was bought by the Dorchester Collection and closed for refurbishment, votive candles were lit for its safe, unsullied return. Seventeen months later it emerged triumphant, and with its dignity intact. The lobby has been treated to a magnificent marble floor and gilded ceiling; just beyond is La Libreria, with papal-red sofas, frescoed walls and a glamorous cocktail bar hidden behind library shelves. The bedrooms are done out in muffled shades of grey and cream; the best have views across to St Peter’s and all have mosaic-lined bathrooms with voluptuous white-marble basins shaped by Italian craftsmen. The views from La Terrazza restaurant on the top floor no doubt inspire chef Fabio Ciervo to produce his celestial dishes, such as a warm sea-urchin cream, curry and black pepper, and risotto with white asparagus, turmeric and coffee. Next door is the all-day Il Giardino restaurant and bar with its sunny terrace. There are few more enchanting places for lunch with friends, as any Roman will tell you.

    FLASH POINT The service is exceptional. Any concierge who can get a ticket to Papal Mass on Easter Sunday at short notice is a genius.

    Address: Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi, 49, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Telephone: +39 06 478121


    Price: Doubles from about £750

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    L’Hotel, Marrakech

    Marrakech, Morocco

    This handsome 19th-century riad was once the lair of a local caïd (governor of the neighbourhood). By 1915, it was owned by one Mr Black, an Englishman who installed the beautiful tadelakt plasterwork in the bathroom of what is now the Asilah Suite at Jasper Conran’s new L’Hôtel. For Conran, it was easy to fall in love with the garden, filled as it is with mature palms and orange trees set around an aquamarine plunge pool, and heady with the scent of jasmine and roses. But the house itself, despite magnificent proportions (these are some of the biggest bedrooms in town), was rather dark and gloomy. Under the designer’s guiding hand it has been utterly transformed into a joyful bolthole packed with Thirties glamour. Tangerine rugs and lemon-drop-striped armchairs fill the dining room with sunshine, and an antique zinc bar where cocktails are served takes pride of place in the sitting room. The five pared-back suites, all named after different Moroccan cities, showcase the best artisan crafts from their respective regions. They are mixed with a private collection of museum-worthy antiques and artefacts, among them Syrian mirrors inset with mother-of-pearl and camel bone, portraits of Indian princes and Persian rugs, which, for all its grandeur, make this exceptional hotel feel like a very welcoming home.

    FLASH POINT In-house cook Bouchra dishes up brilliant traditional food, as well as French classics such as steak frites. Two more suites and a bigger restaurant will be added next year.

    Address: L’Hotel, 41 Derb Sidi Lahcen Ouest Ali, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

    Telephone: +212 524 387 880


    Price: Doubles from £250

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    Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles

    Félicité, Seychelles

    Félicité is one of the most dramatic islands in the Seychelles. Now it is also home to the smartest new place to stay in this tropical-island nation. The spa, which opened in March, has quite possibly set a new standard for Six Senses; certainly its location alone – high on rocks above a churning sea – would be enough to clear any cobwebs, and the five glass-fronted treatment rooms, linked by rope bridges and wooden steps, are wondrous relaxation spaces. The 30 enormous villas are all sublimely private, some set back in frilly foliage, others steps from a soft-sand beach. Chef Richard Lee overseas the Island Café, where breakfast and supper is served (masala-spiced spinach and ricotta omelettes; lobster tails with mango butter) and the Ocean Kitchen for Six Senses’ tailored wellness menus and simple, fresh fish. The hotel only takes up a tiny part of this 264- hectare island, most of which remains inaccessible other than along walking trails cut into landscape.

    FLASH POINT The neighbouring isles of La Digue and Praslin are within easy reach, and regular boat trips are available to both, so it’s easy to plug into the laid-back Seychellois lifestyle.

    Address: Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Unnamed Road, Félicité, Seychelles

    Telephone: +248 467 1000


    Price: Villas from about £1,005

    Read more on the spa at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Félicité island

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    Il Sereno, Lake Como


    Hotels have always played a leading role on Como. It’s a feature of the lake’s tremendous attractiveness. But they are usually conversions of venerable country seats and palaces, so the construction of something entirely new was always going to raise suspenseful eyebrows. Built on a promontory jutting into the lake, all 30 bedrooms are clad in carved walnut timber, like a rationalist-inspired Swiss chalet. It’s a bold look, but one that reflects the atmosphere of Lake Como itself, with all its surrounding mountains that spring abruptly from the water’s edge, some to altitudes of 600 metres. The design combines travertine stone with floating, copper-piped staircases; moveable screens on balconies – each room has a view – transform bedrooms into an inside-outside den. A beautiful pool sits close to a private stretch of beach, by a pontoon bobbing with Il Sereno-owned Rivas. Surging vastly upwards beyond the bar is a flower-studded vertical garden by French botanist Patrick Blanc. In the restaurant (part of it is built over the water) chef Andrea Berton serves modern Italian food such as saffron risotto and lavarello alla plancha, a welcome respite from the plates swimming in flambé of the more traditional hotels nearby.

    FLASH POINT It’s worth rising early for breakfast: all that glass exquisitely complements the burnished mirror of the lake surface, particularly before 9am.

    Address: Il Sereno Hotel, Via Torrazza 10, 22020 Torno CO, Italy

    Telephone: +39 031 5477 800


    Price: Doubles from about £635

    Read our full review of Il Sereno Hotel.

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    Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square


    For 500 years or so there was a buffer zone around the Tower of London known as the Tower Liberty. Today 22 markers denote this ancient perimeter. One of them is a bronze plate embedded in the marble floor just inside the front doors of this new Four Seasons. Though the building itself is relatively young – completed in 1922 in imposing Beaux Arts style for the Port of London Authority – it floats on a deep river of history. To have retained such a strong sense of this heritage while transforming it into a totally 21st-century, 100-bedroom hotel is no mean feat. You feel it the moment you step into the vast circular lobby, arranged around a central rotunda beneath a luminous pale-pink dome. Even better are the 11 suites, a beguiling fusion of Edwardian gravitas – those columns, those ceilings – and cool, muted, contemporary chic.

    FLASH POINT Settle in at Anne-Sophie Pic’s superb La Dame de Pic London restaurant (her berlingot pasta bundles are more or less compulsory). The huge windows make this space even lovelier at lunchtime than it is in the evening.

    Address: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

    Telephone: +44 20 3297 9200


    Price: Doubles from £430

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    Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

    Lisbon, Portugal

    This starkly beautiful hotel is the Lisbon debut, and fourth Portuguese property, of hotelier João Rodrigues and renowned architect Manuel Aires Mateus. Behind the impressive 18th-century façade are just six suites with views onto the dome of the National Pantheon, an integral part of the city’s skyline, and the wide River Tagus beyond. The rooms themselves are simple, housing only the bare essentials, from the B&B Italia beds to Carl Hansen chairs. Wooden floors are dappled with sunshine streaming in through French windows; open-plan bathrooms with huge rain showers are dominated by local limestone floors, and the sleek, rectangular basins and bath tubs made from one enormous piece that needed to be swung through the windows into place. Guests are greeted on arrival with a slice of traditional Portuguese orange cake and a pot of tea. Breakfasts of warm homemade granola with a dusting of cinnamon, or crushed avocado and eggs fried with asparagus are served at a six-metre-long oak table designed by Aires Mateus; lunch elevates the vegetable – beetroot salad, hummus made with chickpeas and pumpkin.

    FLASH POINT Make use of the lovely outdoor spaces: the internal courtyard garden, where lemon trees stand silhouetted against the bright-white walls, and the rooftop, a perfect square of azure sky.

    Address: Santa Clara 1728, Campo Santa Clara 128, 1100-471 Lisbon, Portugal

    Telephone: +351 934 418 316


    Price: Doubles from about £250

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    The Whitby Hotel, New York

    New York, USA

    This spring, Firmdale Hotels’ second New York property landed in sober Midtown like a fistful of Jaipuri gems. It is two blocks south of Central Park, and bears all the kaleidoscopic hallmarks of British designer-owner Kit Kemp. The 86 bedrooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of water towers and glittering skyscrapers, and are decorated in a Pantone wheel of colour schemes. Textiles of multiple textures, hues and patterns – Balinese-style zig-zags, bold green florals, Greek red-and-pink fretwork – cover everything from the walls and headboards to the armchairs. The Whitby Bar, ogled by businessmen passing on West 56th Street, is just as wild with a tangle of baskets, including an Essex oyster tendle and a Sussex trug, hanging over the pewter counter. It serves creative cocktails, such as the tangy rum, pineapple and citrus Whitby Sizzle; the menu features tasty globetrotting small plates, including tuna poké, and octopus with borlotti beans. Next door, in the Orangery, the celebration of British arts and crafts continues with Victorian platters framed in Perspex boxes and 40 dainty porcelain ceramics by Martha Freud – and in case you forget where you are, each is etched with a New York landmark.

    FLASH POINT The Whitby is close to Manhattan’s TV studios, so expect to share a lift or the gym with the Hollywood talent that has patronised Firmdale’s downtown hotel, Crosby Street, since it opened in 2009.

    Address: The Whitby Hotel, 18 W 56th Street, Midtown, New York, NY 10019

    Telephone: +1 212 586 5656


    Price: Doubles from about £620

    Read our full review of the Whitby Hotel, New York City.

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    The Rajbari Bawali, West Bengal, India

    West Bengal, India

    This grand hotel is only 90 minutes’ drive from Calcutta, but is wonderfully secluded. A neoclassical palace with lofty verandahs and an imposing portico, it is surrounded by the lush landscape of the Ganges delta. Take walks along the paths that meander between palm-tree-shaded ponds. You’ll pass clearings in the forest where black goats graze, houses are painted in brilliantly gaudy colours, and garden plots are full of dahlias. The building was a beautiful ruin when enterprising antiques dealer Ajay Rawla took it on. He has restored its 18th-century grandeur, and filled its cool, high-ceilinged rooms with stone lions, four-poster beds, Louis XVI chairs and Venetian mirrors. Every evening, oil lamps are lit in the courtyard, and staff in red and gold saris celebrate a prayer ceremony signalled by the blowing of conches and clanging of a metal drum. Guests watch from a terrace, eating scrumptious Bengali snacks. With its unvarnished beauty and eccentric charm, this hotel combines modern luxury with a dreamlike glimpse of old India.

    FLASH POINT The garden is dotted with carved wooden divans covered in gorgeous embroidered textiles. Even the poolside recliners are spread with kantha quilts.

    Address: The Rajbari Bawali, Bawali, West Bengal 743384, India

    Telephone: +91 983 038 3008


    Price: Doubles from about £125

    Read more on The Rajbari Bawali.

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    Casa Fabbrini Piccola Londra, Rome

    Rome, Italy

    Right in the middle of the soaring apartment buildings of Rome’s Flaminio district is a street of sweet, terraced houses that might have landed here from Notting Hill. Locals call it, unsurprisingly, La Piccola Londra (Little London). Commissioned just before World War I by Ernesto Nathan, an Anglo-Italian mayor, it’s a popular location for advertising and fashion shoots, but otherwise a rather private place, gated at each end. Now, at last, visitors have an invitation to go beyond those boundaries. This beautiful hotel of just four bedrooms opened last September in a basement-to-attic townhouse. Its historic interiors have been refreshed in hip-vintage mode by the owner, architect Simone Fabbrini. Thirties-style black, fawn and cream geometrical floor tiles lend a touch of Escher, while jazzy grandma antiques, fabrics, cast-iron radiators and brass lamps (designed by Fabbrini himself) wrap up the neat, retro-chic package. Out back there’s a tiled garden terrace shaded by an apricot tree that’s wonderful for picnics and aperitivi. This is definitely somewhere to make yourself at home.

    FLASH POINT The stylish living room takes up the entire first floor, and there are help-yourself homemade cakes and biscuits in the basement kitchen.

    Address: Casa Fabbrini Piccola Londra, Viale del Vignola 50, Villino 18 Roma 00196, Italy

    Telephone: +39 329 9470 153


    Price: Doubles from about £100

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    Cempedak Private Island, Indonesia


    Some 266,000 pieces of sustainable bamboo were used to construct this grown-up retreat off the coast of Singapore. Thrilling raised walkways and dining areas shaped like bracken fiddleheads unfurling down towards the sea are all fashioned from the stuff, as well as the 20 villas that are lined along a driftwoody beach up to a pandanus-filled forest. Ecologically friendly design doesn’t always translate to elegance, but these open-sided structures (actually recycled old Javanese houses), with their crescent-moon-shaped thatch roofs, could be a collaboration between a weaver bird and Dr Seuss. Founder Andrew Dixon has form when it comes to eco-castaway islands: he was responsible for acclaimed Nikoi, also in the Riau archipelago. At Cempedak there are solar panels and waste-water gardens, no plastic, no air-con (the whispering sea breeze is far superior), and zero preachiness. Style is never compromised, but it still feels wild: at the spiral-shaped Dodo bar, Pink Floyd spins on a bamboo record player as swallows swoop through the air. A spa with sea views arrives this autumn.

    FLASH POINT The cooking by Medanese chef Dika (Java-style tuna, sensational bread-and-butter pudding) is a refined foil to sandy-toed days spent island-hopping.

    Address: Cempedak Private Island, Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia

    Telephone: +62 811 700 8040


    Price: Villas from about £350 full board

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    Greydon House, Nantucket

    Nantucket, USA

    This swanky 17-bedroom beauty opened last October steps from the ferry docks in downtown Nantucket. The design duo Roman and Williams artfully curated the space, which is meant to evoke the peripatetic 1850s life of the original owner of the house, a merchant mariner whose ports of call included Indonesia, Morocco, Portugal and China. Using an eclectic palette of colours – walnut-stained millwork, glossy teal paint, mustard-yellow fabrics, and red French plaster friezes – the interiors are a gallery of decorative details. There are Dutch doors in the pine-panelled reception, Indonesian-style sofas in the library, Oriental carpets running down halls, and hand-painted murals of the China trade above the softly lit bar where cocktails such as the Greydon’s Cup for Two (vodka, banana and coconut liqueurs, lime and sparkling wine) are mixed. All the suites are airy and white, with cobalt bed linen by John Robshaw and Les Indiennes, Portuguese and Moroccan shower tiles, and vintage furniture and frills. Sample luscious, island-inspired food – chilled oysters with yuzu mignonette; cod bouillabaisse – by chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware, from Michelin-starred Aureole in New York, in the hotel’s sunny dining room or terrace.

    FLASH POINT This is an architectural and foodie masterpiece channelling Nantucket’s historic whaling era, which comes to life at the brilliant museum next door.

    Address: Greydon House, 17 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA

    Telephone: +1 508 228 2468


    Price: Doubles from about £465

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    Provocateur, Berlin

    Berlin, Germany

    From the moment it opened this spring, the 58-room hotel became the meeting place for Berlin’s party crowd, who are absolutely thrilled that a sexy, lively and modern spot has finally arrived in the former West. Every evening they flock to the intimate bar and adjoining restaurant, a patchwork of blood-red curtained walls, velvet banquettes and reflective brass (the interior designer, Saar Zafrir, formerly a banker, was inspired by Paris boudoirs and vintage burlesque films). Local celebrity chef Duc Ngo sends out Chinese-inspired dishes made with French techniques and ingredients, such as dim sum with duck confit and foie gras. The party sometimes goes on into the early hours, even on weekdays, so avoid bedrooms on the first or second floors and go for one up top or at the back. Even the smallest are plush and cosy, with high ceilings, navy headboards and black-marble bathrooms. Although the Provocateur is far from the raves and underground clubs of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, at least here it is possible to wear a suit or carry a Prada bag without getting disdainful looks from hipsters.

    FLASH POINT Make sure to book at table at Duc Ngo’s other new restaurant in Berlin, 893 Ryotei, a lively open kitchen serving his brilliant, crowd-pleasing version of Nikkei cuisine.

    Address: Provocateur, Brandenburgische Str. 21, 10707 Berlin, Germany

    Telephone: +49 3022 056060


    Price: Doubles from about £120

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    Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage, Scotland

    Scotland, UK

    Take a stolid, stony, 17th-century Scottish farmhouse. Ruthlessly remove all traces of tartan. Redecorate in sleek, monochrome, faultlessly beautiful contemporary Scandinavian style. Behold a very unexpected, very pleasing transformation. Killiehuntly’s owner is a reclusive Danish billionaire, Anders Holch Povlsen; his wife, Anne Storm Pedersen, has done the interiors. There are four bedrooms in the farmhouse, along with a hayloft above the steadings and a self-catering cottage and bothy. All exude a charming, low-key flair with pale linen curtains, mid-century furniture alongside thrift-shop finds, knotted rugs on bare wooden floorboards, and moody photographs by Trine Søndergaard. Outside lies 4,000 acres of classic hunting-shooting-fishing country, where it is of course possible to do those things; but it’s also conceivable to have a good time without resorting to violence. Walk up an appetite, dine like a laird (simple, seasonal dishes such as hot-smoked salmon with black bread and soured cream or venison with berry sauce), then retreat fireside and acquaint yourself with the excellent selection of new Scottish gins, including Inshriach and Harris, as well as the requisite single-malt whiskies. The Highlands? The Hyggelands, more like.

    FLASH POINT Explore the neighbouring estate of Glenfeshie, which also belongs to Povlsen. Its rapidly regenerating population of Caledonian pines is remarkable – and a reminder of how Scotland looked before agriculture and an exploding deer population took their toll on the landscape.

    Address: Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage. By Kingussie, Highland PH21 1NZ, Scotland

    Telephone: +44 1540 661619


    Price: Doubles from £280 half board

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    Le Roch Hotel & Spa, Paris

    Paris, France

    Bleu canard, that curious shade of blue-green that’s not quite blue and not quite green, is famously difficult to work with – at least if you’re an interior designer rather than a duck. But when it works well, it works really well, and Sarah Lavoine has deployed it to gorgeous effect at Le Roch. Which isn’t to say the place is dripping with it from top to bottom; it’s a theme, a motif, which she uses in measured counterpoint to other unconventional colours – chartreuse, sage, apricot, butterscotch. These visual off-rhymes give the place its poetry. Stepping inside from rue Saint-Roch – a quiet street near the Place Vendôme – a natural flow takes you past the lobby and library, through the soft, velvety lounge and the hard, glossy bar and dining room (where Arnaud Faye’s unpretentious but stealthily exotic dishes, such as asparagus with candied kumquat and scallops with tempura artichoke, are served), towards a sunlit courtyard garden. The more time you spend here, the more agreeable this almost entirely open-plan arrangement seems, making the ground-floor spaces feel lively and companionable, and larger than they actually are. Upstairs, the 37 bedrooms are angular and uncluttered, all clean lines and contrasting textures: crisp white linen, thick Berber carpets, smooth Carrara marble, irregular zellige tiles. A subtle, sensuous reinvention of a fine Haussmannian building in a swishy part of town.

    FLASH POINT See that little waterfall at the end of the pool? That’s the entrance to the hammam. Vraiment.

    Address: Le Roch Hotel & Spa, 28 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France

    Telephone: +33 1 70 83 00 00


    Price: Doubles from about £300

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    The Oberoi Beach Al Zorah, UAE

    Ajman, UAE

    Set on a quiet stretch of sand in Ajman, the smallest of the UAE’s seven emirates, this sleek hideaway serves as an understated foil for the palatial hotels so common in neighbouring Dubai. It’s a stunning shift in style for Oberoi too, best known for its heritage hotels in India; here, Italian architect Piero Lissoni has gone for smooth, white stucco, geometric wood partitions and Scandi-inspired interiors. There are 74 bedrooms in two low-rise buildings, with cleverly designed bathrooms allowing glimpses of sea from the egg-shaped tubs, but the real stars are the 15 sugar-cube-like villas with private pools and ocean views through soaring glass walls. Most days here are spent lazing beside the 85-metre infinity pool or unwinding with an Ayurvedic treatment in the spa. At night, head to the lantern-lit terrace at Vinesse for a Le Monk cognac cocktail, served smoking under a glass dome. At the chef’s table guests feast on pistachio falafel with smoked labneh and Josper-roasted salmon with black garlic.

    FLASH POINT It’s as close to Dubai airport as the hotels of Palm Jumeirah, but has an away-from-it-all vibe and a far superior beach.

    Address: The Oberoi Beach Al Zorah, Al Ittihad Rd, PO Box 18065 Ajman UAE Telephone: +971 6 701 4746


    Price: Doubles from about £330

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    Fifty House, Milan


    Milan, Italy

    In a row of converted townhouses, once a boys’ boarding school, the all-suites Fifty House feels like a private villa right in the middle of town. Five minutes’ walk from the Palace of Justice (expect lawyers) and 10 minutes from the Duomo (and everybody else), this newbie is the flip-side to all the big-brand hotels that have opened in the past decade in the world’s number-one design city. The team at the front desk are better dressed than any of the guests, which is saying something, and their knowledge of Milan is second to none. With its sexy black-and-grey Flamant wallpaper – a backdrop for flashes of insanely rich burnt-orange and vermilion Sixties furniture – it would be easy to dismiss this as just another pretentious gallery posing as an expensive B&B. But it’s way better than that. Even some of the smaller suites have a separate study as well as a sitting room, and downstairs in the restaurant and bar (great for a discreet lunch), the bartender knows his Braulio from his Ramazzotti. All this, plus a charming courtyard garden, makes it a great choice in a town not short of brilliant hotels.

    FLASH POINT Fifty House is calm, quiet and efficient, adjectives you don’t usually associate with Milan, and it’s very good value for such high quality, too.

    Address: Fifty House, Via Benvenuto Cellini, 14, 20129 Milan MI, Italy

    Telephone: +39 02 545 5654


    Price: Doubles from about £170

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    The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore


    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, this triple-peaked historic complex housed Warehouse Disco, the city’s most infamous nightclub. Now it’s a hip 37-room hotel in the up-and-coming Robertson Quay, the first property from The Lo & Behold Group, backers of many buzzed-about restaurants, including Odette at Singapore’s National Gallery. The vibe here is smart-industrial, with stripped-back, monochrome rooms in a variety of shapes and sizes which preserve original architectural quirks such as exposed ceiling trusses. Glass panels crisscrossed with wire mesh and jade-green marble details add lightness; artisan ceramics and ikat print throws ramp up the charm. Unconventional mini-bar options, including BDSM paddles, are a talking point among the creatives in the lobby bar. The space houses an installation of giant metal wheels, inspired by pulleys from the spice days, in a shower of bare light bulbs. Drinking zingy Kaya Lumpur cocktails (pineapple rum, coconut egg jam and basil) beneath it feels like being transported to an immersive art gallery in Berlin. Food at Po, by pioneering chef Willin Low, is jazzed-up hawker-stall staples; the wrap-it-yourself popiah (pancake with pork and vegetables) is a crowd-pleaser.

    FLASH POINT Singapore is great for many reasons but it’s hardly renowned for being edgy. Here, innovative design provides a welcome injection of cool into the Lion City.

    Address: The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, 169628, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628

    Telephone: +65 6828 0000


    Price: Doubles from about £185

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    St Regis Maldives Vommuli


    The architects insist that the buildings at Vommuli were inspired by marine creatures. And it’s true that the elongated, open-mouthed design of the Whale Bar – one of the most remarkable structures anywhere in the Maldives – does a very passable impersonation of its cetacean namesake. Yet it’s difficult not to conclude that these same architects must have spent a great deal of time watching sci-fi cartoons such as The Jetsons during their formative years. The entire place looks like a space station made of teak. And if that sounds a bit odd, well, it is – in the best possible way. Vommuli is not merely quirky but original, memorable and beautiful. There are 77 villas and no duds among them. Here the traditionally less prized garden villas are just as impressive as the over-water ones. The founder of the original St Regis in New York is honoured in the John Jacob Astor Estate, the largest lagoon villa in the archipelago at 1,500 square metres. Yes, it comes with all the trimmings, but it hasn’t quite got everything. If you want to play pool or air-hockey, you’ve got to head over to the brilliantly kitted-out kids’ centre, which really has got everything.

    FLASH POINT Jordanian-Australian chef Ayyoub Salameh, who has resurfaced at Vommuli from the underwater restaurant at the Conrad Maldives, oversees no fewer than six restaurants on this one private island. None is more charming than Cargo, where top-notch street food is dispensed from what looks like a washed-up shipping container.

    Address: St Regis Maldives Vommuli, Vommuli Island, Dhaalu Atoll, Vommuli 13080, Maldives

    Telephone: +960 676 6333


    Price: Villas from about £2,020

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    Bill and Coo Coast, Mykonos

    Mykonos, Greece

    The latest Bill and Coo (the original is a five-minute drive away on the outskirts of Mykonos Town) is tucked away on an enviably hard- to-find beach on the Agios Ioannis peninsula. Designed by super-hip Athenian architects K-Studio with upper-A-list guests in mind, the 15 suites are all similarly secluded with private terraces and plunge pools overlooking the sea. The rugged stone, bleached wood and cast-iron design is a welcome break from the Cyclades standard of whitewash and blue doors, and the interiors are understatedly chic: light greys and powdery whites with the occasional jet-black vase thrown in for contrast. The pretty pool area has shady gazeboes and a view of Delos island. By all accounts, admirers of the hotel’s lunchtime-only Taverna include Heston Blumenthal, who was likely charmed by the humble-sounding but actually superb sardines on toast and dolmas stuffed with crab.

    FLASH POINT A new spa with special post-sun facial therapies by Swiss brand Valmont has just opened at the original hotel.

    Address: Bill and Coo Coast, Agios Ioannis, Mykonos 846 00, Greece

    Telephone: +30 228 902 6292


    Price: Doubles from about £420

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    Chable, Merida, Mexico

    Mérida, Mexico

    Dine at Ixi’im, the latest restaurant from Mexico’s starriest chef, Jorge Vallejo, and it might not occur to you that the modern glass-and-steel box it’s located in started life as the machine house, or sisal-processing plant of the 18th-century Hacienda San Antonio Chablé. Nor that you are surrounded by jungle. Rather, the atmosphere as you tuck into venison tartare with sour orange, habanero chilli and avocado is more likely to put you in mind of Tribeca, perhaps, or at least Mexico City. But then this hotel, a half-hour drive from Mérida, has ambitions to raise levels of sophistication in Yucatán to a new high. At the heart of the 300-hectare, tree-cloaked estate stands a cluster of the hacienda’s handsome colonial-era buildings, their long, arcaded verandahs overlooking a succession of walled gardens, lit at night by fireflies and lanterns hanging from the ancient trees. Beyond a grand iron gate a winding path leads through the jungle, off which stand 40 secluded, white limestone-and-glass casitas, each with a pool, terrace and hammock. The spa, where there are even more pools lined in petrified wood and a private cenote (water-filled sinkhole), is spectacular. And towards the other extreme of wellness, there is a whole building devoted to an immense collection of aged Mexican tequila.

    FLASH POINT Express an interest in local food, and Doña Eneida, a woman from the nearby village of Chocholá, will come and cook lunch over an open fire: chapulines (grasshoppers) dressed in chilli and lime, followed by pipian de venado, a stew of roe deer, mopped up with warm tortillas.

    Address: Chable, Tablaje 642, 97816 Chocholá, Yuc., Mexico

    Telephone: +52 55 4161 4262


    Price: Doubles from about £965

    Read our full review of the spa at Chablé, Mérida.

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    Single Thread Farm, California

    California, USA

    A short stroll from Healdsburg’s busy, leafy plaza, this striking new corner inn, with five airy bedrooms and a citrus-scented rooftop garden, has been swiftly gathering plaudits. A huge redwood door acts like a gateway into the space designed by AvroKO (Temple House Bar in Chengdu; 1 Hotel Central Park, New York), where elements of a traditional Japanese ryokan are fused with those of a hi-tech Californian home. Guests come to sample chef Kyle Connaughton’s innovative modern-American, kaiseki-influenced cooking. An 11-course set dinner might begin with lightly fermented carrots, and crab leg dusted with yuzu salt, and finish with honey-miso-glazed sweet potato with chicory ice cream, cocoa husks and hazelnuts. The big bedrooms feel like artists’ lofts with cream brickwork, huge windows and Jiangmei Wu’s paper ceiling lanterns, albeit with treats such as whizzy Teforia tea infusers. Here functionality has been transformed into exceptional design at every level.

    FLASH POINT Stay for at least two nights so you can sample more of the inn’s amazing breakfasts, which include Persian and Japanese dishes.

    Address: Single Thread Farm, 131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA

    Telephone: +1 707 723 4646


    Price: Doubles from about £600

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    Entamanu Ngorongoro, Tanzania


    Anyone serious about African safaris will be familiar with Nomad’s portfolio of small, classic camps in some of the most remote and most fascinating corners of Tanzania, from Sand Rivers deep in the Selous to Greystoke Mahale on Lake Tanganyika. Last autumn there was a new arrival, Entamanu, an intimate collection of just six tents on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s richest wildlife destination. The camp is rooted in the traditional safari look, but one given a wonderfully contemporary shake-up by Arusha-based designer Joanna Cook, with an earth-toned colour scheme and lots of smart furniture you will want to take home. The tents are enormous, the bed linens are crisp, and it is possible to contemplate the finest views in Africa from the flush loos. Such panoramas are truly humbling: it is the only camp where there are vistas down into the great crater and across the grand sweep of the Serengeti. It is also the only camp on the western rim, so your neighbours are browsing giraffe, strutting ostriches and the occasional passing Maasai.

    FLASH POINT There is plenty to do here: game drives in the Serengeti and into the enclosed world of the crater; walks with the Maasai along the edge of the Ngorongoro; visits to the bomas or villages – but spare half a day at least to do nothing but bask in the sunshine and watch the clouds rolling across vast African skies.

    Address: Entamanu Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

    Telephone: + 255 787 595908


    Price: From about £530 per person per night full board, including game drives

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    Hoshinoya, Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Kyoto has long been the territory of the ancient ryokan and Tokyo the domain of the flashy international hotel. All that has begun to change with this arrival in the capital’s Marunouchi district. Hoshinoya started out as a family-run, hot-springs resort in the mountains of Karuizawa, opening its first outpost in 1914. But Yoshiharu Hoshino, currently the fourth-generation CEO, ventured overseas and returned with a new vision for the business: to create a thoroughly modern ryokan experience for Japanese and foreign guests alike. Four properties later, don’t expect the low-rise wooden architecture of most traditional guesthouses; this is a new-build structure with a striking lattice-work façade in a neighbourhood dense with high-rise buildings. It may look like any other hotel on the outside, but it is only open to guests, who are asked to remove their shoes on entering the intensely private space. And rather than a grand, spacious lobby, there are living rooms on each floor with attendants always ready to pour tea or sake and offer advice. The French-Japanese restaurant in the basement is run by Noriyuki Hamada, a Bocuse d’Or medallist who begins every meal by serving an artful sequence of tiny, savoury bites balanced delicately on small stone orbs. All is perfection.

    FLASH POINT The hotel’s most striking feature is on the top floor: a real onsen (hot-spring bath) under the city sky, filled with natural spring water pumped from deep below the building.

    Address: Hoshinoya, 1 Chome-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan

    Telephone: +81 503 786 1144


    Price: Doubles from about £550

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    WM Farmer & Sons, New York State

    New York State, USA

    ‘Farming, that’s the fashion! Farming, that’s the passion of our great celebrities of todaaaay!’ So goes the refrain of Cole Porter’s ‘Farming’, a brilliantly barbed show tune about rich city folk rushing off to make a better life in the country. The song was written in the 1940s but it might have been yesterday – about Hudson, a pretty riverside town in Upstate New York famous for its antique shops and architecture. Of course the musicians and movie stars who are heading here have no intention of milking cows or tilling fields. It’s more a matter of channelling a wholesome vibe in a nice place that’s quite near farms. Should you wish to join them for a night or two, put up at Wm Farmer & Sons. Its 11 rooms are compact but retro-eclectic and cute as a bug’s ear. Books with titles such as How to Raise Goats are a winning touch. The cocktail list in the bar was designed by Sasha Petraske, late of Milk & Honey; the restaurant’s menu is fiercely locavore and strong on fish, meat and game, but don’t overlook the heirloom-beet salad with pistachio and mint vinaigrette. The dining room has some cool flourishes, notably the chairs, which came from a naval academy and have curious little shelves underneath where cadets used to stow their hats during meals.

    FLASH POINT The main drag, Warren Street, is a mile-long strip of absurdly photogenic small-town Americana.

    Address: [/b] WM Farmer and Sons, 20 S Front St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

    Telephone: +1 518 828 1635


    Price: Doubles from about £240

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    Soneva Jani, Maldives


    There have been a dozen or so openings across the Maldives in the last year, but this one is a standout for its supersized over-water villas, clutch of castaway islands and strong environmental credentials. It’s the latest hotel from the Soneva group, credited with the original barefoot beach hideaway Soneva Fushi – now more than 20 years old but still a firm favourite (and a short seaplane hop away) – as well as tropical retreat Soneva Kiri in the Gulf of Thailand. Jani has raised the bar again. Of the property’s five petite islands, four are entirely undeveloped, meaning there’s always an empty beach somewhere. The main island has a mix of jungly beach houses and over-water villas with rambling wraparound decking, free-form pools and basket swing seats that hang above the water, as well as a twisting-turning slide to splash straight into the Indian Ocean. These are the ultimate open-plan, open-air spaces, with light and bright Scandi-style interiors and a push-button retractable ceiling above the bed that reveals a starry night sky. Isolation has never felt this good, but there’s also The Gathering, a sociable hub of eating, drinking and wellness plus a wine-tasting room, juice bar, yoga studio and gelateria.

    FLASH POINT Other draws are the on-site observatory, which has a telescope that rises up from the floor and live monitors that share the view through the eyepiece.

    Address: Soneva Jani, Medhufaru Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Telephone: +960 656 6666


    Price: Villas from about £1,445

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    Henrietta Hotel, London

    London, UK

    Some couples are meant to be: Bonnie and Clyde, Bogie and Bacall, and now Experimental Group – the four French hipsters behind the speakeasy-style Experimental Cocktail Club on Gerrard Street – and wunderkind London chef Ollie Dabbous. Their love child? Henrietta Hotel, with a restaurant, bar and 18 elegant, Art Deco-inspired bedrooms by young Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon, all forged from two 19th-century Covent Garden townhouses. The long, slim restaurant – with an open kitchen at the back where Dabbous visibly beavers away – was packed within about 12 minutes of opening. The experience begins with creative cocktails in the elegant front bar. Try the frothy Language, Truth and Logic (Appleton Signature rum, cardamom, almond milk, star anise and chai). Diners dip radishes into zingy, flavour-loaded taramasalata and graze on grilled flat bread heaped with crab, crème fraîche and coastal herbs, followed by perfectly seasoned sea bass with a wedge of charred hispi cabbage. The boudoir-like bedrooms are on the top four floors, each individually designed in dusky colour schemes, with handmade half-circle headboards, marble-topped side tables and elegant brass lampshades. Two rooms have little terraces, one a claw-foot bath and rooftop views across to the London Eye and Nelson’s Column.

    FLASH POINT The mezzanine just above the main dining room, with a soaring glass roof and a second little bar, is a secret space well worth seeking out.

    Address: Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH

    Telephone: +44 20 3794 5313


    Price: Doubles from £250

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    The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Hawaii

    Hawaii, USA

    Honolulu design group the Vanguard Theory has taken a Sixties apartment building and reinvented it as the ultimate hotel for modern vagabonds with a passion for retro-cool. Sure, it’s one block back from the beach (and the throngs who colonise it) but it’s a worthwhile trade-off. Pretty much everything still happens outdoors: the bar where DJs ply surf funk and guests in flip-flops order Mr Pink cocktails; screenings of classic films under the stars. Key members of the city’s creative community have contributed to the look: Tori Richard’s vintage aloha shirt fabric was used on the bedroom headboards; artist Andrew Mau’s Maona vanity mirrors are in the bathrooms. Even the lei and flower-crown workshops, staples of Hawaiian mass tourism, don’t seem hokey here. At the poolside restaurant Mahina & Sun’s, chef Ed Kenney sends out white tuna with seaweed salsa verde. Nowhere else has yet captured the ideal we hold of Sixties Waikiki as well as the Surfjack.

    FLASH POINT The hotel’s director of experience will set you up for surfing lessons, or even sunset meditation.

    Address: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, 412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Telephone: +1 808 923 8882


    Price: Doubles from about £145

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    At Six, Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm, Sweden

    A sleepy square in central Stockholm has come roaring back to life thanks to At Six and its neighbours: sibling hotel Hobo and rooftop bar Tak. The hotel has a great deal to recommend. There’s the art, which includes work by Julian Opie in the restaurant and Jaume Plensa’s monumental white marble head in the lobby; the bar, where attractive locals pour gin-and-tea cocktails out of china teapots and share bowls of punch; and the restaurant, which serves the best Swedish cooking – including pike perch from Lake Hjälmaren big enough for two – alongside Vietnamese chicken dumplings and Spanish caviar. Even the pepper mills, classic little French ones from Peugeot Frères, are impressive. Forget boring, white-walled Scandi minimalism; bedrooms are dark and cosy with chocolate leather headboards, beautiful brass details and walls painted in a colour that could be described as ‘Nordic fog’. Bathrooms are stocked with c/o GERD products made in Lapland with Arctic blueberries. Yes, the location is perfect for exploration, but it’s tempting to stay in your room, switch on the Ruark Audio sound system, shake up a drink using the top-shelf spirits (Patrón tequila, Diplomático rum), pour it into a Riedel coupe glass and enjoy being in Stockholm’s newest and smartest hotel.

    FLASH POINT Visit the slow-listening lounge (reportedly Scandinavia’s first) where top DJs play vinyl on Technics turntables.

    Address: Hotel at Six, Brunkebergstorg 6, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden

    Telephone: +46 8 578 828 00


    Price: Doubles from about £170

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    Villa Marie Saint-Barth


    St Barth’s isn’t a very complicated proposition. It’s possibly the prettiest island in the Caribbean, with lots of great places to stay and eat and drink, and nothing in particular to do apart from cavort in the sunshine and sea breezes. Yet the charm of Villa Marie has to do with the way it recalls earlier, simpler times. Its 18 rooms, bungalows and villas are woody, whitewashed and shuttered, with ceiling fans, rattan armchairs and sideboards inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Beds are vast and canopied. As well as the whole colonial thing, there’s also a hint of the nursery about it, in the many joyous splashes of colour and soft furnishings printed with pineapples, palm trees and parrots. Access to the tiny spa is through a door in the back of the gift shop. This, too, is part of the attraction of Villa Marie as a whole – the sense that, having made your way far from the main beach-side concentrations of gaiety and public display, up many a winding, hilly road, to get here, you’ve discovered a forgotten treasure.

    FLASH POINT Old St Barth’s hands remember the restaurant that used to operate on this site with much affection. Villa Marie honours its predecessor by keeping its name, François Plantation – and continuing to cook up a tropical storm with dishes such as pissaladière tart and langoustine flambé.

    Address: Villa Marie Saint-Barth, Colombier, Gustavia, Saint-Barthélémy 97133, St. Barthélemy

    Telephone: +33 450 906 363


    Price: Doubles from about £315

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    Villa La Coste, Provence

    Provence, France

    Built into a pretty hillside, this 28-suite villa – an assembly of low-slung rectangles in natural stone with green-planted roofs – looks as though it may have sprung up from Mother Earth when no one was watching. The latest addition to the 600-acre Château La Coste, a wine estate and contemporary arts centre, it combines deep comfort with a minimalist, vaguely Asian vibe. Each of the big, valley-facing bedrooms is a luminous space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a vast terrace. There are gauzy white four-posters and all-marble bathrooms. Museum-quality art abounds (a Perriand bookcase, a Hirst painting) as do places to eat. Steps away is the glass jewel-box Louison and Le Salon, serving all-organic specialities such as chicken with olives and lemon-fennel tart. And guests can now fuel up at grillmaster Francis Mallmann’s new Argentinian restaurant – his first in Europe.

    FLASH POINT The real star of the show here is the landscape, a wondrous vista of pines, oaks and distant foothills entirely in sync with the uncluttered aesthetic of the hotel.

    Address: Villa La Coste, 2750 Route de la Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade France

    Telephone: +33 4 42 50 50 00


    Price: Villa suites from about £500

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    &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Most people who go to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls spend a couple of days photographing the gargantuan torrent of water and then go on safari. From here, they can do both from the same place. The camp is set in a 123,500-acre private-game concession with 17 miles of river frontage, and there’s an impressive range of wildlife, from big herds of elephant and buffalo to rare sable and leopard, which can be spotted from drives, on kayaks, in fishing boats and on foot. With the falls just half an hour’s drive away, there are plenty of other things to do, too, from tours of the great cascade and adrenalin-fizzing activities, such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting, to riverside picnics of delicious Caesar salad, mango sorbet and South African Sauvignon. There are also Africology spa treatments, tiger-fishing trips and river cruises under a fiery sunset. Although its surroundings are totally wild, the camp is completely polished. Rooms are furnished with mid-century-style chairs whittled by local carpenters; sinks are carved from slabs of limestone; and the bar is crafted from copper petals. Best of all? The staff: friendly, professional and delighted to see Zimbabwe back on to the tourist map.

    FLASH POINT It’s now possible to get a single visa to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia, so set aside a morning to see the falls from both sides of the border.

    Address: &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge, Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

    Telephone: +27 11 809 4300


    Price: Doubles from about £550, full-board, including activities

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    The Silo, Cape Town

    Cape Town, South Africa

    This concrete grain silo was the tallest building in Southern Africa when it opened in 1924, a humble repository for cereals bound for Europe. When it closed in 2001, few could have foreseen that its next incarnation would be as a storehouse for the continent’s edgiest modern-art collection, and provide a setting for the city’s most glamorous hotel. The art gallery, Zeitz MOCAA, which will open in September, has been carved out of 42 huge storage tubes; the hotel occupies the top six floors of the adjacent elevator building. London-based Heatherwick Studio reimagined both structures and inserted the statement 5.5-metre windows. But the layout and interiors are entirely the work of the owners, the Biden family. In anyone else’s hands the building’s industrial heritage would have dictated bare light bulbs, but Liz Biden’s style is anything but brutalist. All 28 bedrooms are done out in vibrant silks and velvets in turquoise, cerise or mandarin orange, lit by 18ft chandeliers. There are cherished one-offs, works by young South African artists, and pretty things collected on Biden’s travels, too. With sunlight pouring in through those massive windows, the effect is exceedingly cheering, including in the open-plan Granary Café, where the menu includes unfussy dishes such as Parmesan risotto and confit pork belly; oysters are served on the rooftop pool terrace, from where there are heart-racing views of Table Mountain, the ocean and the always-busy port down below.

    FLASH POINT This is the most talked about opening in Cape Town in years and and it has success written all over it.

    Address: The Silo, Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801, South Africa

    Telephone: +27 21 671 5502


    Price: Doubles from about £685

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    William Gray, Montreal

    Montreal, Canada

    A glorious eight-storey glass tower links two 18th-century stone houses, one originally owned by William Gray, the city’s first sheriff, at this new hotel in Old Montreal. The interiors are a cohesive mix of now and then, and very much in the spirit of a town that is historically minded as well as terribly avant-garde. A floating staircase and marble fireplace divide the main public space into hangout areas, with low-slung chairs made by local designers. The 127 bedrooms (some are in the original building, most in the modern tower) are fuss-free and fresh, with blonde-wood floors and raw-cement ceilings. There’s a proudly local feel to the hotel: Café Olimpico, an old-school coffee joint in the city’s north end, launched its second outpost here, and Off the Hook, a smart street-wear boutique, has also opened a micro branch. Maggie Oakes restaurant serves classic dishes such as tuna tartare with smoked-carrot coulis and Quebec beef dry-aged by chef Christian Uhoda. There’s also a splendid rooftop bar for a Jack’s Day Off (Jack Daniels, strawberry, lemon and Angostura bitters) nightcap and incredible views.

    FLASH POINT Download the new Montreal en Histoires app and follow one of the engaging, self-guided walking tours around Old Montreal: 24 large-scale historical tableaux are projected onto buildings, walls, trees and even the street, including Suzanne, a love story set to the famous song by Leonard Cohen.

    Address: William Gray, 421 Rue Saint Vincent,

    Vieux-Montréal, Montreal, Canada QC H2Y 3A6

    Telephone: +1 514 656 5600


    Price: Doubles from about £140

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    Atix Hotel, La Paz

    La Paz, Bolivia

    At last, Bolivia’s high-altitude administrative capital is sloughing off its low profile. The city’s monied Zona Sur district is sunnier and lower than the historic centre – and a few degrees warmer – plus already home to the Noma-backed Gustu restaurant, cool cafés and boutiques. Now it has the hotel it deserves. Designed by New York-based Narofsky Architecture and Ways2Design studios, it is nonetheless resolutely indigenous, built with Bolivian wood and stone quarried at the village of Comanche (the same used to pave the streets of La Paz in the 1920s). Original works by celebrated local pop artist Gastón Ugalde (nicknamed the Andean Warhol) hang in public areas; the restaurant, ONA, is staffed by a trio of young Bolivian chefs who have worked at Lima’s Central and Astrid y Gastón restaurants and excel in Bolivian gastronomy, from cream of quinoa to slow-cooked llama and purple-corn desserts. The +591 rooftop bar, which has an indoor infinity pool, highlights singani, Bolivia’s firewater, in its signature cocktails. In a country where local used to mean dreary and undesirable, Atix marks a major turnaround, and its meeting and party spaces are already attracting native influencers and creatives. Rooms are pared-back and business-like, brightened up with alpaca blankets and splashes of Ugalde’s vivacious art. Atix means ‘one who thrives’ in the Quechua language. And it will.

    FLASH POINT Zona Sur is fast becoming a hotspot for South America’s lesser-known coffee scene – ask the concierge for a list of indie cafés and get tasting.

    Address: Atix Hotel, Calle 16 Nº8052 Calacoto, Between Julio Patiño and Sanchez Bustamante, La Paz, Bolivia

    Telephone: +591 7896 1200


    Price: Doubles from about £135

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    Deplar Farm, Iceland


    The only land mammal native to Iceland is the Arctic fox, a few of which were left stranded when the polar ice cap withdrew. All others, including human beings, were much later imports. Millionaire heli-skiers are the most recent addition to the landscape, and Deplar Farm, on the remote Troll Peninsula, is their playground. It used to be an actual farm. Today, behind its traditional-looking exteriors you’ll find a dozen plushly styled suites and all manner of less-than-rustic trappings, such as a geothermally heated indoor-outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art spa with flotation pods, a vast dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and mountain views, and a bar more lavishly equipped than any Ivy League frat house. Icelandic laws of right-of-way allow heli-skiers the same freedom as blackberry-pickers, so if you can see it, you can ski it, from mountaintop to water’s edge. Overcrowding is not a problem. This part of Iceland gets fewer skiers in a year than Val d’Isère gets in a weekend. But the outdoorsy options are even more abundant in summer than in winter. The salmon fishing around Deplar Farm is among the best in Europe, plus there’s hiking, surfing, kayaking, rafting, whale-watching, sailing and trips to nearby islands to ponder the strangeness of puffins.

    FLASH POINT The Troll Peninsula is the cradle of Icelandic horsemanship. Ride a jolie laide pony along a windswept black-sand beach and gaze soulfully out towards the Arctic Circle.

    Address: Deplar Farm, Fljot valley, Iceland

    Telephone: +1 970 349 7761


    Price: Doubles from about £770

    Read more on Deplar Farm and Iceland’s Troll Peninsula.

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    Kokomo Private Island, Fiji


    This 57-hectare private island, owned by the Australian property developer Lang Walker, is a 50-minute seaplane flight from Nadi on the main island. The Great Astrolabe reef that circles it ensures there is great sailing, snorkelling and diving, and out of this deep-sea playground comes supper: trout, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna, either marinated in a Fijian kokoda or grilled and frocked up in salad from the kitchen garden. For a post-exertion treat, try a Roberto cocktail, a twist on a Cosmopolitan that’s perfect for toasting the streaky sunsets from the Beach Shack. If there is one word that defines Kokomo, it is bountiful. From the 21 beach-front bures to the six villas, there’s a real sense of catering to exiled royalty. All have private pools, rainforest showers and, of course, an entrance for the butler. Children can be dispatched to a tropical paradise with sea-creature murals and play terraces. A turtle sanctuary, coral planting and nature trails are shaping the island’s green credentials.

    FLASH POINT Head to the Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary for the signature Pacific Mastery massage.

    Address: Kokomo Private Island, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji

    Telephone: +679 776 4441


    Price: Villas from about £1,550

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    The Beekman, New York

    New York, USA

    This was one of Manhattan’s first skyscrapers, built in the 1880s. Now, with a new design by Martin Brudnizki and gloriously restored original features, it has it all: bas-relief, fretwork, filigree balustrades, boudoir chandeliers and leather-lined lifts. In short, this is the essence of New York opulence, redolent of a former, heavily gilded age. The bedrooms, which are big on silk, satins and velvets, are light years away from cookie-cutter, city-hotel new-builds, while also managing to remain ergonomically on top. This means old-fashioned dolly light switches, handy USB ports and proper wastepaper baskets (horrid pedal bins be gone!). And you don’t have to be Einstein to operate the shower. There are first-edition books by Edgar Allan Poe, who once wrote here in the vitrines by the lifts, and even though the New York Times gave Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells restaurant a bit of a rough ride when it first opened, try getting a reservation now. The 9/11 memorial is just a few blocks away and Lower Manhattan is fast becoming the city’s hottest shopping district, which is reason enough to visit.

    FLASH POINT With its tiled floors and 19th-century atrium, the Beekman is a one-off architectural star in the revived and regenerated Downtown area.

    Address: The Beekman, 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038, USA

    Telephone: +1 212 233 2300


    Price: Doubles from about £475

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    105 Suites at Marina Magna, Ibiza

    Ibiza, Spain

    This pretty spin-off of La Cantine du Faubourg in Paris is an emerald-and-white candy-striped piece of the Riviera on the Ibiza Town waterfront. It’s set in a converted townhouse, where the upper floors are given over to seven white-washed studios sleeping up to four people. Interiors are calm and spare and lovely, with bamboo lamps, cane chairs and open shelving brightening up the space, and concrete floors softened with handwoven rugs. Blue accents, such as a pretty grouping of glass bottles, an aquamarine director’s chair on the terrace, are subtle nods to the buzzing port-side location. All have balconies with a view. Each room also has a fully equipped kitchen, although it may be hard to resist the morning call of the sprawling harbourside terrace, where staff bring warm croissants and café crème to the table. By day, the restaurant is a favourite with visitors, local businesspeople and yacht owners whose boats are moored alongside; it’s all very St Tropez with a touch of Ibizan spirit. Come nightfall, the palm-shaded terrace is lit from beneath, creating atmospheric nooks in which to sample seafood, including razor clams with lemon beurre noisette. There’s also a sweet delicatessen (with great wines) and a cocktail bar with a marble counter top.

    FLASH POINT The nearby winding backstreets are packed with tiny boutiques hawking hand-woven espadrilles, silver jewellery and Seventies-style bohemian kaftans.

    Address: 105 Suites at Marina Magna, Carrer Cipriano Garijo, 2-3, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

    Telephone: +34 971 09 88 97


    Price: Doubles from about £75

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    Bahama House

    Harbour Island, The Bahamas

    It doesn’t get much smarter than Harbour Island’s Bahama House – a 200-year-old plantation-style colonial inn of 11 suites and cottages. They are built around a lush tropical courtyard and decorated like a Palm Beach villa of an heiress, with vintage rattan mirrors, pink walls and cushions and four-poster beds. The inn is smack-bang in the centre of the tiny town of Dunmore, but it is so discreet there is no sign on the street. Everything is within walking distance – convenience and knick-knack stores with names such as Dilly Dally and Piggly Wiggly – but hire a golf buggy and whizz to the three-mile-long Pink Sands beach a few minutes away. The staff, who specialise in bonefishing expeditions and diving in remote Bahamian coves, will have set the stage for your arrival, Riviera-style, with drinks, navy-blue towels, sun beds and parasols. There is no restaurant, but a chef arrives daily to cook breakfast, served on the garden terrace (the omelettes are brilliant, as is the homemade bread), and will do the same by special request at dinner. Pray it’s conch fritter and coconut-fish night. Later, take a Goombay Smash cocktail, mixed to lethal perfection in the Rum Bar, up to the roof terrace and watch the lights flickering across the bay on Eleuthera, the hubbub of island life buzzing all around.

    FLASH POINT Harbour Island likes to party. The two bars everyone ends up at are Daddy D’s and the Vic-Hum, both a short stroll away.

    Address: Bahama House, Dunmore Town, The Bahamas

    Telephone: +1 970 349 7761


    Price: Doubles from about £400

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    Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

    New Orleans, USA

    Since 1927, the smartest address in the Garden District has served as a high-society magnet, seducing well-known faces such as Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Tennessee Williams (who wrote A Streetcar Named Desire here). Now it’s been wonderfully revitalised. The original terrazzo floor in the lobby remains, polished up and lit by a vintage crystal chandelier. All 106 bedrooms and suites have been redone with mid-century-inspired rattan furniture, their big windows dressed with mint-green sheers; novelty medicine cabinets in the bathrooms pay tribute to the city’s apothecary history. Diners dress to the nines for supper in the Caribbean Room, an intimate restaurant with close to a dozen tables. Vibrantly patterned drapes and banana-leaf carpet ensure it’s far from stuffy, although dinner jackets are mandatory. Try the spicy shrimp saki, a signature dish spun with a modern twist by celebrity chef John Besh and executive chef Chris Lusk, who reimagined the menu. The craft cocktails here are forward-thinking too, including the Duck Fat Sazerac made with house-infused, duck-fat rye (a spin on the classic New Orleans cocktail). Sip it at street-front Bayou Bar, a rustic, saloon-style tavern with a baby-grand piano from 1958.

    FLASH POINT Hot Tin is a stylish rooftop bar that looks and feels like a Forties artist’s loft. It’s the perfect watering hole with skyline views of downtown New Orleans.

    Address: Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Telephone: +1 504 323 1400


    Price: Doubles from about £125

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    Explora Valle Sagrado, Peru


    Adventure is at the heart of this place, but it is civilised adventuring. The hotel itself is a series of low-slung wood, stone and glass buildings that are a mix of contemporary and locally inspired architecture. Inside the lobby, sitting room and restaurant, the intersecting beams, pale-wood panelling, floors and raised walkways feel a bit like being on a ship. It’s smart and soothing, with nothing to detract from the gorgeous vistas. Andean peaks crown the horizon and Incan ruins are scattered over every slope and steppe. Explora’s mission is to seek out off-map gems. A daily selection of intrepid outings, from hardcore glacier hikes to riverside bicycle rides, are arranged nightly, while guests are curled up on deep leather butterfly chairs in front of the fire, a glass of red in hand. Supper could be alpaca steak and quinoa salad studded with pomegranate seeds. After which, trek-weary legs are tucked into crisp sheets in an enormous bed, while outside the brightest stars shine in a clear sky.

    FLASH POINT Machu Picchu is incredible, but the crowds are galling. Sign up for Explora’s high-altitude lakes trek – it’s only you, the mountains, and llamas for company.

    Address: Explora Valle Sagrado, Camino a Urquillos, Fundo Salabella Silvayoc, Urubamba, Peru

    Telephone: +56 2 2395 2800


    Price: Minimum two-night stay from about £1,075 per person all inclusive

    Read more on Explora Valle Sagrado.

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    Jackalope, Australia

    Mornington Peninsula, Australia

    Until now, the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, with its stretches of sunshine beach and tangles of eucalyptus trees, has been oddly underserved with boutique hotels. Jackalope, named for a curious mythical creature, half rabbit, half antelope, is itself a hybrid: a slick, modernist, black oblong attached to a red-brick 19th-century building housing a city-smart 46-room hotel amid the orderly vines of a working winery. Step out of your dark-toned room into a riot of creativity: bright alchemy signs on the ceilings; a massive Emily Lloyd sculpture of a Jackalope in the courtyard; a drinking den with gold leather seats and a bright-blue billiard table. Here the bartender will mix up a Projection, a weird but wonderful blend of sesame, coconut milk and China-China liqueur. In the black-clad restaurant, Guy Stanaway’s dishes, which blend Asian influences and local produce, are ably matched by wine recommended by manager Ollie Tucker, who hails from Croydon. Order bubbles, and look up: 10,000 golden light bulbs reflect the contents of your glass, intended to convey the magic of fermentation – as if anyone drinking Mornington Peninsula wines needed convincing of that.

    FLASH POINT An infinity hot tub next to the infinity pool appears to flow down into the vines towards the lake below.

    Address: Jackalope, 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North VIC 3926

    Telephone: +61 3 5931 2500


    Price: Doubles from about £380

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    Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami

    Miami, USA

    The reinvention of the venerable Surf Club is both dazzling and audacious. A 12-storey glass tower, designed by Richard Meier, now rises from what was the coral-stone terrace of the 1930 hacienda-style original. And the 77 bedrooms, almost all with balconies, are more beautiful still. The work of Joseph Dirand, the Parisian master of minimalism, each is an essay in contrasting textures – canvas, rattan, leather, suede, travertine, terrazzo – in pale neutrals and greens. The look is 21st century but speaks, too, of the club’s mid-century heyday, photographs from which time decorate the lobby. There are three swimming pools; a sublime blue-and-white spa, all pale marble and brushed brass, which also uses a couple of the original beach cabanas as treatment rooms; and a seductively lit Champagne bar and restaurant tricked out as the ne plus ultra of palm courts. This is the first overseas outpost of Positano’s fabled Le Sirenuse, hence the menu of simple southern Italian dishes teased to new levels of artful sophistication. The ricotta-stuffed ravioli Capresi, for example, comes painted in a sweet tomato ragu and a tart reduction of basil to look like a work by de Kooning. Next winter, Thomas Keller, of French Laundry fame, will open a restaurant here too.

    FLASH POINT The best rooms are not, as you’d think, the huge Premier ones or the historic-but-dark Cabana Studios; instead, book the regular Oceanfronts with corner day-beds.

    Address: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, 9101 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

    Telephone: +1 305 381 3333


    Price: Doubles from £510

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    Poli House, Tel Aviv

    Tel Aviv, Israel

    This clean-cut Bauhaus building on a buzzy street corner in central Tel Aviv once housed a clandestine printing press before being subjected to decades of graffiti. Architects Nitza Szmuk have restored it to its Thirties glory, but inside it’s a 21st-century fantasy by industrial designer Karim Rashid, known for his curvy, space-age furniture. His neon-pink Koop chairs and bright yellow counters dominate the lobby, from where guests are whisked up to a reception area on the roof terrace, a new hotspot thanks to its infinity pool, sea views, and bar serving punchy cocktails such as the Tomatini (Belvedere and muddled cherry tomatoes). Indeed, drinks seem to be an important part of the Poli experience: there’s also a glass of cava at check-in and cocktail-mix kits in the all-white bedrooms. This is a vibrant addition to Tel Aviv’s design-hotel scene: an important piece of its Bauhaus heritage has been revamped and the interiors are just as brash as the city itself.

    FLASH POINT There’s no restaurant yet, but guests can eat a breakfast feast of fruit and shakshuka in the garden of neighbouring Loveat Café.

    Address: Poli House, Nahalat Binyamin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    Telephone: +972 3 710 5000


    Price Doubles from about £125

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    Hotel AWA, Chile

    Lake Llanquihue, Chile

    You’ll catch glimpses of the Osorno volcano on the lakeside approach to this wonderful new hotel, but its snow-capped majesty is best appreciated from one of the 16 bedrooms. They all face the same direction, and floor-to-ceiling windows, uncluttered space and deftly located beds combine to point you towards the still-active peak, its colours changing with the Andean weather. But the hotel is no mere frame for a pretty picture. From its asymmetrical steel-and-glass façade and volcanic-rock interior walls to the open fires and rough-hewn Mapuche fabrics, this is the ultimate hybrid of cosy and cool, urban and wild – created by architect Mauricio Fuentes, whose summer home is next door. During the day, it’s a short hop to the volcano or churning Petrohué waterfalls; the hotel can arrange hikes, bike rides and bird-watching guides, and has kayaks for those who want to paddle out on Lake Llanquihue. For lunch, head to the nearest town, pretty Puerto Varas, a half-an-hour drive away; for dinner, stay put for roast Patagonian lamb or great seafood, plus a vast selection of Chilean wines. Like Explora in the Atacama and The Singular in southern Patagonia, Awa is a game-changer for the Chilean Lake District.

    FLASH POINT Set aside an hour or two for the spa, where it’s possible to see the lake and volcano from the two-lane, Olympic-size pool, sauna, hammam and massage cabin. Treatments are based on the five elements: water, earth, wood, metal and fire.

    Address: Hotel AWA, Ruta 225, Km. 27, Puerto Varas, X Región, Chile

    Telephone: +56 65 229 2020


    Price: Doubles from about £250

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    Helena Bay Lodge, New Zealand

    Hikurangi, New Zealand

    The entrance to Helena Bay is so discreet it is almost invisible. But turn off the serpentine road and pass through the gate and it’s like crossing into another world. You descend through ferns and forest to the property itself, which sits on a small cove within the larger bay, facing out to the glittering Pacific. The main house and smart lodges are full of little Russian treasures – snowy, painted landscapes, fin-de-siècle Romanov ceramics, floral Zhostovo trays on the walls in the Siberian-style banya. You feel as if you are in the Antipodean home of some northern oligarch, which in fact you are: one of the super-smart villas is reserved for the Russian owner. Unless you head out to sea, there is no reason to go beyond the expansive grounds of the estate, with its corrugated hills, idyllic farm and empty beaches. The head chef, Michele Martino, has come here all the way from the Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 near Sorrento. His scampi zeppole, served with a vinegar and orange dip, will live on in memory like a great book or painting. In fact, Helena Bay as a whole is a magnificent, hospitable work of art.

    FLASH POINT Charter a boat fora day’s diving at the Poor Knights Islands. The corals and marine life are spectacular, and the hotel can supply a fabulous picnic to take with you.

    Address: Helena Bay Lodge, 1948 Russell Road, Helena Bay, RD4 Hikurangi, 0184, New Zealand

    Telephone: +64 9 433 6006


    Price: Suites from about £825 half board

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    Nekupe, Nicaragua

    Nandaime, Nicaragua

    Set on a 212-acre private nature reserve 30 minutes’ drive from Granada, this is undoubtedly the best new place to stay in Nicaragua. There are four elegant suites in a grand, hilltop villa, which was designed with families or groups of friends in mind. Just below it are four separate casitas, raised on pillars for uninterrupted views of the cloud-topped Mombacho volcano. Rangers will help plan your days in the reserve, home to sloths, howler and spider monkeys, and 78 species of birds. After a breakfast feast of gallo pinto (rice and beans), eggs, chorizo, and a steaming cup of coffee, trot out on horseback across a gentle river dancing in sunlight. You can also try clay-pigeon shooting; go exploring on your own all-terrain vehicle, winding through rugged trails lined with passion-fruit vines and teak plantations. Modern Nicaraguan food – indio viejo with Creole shredded beef tenderloin; coconut cajetas with fresh raspberry sauce – is served at Casa Club, the central hub with its cocktail bar and swimming pool. Cap it all off with a sweet cigar by an outdoor fire, where rangers play a steel-tongue drum.

    FLASH POINT Nekupe is the vision of philanthropists Don Alfredo and Doña Theresita Pellas, the family behind the Flor de Caña rum empire, so a glass of their golden 18-year Centenario, served neat or on the rocks, is pretty much compulsory.

    Address: Nekupe, Nandaime 44300, Nicaragua

    Telephone: +505 75164646


    Price: Villas from about £740, full board, including activities

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    The Peninsula Beijing


    When it was unveiled in 1989, this landmark hotel introduced a welcome jolt of glamour to Beijing, at a time when there was none. Now The Peninsula has just completed a $123-million overhaul, with the new suite-style bedrooms among the largest in the city (the old stock of 525 has been reduced to 230). The grand redesign of its public spaces drew inspiration from China’s imperial era, with jade, white marble and rosewood used to stunning effect. The importance of art in Beijing – famous for its 798 Art Zone, home to dozens of the country’s most important galleries – is acknowledged by the hotel’s own exhibition space and collection, which includes Qin Feng’s ink paintings and Zhang Du’s bronze statues. There’s even a studio on the 14th floor given to a different artist every three months. At Jing, the revamped restaurant, Spanish chef Alberto Becerril insists on visiting the local producers he works with before delivering dishes such as scampi, truffled vegetables and Thai-basil velouté.

    FLASH POINT No matter where you look, the transformation is so impressive it’s as if the city has a brand-new property.

    Address: The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006

    Telephone: +86 10 8516 2888


    Price: Doubles from about £415

    The Hot List 2017 first appeared in Condé Nast Traveller July/August 2017

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