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Welcome to The Small Luxury Hotels of the World News page. Here you will find all our press releases regarding SLH marketing activity and corporate news.

October 2016

28 SLH HOTELS RECOGNISED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2016 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognising 28 hotels from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, 12 more hotels than were awarded in 2015.   

Readers Choice Awards

NEW HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD

This month SLH is welcoming three boutique hotels to its portfolio. From an elegant ocean front retreat in New South Wales to an eclectic city centre stay in Sweden, and an idyllic hilltop hotel on the west coast of Norway, each of these independent hotels offers something different to inspire the most discerning luxury traveller.  

New hotels

August 2016

NEW HOTEL PALÉ HALL IN WALES JOINS SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™

SLH has welcomed brand new country house hotel Palé Hall into its collection of exclusive, independently-owned hotels around the world. This will be SLH’s first hotel in Wales and joins alongside 33 other SLH hotels within the United Kingdom.

Pale Hall

July 2016

NEW HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD

With a contemporary Madrid city-centre gem, laid-back luxury vibes in a Caribbean escape and a lavish retreat in the heart of the capital of Laos, there is something to please all independently minded travellers at SLH. 

New hotels

June 2016

SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™ NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), the champion of small, exclusive, independently-owned hotels around the world, today announces a new board of directors following the luxury company’s recent announcement of £12 million investment and restructure.

New Executive Board

May 2016

SLH BOLSTERS ASIA PACIFIC DEVELOPMENT WITH DEDICATED VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT 

With a focus on development, Small Luxury Hotels of the World announces the appointment of Victor Wong to the role of Vice President Development, Asia Pacific.  

ASIA PACIFIC DEVELOPMENT

SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD APPOINTS MARK WONG TO LEAD ASIA PACIFIC OPERATIONS 

SLH, the champion of small, luxury, independent hotels, announces the appointment of Mark Wong to the new role of Vice President, Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific Operations

April 2016

SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD ‘UNADVERTISES’ IN NEW BRAND CAMPAIGN

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) will be launching a new brand advertising campaign on 4 April 2016. The campaign, Unadvertise, sees SLH cementing its new brand positioning and embracing its anti-brand status with a bold move away from traditional hotel marketing. 

Unadvertise

NEW HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD APRIL 2016

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce five new hotels to its exclusive collection of luxury hotels this April.  From a brand new hotel in the heart of Madrid to an historical city dwelling in Portugal and a secluded beach resort in Mozambique there is something to suit the tastes of all independently-minded travellers. 

New Hotels

GIGGLING, GRAPE CURES AND GINSENG – BE WELL WITH SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™

Wellness is synonymous with travel. Whether it be a secluded spa getaway to the Maldives, an active country retreat in the UK with the family or a city break in Rome giggling with girlfriends. 

Be well

March 2016

New Hotels Join Small Luxury Hotels of the WorldMarch 2016

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce four new hotels to join the luxury collection this March. From a glamorous retreat in the south of France and an art deco villa in Germany to a congregation of exclusive townhouses in Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, these hotels all have something unique and indulgent to offer the independently-minded traveller.

New Hotels

Live Like a Local This March with New Neighbourhood Guides from Small Luxury Hotels of the World™March

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ has put together a series of neighbourhood guides, available on www.slh.com, to provide guests visiting ten of its destinations around the world with insider tips on the cool, the cultured and the crazy things to do in the vicinity. 

Neighbourhood Guides

February 2016

An independently-minded year for Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

The brand’s 25th year of business was a year of transition as it introduced new leadership, new initiatives and welcomed hotels in key strategic locations while keeping reservations steady and increasing visitors to its website (slh.com). 

Independently Minded

Find your perfect match with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

This February a new Matchmaking Quiz available on SLH’s facebook page will provide those at more of a loose end on Valentine’s Day with the opportunity to find their own ‘perfect match’ among SLH’s collection of 520 hotels in 80 countries.

SLH Perfect Match

New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce five new hotels to join the luxury collection this February. From a Buddhist sanctuary to a secluded Greek getaway, these hotels offer the independently-minded traveller the perfect motivation for a future voyage.

New Hotels

January 2016

Luxury at your fingertips with the new Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ iPhone App

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has launched a new app for iPhone that is available from today on the App Store. The app reflects SLH’s contemporary new brand positioning with a clean and easy to navigate interface, and has been designed to match independently minded travellers with the luxury brand’s collection of over 520 independently spirited hotels around the world.

New iPhone App

Embark on a world tour with Small Luxury Hotels Of The World’s™ Small Luxury Cookbook

At a time when most people are detoxing after the festive season, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has lived up to its ‘independently minded’ reputation by launching a collection of recipes from over 200 of its hotels around the world designed to inspire people to cook, and to travel, in 2016. The Small Luxury Cookbook features 480 pages of recipes celebrating signature dishes prepared by chefs, from local to global renown, who champion regional produce and traditions that can be experienced at the luxury hotel brand’s 520 hotels in 80 countries.

Small Luxury Cookbook

New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ January 2016

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is introducing five new hotels to its collection of over 520 hotels in 80 countries around the world this January. With an aim to match independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels these hotels in Thailand, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Italy and Turkey showcase everything from coastal modernism and avant-garde sustainability to historical immersion and exemplary tailor-made service.

New Hotels

December 2015

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ welcomes three new hotels in the heart of Paris, Prague and Perth

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is delighted to announce new hotels in Paris, Perth and Prague. The BoHo Hotel Prague and COMO The Treasury in Perth both signify the luxury brand’s first hotels in these sought after destinations, while the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal perfectly complements SLH’s existing collection of 13 of this iconic city’s top places to spend a night.

New Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ named World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™(SLH) has been named the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand for the fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015. The awards were presented in Morocco in December in front of over 300 industry leaders from around the globe and are generally acknowledged to be the ultimate travel accolade with winners saluted as the elite of international tourism.

World Travel Awards

SLH Launches Small Luxury Heroes Agent Recognition Programme With $25,000 Giveaway

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), the champion of small, luxury, independent hotels, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of a travel agent recognition programme – Small Luxury Heroes. The launch includes a kick off incentive that will enter all agents who register for the programme before 31st January 2016 into a prize draw to win one of 25 USD $1,000 SLH Gift Certificates. These vouchers can be used towards a stay at any of the luxury brand’s 520 hotels in over 80 countries around the world.

Small Luxury Heroes

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Debuts New Brand Identity and Key Initiatives for 2016

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced a brand new look and feel designed to demonstrate a contemporary and forward-thinking positioning for the luxury brand as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. The unveiling coincides with the appointment of new CEO, Filip Boyen, and a successful International Conference for member hotels in Marbella last month during which SLH outlined ambitious plans for the future focusing on quality, development, technology and loyalty. 

New Branding

November 2015

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Announces the winners of the SLH Hotel Awards 2015 

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) announced the winners of the SLH Hotel Awards 2015 at its International Conference in Marbella, Spain. The awards recognise and honour SLH member hotels that have gone above and beyond to provide the ultimate guest experience and exemplify the luxury brand’s ‘independently minded’ philosophy, a new brand strapline that was unveiled alongside a new logo device during the conference. 

Award Winners

October 2015

New cultural gems from Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) welcomes four new members to its exclusive collection of small, independent hotels this October. Discover traditional cultural gems near to these hotels that are steeped in local culture in their own right. It is this tranquil dialogue between traditional culture and modernity that makes a stay at the otherwise comfortably-furnished hotel so unforgettable.

Cultural Gems

September 2015

No longer an upgrade away from a memorable stay!

There is nothing quite like checking into your favourite hotel and finding out you’ve been upgraded! Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ has decided to do away with chance and is currently offering 20% off suites when you prepay your stay. Junior, Master or Presidential – certainly takes a boutique escape up a notch, perfect for a bustling city break or a snug seasonal getaway.  Enjoy afternoon tea on your balcony, a soak in your oversized Victorian bathtub and revel in the sheer bliss of some extra space. Here is a selection of suites on offer by SLH… 

Suite Deals

August 2015

Bounty of the World -  Small Luxury Hotels of the World Satisfies Cravings with Farm Fresh Dining

With a passion for good food and great company, Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s™ (SLH) diverse portfolio offers fine dining options for those special holiday evenings away from home. The Farm-to-Table concept is a contemporary dining approach designed to highlight the significance of local food production and its strong connections between plate, people and community development. Foodies craving fresh fare can get a true garden-to-table experience in an array of destinations with SLH. 

Farm Fresh Dining

July 2015

At your (Secret) Service: Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ launches global search to find 25 new Mystery Inspectors

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by launching a global search to find 25 new hotel inspectors to join its worldwide team of ‘secret’ agents. From today until the 30th September 2015, eagle eyed applicants can submit their details to www.slh.com/mi to be in with the chance of being selected as a Mystery Inspector, tasked with the mission of upholding SLH’s high standards of luxurious excellence across its worldwide portfolio.

Mystery Inspectors

June 2015

Where for art? Try Romeo Hotel and four other European hotels that are new to the SLH collection this June

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has welcomed five striking new European hotels to its luxury portfolio this June. Whether city centre or deep in the Tuscan hills, each features a unique collection of artistic pieces ranging from modern art, photography, antique furnishings and bespoke painted floors to fairy-tale surroundings that would inspire the artist in us all. Once again SLH spoils its guests with the luxury of choice.

New hotels

SLH Announces 4 New European Health & Wellness Hotels just in time for summer

Midway through the year summertime in Europe beckons as an ideal opportunity to recharge the batteries by experiencing one of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s newest European health & wellness properties. Hotels in Italy, Switzerland or the private island of Losinj in Croatia all offer a distinct approach to relaxation and wellbeing. 

New health & wellness hotels

APRIL 2015

Island life with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

With summer finally on its way, it’s difficult not to spend afternoons dreaming of an island faraway, cocktail in hand, looking out across crystal clear waters. Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s diverse portfolio helps make that dream a reality with island experiences all over the world. Here’s its selection of the best island hotels:

Island Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds new hotels for summer 2015

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) is growing its exclusive portfolio with exciting new hotels just in time for the summer holidays. These new additions will appeal to all types of holiday-seeker, from lakes and mountains in the Austrian Alps, private beaches in Sardinia and Croatia and chic city breaks in Thailand and Naples.

New Hotels

March 2015

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ partners with four of the finest pousadas de Portugal

Pousadas de Portugal are nationally protected and preserved properties rich in history and charm. From castles to convents, palaces to monasteries, Portugal’s real treasures are open for guests to experience the country as never before. The four hotels chosen to join Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) represent ‘la crème de la crème’ from the Monuments collection and focus not only on exceptional service but also on curating local, authentic experiences for guests using the historical beauty of their surroundings. 

Pousadas de Portugal

Celebrate Easter in style with these last minute packages from Small Luxury Hotels of the World

With Easter fast approaching, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ highlights some of the best Easter packages still available via slh.com.

Easter Packages

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ explores hotels in distinct locations.

Modern day life is increasingly about how quickly people can travel from point A to point B, with high speed transport infrastructures developing daily. If it’s not about how quickly humans can travel; it’s about how fast information can be fed from one location to another. So it’s not surprising that sometimes there is a need to escape those pressures and do quite the opposite. 

Hotels in Distinct Locations

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ helps to raise over $1 million for global charities in 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is extremely proud of the work it does with a number of high-profile charities, for which we’ve raised substantial funds for over the years. 2014 was no different- for the second consecutive year SLH has raised over $1 million for charities across the globe.

Charities 2014

January 2015

Valentine’s day packages with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, there is no better excuse to surprise loved ones by whisking them off on a romantic weekend. Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) offers a whole host of specially-designed packages around the world, to suit all types of couple. 

Valentine's Day Packages

January 2015

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Extends Collection With New Openings

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is growing its luxury hotel portfolio with some of 2014 and 2015’s most talked-about new openings. From the Belle Époque themed hotel Maison Souquet in Paris, a beautifully renovated manor house in Palma’s historic centre to a tropical retreat on Phuket, the new additions illustrate the diversity and character of SLH’s unrivalled hotel collection. 

New Openings 2015

December 2014

Celebrate Christmas and New Year With a Range of Last Minute Luxury Hotel Packages by Small Luxury Hotels of the World

At the peak of the festive season Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) offers a variety of last minute seasonal activities and packages around the world allowing guests to enjoy the holiday celebrations in style.

Celebrate Christmas and New Year

November 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World named Best Worldwide Luxury Hotel Brand at British Travel Awards

The UK public placed over one million votes and named Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) the Best UK Luxury Hotel Brand and Best Worldwide Luxury Hotel Brand at the British Travel Awards.

British Travel Awards

November 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Looks Up To The Starry Skies

For hundreds and hundreds of years the night skies have been of interest to not only astronomers, but the greater public, as bright stars beckon even the most untrained eyes upwards. Wondering what secrets the atmosphere contains is only a natural reaction. Many of the properties in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio have literally aligned themselves with the stars offering guests views, experiences and even telescopes to better appreciate the natural magnificence. 

Stargazing Experiences

August 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World gives travelers reasons to return to the land of smiles

Despite popular beliefs that Thailand is unsafe after the military coup that took place in May, some travellers are putting the smile back on Thailand's face! SLH is helping that Smile and has a wide selection of boutique properties and special offers for every occasion.

Land of Smiles

August 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World increases portfolio with new Galapagos, Miami and Madrid Properties


The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) portfolio is continuing to expand with a number of particularly notable new hotels openings joining the revered brand this year. From Avant-guard architecture in Miami to a carbon-neutral eco lodge in The Galapagos Islands and a converted 20th century palace in Madrid, this pick of new hotel additions highlights the ever growing diversity of the SLH collection.

Expanding Portfolio

July 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is on track for a Record Breaking Year

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has reason to celebrate as it reaches the end of Q2 with a 13% rise in revenue and a 6% increase in room nights compared to the same time last year. It has also seen a 6% year on year rise in revenue from its ‘basket of hotels’, which refers to the 216 hotels that have been part of the brand for over seven years.

Record Breaking Year

June 2014

New Openings Hit the Mark with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) portfolio continues to expand with a number of particularly notable new hotels joining the revered brand this year. Dan Luddington, Director of Development at Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), explains why the hotels will step up to the SLH mark and reveals what makes each hotel stand out.

New Openings 2014

June 2014

Small Luxury Hotels of the World picks 2014's Top Openings

Some of 2014’s most anticipated new hotel openings are among the latest recruits to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) portfolio. From the Galapagos Islands to the French Riviera and the Dominican Republic to Perthshire in Scotland, SLH has handpicked properties in the hottest-tipped destinations for travel in 2014.

Top Openings for 2014

June 2014

Holiday with your Canine Companion with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

For those looking for a chance to get away but need somewhere dog-friendly, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers ideal canine-friendly properties for guests to relax in the company of their pet. The country retreats and secluded hotels surrounded by acres of woodland that are on offer from SLH are perfect for dog walking and indulging in some quality time with the pet pooch.

Holiday with your canine companion

June 2014

Perfect Weddings at Small Luxury Hotels of the World

When it comes to planning a wedding, getting the venue right is arguably the most crucial element to ensuring the perfect ‘big day’. Counting over 520 of the world’s finest boutique hotels within its portfolio, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) offers some of the most stunning settings to say ‘I Do’.

Perfect Weddings

March 2014

Easter Excursions From Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) is showcasing its best Easter offers to enjoy the coming Easter festivities in style. Take advantage of the long weekend to stop and smell the newly budding roses and await the arrival of the Easter Bunny at one of SLH’s 520 hotels worldwide ranging from quaint country manors to serene beach resorts.

Easter Excursions

January 2014

2013 - A Record Year for Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) is delighted to report that 2013 has topped 2012 as its best ever trading year. Between 1 January and 31 December 2013 SLH reports an increase of 8 per cent year on year in terms of room nights and 12 per cent in terms of revenue, delivering 369,152 room nights and generating $134 million in revenue.

2013 - A Record Year
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