Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is celebrating the start of spring by introducing three spectacular new hotels combining stylish designs, dazzling swimming pools and panoramic views that are postcard perfect. Take a reinvigorating dip in the glass-bottomed rooftop pool at The Celino South Beach in Miami, enjoy the thrill of a beachfront bunji jump at The Outpost at Sentosa in Singapore or indulge in tantalizing Balearic cuisine at Finca Serena in Mallorca. Whichever getaway one might choose, these SLH hotels offer intense experiences designed to spark all the senses.
The Celino South Beach, Miami, USA
132 rooms from £254 including breakfast
Opens 15th June 2019
Located on Miami’s Ocean Drive, this storied Art Deco Gem, a favourite of silver screen stars like Bogart and Hayworth, has long been an oasis within the Miami scene. Developed to maintain its original 1940s elegance, The Celino South Beach has transformed three art deco buildings, including the landmark Park Central Hotel, into one luxurious boutique hotel with eclectic custom furniture, pop colors and lush greenery. Exclusive and intimate, the rooftop pool offers sprawling views of the beach and Ocean Drive with a magical touch – a peekaboo glass bottom that is visible from the Atrium below. The new Miami hotspot will also house two restaurants and a glamorous horseshoe cocktail bar that seamlessly integrates with the lobby and flows into the new Mediterranean seafood-centric restaurant, Dalia. Guests will be able to order anything from inventive seasonally-driven cocktails infused with exciting new spices and flavour combinations to hand-crafted variations on timeless classics. At Celino’s Pubblica restaurant, rich flavours will dominate the menu with handmade artisanal breads and pastas poised to impress diners on Miami’s world-famous Ocean Drive strip.
SLH Insider Tip: Park Central Hotel was allegedly the birthplace of the conga line so guests should keep an eye out for conga-line kits with how-to guides, drums and cigars in their rooms.
The Outpost at Sentosa, Sentosa Island, Singapore
193 rooms from £176 including breakfast
Opens April 2019
Set on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Singapore Strait, The Outpost at Sentosa is an adults-only retreat close to three tropical beaches: Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. Inspired by Sentosa's heritage as a colonial military base, the 193 guestrooms are a stylish interpretation of black and white design, with crisp lines, hints of gold and a sharply contrasting palette. Floor to ceiling windows give sea-facing rooms an uplifting feel, with walk-in showers that guests won’t want to leave – even for the nearby beaches. Guests will find thoughtful gifts such as pampering pillow mist kits, bespoke tea blends or heritage cookies with flavours inspired by Singapore’s signature dishes next to their beds. Each room features a customized mini bar for guests to pick their favourite wine, snacks, and chocolates with compliments from the hotel. Inspired by the Amazon River and the cascading pools of Turkey, the futuristic pool deck features wicker beds and four uniquely themed pools: Pamukkale Pool, Lazy River Pool, Adventure Pool and Children's Play Pool. Of special mention is the Pamukkale Pool - an infinity pool with a view of the seaside in the horizon, as well as a pool bar. Perched on the rooftop of the hotel is an exciting new restaurant and bar concept due to be unveiled later in the year that promises revolutionary dining with panoramic views of the South China Sea.
SLH Insider Tip: Located on The Pool Deck, Happy Camper is a vintage Volkswagen food truck providing a quick stop for the hungry rover. Guests should cool down with an iced latte after prancing in the Pamukkale Pool or curb their appetite with a grilled sandwich after a mid-day gym session.
Villa Eyrie, Vancouver Island, Canada
38 rooms from £122 per night including breakfast
Surrounded by old-growth forests 1,800 feet above the sea, Villa Eyrie is a relaxing mountainside retreat just 30 minutes from the city of Victoria, the gateway to Vancouver Island. Inspired by Lake Como, accommodations merge Italian architecture with soothing contemporary interiors. Whether guests stay in Villa Principale or rent the six-suite private penthouse at Villa Cielo, they will experience the comforts of home with the luxuries of resort living, from plush pillow-top mattresses, soaker tubs and in-room fireplaces to private balconies with breathtaking views of the Saanich Inlet. With three relaxation treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure lounge and a private outdoor oasis equipped with a gas fireplace and loungers, the Tuscan Spa is the place to unwind. In the evenings, guests can tuck into Alpina Restaurant where a Michelin-trained chef and team of culinary experts prepare meals inspired by alpine environments fused with Pacific Northwest flair. Alpina Restaurant boasts over 120 wines, the largest selection of B.C. wines on Vancouver Island, allowing guests to taste their way through the Province without ever having to step off-property.
SLH Insider Tip: Villa Eyrie is also within easy reach of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit offering a range of activities for adrenaline junkies and motor sport enthusiasts.
Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
5 rooms from £243 per night including breakfast
Opened January 2019
Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende’s newest luxury boutique hotel, officially opened its doors on January 1, 2019. Situated in the heart of this historic colonial city, the hotel offers travelers an intimate retreat featuring just five guest suites, a high-end coffee bar and a rooftop wine bar. The building, historically the mayor’s private residence, dates back more than 300 years. The interior spaces were stripped to provide a clean backdrop to best showcase both the original Spanish colonial-style architecture and the mid-century furnishings sourced from around the world; including France, India and Denmark. At the heart of the hotel is the high-end coffee bar offering the finest cup of coffee in the city using Mexican-grown and roasted beans sourced from Mexico City’s BUNA coffee shop. Bar Margaret is a limited seating rooftop wine bar serving dishes influenced by the southeastern United States and the Mexican gulf coast with a smattering of Chef Marin’s Peruvian heritage. From May 2019, the hotel will open a new restaurant called Locanda Amparo which will treat guests to traditional hand-made Italian pasta classics such as Bucatini Amatriciana and Spaghetti Carbonara with a greater focus on Italian and Sicilian wines.
SLH Insider Tip: As San Miguel is known around the world for its art scene, the hotel provides gallery concierge services to assist with the purchasing and shipping of must-have finds.
Finca Serena, Mallorca, Spain
25 rooms from £314 per night including breakfast
Opens April 2019
Nestled within 40 hectares of countryside in the Pla de Mallorca, Finca Serena is just 20 minutes away from Palma or the finest beaches and coves of the island. The delicate scent of olive trees greets guests as they walk through the hotel grounds – past cypresses and lemon trees – with rippling hills and dramatic peaks as far as the eye can see. The calm, comfortable rooms and suites are scattered throughout the estate, some in original farm outbuildings and some equipped with private terraces and verandas. For the ultimate indulgence, the hotel includes a stand-alone luxury villa for those traveling with an entourage. Inspired by its rural surroundings, the Restaurant Jacaranda draws on the influences of home soil. Own-grown produce provides the base for the menus here, with wellness at the heart of the delicious dining experience. The property has a separate independent space measuring 2.690 sq.ft. (250 m2) dedicated exclusively to wellbeing where guests can enjoy massages and treatments provided by professionals using Natura Bissé products. Guests can slip into the indoor pool and enjoy far-reaching views of the Mediterranean countryside, or greet the sun with a morning yoga class.
SLH Insider Tip: To experience the island in authentic fashion, guests should hop on one of the hotel’s mountain or electric bikes and take the scenic route to nearby Montuïri. They can also speak to the hotel’s staff who will happily recommend and arrange yacht, boat or even hot air balloon trips for them.
And in other news...
Pavillon des Lettres’ new wine list includes famous literary pairings – Paris, France
Paris’ original literary hotel, Pavillon des Lettres is inviting guests to read between the wines and indulge in a menu like no other. The Literary Wine List, includes a wonderful selection of fine wines expertly paired with their literary equivalent. Both wines and books have been meticulously selected by ELLE UK’s Literary Editor, Marta Bausells, and renowned wine expert, Gabrielle Vizzavona, to create this carefully curated menu. The Literary Wine List includes a selection of soothing reds, crisp whites and a dazzling sparkling wine, each one coupled with a page-turner including “Life of Pi” or “Sweetbitter” that reflects the subtle nuances and flavours found in each glass.
The Sukhothai Shanghai unveils new luxury suites – Shanghai, China
The Sukhothai Shanghai unveils its Premier Suite and two signature suites, The Loft and The Attic, bringing a whole new level of luxury to the hotel brand. Designed by the internationally-acclaimed architecture and design practice Neri&Hu, the residential-style suites feature a living area with separate sitting and dining spaces and a bedroom with harmonious atmosphere designed for complete relaxation. The suites come complete with 800-thread-count linens and desk accessories from silversmith Christofle, as well as a statement ensuite open bathroom with beauty amenities including Dyson supersonic hairdryer and Themae bath products formulated with rare teas. Other superior in-room amenities include advanced in-room control technology with intuitive interface, wireless high-speed internet connection, in-room refreshment and wine bar, and 24-hour butler service. Every detail is thoughtfully-crafted to create a serene oasis amidst the urban hustle.
TwinPalms Phuket unveils new “Wagyu Steakhouse” restaurant - Phuket, Thailand
Having embarked on a tireless global voyage of discovery to seek out the finest cuts, the most delicious wines and supreme cheeses, the culinary team at Twinpalms are delighted to announce that they will be bringing their collective passion for fine wine, steak and cheese to Phuket at their newest restaurant addition, ‘Wagyu Steakhouse’ opening this month. Wagyu’s culinary team will present a select choice of prime Wagyu beef from the Australian award-winning ‘Darling Downs’, which will assure an exceptional steakhouse experience for guests. The restaurant’s high-quality meats range from slithers of sashimi that give a melt-in-the-mouth tenderness to in-house dry aged steaks that are grilled to perfection on a Beech oven grill.
The Franklin launches Christian Dior inspired afternoon tea – London, UK
The Franklin has launched an unmissable fashion-inspired menu in line with the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition currently taking place at The Victoria & Albert Museum. Until 1st September 2019, this carefully curated experience draws inspiration from key elements of the French couturier’s life to fashion a colourful array of decadent savouries and luxurious treats, all carefully prepared by the Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo. In addition to this, the Culinary Fashion Experience gives you access to the exhibition that traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.
Taste of Thrones at Rockliffe Hall & Spa – Darlington, UK
Rockliffe Hall & Spa in Darlington is hosting a “Game of Thrones” inspired event on 11th May 2019 from £70 per person including a three course feast of medieval fare as well as entertainment before and during the meal featuring fire breathers and a performance from the Tanzanian Acrobat Troup. Some of the delicacies on the themed menu include the “House Baratheon Cider” (glazed pork skewers and cider gravy), “The King’s Landing Midnight Plate” (braised beef short ribs on a bed of celery root puree with sherry reduction) and “Lannister’s Sinful Chocolate Cremeux” (wine poached pears with almond crumble). There will also be a magical story teller as well as disco and dancing at the end of the evening. Guests are encouraged to wear Game of Thrones attire.