This month Small Luxury Hotels of the World welcomes three new hotels – two of which are newly opening this summer. Enjoy a picturesque escape on quiet Paros, or head to the slopes at opposite ends of the world to explore the Karuizawa Mountains in Japan or a hygge retreat in Austria.
Karuizawa Prince Hotel East: Karuizawa, Japan
Rooms from 38100 JPY per night
Opening 12 July 2017
This brand new 70-room resort in the Karuizawa Mountains, easily accessible by the Shinkansen (bullet train), blends nature and luxury with lush green interiors that reflect the forest just outside. Many rooms offer complimentary access to the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East Forest Hot Spring, with indoor and open-air baths fed by natural springs. There’s plenty to keep both kids and grown-ups happy, between climbing wall experiences and stargazing with the Nature Kids Forest House or nearby boutiques and golf clubs. At the on-site restaurant guests can watch chefs prepare Shinshu ingredients, share plates in the open kitchen or try a taste of modern Japan in the glass-fronted teppanyaki hot plate bar.
SLH Insider Tip: Hike Yagaskai Mt. for some beautiful scenery – bring plenty of water as there are no concession stands.
Severin’s – The Alpine Retreat: Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Rooms from EUR 690 per night (half board)
Open between 8 December 2017 and 22nd April 2018
An up-to-the-minute take on the mountain chalet, Severin’s - The Alpine Retreat is as warm and snug as it is cool and contemporary. Made from ancient Tyrolean wood, stone and copper and with interiors by Richard Strasser, this handful of exclusive suites pairs alpine lodge hygge with high-end Minotti furnishings, Wittmann beds and state-of-the-art technology. iPad lighting controls, hidden sound systems and Amazon Prime and Maxdome movies provide cosy nights in front of a log fireplace, terraces and balconies provide views over the village and landscapes beyond and it’s just a short ski-lift ride to the world-class pistes of Lech and St Anton. Guests can enjoy a private dinner in the hotel’s wine cellar and relax in the spa’s infrared cabin.
SLH Insider Tip: Book the Residence to enjoy a 423-square metre two-storey apartment accessed by private lift, with four double bedrooms, kitchen, log fires, ski room and private cinema room.
Mr and Mrs White New Style Hotel: Paros, Greece
Rooms from EUR 140 per night (including breakfast)
Opened 1st June 2017
Mr and Mrs White New Style Hotel sits on the edge of Náoussa, a traditional Greek village where curved, whitewashed stone walls arch over winding, polygonal-paved streets. The hotel is a fresh-faced mix of Cycladic design and cool contemporary touches. White-on-white minimalism and driftwood-style beds channel attention to the views from each room’s private garden or balcony across the gardens and Náoussa’s whitewashed houses and blue domes. An unspoiled spot on the Aegean, this hotel is all about relaxing by the two freshwater pools and enjoying sushi from the restaurant before exploring the nearby beaches, Venetian Port and 15th Century castle.
SLH Insider Tip: Don’t forget to take advantage of the tailor-made in-room mini bar.