May 2017

Refurbishment News

Hotel Lungarno: Florence, Italy

Ferragamo-family owned Hotel Lungarno in Italy opens 1 June after a six-month renovation and refurbishment. Designed by internationally renowned interior designer Michele Bonan, Hotel Lungarno now features 65 guest rooms, including 10 new family rooms and suites, a brand new lobby lounge and a renewed emphasis on culinary and art programming reflective of the destination. Hotel Lungarno is the first hotel designed by Michele Bonan, and this renovation project reflects his passion for this ‘Grand Dame’ hotel and its significance to the city of Florence. This year marks the hotel’s 50th anniversary, having opened as a boutique, luxury hotel in 1967 before becoming Lungarno Collection’s flagship hotel in 1995.

Book a stay at Hotel Lungarno at special re-opening rates from 410 EUR per night (double occupancy)  


Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris, France

Le Pavillon de la Reine unveils two new suites - Suite de la Reine and Suite Madame de Sévigné - which take inspiration from the hotel’s historic setting, deep in Le Marais, the oldest quartier in Paris. Designed by Pavillon de la Reine’s original designers, Didier Benderli and his team at Kerylos Interiors, each suite blends a wonderful sense of place with the understated sophistication and impossibly chic nature of Pavillon de la Reine. Sleek, modern interiors with rich colour palettes are finished with antiques, paintings and original features, as well as chandeliers handcrafted by French artisans and doors finished with gold leaf for a decadent flourish. Both will have plenty of natural light and be exceptionally private.

Book at stay at Suite de la Reine from 1,540 EUR per night (two sharing). A night in Suite Madame de Sévigné starts from 940 EUR based on two sharing on a B&B basis.


Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

Nayara Springs recently completed a large-scale expansion - the adults-only property located on the fringes of the Arenal Volcano saw the addition of 19 new villas, a new pool and swim-up bar, a new yoga pavilion, rainforest walking trails, and a reception area featuring a one-of-a-kind espresso bar. The coffee beans are sourced from local farmers and roasted in-house in small batches, allowing guests to enjoy the authentic flavours and aromas of artisanal Costa Rican coffee. The new restaurant, Mis Amores, will also offer casual Mediterranean fare, serving many of the herbs and vegetables grown in the on-property organic garden.

Book a stay at Nayara Springs with SLH from 750 USD per night  


Hotel d’Inghilterra, Rome, Italy

Hotel d’Inghilterra has completed renovating its 51 rooms which now feature sophisticated interior design showcasing modish upholsteries, lamps, carpets and paintings to create an even more cozy and refined atmosphere, in addition to hi-speed wifi and new smart TVs. The Hotel d’Inghilterra has welcomed in its history leading names such as Ernest Hemingway, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck.

Book a stay at Hotel d’Inghilterra at special re-opening rates from 410 EUR per night (double occupancy)


Owl and the Pussycat Hotel, Thalpe, Sri Lanka

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel has a new Penthouse Suite overlooking the pool, gardens, the Indian Ocean and beyond. Set on the top floor, the new suite encompasses two cosy sitting areas as well as a balcony to take in the magnificent view. The perfect honeymoon hideaway, it sleeps two people. In addition, the resort has recently introduced a charming pergola for guests to enjoy the restaurant’s sea view and drinks al fresco. Owl and the Pussycat now also offers a complimentary buffet with small nibbles every evening, as well as complimentary yoga sessions twice a week.

Book a stay at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel from 300 USD per night including breakfast (double occupancy). In June, stay 4 nights for the price of 3.


St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Crete, Greece

All suites and villas with Private Pool have been fully refurbished and redecorated at St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas. The property also has a new spa treatment suite in the Poseidón Spa featuring BIOTEC facial treatments. Starting May 2017, the hotel will also offer complimentary weekly wine tasting sessions for its guest to savour the best Greek wines. A new land and sea excursion is also offered this summer to visit Gournia, which includes a visit to the ancient Minoan town ruins and sailing on board a Greek fishing boat to the archaeological island of Psira.

Book a stay at St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas from 320 EUR per night


Foodie News

Hotel Tannenhof, St Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

For summer 2017 Hotel Tannenhof has crafted an exclusive culinary experience to showcase the very best of the Tannenhof’s “creative alpine kitchen” over 4 days and 3 nights. The itinerary includes a menu personally created for guests by award-winning Head Chef James Baron that will be served privately in their suite. They will also get the opportunity to discover the Tannenhof’s five-star kitchen with an exclusive kitchen workshop with James and his team and taste delicious wines whilst bathing in the Alpine sunshine on the terrace before indulging in an award-winning nine course Gourmet Menu. The gourmet experience also includes a massage session, a premium Arlberg card with unlimited use of the Arlberg cable cars, Bollinger champagne and souvenir. A private local hiking guide can be arranged on request to lead guests through the most picturesque routes.

Hotel Tannehof’s Gourmet Experience costs 1,425 EUR per person for a 3-night stay.

Available from 23 June to 15 October 2017.  


Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece

This summer Maya, a new restaurant serving contemporary Asian Cuisine with a Japanese and Thai flair, opens on the beachfront of Porto Zante. The menu will include a signature selection of sushi & sashimi dishes made with fresh local fish caught by local fisherman and a fine meat selection accompanied by the freshness and aroma of local herbs and organic products from the estate.

Book a stay at Porto Zantes with SLH from 1,500 EUR per night   


Hotel du Petit Moulin

Hotel du Petit Moulin has launched chocolate-making masterclasses for cocoa-loving guests. During a deeply comfortable stay in the Christian Lacroix-designed hotel, guests will enjoy a four-hour masterclass with Cook’n With Class – one of Paris’ finest cooking schools. Under the expert guidance of a professional chef, guests will craft their very own handmade chocolates whilst learning the essential techniques of tempering chocolate, transfer sheets, chocolate bonbon confection and how to make different flavoured fillings and ganache.

Book a Chocoholique stay with Hotel du Petit Moulin from 525 EUR (two sharing), which includes a four-hour chocolate-making class with Cook’n With Class for two.


Baros Maldives, Maldives

The concept of dining in a pop up restaurant takes on a new dimension at Baros Maldives with a private table on a sandbank between the resort’s lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Savour gourmet cuisine under the stars in this simple, yet unforgettable, island experience.

Guests are taken to the sandbank at 5:00PM by boat just in time to view the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand. Dinner is served as the stars start to twinkle in the night sky with seven chefs on hand to prepare the guest’s choice of Maldivian, Mediterranean or Japanese cuisine, complimented by a sandbank sommelier. The evening continues in a leisurely fashion until the boat ride back to the resort at 9:00PM.

The pop-up restaurant dining experience costs 200 USD to 250 USD per person. Beverages, service charge and taxes are extra. Reservations have to be made in advance.

Book a stay at Baros Maldives with SLH from 880 USD per night


DasPost Hotel, Zell Am Ziller, Tyrol, Austria

Restaurant HeLeni welcomes a new Head Chef Marcus Durchardt and Sous-Chef Mario Herrmann to the team in June. Formerly from Restaurant Schwarzreiter, Durchardt cooked in France, Spain and Italy intimately exploring each region’s cuisine.

Regionality is the most important item on HeLeni’s menu: only that which is grown, harvested, milked or hunted locally deserves a place at the table. This ensures the preservation of natural aromas and the full flavour of all ingredients. Guests appreciate the intimate, cosy atmosphere, accented with panoramic mountain views.

Book a stay at DasPost Hotel with SLH from 263 EUR per night 


Spa news

St. James’ Hotel and Club, London, United Kingdom

Treat yourself to in-room spa and beauty treatment services 24/7 with St. James’s Hotel and Club new “Wellness on the Move” offering, in partnership with Black Label by Perfect 10. Let Black Label’s highly experienced and professional therapists invigorate your body and mind with a range of treatments exclusively designed for the St. James’s Hotel and Club. Taking the wellness theme a little further, guests can look forward to waking up to a deliciously fulfilling wellness breakfast, which includes a glowing green smoothie specially created for burlesque icon Dita von Teese.

The Wellness on the Move package starts from 595 GBP for 2 people, and includes a one night stay (two sharing), wellness breakfast, 90-min Connock body treatment for one, complimentary Handy phone and wi-fi.


Hotel Firefly, Zermatt, Switzerland

Hotel Firefly reopens for the new winter season on 23 June 2017 with a new hot-water jacuzzi nestled in a mysterious rock cave adjacent to their indoor pool, providing much-needed relaxation for guests after a long day of skiing or boarding on the slopes. For adrenalin seekers, the hotel has also added two state of the art downhill e-mountain bikes for guests keen to explore the mountains on wheels. Be entertained by enthralling events during your stay as well - Romeo and Juliet on Gornergrat plays at the Zermatt Open-Air Theatre from July to August 2017, and celebrate the end of summer with two days of music, dance, Bavarian delicacies and beet at the annual Firefly Oktoberfest from 22 to 24 September.

Book a stay at Hotel Firefly with SLH from 231 CHF per night



The Ampersand Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Princess & The Pea fairytale, this summer The Ampersand Hotel will surprise guests with prizes fit for royalty. From June, guests will now have the added enchantment of secret cards concealed beneath their pillows. Once the secret card has been discovered, guests simply call down to reception with their unique code to discover their reward. Prizes range from a Garden Pea cocktail in Apero, a complimentary afternoon tea for two in The Drawing Rooms and tickets to Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace to an overnight stay at The Ampersand. Available for a limited time from 5 June to 3 July 2017.

Book a stay at The Ampersand Hotel with SLH from 370 GBP per night


The Nare Hotel, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Join an xperienc adventure at The Nare Hotel and follow the locations that appear in To Snare A Spy, the 6th spy thriller written by renowned xper Jon Stock and The Nare Hotel’s new writer-in-residence. Guests will be given their own copy of To Snare A Spy, set at the hotel, as well as an xperienc pack on arrival, with a map and instructions to discover and xperience specific references in the book. The hotel’s classic motor launch, Alice Rose, will also be taking guests on ‘SOE’ style missions to explore landmarks along the Helford River, an un-spoilt waterway full of creeks within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bookings may be made before guests’ arrival and the Alice Rose is available from April to October, dependent on weather conditions and availability. Prices start from 365 GBP in early summer (April – June) with afternoon tea, 380 GBP from July – September.


Hotel28 Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

Explore Seochon, one of the oldest villages in Seoul on a private tour with a local host. Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan, traditional houses, old streets and markets in Seochon keep the past alive. Except for a minimal guidance fee, most of the payment for the tour will be used to help local stores keep their business by directly purchasing their products and services.

The Seochon private tour costs 10,000 KRW per tour (min 2, max 10 people), and can be booked with 3 days’ advance notice.

Book a stay at Hotel28 Myeongdong from 177,273 KRW per night.


LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou, China

One of the best ways to discover off-the-beaten track spots in Guangzhou is by bicycle! Uncover local folklore and meet with locals on their Cycle Canton Tour over a leisurely afternoon before feasting on a sumptuous dinner for two at Tea 5 restaurant upon your return to the hotel.

A minimum 2 night stay in the Executive Room starts from CNY 1,500 per night for 1 person or CNY 1,950 per room for 2 people.


Father’s Day

The Capital Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Impress Dad with a Whisky and British Cheese Pairing Masterclass at The Capital Bar with resident whisky expert Cesar Da Silva, the only bar in London offering this innovative pairing. Try a Talisker (18yr old) with Roqueford or Blue D'auvergne and perhaps a special release Kilchoman – the most recent Islay distillery – with Tonne de Savoie or Epoisse. The Capital also has a brand new two-storey Penthouse which comfortably sleeps six people, making it the perfect choice for families or friends looking to make the most of The Capital’s prime location, just steps from Harrods, Hyde Park, The V&A and the Piccadilly Line.

The Capital Bar’s Whisky and Cheese Pairing Masterclass is priced at 45 GBP per person.

Book a stay at The Capital Hotel with SLH from 398 GBP per night. 


Hotel Byron: Forte dei Marmi, Italy                         

Discover the flavours of Tuscany at Hotel Byron at their special event “Chef for a Day” on 18 June 2017. Whip up an authentic Tuscan meal at their cooking class, and finish with a delicious lunch with your family. While you are at it, discover the secrets to preparing a real Italian pizza with a wood-burning oven.  After lunch, explore the area of Forte dei Marmi and the beautiful sights of Tuscany including a marble cave, Le Cinque Terre or to a nearby vineyard to taste the finest Tuscan wines.

Book a stay at Hotel Byron with SLH from 410 EUR per night.  


Stapleford Park, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Fathers are in for a treat at Stapleford Park this Father’s Day – pamper the most important man in your life with a delicious three-course meal on 18 June, or bond over a Hendrick's Gin afternoon tea from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 June.

The three-course lunch costs 35 GBP per person (only on 18th June) and the Hendrick's Gin afternoon tea costs 29 GBP per person.

Book a stay at Stapleford Park with SLH from 180 GBP per night.