It’s been one year since the pandemic halted all our travel plans, but optimism now reigns as international travel is once again within reach for many worldwide. Whether you’re dreaming, looking for inspiration or about to book, Small Luxury Hotels of the World has a plethora of new hotels. Company return to Seychelles with a new marina resort, added a design-led Venetian Palace and a historical Ibizan hideaway, amongst others, to its ever-growing luxury boutique collection.
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La Torre Del Canónigo (Ibiza, Spain) – New opening
Perched high on the celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site of Dalt Vila lies La Torre del Canónigo, Ibiza’s newest boutique hotel opening. The 25-room hotel replaces the former hotel ‘El Cosario’ and marries three unique historical buildings with a solarium terrace, just 5 minutes’ walk from Ibiza’s bustling centre. Amidst narrow cobbled streets and Renaissance walls, you’ll find La Torre, which houses eight rooms, including three suites: the 10th century El Cosario building featuring 12 rooms including one suite, each with spectacular sea views and Casa Puget, a 16th century Jesuit convent comprising a new swimming pool and chill-out zone. The property has been impressively reimagined by world-renowned interior designer, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, resulting in a relaxed Mediterranean coastal style steeped in history. Most exciting of all is the all-new dining and entertainment concept lead by Chef José Miguel Bonet. Head chef Iñigo Rodríguez will assist Bonet to serve up a modernized menu fusing international haute cuisine with traditional Ibizan dishes at the new El Corsario Restaurant & Terrace. The experience doesn’t end in the restaurant’s kitchen…for cocktails and tapas, guests can head to the new cocktail bar, La Bendita, Dalt Vila and find a sophisticated, clandestine space at The Club, to continue the night with music.
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Ca’ di Dio (Venice, Italy) – New opening
Opening June 2021
Venice’s only luxury hotel opening this year comes in the form of Ca’ di Dio, an elegant design hotel, appropriately located at the Arsenale area’s entrance, known as the city’s ‘Contemporary Art & Design District’. Ca’ di Dio features 66-rooms, including 57 suites, layered over three floors in a Venetian palace, parts of which date back to 1272. The hotel has a feel of a Venetian house and is set around three courtyards, two of which have been cleverly adapted to provide exclusive lounging for hotel guests after a day spent visiting monuments and museums and al fresco dining at the all-day dining offering – The Essentia Restaurant. The other courtyard houses a vegetable garden for The VERO restaurant, a charming space, which overlooks San Giorgio Maggiore and offers a delightful Venetian cuisine. The Pura Spa & Wellness centre provides further relaxation with personalized treatments and the latest gym technology. World-famous Spanish architect, Patricia Urquiola’s Studio Urquiola, has masterminded the spectacular design, sparing no detail. The hotel is sympathetic to its environment with a soft and sober palette, recalling themes of water and reflections, local artisanal upholstery, marble and jewel-coloured Murano glass lamps.
L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa (Mahe, Seychelles) – New opening
L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa takes its name from the rest stops made by seafarers of the Ottoman Empire and the French word for ‘stopover’. The new resort is SLH’s only Seychelles resort and is surrounded by rugged mountains, emerald forests, and multi-hued waters. It houses 25 rooms, each with a lush mountain or picturesque ocean view, King-sized beds, an open terrace or balcony with lounges, spacious bathrooms with luxury organic amenities, private chef, butler service and Hermès signature products for The Penthouse and Presidential Villa. The architecture is reminiscent of resplendent superyacht luxury with its clean lines and nautical touches, while the interiors are inspired by the dual spirits of the ocean and mountains to create a feeling of barefoot luxury. The hotel’s crowning glory is – a state-of-the-art marina. The food and beverage offering includes an all-day dining restaurant serving international cuisine with a refreshing Creole touch. The hotel offers a range of excursions for the adventurous, including fishing, zip-lining, boat tours, island hopping, and hiking. The resort’s two-storey Eden Holistic Spa incorporates the healing powers of water through its design features and includes facilities such as treatment rooms, steam room, hammam, sauna, Rasul (thermal mud treatment), heated infinity pool, Jacuzzi and relaxation areas.
Bluefields Bay Villas (Westmorland, Jamaica)
Bluefields Bay Villas is an exclusive collection of six all-inclusive villas tucked at the base of Bluefields Mountain in Jamaica’s secluded countryside of Westmoreland, where countryside meets the sea. Expect nothing less than sublime service on arrival as each villa comes with a dedicated butler, maid service and chef, so guests can fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking views of Bluefields Mountain and the aquamarine sea. Each expansive seafront villa ranges from two to six rooms and boasts a private pool and panoramic terraces with all meals and soft drinks included. The family-owned resort is the brainchild of husband and wife Braxton and Debbie Moncure, who fell in love with the destination when visiting in the early eighties. They’ve passionately created a unique offering where guests can enjoy authentic Jamaican experiences at their leisure. If relaxing in the villa becomes too much, then your private butler is on hand to organise any number of experiences from access to the private beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, glass-bottom boat cruise, rum and cigar tours to hiking.
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Alta Las Palomas (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Alta Las Palomas is a Costa Rican hideaway like no other. The 22-room hotel is tucked in Las Palomas’ hillside, between the cities of Escazu and Santa Ana and has ‘the best views in town’ of the sprawling mountains and volcanoes. Reminiscent of a traditional Mediterranean home, with its terracotta roofs and ultra-high ceilings, the hotel has a relaxed charm and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The rooms and suites have plenty of character, decorated in earthy tones, and tell tales of 1920’s Costa Rican life through black and white photos. Each of the rooms has a mountain view balcony that invites the lush greenery of the outdoors in, giving guests a taste of what’s to explore beyond the hotel’s walls. From mountain hikes to discovering quaint adobe buildings in nearby Escazu, guests have plenty to fill their stay. La-Luz, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, is often cited as one of Costa Rica’s best restaurants and is famed for being the country’s first fusion restaurant. The diverse menu fuses Mediterranean and Costa Rican dishes, using the finest locally sourced produce from the hotel’s Rainforest Alliance certified Passghaleh farm.