Terra Dominicata, Priorat, Spain
26 rooms from USD $399 per night
Opened August 2018
A sense of peace seems to arise the moment you arrive at Terra Dominicata. Originally part of a Dominican monastery, the hotel immerses you in the heritage of its ‘holy mountain’ setting. The calming colour palette of earth tones complements the minimalist furnishings in the spacious rooms and suites, including original stone walls that tie these spaces to their past. Outside, warm terracotta tiles lead you to the pool, where swims come with Montsant Natural Park views. To take a closer look at your surroundings, set off hiking through the rugged scenery or visit the ruined monastery in nearby Escaladei. Back at Terra Dominicata, the tables at Alma Mater are laid for dinner. Dine in the impeccably styled restaurant or choose a table out on the stone terrace and feast on modern takes on traditional produce and recipes.
SLH Insider Tip: The monks began producing Montsant and Priorat wines here – a proud tradition continued by the Terra Dominicata winery. In fact, the hotel wine cellar holds the largest collection of these famous appellations in the world.
Hotel Les Bords de Mer, Marseille, France
19 rooms from USD $183 per night
Opened December 1st 2018
Standing beside Plages des Catalans and just a short walk from the old town, this boutique retreat is immersed in Marseille life. Its gleaming white exterior complements the blue of the sea and the sky, which stretches out endlessly in front. Spellbinding Mediterranean Sea views are the star of Les Bords de Mer’s rooms and suites. Depending on your room, you could take them in from huge bay windows, or from your private balcony or terrace. Inside, pastel hues and pale, natural wood complement the clear Cote d’Azur light that drew so many painters to the region. Spend the day unwinding beside the rooftop pool or out exploring the city. The hotel is SLH’s first in Marseille and offers cultural tours of the old town, as well as excursions further afield – from boat trips to Calanques National Park, to wine tours of the Luberon.
SLH Insider Tip: Take a break from adventuring with an afternoon at the elegant spa, which features a heated pool, Turkish hammam and treatments using REN organic skincare.
The Frederick Hotel, New York City, USA
131 rooms from USD $206 per night
The Frederick Hotel is a glimpse of New York grandeur. This landmark gothic revival building has been welcoming guests since 1845. Now, a step through the doors reveals a luxury hotel immersed in TriBeCa’s culture. Rooms and suites fuse elements of mid-century-modern furnishings and art-nouveau inspired details set against a minimalist, neutral colour scheme. Beds are made up with luxurious Frette linens that beckon you to dive right in, Five Wits bath amenities and bathtubs all add an extra touch of indulgence. Unwind in privacy or step down to the hotel restaurant, Serafina, for all-day Italian dining. The handmade pasta and signature truffle-topped pizza is not to be missed.
SLH Insider Tip: Head down to the lobby and wander into Primo's bar, which draws inspiration for its classic cocktails and delectable treats from the Italian Riviera.
Hotel Grand Powers, Paris, France
50 rooms from USD $484 per night
Re-opens January 4th 2019
At the heart of the bustling Golden Triangle in Paris' eighth arrondissement close to the Champs-Elysees, Hotel Grand Powers has been welcoming travelers from around the world for more than a century. Following a complete transformation, the new five-star hotel will officially open at the start of 2019. Original features such as moldings and marble fireplaces are complemented by bespoke furniture and striking contrasts between stone and fabric. Rooms and suites make the most of classic Haussmann proportions, with high ceilings and large windows – some even have balconies and Eiffel Tower views. Step out to explore the city and return for a massage or hammam bath at the Thala Spa. This peaceful haven comprises a huge jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, 24-hour gym with the latest Technogym innovation and a treatment room.
SLH Insider Tip: The Grand Powers restaurant serves up fresh, healthy and sophisticated fare skilfully put together by Chef Maxime Raab who previously made his name at Fouquet’s.
The Franklin, London, UK
35 rooms from USD $338 per night
A stay at The Franklin means a trip back in time to a bygone era, where designer interiors by Anouska Hempel seamlessly blend La Belle Époque style with modern-day sensibilities. Located in London’s leafy Knightsbridge neighborhood and sister hotel to SLH’s Hotel D’Inghilterra, The Franklin is just the right side of opulent with refined velvets and patterned wallpapers creating a sophisticated space. Whether you select a Deluxe Room with a mirrored four-poster or the one-off grandeur of the Presidential Suite, expect a bedroom that is as restful as it is refined. Upping the relaxation levels, downstairs a hammam is a blissful way to end a day spent walking the royal parks and galleries of London. Dinner is served in The Franklin Restaurant, where Italian influenced menus by Michelin-starred Alfredo Russo give seasonal ingredients star billing. For a pre-dinner experience to remember, you can even enjoy a cocktail masterclass with award-winning mixologist Salvatore Maggio.
SLH Insider Tip: Settle in to the sophisticated library with afternoon tea or step outside your doorstep and enjoy a stroll in the neighboring Egerton Gardens.
And in other news...
Hotel Eclat Beijing Brings the Essence of the Alps to China with New Swiss Chalet- Beijing, China
Hotel Éclat Beijing is launching a new Swiss Chalet suite this month designed by celebrated interior designer Ms. Monique and inspired by Gstaad, bringing the essence of the Alps straight to China. In the living area, distinctive wooden furniture and tree-shaped chandeliers are complimented by forest motif wallpaper that gives the feeling of being tucked away in a romantic Swiss chalet in the midst of the elements. Meanwhile, the beautiful outdoor terrace is decorated with playful touches including Swiss cowbells and an Astroturf lawn by the pool.
Hotel Sahrai Opens New Rooftop Jungle Bar - Fez, Morocco
Hotel Sahrai in Fez has just opened its new rooftop Jungle Bar, set to become the city’s most stylish hotspot. Jungle Bar features imaginative cocktails and French and Asian tapas, with incredible sweeping views over the ancient Fez Medina, a World Heritage Site. The views over the city are complemented by the bar’s lush green and golden interior and exterior design. Jungle Bar is the perfect place in Fez for a special celebration or a night out with friends and hosts a rotating roster of DJs.
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa Unveils Indoor Swimming Pool - Paris, France
Le Narcisse Blanc recently unveiled a new 13-meter-long indoor swimming pool in its intimate spa. The pool sits alongside a black mosaic jacuzzi, a hammam and sauna as well as elegant relaxation beds perfect for lounging and sampling infused water. Located on the hotel’s lowest floor, the spa will continue delivering a simple menu of facials and body treatments using products by Carita.
Art Rotation Series Announced at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences – Bangkok, Thailand
137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok has recently partnered with Bangkok-based design consultancy Farmgroup to bring some of the hottest names from Thailand’s art world to a hotel series of curated exhibitions that will rotate every two months. Using this initiative, the two partners hope to promote the Kingdom’s top artists to hotel guests, art collectors and the local community. Titled ‘Art Rotation’ the series kicks-off with 10 works by award-winning artist Suwannee Sarakana, who depicts people and animals sleeping, an apropos topic to exhibit at a luxury hotel.
Instagram Wedding Consultant Now Included at Casa Velas Boutique Hotel – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
For an Insta-Worthy wedding, Casa Velas now has a wedding consultant onsite to provide tips to get the most out of the wedding Instagram post. Some of the suggestions include jazzing up the walk down the aisle with sweet signs, greenery walls and pinwheels to add color and excitement to the photos. The resort also offers couples the opportunity to have a unique first dance choreographed by a renowned dancer and more.