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C&TH’s Guide to Hot New Hotels for 2017

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C&TH’s Guide to Hot New Hotels for 2017

Stuck for where to stay on your exotic jaunts? Juliet Kinsman has found the best new hotels around the world


Urban thrills, rural idylls, wine estates and secret lodges – 2017’s hot new hotels are tempting us to Arundel, Armenia, Asia, Australia and beyond…

Las Alcobas California USA

Las Alcobas in California, USA

Hot New Hotels for 2017

1. The Lodge at Feline Fields, Kalahari, Botswana

While celebrating Botswana’s savannah wilderness, this six-suite luxury lodge just west of the Okavango Delta (home to some of the world’s most endangered large mammals), supports the Feline Fields Trust’s wildlife, conservation and community work. Designed by South African architect Alwyn Petersen, the secluded safari stay is ready to take its first guests on game drives, walking tours with Kalahari Bushmen and desert explorations by sand-bike or on horseback.

2. The Pig, West Sussex, UK

West Sussex will benefit from an extra county-house hideaway when Robin Hutson sets up his sixth rustic-deluxe, weekend-away bolthole (others can be sniffed out in Somerset, Devon, Hampshire and Dorset), with a formula that shows no signs of losing its appeal. When this cute Georgian lodge opens later in the year on the southern slopes of the South Downs National Park, it will be time to trough homegrown ingredients near Arundel, care of The Pig’s honest British menu.

3. Las Alcobas, California, USA

Now that California’s world-famous wine region has added this Georgian Revival farmhouse to its portfolio, Napa Valley beckons us to interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, with custom-made furniture and vineyard-view rooms with fireplace-enhanced terraces. If you can tear yourself away from sipping wines or gazing at their grapey provenance, there’s a super spacious spa, yoga classes and the relaxed but refined Acacia House by Chris Cosentino restaurant.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge Sri Lanka

Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka

4. Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

Resplendent Ceylon opens its luxe canopied abodes with outdoor bathrooms and private decks on the edge of Yala National Park in September. Safari time stars leopards and elephants, and in line with the responsible tourism ethos of the hoteliers behind Cape Weligama and Tea Trails, guests can join resident naturalists and participate in conservation work in some of the richest biodiversity in Sri Lanka. Four beachfront stays with private plunge pools shout ‘honeymoon’.

5. Amanyangyun, Hangzhou, China

The reconstructed Ming and Qing dynasty villas and thousands of camphor trees replanted here at Aman’s fourth resort in China provide an impressive lesson in conservation. A walled village with a remarkable woodland in the suburbs of Shanghai, in fact the tales it tells are about Fuzhou, in eastern China. The ancient trees and houses were saved from flooding caused by the construction of the Liao Fang Reservoir and relocated here, hundreds of miles away.

6. Jackalope, Victoria, Australia

Oenophiles travelling to Melbourne, make for Mornington Peninsula, an hour’s drive away – Willow Creek Wines lets you sleep within reach of their cellar doors from April. New accommodation, with floor-to-ceiling windows and hand-crafted furniture, includes an infinity pool and a swish, site specific art collection, but it’s the award-winning winery that’s the biggest perk, along with fine dining at Doot Doot Doot and Rare Hare, which offers the best of the peninsula’s wines.

Artist Residence Oxford UK

Artist Residence in Oxford, UK

7. PUBLIC, New York City, USA

Ian Schrager’s new hotels stand for slick service and getting all the essentials at an affordable price. Opening on Chrystie Street in Lower Manhattan,the name is intended to represent their inclusive rather than exclusive approach to hospitality. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, this 370-room hotel is set to tower over its gritty but increasingly glamorous neighbours on the Lower East Side, one of a few outposts coming soon from the brand launched in Chicago.

8. Artist Residence, Oxford, UK

Justin and Charlotte Salisbury created the first Artist Residence in Brighton in 2008; next came boutique abodes in Penzance and Pimlico, now they’ve made a show of a pub and restaurant in Oxfordshire and five bedrooms are bookable from March in the thatched farmhouse. Original features such as oak panelling and old-world beams remain at the Masons Arms, now served with killer cocktails and quirky artworks, such as those created for the bar by American twins, the Connor Brothers.

9. The Alexander, Yerevan, Armenia

New meets old in one of the world’s most ancient cities with this shiny new arrival in Armenia’s capital in the summer. The first international luxury hotel in the city, it will service all business desires, this business and leisure-friendly new-build with 114 guest rooms and suites near the Republic Square has ‘workation’ appeal thanks to a cigar club and fancy wellness facilities, including an indoor pool, gym and spa. The History Museum and National Art Gallery are just moments away.

LUX* Bodrum Turkey

LUX* Bodrum in Bodrum, Turkey

10. Bürgenstock Resort, Switzerland

This clean and green Lake Lucerne resort opening in the summer is comprised of four entirely different Alpine hotels, what’s impressive is that it will be entirely carbon neutral thanks to the lake-water-fuelled hydroelectric energy system. There’s the contemporary 102-roomed Bürgenstock Hotel, innovative medispa the Waldhotel, the historic Palace Hotel and the pension Taverne 1879, all served by a private railway in a picturesque mountainscape where the flourishing acres of forest and meadows help offset emissions.

11. The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa

It launched in 1924 as the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, and now this reimagined industrial hub houses the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Thomas Heatherwick’s reworking of the historic grain storage in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront has given its top six floors to the Royal Portfolio’s new 28-bedroom hotel. La Residence in Franschhoek, Royal Malewane safari lodge and Birkenhead House in Hermanus are Liz Biden’s other luxe lodgings, so extraordinary accommodation is assured.

12. LUX* Bodrum, Bodrum, Turkey

Perched on the tip of a pine-clad peninsula in the azure Aegean Sea, this forward-looking resort’s 66 contemporary rooms will be ready for the summer season with unfettered sea views and state-of-the-art technology. Stay put and enjoy a private beach club, mezze and coffee culture and spa therapies, with little ones entertained in the fully staffed kids’ club. Within easy reach via the house boat is the vibrant nightlife of Turkey’s equivalent of St Tropez. Direct flights to Bodrum make this a safe destination.

Adare Manor County Limerick Ireland

Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland

13. Adare Manor, County Limerick, Ireland

Not brand new, but lavished with love from architects ReardonSmith in Ireland’s largest restoration project of this kind, it’s a true transformation for this 19th-century neo-Gothic manor set on the banks of the Maigue River. From autumn, the 104 rooms will have fresh appeal to those drawn to a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course and luxury clubhouse, as well as its new state-of-the-art spa, cinema and 840 acres of grounds with its medieval ruins, walled gardens and woodland paths.

14. MACq 01, Hobart, Tasmania

Opening in June on the waterfront of the Tasmanian capital with a name inspired by its MacQuarie Wharf location, the $35m MACq 01 is sister to the award-winning coastal retreat, Saffire Freycinet. A ferry ride from Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), this hip hotel will tell Tassie’s history through 114 rooms themed around historical local characters, from explorers to convicts, and is within walking distance of the city’s main attractions from the Salamanca Markets to the Hunter Street district.

15. Henrietta Hotel, London, UK

Cocktail connoisseurs: it’s time to toast the Experimental Group’s 18-bedroom townhouse in the heart of Covent Garden. Around the corner from the original Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown, Victoriana meets Art Deco care of hand-painted walls and marble details reflecting the building’s Italianate architectural heritage. Their Parisian Grand Pigalle Hotel proved their ‘bed and beverage’ formula is a corker, and from this spring, you can eat at Ollie Dabbous’ bistro here, and spend the night.

Casa Republica Lima Peru

Casa Republica in Lima, Peru

16. Casa Republica, Lima, Peru

In this South American food and culture capital (it boasts three restaurants in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), boho Barranco is a neighbourhood saluted for its art galleries, bar scene and Peruvian cuisine. The district has a few cute boutique hotels opening this year, but this cheery, sky-blue-painted, authentic, 17-room mansion with rooftop bar, from Australian-owned Chimu Adventures, is praiseworthy for preserving Peru’s Republican 1920s heyday so elegantly.

17. Lympstone Manor, Devon, UK

After 21 years at Gidleigh Park, Michelin-starred Michael Caines switched his energies to this Grade-II listed Georgian mansion in East Devon. Lympstone Manor, overlooking the Exe Estuary, re-opens in spring with polished interiors and 21 bedrooms, with either estuary or garden views. Fans of Caine’s sophisticated local and seasonal cooking can delight in three chic dining rooms in which to savour the chef-turned-hotelier’s modern European dishes here in the South West.

18. The Ned, London, UK

Wishing the folks behind New York’s seductive boutique bolt hole NoMad would open a sexy hotel in London? Well, they’re about to in the heart of the City in cahoots with Soho House. A reimagining of Midland Banks HQ originally designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, 252 guest rooms, nine restaurants, a rooftop pool and basement lounge bar and members-only Ned’s Club will be open for business from April. Original features remaining include old safety deposit boxes, marble columns and wooden bank counters.

Read more about The Ned here.

Park Hyatt St Kitts

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

19. Sani Dunes, Halkidiki, Greece

Existing fans of Sani Resort’s Greek getaways will be more than happy to hear that the luxury hotel group are expanding – their latest creation, Sani Dunes, is opening July 2017. Designed with adults in mind, this stylish new destination boasts a private beach, open-air theatre, and extensive spa – Michelin-star chef Ettore Botrini has even stepped in to design the restaurant’s menu. If you can’t quite shake all grown-up responsibilities and need to bring the kids along, Sani Dunes also has a host of facilities for children above the age of 12, including a sailing, dance and football academy, plus a dedicated ‘teen chill-out’ lounge. Booking available through The Private Travel Company.

20. Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts, the West Indies

Sitting on a previously untouched Caribbean island, Park Hyatt St.Kitts is the perfect destination to enjoy some secluded sunshine. Expect to leave feeling nothing less than relaxed; with many of the bedroom suites coming with their own rooftop pools, there’s little else to do other than sit back and enjoy the view of nearby Nevis and the ocean. Of course, guests can choose to enjoy one of the hotel’s three restaurants, have a tipple or two at the rum bar, or embark on one of Park Hyatt’s Kittian Journeys, day-long experiences which focus on history, culture and activities – but relaxation really is the focus here…Booking available through The Private Travel Company

21. Gecko Hotel & Beach Club

After a major redesign, Gecko Hotel & Beach Club has reopened with a stylish new look. Set on the Balearic island of Formentera, this riviera style resort’s elegant and Mediterranean finish makes it a real gem of the Balearics. With just 30 bedrooms, the hotel is simultaneously intimate and private. Sound ideal? From €235 per room per night based on two sharing a Gecko Double room on a B&B basis.

Gecko hotel & beach club

22. Hotel Akelarre, San Sebastian

Throwing its doors open this July, San Sebastian’s newest independent 5* hotel adjoins the Michelin star restaurant of the same name, Akelarre. Set high in a private enclave on Monte Igueldo hill just outside San Sebastian, the hotel’s 22 bedrooms have vast floor-to-ceiling windows with picturesque sea views over the Bay of Biscay. Modern, airy and incredibly spacious, the architecture and fresh interiors seamlessly connect the restaurant with the hotel, creating wonderfully contemporary spaces for all guests to enjoy. Akelarre Hotel

23. Beaverbrook Hotel, Surrey

Beaverbrook House

c. Angus Taylor

The impressive house at Beaverbrook Estate has been transformed into a sumptuous 18 room and suite hotel, with breathtaking surroundings, stunning interiors and a wealth of history and character. The unique addition of a Japanese restaurant envisioned by Head Chef Taiji Maruyama of Nobu also serves delicious traditional Japanese food with a contemporary twist. Complete with its own art deco cinema, library, kids club and extensive 400-acre gardens ready to be explored, this is the perfect family countryside retreat. Prices range from £225 per night for a Classic Room to £950 per night for the Dowager Suite.

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