This month, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) adds five new properties, including four newly opened hotels, to its portfolio of independently minded hotels around the world. Bask in the sun in Santorini, stay in the heart of Bangkok’s tourist district, take in sweeping views of stylish Shanghai, enjoy a piece of history at a Château in Chambord or indulge at one of the world’s most famous fashion houses.
Relais de Chambord – Chambord, France
Opened March 16, 2018
Offering breath-taking views of the awe-inspiring Château de Chambord, the newly opened Relais de Chambord combines heritage and well-being within a notable historic setting. Surrounded by private gardens designed by Christian Fournet, the country hotel brings together natural elements and warm atmosphere less than two hours from Paris. The house offers six categories of rooms overlooking the Château, Le Cosson River, Place Saint Louis or the forest of Domaine National and are adorned with lush velvet, wood and ceramics. Enjoy the grounds with a walk to the château, take a boat ride on the river or relax in the private spa.
SLH Insider Tip: Take a seat in Le Grand Saint Michel restaurant (or on the terrace in warmer weather) to savor classic French cuisine. Then retire to the library, with a snooker table and classic board games to enjoy.
The Sukhothai Shanghai – Shanghai, China
Opened April 28, 2018
Situated in the heart of vibrant Shanghai, this contemporary luxury hotel was designed by internationally-acclaimed Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. With some of the largest rooms and suites in the city, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the bustling landscape while natural furnishings create a sense of calm and warmth. La Scala restaurant, led by Michelin-starred guest chef Theodor Falser, serves fresh-to-order contemporary Italian cuisine from an open theatre kitchen. For a moment of relaxation, The Spa Retreat provides Southeast Asian healing therapies and signature wellness programs, along with a Fitness Studio, 25-metre heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Seamlessly connected to the HKRI retail mall, the neighborhood is also easy to explore on foot or by bamboo bicycles provided on property with People’s Square, Grand Theatre and Shanghai Natural Museum all nearby.
SLH Insider Tip: Head up to the URBAN Café & Lounge for a tipple where guests can create personalized gin cocktails. Call over the trolley to select herbs and locally sourced spices to blend with any one of the 300 types of gin available.
Canaves Oia Epitome – Santorini, Greece
Opening May 15, 2018
This boutique hotel has carved out a peaceful spot just outside the main town, giving it the feel of a secret piece of paradise. Each private villa offers Classic Cycladic design and is perfectly positioned for soaking up the best sunset views on the island. Spend the day relaxing by your private terrace and pool, then savor an evening by the private fire pit. Muted natural tones and a minimalist design add to the sense of peace, which is complemented by activities including daily yoga classes. Yet with a hotel shuttle, the buzz of Oia is never far away – and popular Katharos Beach is within walking distance.
SLH Insider Tip: Book an Aqua Retreat Villa for its unique see-through glass wall pool view from the lower level bedroom.
akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Opening May 12, 2018
An innovative new hotel with serious style credentials, the hotel offers guests re-imagined urban accommodation in the heart of Bangkok. The hotel is ideally located on Sukhumvit Soi 20, an area of Bangkok known for its buzzing atmosphere, high-end retail, green spaces and fine dining. With understated interiors and personalized service, this boutique retreat beckons visitors to discover a cosmopolitan city lifestyle. With natural wooden floors, crisp white linens and neutral color schemes, the 46 rooms and suites are refreshing and relaxing in equal measure. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto spacious balconies in most rooms, seamlessly merging indoors with outdoors. Unwind with a long soak in the bath before a night out. Or plan an evening in, and have dinner served in your room.
SLH Insider Tip: This property is set to become the first new hotel in Asia to launch without single-use plastic in its rooms or food and beverage outlets. The hotel will extend the eco-friendly initiative for guests on the go with stylish akyra stainless steel water bottles and reusable shopping bags presented on arrival.
Fendi Private Suites – Rome, Italy
Dominating the buzzing Via dei Condotti, this sumptuous palazzo originally belonged to a noble family and has been the prestigious headquarters of Fendi since 2005 – and the world’s very first Fendi hotel. Comprised of just seven impeccably designed suites, the hotel epitomizes the ultimate in elegance. With exclusive access and immersion into the Fendi world, it redefines luxury for sophisticated travelers who are looking for privacy as well as a unique experience in the heart of Rome. The bedrooms at Fendi are exclusive galleries to luxury style, with every element carefully chosen to create a sleek, peaceful space in which to unwind. Relax on furniture sourced from classic designers such as Hans J Wegner and FENDI Casa. Take in the views of city life outside or of local landmarks in photographs taken by Karl Lagerfeld. With so many beautiful things to enjoy, these rooms were made to inspire.
SLH Insider Tip: After a day of shopping, return to Fendi Private Suites and join fellow fashionistas for cocktails at Zuma Lounge, followed by contemporary Japanese cuisine at Zuma restaurant located on the rooftop.
And in other news…
Hotel Infante Sagres: the most historic luxury hotel in the city of Porto reopens
After five months of intensive restoration and renovation, the Infante Sagres, which was Portugal’s first ever five-star hotel, has reopened with 75 luxurious rooms, 10 suites and a new Vogue Café. During the refurbishment, specialist teams of restorers were brought in to work on the iconic original features such as the 5-story stained glass window and the impressive chandeliers in the dining room. The hotel is at the epicenter of the bustling energy that runs throughout the city and is reborn, ready to offer its visitors an experience of luxury and refinement.
Gran Hotel Son Net welcomes guests for a 20th Anniversary celebration offer
In April 1998, almost 300 hundred years since the Son Next estate was first established, the estate became Mallorca’s first luxury 5* boutique hotel and has since welcomed many returning guests every year. Many travelers fall in love with Son Net and return to indulge in its beauty, to relax or feel at home. The special celebration offer includes a dinner for two featuring an ‘inauguration menu’ from 1998, one bottle of Son Net Cava, Petit Fours, a cabana, free WiFi, 100 Euros Resort Credit per room, an upgrade and even early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability).
Internationally Renowned Fitness Expert in Residency at The Sanchaya
With an elite clientele including A-list celebrities, f i t n e s s a r t z founder Artur Zolkiewicz is taking ten days to complete a residency at one of Southeast Asia’s most prestigious hotels, The Sanchaya. From 14th – 24th August, UK-based Artur will host morning and afternoon classes on the exclusive estate, in addition to personal training and Q&A sessions. Zolkiewicz’s time at The Sanchaya is a highlight of the hotel’s ongoing programme of visiting specialists, which has also included artists in residence and a series of wine dinners hosted by French winemakers. Zolkiewicz’s fitness schedule will be complemented by a delicious menu of healthy post-workout breakfasts and vegan pea protein powder smoothies. Classes will be available for hotel guests only.
About Small Luxury Hotels of the World: Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) matches independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels. The diverse collection of over 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world includes everything from cutting edge design hotels and city centre sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands – all SLH hotels are consistently different, however, they are all united by the fact that they offer the best locations, highest quality, personalised service and a truly authentic way to discover a destination. Guests can join SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, to receive Small Luxuries from their very first visit. Reservations for any SLH hotel can be made online at www.slh.com or via the iPhone app, by contacting a travel agent or calling a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; click here to view a listing by country.