Small Luxury Hotels of the World announced two new luxury retreats in Iceland, a historic hotel in Armenia, and an island getaway in Nicaragua. The new SLH offerings include:
Hotel Ranga: Sudurland, Iceland
This luxurious log-cabin is set 60 miles from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The quiet, pollution-free location provides optimal views of the aurora borealis phenomenon, more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights.
Hotel Ranga boasts panoramic glass windows designed to celebrate the hotels picturesque surroundings. The hotel also offers 51 rooms and suites, seven of which are eclectically themed to the world’s continents. All rooms have heated wooden floors and either river or volcano views.
SLH Tip: The hotel is set up for star-gazing and guests can opt for a wakeup call should the Northern Lights begin after guests have gone to sleep. The hotel will provide artic winter suits and take guests to the observatory to watch the show.
Tower Suites Reykjavik: Reykjavik, Iceland
There are also postcards of the mountain that each guestroom is named after. The hotel will complimentary post it to anywhere in the world the guest wishes. While there is no restaurant; the Skylounge serves organic breakfast by local restaurant Happ and light snacks throughout the day per request.
SLH Tip: Avoid overcrowding at the tourist ridden blue lagoon and take a dip in the geothermal pool in Seltjarnarnes, Islandia on the northern coast of Reykjavik.
Grand Hotel Yerevan
Grand Hotel Yerevan: Yerevan, Armenia
SLH’s first boutique hotel in Armenia, the Grand Hotel Yerevan hosts guests right in the heart of Yerevan. The hotel boasts 104 rooms and suites, each equipped with white linens, soothing wall colors and in some, balconies with city-scape views. There is also an onsite spa, open year round, and an onsite restaurant, Ristorante Rossini, offering Italian indulgences.
During warmer months, guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and a bar where they’ll be serenaded by harp and violin music.
SLH Tip: Yerevan is known for its café culture. SLH recommends the Malocco Café, just 15 minutes from the hotel.
Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa: Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.
Offering 16 eco-friendly ocean suites each complete with a seaside deck, the Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa in Nicaragua is a combination of laid-back luxury and local culture. Each suite has dark wooden floors, a white color scheme and hot stone-walled showers.
Yemaya’s open-air restaurant offers freshly caught fish and freshly-picked produce from the resort’s garden. Guests can enjoy yoga classes on the jungle’s border or take a trip to the uninhabited Pearl Keys for snorkeling. Perhaps, the best part of Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa is how quiet it is, with neither cars nor roads interrupting the peace.
SLH Tip: Yemaya offers a chocolate-making class where guests can learn to turn local raw cacao beans into tasty truffles.
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