Amastan opened in July at 34 rue Jean Mermoz Paris, a small street between the high-fashion rue du Faubourg St-Honoré and the Champs Elysées, just around the corner from La Réserve. This is coveted 8th arrondissement real estate, a stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace.
There are just 24 stylish rooms, but the hotel aims to be a gathering space for the great and the good—with a rotating selection of fashion and art exhibitions.
After making a splash in Tel Aviv last year, Brown Beach House has opened a design-driven boutique hotel in the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir near Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Housed in a former tobacco warehouse dating from the early 20th century, the Brown Beach House Croatia only has 25 suites (both one- and two-bedroom) with views of either the Adriatic Sea or the Old Town of Trogir.
Facilities include an infinity pool with mod black and white tiling, a sundeck overlooking the sea, banqueting venues, and a destination restaurant.
|Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya is on the Aegean Sea.|
Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya has imported the legendary wellness concept found in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts to the shores of the Aegean Sea. The resort has 141 guestrooms and suites, appointed with Nespresso machines, organic Turkish linens, and marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Situated on the slopes above the main building, the 40 “Rooms on the Ridge” come with terraces overlooking the Aegean.
Fans of the Hotel Splendide Royal in Lugano and Rome will be pleased to learn that the Roberto Naldi Collection opened a Paris hotel in October. Housed in a hôtel particulier (private mansion) built in 1897, the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris is situated at 18 rue du Cirque in the 8th arrondissement-- just steps from the Elysée Palace and fashionable shopping on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. It’s an intimate and elegant ambiance, as there are just 12 suites. Max-Michel Grand is the general manager.
|Il Castelfalfi is an 800-year-old village.|
The Italian region of Tuscany got its first new-build five-star hotel in 25 years. Toscana Resort Castelfalfi will open Il Castelfalfi on a 2,700-acre estate in an 800-year-old village. Currently under construction, the hotel’s design embraces sustainability with eco-friendly measures and showcases traditional materials like wood and stone. There are 120 guestrooms including 645-square-foot suites with separate living rooms.
Located on Jaime III Avenue, the Nakar Hotel has 57 guestrooms, each equipped with Nespresso machines, Molton Brown bath amenities, and top-notch media systems (including screen-mirroring AppleTVs). The Deluxe Rooms are kitted out with in-room Jacuzzis and private terraces.
Stand-out facilities include the spa (with the only indoor pool in Palma’s old town); the 8th floor restaurant serving traditional Mallorcan cuisine crafted with local, organic ingredients; and the rooftop sundeck and pool.
|Zuma Restaurant at Palazzo Fendi.|
The fashion house, Fendi, has designed seven plush suites above its flagship store in Rome. Palazzo Fendi is within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Vatican City. If we were staying there, here’s how we’d spend our day. First off, we’d take the complimentary private tour of Fendi’s flagship store then we’d take the in-room iPad that’s been programmed with seven walking tours to see the Eternal City.
After a full day of sightseeing, we would return to Palazzo Fendi’s new rooftop Zuma Restaurant, where we’d get preferred seating because we’re staying in one of the suites. Nice, right? Don’t forget to reserve time to relax in those suites, which are decked out in Fendi Casa furniture and sheets. Plus, we hear that the Palazzo Suites have views of Largo Goldoni — a small square at the end of Via Condotti. Yes, please.
Built in the style of a traditional Mallorcan village with terra-cotta roofs, the resort has 142 guestrooms and 16 suites with private terraces. This is the first such resort in Europe for Park Hyatt (others are located in the Maldives, Beaver Creek), and the first Hyatt on the island.
Facilities are expansive; think outdoor pools, a ballroom and event space, a 24-hour fitness center, and a destination spa. The Park Hyatt Mallorca is situated within the new Cap Vermell estate, which includes tennis courts and a new country club (there are four golf courses in the surrounding area). A five-minute drive away, a beach club will be available for guests’ use.
|The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest is just minutes from the Danube River.|
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first hotel in Hungary, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, located in the heart of the city’s cultural and shopping district. Ritz-Carlton Budapest
Situated minutes away from the Danube River, guests can easily access the World-Heritage listed Buda Castle district, visit one of the city’s several thermal springs, or enjoy sampling the local Hungarian cuisine and wines.
The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest located on Elizabeth Square, comprises 170 rooms and 30 suites and affords views of St. Stephens Basilica. A large portion of the property’s original architectural details have been preserved, including statues on the exterior walls, while the interiors offer guests a more relaxed, contemporary style with a color palette inspired by the waters of the Danube River.
Sereno Largo di Como is being positioned as the most posh hotel to be built on the lake, which has views of the southern Italian Alps.
The hotel has a contemporary, relaxed feel and will be created by Milan-Based designer Patricia Urquiola. She also designs for B&B Italia, Baccarat, BMW, Louis Vuitton and other luxury brands.
Of course, since the hotel will sit on the shore of Lake Como, it has its own docking facilities and custom boats for transportation around the lake. If this hotel follows the popularity of the St. Barth’s location, we suggest booking one of the 30 oversized suites well in advance. Looking for the ultimate in Italian opulence? We hear the penthouse will have a private terrace, garden and rooftop lap pool.
Those not booking the penthouse can still enjoy the 60-foot-long infinity pool that will be located just in front of the lake. The pool will be surrounded by a sundeck where food and drink will be served, natch; it's also a neat place for weddings, we say. For more outdoor fun, Sereno also has gardens designed with secret passageways.
By Mary Winston Nicklin
Facing the Port Vell Marina, The House is billed as “a space for eating, drinking, and meeting.” Hence there’s a 36-seat screening room, “The Meeting Room” bar-lounge, and a rooftop pool with sweeping views over the city and the Mediterranean. Entertainment is always a strong point at Soho House and the Barcelona outpost will be no exception.
There are 57 guestrooms, and hotel clients get access to all the facilities, including the eateries, the gym, the Cowshed Spa, and the indoor pool. The House Kitchen will serve Spanish fare, while Cecconi’s will bring its signature northern Italian specialties to Barcelona.
|The Gainsborough Bath Spa is houses in three Classical-style buildings.|
Just 1.5 hours from London by train, Bath has a calming effect on urbanites. Surrounded by the pastoral countryside of southwest England, this immaculately preserved Georgian town exudes a village air with charming boutiques and neoclassical Palladian buildings. No wonder so many Londoners relax here on the weekends. And now there’s another reason to plan a trip: The Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel.
The Spa Suite, which has dedicated in-room thermal water service, includes unlimited spa access.
The highly anticipated Gainsborough debuted last July after years of restoration work by Malaysia-based YTL Hotels. Not without delays, the ambitious project connected three Classical-style buildings in the heart of the historic city, including Hetling House, Bath’s only surviving Elizabethan mansion. The restoration preserved architectural details, like a Victorian chapel (now used as event space).
|The Pulitzer Amsterdam is located in the city center.|
The Pulitzer Amsterdam has created a lot of buzz since it opened last month, and we think that chatter is well deserved. Those looking to book a stay should consider the top accommodations, the Collector Suites. Each feels like a private apartment that’s designed for the owner’s individual passion, including the art collector, the music composer, the book reader and the antique aficionado. These suites also have a private entrance to the Keizersgracht Canal, adding to that pied-à-terre feel. If the Collector Suites are already booked, don’t worry, since the hotel is made up of 25 canal house buildings, every room has individuality and a unique flair. We also hear the best views are on the third floor of the hotel on the Keizersgracht Canal side.
True to its name, Pulitzer Amsterdam has a library in the lobby that has a collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning books, dating back to 1918. This is the secret spot to curl up in a leather wingback chair and enjoy some late afternoon reading. For more history, just step outside. The hotel is located in Amsterdam’s historic city center. It’s just a quick jaunt to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. Remember, before you head out, ask guest relations to have your favorite beverage waiting in your room, upon your return.