This month, Small Luxury Hotels is welcoming three boutique hotels to its portfolio: an elegant ocean-front retreat in New South Wales; a historic city-center stay in Sweden; and a hilltop hotel on the west coast of Norway.
Halcyon House: Cabarita Beach, Australia
Small Luxury Hotel’s first property in New South Wales, Halcyon House is a stylish coastal retreat near Cabarita Beach. Many of the 21 individually-styled suites offer sea views and are stylishly decorated with blue hues and nautical touches. The hotel has a saltwater pool, accompanied by a poolside restaurant, Paper Daisy, ran by former Noma chef, Ben Devlin, an Aussie native who emphasizes local produce and casual fine dining.
SLH insider tip: The Cabarita headlands offer a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, and are a great place to surf and spot the occasional whale.
Dorsia Hotel and Restaurant: Gothenburg, Sweden
Décor inspired by the French Belle Époque period gives this boutique hotel its individual style. Each of its 37 unique rooms and suites takes inspiration from storybooks to become the guests’ own “personal kingdom,” complete with fairytale-esque beds and classic art and antiques collected by three generations of owners. The kitchen team created a menu with French influence and an emphasis on local produce. One of Dorsia’s greatest selling points is its central location, meaning many of the most important sites and attractions of Gothenburg, which includes: The Old Post House, Trädgårdsföreningen Park and Garden, the Opera House and the Museum of Art.
SLH insider tip: Gothenburg sits astride the Göta River and the North Sea and by boat is a great way to see the city. Guests can take the Älvsnabben boat out to Sjömagasinet, one of the many Michelin star restaurants in the city.
Storfjord Hotel: Skodje, Norway
The 23-room hotel, handcrafted from Norwegian wood, set among the dramatic fjords and Alpine peaks, puts a designer spin on the traditional log cabin. The “Scandi-chic” bedrooms come with four poster beds, cozy fur throws, stylish sofas, and many offer fireplaces or private balconies. The restaurant is relaxed and unpretentious fine dining, showcasing local delicacies and flavors with a four course feast every evening accompanied by the hotels own brewed ale, Storfjordbrygg. The hotel’s ethos is ‘luxury the Norwegian way’ so guests can expect an intimate and relaxed experience with warm and friendly staff.
SLH Insider Tip: A unique way to explore the Norwegian West Coast is by helicopter, and the hotel can help organize a private trip to the waterfall at Geirangerfjord and cloud-capped peaks around Hjorundfjord.
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