Azerai, Luang Prabang, Laos
Set in a deep, green valley in a culturally and historically invested Buddhist township, Azerai Luang Prabang is an elegant and intimate haven for travellers with refined tastes. As the Azerai brand’s debut, the hotel sets a high standard: It features a solicitous integration of traditional Lao and European colonial architecture with modern aesthetics and amenities, and its various dining options showcase plenty of fresh local fare – as befits its location in the heart of Laos’ ancient capital.
Kwande, South Africa
Spend days on end on safari in a private game reserve, retiring at night to a gloriously luxurious lodge boasting all the mod cons, a discreet complement of staff, and even a private wine cellar despite being in the middle of, well, nowhere. The dream is real at Fort House, the latest accommodation offering of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The villa’s open, airy design is perfect for enjoying the sights: Meandering wildlife, and vast reaches of land and sky that stretch to the horizon in every direction you look.
Manoah Boutique Hotel, Shoal Bay, British West Indies, Anguilla
Cool, calm, and classy, the Manoah Boutique Hotel’s wonderfully clean lines and simple palette are a delightful complement to the sweeping stretches of ivory and aqua that it fronts. Shoal Bay, located in British West Indies in Anguilla, is a classically beautiful Caribbean beach, and this spanking new establishment perched right above its shoreline offers guests a wide range of recreational activities, from the placid (private veranda sunbathing and spa treatments) to the energetic (horse-riding and water sports), and an array of cuisines boasting fresh seasonal produce. Perfect for a relaxing retreat.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Ibiza, Spain
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, a lifestyle beach resort at Talamanca Bay two km north of Ibiza Town, Spain will be launched end of June – just in time for summer partying. The property’s unique concept combines all the charms of a top-notch beach resort with several ways to enjoy cocktails and dance music – you can pick a suite with a mini cocktail cabinet, call a mixologist to your room, or have drinks at the poolside and beachside bars. Food-wise, there are four restaurants include the top-notch Nobu restaurant by renowned chef Nobu Matsushisa. After indulging in great food and drinks, ensconce yourself in the Six Senses spa for a few hours. Kids can also enjoy activities such as bohemian foraging sessions and cooking lessons.
Ultima Gstaad, Switzerland
Among the latest additions to one of the Swiss Alps’ most storied mountaintop destinations is the Ultima Gstaad, with its stunning combination of traditional artisanry and modern opulence. Harmoniously integrating 11 suites, six residences, an array of dining options and an impressively extensive spa into three immense wooden chalets, this boutique hotel lives up to its designers’ vision as a work of art. Surrounded by breathtaking beauty and spoilt by easy access to myriad sport and recreational activities, every traveller who sojourns here will surely dream of returning.