I have always enjoyed visiting Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ when I travel, so I was thrilled to receive word that the following new hotels have joined the portfolio as of February 2018. These independent hotels always offer something a little unique and I seek them out when I travel. Thanks to Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ for this information on the newest members to join their portfolio. I look forward to visiting and sharing more on each!
7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat: Lombok, Indonesia
The 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat opens February 15, 2018, with rooms starting at $750 per night. This exquisite new resort—the only retreat privileged to be situated in Nipah Bay—maintains a balance of technology-filled interiors with traditional Indonesian architecture. Each temple-like suite features a European hydro massage Jacuzzi, private butler, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathroom amenities, state of the art Italian technology system, Indonesian artworks and a unique minibar concept. Every bit of this resort has been meticulously handcrafted to provide the very best in luxury, including an exclusive check-in ritual and holistic signature spa and wellness treatments. Set beside the glittering sands and turquoise seas of Nipah Bay, this luxury hotel promises a made-to-measure escape.
SLH Insider Tip: The expert hotel staff can arrange private excursions ready for your arrival. See the island from above on a helicopter ride, charter a luxury catamaran for a sailing trip or factor in relaxation time on the talcum powder beach and colorful reef that curve around the bay.
TwentySeven Hotel: Amsterdam, Netherlands
TwentySeven Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands opened in December 2017, with rooms starting at $653 per night. Located in the beating heart of Amsterdam’s city center, this luxurious sanctuary overlooks Dam Square and Royal Palace. From the moment you arrive, you feel the sense you’ve landed somewhere very special. Ranging from “bijou” Junior Suites to the iconic Signature Suite, TwentySeven Hotel revolves around fully personalized and exclusive services to make all guests’ wishes and desires come to life. World-class carpets from Nepal, exquisite handmade Italian curtains, velvet wallpaper from Pierre Fray France, voluptuous sofas and modern, alluring artwork from Cobra Art in Amsterdam are just a few of the sumptuous details you’ll find throughout.
SLH Insider Tip: At Restaurant Bougainville, the culinary masterpieces of Pascal Jalhay wait to be discovered. Every plate brings together expertly chosen ingredients, finely crafted flavors and a touch of theatre. Make it a true event by booking the Chef’s Room, for a private dinner that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen.
The Trident Hotel: Port Antonio, Jamaica
The Trident Hotel in Port Antonio, Jamaica brings a hint of mid-century glamour to a new era. With just 13 oceanfront villas (starting price at $430 per night) surrounded by seductive scenery, this boutique retreat is as secluded as it is spellbinding. Make yourself at home in a spacious villa with its huge windows and sleek, retro furnishings. Unwind in your plunge pool, or soak up horizon-spanning views from the oceanfront infinity pool. Find your way to The Trident Spa, where massages and beauty treatments take place in tranquil, open-air rooms beside the sea. When it comes to dining, open-air Veranda lets you take in ocean views and the cabaret-style Supper Club serves up local delicacies with a side order of live jazz. After dinner, the mixologists at Time Bar will keep you refreshed with creative cocktails.
SLH Insider Tip: If adventure calls, get closer to nature at the hotel beach, where a water sports guide will be ready to take you out kayaking or snorkeling.
The Plymouth: Miami Beach, Florida
Mirroring its stylish surroundings, The Plymouth in Miami Beach, FL—with room starting at $319 per night—is a revived Art Moderne gem in historic Collins Park. With four-stories of custom-designed class, this boutique hotel brings a slice of 1940s South of France to South Beach. Here, you can lounge around in your luxury robe in the comfort of your classic suite—or even on your own private terrace. During the day, take a short walk to The Plymouth’s beach where exclusive loungers are for hotel guests only. Or stay close to home under a peaches-and-cream parasol beside the pool. When hunger strikes, dine at the renowned Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill indoors, at the bar, or on the terrace under the stars for a culinary treat to remember.
SLH Insider Tip: Run a bath in the freestanding French tub, play some music from your personal docking station and switch off. If you’re getting ready to soak up all this vibrant, historic neighborhood has to offer, enjoy your in-room espresso machine or a cocktail from the carefully curated artisanal in-room bar.
Hemingways Watamu: Watamu, Kenya
The iconic tropical paradise sitting in the pristine Watamu Marine National Park, Hemingways Watamu reopened in December 2017. With rooms starting at $320 per night, this hotel exudes charm, luxury, and exceptional service. The property, which recently underwent a massive contemporary renovation over the past two years, boasts spacious rooms and private residences set among botanical gardens with every window framing spectacular Indian Ocean views.
If relaxation is on the cards, stroll down to the white sand beach, dip in and out of two pools, or head to the luxury spa. When you’re ready to explore, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world-class golf course, kite surf, scuba dive or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara.
SLH Insider Tip: The Marine Park is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and boasts a diverse marine life from the visiting whale sharks and manta rays to three species of sea turtle. The area is also considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of Africa.