The Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Much in-demand interior designer Martin Brudnizki, who collaborated with the family-owned The Doyle Collection on The Bloomsbury in London, is working with New York based designer Clodagh on another Doyle property, The Dupont Circle. Perfectly located in the historic and political hub of Washington DC, the 372-room hotel will reopen in the northern spring after undergoing an extensive transformation, which includes a cosy new lobby lounge, a new restaurant, a glamorous reinterpretation of the iconic Bar Dupont and Doyle & Co, a coffee and chocolate bar. The Rooftop Floor showcases thirteen of the best suites in the city, including a 5000 square-foot penthouse with views over Dupont Circle.
The One Palácio Da Anunciado, Lisbon
This exquisite 16th century palace is the former residence of a noble Portuguese family and located near Avenida da Liberdade, one of Lisbon’s main shopping and art districts. It once housed a library with 18,000 books and a museum crammed with works from important artists such as Rubens and Titian. The great earthquake of 1755 caused serious damage to the building and in recent decades it has fallen into disrepair. Spanish group H10 Hotels has embarked on a careful restoration of the building with the help of many artisans, including six Portuguese ladies skilled in hand-painting walls, and worked with Chilean interior designer Jaime Beriestain to fill the lofty spaces with beautiful, contemporary furnishings. There’s a lush 2500-square metre garden in the centre.
Nobu Los Cabos, Mexico
This will be the first hotel in Mexico from the hospitality group headed by Robert de Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The group’s original hotel, New York’s The Greenwich, is one of the finest in the world, so we look forward to wonderful service and a very personal approach to guest’s needs. Situated on a private beachfront on Cabo Saint Lucas, the 200 guest rooms have golf or ocean views, with some swim-up suites directly accessed from the pool. Interiors are influenced by Japanese minimalism with locally sourced Mexican materials and finishes. The spa includes an outdoor hydrotherapy garden with a Watsu therapy pool. And, of course, the signature Nobu Restaurant and Bar can be enjoyed without the long city lines.
Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens
With three private beaches and three swimming pools, Four Season’s first hotel in Greece is more a luxury resort than city hotel. Set among thirty hectares of pines on a picturesque peninsula, it’s only half an hour from the Acropolis. Two separate modernist buildings, dating from 1958, plus bungalows belonging to the original property, have been revamped in spectacular retro-chic by a slew of designers, including Martin Brudnizki and Meyer Davis Studio. The resort contains seven restaurants and lounges, including a rustic beachfront taverna, a spa with eight treatment rooms, a tennis academy and kid’s club, making it a true retreat after a day of antiquity tourism or a glamorous destination in itself.
J.K. Place, Paris
Stylish Italian boutique hotel brand J.K. Place is opening its first international hotel in 2019, adding to a portfolio that includes understated, elegant hotels in Florence, Rome and Capri. In keeping with the style of the other hotels, which feel like private homes, J.K. Place Paris will be an intimate, 30-room residence, beautifully situated on the Rive Gauche near the Musée D’Orsay. Florentine architect Michele Bönan continues his work with the brand on this fourth hotel, which will include an outpost of Casa Tua, an Italian restaurant and club which serves upscale Northern Italian food in Miami and Aspen.
Anantara Tozeur, Tunisia
Fancy some desert romance? Tozeur is a 14th century oasis city on the edge of the Sahara and the location for filming of the Indiana Jones franchise and the original Star Wars. Anantara’s 93-key resort and spa will have a strong sense of place, with dining on local cuisine under the starry, camel rides through the desert and exhilarating drives across the Sahara’s largest salt lake. Guest rooms and pool villas will offer a high level of luxury, blending Tunisia’s cultural artistry with sophisticated modern style. And, of course, Anantara’s signature spa treatments are high on the Reasons To Go list.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London
Belmond’s first London hotel will occupy arguably the best shopping destination in London, on Sloane Street between Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Housed in a restored Queen Anne Revival property, which has connections to Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry, the hotel is designed to feel like an opulent private residence, and will have 54 rooms, of which two-thirds are suites. The hotel faces a private garden and offers a discreet side entrance for those who wish to go unnoticed. Expect contemporary English cooking and hand-crafted teas from Executive Chef Adam Handling, fitness and spa, a bar and terrace, and some very superior cosseting.
Hotel de La Ville, Rome
Sister property to the beautiful Hotel de Russie, Hotel de la Ville will have a coveted location at the top of the Spanish Steps with views across Rome’s rooftops. The 18th-century palazzo is being transformed into a sophisticated 104-key residence by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s director of design, in partnership with Italian architect and designer Tommaso Ziffer. Blending classical and contemporary design, the elegantly sumptuous small hotel will feature some of the most spacious suites in Rome, a rooftop bar taking advantage of those spectacular views, restaurants overseen by Michelin-starred chef Fulvio Pierangelini and a two-level spa and wellness centre.