Small Luxury Hotels of the World has unveiled its top luxury hotel openings for 2020, from a boutique hotel in Miami to a resort in the Himalayas
The Celino South Beach, Miami, USA
February 2020 will see Miami hosting the 54th Super Bowl and welcoming a new luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s Ocean Drive. The Celino South Beach has transformed three art deco buildings, including the Park Central Hotel, into one boutique hotel with custom furniture, pop colours, and a rooftop pool featuring a peekaboo glass bottom that is visible from the Atrium below. Park Central Hotel, a favourite of silver screen stars like Bogart and Hayworth, was allegedly the birthplace of the conga line so guests should keep an eye out for conga-line kits with how-to guides, drums and cigars in their rooms.
Rooms start from AUD714 per night including breakfast.
KASA Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
KASA Hotel Riviera Maya sits in the beach, marine and golf community of Puerto Aventuras. This private gated community is an emerging area on the Riviera Maya, away from the crowds in an area of tropical foliage, with a smart sailing community, full-service marina, golf course and beach. The concierge at KASA Hotel Riviera Maya arranges local adventures in the Riviera Maya including diving the Cenotes, biking explorations of the area’s Mayan ruins, Mexican cooking classes and diving alongside sea turtles in Akumal.
Rooms start from AUD196 per night including breakfast.
Torre Del Marques, Matarraña, Spain
With its sun-baked hill towns, olive groves and terraced vineyards, Matarraña is reminiscent of Tuscany’s countryside but unlike its Italian counterpart, this remote corner of Aragon remains one of Spain’s undiscovered regions. Torre Del Marques is a 15th-century farmhouse turned exclusive boutique hideaway with solar panels and sustainable architecture maximising its energy efficiency. The light-filled restaurant strives to embrace an organic ‘zero-kilometre’ approach to dining, serving only food that is produced in the immediate local area including olive oil, black truffle and honey.
Rooms start from AUD608 per night including breakfast.
Panoptis Escape, Mykonos, Greece
On top of a hill overlooking the Elia Beach in Mykonos, Panoptis Escape is the latest addition to the Myconian Collection family. The destination offers contemporary architecture, minimalist styling and artisan craftsmanship. 19 villa suites comprise the new property, each featuring their own outdoor spa Jacuzzi or private infinity pool. Comfort and lavish amenities are provided with the help of an experienced team of staff, here to take care of guests’ desires from personal chefs and butler services to private helicopter and yacht charters. What’s more, Jet2 will be launching summer season flights to Mykonos from Stansted and Manchester airports on 24th May 2020, making it even easier to access the island.
Rooms start from AUD1,171 per night including breakfast.
Can Ferrereta, Mallorca, Spain
Can Ferrereta will be located in the rural town of Santanyí in southeast Mallorca. The team behind Sant Francesc Hotel Singular has restored an historic 17th century building, comprising 32 individually designed rooms and suites, surrounded by gardens. Over the years, Santanyí has attracted many international artists and today art plays a central role in the town. Guests can find various galleries and workshops in the narrow alleys of Santanyí. The hotel will also display a collection of contemporary art including works from the likes of Guillem Nadal, Dominica Sanchez, Miquel Planas, Manolo Ballesteros, Riera i Aragó, Jordi Alcaraz and Jaume Plensa.
Les Sources de Cheverny, Loire Valley, France
Located among the vineyards of Cheverny, renowned for producing white wine such as Sauvignon and Cabernet Blanc, Les Sources de Cheverny will open its doors with 26 rooms and 23 suites. The hotel’s spa will offer the same range of vineyard based treatments and skincare products as its Bordeaux sister property, Les Sources de Caudalie, also owned by Alice and Jerome Tourbier. The French château will host two restaurants, an organic vegetable garden as well as seven hectares of vineyards planted around the property. The wine experience will not be limited to the property’s location as a real wine route will be devised to allow guests to discover the hidden wonders of the region. Close to the hotel, guests will find The Château of Cheverny which was used as a model by Hergé for Marlinspike Hall (Château de Moulinsart in French), which is featured in several Adventures of Tintin stories. The château has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the most famous of cartoon reporters.
Rooms start from AUD320 per night.
Castello Di Reschio, Umbria, Italy
Castello di Reschio is a new boutique hotel located within a 3,700-acre pastoral estate in the Umbrian hills on Italy’s Umbria-Tuscany border. The hotel houses 36 rooms and suites, a restaurant, spa, bar, library, pool and an organic farm including 5,000 olive trees. Riding lessons and excursions are available for guests and a weekly dressage event in the summer months brings equestrians together. Other activities include hiking, tennis and wild swimming in the estate lake which is available for private use, cooking lessons, olive oil making, clay pigeon shooting, truffle hunting and painting classes.
Rooms start from AUD1,284 per night.
Living Berna by Stara, Mexico City, Mexico
Living Berna by Stara is located in Mexico City’s up-and-coming Colonia Juárez neighbourhood, which is home to chefs, artists and designers that have brought new energy into this district,. The boutique hotel will feature fully automated luxury suites equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as a library, theatre, gym, sky bar and a rooftop garden restaurant. Close to the hotel, Café La Habana, one of Colonia Juárez’s most iconic coffee shops that first opened in 1952, is alleged to be the place where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro masterminded the Cuban Revolution.
Opening December 2020
Lost Horizons Resort & Spa Begnas, Pokhara, Nepal
Based on James Hilton’s classic novel Lost Horizon, Lost Horizon Resort & Spa Begnas in the Himalayas boasts a unique perspective of Begnas lake and some of the highest mountain peaks of the world. The 38-suite hotel also features a 7,000 square foot spa that will offer spa treatments inspired by old traditions, a pool designed to be used in all seasons, a grand bar and a library lounge that overlooks Mount Manasalu. Five years after the catastrophic earthquakes where nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, the country is gearing up to celebrate 2020 as the ‘Visit Nepal’ year, with the tourism board setting a target of two million visitor arrivals.