Be inspired to Explore with Summer Travel Inspiration
Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) three latest joiners are the perfect catalyst to get one started on planning that perfect summer vacation, from indulgent retreats in the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Dolomites, an intimate getaway with a loved one on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu where lush vegetation merge with the sapphire sea, or get ready to sashay swimsuit bods on Coronado Beach which is voted as one of the best beaches in the United States. Paired with a SLH luxury accommodation, guests are assured of an enjoyable and unforgettable stay from the moment they book to after they leave.
Lefay Resort and SPA Dolomiti, The Dolomites, Italy
88 rooms from EUR280
Open 1st August 2019
Cradled in the mountains of The Dolomites, an UNESCO World Heritage site, Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti presents a new modernist interpretation of mountain lodges. With sharp architecture – all triangles and zig-zag lines – and wooden accents reflecting the peaks and forests outside, it truly brings the outside in. The resort’s chalet-chic interior design influenced by the Italian setting with oak wood and precious fabrics beckon one to relax in after a day out. Take in 150 kilometres of Madonna Campiglio’s exhilarating landscape from soaring pyramid windows, with statement fire pits burning in the background, and enjoy being (almost) at cloud level. In winter, the ski area of Madonna di Campiglio with its 150 kilometres of slopes and four snowboard parks is ideal for skiers of all levels; while in summer the forested mountains provide the perfect opportunity for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, or playing a game at the two nine-hole golf courses located minutes from the resort. Being certified by ClimaHotel, the resort stands committed to the neutralization of its energy consumption and using renewable energy sources.
SLH Insider Tip: One of the largest Alpine spas, the temple-like Lefay SPA pampers guests with 5,000 square metres of natural wellbeing and innovation accented with breathtaking views, where Eastern and Western influences blend together to offer treatments customized according to the energetic condition of each guest. Do not miss the aquatic area which is the epicentre of the Lefay SPA Method energetic path and is completed by a large whirlpool that recalls ancient spas. In-room, guests are presented with a Lefay SPA kit which comes with Lefay SPA Vegan-OK and Cruelty-Free certified bathroom amenities.
MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu, Greece
70 rooms from EUR234
With a name meaning ‘nest,’ it comes as no surprise that intimacy, tranquility and comfort are a given at the adults-only MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas. Set against the rocky hillside with spectacular views over the Ionian Sea at every turn, the fragrant trees of Corfu’s quiet southeast corner provide cooling coastal shade. It is here that you will find private Corfiot-style villa suites in classic colours of warm ochre and terracotta with their own private entrances. Total relaxation is top-of-mind, with plenty of options to cosy up with a loved one in your private infinity or whirlpool, or snug nest-like pods. For those eager to explore, staff at the hotel will happily point you towards their other favourite spots on the island, from the Venetian-style buildings in historic Corfu Town, quaint mountain villages like Agios Matheos to seek out the emerald blue waters of Palaiokastritsa.
SLH Insider Tip: For an unforgettable romantic night, book a dinner at restaurant Appagio serving authentic Corfiot dishes served with a modern twist accented with an epic panorama of the sea and the melody of waves breaking on shore.
1906 Lodge, California, USA
18 rooms from USD260
Opens 15 June 2019
A San Diego stalwart for over a century, the meticulously restored 1906 Lodge provides the best of both worlds: a quiet and romantic setting on Coronado Island which is consistently voted as having the best beach in the U.S., yet just one block from the island’s plethora of great restaurants, shops and activities. Much effort went into preserving the California craftsman style architecture and design by two renowned San Diego architects, Will Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill. Its 17 rooms are quaint and intimate with modern amenities, each completely unique using Coronado history as its decorative guide from the patterned throw pillows, fabric-shade table lamps, dark wood dressers to framed photographs of local landmarks. Breakfasts come with bottomless mimosas, while freshly-baked cookies usher in the afternoons and cocktail hour means wine and nibbles on the house.
SLH Insider Tip: When the coastline beckons, ‘Innkeepers’ will provide everything from beach umbrellas, colorful cruiser bikes or golf carts for guests to explore the entire 1 square mile island up close.
And in other news…
Casa Angelina launches cooking lessons and Honeymoon Escape Portrait service – Amalfi Coast, Italy
Cooking lessons are now available for the first time at Casa Angelina as private or group experiences. Taking place on the partially covered rooftop terrace overlooking striking views of colourful Positano, guests can learn how to make authentic, local dishes from the region, including variations of just-caught fresh squid, fish, and seafood from the adjacent Tyrrhenian Sea. A nod to the Praiano’s roots as an ancient fishing village, Casa Angelina is now offering authentic squid fishing excursions with a local expert fisherman. Taking place at night––the most optimal time to catch squid––guests will be able to sail on a Gozzo Sorrentino––a typical wooden boat from the region––from the Marina di Praia to participate in some of the world’s best squid fishing three miles off the coast. Upon returning to the hotel, guests will be taught to make the area’s traditional “Totani e Patate” (squid and potatoes) with their catch from the excursion.
Awarded ‘Most Romantic Retreat’ by Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Casa Angelina is also providing a new amenity for honeymooners (or any guest, really) ––the Honeymoon Escape Portrait––where couples will be able to capture one of the most memorable trips of their life through the lens of one of Casa Angelina’s professional partner photographers. The hotel will arrange a dreamy, once-in-a-lifetime lifestyle photo shoot against a backdrop of Praiano’s majestic cliffs – the perfect way to capture a lifelong memory.
Hotel Relais Christine celebrates Guerlain Institute 80th Anniversary with exclusive massage treatment
– Paris, France
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Guerlain institute, Hotel Relais Christine has introduced a new exclusive massage treatment to its Guerlain spa called the “80”. Paying tribute to the iconic cosmetic brand, the massage promises to treat 80 different muscles focusing on 80 pressure points of the face and the body. Set under vaulted ceilings that date to the Middle Ages, the hotel’s Guerlain spa houses a sauna, jacuzzi and exercise room as well as two private treatment rooms offering an array of Guerlain treatments from facials to rejuvenating skin treatments.
Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa launches new Pool Suites and Maisonettes for the new 2019 season – Greece
Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa opens for its 2019 season on 7th May with 11 newly-built room types ranging from 1 to 3-bedroom suites and maisonettes (25m2 to 135m2) that can accommodate up to 9 persons. Tucked against the rocky backdrop of centuries-old Aegean cliffs, the hotel’s tiered Cycladic white buildings are designed to make you look outwards from the moment you arrive.
The Little Polynesian Resort completes Garden Studio refurbishment – Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Little Polynesian Resort has recently completed refurbishment of its Garden Studio with minor structural changes, a refreshed modern look and new contemporary furniture for guests to appreciate the sense of Polynesia. Just steps from the white sand beach, these spacious rooms are set in lush gardens with sun loungers in a private courtyard. Light cooking facilities ensures that guests are able to enjoy all the comforts of home.
New Aperitivo Hour at The Capital Hotel & Apartments – London, United Kingdom
The Capital Hotel & Apartments has just launched a new Aperitivo Hour every Monday – Thursday between 5-7pm including two cocktails and nibbles for just £30. Guests can choose from a wide selection of tipples including an Americano, Negroni, Old Fashioned or a Classic Martini with a platter of charcuterie or cheese and artisan crackers. Recently relaunched, the hotel’s elegant and intimate bar exudes the classic comfort that The Capital is known for.
Unlimited free rides when you stay at The Crystal Hotel – St Moritz, Switzerland
For summer bookings from two nights on, The Crystal Hotel will offer guests unlimited free rides on all mountain railways and public transport of the Upper Engadin during their stay. The hotel will also be introducing free transfers to and from St Moritz station as well as complimentary mini bars inside the rooms. Located in one of Switzerland’s most glamorous ski resorts with an enticing mountain backdrop, The Crystal Hotel with its understated exterior reveals an interior that is both elegant and harmonious. It offers beautifully renovated rooms, a gourmet restaurant, a piano bar, a fitness and wellness centre plus there is a wonderful choice of activities to enjoy throughout the year.
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