Small Luxury Hotels Of The World, the boutique hotel group who “don’t believe bigger is better” have unveiled the latest editions to their international portfolio.
Intriguing hotels in Indonesia, Netherlands, Jamaica, Florida, Kenya and Anguilla are now available through the company, who book and manage luxury getaways for an international audience. Here are the best bits from the new additions.
Enjoy the peace and quiet in Indonesia at the Lombok
This new resort on the exclusive Nipah Bay has all the mod cons, including ‘hydro massage’ jacuzzis, but still aims to feel distinctly Indonesian, thanks to local art work and a close connection with the Indonesian people, who work within the hotel directly with guests. Personal butlers are even available. There’s a spa and a “check in ritual” that’s supposed to be immediately relaxing for guests visiting this golden stretch of coast.
Or keep busy in Amsterdam at the TwentySeven Hotel
One of Europe’s culture capitals, Amsterdam’s renaissance is showing no signs of slowing. This boutique stay overlooks key areas, like Dam Square and Royal Palace, but is also very removed from them, due to upholstery with fine detailing which aims to make the hotel feel like a private and secluded home.
The world has been trawled and objects gathered from the farthest points. Carpets are from Nepal, velvet wallpaper is from France, curtains, Italian. But the artwork stays local – made by local people it roots the hotel in Amsterdam.
Be eccentric in Jamaica at The Trident Hotel
The throwback addition to the Small Luxury Hotels Of The World portfolio? Find that in Jamaica. The Trident Hotel has mid-Century detailing and is actually, rather than one big hotel, a collection of 13 oceanfront villas. Retro furniture frames each villa’s very own plunge pool, but there’s a bigger infinity option overlooking the seawater. There’s a seafront spa and oceanfront, open-air dining with cabaret and live jazz – so more than just the furniture is throwback.
Go for style over substance at The Plymouth, Miami Beach
Warholian hedonism combines with Art Moderne design splendour at this historic Miami hotel, designed to echo the 1940s. Staying here is really about doing absolutely nothing more than enjoying the guest’s services. A private beach is connected, there’s large in-room French bathtubs, a very good sushi restaurant and outside dining under the terrace. But the hotel, more than anything else, is a real design statement.
Get botanical in Kenya at the Hemingways Watamu
Within the Watamu Marine National Park, this hotel has been part of the furniture of the region for a while, although it has just undergone a contemporary redesign, which is luring guests back. Rooms are now more spacious, and the shared communal areas equally generous too, and new larger windows look out onto the Indian Ocean. The beach and luxury spa are both a few minutes’ walk away, as is the opportunity to kite surf, scuba dive or go on safari to the Tsavo or Maasai Mara.
Small Luxury Hotels Of The World insist on an “independently minded” approach to the hotels they manage around the world, and are constantly adding new boutique properties to their database