The Next Best Thing: Five New Hotels In Some Of The World's Greatest Destinations
1/5 Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
It may be just five minutes away from the city centre, but stepping into the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is like entering a completely different world.
Set in a sprawling 20-hectare estate surrounded by elegant gardens, this hotel offers world-class accommodations, fine cuisine, and numerous amenities, all given a touch of local flavour and colour to make every stay enchanting and memorable.
Accommodations include 54 one- and two-bedroom villas, seven suites individually equipped with plunge pools, and two Infinity Pool Suites with direct access to the hotel’s well-appointed spa. Each room features elements of traditional Moroccan design, skilfully woven in with modern amenities that guests will find both fascinating and relaxing.
The 1,800-square metre spa offers treatments ranging from traditional therapies to a digital detox that helps reset guests from online stress. mandarinoriental.com
Rue du Golf Royale, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
2/5 Paramount House Hotel
The newest gem in the Surry Hills has a glamorous backstory: it is located within the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios. But, putting that aside, Paramount House is a boutique hotel that wants its guests to consider it a home away from home.
There are only 29 rooms here, but one can choose lodgings sporting any one of four specific styles: Nook, cosy corner rooms for overnight stays; the airy Everyday; Sunny with its plant-filled alcoves; and Loft, where the sleeping areas are located on a mezzanine.
A good brew may be found at the Paramount Coffee Project which serves up a great cup of joe, as well as healthy and delicious meals. There is also a recreation centre where one can join fitness classes, as well as the Golden Age Cinema and Bar where one can sip cocktails while watching classic films. paramounthousehotel.com
80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills 2010, New South Wales, Australia
3/5 Hotel De La Ville - Rome
The newest addition to the Rocco Forte Hotels portfolio is strategically located at the very heart of the Eternal City: atop its iconic Spanish Steps. While the structure housing the hotel is an 18th century Roman palazzo, its interiors strike a pleasing balance between traditional charm and innovative modern comforts. Each of the Hotel de la Ville’s 104 rooms and suites is the result of a collaboration between British hotelier and interior designer Olga Polizzi and Italian architect-designer Tommaso Ziffer. Every room is furnished with contemporary pieces upholstered in exquisite fabrics that call to mind the divine decadence of the 17th and 18th centuries. Traditional wood floors and elegant marble bathrooms also evoke an earlier era. cocofortehotels.com
Via Sistina 69, Rome 001 87, Italy
4/5 The Rosewood - Hong Kong
Rising like a magnificent tower overlooking Victoria Harbour, The Rosewood offers a serene and elegant urban sanctuary right in the busy, bustling heart of a dynamic city.
With a total of 413 rooms, this particular hotel offers the ultimate in modern comfort and sophistication. Each of the well-appointed guestrooms has a magnificent view of either the harbour below or Kowloon Peak beyond. All are beautifully furnished and decorated with unique objets d’art that perfectly capture the city’s vibrant spirit. The Rosewood also offers a diverse range of dining establishments offering everything from Cantonese classics to haute cuisine. rosewoodhotels.com
Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
5/5 The Whitby Hotel
The second Big Apple establishment for Tim and Kit Kemp features a bohemian whimsicality that brings a playful touch to sophisticated modern accommodations.
Located in the middle of the city, some of New York’s best restaurants and boutiques are close by and Central Park is just a couple of blocks away.
The Whitby offers 86 bedrooms and suites spread throughout 16 floors. Each room has a contemporary English aesthetic characterised by bold colours, floor-to-ceiling windows, and granite or marble baths. It may be located in an American city, but this hotel remains true to its British roots by offering an “afternoon tea” spread from noon to 5:00pm at The Whitby Bar. firmdalehotels.com
18 West 56th St, New York, NY 10019, USA