Travel guide: Top 3 new hotel openings
Madrid, Paris, Jakarta
The perfect abode can make or break a holiday but fortunately, there are options for every taste. From Europe to Asia and from conventional to offbeat, these are the top three new hotels that the luxury traveller simply see and be seen-at...
Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques, Madrid
A member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' club, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is Madrid's newest luxury hotel, situated near iconic spots Teatro Royal, Puerta del Sol, Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. The centuries-old building retains many of the original structural features and now boasts 180 rooms and suites, each of which is stocked with Clarins products. Also located within the grand hotel, amidst the oak floors and Italian furniture is the Asian-inspired wellness retreat that comes complete with its own fine dining restaurant. As an added touch of sophistication as well as an homage to Spanish history, the hotel is also filled with reproductions of the works by celebrated Spanish artist, Velázquez.
For reservations, call +34 9 0214 4440.
OFF Paris Seine
Offering a unique way to see Paris, OFF Paris Seine is a floating hotel located directly on Paris' river Seine, near to the 21st arrondissement. Offering four suites – two on the prow with panoramic views and two designer suites – the hotel was designed by celebrated French Architect Gérard Ronzatti and utilises a host of different materials to bring a natural aesthetic form to the structure including wood, copper, leather, glass and zinc. The unconventional location of the hotel does not hinder the inclusion of amenities either, as it boasts an additional 54 rooms, a gastronomic hotspot, a pool as well as a sizeable terrace.
For reservations, call +33 1 4406 6265.
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
The new addition of the Four Seasons family in Indonesia is a stunning amalgamation of two creative minds: renowned interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud and landscape artist Bill Bensley. Despite its location in the central hub of Jakarta, the hotel still offers a serene escape with its water features, vibrant natural vegetation as well as the clever designs of the rooms. Away from nature, the hotel epitomises opulence with a grand staircase and its European-influenced décor. To add a touch of Jakarta, local artworks are peppered around the public spaces, showcasing decades of fine Indonesian art.
For reservations, call +62 21 2277 1888.
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