Sonop, Namibia *New Opening – Summer 2019*
2019 marks the opening of Zannier Hotels’ second opening in Namibia – the greatly anticipated Sonop. A luxury tented camp nestled within the Southern extremity of the Namib desert, in the Karas region (Namibia). Due to open Summer 2019, Sonop has been designed to resemble a refined British colonial experience of the 1920’s; this out-of-the-ordinary lodge offers a unique experience in a panoramic desert landscape. Constructed atop a group of boulders, the ten spacious tents are richly furnished with antiques made from the finest materials, colourful carpets and precious wood. At Sonop everything is orientated towards the desert’s richness: all views are awe-inspiring, and a large list of adventures allow guests to admire the desert’s genuine beauty. Every evening guests are invited to enjoy an opulent gastronomic experience, where silverware and candelabras set the mood, enhanced by black-tie and white glove service. For guests’ ultimate comfort Sonop also offers a spa, a fitness centre and a heated outdoor infinity pool.
All tents at Sonop offer several roll-up canvas openings with panoramic views, a large bedroom, separate bathroom with double sink and a large copper bathtub combined with a rain shower. The bedroom features a four-poster bed with king-size mattress, a distinct living area with comfortable armchairs, a desk and a telescope to view the distant surroundings
The adventure continues with Sonop as breath-taking outdoor excursions are offered within the 5,600 hectares of the private reserve, where oryxes, brown hyenas, rabbits, foxes, jackals, kudus and leopards roam free. This includes exploring the desert by foot or riding horses from Sonop’s own stables in the colourful scenery ranging from dark purples to bright blue sky. Electric mountain bikes and comfortable game drives will allow guests to discover the light blue distant mountains. Other made-to-measure excursions will be organised on demand, such as hot air balloons, hiking or dinners in the wild.
Rates at Sonop start from EUR 560 per person per night (full board, including tax, daily scenic sunrise drive). www.zannierhotels.com
The PuXuan, Beijing *New Opening – January 2019*
The PuXuan Hotel & Spa is the latest Urban Resort Concepts luxury hotel, set to open in January 2019. Minutes away from the Forbidden City and Beijing’s main commercial and shopping district, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa will be a true gem in the very nerve centre of the Chinese capital. Designed by internationally renowned German architect, Ole Scheeren, the 116-room luxury hotel stands alongside the new Guardian Art Centre in an iconic state-of-the-art building.
In collaboration with MQ Studio, Shanghai, The PuXuan showcases URC’s hallmark design principles; the seamless integration of a luxuriously understated, contemporary and soothing aesthetic, firmly anchored within the rich and colourful heritage and context of its environment.
Comprising 92 rooms and 24 suites, handcrafted and artisanal furniture by Hermes-backed Chinese lifestyle brand SHANG XIA, create a guestroom experience unparalleled in the Chinese capital. Framing uninterrupted views across the Forbidden City of one of Beijing’s oldest neighbourhoods below, the generous and open spaces make use of all-natural daylight, while the intelligently designed bathrooms either seamlessly integrate into the room experience or can be enclosed as entirely private spaces.
Two flagship restaurants, serving French classics or traditional Cantonese fare interpreted in contemporary and exciting ways, along with a Lobby Lounge and Tea Room offer beautifully designed spaces for guests of the hotel.
The PuXuan also boasts a 24-hour gym and UR SPA designed as a stylish, genderless space of revitalisation for guests seeking tangible and result-driven treatments based on the principles of modern science and ancient healing.
Rates to be advised. www.thepuxuan.com
The RuMa, Kuala Lumpur *New opening – November 2018*
Having just opened on 30th November, The RuMa Hotel & Residences is an urban haven set within the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. Inspired by the rich and colourful history of Malaysia, The RuMa weaves the local with the contemporary to craft a cultural revival in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel’s 253 elegant guest rooms and suites will feature handcrafted and artisanal furniture amidst awe-inspiring views of the iconic Petronas Towers and a guestroom experience unlike any other in the Malaysia capital.
The RuMa’s philosophy of “hostmanship” follows through all spaces and services of the hotel, including the 24-hour state-of-the-art gym and UR SPA, a stylish, neutral space of revitalisation for guests seeking tangible and result-driven treatments based on the principles of modern science and ancient healing, as well as pool and sundeck. The hotel’s modern Malaysian eatery, ATAS, will be the flagship restaurant where guests can embark on a culinary journey through the Malay Peninsula. Led by Executive Chef Tyson Gee, diners will discover a new appreciation for local provenance, with a seasonal menu that highlights the unique flavours of the freshest, locally sourced heirloom ingredients.
Set to redefine the luxury hotel guest experience landscape in Kuala Lumpur, the many inclusions and benefits at The RuMa will include 24-hour check-in and check-out, complimentary access to a fully stocked mini-bar and breakfast anywhere in the hotel.
Opening rates start from £155. www.theruma.com
Villa La Massa, Tuscany *First full season for new suites*
The beautiful 16th Century Medici Villa (sister hotel to the iconic Villa d’Este, Lake Como) recently launched four new suites in a brand new accommodation wing – Casa Colonica. The suites are kept within the same decorative Renaissance style as rooms in the main villa, featuring floor to ceiling windows and balconies, impressive walk in wardrobes and exquisite Tuscan baths. Casa Colonica is an ancient farmhouse which dates back to the mid 1800’s and is located at the entrance of Villa La Massa. The building’s renovated kitchen is for exclusive use by guests staying in the Casa Colonica. The suite and junior suite on the ground floor, may be connected and share a small garden – perfect for families.
The charming internal courtyard at Casa Colonica is well-appointed with wrought-iron chairs and surrounded by the aroma of fresh jasmine; it is the ideal place to relax with a book or spend time with loved ones. The Casa Colonica is ideal for hosting family and friends and may be rented in its entirety to guarantee full privacy to its guests.
Other facilities at Villa La Massa include the Arno SPA, offering signature Chianti beauty treatments and boasting a Turkish bath, sauna, Roman pool with hydro-massage, sensory showers and two treatment rooms. Il Verrocchio restaurant is famed for serving traditional Italian gastronomic fare, including seasonal produce grown in the Chef’s garden, plus the hotel’s own olive oil. The property also features a beautiful Iris Garden, a flower which is native to the region. The atmospheric wine cellar showcases some of the finest Italian wines and is home to numerous wine tastings throughout the year.
Villa La Massa is situated alongside the banks of the River Arno in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, yet just 15 minutes from the centre of historic Florence. With just 41 guest rooms providing an experience akin to staying in a private home, Villa La Massa has a magic atmosphere of historic charm.
Rates at Casa Colonica start from €740 (approx. £660) per night for the Junior Suite and from €910 (approx. £811) per night for the Suites. Price also includes use of the Arno SPA facilities (including gym, sauna, Turkish baths).
Stay at Villa La Massa from €480 (approx. £408) per room per night, based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. www.villalamassa.com
Chablé Resort & Spa *New accommodation*
Having opened in 2016, Chablé Yucatán has announced that it will be opening seven two-bedroom Family Villas. Currently the hotel offers one-bedroom casitas, as well as the expansive three-bedroom Presidential and Royal Villas. These additional villas will increase the number of guest accommodations to 47.
As with all of Chablé’s stunning guest rooms, the Family Villas are set in the Mayan jungle, each perfectly framing nature. The villas will boast private outdoor pools, living area, one king size room, and a further bedroom with two queen beds; generous contemporary bathrooms complete the villa with his and hers sinks.
Spread across 750 acres in the heart of the Mayan forest, Chablé Resort & Spa is a five-star property offering a harmonious blend of hedonism and wellbeing. The resort opened as a Leading Hotel of the World and is located just 25 minutes from the historic city of Mérida.
The retreat’s crowning jewel is its world-class, innovative 32,000sqft spa, built around its very own cenote. Chablé is home to three restaurants, Ki’ol, the Wellness Restaurant and Ixi’im. Ixi’im is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, with Chef Jorge Vallejo at its helm. This is Vallejo’s second project following the success of Quintonil, which has been named #12 on the list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’, whilst Vallejo was named Chef of the Year in 2015 by GQ
Family villas start from approx. £3,000 per night. www.chableresort.com