Sometimes an independent luxury boutique hotel hits the spot for privacy and intimacy. If that’s want you are yearning for right now, check out these luxurious and gorgeous new properties.
Choose from a mountainside hotel in Meribel, a private hill retreat in Bali, a sophisticated eco-hotel near San Sebastian, a Zen-hideaway nestled in the Chinese wetlands and even an ex-hunting lodge fit for the royals near Windsor.
Le Coucou Meribel, Meribel, France
55 rooms from £497 per night including breakfast
Open: 12th December 2019
Le Coucou Meribel is part of a new luxury collection of five-star boutique hotels owned by fashion and property entrepreneurs the Pariente family. Perched along the slopes in Meribel at the foot of the Rond-Point des Pistes, the elegant ski-in/ski-out hotel overlooks the entire valley.
The chic mountainside chalet-style hotel spreads over 12,000 square meters. The mischievous cuckoo – from which it borrows its name, is featured on a wall in the BeefBar restaurant. There’s also an entire collection of old cuckoo clocks. Young guests can go to the hotel’s Petit VIP Kids Club and Teens Lab designed by Sophie Jacquemin, a specialist in captivating children leads the way in the design of fun and educational activities for kids and teens. Think customised creative workshops, interacting with an imaginary yeti and funny monsters, and creating their first glass of mocktail.
Tip: Book one of the four-bedroom chalets to enjoy a kitchen, games corner and TV room, private swimming pool and spa, a ski-in/ski-out room and outstanding views from the lounge.
Palacio Solecio, Malaga, Spain
68 rooms from £133 per night including breakfast
Opens 2nd December 2019
Set in Málaga’s Old Town, Palacio Solecio, a former palace from the 18th century has been restored by Antonio Obrador’s Architecture Studio, to rise into a modern style hotel with an Andalusian essence. Classic in architectural style, guests are greeted by glimpses of the hotel’s past from the moment they enter the lobby. The original stone staircase leads guests up to the first floor, where the relaxing décor of the rooms, suites and function spaces fuses historical character with contemporary comfort. The restaurant offers avant-garde cuisine thanks to Michelin star chef Jose Carlos Garcia who transforms traditional dishes from the South of Spain with his innovative touch.
The must-see Alcazaba Fortress is a short walk from the hotel, and guests can wander the gardens and courtyards before climbing the slope for spectacular city views.
Tip: By day, guests should relax in the hotel’s glass-ceilinged patio, and soak up the sun and bright conversation with tapas and drinks. By night, they can bring the indoors out underneath ornate cloisters and sit by the fountain with evening cocktails.
Le Refuge de la Traye, Meribel, France
8 rooms from £237 per night for a standard room (Mazots start from £142 per night)
Opening 14th December 2019
Refuge de la Traye in the French Alps will be reopening this winter following a complete renovation and expansion of the original hotel. This ‘hotel hamlet’ is set between lake and mountain and offers a collection of 8 eco-luxury rooms and suites that blend into the landscape and immerse guests in the natural setting. Choose between a cosy Savoyard alpine mazot offering a unique and intimate experience for up to 3 people, or reserve Chalet Edelweiss to enjoy an 80m2 family cottage with generous sofas, crackling fires and views at every turn. The restaurant serves hearty Savoyard specialities while the spa offers treatments including a Milk Bath, Hay Bed, Iyashi Dome Sauna and Wellsystem water massage. In winter it is all about exploring the 3 Vallées with access to 166 ski lifts and 600km of world-class slopes. In summer, children can enjoy the farm to learn about the rural traditions of the mountains.
Tip: Mountain lovers can get married in the incredibly romantic Saint-Bernard’s Chapel, dedicated to the patron saint of mountain people and climbers.