The start of a new year is usually a time of lists — resolution lists, to-do lists, and best of all, travel bucket lists. Giving you all the more reason to revel in wanderlust-fueled reveries, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has recently welcomed exciting new additions to its family of luxe boutique properties, promising calming retreats and enticing city escapes. We’ve rounded up the most recent openings that we’re eager to visit this year. Scroll to see how you can scour the globe the Prestige way — with new experiences and, of course, that unmissable touch of savoir faire.
The Frederick Hotel: New York City, USA
When it comes to getaways, some prefer the scenic, wellness route. Then there are those who are in search of excitement, and a vibe more buzzing than Bangkok. If the latter sounds more like you, buy yourself round-trip tickets to NYC. For a taste of The Big Apple, The Frederick Hotel gives you a glimpse of New York City grandeur by filling a landmark gothic revival building with mid-century modern decor.
The Tribeca boutique hotel rises amidst the enticing hustle-bustle of downtown Manhattan, surrounded by the promise that exciting happenings are just around the corner. It’s the place to mingle, meet intriguing people, and relish in an appreciation for the creative.
With neutral hues and a touch of art-nouveau, this is a place that charms through its details — from the luxurious Frette linens to bath amenities from Five Wits. Through it’s aesthetic sensibilities, the boutique hotel reflects the artistic energy that surrounds the area. On the gastronomic front, enthusiastic gourmets will not be disappointed. The hotel’s all-day Italian restaurant serves some of the best truffle pizzas in town, while Primo’s bar down by the lobby offers an impressive selection of cocktails and divine treats inspired by the Italian Riviera.
Approx. THB6,600 per night (131 rooms total). To make your reservations or find out more, visit frederickhotelnyc.com/.
Terra Dominicata: Priorat, Spain
Established in August 2018, Terra Dominica was originally part of a Dominican monastery. It’s also where you should be booking if you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate. Calming interiors of stone walls, earth-toned hues and minimal decor offer a sense of peace, while the hotel’s so-called ‘holy mountain’ setting immerses you in rich local heritage.
Warm terracotta tiles take you to a pool surrounded by stunning Montsant Natural Park views. During the day, you can opt to hike through the rugged scenery, or visit the ruins of a monastery in Escaladei. Fun fact: this was where the monks first began producing Monstant and Priorat wines, and the tradition is kept alive today by the in-house winery. Today, the hotel wine cellar holds the world’s largest collection of these famous wines.
There’s an elegant restaurant to suit your fine-dining needs — pick a table out on the stone terrace to enjoy a sumptuous meal of contemporary takes on traditional recipes.
Approx. THB12,800 per night (26 rooms total). To make your reservations or find out more, visit terradominicata.com.
Hotel Les Bords de Mer: Marseille, France
Having opened its doors just last month, Hotel Les Bords de Mer rests beside Plages des Catalans, just a short walk from the old town. With a white-washed facade that complements the surrounding blue, the hotel is built directly in the sea, and interior rooms come with spellbinding views of the Mediterranean.
Marseille’s picturesque Cote d’Azur charms have long drawn painters to the region, and the boutique retreat serves as an ideal backdrop, with a palette of pastel tones and natural wood elements. While away your days unwinding by the rooftop pool, or take a trip out to explore the fascinating nooks and crannies of the city.
If you prefer to relax and leave the planning to someone else, join a boat trip to Calanques National Park, or a wine tour in Luberon. If your adventurous wear you out, pop by the spa to enjoy a dip in the heated pool, Turkish hammam and treatments that use REN organic skincare.
Approx THB6,000 per night (19 rooms total). To make your reservations or find out more, visit lesbordsdemer.com.
The Franklin: London, UK
Set in London’s leafy Knightsbridge neighbourhood, The Franklin takes you back in time to a bygone era. Through interiors designed by Anouska Hempel, contemporary sensibilities meet La Belle Époque in elegant velvets, patterned wallpapers and a vibe of sophistication.
Regardless of whether you’ve booked yourself a Deluxe Room or the extravagant Presidential Suite, the boutique hotel promises a stay that is as restful as it is refined. Turkish baths provide utmost relaxation, while the in-house The Franklin Restaurant serves Italian-influenced fine-dining plates by award winning chef Alfredo Russo.
There are cocktail masterclasses on offer with renowned mixologist Salvatore Maggio. If you prefer to just take it easy, find yourself a private nook in the library, or enjoy afternoon tea outside your doorstep before taking a private stroll in the Egerton Gardens nearby.
Approx. THB10,900 per night (35 rooms total). To make your reservations or find out more, visit starhotelscollezione.com/the-franklin-london/.