Jane Hayward has the pick of the world's coolest new luxury hotels
Bantry Bay’s quintessential urban retreat just got even more irresistible. It has launched Villa Two, a superb three-bedroom pad with its own cinema and infinity pool that takes the benefits of luxury hotel life to the max. Tailor-made service includes a personal chef who’s on call 24/7 and an endless supply of cocktails and canapés that’ll turn each Atlantic sunset into a house party. For more details, contact Ellerman House.
Seventeen brand-new suites with butler service turn this slick Passeig de Gracia hotel into an even luxe-ier experience. As the city's barometers soar, their outdoor living spaces are wonderfully summer-friendly - just the place for a glass of chilled vermut before dinner in the hotel's Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant. For more details contact The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.
The Rosewood, London's grandest new hotel is set in the emerging area of High Holborn, which Boris Johnson is keen for us to call Midtown! A reworking of a post-Edwardian business HQ, it's a dazzlingly well-designed place - quite literally so in the Mirror Rooms restaurant, which has a ceiling decorated with reflecting glass. Bedrooms are so soothingly stylish, you'd happily stay a month.
The Whitsunday Islands, which border Australia's Great Barrier Reef, are not the place to stint on accommodation. A holiday here is all about enjoying peace, indulgence and adventure in one of the world's most beautiful locations - which makes the pool villas at One & Only's private island resort, due to open in July, utterly perfect.
Expressionist artist Bernard Buffet made his home at this 18th-century manor house an hour north of St Tropez. Now it has become a romantic boutique hotel with exuberant Jocelyne Sibuet interiors and divine, orange-scented gardens that look out to Provencal countryside. French hideaway heaven! For more details, contact Domaine de la Baume.
The Norwegian capital has never encountered a spa hotel as stylish as The Thief before. Its ice- cool decor draws magnificently on the Oslofjord's rugged vistas, which loom through floor-to-ceiling windows. But while the playful name refers to a promise "to steal you away from everyday life", it's not isolated: the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is next door and Aker Brygge's restaurants are a swagger away.
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News that an innovative new spa is opening at this Black Forest Mountains grande dame this summer has us feverishly checking out flights to southwest Germany. It promises a contemporary approach to beauty, wellbeing and medical care, but the setting is suitably historic: a sumptuous villa that was originally built as a home for Napoleon's adoptive daughter. For more details contact the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa.
Opening in May, Alila Jabal Akhdar is the first luxury resort in Oman's Al Hajar mountains, where rugged, away-from-it-all landscapes offer nature lovers an exciting alternative to beach and desert. Its USP is an infinity pool that stretches out to a vertiginous gorge, while bespoke adventures will range from canyon walks to tours of rose plantations.
A stay in a red-brick Gothic seminary set among Chelsea's art galleries is as refined as New York gets. This boutique hotel matches its 19th-century origins with vintage design to create a fashionable, unfusty vibe. And the High Line, Manhattan's view-tastic raised park, is just a few metres away.
Image: courtesy of The High Line Hotel
An intriguing tour of Bhutan's emerald, temple-dotted mountains is on all of our bucket lists. And now we'll be adding a footnote to book this luxurious, authentically decorated lodge with mesmerising valley views. Hot-air balloon adventures that swoop away from its grounds are in the pipeline!