Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has expanded its portfolio by introducing five new members in Thailand, Norway, Switzerland and Italy to ensure a luxury holiday experience.
Crans Ambassador, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
This 54-room opulent hotel serves spectacular views of snow-capped mountains in winter and sun-drenched landscapes in summer. Plenty of natural wood and warm fabrics offer an understated, modern take on the chalet style featuring large windows and private terraces overlooking the forest or the valley.
In the Deluxe Suite, you can enjoy the outdoor hot tub and stop off at the hotel snow-sports shop and then make for the nearby ski lift during the day. When the snow has melted, go in search of adventure, with everything from rock climbing and trail-running to a leisurely round of golf nearby. Guests can end a day at La Table Restaurant, where rustic Alpine dishes are paired with an ample choice of wine.
SLH Insider Tip: Wellbeing and indulgence are the focus here. The hotel spa features a gym with personal trainers on-hand to help achieve your goals, and a Performance Lab to pick up tips on improving your golf form. There’s also a heated indoor pool overlooking the valley and a number of private spa treatment rooms.
The room rates start from EUR248 (Bt9,420) per night inclusive of breakfast. Online booking can be made at www.Slh.com/cransambassador.
Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui, Thailand
The 22 all-villa resort is set on a private island, separated from Koh Samui by a small, walkable shallow channel caressed by the tropical sun. Across the bay, people gather on popular Choeng Mon Beach, but at Cape Fahn you have the sheltered shores almost to yourself.
Influenced by traditional Thai architecture, each villa has a large plunge pool complete with private sun deck and is decorated with plenty of natural wood complemented by a sea-inspired colour palette. Spend the day relaxing at your villa, sampling local and international dishes from the room service menu or hop on a boat or paddleboard and go exploring. Then enjoy an evening of fine dining at the Cape Fahn Hotel restaurant, followed by a drink or two under a canopy of stars.
SLH Insider Tip: The Reading Room offers the perfect location to shrug off the cares of the world with a cooling drink and a good book, exclusively for guests.
The hotel is expected open in September 15 and the room rates start from Bt17,000 per night. Check out the early-bird promotion at www.Slh.com/capefahn.
Opus XVI, Bergen, Norway
Crafted by descendants of Bergan composer Edvard Grieg and named after his famed concerto, this 65-room hotel offers guests a modern feel while immersing them in the city’s rich musical heritage. Every element of this luxury city centre hotel plays a part in telling Grieg’s story, with original features including marble columns and polished granite walls alongside Scandi-chic design.
Individually styled rooms pair block colour palettes of natural tones with subtle details such as gold-accented furniture, soft upholstery or statement lighting. Named for Grieg’s masterpiece, the Classic room or the Peer Gynt suite is as comfortable as it is contemporary.
With its location on Vagsallmenningen plaza, guests can take in the views from Mount Floyen and the KODE art galleries or learn more about Edvard Grieg at the Opus XVI library exhibition.
SLH Insider Tip: One of the architects behind the building, which was once Bergen’s grandest bank, was the composer’s cousin. Many of the rooms and suites are named after Grieg’s masterworks, and during summer months, lunchtime piano and opera concerts bring his works to life.
The room rates start from EUR228 (Bt8,660) per night inclusive of breakfast. Find out more details at www.slh.com/opus.
The Liming Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines
Doing nothing is an art form in Bequia (Bek-way) and is the philosophy at The Liming. Channel pure escapism in one of the nine spacious, stylish villas including one five-bedroom mansion house, each offering exquisite vistas while retaining the privacy afforded by an exclusive Caribbean island.
Spend days lounging beside your private infinity pool or the refreshingly peaceful beach. Those with a thirst for adventure could board a hand-built schooner for a day trip to Mustique, or head into Port Elizabeth, with its colourful wooden houses and bustling produce markets. Then as the sun sets, return to your contemporary villa to watch the sky fill up with stars.
SLH Insider Tip: If you’ve opted for the Gingerlily five-bedroom mansion house, you’ll have your own gardens as well as a kitchen for cooking up Caribbean feasts.
The hotel accommodates 14 elegant rooms and is expected to welcome the first guests on November 1. The room rates range from US$550 (Bt18,350) per night inclusive of breakfast. Find out more details at www.Slh.com/liming.
Villa Neri Resort & Spa, Linguaglossa, Italy
Hidden among the olive groves and fragrant pine trees of Etna Regional Park, this luxurious 24-room boutique resort hotel takes elements of traditional Sicilian living and turns them into something fresh and contemporary.
White walls and clean lines turn the spotlight onto individual details, from classic tiling to wooden flooring. Many suites have views of Etna, with extra luxuries such as in-room hot tubs, wine cabinets and fireplaces.
The Petra Spa offers massages and beauty therapies that draw on plant essences and natural ingredients from the surrounding landscape, complemented by a sauna, Turkish bath, plunge pools and relaxation area.
SLH Insider Tip: Named after the 12 fountains dotted around the outdoor dining area, Le Dodici Fontane offers a sensory journey through the flavours and cooking traditions of Sicily. In summer, dine outside with the fragrance from the herb gardens and olive groves drifting on the air.
The room rates start from EUR230 (Bt8,737) per night inclusive of breakfast. Book your stay at www.Slh.com/neri.