From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.
February sees the reopening of the award-winning Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona, Spain, following a two-month sprucing up of the public areas and restaurants. A healthy injection of opulent design, combined with new attractions such as the Spiler Beach Club and Black Rose cocktail bar, will surely see this become the hottest spot on the Costa del Sol.
• Rooms from £168 (0034 952 80 9500; kempinski.com)
Once one of the oldest bakeries in Paris, Hotel du Petit Moulin is returning to its roots this year with a new macaron masterclass, offered in partnership with the prestigious cookery school, La Cuisine Paris. With the macaron making package, budding bakers will learn how to craft the city’s iconic sweet treat, as well as enjoying a night’s stay in the Christian Lacroix-designed hotel.
• Package: £313 (0033 1 42 74 10 10; hoteldupetitmoulin.com)
Visitors to London can opt for a more “space age” budget stay with the launch of its first capsule hostel – at St Christopher’s At The Village, London Bridge. OK, it looks more like a launderette than a spaceship, but it offers a cosy and relatively private sleeping space with Wi-Fi, USB ports and mood lighting. Beats a bunk bed.
• From £19 (020 7939 9710; st-christophers.co.uk)
Alpine boot camp
With spring almost here, now seems like the perfect time to get those New Year’s wellness resolutions back on track. In case you’re not much of a self-starter, The Chedi Andermatt in the Swiss Alps will be running five-day mountain boot camps, incorporating pilates and yoga, back therapy and strength training, rounding off each day with a trip to the spa. The first will start on March 18.
• From £2,208 per person, full-board (0041 41 888 74 77; thechedi-andermatt.com)
Indie rockers The Libertines are raising money to complete The Albion Rooms, their hotel/studio in Margate. They are selling “personalised studio bricks” (pictured, left), whereby anyone can pay to have their own custom-stencilled brick on display in the finished studio where the band will see it as, they say, “we are working on a particularly poignant vocal”.
• £200 per brick; thelibertines.com/store
Bali’s laid-back surf culture meets Italian design at Como Uma Canggu, a brand new beach resort set to open on Valentine’s Day. Guests are promised rad waves at the surf school, but there’ll also be trekking, canoeing and treatments at one of Como’s Shambhala spas.
• Rooms £216 (0062 361 3022228; comohotels.com/umacanggu)
Detroit’s regeneration will get a boost this month when The Siren opens in the historic Wurlitzer Building – an art deco landmark in the Downtown area. The name refers to the sirens of Greek mythology, the idea being that the hotel will lure visitors to Detroit with its 106 stylish bedrooms, numerous restaurants and bars, rooftop with panoramic views, and colourful façade, bedecked with a mural by British artist Quentin Jones.
• Rooms from £110 (001 313 277 4736; thesirenhotel.com)
Hotel de Rome in Berlin is giving guests something to sing about with its exclusive operatic offerings. It has partnered with the Berlin Opera House and reserved two of the best seats in the house for the season, which guests can purchase from the concierge, while chef Jörg Behrend has created a pre-opera dinner in La Banca restaurant.
• Rooms from £245 (0049 30 4606090; roccofortehotels.com)
The Grand Hotel and Spa in York is offering high-flyers the chance to arrive in style with its new helicopter transfer service. Two choppers can pick guests up from anywhere in the country and transport them to a nearby airfield, to be whisked via Range Rover to the hotel. Helicopter transfers from £1,050 one-way.
• Rooms from £179 (01904 898954; thegrandyork.co.uk)
Eat, sleep, shop
High street retailer Muji has opened its first hotel in the Chinese city of Shenzhen: a new brand that defines itself as “anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap”. This marketing mantra doesn’t exactly set the pulse racing, but lovers of Muji’s minimalist design will undoubtedly feel at home in the hotel’s 79 Zen-inducing rooms.
• Rooms £107 B&B; hotel.muji.com/shenzhen
Digital well-being service
Even at the best of times, being in London can be a stressful experience. With this in mind, the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross has collaborated with wellness guru Natalie Pennicotte-Collier to offer three digital mind coaching sessions: one for morning motivation, one to help power through the day, and one for dialling it down before bed. All are available in-room via guests’ smart televisions.
• Rooms from £189; gnhlondon.com
Meet Buster, the COO (canine operating officer) at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California. He has many important duties but, provided he’s not too busy, guests can ring down and book time for cuddles with the adorable pooch. What’s more, each room contains a stuffed toy version of Buster, which visitors can take home for $29 (£20), $2 of which is then donated to a local animal shelter.
• Rooms from £187; hotelnikkosf.com
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