Take a look at our favorite new hotels; from a stunning lodge in Zambia to a converted 17th century monastery in Italy.
Alila Purnama, Indonesia
Alila Purnama, translated as The Full Moon, will be the most luxurious live-aboard Phinisi ship in Asia, providing ultra-modern and relaxing accommodation for up to ten guests, pampered by an experienced crew of 16. The 46-meter-long Alila Purnama consists of three decks and has been built by hand in the traditional style of a Phinisi, as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia. Guests will be taken on acustomized voyage of discovery throughout the stunning, undiscovered waters and islands of Indonesia.
Amanzoe, Porto Heli, Mainland Greece
On a hilltop overlooking Porto Heli on the east coast of the Pelponnese, sits the luxurious Amanzoe. With 38 suites, each with a private pool, guests enjoy a haven of peace and tranquillity, with panoramic sea views. There’s a stunning private beach club with great water sports, comfy sun-loungers and delicious food in the club restaurant. The Aman Spa offers an extensive list of treatments using their own range of products and there are also fantastic yoga and Pilates facilities.
Chinzombo will be the flagship logde of Norman Carr Safaris. It is currently under construction but will be sited on a large strip of land on the banks of the river, with a huge sandbank in front. Offering the ultimate in comfort and style, it has just six villas designed to blend into the landscape, each with a private plunge pool and cooled sleeping area. There will be a sumptuous main area overlooking the river and a helicopter – perfect for taking guests on flying safaris over the Luangwa Valley. The guiding team have nearly all been trained by Norman himself. Due to open in June 2013.
Dwarikas Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
Dwarikas is a charming resort with a true Nepali feel just an hour's drive from Kathmandu, with fabulous views of the Himalayan mountains. It is ideal for a night overlooking the vast Himalayan Range and we can offer short day walks around Dhulikhel for guests who don't want to tackle the harder walks further into the Himalayas. With possibilities for mountain biking and white water rafting, there’s also a superb new spa with a range of treatments. The restaurant serves delightful fresh meals with produce sourced from Dwarikas' own farms, and some wonderful terraces on which to enjoy a sundowner.
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, on America's Riviera, is nestled between a glittering coastline and the Santa Ynez wine region, has seen the re-opening of the historic El Encanto as part of the Orient Express Hotel Group. Santa Barbara is home to a dynamic culinary scene and urban wine trail, it’s hip and laid-back Southern California. With its hilltop setting and private bungalow suites that overlook tropical gardens and on out to the Pacific Ocean, there’s no better place to be. Admire the views from the infinity edge swimming pool. It’s our new favorite stop on the Highway One and is coming to our website soon.
Jumeirah Port de Soller, Mallorca
This stunning resort has 120 rooms and suites all with terraces and balconies with breathtaking views of the Med, the picturesque Port Soller and the UNESCO Heritage pine forested Tramuntana mountain range. Jumeirah Port de Soller sits high on the cliffs above this authentic fishing village on the west coast of Mallorca, with close proximity to the center and its shops, bars, restaurants and beaches. Plus there’s a well-equipped, air-conditioned, complimentary children’s club for 4-12 year olds (2 free hours per day). Babysitting is also available.
Le Kaila, Meribel, France
Le Kaïla is the first 5* luxury hotel in Meribel. Located right in the center, it is only 50m from the main lifts and it is ski in/ski out. The restaurant serves fabulous food and the lounge bar is the perfect spot for an après-ski cocktail. There is a concierge and butler service on request. The Kaïla Spa by Nuxe is a 500m² haven with a beautiful pool and aquatic facilities, including water massage seats, a marine circuit and geysers. A wide selection of treatments are on offer, plus there is a fitness room, hammam and jacuzzi.
Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy
Painstakingly and lovingly converted from a 17th century monastery, this unique hotel, perched high on the cliffs above the Amalfi coast village of Conca dei Marini, offers 20 rooms and suites that all come with sea views. The large infinity pool offers magnificent views over the bay and has a small terrace with sun loungers for those wishing to sun worship. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Campania region and there is one of the finest spas of any hotel in this region.
Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru
Palacio Nazarenas is the latest luxury Latin America offering from the exclusive Orient Express group. Set at the heart of the beautiful and vibrant city of Cuzco, the hotel is a former palace and convent that has been lovingly restored over several years to become the city’s finest hotel. It is the only hotel in Cuzco with a heated outdoor pool – as well as an excellent spa, perfect for relaxing after a day discovering city's Inca and colonial heritage and colorful markets.
Petit St Vincent, Grenadines, Caribbean
One of our most exciting new secrets, Petit St Vincent, is a complete hideaway set in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are no direct flights to get here but it’s worth the extra journey when you step out on to the white sand from your own private cottage. Days are simply to laze away with a good book, to reconnect with a loved one or to have quality time with your children. No news, no shoes, no internet, no phone, no TV, just paradise.