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The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography.
Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe Room still beginning from £575 (now $905) a night. A Buckingham Suite, the highest suite category before you get to the Lanesborough and Royal Suites, takes that right up to £3,395 ($5,345) a night.
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The Luberon is a part of France that we haven’t heard much about since Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence captured the hearts of a
traditionally French-hating nation and got the whole of the UK holidaying in the area. 26 – yes, 26! – years later, the Luberon’s on our minds again with the reopening of Bastide de Gordes, taking place July 1.
This is your fairytale European hotel: an old castle perched on a cliff edge in a historical village overlooking a famous landscape. All that was lacking before was modern luxury – but after a year-long, €30m renovation, that shouldn’t ben an issue anymore.
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Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique…
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The Esperanza resort, reopening today
Nearly a year after Hurricane Odile struck Cabo San Lucas, most of resort area’s hotels have reopened, several of them better than before like One & Only Palmilla and the Esperanza which actually reopens its doors today. And there are a few still to come, thanks to this recent update from the Visit Los Cabos tourism board.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort will open in a few days on June 4. The Hilton Los Cabos, whose damage we witnessed in real time, is set to open on July 1 as will the brand-new Cape, a Thompson Hotel (which is now offering rooms on July 1 for $299 a night.)
After that Hyatt Place and Hyatt Ziva will reopen on July 15 and August 15, respectively. Cabo Azul Resort and Spa is aiming for a September 30 reopening while Zoetry Casa Del Mar; El Ganzo; Dreams Los Cabos: and ME Cabo will take until October 1. The Melia Cabo Real will need a little bit more time--until November 30.
But it will be much longer for the Westin Resort & Spa which is aiming for a March 2016 reopening.
Still, even after all the hotels reopen, there will more hotel action for Cabo as the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is expected to open in 2017. How do you like them apples, Odile?
Have you visited Cabo San Lucas recently? Tell us how the hotel scene is!
Q: Just how many new hotels is it possible for one company on one tiny Mediterranean island to have in 2015?
* The Fiesta Hotel Palmyra is reopening as the Palladium Hotel Palmyra (above). It’s now a 4 star superior, and is beachfront in San Antonio. Interiors have got a refresh, gardens have been added and there’s a new restaurant. It also gets a gym! (#notwhatyoucametoibizafor)
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The tony Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas will reopen its doors June 1 – and sounds like the romantic 57-room beachfront resort will be better than ever after a comprehensive repair and renovation following Hurricane Odile. Here’s what to expect:
Guest Rooms: The guestrooms and suites feature warm shades of natural gray, faded blue and white while weathered driftwood-colored woodwork, rustic woven linens, natural leather and metallic tile finishes in bronze and silver add layers of texture. The refreshed bathrooms feature floating double vanities and spacious showers built for two with access to the terrace.
Dining: With a new hand-sculpted ceramic ceviche bar taking center stage, Esperanza's signature Cocina del Mar restaurant will be reintroduced with a cluster of hanging wood cylinder pendant lights that create a sparkling star pattern throughout the palapa in the evenings and candle lanterns will dot the thatched walls, walkways and shady palm trees. The Lounge Bar will have hand-made ceramic agave-shaped lanterns draped from metallic driftwood branches.
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The last hotel on our ramble through Switzerland takes us to the country’s capital of Bern and the uptown chic hotel, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern (part of Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels).
This 99-room property’s been around for more than 150 years and in 2005 the hotel shut down for a major reno (you know the story: you’re a new owner so you absolutely have to re-decorate) and, six years and 50 million Swiss Francs later, ta-da! Now it’s a stylin' five-star superior property.
Designed by Maria Vafiadis from MKV Design in London, our 410 sq ft Deluxe King Room was decorated in earthy taupes and grays with dramatic stainless steel and black-and-white glass bathrooms. Floors were done in herringbone oak which kept the room warm in feel and the view was of the rooftops of the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It had the feel of a luxe pied-à-terre.
Room perks include the minibar with its complimentary beer and soft drinks, a Nespresso machine and kettle, free WiFi, locally-made comfy linens, a Japanese soaking tub AND a shower, a window in the bathroom that opens and has the same aforementioned view, and Bulgari White Tea toiletries (this writer’s fave of the Bulgari line).
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This time last year, the San Clemente Palace was a shuttered, slightly battered grand old hotel in Venice, quietly wasting away on her own private island.
How things have changed – because after being picked up by Starwood and promptly closed for €25m of renovations, the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is now open. Doesn’t she look better?
The Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts, located in the capital city of Basseterre, has officially reopened its doors following a major renovation during a one-year hiatus. It began taking guests earlier this month. Closed in April 2014 for the rebranding, the 50-room property is the oldest boutique hotel in St. Kitts and its sister island Nevis.
Another day, another hotel makeover, but here’s one that’s as refreshing as its name. The Hotel Royal at Evian Resort is wrapping up a 2-year renovation and will re-open on July 1.
The Hotel Royal is one of two luxe hotels (plus a golfer's retreat) on the lands of the iconic Evian Mineral Water. The hotel, aging gracefully since 1905, has received the full rejuvenating package with a top-to-bottom makeover -including a new top floor.
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Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.
That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.