Dreamy destinations we have our beady travellers’ eyes on
Lead image: LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences
The Fellows House, Cambridge
Taking inspiration from some of the esteemed individuals that have graced its famous streets, the first Curio Collection by Hilton in Cambridge has a lot of authentic character. The art pieces and sculptures in the 131-room apartment-style hotel have all been designed locally, with rooms named after Cambridge fellows such as Kipling, Newton, Gormley and Attenborough, and city highlights the River Cam and Jesus Green just a hop away.
BLESS Hotel, Madrid
The luxury BLESS brand have reopened their venue in the Spanish capital after a major refurbishment. Sitting pretty within the Golden Mile shopping district, the five-star hotel features gorgeous interior design by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, a new Japanese fusion restaurant and a host of luxe experiences – including private tours of Madrid’s top museums and art galleries, and mixology and perfume-making classes. Private club Feten and the rooftop Picos Pardos Sky Lounge will also open in spring 2022.
One to circle for a luxury break in 2022, Nordic Hotels & Resorts are opening an art deco retreat in the Norwegian capital, featuring the city’s first year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace. Housed in a 1930s building that was originally home to Oslo’s electrical company – situated in the affluent West End with innovative dining, cultural hotspots and Frogner Park on its doorstep – the hotel will have 231 rooms and luxury suites, four restaurants, three bars and a basement wellness space that will revive the building’s original public baths.
LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Mauritius
If beachside relaxation is high on your agenda next year, LUX* Resorts & Hotels have a new boutique-style resort to get excited about. Their flagship Mauritius venue has interiors by the multi-award-winning Kelly Hoppen, with the choice of staying in a luxury suite, residence with its own private pool or their pièce de résistance – a Grand Beach Pool Villa with direct access to the golden sands beyond, a sun deck, and a private ‘chef de maison’ to serve up delicious treats on the outdoor terrace.
The EDITION, Reykjavik
The alluringly stylish EDITION brand has arrived in the Icelandic capital, offering up 253 rooms (with stunning views of the harbour, Mount Esja and Snæfellsjökull glacier), a signature restaurant and nightclub, and cosy, late-night cocktail bar, Tölt. The spa is the real must-visit though – designed for tranquil treatments and relaxation as well as socialising, guests can have a healthy shake, glass of champagne or moss vodka infusion, before taking a dip in the geothermal water splash pool.
Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice
One of the oldest and most famously opulent hotels in Venezia, the Baglioni has reopened after a renovation that includes a brand-new spa – capturing typical Venetian style with tinted glass mosaics and a variety of treatments, along with a sauna and steam baths. The five-star hotel’s grand entrance has also been updated, boasting a glorious antique Murano chandelier and red, yellow and peach blossom marble, while Caffè Baglioni, overlooking the Lagoon and Royal Gardens, has been given a contemporary flourish as the ideal oasis for elegant aperitifs.