The latest boutique & luxury hotels added to our selection.
We're relentless in our search for the best hotels, and we're religious about keeping our selection up to date. Below you'll find this week's crop of hotels that have managed to survive the rigorous vetting process. We've done our part, and now it's your reviews that decide whether they stay or go.
This is the end. At least, that’s what the locals call Montauk, found at the farthest reaches of the Hamptons and Long Island itself. This isn’t the gold-plated Hamptons of reality television — it’s a small town with a proud history and a not insignificant population of year-round locals, known for its relaxed lifestyle and unbeatable surfing. In recent years the high-end shops and hotels (and yes, a bit of the crowds) have found their way to The End, but Gurney’s has held court here for 90 years, and it excels at combining the best of old Montauk and new.
Built in the 14th century, this Kasteel TerWorm has been home to several of the Netherlands’ noble families, the local sheriff, and a mining company. It very nearly hosted an amusement park, but it was saved after Heerlen’s residents protested. The castle burned down in the 1500s and has been subject to numerous restorations, remodels, and additions by its owners. All that to say: This isn’t Disneyland — it’s the real deal. And if you’re looking for a true, historical castle experience with the hospitality standards of a modern luxury hotel, you’ve come to the right place.
Here the South Beach is purely metaphorical — the Pestana Alvor South Beach takes its name and style inspiration from Miami’s most popular neighborhood. Design-wise, it’s a bit of a departure from the traditional resorts and hotels that line this stretch of Portugal’s southern coast. Then again, the geography and climate — wide, sandy beaches, crashing waves, endless sunshine — is similar enough to Florida. Why shouldn’t an Art Deco hotel work?
So what is it, exactly, that you’ll find in this child-free Mexican paradise? 74 sleek suites, a good Japanese restaurant, a rooftop infinity pool, an outdoor tennis court, multiple cocktail bars, a modern gym and spa, both with ocean views. Indeed, there are fabulous views from most of the rooms and terraces at Hotel Mousai: the boutique resort is perched high above the sea in Jalisco’s Garza Blanca Preserve. The decor is modern and seductive, perhaps more urban than you’d expect on the edge of a rainforest, but that’s Puerto Vallarta for you...
San Francisco, California
In the competitive world of San Francisco hotels, style is not enough. Tech-friendliness isn’t, either. You need both, and a great location, too, if you want to be a player in this game. Axiom Hotel has all three. The hotel isn’t new, exactly, it’s just been under different ownership for a century. Perhaps you’ve seen the place from the outside: previously called the Powell Hotel, it’s located just across from the cable-car turnaround on Powell Street, just a couple of blocks off Union Square. It’s an elegant building, constructed in the wake of the great earthquake of 1906, with high ceilings, wrought-iron railings and romantic staircases, white marble and moulded walls.
Legend has it that the entrance to the home of Hades, god of the underworld, could be found in a cave at Cape Tainaron, not far from Tainaron Blue Retreat. For a location associated with the underworld, this is a pretty idyllic spot: perfectly positioned at the southernmost point of the Greek mainland, undiscovered by the tourist crowds, boasting spectacular sea views to match any Aegean island (fittingly, it’s also home to a temple to Poseidon, god of the sea)...
If Cambria, California, doesn’t sound quite as familiar as Monterey or Santa Barbara, well, you’re certainly not alone. The proprietors here argue that their hotel occupies part of the last piece of unspoiled, undiscovered beach town along the central California coast — and they’re trying to keep it that way. But this is a part of the country that deserves to be explored, enjoyed, and protected. And the Cambria Beach Lodge, a Highway 1 roadside hotel in that stunning stretch of country between San Francisco and Los Angeles, allows a traveler to do just that.
Buried deep in the Yucatán jungle, tucked among Mayan ruins and sacred sites, is a more modern sort of temple, the kind built for relaxation. Chablé isn’t just a luxury hotel — it’s a wellness resort that’s worthy of the name. When you arrive, the staff will work with you to devise a personal program based on your particular relaxation needs: you might be prescribed yoga, biking, meditation, or Mayan-inspired healing techniques. You’ll almost certainly plan to spend some time in the excellent spa, which is built around a natural cenote, a swimming hole with healing waters, sacred to the ancient Maya.