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.
As famous travel experiences go, Dante and Virgil’s journey into hell and back is perhaps not the sort of itinerary you want to follow too closely. La Divine Comédie, you’ll be glad to know, takes the bulk of its inspiration from the Paradiso section of the poem — this hôtel particulier boasts the largest private garden in Avignon, which makes it an island of verdant tranquility despite its location in the heart of the medieval city center.
Not all that long ago, Atlanta’s Clermont Hotel was famous for two things: the landmark sign on its rooftop radio tower, and the Clermont Lounge, a legendary slice of nightlife in the basement. Both of those features still exist, but what’s in between them — a 1920s red-brick edifice that’s seen good times and bad — has been thoroughly renovated, and reinvented as a 94-room boutique hotel, complete with a hip restaurant by a celebrated local chef and a couple of in-demand nightspots (that’s in addition to the basement’s attractions).
Cayo District, Belize
Aptly named for the Greek goddess who’s no less than the personification of the Earth itself, Gaia River Lodge immerses you in the Belizean rain forest, and gives you a front-row view of the majestic Five Sisters Waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. This immersion comes at some cost, if quick and effortless travel is a priority — but it’s worth the trouble, as this kind of eco-travel experience would be simply impossible in any less remote a location.
It’s a shame so many hotels see fit to call themselves “grand,” as the word, consequently, has lost a little bit of its power to convey just how extraordinary a hotel like Grand Hotel Kronenhof can be. Its setting, in the Swiss Alpine village of Pontresina, right next door to St. Moritz, is nothing short of majestic. And the hotel itself, an opulent 19th-century Neo-Baroque monument, looks like the Platonic ideal of the classic old-world luxury hotel.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
The Montage resorts were once strictly a Southern California phenomenon, but they’ve since spread to the east and west; to Deer Valley, Utah and the northwest shore of Maui, respectively. And now they’re expanding to the south as well: Montage Los Cabos brings the now-familiar Montage recipe of luxe lodgings and extravagant offerings to the shores of Santa Maria Bay, between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, home to what might be Cabo’s finest beach.
Located in the Empordà, the countryside between the city of Girona and the Costa Brava proper, and set in a 18th-century stone farmhouse, Can Casi is nothing if not tranquil. It’s a labor of love for its owner, Emma, a jewelry designer from Barcelona, who used it as a country house before embarking on an extensive renovation to open its eight charming bedrooms to paying guests.
Though Salzburg’s hoteliers clearly would prefer that travelers not forget about its rich musical heritage, the fact remains that this is a city with plenty to recommend it in the here and now. Hotel Stein, like much else in this corner of Austria, has deep historical roots — there’s been an inn on this site since the year 1399. And while its present-day exterior blends seamlessly with the rest of Salzburg’s picturesque architecture, what’s inside is a luxury boutique hotel that’s as modern as they come.
If you’re frantically scanning your mental map for a far-flung island or an exclusive beachside resort called Duxton, let us end the suspense. This is in fact the first city hotel from the Six Senses group, and its setting is certainly urban — though it’s far from your typical city-center luxury-hotel location. Six Senses Duxton occupies a row of 19th-century shophouses in Tanjong Pagar, a low-rise district in Singapore’s Downtown Core.