The Norman Tel Aviv and More New Hotels
Posted on October 24, 2014
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: THE NORMAN TEL AVIV
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel, the recently opened Norman is comprised of two historic buildings in the heart of the "White City," Tel Aviv’s UNESCO heritage site. Learn about the essence of Israel and its unique culture through original Israeli paintings, sculptures, and prints that appear throughout the common areas and suites. Dine at the Norman Restaurant during the day for Mediterranean cuisine, and for dinner try Dinings, the Japanese tapas restaurant currently ranked the third best restaurant in Zagat’s dining guide. Take in views of the Israeli city from the rooftop infinity pool, or feel like the ultimate VIP with an in-room spa treatment.
FYI: A resident curator is available to offer insights into the artwork displayed through the building.
Details: 30 bedrooms, 20 suites, and two penthouse suites. Rates from $375, 011-972-3-543-5555
Posted on June 20, 2014
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: MATLALI HOTEL
Situated in the tropical hills of Banderas Bay, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the recently opened Matlali Hotel offers sweeping ocean and mountain views from each of the homey but luxurious private villas. Dine casually at the Matlali Club House, or taste Mexican fusion fare of seafood and organic produce at the open-air Raixes restaurant. Enjoy all that the Mexican coast has to offer with outdoor activities including catamaran sailing, kayaking, fishing, and more. After all that activity, you'll need to relax at the Makawé Spa, which features a steam room, plunge pool, and six treatment rooms.
FYI: Guests of Matlali Hotel also have exclusive access to the Eva Mandarina Beach Club, another dining option about 10 minutes from the main property that is a great social setting for mingling with the locals as well as other hotel guests.
Details: 40 private villa-style accommodations, rates from $220, 011-52-322-115-7700
Posted on March 12, 2014
MIAMI: METROPOLITAN BY COMO, MIAMI BEACH
Set in an original 1930s art deco building, Metropolitan by COMO is in the heart of Miami's South Beach, but with a private dock on the Intracoastal Waterway, still has the feel of a true respite from the fast pace the city is famous for. Try Floridian seafood such as stone crab and yellowtail snapper at the Traymore restaurant, or be pampered at the hotel's rooftop spa, which offers complimentary morning yoga as well as spa treatments such as the COMO Shambhala Massage.
FYI: You can thank Italian designer Paola Navone for preserving the hotel's art deco exterior and for the contemporary interiors. The color palette includes peppermint green and dusky gray, along with surfaces of white marble and chrome.
Details: 74 rooms, rates from $499, 305-695-3588
Posted on June 11, 2013
SANUR, INDONESIA: REGENT BALI
Nearly nine miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the just-opened, all-suite Regent Bali overlooks a private beach along Bali's eastern coast. Dressed up with contemporary Balinese-inspired decor, each suite has a spacious living room and ocean or garden views. Admire the tropical environs while you take a dip in the infinity pool or hang out in a beachside cabana. Three restaurants offer a range of cuisine, from local favorites to pan-Asian dishes.
FYI: In the mood to pamper yourself? Head to the 8,718-square-foot Regent Spa, outfitted with seven treatment rooms, two of which were designed with couples in mind. If you'd really like to indulge, book one of the eight suites that have their own spa treatment rooms, so you don't even have to leave your accommodations for that massage.
Details: 95 rooms, rates from $357, 866-630-5890
Posted March 27, 2013
DUBAI: JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL DUBAI
Named the world's tallest hotel by the Guinness Book of World Records, the new JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai makes a striking statement in Dubai's skyline. Comprised of two 1,165-foot towers - the first of which officially opened this past February, while the second is slated to debut in 2014 - the hotel intentionally resembles the statuesque trunks of date palm trees, symbols of Arabian culture. Packed with nine restaurants, including an Indian eatery helmed by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, plus five cocktail lounges and more than 8,600 square feet of event space, there's plenty of space to hang out if you care to leave your high-tech accommodations, outfitted with touchscreen controls.
FYI: Don't have time for a sidetrip to the Dead Sea? No worries. The hotel's Dead Sea Flotation Pool, slated to open in 2014 as a component to the on-site Saray Spa, will utilize three tons of salt sourced from the famed body of water.
Details: 804 rooms per tower, rates from $204, 800-627-7468
Posted Feb. 26, 2013
LONDON: ME LONDON
The first hotel designed inside and out by acclaimed architecture firm Foster + Partners, the recently opened ME London exudes contemporary cool. A five-minute walk away from Covent Garden, the 10-story hotel's simplistic interior color palate - black marble corridors lead to white accommodations - sets off city and river views, accessible by floor-to-ceiling windows. The 1,065-square-foot Suite ME spans two floors and has its own private entrance to the rooftop eatery and bar, Radio. Sip a welcome cocktail in the cathedral-like atrium upon check-in, then migrate to the lobby's Marconi Lounge or three in-house restaurants for a bite.
FYI: ME London's triangular site in the art, culture, and design district was once home to Gaiety Theatre and the BBC's first licensed broadcasting station.
Details: 157 rooms, rates from $515, 888-956-3542
Posted Jan. 11, 2013
OSLO, NORWAY: THE THIEF
Neighboring the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Design Hotels' The Thief, the first hotel on Oslo's waterfront, debuted in January. Local art graces nearly every wall of the hotel. Sue Nordgren, the former director of Norway's National Museum of Art, handpicked paintings, prints, photographs, and installations for the guest rooms and public areas. Cozy up in locally produced bathrobes and wool blankets, and take in amazing views from the balconies, featured in every room. Dig into organic, regional cuisine at the in-house restaurant, Fru K.
FYI: The upscale, art-filled property sits on Tjuvholmen peninsula, a location known once as "Thief Island" due to its storied past: In the 18th century, criminals were transported to this area to face justice. Today, contemporary buildings line Tjuvholmen's car-free streets.
Details: 119 rooms, rates from $378, 800-337-4685
Posted Nov. 16, 2012
MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES: FAIRMONT MAKATI
Slated to debut in early December, Fairmont Makati marks the hotel brand's first entry into the Philippines. Located in the Manila metro area, the tower's modern architecture utilized many local materials - check out the crushed mahogany seeds embedded in the walls - and a neutral color palette to create a warm atmosphere encased by floor-to-ceiling windows. Dining options include Spectrum restaurant, where you can watch chefs create international cuisine in five interactive kitchens scattered throughout the space. To unwind, get lost in the 14,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, complete with five treatment rooms, mineral pool, outdoor swimming pool, hair salon, and nail studio.
FYI: Satisfy your sweet tooth at the hotel's Café Macaron, which churns out freshly baked bread, pralines, and assorted pastries.
Details: 280 rooms, rates from $239, 800-441-1414
Posted Oct. 29, 2012
SINGAPORE: W SINGAPORE - SENTOSA COVE
Just outside Singapore's Central Business District, the just-opened W Singapore - Sentosa Cove on pristine Sentosa Island adds some glitz to the lush greenery. Incorporating natural elements of local significance like the country's national flower, the hotel's design brings the outside in, starting with the lobby's impressive waterfall. The 240 sea- and marina-facing rooms boast high-speed Internet, 350-thread-count linens, 40-inch LED televisions, and Bose sound systems. When you dive into Wet, the outdoor heated pool, listen for your favorite songs; an underwater sound system keeps the party going, even when you're submerged.
FYI: Swarovski chandeliers and about 50 tables sprinkle the nearly 5,000-foot Great Room, an event venue with direct-access private docking stations for boat arrivals.
Details: 240 rooms, rates from $318, 800-325-2525
Posted Sept. 21, 2012
CAMPOS DO JORDAO, BRAZIL: BOTANIQUE HOTEL & SPA
Two hours north of Sao Paulo, Botanique Hotel & Spa will spotlight Brazilian design, culture, and cuisine in the tranquil Mantiqueira Mountains. Slated to debut in November, the hotel embraces nature, bringing the outside in via the main building's three-story glass walls, locally sourced slate and stone, and 120-year-old timber beams. On the resort's 700 acres, explore well-marked hiking and mountain-biking trails, spot more than 165 bird species indigenous to the area, and utilize the clay tennis courts and private equestrian center. Take advantage of the 10,000-square-foot spa's Afro-Brazilian and Indian treatments.
FYI: Get ready for some quality quiet time. Cars aren't allowed within .6 miles of the resort. Electric buggies bring guests onto the property.
Details: Six main-building suites and 11 stand-alone villas; rates from $1,200 per night, which includes all meals, gratuities, and laundry service; 011-55-11-3500-2115
Posted Aug. 20, 2012
SYDNEY: QT SYDNEY
The brainchild of Australian hotel magnate David Seargeant, QT Sydney hotel is slated to debut Sept. 17 in two historic, adjoined buildings: State Theatre and Gowings, once home to the department store of the same name. Retaining the structures' gothic facades, the 200-room downtown abode will feature new bespoke furniture, bold color schemes, and modern touches like commissioned digital artwork by artist Daniel Boyd. Keep your eyes peeled for pre-restoration characteristics, including original 1929 timber floors.
FYI: The on-site SpaQ contains Sydney's first hammam, as well as six treatment rooms, a nail salon, and a men's barbershop.
Details: 200 rooms, rates from $440, 800-337-4685
Posted July 30, 2012
LONDON: SOUTH PLACE HOTEL
The first hotel served up by restaurant group D&D London, the new South Place near Silicon Roundabout and Shoreditch is slated to open Sept. 3. With three bars, two restaurants, and specially commissioned works from London artists, the property exudes creative vibes. Explore the atrium-enclosed "secret garden," make friends in the game room, and take advantage of your guest room's luxe amenities, like large soaking tubs, power showers, Josephine Home linens, and Bang & Olufsen televisions. If you're craving a nightcap, be sure to check out Angler restaurant's rooftop bar, which offers skyline views alongside its craft cocktails.
FYI: D&D London operates more than 30 restaurants in Copenhagen, London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
Details: 80 rooms, rates from $315, 011-44-20-7503-3000
Posted June 28, 2012
LAS VEGAS: NOBU HOTEL CAESARS PALACE
Slated to open in late 2012, the world's first celebrity-chef branded hotel will transform Sin City's Caesars Palace into an energetic space reflecting Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Designer David Rockwell and Nobu Hospitality, whose partners include Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, will deck the halls with origami-inspired light fixtures and flooring that conjures up images of cherry blossoms. Draped in neutral tones, rooms will showcase 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens and custom art - most prominently, calligraphy on feature walls - by up-and-coming Japanese artists. Make yourself at home in oversized walk-in showers with traditional black Umi tiles and multiple showerheads. Hotel guests not only receive priority seating at the new 11,200-square-foot restaurant and lounge, but also get 24-hour access to the cuisine via the first-ever Nobu in-room dining menu.
FYI: Though an opening date hasn't been nailed down yet, rooms are slated to go on sale Oct. 1.
Details: 181 rooms, rates start at $300.
Posted May 3, 2012
PARIS: W PARIS - OPERA
Inside a historic 1870s building in the 9th arrondissement, recharge from your sightseeing jaunts and shopping trips in the just-opened W Paris - Opera. Situated between acclaimed department stores Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, the hotel mixes classic Haussmann style with cutting-edge, New York-inspired design. Soak up impressive city views in the sophisticated accommodations, complete with 350-count sheets, rainforest showers, flat-screen televisions, and iPod docking stations. For the best views in the place, book one of the two Extreme Wow Suites, which have huge windows facing the Opera Garnier.
FYI: Though many fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, you may not want to leave the hotel for your meals. Arola, Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola's first restaurant in France, serves global cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Details: 91 rooms, rates from $474, 877-946-8357