October 2015

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) welcomes four new members to its exclusive collection of small, independent hotels this October. Discover traditional cultural gems near to these hotels that are steeped in local culture in their own right. It is this tranquil dialogue between traditional culture and modernity that makes a stay at the otherwise comfortably-furnished hotel so unforgettable.

Hotel & Restaurant Chateau le Cagnard, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France

At the heart of the French Riviera, Hotel & Restaurant Chateau le Cagnard is an exceptional stone dwelling in the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes with an authentic Provençal charm. Originally built to defend nearby Chateau Grimaldi (which is now a museum) in the 13th century, this hilltop hideaway has become an integral part of Provence’s flourishing art scene alongside all the makings of a luxury country retreat. Its eclectic list of famous guests include The Beatles, Robert De Niro and Greta Garbo. Each room and suite is named after a prominent artist such Renoir and Soutine associated with Haut-de-Cagnes, and is finely decorated with trompe l'œil paintings by artists from the region. While walking the hallways, you will find a lot of hand-painted details — including a snug library decorated with enchanting murals by Emile Wery, a post-impressionist who painted with Matisse – all small hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Cultural activities are aplenty – from French classes, painting/drawing courses to perfume making sessions in the historic village also known as the ‘Montmartre of Provence’. Rates start from EUR195 (Approx. USD218).

SLH Insider Tip: Savour seasonal Provençalspecialities at the restaurant featuring a hand-painted ceiling by renowned architect Philippe Roberti that slides back to reveal the blue sky as well as a sublime view of the Mediterranean sea and surrounding hills. It is also ideally situated for exploring Nice (10 km), St-Paul-de-Vence (5 km) and other magnificent villages in the vicinity.

Hotel Goldgasse, Salzburg, Austria

Standing on Goldgasse, a century-old lane once lined with luxury goldsmiths’ workshops, Hotel Goldgasse is a modern, luxury hideaway brimming with historic atmosphere. The building served as a coppersmith's workshop in the 16th century. Recently renovated, it pairs original features, such as stone floors and frescoes, alongside chic modern furnishings complemented with bold, oversized photographs that feature Salzburg’s artistic character. Get a flavour of the city’s heritage in the 1500s at restaurant Gasthof Goldgasse, where regional Austrian cuisine served in "Kupferpfandl'n” (copper pans) is well-paired with an extensive collection of fine Austrian wines. The hotel’s outstanding location in the heart of Salzburg's old town also puts its cultural gems within easy reach. A short walk will take you to Residenzplatz where Salzburg Cathedral stands, Mozart’s birthplace, and the DomQuartier museum. And it’s still the place to browse for jewellery, antiques and fine wine. Rates start at EUR203 for a double room (Approx. USD227).

Insider SLH Tip: Choose from their very special pillow menu which is categorized not by regular pillow sizes or thickness - but by herbal filling! These unique pillows are produced in Austria with locally-sourced organic materials.

Hotel Sahrai, Fez, Morocco

With a name meaning ‘magic’, Hotel Sahrai offers extraordinary views over the largest medina of all Moroccan imperial cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site marking twelve centuries of history. Standing on the former site of Marshal Lyautey’s summer palace, the hotel revisits the distinctive motif of the great arches that once adorned the façade of the original structure. Traditional Moroccan features are prevalent throughout this modern retreat, from Taza stonework, gypsum patterns to Fassi ceramics – alongside marble bathrooms, glass walls and bespoke furniture. Just moments away, discover the city’s enchanting history and culture at Fez’s labyrinth-like Medina with over 9,000 winding streets, or watch local artisans craft quality leather items at the Chaouwara Tanneries. As the sun goes down, watch the twilight spread across the land as you hang out at the white marble bar in the Arcades or, sip cocktails to the sounds of ‘live’ DJ sets at the glamorous rooftop bar. Rates start at  MAD3,300 for a Junior Suite (Approx. USD340).

Insider SLH Tip: Indulge in a spa treatment at the exclusive Givenchy Spa – one of just four in the world, and the brand’s first in North Africa.  Other “must-see” features include the zellige

jacuzzi, tearoom under the arches, and the traditional hammam, all with a distinctive Moroccan touch.

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