July 2018

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) welcomes four new exciting additions, including three newly opened properties, to its hand-picked portfolio of luxury boutique hotels this July. Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean in the French Riviera, play one of China’s most beautiful golf courses or experience the serenity of a Balinese-inspired sanctuary in Southern California. The diverse collection of new boutique hotels is sure to excite any traveller.

Honor Resort Yun Shun Dali, Dali, China

23 rooms from £247 per night including breakfast


Nestled on the edges of Erhai Lake and featuring the Cangshan Mountain as a majestic backdrop, this sumptuous retreat located on the outskirts of Dali Ancient Town, provides easy access to one of China´s most beautiful golf courses at nearby Canghai Golf International Community. Offering one-of-a-kind experiences to guests, the hotel boasts a striking cantilevered pool with a glass panel at the base, a virtual golf simulator, a wine and cigar bar and even a tea house where visitors can drop by for a game of chess and a pot of freshly-brewed, loose-leaf tea. All rooms and suites at Honor Dali include private terraces and spacious living areas as well as luxurious amenities such as a complimentary mini-bar, a BOSE sound system, a mini iPad and Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom toiletries. When not playing golf, guests can visit Dali Ancient Town with its historic sites, ancient buildings and temples which all date back to the Ming dynasty.

SLH Insider Tip: After dinner, cigar connoisseurs should pay a visit to the hotel’s exclusive cigar bar housing the finest cigar brands from around the world

Le Mas Candille, Mougins, France

38 rooms and seven suites from £196 per night


Secluded within eight acres of terraced Provençal grounds and surrounded by fragrant cypress trees and fields of olive groves, Le Mas Candille is an elegant five-star boutique hotel with a Michelin-star restaurant and three insta-worthy swimming pools located in Mougins – the medieval Riviera village which was once home to Pablo Picasso. From the moment of arrival, guests are invited to soak up the panoramic views of the Mougins Valley from the hotel’s dazzling infinity pool, explore the beautifully landscaped gardens or enjoy a pampering session in the Spa Candille with its relaxing Jacuzzi, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and luxury ESPA treatments. Originally an 18th century farmhouse, each of the 38 bedrooms and seven suites have been designed in a modern Provençal style combining shabby-chic French antiques with contemporary furnishings. This peaceful sanctuary also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers a chef´s table experience, delectable Mediterranean dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients and its own reserve Champagne. Beyond the hotel, there´s plenty to discover from Mougins’ cobbled streets, Grasse’s perfume factories to St Tropez´s glamorous beaches.

SLH Insider Tip: The hotel features an outdoor gym where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and mountain breezes while working out

Monkey Island Estate, Bray On Thames, England

41 rooms from £250 per night including breakfast


Opening in August following a complete renovation by YTL Hotels, Monkey Island Estate is a centuries old retreat that lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Berkshire, and in accessible only by a footbridge or by boat. The island, with an intriguing history dating back 800 years, has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. Following YTL’s superb renovation, visitors from London and beyond will yet again have their very own private countryside escape to enjoy. The striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings will now make up the main hotel areas of YTL’s Monkey Island Estate, surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens. Executive Chef of Monkey Island Estate, William Hemming, will be serving up a sophisticated yet casual dining experience on the river at the Monkey Island Brasserie, while in the Monkey Bar and lounge, guests can sip champagne, fine wines and spirits while gazing at the playful frescoes that date from the 1730s - depicting monkeys enjoying country pursuits.

SLH Insider Tip: From September, guests will be able to Indulge in a floating spa experience in one of the hotel’s spa treatment room located on a bespoke barge on the River Thames

The Pantai Inn, California, La Jolla, USA

30 suites and cottages from £297 per night


Set along the shores of La Jolla coastline, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, this Balinese-inspired hideaway brings a touch of Indonesian hospitality to South California. Upon entering the Pantai grounds, guests are swept away by the serenity of the lush, polished gardens adorned with Balinese statues and the hotel´s coral stoned courtyard with soothing water features and an outdoor fire pit to stimulate the senses. Each of the Inn's 30 suites and cottages feature typically Balinese furnishings, with hand carved wood and patterned fabrics, as well as rain showers and optional in-room spa services. Most of the accommodations boast fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes not to mention incredible overview balconies, and all include complimentary breakfast, high definition flat screen televisions and media hubs. Pantai Inn is also located within easy reach of San Diego’s best sights such as San Diego Zoo, as well as the downtown galleries and restaurants. 

SLH Insider Tip: All one-bedroom cottages feature oversized bathrooms with their own Jacuzzi tubs perfect to soak in and unwind

And in other news...

The Nare Hotel in Cornwall offers guests the chance to hire a Morgan motor car during their stay

37 rooms from £199 per night including breakfast


A heavenly slice of seaside charm, on Cornwall’s picture-perfect Roseland peninsula, The Nare Hotel has partnered with Morgan Motors to offer guests the chance to hire a classic Morgan 4/4 motor car during their stay. From July, guests will be able to experience the thrill of driving a classic car through the Cornish countryside and soak up the dramatic views from the county's coastal roads. Guests will also be able to enjoy a luxurious Nare picnic basket fitted to the rear picnic rack, and stop for lunch at the most picturesque spot en route.

One day car hire starts from £250.


Hotel Gajoen Tokyo hosts Tokyo’s largest illumination art festival “WANO AKARI x HYAKUDAN KAIDAN 2018”

60 rooms from £289 per night


Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth Illumination Art Festival, which will take place from Saturday 7 July until Sunday 2 September 2018, in celebration of the hotel’s 90th anniversary. The festival will take place in the “Hyakudan kaidan” area of Gajoen, an old wooden historical building that has been designated as a tangible cultural asset of Tokyo. Over 1,000 works of traditional arts and crafts will be on display throughout the two months which is twice the number of art pieces that were exhibited last year.


The Nimb Hotel becomes Denmark’s first hotel with a rooftop pool

38 rooms from £233 per night


Located in Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, the Nimb Hotel has recently unveiled a new rooftop terrace 1300 m2 complete with a 60m2 outdoor pool, a pool bar and lounge area with spectacular views of Copenhagen. The pool has been clad with Italian mosaic designed to create the perfect underwater interplay and includes a counter-flow feature, allowing guests to swim on the spot for a long period of time. Three times a week, guests will be able to enjoy special dining and music events on the rooftop terrace.


The Halcyon House hosts a gourmet food weekend in partnership with Chef Danielle Alvarez

21 rooms from £336 per night


A classic surf spot turned blissful boutique hotel in Northern New South Wales, the Halcyon House is delighted to welcome Danielle Alvarez, head chef of acclaimed Merivale restaurant Fred’s in Paddington, for a Gourmet Food Weekend from Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August 2018. As part of the exciting culinary package, guests will be able to enjoy a two-night stay stay at Halcyon House as well as welcome cocktails & canapés with Danielle Alvarez, cooking masterclasses, daily à la carte breakfast at Paper Daisy anda 4 course showpiece dinner with paired wines. The three-day gourmet event offers a rare and special opportunity for guests to experience cooking brilliance up close, taste Danielle’s dishes in the serene setting of Cabarita Beach and take home cooking skills to practise in their own kitchens.


Blanket Bay Hotel hosts a five course dinner in collaboration with Chef Luke Mangan

16 rooms from £493 per night


Overlooking Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island, Blanket Bay Hotel will host an exclusive five course dinner paired with wine on 14th July 2018 in collaboration with leading Australian restaurateur and Chef Luke Mangan, who has famously cooked for President Bill Clinton, Tom cruise and Richard Branson among other celebrities. Dinner will begin with drinks and delicious canapés before guests are taken on a gourmet journey of discovery through five fine courses inspired by Luke Mangan’s French classical training and Asian culinary influences.

Dinner costs $250 per person