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Pillow Talk: The hottest openings, news and experiences in the world of hotels

Tom Mulvihill
Art and hot spring baths get joint billing at KAI Sengokuhara, a contemporary Japanese ryokan set to open in the shadow of Mount Fuji at the end of July. - akifumi yamabe

From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.

• This month's best new hotel openings


Big Easy

Atelier Ace, the studio behind the enormously popular Ace Hotel brand, is set to return to New Orleans next year with a new boutique venture near Lafayette Square. It will be called Maison de la Luz, and will feature 67 guest rooms designed in partnership with LA-based Studio Shamshiri (which has worked on Ace interiors in the past). So far, other confirmed features extend to a library bar and a concierge service. The hotel is slated to open in spring 2019.

The studio behind the Ace Hotel brand has announced a new boutique project in downtown New Orleans.


After hours

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como is offering chauffeur-driven excursions into Milan to soak up its cultural treasures after hours. It includes a private tour of Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo’s Last Supper is on display, plus a banquet in the vineyard of the 15th-century Casa degli Atellani.

• Rooms £727 (0032 2 547 4707; grandhoteltremezzo.com)

Guests at Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como will get the chance to join out-of-hours tours to nearby Milan, with unfettered access to priceless artworks such as Da Vinic's 'The Last Supper'. Credit: GETTY


Flower power

Hotel Amigo, a Rocco Forte hotel in the heart of Brussels, has partnered with a local florist, Haut les Coeurs, to create a flower carpet in the main square. Between Aug 15 and 20, the hotel will offer a Floral Experience package in which guests receive a bouquet of flowers, a flowery cocktail at the bar, and two tickets to City Hall balcony, which enjoys the best views of the display.

• Package £310 (0032 2 547 47 07; roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-amigo)

Hotel Amigo in Brussels has partnered with a local florist to create a vast flower carpet in the city's main square, and will soon start offering its guests exclusive floral extras. Credit: WIM VANMAELE


Renaissance ryokan

Art and hot spring baths get joint billing at KAI Sengokuhara, a contemporary Japanese ryokan set to open in the shadow of Mount Fuji at the end of July. Twelve resident artists will be set loose on the interiors with instructions to adorn the walls with paintings and illustrations inspired by the mountainous setting. Each of the 16 bedrooms also features a private terrace with an outdoor natural hot spring bath.

• Rooms £509 (0081 50 3786 1144; kai-ryokan.jp/en/sengokuhara)

KAI Sengokuhara's ryokan-style interiors will be embellished by 12 resident artists, whose brief will be to draw inspiration from the hotel's mountainous setting. Credit: HIROFUMI INABA


Turkish delight

Having won admirers in far-flung destinations such as London, New York, Bangkok and Barcelona, Ian Schrager and Marriott International have partnered up for a joint EDITION venture, this time on the Turkish Riviera. The Bodrum EDITION’s suites and villas, spread across a hill above a white-sand beach, are interspersed with plunge pools, gardens, a beach club, two bars and a restaurant. 

• Rooms £310 (0090 252 311 3131; telegraph.co.uk/tt-bodrumedition)

The Bodrum EDITION’s suites and villas, spread across a hill above a white-sand beach, are interspersed with plunge pools, gardens, a beach club, two bars and a restaurant.


Surf sculpture

After years on display in art galleries around the world, Warrior of the Surf, a sculpture by Richard Austin, has at last found a permanent home at Watergate Bay near Newquay – where he first conceived the idea. The 15ft figure of a surfer (made from recycled milk bottles) now gazes out to the stretch of sea where the hotel runs its own surf school, serving as an apt warning against plastic pollution.

• Rooms £290 (01637 860543; watergatebay.co.uk)

Warrior of the Surf, a 15ft sculpture by Cornish artist Richard Austin, has found a new home in the beach in front of Watergate Bay Hotel, near Newquay. Credit: Holly Donnelly


Year of ballet

World Cup aside, Russia is also celebrating 2018 as the official Year of Ballet. The Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg is honouring the occasion with an exhibition at its own on-site museum, which celebrates famous dancers and displays their costumes, rare photos and their personal belongings.

• Rooms from £105 (telegraph.co.uk/tt-corinthia-st-petersburg)

To mark 2018 as the official Year of Ballet in Russia, the Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg is hosting a ballet exhibition at its on-site museum.


Hot hotel

This month sees the Zanzibar archipelago welcomes a new boutique resort to its idyllic coastline. The 55 bungalows, suites and villas that make up Zuri Zanzibar have been designed in local style by London-based Jestico + Whiles and face on to a glorious white-sand beach lapped by a vivid turquoise sea. Extras include an ocean-front infinity pool, a choice of three restaurants and four bars, plus a spa and yoga centre.

• Rooms £345 (00420 226 202 981; zurizanzibar.com)

Zuri Zanzibar's 55 bungalows, suites and villas face onto a glorious white-sand beach and turquoise ocean.


Sea snaps

With their colourful coral reefs teeming with sealife, the waters surrounding St Lucia are the perfect place to dip a toe into the art of underwater photography. Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, twin resorts situated across the bay from the Pitons, are offering a series of week-long courses for budding sub-aquatic snappers. Along with expert tuition, the package includes equipment rental, accommodation and meals.

• From £2,142 per person (001 800 223 1108; ansechastanet.com)

The waters around Anse Chastanet teem with tropical sealife, from brightly coloured fish to octopuses, sea horses and turtles. Credit: NORBERT PROBST


Cape style

For eight years, Babylonstoren has stood out amid the myriad boutique hotels of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Such is its reputation for style, the hotel has an online store, which recently began selling its signature linens (napkins, tea towels, aprons) and a home-produced vintage rosé, Babylonstoren Mourvèdre.

• Bottles £16; linens from £22 (0027 21 863 3852; babylonstoren.com)

Babylonstoren, one of the most stylish hotels on the South African Cape, has started selling its signature wines and linens through its online boutique.

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