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.
Musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra will head to Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira, on December 7 to give a concert of chamber music inspired by the island’s scenery. A clarinettist and a string quartet will play against an ocean backdrop, performing music by the Portuguese composer José Vianna da Motta, as well as Brahms, before a dinner at the Michelin-starred William Restaurant.
• Three nights from £1,011, based on two sharing, excludes flights (0845 077 2222; belmond.com)
Return of a London landmark
London will regain one of its landmark hotels early next year when the former Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury reopens as the city’s first Principal. This Victorian building, with its terracotta exterior, is on the eastern flank of Russell Square and will offer 334 rooms, a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and the magnificently restored Palm Court ballroom. Book now for stays from March 1.
• From £225 (020 7837 6470; phcompany.com)
Guests checking out of Switzerland’s Gstaad Palace need not fear losing that rosy Alpine complexion. Its spa now sells products by Margy’s of Monte Carlo, the brand developed by Gstaad-based skincare expert Margie Lombard. All are 100 per cent natural – and Princess Charlene of Monaco is said to be a fan.
• Margy’s of Monte Carlo (0041 26 924 00 00; margys.com).
The Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross has teamed up with luxury florist Bloom & Wild to bring a little Christmas cheer to those staying there this festive season. From December 1-26, each room will have its own miniature Christmas tree bedecked with lights, baubles and ribbon, which will be free for guests to take with them when they check out.
• Rooms from £249, b&b; 020 3388 0800; gnhlondon.com
With crackling fires and garlands of festive decorations, one of London’s quirkiest hotels – Batty Langley’s in Spitalfields – will be celebrating Christmas in Georgian style this year. What’s more, the hotel is offering guests tickets to the Silent Night installation at neighbouring Dennis Severs’ House. This silent tour takes you through the imagined home of a family of Huguenot silk weavers in the early 18th century, decorated in traditional festive fashion.
• Doubles from £320, including two tickets for Silent Night (020 7377 4390; battylangleys.com)
As we approach December and the thermometer continues to plummet, it’s only natural to yearn for a little winter sun. Happily, Park Hyatt has recently thrown open the doors to its first Caribbean hotel, and the position (on the southern coast of St Kitts), ticks all the boxes for sun, sand, sea and stonking views across Banana Bay towards neighbouring Nevis. It also has all the trappings of a luxury tropical resort, too: indulgent suites, an array of restaurants, and two pools to complement a great swathe of pristine beach.
• Doubles from £380 (001 869 468 1234; stkitts.park.hyatt.com)
Hotel Chocolat has released its Christmas collection of chocolatey delights, with everything from goodie-packed Advent calendars to tasty stocking-fillers. This year’s highlights include bite-sized chocolate puddings, giant Christmas crackers packed full of sweet treats, and ribbon-tied festive hampers containing truffles, caramel cookies and more.
• To browse the collection, see: hotelchocolat.com/uk
Scandi-chic meets English refinement with some Asian design elements thrown in for good measure at Sanders, Copenhagen’s hottest new five-star opening. The property is a collaboration between hotelier Alexander Kolpin and London-based design duo Lind + Almond, who have drawn inspiration from luxury rail travel to create this high-end/low-key option in the heart of the city.
• Doubles from £297; 0045 46 40 00 40; hotelsanders.com
Christmas afternoon tea
Delectable treats are in store this Christmas, courtesy of Hotel du Vin’s forthcoming Festive Afternoon Tea, which will feature seasonal goodies such as turkey sandwiches, candyfloss-topped mince pies, mini lemon meringue pie, and classic scones with cream and jam. Sittings are available from November 24 to December 27 and will take place across the brand’s 17 hotels throughout the UK.
• Price £22.50 per person; hotelduvin.com
Visitors to the celebrity stylist Daniel Galvin Jr’s salon at The Lanesborough can now purchase his own range of OrganicHead, also known as OH!, hair care products direct from the hotel. The range is currently one of the only salon brands approved by The Vegan Society. If that’s not enough, it’s also a favourite of the A-list glossy posse.
• From £7; organichead.co.uk
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