What’s New Around the World

What’s New Around the World
July 2015
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Jawai Leopard Camp, Rajasthan , INDIA

Tucked into the rugged landscape of central Rajasthan is this stylish luxury camp. Surrounded by craggy granite formations, caves, kopjes, desert scrub and winding river beds, the camp is located between Udaipur and Jaipur. There are just ten tents here in elegant white canvas with stone and stainless steel embellishments and stylishly placed hand-crafted artefacts. Leopards are the prime attraction at Jawai with a thriving population and guests enjoy daily game drives in customised 4WD jeeps with a driver-tracker and naturalist.

Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian, China

Opened as a State Guesthouse in 1953, the iconic Sofitel Legend Xian has reopened as a stylish landmark in this ancient city. Located inside the city walls it is within walking distance of some the city’s important sites, shopping and entertainment areas. The architecture of the hotel is a harmonious blend of French and Sino-Russian inspiration imbued with local style and making the most of spacious rooms, lofty ceilings, elegant mouldings and art deco features. Rooms and suites overlook the beautifully landscaped gardens and fountains with individual butler service a stand out.

Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, India

This is the latest in luxe lodgings to hit the pink city. With just 20 rooms the hotel is a converted 18th century palace built by a Maharaja of Jaipur with a right royal guest list. Interiors are bold and colourful demonstrating a clever blend of classic and contemporary. Along with new patterns, custom wallpapers and decorative elements, the old still remains with the original marble staircase, glittering chandeliers and mirrored ceilings. The palatial pleasure gardens are a delight with an outdoor swimming pool and there’s a luxurious spa on the premises too.

Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

On the southernmost coast of Sri Lanka is this gorgeous new indulgence from the folk at Tea Trails. 40 freestanding villas and suites are set on cliffs above the palm-fringed shore, caressed by the trade winds and soaking up iconic sunsets. Stylish interiors and spacious suites set the tone with private butler service for all while the restaurants, pools and bars suggest a typical Sri Lankan village. The area is known for diving, snorkelling, surfing, big-game fishing, and whale and dolphin watching (in season).

Finch Hatton’s, Tsavo National Park, Kenya

Staying at Finch Hatton’s you’ll feel like you’re back in the Happy Valley set. Inspired by the ideals of Denys Finch Hatton, this intimate and luxurious camp is a dedication to the elegance and style of yesteryear. Think cut crystal, fine linen, bone china and chandeliers. Its 17 tented suites are positioned around a waterhole fed by a natural spring from Mt. Kilimanjaro and exude colonial style with opulent furniture, free standing baths, period writing desks and outdoor showers. Raised decks look out across the wild landscape and there are three game drives offered each day.

AndBeyond Sandibe, Botswana

Wowing guests with a new level of innovation and design, AndBeyond Sandibe has been completely rebuilt. Design of the main lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, a shy African armoured mammal, while the 12 suites seemingly suspended between the trees which line the river bank resemble the cosy nests of the golden weaver bird. Simple and organic with low-key décor, each suite boasts a private plunge pool. Expect to see an extraordinary array of wildlife here including wild dog, lion, cheetah, leopard, red lechwe, elephant and more.

The Norman, Tel Aviv

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and featured on Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2015, The Norman Tel Aviv brings back the elegance of the 1920s. Housed in two historic buildings in the White City, a Tel Aviv neighbourhood known for its Bauhaus architecture, this 50 room boutique hotel has been superbly restored respecting its architectural heritage yet integrating bold contemporary elements. Expect personalised service, a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centre plus outstanding dining options.

Vira Vira, Chile

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is a small and elegant boutique hacienda hotel close to Pucon in the Chilean Lakes district on the banks of the Liucura River surrounded by stunning volcanoes. Set within beautiful gardens, a fully-fledged farm operates here providing fresh, healthy and delicious food to guests as well as an interesting insight into the operations of a modern farm and cheese dairy. The hotel offers spacious, luxurious and above all very cosy and comfortable accommodation in 21 rooms and suites, each with large picture windows, warm timber walls and floors, locally woven rugs and handicrafts.

The Reverie, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon’s newest hotel has arrived with a bang. A member of Luxury Hotels of the World, The Reverie is opulence personified where Italian architects and designers have made a firm mark and no expense spared. Think glistening marble floors, backlit amber panels, shiny mosaic murals, colourful crystal and gilded over-sized furniture. A veritable treasure trove of excess, the hotel is located in Ho Chi Minh City’s newest, most luxurious building and houses 286 rooms and suites all with breathtaking views over the Saigon River and city and every detail taken care of. Dining opportunities too are extensive with one of the city’s finest Chinese restaurants headed up by a Michelin star chef.

Amandayan, Lijiang , China

Newly opened in Lijiang, Yunnan, Amandayan is Aman's third property in China. Set on a hillside above the UNESC O-protected Old Town, the property is designed to resemble the traditional courtyard buildings of the region with 35 spacious suites and jawdropping views of Lijiang, the surrounding countryside and snow-capped mountains. Though contemporary in design, the elegant suites are unmistakably Chinese with integrated use of local materials including Yunnan pine, striking Naxi embroidery and elaborate Dongba wood carvings. Other facilities include Chinese and Western restaurants, a Tea House, cinema, Aman Spa with gym and Pilates studio and a temperature-controlled swimming pool.

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