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.
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
Book now to stay alongside one of the world’s great natural wonders with the opening (in February) of Awasi Iguazú, a luxurious new eco-hotel on the Argentinian side of the Iguazú Falls. As with the two other Awasi hotels (located in the Atacama Desert and Patagonia), adventure is positively encouraged: each of the 14 villas is assigned a dedicated guide and a 4WD vehicle, so there is no excuse not to strike out and explore.
• Doubles from £1,270; 0056 2233 9641; awasiguazu.com
Thanksgiving with a twist
The Goring, one of London’s most traditional (and quaintly eccentric) hotels, will be throwing a Thanksgiving banquet this month with a decidedly British twist. Diners can expect to enjoy plenty of turkey, but also native lobster, oysters and a fine selection of British cheese from Michelin-starred chef Shay Cooper. We’re giving thanks already.
• £99 per person; 020 7936 9000; thegoring.com
Few hotels do Christmas quite like Claridge’s. Fans of this London institution can now recreate its special brand of Christmas cheer with the launch of its first festive hampers. These are available in three sizes, presented in willow baskets, and contain treats such as tea, coffee, biscuits, bottles of wine and that famous Claridge’s Christmas pudding.
• Hampers from £295 to £895; giftshop.claridges.co.uk
Cornwall's The Nare hotel is offering a creative writing break with writer in residence Jon Stock. Guests at the four-night retreat, taking place from November 20-24, and again from February 19-23, will learn about crafting characterisation, plot twists and narrative style, and will have the chance to visit some of the scenery featured in his bestselling novel, To Snare a Spy.
• From £1,236 for a four-day course, including accommodation, dinner, bed & breakfast and daily Cornish afternoon tea. (0187 250 1111; narehotel.co.uk/breaks/writing)
One of New York’s boldest design hotels, The Mark, has launched its own line of nightwear, designed by ‘pyjama experts’ in Paris. The luxury PJs are available in navy blue cotton with bright orange detailing, with the option for a monogram on the breast pocket. As of yet, they are only available to purchase at the hotel.
• Tops US$250; bottoms US$150; themarkhotel.com
Life for the vegetarian or vegan traveller has just become a whole lot simpler, thanks to a handy new guide to the world’s best veggie hotels. Veggie Hotels: The Joy of Vegetarian Vacations, by travel writers Karen Klein, Thomas Klein, and Peter Haunert, introduces the best places to stay for eco-conscious travellers, from Tuscan country estates to holistic wellness resorts in Bali. It also reveals mouthwatering recipes from the world’s top vegetarian chefs.
• Veggie Hotels: The Joy of Vegetarian Vacations, published by teNeues; price £45; teneues-books.com
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