Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is thrilled to have added 25 hotels to their highly curated collection of independent small hotels so far in 2015. New, old and renovated; the list of new additions includes a variety of stunning hotels. The following hotels are not only new to the SLH brand but also new to the world – as they will all very shortly open their doors for the very first time. As SLH celebrates their membership, they also invite others to celebrate their infancy.
The Laslett, London UK
Named after well-loved community activist, Rhaune Laslett, who organised the first Notting Hill Festival, the hotel will host 51 well-appointed bedrooms and suites, spread across five listed Victorian townhouses on Pembridge Gardens.
Made famous by the film, Notting Hill is also known for Portobello Road Market, the world’s largest for antiques, as well as for its fashionable restaurants and bars. Inspired by this vibrant local scene, the look and feel of The Laslett will evoke the sense of walking into a friend’s stylish home. Pieces from British designers such as Simon Day, Pinch and Earnest Race compliment the interior, whilst art and photography from celebrated local names hang in the rooms. The public space downstairs is part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery and part concept store, with regular art exhibitions and a locally sourced food and drink selection that will evolve throughout the day. The Laslett will offer in-room spa treatments and pop-up dining opportunities.
Insider SLH Tip: For those flying solo book the “spare room”, with only two in the hotel this single bed room is really neat.
Rates start from: £190 (≈USD297) including breakfast.
H Resort – Beau Vallon Beach, Mahe Seychelles – opening 1 August, 2015
There is nothing usual about the new H Resort opening this summer in the exotic Seychelles; built around a natural lagoon, the hotel is at one with nature. With green foliage visible at every level, the hotel was built while keeping the environment front of mind. Guests will enjoy the connection with nature while also feeling in tune with the local culture; the integration of local Seychellois design with Creole flavour and island style is inimitable.
Located on a 3km stretch of pristine beach, guests of the hotel will have to spend each moment of their time wisely with so many leisure activities including tennis, yoga, a spa and pool on offer. There are also six different dining options, giving guests a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. Trader Vic’s is home to the original Mai Tai while Seyshima offers delicate Japanese dishes.
Insider SLH Tip: Rent one of the only 14 beach villas for a stay that will be truly memorable.
Rates start from: €475.00 (≈USD526) per night per room.
Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki Finland – opening August 25th, 2015
Helsinki has been listed as one of the best places to live in many prestigious lists; visitors looking to discover its secret should start at the Hotel Lilla Roberts, which will open late summer. The hotel is the sister property to exclusive Hotel Haven, also in Helsinki and is located in the urban cool design district of the city on a quiet street. Their perfect location affords guests the ideal launch pad to their stay in this buzzing city. The 130 room hotel celebrates Scandinavian design with each thoughtfully chosen design and carefully chosen intention. Many of the hotel’s rooms host a view of the picturesque harbour and Kasarmitori (town square).
Guests will enjoy the creative cuisine in the bistro restaurant and then sip champagne by the fireside – or try a signature cocktail in the chic bar. If a day in town wasn’t exercise enough, the hotel also offers a state of the art fitness centre for those wishing to excerpt themselves further.
Insider SLH Tip: Slip into the complimentary bathrobe and slippers and order a bottle of champagne to your indulgent room.
Rates start at: €164 (≈USD182) for a C1K Comfort room per night.
Cours et Pavillons, Beijing China
Guests looking for true exclusivity should stay at Cours Et Pavillons – this 7 room hotel offers rare privacy in the bustling city of Beijing. The hotel has created a true to life Chinese experience for its guests by using traditional courtyards and antiques from the Ming and Qing Dynasties including carved wooden furniture and traditional wall prints. The quiet atmosphere at the hotel is uncommon in Beijing, allowing guests a relaxing and peaceful stay. Wei Jia was once a group of hutong houses which have been expertly infused with 21st style chic and service.
At meal times – guests will enjoy the two fine dining restaurants including traditional Chinese for a genuine experience as well as classical French cuisine where the chefs use only the freshest, seasonal ingredients – afterwards everyone is welcomed to the well-stocked wine cellar and cigar bar to finish off the day.
Insider SLH Tip: Experience their local tea ceremony.
Rates start at: RMB 4000 ++ (≈USD644)
Boutique Hotel Alhambra, Losinj Croatia – Opening August 2015
Boutique Hotel AlhambraWhen this incredible 51-room paradise opens in August 2015, it will be all the island can talk about, providing a vacation not only for the mind and body but also for the spirit. Located on the island Losinj, known as Croatia’s best kept secret; it is an entire island dedicated to health and wellness. This hotel is a welcome addition to a very private and exclusive holiday destination. Formerly a grand residence, the home was designed in 1911 by architect and artist Alfred Keller. Since then with extensive renovations, white parasols and a wellness spa, the hotel will be the island’s most sought-after retreat. Each room is individually decorated with rich fabrics and intricate wall papers to create a sense of calm. On-site yoga and running track inspire another sort of vitality for guests wishing to push themselves to new limits.
Insider SLH tip: Charter a yacht, you won’t find a better deal than in Losinj.
Rates start from: €390.00 (≈USD432) based on double occupancy.