Living 360’s – Hotel Hot List 2018
We know that our readers are well-travelled hotel connoisseurs, and we are often asked (by them) about new hotels and which properties we love the most. It’s not an easy task to curate a list of hotels we love, simply because everyone has a different taste and preference. That said, the hotels who made this list got there on merit that befits the standards we expect and for the incredible service they provide. Add in experience, dining and location – you have yourself a hotel to add to your favourites list!
These are ours. Enjoy.
Six Senses Duxton is situated in the coolest part of Singapore’s Chinatown district. The hotel has been built into a string of heritage trading houses and managed to integrate old school charm with sharp finishes that only the Six Senses know how to do.
Inside you will find a our favourite Chinese restaurant in Singapore – The Yellow Pot, and a cocktail menu 007 will be proud of.
Based in Maldives, the Soneva Jani property has 24 villas over-water and one sprawling island villa.
Each of the over-water villas further have their private pool, and retractable roofs that give the guests an amazing view of the stars at night. Most Villas also have slides to bring guests directly to the lagoon from the top level.
A spa, an observatory, and an outdoor cinema is also present in some Villas.
Four Seasons, Nam Hai
This Four Seasons resort in Vietnam is located on a private beachfront. It’s a half-mile stretch near UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is based in the center of Vietnam and has a great address in Hoi An.
60 beachfront villas have their private outdoor terraces, and 40 pool Villas have private swimming pools.
Not only that, but there are also four tennis courts, a spa, a beach bar, two restaurants and three communal pools.
Las Alcobas, Nappa Valley
This wine lover’s getaway is located near Beringer Winery. Consisting of 68 bedrooms and suites that all have private outdoor terraces with their fireplaces and amazingly beautiful views of the vineyard.
The hotel’s spa is the main highlight as it is a 3500-square foot and the Californian themed restaurant offers a fantastic seasonal menu, helmed by the Top Chef, Chris Cosentino.
The hippest hotel in Cape Town in our opinion is Silo. A truly magical hotel that glides above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The stunning property is cleverly built into the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.
The Silo has 28 ultra modern rooms, each with eccentric interiors and exquisite views of the waterfront. The restaurant of the hotel overlooks the Table Mountain and is considered to be a part of the Royal Portfolio hotel collection along with its spa, rooftop pool, and lounge.
The clever folks at Six Senses have done it again. If you’re looking for barefoot luxury that brings together serenity, nature and modern luxury, this is it. Period. Located in the Seychelles, Africa on a private island of Felicite, the property has 28 stand-alone villas featuring a private pool and wine cellars. A 24-hour personal butler is also available.
The chic retreat has a strong stand on sustainability with programs in place for habitat restoration & supporting threatened ecosystems on the island.
Located in arguably the best part of the Huangpu River, Shanghai AKA The Bund – this W property stands tall among the Shanghai skyline. The hotel has been described as being “neon, bold, ambitious, and loud” – and we couldn’t agree more.
The 374 rooms and 35 suites are a blend of both traditional and W’s aesthetic décor. The lounge, W’s signature spa, and a sprawling outdoor pool are the main highlights of this extremely popular hotel.
Indulge in true splendour at Hotel Eden, one of the most iconic luxury 5-star hotels in Rome, and part of the exquisite Dorchester Collection. For 125 years, the Eden has been radiating the true Roman spirit and today, her 98 rooms provide a high-end product in a city full of history.
Main highlights include the hidden library bar, the brasserie and the iconic restaurant La Terrazza with its breathtaking views. As the say, when in Rome..
Pic: Dorchester Collection
Assila Hotel, Jeddah
Rocco Forte’s first foray in the heart of Jeddah does not disappoint. Located in the heart of Jeddah’s fashionable business and shopping district, the new Assila Hotel amalgamates the beauty & charm of Arabian hospitality with the elevated services quality Rocco Forte Hotels’ is known for.
The 147 rooms and 63 suites boast panoramic views of the city. The dining options are world-class and to top it off, the roof top pool for sunset beverages sets the bar high..
If you love modern design and architecture like we do, then The Fonteray in Hamburg is a must visit. A homage to the Hanseatic city on the shores of Lake Alster, the property’s architectural brilliances carefully morphs the fluid lines of the lake and surrounding parkland to bring together the ultimate visual balance of urbanity & nature.
Designer Jan Storme has made sure that dining is a priority with great options to enjoy, including a breath-taking roof-top to take in the surrounding views.