Suspend disbelief amidst this lineup of new properties across the globe.
Seabourn Norther Europe:Cruise the sea across Northern Europe with Seabourn. Alongside the resident naturalist guide, guests will have the opportunity to discover the remote and mostly untouched island of Vigur. Unearth the natural beauty of this cosseted island and its charming neighbouring islets, while gazing upon thousands of birds across a host of varied species, and discovering the areas’s many charms, Eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot and many more species call Iceland their home. It would be hard to imagine a better trip to do by boat. Equally, everything from the gorgeous plates of exactingly prepared cuisine to the cosy, artfully designed cabins combine to make this an adventure of a lifetime.
Alpina Gstaad:An elevated retreat amidst the Swiss Alps, The Alpina Gstaad is the ideal mountain escape. Enjoy beautiful views from the region’s most impressive hotel. Each of the 56 rooms is homey and inviting, with its own balcony and fireplace and decorated with original Swiss art works. The bathrooms are all decked out with toiletries by Acqua di Parma, and the hotel’s preeminent Panorama Suite is consistently named one of the most luxurious abodes the world over. The Six Senses spa thrums with activity and services, from its spacious indoor pool to its enviable menu of facials, scrubs and massages. There’s also a special “healing grotto” equipped with sauna, steam rooms and a salt room built from blush-pink blocks of Himalayan salt. Furthermore, those looking to stay active on holiday can choose from a host of complimentary fitness classes offered on site.
Belmond Cadogan London: Dating from 1887, thesefive conjoined townhouses are rife with history, having at one stage or another served as the home tosocialite Lillie Langtry. Another slice of history, The Cadogan Hotel was also a favourite haunt of Oscar Wilde. Today, the interiors blend classic British charm with modern style and elegance,featuring state-of-the-art LCD TVs with satellite channels, a DVD player, and free Wi-Fi. Located at the junction of Sloane Street and Pont Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods are just a 5-minute walk away. Knightsbridge Underground Station is 5 minutes’ walk away, while Hyde Park is a 10-minute walk. This area is also ideal for shopping, with popular brands nearby including, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Hermès, Prada and Chanel. The hotel also overlooks the gargantuan private enclave of Cadogan Place Gardens, and guests are given keys so they can freely picnic, stroll and play tennis inside.
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai: This majestic property on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai takes its inspiration from the opulent European palaces of the 18th century. No expense has been spared amongst the 391 lavish rooms, suites and villas. The Emerald Palace impresses from the moment you step into the lobby, courtesy of the shimmering chandelier with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, the hand-painted in 24-carat gold leaf atrium, and the eight dramatic columns made from pink Portuguese marble. Additional regal elements throughout include, the custom-designed furniture, classical friezes and the landscaped gardens inspired by the Palace of Versailles. This sumptuous property also includes eight dining destinations, the star of which is Dubai’s first restaurant from multi-Michelin-starred chefAlain Ducasse. And guests will never grow bored thanks to the Herculean property’s 80-seat private cinema, 18-hole putting green, 500-metre beach, outdoor lagoon pool, as well as the city’s largest indoor pool. And to unwind after the many on-site rigorous activities, book in for a treatment at the Cinq Mondes Spa, a sanctuary with 23 treatment rooms, traditional deep-soaking Japanese wooden bathtubs, separate male and female hammams and a vitality pool.