Small Luxury Hotels of the World welcomes eight additions to its growing international portfolio of luxury hotels. Spanning Belgium, Greece, Indonesia, Italy and Mexico, the latest member properties comprise brand new city-centre hotspots through to three actively sustainable properties adding to the group’s flourishing Considerate Collection.
CITY – CENTRE REVIVAL
Officially opened on 6th September 2021, Juliana Hotel Brussels (Brussels, Belgium) brings five-star excellence to the historical Place des Martyrs in Brussels. Behind the white façade of the listed neo-classical building lie 43 spectacular rooms and suites, an Italian-inspired fine-dining restaurant and a wellness centre. Italian designer Eugenio Manzoni leans into the wealthy heritage of the property, layering all floors with rare pieces from the hotel owner’s private collection. Exquisite motifs meet one-of-a-kind sculptures and dramatic wallpaper to create an elegant space. This autumn, the hotel will offer a series of exclusive private tours where guests can immerse themselves in the stories of five of the city’s treasured landmarks, including the Opera House and The Grand Place.
Thessaloniki is the newest Greek city-centre destination to embrace with the recent opening of ON Residence (Thessaloniki, Greece). Formerly an iconic restaurant – Olympos Naoussa – the rebirth sees the addition of 60 lavishly designed rooms and suites and the Tiger Loop bar. Every inch of the heritage property has been carefully restored and pays homage to an eclectic past, once the heartland of a jet-setting clientele of artists, celebrities and politicians. The sea-front hotel leads a revival of the city, bring ing culture and cuisine in a deftly glamorous setting.
THREE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CONSIDERATE COLLECTION
Since launching in October 2021, SLH continues to unearth more incredible properties for its sustainable hotel portfolio – The Considerate Collection. Opened in 2021, Cascioni Eco Retreat (Localita Cascioni, Italy) is a family-owned, secluded Ecolabel certified retreat, nestled within an olive grove and a protected lagoon oasis. It’s perched over the rugged northern coastline of Sardinia and features 15 guestrooms and a tranquil Mediterranean Spa.
Naturalis Bio Resort & Spa (Martano, Italy) is the reincarnation of an 18th century Puglian masseria (farming estate), which has been restored following the principles of bio-architecture into an intimate 14-room hideaway nuzzled into the hills of Southern Italy. True to its roots, the estate’s fields are still tended organically, supplying the kitchen with abundant produce, as well as beauty extracts for the spa.
Six Jabu villas and a Joglo-style restaurant make up Desa Hay (Bali, Indonesia), an adults-only eco-sanctuary which opened in March. Built in harmony with nature, 40% of the resort’s land has purposefully been left as green space and the resort exclusively hires Indonesian staff. Guest experiences are centred around the Balinese culture, from local cooking classes, sunrise hikes on Mount Batur, walks in the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, and spiritual experiences at Besakih Temple.
CONTINUED GROWTH IN ITALY
73 hotels and counting, SLH’s expansion in Italy continues to spotlight swoon-worthy properties like CPH Pevero Hotel (Porto Cervo, Italy). The resort is in Costa Smeralda, home to some of Italy’s most luxurious beach resorts. It’s surrounded by water with five lagoon-like swimming pools crisscrossed with waterfalls, including children’s splash zones. There’s beachside bliss on the stunning Piccolo Pevero, with a private area for hotel guests. All rooms have a balcony or private terrace with enchanting views, and there’s a full-service spa and six restaurants and bars.
Formerly a goat farm, Lupaia (Torrita di Siena, Italy) is a gorgeous, sustainably-focused agriturismo in the heart of Tuscany. The country estate dates to 1622 and has 12 unique rooms and suites spread over five rural farmhouse buildings. Rustic yet luxurious, they feature comfortable beds and modern walk-in showers paired with traditional tiles, exposed brick, bleached wood, and ornate antique furnishings. Relaxation is the order of the day, and guests can enjoy splendid views of medieval villages, vineyards and olive groves of Montepulciano.
NEW-TO-SLH BEACH RESORT
Set on a private stretch of white beaches in Mexico’s Quintana Roo, TAGO Tulum (Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico) blends in with the verdant jungle backdrop and balmy beach paradise. There’s palm-shaded relaxation and round-the-clock service, with design touches showcasing back-to-nature luxury. Thatched roofs and authentic Mayan stone give this chic retreat a laidback, beach-hut style, where guests can awake to the sound of the crashing surf, followed by a soothing soak in their private plunge pool, a feature available in all 23 rooms. The TAGO restaurant fuses Yucatán ingredients with international classics. Off-premises, snorkelling in the magical Gran Cenote, jungle exploration and tours of the ancient Mayan ruins await.