Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The best new luxury hotels for 2014 includes the Beaumont in London, Cromlix House in Scotland, Cape Weligama in Sri Lanka and the Portrait in Florence

Michael Crompton, founder of Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), an invitation-only travel intelligence community, has just released LTI's picks for the best new hotels in the world for 2014.

Some of these will hopefully make it to your travel plans for next year.


As for me, it's really hard to choose my "best of 2014," as I did stay in a pretty amazing place almost every other week. But some of my favourite hotel stays for 2014 include:

- Birkenhead, South Africa
- One & Only Cape Town, South Africa
- Royal Mansour, Marrakech
- Dar Ahlam, Morocco
- Four Seasons Marrakech
- Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, France
- Gora Kadan, Japan
- Grande Bretagne, Athens
- Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, Greece
- Sofitel Bahrain
- Asaba, Japan
- Palais Amani, Fes
- Maria Cristina, San Sebastian

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We start with # 10 and proceed onwards from there.

# 10

Many thought tennis star Andy Murray and his family would struggle with this venture.

But they have got most things right and thereby created a stand out country house hotel experience, enhanced by warm and caring staff, who are mostly locals. 

# 9

With just 93 rooms, this is positively 'boutique' for the Waldorf Astoria brand.

We love these six 17th and 18th century townhouses splendidly converted into what is now Amsterdam's top luxury hotel. 

# 8
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Just weeks old, this is a master class lesson in how to open a luxury hotel. 

Everything is in tune, with more dining and entertainment options to follow soon. We think this is destined to become Dubai’s top luxury hotel and dining destination


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# 7

This caught us by surprise.

A routine stop over in Istanbul revealed an impressive new property that has so much to love: staff and management, nice design aspects, and excellent shopping.

The hotel is even an integral part of an upscale shopping mall and…….. wonderful beds.

# 6
Sri Lanka

A hot ‘all villa’ property in what is currently a hot destination. 

GM Michele Giraudo is our kind of manager – always on hand and always looking to improve the guest experience. The great dining, superb location and impressive swimming pool also won us over. 

# 5

It's a little isolated, compared to most of the top resorts, and on a tiny piece of atoll real estate, just 800 metres by 200 metres, thereby delivering a real Maldives experience

Wonderful island chic accommodations, a great spa and plentiful in/on water activities make this our new favourite Maldives destination. 



# 4

As Four Seasons continue their prolific global expansion, it would be easy for the brand to become a little blasé. But they rarely put a foot wrong. Here, they have created a wonderful, warm and luxurious hotel in a stunning location. 

It’s a shame that they couldn’t get the spa ready in time for the opening – an oversight, which marks them down in our books. However, when it opens,  it's set to be one of the best spas in Moscow. 

# 3
New York

Okay, so this is not really a new hotel – but the lengthy and well-executed refurbishment has revealed a property that is new in many regards. This iconic property still offers a superb location and some of the largest rooms and suites in the city. 

We love the lighter, cleaner lines of the décor.



# 2

This luxury boutique hotel has unbeatable views of the Ponte Vecchio. And we love the huge rooms and suites. 

The family of couture shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo own it – and the family have poured heart, soul and money into this wonderful property. 

And our top choice for best new luxury hotel of 2014 is … 

# 1

We are long-time fans of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. Their ‘dining room’ empire in London never fails to impress, so we have been well aware of their longstanding ambition to open a hotel. 

It was no surprise that the hotel opening was pushed back several times, so that everything would be perfect. And perfect it is – in fact it feels like it has been there forever, and the Art Deco inspired rooms and suites are warm and welcoming.

The Colony Grill Room is outstanding and deservedly one of the hottest reservations in town.


So now you have all the great new hotels to include in your travel plans for your never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife for 2015.

PS: Here's what we're looking forward to in 2015, by the way, as far as luxury hotels go. At the top of our list is the new Four Seasons Hotel opening soon in Johannesburg. We're going to be there sooner rather than later, on our way to a new and hot safari destination for 2015.

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