Small Luxury Hotels of the World is kicking off 2019 by introducing hotels in three new destinations: Bahrain, Brisbane and Arizona.
Each hotel pays homage to its local surroundings, from its history to the social and cultural diversity of the city, giving guests an insight into the local life. There are also new choices in some all-time favorite destination cities such as London and Mykonos.
The Merchant House, Manama, Bahrain
Located next to Manama’s famous Bab Al-Bahrain (‘Gateway to Bahrain’), guests at The Merchant House will be fully immersed into local Bahraini life.
The property is just steps from Manama Souk, a maze of market shops selling everything from spices to souvenirs and home decorations that brings to mind the style of commerce from days long past.
The all-suite boutique hotel offers serene respite from the bustling outside world, with each room featuring an open plan kitchen, dining, sitting areas designed for both business and leisure travelers.
The hotel’s interior design is based on a tangible sense of place relating to the location and the cultural significance of the Bab Al-Bahrain area. Art is a prominent feature throughout the property, showcasing well-established Bahraini artists as well as new and upcoming young talent from both Bahrain and the Gulf region.
The 46 suites are priced from $170 per night including breakfast. Be amongst the first to enjoy the authentic service of this unique hotel and take advantage of an introductory offer of $170 for the first night, with the second night complimentary. Opened January 14.
Castle Hot Springs, Arizona
One of the best destinations for guests seeking seclusion with world-class luxury amenities is Castle Hot Springs Resort. The Arizona property’s rock pool thermal springs are hidden along the rugged Bradshaw Mountains. Bungalows are equipped with their own outdoor room and hot spring tub, and stays here are complemented by a diverse range of curated activities designed to make one forget about the world wide web for a while.
Originally opened in 1896, the prestigious desert retreat counts the rich and famous seeking seclusion with world-class luxury amenities as its clients, from the Carnegies, Roosevelts, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts to the Wrigleys. Now restored to its original glory, guests can relax in the same historic cottage as past presidents did, while sipping on the signature Castle Hot Springs Lithium Lager made from its own spring water and taking in the same sunset views of the renowned palm-lined driveway.
The property includes 33 rooms from $732, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Opening in February.
Vintry & Mercer, London, United Kingdom
Named after the local fine wine (Vintry) and silk trading (Mercer) guilds, Vintry & Mercernestled among the historic livery halls and winding lanes of this ancient London district is very much immersed in the commerce and culture of the city of London.
This is where past and present intersect, where the long traditions of trade and commerce come to life in the contemporary style of the rooms and suites which contain plenty of nods to the city’s heritage. Think: bespoke fabrics inspired by merchant tailors of centuries past, and historic navigation maps and photographs on the walls- complemented with glass-paneled balconies overlooking the Southbank.
And, with Cannon Street and Mansion House tube station just 2 minutes’ walk away, the rest of London is at your feet. Rates at the 92 room-property start at $223 per night. Opens February 4, 2019
Ovolo The Valley, Brisbane, Australia
Opened in November 2018, Ovolo The Valley takes guests on a journey into a whimsical contemporary oasis of color and art inspired by the eclectic culture and iconic history of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s hip entertainment district.
The hotel features spacious, open-plan rooms with a home-away-from-home vibe and full technology including Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Alexa.
Surprising hints of quirkiness curated throughout the rooms add an element of play. The sleek rooftop pool gives a bird-eye view of Brisbane’s vibrant culture whilst offering escapism and relaxation after a busy day. In addition, guests will be thrilled by Ovolo’s signature inclusions for every stay—free WiFi, in-room mini bar, self-service laundry, daily happy hour drinks, breakfast and 24-hour gym.
Rates for the 103-room property start at about $209 per night including breakfast.
Mykonos Riviera Hotel, Mykonos, Greece
Tucked against the rocky backdrop of centuries-old Aegean cliffs, Mykonos Riviera Hotel’s tiered Cycladic white buildings bedazzle guests with its island chic vibes, refreshing nautical theme, and minimalistic luxury. The brand-new hotel enjoys a stunning location, directly across from the marina, with scintillating views to the Aegean and the world-famous Cycladic sunset.
Each of the property’s rooms offers panoramic ocean views from private terraces, or take in the views from the impressive heated seawater infinity pool with fiber optic lighting. A lovely short stroll through winding alleyways and the Venetian-style waterfront gets you to the scenic town of Mykonos and beautiful beach of Agios Stefanos.
Prices at the 44-room property, which opened in August 2018, start at about $379 per night including breakfast.