Six luxury properties, ranging from a manor house in the United Kingdom to a resort in China, have joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s portfolio of independent boutique hotels.
The new members are:
Rothay Manor (Ambleside, UK): An impressive 23-key manor house in the UK’s Lake District, Rothay Manor has just wrapped up an extensive five-year, £1.25m renovation that included the addition of eight new suites in “The Pavillion.” Designed by Ben Cunliffe Architect and interiors by Dynargh Design, The Pavilion’s new rooms are larger than average (upwards of 375 square feet), with a luxurious décor that brings in a refreshing sense of the outdoors. Half of the new suites have private courtyard gardens and are dog friendly. One has a hot tub, and another is fully accessible. The property’s restaurant is helmed by executive chef Daniel McGeorge, who was named Champion of Champion in the BBC’s Great British Menu (2021).
Hotel Villa Soro (San Sebastián, Spain): Opened in April, Villa Soro is a year-round boutique hotel reimagined by the Soldevila-Ferrer family, owners of two SLH Mallorca icons, Sant Francesc and Can Ferrereta Hotel. The former aristocratic villa was originally designed by architect Luis Elizalde in the late 19th century and is one of few heritage properties in San Sebastián. Its refresh maintains the spirit of the period by enhancing traditional features, including a grand central staircase, spacious guest rooms, a striking wood-paneled bar, open fireplaces and a stained-glass window from the historic chapel. The main house comprises 15 guest rooms and is home to a large guest salon complete with a roaring log-burning fire, honesty bar, and a Maison Assouline curated library. The villa’s former stables are adjacent to the building and house a further ten rooms, some boasting their own private garden.
Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa (Novigrad, Croatia): Set on the shores of Croatia’s Istrian coast, this beachside escape is a reconstruction of the former Villa Rainis built in the style of neo-Renaissance Venetian palazzos by the Rainis family, who moved from Venice in the 19th century. The hotel’s 16 elegant rooms – including the palatial Bel Etage suite – feature delicate wrought-iron balconies, parquet floors and sophisticated, handpicked furnishings. Choose from two wings – one with classical architecture or another featuring a modern style. Top Croatian chef, Tom Gretić, is responsible for the menu at the fine dining restaurant Chemistry, while the bar Potions serves the best Croatian and Istrian wines, liqueurs and spirits.
Summer Senses Luxury Resort (Paros, Greece): Summer Senses Luxury Resort is a 100-room, luxurious hilltop retreat sitting above the famous Punda Beach. Laid out to resemble a Greek village, the Cycladic style resort overlooks the Aegean Sea with views across to neighboring Naxos. The hotel’s quiet outdoor spaces make for peaceful meandering from one lagoon-like swimming pool (shown at top of post) to another, while the shallow lounging pool is perfect for families with children. Its contemporary rooms and suites feature natural materials such as wood and marble, minimal design and captivating views. Its restaurant – Galazia Hytra – is a collaboration with the Michelin-starred Hytra in Athens.
The Roundtree (Amagansett, New York, United States): Offering the ambience of a quintessential Hamptons’ home, The Roundtree has five quaint yet contemporary private cottages, and 15 cozily-appointed rooms and suites in a century-old former barn. Guests enjoy morning yoga session on the two-acre lawn, and the use of an electric beach buggy to travel to one of the most beautiful and expansive beaches the American East Coast has to offer.
Yangshuo Jora Hotel (Guilin, China): The emphasis at Yangshuo Jora is on the perfect fusion of man and nature. This area of China advocates a calmer, quieter way of life, reflected in Yangshuo Jora’s 35 guest rooms emphasizing simplicity and sophistication, gifted with mountain vistas or Lijiang River views. Around the hotel, there are plenty of spots to curl up with one of the hotel’s 500 books. Advocating the concepts of “green and healthy” and local ingredients, Shishan Restaurant integrates Chinese culinary heritage with traditional Western or Japanese flavors.