The Leading Hotels of the World has added 14 new members to its curated collection of more than 400 independent luxury hotels. From notable, culinary-focused hotspots in France and Brazil, to off-the-beaten path beach retreats along the coast of Colombia and Montenegro, the new members share a passion for remarkably uncommon hospitality in their desirable locales.
The celebrated new members can be found in 10 countries, including eight new and recently opened properties in China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Maldives, Mexico and Montenegro. While different in nature, each property offers guests the opportunity to enjoy immersive cultural experiences in addition to unparalleled service. The Leading Hotels of the World new members include:
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa is a new architectural icon of Beijing’s skyline. It was designed by renowned architect Ole Scheeren and is managed by Urban Resort Concepts (URC). Opening its doors in late 2018, the hotel is a modernist masterpiece adjacent to one of the world’s most significant historic landmarks, the Forbidden City. The property features 116 spacious rooms and suites as well as several world-class dining venues and its signature UR SPA, focused on modern science and ancient healing. Conceived around URC’s new guest service philosophy of “Hostmanship,” the property provides inclusive and bespoke guest experiences that reflect generosity, intuitiveness and human exchange. An uncommon experience not to miss: Celebrating the rich history of its locale, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa invites guests on a walking tour through Beijing’s maze-like alleys known as hutongs. First, stroll to ShiJia Hutong, believed to have been built during the Ming Dynasty and now preserved as a museum with exhibits from a hutong home of a bygone era. Following, marvel at the exquisite architecture and immerse in the ethereal sounds of Jing music by Buddhist monks at ZhiHua temple, a tradition that has been passed down 27 generations.
Nestled between Ubud’s rainforest, rice terraces and the sacred Wos river, Capella Ubud opened in July 2018. The ultra-luxurious tented camp was inspired by the early European settlers from the 1800s and features 23 tents, all with private salt water pools. During the day Capella’s personal assistants can arrange adventurous excursions, or guests can spend an afternoon pampering with spa treatments at the Auriga Spa. Unexpected twists on traditional flavors come together in the dining tent, which offers a choice of inventive restaurants including highly-interactive Asian barbecue food at Api Jiwa and a poolside bar with light and refreshing snacks. As night falls, guests gather at the camp fire to listen to local storytellers while enjoying Bali’s untouched natural surroundings over toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. An uncommon experience not to miss: Guests are invited to reconnect with their travel companions during 24-hours of absolute indulgence, from sunrise to sunrise. Begin with a Balinese holy water ritual and pranayama yoga on your private deck followed by the exploration of self-healing through Swadistana Cakra Balancing. The immersion continues with pampering during a Senja Sunyi massage, including a full bath ritual, before enjoying Camp Roast Dinner crafted by camp’s chef. The experience ends the next morning with a purification ritual at Wos Beji River temple.
A celebrated city landmark in central Lisbon, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa is the place to see and be seen. Since 1933, this famed hotel has delivered exceptional hospitality to celebrities, heads of state and royalty alike. The property completed a €15 million renovation in 2017 that encompassed its 285 rooms and suites, leisure areas and restaurant facilities. An energetic ambience is highlighted in the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade’s new concept restaurant, Cervejaria Liberdade, serving seafood locally sourced from the Portuguese coastline. The property also features an exclusive rooftop bar perfect for sipping cocktails under the stars and its Anantara Spa which combines ancient far-eastern therapies with indigenous Portuguese rituals. An uncommon experience not to miss: Raise a glass in style. Officially opening its doors in October, the rooftop restaurant SEEN offers sweeping views of Lisbon and is the place to be for travelers and locals alike. With Castelo São Jorge to the left, the Tagus River in the background and the Lisbon skyline below, the reinvented year-round rooftop creates a cosmopolitan yet relaxed atmosphere to sip a cocktail and savor a meal.
As a converted 18th century palace, the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is a gem of period architecture with nods to the romance and refinement of the Age of Enlightenment. Ornate furnishings, 18th century antiques and restored frescoes adorn the property, while each of the 30 rooms features its own distinct design. The hotel’s signature Seteais Restaurant serves guests a stylish and elegant experience with native Portuguese cuisine. Guests can also sip afternoon tea from the palace’s lush gardens, relax in the Anantara Spa, or journey off property to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra’s cultural heritage. An uncommon experience not to miss: Live like royalty! For an exclusive option, the hotel offers an ‘Own a Palace for a Day’ program that invites guests to privatize the hotel for their travels and provides the chance to journey back in time and enjoy the romanticism of a luxury palace and its 18th century neoclassical architecture.
Stretched along Montenegro’s Trašte Bay, The Chedi Luštica Bay opened in July 2018. The resort’s 111 rooms and suites offer a water or mountain view and are designed in a breezy-chic style that reflects the maritime environment. The Chedi’s two restaurants, elegant lobby lounge, beach bar carved into a natural rock, indoor and outdoor pools and spa draw both in-house guests and area residents. On property activities include sailing, kayaking, and access to a private beach with dedicated seating for Chedi guests, while a short drive away guests can enjoy Montenegro wine and olive oil tastings or strolls through the medieval town of Kotor. An uncommon experience not to miss: Take to the sea and sail the Bay of Kotor for the day. The hotel’s knowledgeable reception team can set up an unforgettable maritime experience for guests. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the fjord-like bay is a small package of immense beauty uniting rocky mountains, intimate beaches, preserved Medieval towns and historic monuments to explore.
Just opened in September 2018 and well-positioned to become an icon for grand gourmet moments, Fauchon L’Hôtel Paris is the first hotel from Fauchon, the prestigious purveyor of gourmet French food. Located near Place de la Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement, the hotel is just a short walk from Palais Garnier opera house, upscale department stores and Place de la Concorde. Those in search of bespoke Parisian experiences can check-in to one of their 54 rooms and suites featuring a variety of character traits including vaults, balconies, bow windows and more, while offering a common luxury: Paris city views. An uncommon experience not to miss: Indulge while learning about traditional Parisian ingredients, such as chocolate, tea, coffee and champagne, with the Fauchon’s chef during a “Delicacies Discovery” session. The one-hour session dives into the ingredient’s history and origins, allows guests to sample recipes and provides a hands-on cooking experience. Each participant receives a Fauchon apron, certificate, selfie with the chef and small gift upon completion.
Bordered by the Charente River and acres of vineyards, Hôtel Chais Monnet will open in October 2018 bringing an air of contemporary elegance to a city rich in history. The original buildings at the property date back to 1838, and now house 92 rooms and suites, 13 apartments, two restaurants and a state-of-the-art spa. Culinary enthusiasts can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a traditional dinner à la française in the hotel’s modern brasserie, La Distillerie, or dine in the regionally-inspired Les Foudres, where Michelin-starred Executive Chef Sébastien Broda creates a refined cuisine spotlighting the rich flavors of the Aquitaine region. Located just a short walk from some of the region’s most prestigious Cognac houses, Hôtel Chais Monnet offers guests the perfect base camp for exploring a region rich with wine and gastronomic experiences. An uncommon experience not to miss: Visit Cognac’s oldest cellars and most precious collections. Hôtel Chais Monnet can curate private tours and tastings at neighboring, world-renowned Cognac houses including Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin. After sipping around the town, head back to the hotel and relax at Le 1838, located in Monnet’s former cooperage and home to around 400 different cognacs from more than 40 producers.
With its unique location in the historic center of Palma de Mallorca Es Príncep opened in March 2018 and offers sweeping views of the city and sea. The hotel’s 68 rooms and suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the Bay of Palma or the old city walls. From its elevated position, the rooftop terrace’s pool, bar, and restaurant, offer breathtaking panoramas at any time of day. Dining is a highlight at Es Príncep with award-winning chef Andreu Genestra’s passion for local Mallorcan and innovative flavors, and cocktail aficionados can revel in the well-crafted mixtures at the hotel’s hidden bar, Gremium. The property also features the Cocô Spa Oasis, primed to pamper guests after a day of exploring the beauty of Palma. An uncommon experience not to miss: Enjoy the luxury of simplicity and live like a Mallorcan. Es Príncep is perfectly located to explore Palma de Mallorca and Es Portixol, a popular fishing district where locals go when they want to unwind. The hotel’s knowledgeable staff can provide guidance to guests who wish to explore the area, from strolls along the streets to walks in the salty air through the picturesque fishing district, an area skipped by most tourists.
Enjoy the tranquility of São Paulo’s verdant countryside at Hotel Fasano Boa Vista. Just an hour drive from the city of São Paulo, the property sits on over 2,000 acres of sprawling farmland and features an exclusive 18-hole golf course, a relaxing spa, numerous lakes and natural pools and all the leisure offerings of a countryside retreat. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the hotel combines the elements of its natural surroundings with comfort and sophistication in the 27 rooms and 12 suites. On-property activities range from horseback riding to fine dining at the hotel’s bars and restaurants that utilize produce harvested from their Boa Vista ranch. An uncommon experience not to miss: Take in the property’s picturesque ranch setting with a rustic picnic. The Fasano’s team is available to prepare a carefully-crafted picnic basket and the concierge will provide a list of the best spots to take in the views. Whether guests are in the mood for a romantic lunch with lake views or a family gathering near the farm, the team can set up the perfect picnic for a memorable day.
Hotel Fasano Punta Del Este (Punta Del Este, Uruguay) (restaurant pictured at top)
Overlooking the Maldonado River in Uruguay, Hotel Fasano Punta Del Este is the Fasano group’s first international venture. The property occupies a preserved area of 1,210 acres in the heart of La Barra and is widely known as one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. With an award-winning architectural design created by Isay Weinfeld, the hotel interacts with the breathtaking natural landscape and offers the perfect scenery to relax and rejuvenate. The 18 rooms and suites and 12 villas overlook the property, which also features new leisure areas including a lounge, pool, solarium and bar. An uncommon experience not to miss: Integrate art and nature with a trip to see the famed Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Archugarry’s Foundation on horseback. The Fasano’s equestrian center is just a 30-minute trail ride from the sculptor’s foundation which serves as a meeting point for artists of all disciplines. Guests can enjoy the artwork, take in the beautiful views and then head back to the hotel to relax poolside or on the property’s private river beach.
Opened in late 2017 and nestled in the lush seaside forest of Angra dos Reis, Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis is a waterfront getaway where refined comfort meets country charm. The 60 rooms and suites draw on inspiration from the surrounding picturesque sea and forest setting. A focus on environmental sustainability defines the resort that has more than 322,000 square-feet of reforested vegetation. The Fasano family’s century-old fine dining legacy finds a home in Angra dos Reis at Crudo restaurant, focused on sophisticated elaborations and presentations of seafood. Additionally, the property features a beachside restaurant, 2,000 square-meter spa and fitness center. An uncommon experience not to miss: Explore the area’s nearly 365 islands and stunning sites by boat. Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis curates boat trips tailored to each guests’ preference, whether they are interested in spending a few hours on the water or all day exploring marine nature. Guests can also combine a boat trip with a moderate nature trail or a city tour through Paraty’s Historic Center, a charming historical village.
Opened in June 2018, Hotel Las Islas offers eco-luxury in its purest form. A scenic 45-minute boat ride from Cartagena transports travelers to a luxurious adventure at an environmentally conscious resort set on pristine white sandy beaches. The charming treetop bungalows and private villas are elegantly decorated with Colombian flair and boast striking views of the sea and national park. An over-water restaurant and beach bar offer locally-sourced, seaside dining at its best. Guests can experience island life first-hand while snorkeling or diving or revitalize the mind and body in Spa Niña Daniela after taking in the breathtaking sunrises from their private treetop hideaway. An uncommon experience not to miss: Just a quick trip from the bustling city of Cartagena, experience Colombia’s picturesque natural surroundings from sea to sky. As night falls, the hotel can arrange an in-water bioluminescence tour showcasing the lighting of the plankton. From there, head to the property’s solarium for a look through the telescope at the majestic night sky.
Designed to encourage guests to reconnect with the beauty of nature, Chablé Maroma officially opened September 2018. The all-suite hotel is situated on Mexico’s crystalline Caribbean coast only 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport. With private pools, outdoor living areas, terraces, sumptuous linens and exclusive amenities, each of the 68 suites and two villas invite guests to unwind comfortably. The hotel also features a 17,000-square-foot spa and a beautiful pool which lies parallel to Maroma’s private, sugar-white sand beach for a mix of water, sun and sand. With a focus on cuisine that is caught or grown locally and obtained from nearby suppliers, guests can dine in the beachfront seafood bar, or the relaxed poolside dining room. An uncommon experience not to miss: Harmonize the body’s physical and energetic components with the Tree of Life Massage at Chablé Maroma’s spa. The balancing treatment reflects the constant swing between life’s polarities. Using four hands, two therapists work in perfect synchrony to align the body, mind and soul with a massage that soothes the nervous system, clears the mind, eases muscular tension and restores internal balance.
Chablé Resort & Spa is a wellness sanctuary in the heart of the Mayan Forest. Situated within lush gardens, the resort’s 36 suites and four deluxe villas, all with private pools, blend traditional Mayan architecture with modern touches. The centerpiece of this retreat is its incredible spa built beside a cenote—a naturally formed underground reservoir of crystalline water believed to be sacred to the Mayans. Chablé Resort & Spa immediately immerses guests in the rich culture and history of the region, creating an authentic experience that harmoniously blends nature and comfort. An uncommon experience not to miss: Purify and heal at Chablé’s spa with a Traditional Ceremonial Temazcal ritual where the physical, mental and spiritual levels come together. Based on one of the oldest forms of medicine, the heat is generated by the volcanic stones bathed in medicinal teas, the darkness aides in liberating the senses from external distractions, the group energy empowers the ceremony and the chants and oral tributes make this ceremony a true rebirth for participants.