The Leading Hotels of the World has added 11 properties to its collection of more than 400 independent luxury hotels. Sharing a common dedication to personalized hospitality, the distinguished new members offer varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive cultural experiences delivered by passionate hoteliers.
Spanning the globe, these noteworthy new members can be found in nine countries, from the sandy beaches of Mexico to the ultra-modern streets of Singapore and snow-topped mountains of Italy. Of the 11 hotels, nine opened in late 2018 and an additional opening in Madrid is set for early 2019. The Leading Hotels of the World new members include:
An ode to sophisticated simplicity and outstanding service, newly built Silversands Grenada opened its doors December 2018. This intimate luxury resort sits on a stretch of more than seven hundred feet of beach front and features stunning design, immersive activities, and fresh local cuisine from Grenada. Each of the property’s 52 guestrooms, suites, and villas are oriented west for impeccable sunset views. Guests will enjoy unwinding at the Silversands Spa, lounging by the longest infinity pool in the Caribbean (at 330 feet) or exploring the island’s chocolate factories and spice fields. At night, fine dining awaits at Asiatique, evening rhythms take over the lively beach club with its resident DJ, and a more tranquil atmosphere can be found at the lounge, Puro, with an extensive collection of rums and the finest cigars from around the world. An uncommon experience not to miss: Observe Grenada’s flourishing chocolate industry firsthand at a “Bean to Bar Chocolate Tour.” The team at Silversands Grenada can help facilitate a truly unique experience at the historic Belmont Estate plantation that dates back to the 1600’s. The tour takes the discerning chocolate lover on a journey of the delicate crafting of chocolate, from the bean to the bar. Guests will a visit the cocoa fields for a demonstration of harvesting, cracking, collecting, and tasting of fresh beans, followed by a tour of the Grenada Chocolate Factory with a chocolate making tutorial and a lunch featuring dishes made from chocolate.
Located in the Mexican Caribbean, just north of Cancun, the white sand beaches of Costa Mujeres provide a photo-ready backdrop for this adults-only hideaway. Opened November 2018 and designed with contemporary flair using eco-friendly materials, the hotel’s 469 guestrooms are stylish sanctuaries, each with outdoor space, hydro-massaging tubs, and panoramic views. In addition to shimmering pools and a fully-outfitted spa and fitness facilities, guests enjoy swim-up suites, a private beach club, and dedicated concierges. Foodies can indulge at one of the many restaurants and bars (including five themed eateries and a 24-hour sports bar) or take in a thrilling live multi-sensory dinner show. An uncommon experience not to miss: Enjoy the award-winning CHIC Cabaret & Restaurant, a one-of-a-kind culinary and sensory experience. The evening offers an exquisite multi-course meal, enjoyed while absorbing breathtaking acrobatics, stunning choreography and music from all genres. The audience becomes part of the performance with an immersive dining experience that moves through history and to different parts of the world, from the Moulin Rouge in Paris to the ‘50s Rock ‘n’ Roll era and present day with pop and Latin hits.
Opened October 2018, Fasano Belo Horizonte is a cosmopolitan retreat within the bustling city of Belo Horizonte. The hotel is located in the Lourdes district within walking distance of city’s Mercado Central, a lively indoor market, and many of the area’s museums and cultural destinations. Designed with style and sophistication by Bernardes Arquitetura, Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte features 77 spacious accommodations, a relaxing spa, fitness center, and business center. Expertly-crafted cocktails and a cozy atmosphere await in Baretto, the property’s award-winning bar. To complete the experience, Fasano Belo Horizonte is home to the first hotel-based Gero restaurant, a distinguished Italian eatery, aligning with the Fasano family’s tradition of gastronomic excellence. An uncommon experience not to miss: Make sure to visit the Inhotim Institute, one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Brazil and located an hour from Belo Horizonte. The team at Fasano Belo Horizonte can help organize a trip to this captivating contemporary art center and botanical garden. The area blends forests and gardens with an extensive collection of rare tropical species and internationally significant contemporary art installations.
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Salvador and opened December 2018, Fasano Salvador holds a historic address within an iconic building from the 1930s, the former headquarters of the newspaper A Tarde. The hotel’s prime setting in front of Castro Alves Square offers sweeping views of the Bay of All Saints and the city’s Portuguese colonial architecture. Carefully designed by the renowned architect Isay Weinfeld, Fasano Salvador is complete with 70 expansive apartments, a rooftop pool, relaxing spa, business center and noteworthy epicurean offerings. Culinary excellence is at the heart of the Fasano experience and is highlighted at the Fasano Restaurant, one of the most distinguishing features of the hotel, serving up traditional Italian cuisine. An uncommon experience not to miss: Explore Salvador, known for its energy and unadorned beauty, with guidance from Fasano Salvador’s skilled team. The hotel staff can recommend carefully crafted itineraries based on a guest’s interest. From the Pelourinho, the old historic center of Salvador, and Casa de Jorge Amado, a cultural museum housed in a former mansion, to Casa do Carnaval, an interactive carnival house, there are numerous options in walking distance of the property.
Located in the Salamanca district and only steps away from the city’s many attractions, BLESS Hotel Madrid opens in January 2019. The hotel stands out for its unique style and timeless design in the most exclusive neighborhood in the center of the city. Distinguished by its sensory architecture, the property’s modern design is equipped with the most advanced technology and features 111 spacious guestrooms and suites. BLESS Hotel Madrid delivers fabulous experiences and personalized services, such as flower decoration, pet-friendly amenities, a unique ‘Bathology’ soap butler and the ‘BlessedBed’ complete with pillow and/or aroma menus. Culinary delights start with Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui, who presents authentic and healthy creations that truly embody Basque roots, redefining haute cuisine. An uncommon experience not to miss: Bowl while enjoying carefully-crafted cocktails. At Fetén Clandestine Bar, BLESS Hotel Madrid’s bowling bar with an air of exclusivity, the mysterious yet discreet atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for some of the most exciting cocktails in Madrid. Mixologists serve up well-balanced drinks complementing Martín Berasategui’s distinguished bar menu at this exclusive speakeasy bar and bowling alley.
With its glamorous style and retro flourishes, Capri Tiberio Palace is a charming boutique hideaway that mirrors the colorful essence of Capri. Just a short stroll from the famed Piazetta and its boutique-lined lanes, the petite hotel is adorned with 1950’s-inspired furnishings, mod-style curios, hand-painted tiles, vibrant textiles, and bold pops of color. The property features 45 guestrooms and suites, serene views from the suite terraces, a spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, and an indoor-outdoor pool lined with eclectic artworks. In terms of gastronomy, the sea-view Terrazza Tiberio restaurant serves up Mediterranean and Caprese classics crafted with seasonal ingredients and a menu of Italian favorites cooked to certified glatt kosher standards. An uncommon experience not to miss: Indulge in a truly fresh experience in Capri Tiberio Palace’s private vegetable garden. From gastronomic tours where guests can pick their own vine-ripe tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers to enjoy for lunch or dinner, to sunset yoga classes, the garden is an oasis of greenery and relaxation. To further the experience, the talented culinary staff can create a special cooking class to teach guests about traditional Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!
Located in the center of Courmayeur, Le Massif opened its doors December 2018. The pristine mountainside property features 78 guestrooms and suites, all with a modern-Alpine aesthetic and windows framing spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Just a stone’s throw from the ski lifts, Le Massif is ideally located for enjoying the mountains, whether hiking during the summer or skiing in the winter with the help of a ski concierge and ski butler. Epicures will love Le Massif’s dining options, which include a gourmet restaurant as well as a steakhouse and grill at the main hotel or La Loge du Massif at the chalet on the ski slopes at Plan Checrouit, serving traditional mountain cuisine alongside the PA-NI-NO boutique bar. An uncommon experience not to miss: With a guide arranged by Le Massif, guests can ski along the picturesque crossing of The Vallée Blanche, an ungroomed 24-kilometer ski route, 18 kilometers of which are situated on a glacier! Arriving at the last station of the Skyway Monte Bianco, guests will descend on the glacier and reach Colle del Flambeaux where they can start the descent into The Vallée Blanche. A refuge is located about halfway along the route offering unmatched views and the perfect resting spot to enjoy a refreshment.
Built in 1923 in a Neoclassical style and opened November 2018, Le Monumental Palace is based upon the elegant French art of living while connecting Porto’s past to its future. Only a few steps from Clérigos, Bolhao market, and Dom Luís I Bridge, the hotel features 76 guestrooms and suites. The atmosphere dances between Art Nouveau and Art Deco with high ceilings creating a striking luminosity. Le Monumental Palace perfects the art of French hospitality and offers the most desirable amenities, including a spa, pool, lounge and library. The culinary scene is a bastion of French gastronomic excellence with three different locations placed under the high command of the French Michelin-starred chef, Julien Montbabut. From the traditional brasserie fare to creative cuisine and tapas to go, guests will find a mix of the latest culinary trends and dining traditions with great sophistication and a love for detail. An uncommon experience not to miss: Escape the long lines at Livraria Lello, the famed bookstore that serves as a window into the city’s history. Le Monumental Palace’s staff can set up an exclusive, private night visit to the bookshop complete with a traditional Portuguese Fado music show and a glass or two of port wine curated by the house Sommelier. Internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world and reportedly the inspiration behind JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, a night at Livraria Lello is sure to delight and intrigue.
Housed in Stamford House and Capitol Building, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is a quintessential masterpiece of beautifully conserved architecture uplifted with a modern touch and bespoke hospitality. Located in the heart of the civic and cultural district, the stunning property features 157 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a lobby lounge, an outdoor saltwater relaxation pool, a fitness center and spa, an exclusive event space, as well as a trendy bar and a signature restaurant led by a Michelin-starred chef. The discovery continues with unparalleled shopping and dining experiences within footsteps at the connected Capitol Piazza, and direct access to the legendary Capitol Theatre, where celebratory galas and extraordinary gatherings take place. An uncommon experience not to miss: Journey down the charming civic district in an exclusive vintage Vespa sidecar. Explore museums, memorials and parks, including St. Andrew’s Cathedral, National Gallery, and Chijmes as you marvel at some of the country’s most iconic attractions and gain insight into this precinct where modern Singapore began.
Nestled between Xiamen’s magnificent oceanfront and its most vibrant business district, The PuShang Hotel and Spa opened October 2018. The vibrant hotel draws its inspiration from both aspects of the region and offers easy access to the best of the city. Architecturally rooted in the rich heritage of the province, 188 guestrooms and suites afford unprecedented views across the property’s magnificent landscape and the ocean. The PuShang Hotel and Spa also features bars, lounges, meeting spaces, and a comprehensive wellness offering which are sure to redefine the standards of luxury hospitality in the region and beyond. From the finest Chinese cuisine to the savors of the Mediterranean, the hotel’s two flagship restaurants and bars offer guests a world of flavors. An uncommon experience not to miss: For those looking to experience Xiamen’s impressive natural surroundings, The PuShang Hotel and Spa’s knowledgeable team can recommend a carefully-curated morning stroll. Choose from a walk around Wuyuan Bay Wetland Park, an ecological park that is an important stopover for migratory birds and home to over 50 species including egrets and black swans, or travel to the pedestrian-only island of Gulangyu, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with a charming mix of architectural styles around the world.
A new urban haven within the vibrant heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle and steps from the center of the business and entertainment districts, The RuMa Hotel and Residences opened its doors in November 2018. The posh new property features 253 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, a library lounge, modern Malaysian eatery, UR SPA, a state-of-the-art gym, outdoor pool bar, and a Barber at The RuMa by Truefitt & Hill. Within its contemporary and luxurious setting, the urban resort captures all the intimacy of a home run by an accomplished host with their mantra of “Hostmanship,” a signature host and guest experience. An uncommon experience not to miss: With its central location, The RuMa Hotel provides access to the best of what the city has to offer and can set up unique opportunities for travelers to discover hidden treasures of Malaysian heritage. Throughout this unique and multicultural community, guests can take on an outdoor excursion to the nearby Kanching Falls, or bravely ascend the 272 steps to explore the Batu Caves, said to be over 400 million years old and currently the home of one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.