Small Luxury Hotels of the World, SLH, is growing its luxury hotel portfolio with some of 2014 and 2015’s most talked-about new openings. From the Belle Époque themed hotel Maison Souquet in Paris, a beautifully renovated manor house in Palma’s historic centre to a tropical retreat on Phuket, the new additions illustrate the diversity and character of SLH’s unrivalled hotel collection.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, Palma, Mallorca
Scheduled to open in in two weeks, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is an exciting conversion of an old manor house into a luxury boutique hotel in the historic centre of Palma de Mallorca. Sitting at number five Plaza de Sant Francesc and in the shadow of one of Palma’s oldest churches, the Basilica de Sant Francesc, the new hotel restores the old Can Alomar building, which has been in a state of neglect for the past few years. The conversion is part of a wider project to protect historical buildings in Palma’s old town.
The chic urban bolthole retains the beauty of the former building and blends graceful simplicity with a distinctly Spanish style. Among its 42 rooms, there’s the 100m² Tower Suite where guests can soak up the Mallorcan sun on their own private terrace, or take the short stroll to the beautiful waterfront where they can while away the day in awe of the spectacular super yacht industry in Palma.
Hotel Maison Souquet, Paris, France
Combining historic architecture and orientalism, Maison Souquet gives guests the Belle Époque experience of a time focused on peace and optimism. The new hotel sits next to Montmartre in a neighbourhood formerly renowned for its pleasure houses, where nobility and socialites would party with bohemian Parisians during the Belle Époque era. Famed French designer Jacques Garcia has conjured up the opulence of 19th century France through antique woodwork and Cordova leather furnishings throughout the building and its 20 luxurious suites and rooms.
Keemala, Phuket Island, Thailand
Keemala is a luxurious sanctuary nestled in an enchanting woodland and located close to the village and beach of Kamala on the west coast of Phuket. The resort is set to open September 2015.
Its tranquil setting encourages guests to rebalance, rejuvenate and relax during their time at the resort, which makes use of natural features such as trees, streams and waterfalls to complement the surrounding landscape.
Its 38 pool villas are split into four different styles, with each one representing a different group of fictitious early Phuket settlers through their design and position, including clay cottages, tent villas, tree houses and bird’s nest villas.