Pack your bags and explore these hot new luxury hotels that offer breathtaking views and provide out of the world facilities.
1. Masseria Trapana, Puglia, Italy
Sitting on 60 hectares of olive groves, the 16th-century fort houses 6 huge gardens and each of them offers different activities like yoga and games, with the most fascinating being the pool gardens, where you can take a nap on the oversized beds placed in the garden itself. The resort has different kinds of suites and rooms to choose from, which differ in size and interiors, but offer a few common amenities like private internal and external bath, air conditioner, room heater, heated floors, sky television, and a Bose portable sound dock, among many others. The alluring private villa can also be rented during weekends with prices varying according to seasons.
2. Santani, Sri Lanka
Spread over 48 acres, Santani is Sri Lanka’s first wellness resort that offers complete relaxation amidst the serenity of nature, apart from the latest in wellness innovations coupled with Ayurvedic treatments. The resort provides customised packages ranging from 7 to 21 days with services like rejuvenation, stress relief, post-trauma recovery, or weight loss, to name a few. It has a full-fledged spa which includes the first ever hydrotherapy facility in the country, apart from a thermal salt soak, steam room, infrared sauna, and three treatment rooms, where one is a couple’s room. Some of the other key facilities provided by the resort include a reception pavilion, infinity lap pool, lounge wine/juice bar, outdoor sitting lounges with a campfire, an elevated restaurant offering healthy cuisine that can seat 60 people, a media room with a 15 seat theater, computer facilities, and internet, and two yoga pavilions. Multiple hike trails, mountain biking, and meditation facilities are also some of the hallmarks of this serene resort.
3. Amanemu, Mie Perfecture, Japan
Lying on the lap of the Shima National Park on the Kii Peninsula, the resort offers a breathtaking view of the Agno Bay, also known as the ‘Bay of Pearls’. The resort has 24 suites and villas, each featuring a private onsen – the ancient Japanese bathing tradition that uses nutrient rich thermal springs and terraces. Measuring 99 square meters in area, each of the suites is unique in terms of the view it offers and the interiors, but they all share a few common amenities like a combined bedroom and living area, verandah with daybeds and dining area, a king sized bed, walk in closet, TV, sound system, WI-FI, a safe that is large enough for laptops, a personal bar, and a coffee machine. The resort also has simple villas and wellness facilities like a gym, a yoga studio, four treatment suites, and two large onsen bathing pavilions that are complemented by a Watsu pool. The restaurants serve out of the world Japanese cuisine along with a few western dishes as well.
4. Ace Hotel, New Orleans, USA
This luxury hotel is full of galleries and museums, housing 234 rooms in medium, large, and double size. Despite the difference in size and interiors, all the rooms boast of king beds, bespoke furnishings inspired by the French Deco building, a flat screen television, a mini bar, Smeg refrigerators, and free WI-FI, with some of them having Music Hall turntables and Martin guitars like the suite rooms. The hotel also has its own Ace Suite with a 2 level living area, a wet bar, and an outdoor terrace at the lower level with the sleeping area above. A heaven for music lovers, the hotel also has a music venue which sees regular performances. It also features Stumptown coffee’s first foray into the south coupled with restaurants with renowned Chefs like Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, who are renowned for their Italian food with a southern twist. The magnificent terrazzo floors, banquets bathed in lush greenery, beautiful pieces of local art, and the breathtaking view from the rooftop and terrace pool add to the beauty of the hotel.
5. Katamama, Bali, Indonesia
This beautiful, handmade boutique hotel has been crafted very meticulously. The ambience of the hotel reflects Indonesia’s centuries old traditions with a hint of modernity. The hotel has host of suites to choose from like the Katamama suite, pool suites, rooftop suites, and island suites to name a few, each with common amenities like air conditioners, a flat screen TV, heaters, a king sized bed, a personal bar, a walk-in closet, organic bath amenities created exclusively for Katamama, pillow menu, and naturally dyed bathrobes with most of them having private gardens like in pool suites, garden suites or Katamama suites. The Movida restaurant serves some finger licking Spanish delicacies. The place offers a myriad of facilities like a Swimming pool, a gym, and an awesome pool bar where you can drink in the beauty of the resort and enjoy indigenous tropical food and cocktail. It also has an audiophile system which provides the highest possible ‘in suite’ audio experience.