This week, Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) have announced that they have accepted eight luxury properties into their world-renowned collection of luxury hotels and resorts. The prestigious properties that have been added to the collection include; La Reserve Ramatuelle, France; The Mulia Suites, Bali; Portrait Firenze, Florence; The Alpina Dolomites Lodge, Italy; Hotel Casadelmar, France; Charleston Casa Medina, Colombia; Hotel Charleston Bogota, Colombia; Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa, Colombia. As the largest luxury hotel collection, LHW has over 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries on their list.
La Reserve Ramatuelle, France
Ideally set 20 minutes by car from the village of Saint-Tropez, France, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, La Reserve Ramatuelle is a world apart, suspended between earth and sky in an exceptional natural environment. Open from mid-April to mid-October, the hotel offers 28 rooms and suites, plus 12 villas nestled in a luxuriant garden each with its own private swimming pool and spectacular sea view. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Chef Eric Canino in Les Voile des Ramatuelle exalts the flavours of the South through high-quality ingredients chosen with the greatest care. Light lunches are served daily at the pool restaurant and in the evening, the Sky Restaurant is ideal for champagne and tapas.
The Mulia Suites, Bali
The Mulia Suites, with its stunning beach frontage along Nusa Dua’s Bay, evoke a relaxed yet polished sensibility. The natural beauty of the island can be enjoyed in most of the public spaces as well as the guest accommodations. Each of the 111 suites is designed with an eye for luxury, and they offer a one-bedroom option with living area and glass door opening to a full-length patio, a one-bedroom suite with separate living room, and a two-bedroom configuration with both living and dining areas. Each comes complete with a Jacuzzi on the patio.
Portrait Firenze, Florence
Due to open in late spring 2014, Portrait Firenze is located in the heart of Florence overlooking the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. From its privileged position, the hotel is just moments from the richness of the city’s art and history, its fashion and food. Set in a most desirable neighbourhood, it offers a sense of calm and tranquillity reminiscent of a lavish townhouse, yet it is just steps from Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Its 36 sophisticated rooms and suites were designed by architect Michele Bonan, connoisseur of a deeply personal style that is harmonious yet surprising, classic yet contemporary in its nostalgia for a perfect bygone era.
The Alpina Dolomites Lodge, Italy
The Alpina Dolomites Lodge is situated on the Alpe di Suisi in Italy, the largest high-altitude plateau in Europe. Its exclusive panoramic location – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009 – ensures that all 56 rooms and suites boast spectacular views. A luxury mountain resort, it was created to respect its unique environment, blending harmoniously into the surrounding nature. In the Mountain Restaurant and Stuben, guests will enjoy Mediterranean, regional and international dishes using the finest, freshest ingredients, while the Mountain Lounge & Bar is a cosy setting for relaxation in a delightful and comfortable atmosphere. In addition to the extensive spa and wellness centre, recreation options include mountain climbing, golf, a full range of winter sports and children’s programs.
Hotel Casadelmar, France
Sleek, striking, and filled with natural light, Hotel Casadelmar is located on a peninsula just outside the town of Porto Vecchio on the southwest coastline of Corsica, France, overlooking the Mediterranean. An intimate, contemporary resort, its design blends seamlessly with its environment. Surrounded by well-tended gardens, the hotel offers rooms with clean, uncluttered lines, accented by oversized windows, stone floors, and brightly coloured fabrics that reflect both the calm and liveliness of the Corsican lifestyle. Each of the 34 rooms and suites also boast an outdoor terrace with sunbeds, and sweeping sea views. Tempting dining options include Michelin-starred Le Casadelmar and the beachfront Grill.
Charleston Casa Medina, Colombia
Charleston Casa Medina is situated in the new financial and commercial centres of Bogota, Colombia. The only luxury boutique hotel in these districts of the city, it is housed in a traditional, historic building. While the original section is a classic mix of Tudor and colonial style, typical of the mansions in the surrounding area, the modern portion is fully integrated and encloses two small and charming internal gardens. Public spaces, characterised by stone columns and parquet floors, are luxuriously appointed with leather furnishings. A lobby fireplace helps create an intimate, residential feel. The 58 spacious guest accommodations, suitable for business and leisure travellers alike, offer a contemporary design with dark wood floors, leather upholstered furniture and handsomely framed artwork.
Hotel Charleston Bogota, Colombia
A sister property to the Casa Medina, Hotel Charleston Bogota is situated in the exclusive northern section of the city within walking distance of the financial, commercial and cultural districts. Known for its unrivalled hospitality, personalised attention, exquisite gastronomy and cosy atmosphere, the hotel is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. There are 64 sleek, contemporary guest accommodations in stylish neutral shades, which seamlessly integrate the traditional elements of the destination with the latest technological amenities. In La Biblioteca guests can enjoy a range of international fare, while bar La Biblioteca serves sophisticated cocktails and libations. The hotel also offers a fitness centre and gym, as well as two banquet and function rooms.
Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa, Colombia
Set within Cartagena’s walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa is surrounded by world-class cultural heritage yet is just blocks from the Getsemani Convention Centre and within minutes of the more contemporary districts. A former convent, the 89-room hotel embodies the history, flavour and mystique of the city, artfully and skilfully combining colonial Colombian and republican styles. Restored by expert hands, the sophistication of every detail can be appreciated throughout the property, from its stately façade to its splendid yet warm interior.