Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has introduced five new stylish hotels during the month of March, including the first-ever Egyptian properties to join the portfolio. La Maison Bleue and Lazib Inn Resort & Spa offer incomparable luxurious experiences in two different parts of Egypt. Be swept away at Castello di Spaltenna and Villa La Madonna in Italy, both of which offer stunning views and award-winning food and wine, or unwind and relax in the Costa Rican rainforest at Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa.
The latest additions include:
11 rooms from US$230 per night including breakfast
Offering a blend of old-world sophistication, timeless glamour and modern luxuries, La Maison Bleue is set in Egypt’s charming Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. The mansion is the brainchild of antique collector and interior designer Amr Khalil, who merges artistic influences from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe in one opulent setting. Guests can discover an intimate estate of eleven charming suites, an exclusive beach and lagoon, luxury spa, exquisite dining and absolute privacy. All suites measure between 80 and 120 square metres and feature a terrace or balcony, sitting area and a master bathroom with marble floors.
8 rooms from US$210 per night including breakfast
Lazib Inn Resort & Spa may be a desert hideaway, but lush greenery and panoramic views of Lake Qarun greet you upon arrival. A modern take on Fayoum’s time-honoured residences, the suites marry traditional charm with contemporary elegance. With a king bed, private balcony, rainfall shower and Jacuzzi in every room, this is Egyptian living at its finest. Traditional fabrics, fireplaces and characteristic pink clay walls lend a high-end, cosy feel. Relaxation is the order of the day, with palm-fringed infinity pools and the incredible desert oasis as your backdrop.
37 rooms from US$307 per night including breakfast
Set among rolling hills and vineyards, the idyllic Castello di Spaltenna is warm, inviting and utterly romantic. Once a monastery, the 18th-century Tuscan castle has kept its historic character while offering gorgeous guestrooms and stunning views. Choose from suites with four-poster beds, far-reaching garden views and furnishings that echo the historic elegance of the castle, or opt for a deluxe room with a private Jacuzzi. The castle’s country-style apartments are made for longer stays, with classic terracotta flooring and Tuscan furniture pieces that are as artistic as they are comfortable.
103 rooms from US$351 per night including breakfast
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel that celebrates the wonders of the natural world situated in a one-of-a-kind location near the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Located in over 364 hectares of tropical reserve, it has a world-class spa with naturally heated volcanic waters. Each room has been designed to connect you to the rainforest, whether you opt for an Orchid room or a vast Tabacón Suite. King-size beds, in-room Jacuzzis and rainforest showers add special finishing touches. Many of the rooms also feature amazing forest views, creating a sense of living among the treetops.
18 rooms from US$363 per night including breakfast
Looking out over the peaceful surroundings of the Bormida Valley, and with restaurants rooted in the Italian ‘slow food’ culture, Villa La Madonna has all the ingredients for a truly restful getaway. This boutique hotel and vineyard is an effortless blend of sophisticated styling and authentic influences with open hearths, exposed-brick ceilings and handpicked furniture. A natural palette is the backdrop for stylish vintage furniture and supremely comfortable beds. Wake up to glorious views of the Bormida Valley from your terrace or balcony, then head downstairs for breakfast or a dip in the pool. Quiet your mind with yoga or meditation in the beautifully lit atelier, or soothe aching muscles with a signature body treatment.
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Lead image: Castello di Spaltenna, Chianti, Italy