Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has welcomed five new hotels this month, each offering experiences unique to its location, from a palatial retreat worthy of an Arabian Nights fantasy and a dreamy beach getaway located in a town steeped in ancient Greek and Byzantine history, to nature quests in America’s best nature reserve and tee-offs at world-famous golf courses.
Ksar Char-Bagh, Marrakech, Morocco
15 rooms from EUR370/AUD605 per night including breakfast
Set in 4 hectares of Persian-style gardens, Ksar Char Bagh is a private palace inspired by 14th-century Moorish architecture and 21st-century minimalism. Located in the palm-groved outskirts of Marrakech with gardens filled with birdsong and criss-crossing streams symbolising the rivers of paradise, it is an Arabian Nights dream come true. This is where the rich and famous come to luxuriate in the tranquility, seduced by its great sense of intimacy and privacy. Behind the magnificent seven-square-metre brass doors, high arches with mosaic carvings of Andalusian descent and a huge vaulted red marble hamman, palatial apartments come with either a terrace or private garden and every single object, piece of furniture and furnishing has been designed by the owners.
Praia Art Resort, Calabria, Italy
30 Rooms; Exclusive SLH Welcome Offer from EUR353/AUD577 per night including welcome drink, buffet breakfast and daily light lunch served by the sea with a glass of Calabrian wine
A dreamy setting between the ocean and mountains on the cusp of Capo Rizzuto Marine Reserve, Praia Art Resort makes a striking first impression. With a combination of authentic Mediterranean design and modern luxury touches, its suites sit perfectly in their natural surroundings. And because it’s poised between mountains and the sea, Praia Art Resort is the ideal gateway to the Ionian Coast.
Hounds Tooth Inn, Yosemite, California, USA
13 rooms from USD255/AUD376 per night including breakfast
Set on three and a half acres in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this intimate family-owned boutique lodge provides an elegant escape in the spectacular Yosemite National Park, while being minutes away from the shops, art galleries, theatres and restaurants of Oakhurst. Recently refurbished by new owners, Hounds Tooth Inn’s modern contemporary rooms offer the intimacy and comfort of home with a private whirlpool, fireplace and patio opening out to breathtaking views of the mountains, accented with the luxury and hospitality of a hotel. There’s no shortage of activities in the Yosemite and Oakhurst areas, and the on-site concierge is on hand to help guide guests through the best experiences for a memorable trip.
Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland
17 rooms from EUR543/AUD888 per night including breakfast
Nestling in the foothills of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery. The 19th-century baronial mansion has played host to a number of royals including Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Each of the hotel’s 17 bedrooms and suites come with their own individual design and bespoke range of Arran Aromatics toiletries, alongside views of the lush woodland grounds and private loch. Its picture-perfect setting makes Inverlochy Castle a Scottish masterpiece of 19th-century baronial splendour and the perfect location for a romantic highland wedding. Whilst staying at Inverlochy Castle activities available are in abundance at Lochaber, ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’, with fishing, clay pigeon shooting, water sports, pony trekking and guided walks.
Greywalls and Chez Roux, Gullane, Scotland
23 rooms from EUR366/AUD599 per night including breakfast
Set in the stunning East Lothian countryside, Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux is an Edwardian country house located on the edge of the world-famous Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth. The property features quintessential walled gardens including a tennis court, croquet lawn and putting green as well as a dedicated whisky room stocking some of the best single malts Scotland has to offer. There are 22 golf courses within 16 kilometres of Greywalls and, with legendary chef Albert Roux overseeing the in-house Chez Roux Restaurant, the hotel boasts a culinary experience to rival its golfing scene.