Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) welcomes four new additions to the luxury brand, including two new properties opening just in time for summer. White Coast Pool Suites prepares to greet its first guests as Greece looks to be one of the first EU countries to welcome international travellers, while Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort opens its doors in one of the most scenic areas in Switzerland. Those wanting an urban respite will not be disappointed either – ultra-stylish Brazilian gem Emiliano in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo will give travellers plenty to fawn over and the perfect motivation for their next voyages.
White Coast Pool Suites (Milos, Greece) – NEW OPENING
Opening 10 June 2021 from EUR297 per night including breakfast
Named after the otherworldly white rock formations on the resort’s privately owned waterfront nature preserve, White Coast Pool Suites offers unparalleled natural beauty and architecture emanating a feeling of luxurious simplicity. The adults-only boutique hotel offers a complete sense of seclusion and privacy for couples to reconnect with nature and each other, yet is within a 5 to 10-minute drive from most landmarks on the island of Milos. The hotel champions cubist, minimalist design to make the most of its unique setting – the neutral tones of the suites are in harmony with their surroundings, perfected with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private infinity pool serving up an unforgettable Cycladic sunset over the Aegean Sea, topped off with the hotel’s signature custom room fragrance. At the restaurant, fresh Mediterranean food is paired with local wines, while the relaxed cocktail bar is the place to be when the sun begins to set. Beyond White Coast Pool Suites, you’re close to some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches including Sarakiniko Beach, known for its moonlike rocks and dazzling turquoise waters.
SLH Insider Tip: Home of the famous Venus of Milos, the island itself is a living museum. From ancient theatres to catacombs, Milos offers history lovers the opportunity to see for themselves why Greece is considered the birthplace of civilisation. Milos is also known for its exceptional restaurants and tavernas – from fresh seafood to traditional island cooking, your palate will not be disappointed.
Ski Resort (pet-Friendly)
Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort (Grindelwald, Switzerland) – NEW OPENING
Opening 11 June 2021
90 rooms from EUR301 per night including breakfast
Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland spa town of Grindelwald, this sleek ski hotel is luxury at its zenith. With the Swiss Alps as its backdrop and the Fire & Ice spa taking wellness to another level, every element stirs the senses. Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort’s beautifully-crafted rooms and suites complement the awe-inspiring landscape outside, with the Luxury Rooms offering panoramic views of the North face of the Eiger mountain. For peak privacy, up to five bedrooms can be combined into spacious residences. Using Swiss wood and tactile fabrics, the resort keeps the modern design space airy and cosy. Sustainability reigns high on the hotel’s day-to day operations – from staff clothing made out of recycled cotton and wool, a ‘no single-use plastic’ policy to green energy and reduced amounts of water and chemical use. You’ll even have bottled water drawn from the glacier to drink. Elsewhere, enjoy cocktails and conversation in The Seven Spirits bar, settle into The Other Club offering over 500 types of cigars, or indulge in international and modern gastronomy at their restaurant with an outdoor panoramic terrace.
SLH Insider Tip: For those with an adventurous spirit, Grindelwald has developed so well to become a year-round outdoor sports destination. The resort is located right next to the First ski area and close to Jungfrau, one of the world’s most iconic ski regions. As well as high-Alpine skiing and snowboarding, this is the place for glacier trekking, snow disk running, mountain hiking and even paragliding across the Jungfrau.
City Centre (Pet-Friendly)
Emiliano Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
90 rooms from USD291 per night
The Emiliano Rio may just be the most exclusive and intimate spot to spend the night on this side of Copacabana. Located at the southern tip of the beach, the contemporary building’s distinctive white façade breaks up the concrete monotony of Avenida Atlântica with an intricate, organic series of perforated panels that control the amount of sun and sea breeze streaming in. Rio’s glamorous decade of the 1950s is perfectly captured throughout the hotel by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas, decorated with furniture from reputed 50s designers such as Sergio Rodrigues and Paola Lenti. Taking inspiration from the nature of Guanabara Bay, woven fabrics adorn floors and walls along with wonderfully rough-hewn marble and lots of natural wood to incredibly relaxing effect. Despite Emiliano Rio’s minimalist aesthetic, its spacious suites feel welcoming and cosy. Intuitive zonal lighting runs from the bedroom to the walk-in dressing area and split bathroom, with toiletries from Emiliano’s own Santapele brand. When it is time to chill out, pop on your own Emiliano signature Havaianas flip-flops and head to the rooftop infinity pool – reputed as one of the most stylish places to soak in vitamin D and best panoramic views of the beach in all of Rio, or at the Santapele Spa which is considered among the city’s best.
SLH Insider Tip: Dining at the Emile restaurant is quite an experience – its vast, tropical vertical garden elevates dining there into something spectacular, as in fact does the food itself, with recipes that express ultimate Brazilian flavours and ingredients mostly sourced from nearby Angra. During weekends and holidays, Emile also offers a much raved-about brunch.
City Centre (Pet-Friendly)
Emiliano São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)
56 rooms from USD314 per night
Set in São Paulo’s most exclusive Jardins neighbourhood along the ultra-stylish Oscar Freire Street, Emiliano São Paulo is undoubtedly one of the best address in the city that comes with its own helipad. From its soaring glass tower exterior, remarkable skyscraper views, refined cuisine to warm Brazilian hospitality, every detail of this stylish hotel is designed to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Rooms and suites at Emiliano São Paulo echo its common spaces in their sleek and elegant minimalism, accentuated by mid-century modern furniture by Eames, Le Corbusier and the Campana brothers, in addition to spacious Carrara marble bathrooms. When it comes to relaxation, Emiliano São Paulo has you covered, from long, city-renowned brunches, to days whiled away in the Santapele Spa, and evenings spent in the expert hands of the sommelier at the country’s first champagne and caviar Bar, where more than 80 brands of bubbly and rare Beluga roe await. Being located in the heart of Jardins also means the must-do sights are never far away – with art galleries, high-end shopping and top restaurants at your doorstep, and the Ibirapuera Park is just a 5-minute drive away.
SLH Insider Tip:
Emiliano São Paulo is great for families – the hotel offers room personalization for children, including personalized toys, scenarios, bath toys, as well as a special kids menu at the restaurant. Splurge for the split-level Cubo Suite, and enjoy a 180-degree vista across São Paulo’s rooftops while keeping an eye on your kids swimming in the private, heated pool right in the middle of your living room.
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