Quite recently The Leading Hotels of the World, who offers the largest collection of independent luxury hotels out there, announced that four new members have joined its portfolio. Who are these rising stars of the hospitality industry?
Let’s find out!
VISITING VICTORIAN ENGLAND
If you are into the traditional aesthetics of the Victorian era, but also value the benefits of modern civilization, you might want to consider this gorgeous 19th-century townhouse as a place to stay next time you visit the United Kingdom. The Adria, located in the heart of South Kensington, underwent a meticulous renovation as recently as 2022, and now offers its guests a unique mixture of luxurious contemporary design and the elegant serenity of a Victorian-era accommodation. Inside of the townhouse, antiques are quite naturally blended with opulently upholstered modern furnishings and original artworks. During your stay at this beautiful place, you can engage in a wide range of old-fashioned leisure activities in the Polo Lounge and the Games Room. And if you are more of a sight-seeing person, there are good news for you as well: the Adria is situated in minutes’ walk distance from places as old and world-renowned as Hyde Park, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods department store. Whatever your preference for spending your time is, one thing is certain: a dive into the British traditional culture will give your vacation a one-of-a-kind atmosphere you will never forget.
MONUMENT TO ELEGANCE
Sometimes the impressions received from staying at a hotel are only magnified by its fabulous surroundings – and, undoubtedly, recently opened Azur Legacy Collection Hotel is exactly such a case. Situated in the pulse of Vancouver’s thriving and charming downtown core, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Fashion and Financial districts, Azur also happens to be set against the glorious North Shore Mountains and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. The view that the hotel’s Rooftop Garden Restaurant has to offer is breathtaking, and because of this fact alone, Azur is highly unlikely to ever leave your memory! The place itself is a work of art, too: inspired by the modernist style of Art Deco, the building’s interiors were crafted with a great degree of attention to details, the intention being to create a chic monument to timeless elegance, sophistication and glamour. If you are an appreciator of modern art, you will certainly be glad to hear that the hotel’s walls are adorned with exquisite art pieces sourced from acclaimed artists, both local and international. Another piece of pleasant news is that the hotel’s administration puts a special emphasis on personalized service, so Azur will be to you exactly what you want it to be – signature deluxe suites, the comfortable Lobby Lounge Wine Bar and even private space to host your events are all at your service.
If you are planning to visit Middle East, and specifically Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort is a great option to consider. Located in Katara Cultural Village, an important cultural and commercial district of Doha, the opulent resort immediately captures the eye with its calm, magnificent beauty. The building, graced with striking colonnades and a lavish courtyard garden, combines elements of both Mughal and Ottoman artistic heritage and has been characterized by some as a modern architectural marvel. Its beguiling rooms, suites and private villas, overlooking the gorgeous waters of the Persian Gulf, are decorated with bespoke wooden furnishings and luxurious oriental rugs presented in a fresh, modern style, creating quite a unique atmosphere. The resort’s facilities include (but are not limited to) a full-service spa suite, a private beach and the first over-water restaurant in the country, Marsa Katara, the jewel of The Chedi’s culinary crown. Highly comfortable, culturally rich and famous for its attentive, personalized service, The Chedi is definitely among the best accommodation options Qatar has to offer.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
If you are captivated by the ancient and rich culture of Thailand and interested in supporting the environmentalist cause, Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai, located amidst the lush woods of Chiang Mai’s Umong district, might just be the perfect hotel for you. A five-star resort, it offers a spacious selection of luxurious rooms and even a spectacular 4-bedroom golden teak wood villa with period furnishing and a private pool. Some of the highlights include a top-notch open-air restaurant, a piano bar, a spa, a library and an art gallery. Admittedly, such opulence is rarely associated with environmental consciousness; however, Aleenta is one of the exceptions. A founding member of the Pure Blue Foundation, it takes pride in having been single-used plastic-free since 2018. Located amidst lush woods, the resort also offers wellness classes and wellness cuisine, including vegetarian options, for all staying guests. One might say that Aleenta, combining the benefits of modern civilization with reasonable closeness to mother nature, tries to represent the best of both worlds.