1. OETKER PALÁCIO TANGARÁ
São Paulo, Brazil
The latest gem in the Oetker Collection harks back to the late 1940s when the uber-wealthy Francisco “Baby” Pignatari – son of the Countess of Matarazzo – built the Tangará Ranch as a romantic gift for his wife. By 1995, the Tangará Hotel and Spa Palace appeared on the site, but construction was halted in 2001 due to funding and legal disputes and the hotel never saw the light of day. Nearly 20 years later the Oetker Collection has completed the romantic monument, reviving a beautiful palace, fringed by the tropical greenery of Burle Marx Park, with a Spa by Sisley and A-list cuisine by Jean Georges Vongerichten. With 151 guestrooms including 59 suites, the interior design is courtesy of Bick Simonato and Anastassiadis with a bespoke design concept for each space within the hotel.
2. AVANI AVENIDA LIBERDADE LISBON HOTEL
Bangkok-based Minor Hotels has debuted its “millennial-minded” AVANI brand in Europe this summer, bringing 119 new accommodations to the Portuguese capital following a €1.5 million refurb of the pre-existing building – the former Tivoli Jardim Lisboa. The scope of work includes a redesigned façade, guestrooms, lobby, reception and an open plan lobby that merges the reception, lounge, meeting and chill areas together. There’s also a new AVANIFIT gym, which includes the latest high-tech workout gear with necessary basics. The hotel is just 15 minutes from Lisbon International Airport, adjacent to iconic Avenida da Liberdade, with its luxury boutiques, street cafés and esplanades, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the charming neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto, Príncipe Real and Chiado.
3. THE ST. REGIS DUBAI, AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT & CLUB
Just one short year after Dubai welcomed its first St. Regis property, another has landed on the map. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club fills one of the few voids left on the UAE hotel scene, with a comprehensive, luxurious polo resort offering, mixing luxury stays and exquisite fine-dining options. The St. Regis has a polo legacy, dating back to the days of the founding Astor family, and the 151-key facility is an exceptional ode to the so-called Sport of Kings. The 25 spacious two-floor villas span 462sqm each, feature elegant marble flooring, fully equipped kitchens and large dining areas, and all look over the immaculate polo fields, where guests can witness matches, as well as show jumping and dressage.
4. ALILA FORT BISHANGARH
Far from ordinary, the new Alila Fort Bishangarh is based within a 230-year-old warrior fort, perched on a granite hill in Jaipur with stunning 360-degree views of the Rajasthan landscape. The long-awaited hotel is just a one-hour drive from Jaipur Airport, but the historic landmark, with its original two-metre-thick walls, battlement turrets and arches, doubles as veritable treasure chest, filled with 59 suites, a cigar-and-cognac room within one of the intact turrets and a Kachhawa lounge serving champagne, coffee, chai, and cake. The cherry on top is, however, at the bottom, with a former dungeon reimagined as the hotel’s Spa Alila wellness centre. Out of all the options, why not pick one of the eight Regal Suites, with design and décor that harks back to the fort’s halcyon days?