Looking for an end of season escape, or thinking ahead to next year’s adventures? We’ve handpicked some of the world’s hottest new hotels to narrow your search – from an adults-only hotel with a stylish rooftop infinity pool in Mexico’s Yucatán, to a marina-side retreat on a Malaysian archipelago.
1. Diez Diez Collection 1010, Mérida – Mexico
Sleek and sophisticated, Diez Diez 1010 is made for soaking up the city’s vibrant atmosphere, as well as the warm Mexican sunshine. The interiors have a contemporary, masculine feel thanks to the concrete walls, monochrome floor tiles, leather sofas and sleek wood, while many of the rooms come with generous bathtubs and private outdoor spaces. The highlight here is the rooftop, with its ultra-modern infinity pool dotted with curved, floating loungers, and buzzing alfresco bar which comes alive with relaxed DJ-led beats.
SLH Insider Tip: Reserve a table at Fronto, the hotel’s slick restaurant, to tuck into Yucatecan dishes reinterpreted using fresh, local produce.
2. The Danna Langkawi, Langkawi – Malaysia
Sandwiched between emerald jungle and sugar-white sands, expect to wake each morning at The Danna Langkawi to views across the mountains, Marina or Andaman Sea. The elegant beach villas are stocked with luxurious Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities, and place you shoreside with private infinity pools – though it’s the main three-tiered infinity pool which really draws the eye. Kick back beside the largest pool on the island with Andaman Sea views, where crafted cocktails are served to parasol-shaded loungers that are dotted between trees – and even in the water itself. At mealtimes, The Danna Langkawi takes guests on a culinary journey around the globe – from the Italian-infused dishes at the glass-fronted Terrace, to The Deck’s sea-facing, Malaysian-inspired hangout.
SLH Insider Tip: Ask the hotel to arrange private tours up Tanjung Rhu River and Kilim River, as well as Mangrove cruises – with a pitstop at Jemuruk Island, where you can dive into the water and cool off.
3. The Carlin Hotel, Queenstown – New Zealand
Nestled on a hillside and overlooking shimmering Lake Wakatipu and its surrounding mountain ranges, The Carlin Hotel’s interiors have just as much wow-factor as its views. Take your pick from a handful of exquisite suites, which all come with rooftop spas and outdoor living areas to soak up the lakeside location. From the Eagle’s Nest – where you can relax on your own outdoor terrace with fire pit and hot tub – to the Royal Suite with its expansive kitchen and in-room chef on hand to prepare your favourite dishes, The Carlin is brimming with ultra-luxurious touches. With an emphasis on New Zealand’s finest seafood and steak, the menu at Oro changes seasonally, while the wine list reflects the region’s viticultural credentials.
SLH Insider Tip: In the winter months, adventure seekers can make use of the hotel’s ski gear drying room, and the 20-minute shuttle ride up to Coronet Peak ski resort.
4. Hotel Telegraph, Singapore
With its neo-classical façade and regal heritage décor, Hotel Telegraph stands out from the rest on Robinson Road – playfully fusing modern opulence with old-world local charm. This ‘conservation status’ historical building has been beautifully restored and refurbished to create a quintessential city escape – expect carefully preserved traditional features, bespoke room lighting, and glass-walled bathrooms. For an idyllic retreat, visit the Pool Bar where you can relax in the infinity pool, kick back with cocktails, or bask under the Singaporean sky, complete with canapés or tapas.
SLH Insider Tip: Be sure to visit nearby Amoy Street, a Singaporean street food gem where you can enjoy a Michelin approved noodle bar, the city’s most exquisite street art, and Thian Hock Keng Temple.