Openings: Greece, Turkey, Vienna, Napa
The 38-suite Amanzo'e hilltop resort opened 1 September in Porto Heli on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. (Amanresorts)
A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The 38-suite Amanzo’e hilltop resort opened 1 September in Porto Heli on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, two hours by hydrofoil from Athens (or 25 minutes via the resort’s private helicopter). Each airy suite has its own courtyard and terrace with views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands of Spetses and Hydra. Guests can partake in the local olive and pomegranate harvests, visit nearby ancient ruins and soak up the Grecian sun at the resort’s informal Beach Club bar and restaurant.
Another Mediterranean resort, the Likya Gardens Hotel, opened 17 August in Kalkan, on the Turkish Riviera. Overlooking the harbour and the bay, the hotel has just six suites, each with its own deck and pool. Butler service, pilates classes and shuttle service to town or the private beach club are on offer, as well as a chef to prepare barbecues on the hotel’s grounds for guests.
The Ritz-Carlton Vienna opened 27 August on the city’s famously elegant Ringstrasse boulevard, with 202 rooms and suites in four 19th-century buildings, expanding the brand’s European footprint. The restaurant Dstrikt serves Austrian cuisine from chef Wini Brugger, and classic Austrian confectionary and chocolates are available in the lobby lounge.
The Aloft SFO, which opened 30 August, is just half a mile from the San Francisco International Airport in Millbrae, California. The rooms are colourful and casual, and there is an indoor pool, along with the all-day snack bar found in all Aloft properties.
The Andaz Napa opens 7 September in the California city’s revitalised West End neighbourhood. Formerly an AVIA hotel, the 141 rooms have been redecorated, with free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on hand, and bathrooms done up in white marble. Expect the restaurant to exploit the local region’s farms, ranches, orchards and vineyards on its menu and wine list.