A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The uber-luxe Viceroy Maldives
opened 2 April on the private island of Vagaru at the northern edge of the
Maldives, an hour’s flight from Male. The 61 villas are either perched on the
beach or built directly out over the blue lagoon, including the spa suites that
overlook the Indian Ocean. The resort has five restaurants and a wine cellar,
plus several activities, from diving with whale sharks and dolphins to sunrise
yoga by the water.
For a completely different experience, the NoMad
Hotel opened 1 April in one of New York’s busiest districts
near Madison Square Park. While the hotel interiors, library and rooms were
designed by grand master Jacques Garcia to have Parisian flair (many have a claw
foot tub in the room, faux garret-style), it is the restaurant that is getting
a lot of early buzz, with rave reviews already coming from the New
York Times and top food blogs. Expect that excitement to increase when the
roof-top cupola opens this summer for private dining.
Indigo Edinburgh opens 14 April in the city’s central New Town
neighbourhood, not far from the shopping on Princes Street and the main train
station. Originally five private residences dating from the early 19th
Century, the now 60 rooms and suites are decorated with bright pops of orange
and natural woods, and have sleek, white bathrooms. The Turquoise Thistle is an
all-day restaurant, cafe and cocktail bar.
opens in Boston on 18 April near Boston Common in the Theater District. Formerly
a Radisson, the 355 guest rooms and suites all have balconies and Shakespeare
quotations on the walls, and the hotel is opening a private pool on the roof
for guests only, along with two theatres. Everyone is welcome in the Emerald
Lounge, which serves tapas and cocktails, and a patio will open for the summer.
Calling all foodies: the 16th annual World Gourmet Summit runs 23
April to 3 May in Singapore, featuring the likes of nose-to-tail king Fergus
Henderson and celeb chef Marco Pierre White. It’s not too late to make
reservations for the Penfolds Wine Dinner featuring Henderson and local
celebrity chef Douglas Tay, or the Champagne dinner with
three Chinese master chefs.