A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The Renaissance Barcelona
opens 26 April, not far from the Passieg de Gracia , the city’s most elegant
(and most expensive) boulevard, and Las Ramblas, the world famous pedestrian
street. The hotel has 211 guest rooms, a steakhouse and a bar/lounge, but in the
summer, head upstairs to La Terrassa rooftop bar, the kind that they do so well
Just across the Mediterranean Sea, the sensuous Selman Marrakesh opens 1
May, just outside the Medina in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Artistic
director and hotel design guru Jacques Garcia decorated the 56 rooms
and suites with Moorish tiles, stuffed furniture and stylish fabrics. Its stables
house 16 Arabian horses (six can be ridden on treks) that canter daintily
around the nearby paddocks.
On 1 May, the Wythe
Hotel, a new urban
chic hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is planting its flag firmly in the art
world, playing host to artists involved in the highly-anticipated New York debut of London’s Frieze art
fair. The hotel’s “four or six person band rooms” have bunkbeds for aspiring
rock stars on tour, and the restaurant, Reynards, is from star Brooklyn chef
Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons.
The deadline to register for one of Elevate Destinations’ voluntourism trips to
Haiti is 1 May (named National Geographic Traveler’s “Tour of a Lifetime 2011”).
Travellers can choose a one- or two-week trip, run in partnership with Let Haiti Live, where they help on
construction projects and participate in summer youth camps. In addition to the
tour rates, participants are also asked to raise an additional $500 from
friends and family.
The Hollies, a 19th-century manor house, opened
16 April as a Natural
Retreats property in County Kerry, Ireland. The house has been
extensively renovated and consists of five guestrooms and a separate one-bed
guest house. Set in a conservation area near Killarney National Park
and the Ring of Kerry, guests can fish in the Caragh River, golf, canoe, hike
around the lakes and hills or just relax on the lawn in the sun.