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.
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.