This month, Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds five new hotels to its portfolio!
So you can take your pick of these fantastic locations for your MICE accommodation needs.
Just five minutes’ walk from Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the small and perfectly-formed Villa Orsula Dubrovnik is housed in a white Art Deco villa that blends 1930s glamour with modern design – all accompanied by the scent of oranges, pines and lavender from the gardens.
Rooms celebrate original features, such as the arched windows and balconies, with views looking out over the walls of Old Town or the peaceful forests of Lokrum Island, and steps lead down the terraced garden to a private bathing platform.
Natural views are contrasted throughout with surrealist artwork by artists including Roberto Matta and Victor Vasarely.
In the evening guests can enjoy Peruvian-Adriatic fusion dining and sea views on the vine-draped terrace at Victoria restaurant, accompanied by live jazz.
Insider Tip: Enjoy a glass of Dingač reserve, exclusively available at Villa Orsula Dubrovnik and its sister property, Hotel Excelsior.
With its enviable address, the Hotel Excelsior is a Dubrovnik landmark that has welcomed kings, queens and Hollywood royalty.
The hotel reopened in 2017 after a complete renovation combining the original 1913 villa with a sleek contemporary wing – The Tower – and this mingling of past and present is echoed in the interior styling with understated colour themes interrupted by pops of bright citrus and decadent velvet furnishings.
The real wonder of this hotel, however, is where indoors meets out – whether that’s sipping coffee on a balcony, enjoying breakfast on the sunsoaked Salin terrace, a romantic dinner under the waterside arches at Prora restaurant or relaxing on the private beach.
The spa takes guests on a journey of its own with Turkish and Roman baths, a Finnish sauna and freeform indoor pool.
Insider Tip: Book a table for dinner on the terrace at Sensus to enjoy a degustation menu with views of the floodlit city walls across the bay and, if you’re lucky, a fireworks display.
The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, Bali, INDONESIA 105 rooms from $1023 AUD per night including breakfast
This tropical oasis in the heart of bustling Seminyak has re-opened following a fresh new facelift.
Taking up the lion’s share of Seminyak’s prized beach front, the ocean and garden-facing villas and suites offer space and privacy while there is also the option to select joining rooms for families and those with an entourage in tow.
On-site amenities include the al fresco Mediterranean Sanje Restaurant & Lounge, seen at its best at sunset coconut martini in hand, all-day dining pavilion Santan serving authentic Balinese fare, and the Hemingway-inspired wine and whisky bar Klass & Brass.
The resort also boasts the acclaimed Kahyangan Spa and a sparkling infinity pool sitting on the edge of the ocean.
Insider Tip: Two Bedroom Garden Pool Villas offer not one, but two, seven metre private swimming pools – one for each bedroom.
Just minutes from the marina at Puerto Banus, this palatial adult-only spa resort has wellbeing at its core – offering anything from a complete detox from day-to-day life, or just some relaxation in the Mediterranean sun.
Every suite is positioned to make the most of the coastal setting, with terraces overlooking the pool and gardens.
Guests can enjoy the Healthouse Restaurant with daily fourcourse menus featuring healthy, balanced dishes designed by two Michelin-star chef Andoni Luis Anduriz, where they can also opt for tailored diet plans.
The hotel offers two spacious spas – the luxurious Ekilum Spa offering a relaxing escape with everything from steam baths to ice showers, and the Naturhouse Health and Spa Centre which features a sensation path, salt sauna and snow cave.
Insider Tip: In summer 2018 a second restaurant will open offering al fresco dining on the Andalucian patio.
Deriving its tranquil atmosphere from the surrounding mountains, lakes and woodland on the edge of the bustling city of Xuzhou, Hui Yue Boutique Hotel is a contemporary eco hotel that is all about sustainable resources and renewable energy.
Five interconnected courtyards create a sense of space and openness flowing through interiors that combine local arts with modern architecture.
Each room enjoys its own balcony and a personal butler team greets guests on arrival.
Spend days exploring the local parkland and mountains, venturing into the city or relaxing in the Sabai Spa which offers authentic Thai treatments. In the evening the restaurant, Hui Yue Zuan, focuses on local delicacies, accompanied by live entertainment
Insider Tip: Unleash your inner diva in one of the hotel’s private VIP karaoke booths.