Best new hotels and places to stay in 2024

Featuring stylish island resorts, historical properties and wilderness retreats

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South Lodge, Horsham

South Lodge hotel room

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This Victorian country house hotel hit the news last year when sous chef Tom Hamblet won MasterChef: The Professionals. He has since taken residency as head chef at one of its restaurants, Camellia, says Sherelle Jacobs in The Daily Telegraph, where he will be in charge throughout March. His menus have just the right amount of "zany panache", and the hotel also has another excellent, Michelin-starred restaurant, The Pass. The 88 rooms are spacious, with "splashy" wallpaper and "sumptuous" bathrooms, and there's an "immaculate" spa, and extensive grounds with views of the South Downs. Doubles from £415 b&b;

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Penmaenuchaf, Wales

Penmaenuchaf hotel room

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This "handsome" old hotel in southern Snowdonia is midway through a makeover, says Pamela Goodman in Condé Nast Traveller. Since it came under new ownership in 2022, the designer Nicola Harding has brought her "trademark use of bold colour and pattern" to four attic suites; the remaining rooms will be revamped this year.

There's also a new chef, Thomas Hine, whose five-course tasting menu (using local ingredients) is "a revelation". The hotel has "fine" gardens and is a great base for hiking, and for trips to the pretty nearby towns of Dolgellau and Barmouth – with its sweeping beach.

Doubles from £230 b&b;

Holm, Somerset

Holm Somerset

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Nicholas Balfe's "inventive cooking" at Levan, his bistro in south London, has fans including Olivia Colman and Richard Ayoade. In 2021, Balfe opened a farm-to-fork restaurant in Somerset, says Susan d'Arcy in The Times, and it has proved such a hit that he has recently added seven "calming" rooms. Holm occupies a "sturdy" former bank building in the pretty village of South Petherton, and the style in the rooms is "ethereal English pastoral", with a "dusting" of mid-century minimalism. The dining room has a "pared-back contemporary coolness", and at £59, the six-course tasting menu is a bargain. Doubles from £145 b&b;

Ett Hem, Stockholm

Ett Hem hotel room

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In the decade since it opened, Ett Hem has become a "fixture" on the Stockholm scene, says Tatler, its interiors an enduring lesson in "upscale hygge chic". Created by the British designer Ilse Crawford, they feature a "harmonious mix" of mid-century modern and antique furniture, as well as "artful masonry", "roaring fires", and mood lighting. There are 22 bedrooms, of which the Attic Suite, with its roll-top bath, is most desirable, and three new long-stay apartments. Mealtimes are "pleasantly vague" – guests simply "drift up" to a communal kitchen table and graze on "whatever the chef has whipped up that day". Doubles from £294;

Broadwick Soho, London

Broadwick hotel room

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From its "fabulously overdressed" doormen to its flamboyant rooftop bar, this new Martin Brudnizki-designed boutique hotel in London's Soho is a "mega-camp" delight, said Mark C. O'Flaherty in The Daily Telegraph. In its restaurant, Dear Jackie, an upmarket clientele perches on "giddy floral upholstery" while supping on good, classic Italian cuisine. Lifts decked out with Murano glass mirrors sweep you up to the bar – and the party continues in the guest rooms, which are not "for minimalists" and "definitely sexy". Soho has become staid over the years, but this is a place where you can still write off the next day "in style". Doubles from £595 b&b;

Langdale Chase, Lake District

Langdale Chase bedroom

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Built for the widow of a Manchester businessman, this Victorian pile beside Lake Windermere has been a hotel since 1930. Recently reopened following a refurbishment, it is a fitting match for its "sublimely beautiful" setting, says Sherelle Jacobs in The Daily Telegraph. Public spaces are "gloriously gothic without being oppressive", and the modern British cuisine in the dining room is "immaculate". Rooms are furnished in elegant "country- style"; and many have astonishing views. There are other fine hotels on Windermere's shores, such as The Samling and the Gilpin, but you won't regret choosing this one. Doubles from £290 b&b;

Casa Chablé, Mexico

A beach-hut style cabin at Casa Chablé in Mexico

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Caribbean beach resorts don't come more remote or peaceful than Casa Chablé, said Tatler. This new addition to Mexico's Chablé hotel group sits beside a stretch of "powdery" white sand in the vast and wondrous Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a 35-minute speedboat ride from the town of Tulum. New developments here are banned, so it occupies the pleasingly petite footprint of an older nature retreat, and has just ten rooms – five in the main house, and five in beachfront villas with whitewashed walls and dark sapodilla wood floors. The "shack-like" restaurant is overseen by Jorge Vallejo of Mexico City's Quintonil (ranked ninth on the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants). It's a wonderful place to do very little, but there is plenty to do if you want to, including birdwatching, snorkelling, and fishing. Doubles from £592 (US$754) b&b;

&BEYOND Punakha River Lodge, Bhutan

A luxury hotel with pool set among a vibrant green valley

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The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has no shortage of luxury hotels, but this new one offers more carefully arranged outdoor activities than some. Its main lodge is a traditional Bhutanese structure tucked away in woodland on the Mo Chhu River, said Tatler, with views over "vibrant green" rice terraces. There's a cosy bar-lounge filled with historic objects such as prayer wheels and arrow quivers, and a large swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and a full spa. Guests stay in two small houses and six spacious tented suites, each with a bath tub and indoor and outdoor showers. The restaurant serves global dishes and gourmet spins on Bhutanese classics, and activities include archery, white-water rafting, and wonderful hikes to remote lakes and mountain-top monasteries. Doubles from £725 (US$923), full board;

The St. Regis Red Sea Resort, Saudi Arabia

The St. Regis Red Sea Resort, Saudi Arabia

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Located on its own private island, the St. Regis Red Sea Resort is "accessed via boat or seaplane", said Lindsay Judge in Harper's Bazaar Arabia, and is "reminiscent of some of the world's most exclusive island destinations". Opening in January, the property will feature a collection of 90 overwater and beachfront villas, five restaurants, a signature spa and children's club. From £1,060 (US$1,338) per night; 

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr al Bahr, Morocco

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr al Bahr, Morocco

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In the heart of Morocco's "City of Lights", said Travel Market Report, this historic property is often referred to as the "palace by the sea" and was once a sultan's summer home. Opening in early 2024, the Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr al Bahr spans 12 acres and several buildings with 204 guest rooms and suites, seven restaurants and lounges, a spa and several outdoor pools. 

The Lana, Dubai, UAE

The Lana, Dubai, UAE

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The Lana, Dubai, the Dorchester Collection's first property in the Middle East, will open its doors on 1 February. With architecture by Foster + Partners and "stunning interior spaces" designed by Gilles & Boissier, said Maureen Jordan in Harper's Bazaar, the hotel will have 225 guest rooms and suites, The Lana Residences and "culinary delights" by Michelin-starred chefs Martin Berasategui and Jean Imbert and world champion pastry chef Angelo Musa. From £735 ($928) per night, room only (including taxes);

Atzaró Okavango Camp, Botswana

Atzaró Okavango Camp, Botswana

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Slated to open in March, the "luxury" Atzaró Okavango Camp will be set within a private concession in northern Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, said Dorine Reinstein in Travel Weekly. Offering 12 suites, with two designated as private-use villas, the suites will be equipped with "plunge pools", open-air "star beds" and "decks that overlook the lagoon and waterways". From $700 (£554) to $1,500 (£1,187) per person, per night during the peak season; 

Ara Maris, Sorrento, Italy

Ara Maris hotel in Sorrento, Italy

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Offering views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, this new resort is just steps away from Sorrento's Piazza Tasso. With 49 guest rooms the five-star Ara Maris was designed by Italian studio Spagnulo & Partners, said TTG Italia, and its "flagship" will be the "large relaxation area" with swimming pool and solarium, "surrounded by greenery". Launching in March, the hotel will also have the Lumi Sky Lounge, located on the top floor terrace. 

Voaara, Madagascar

Voaara Madagascar

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New "barefoot luxury resort" Voaara will consist of "tropical-style" bungalows and villas, said Ben Thomas on Sleeper. Located on the island of Sainte-Marie off the northeast coast of Madagascar, Voaara will initially launch in March with just eight bungalows and one three-bedroom villa. Once complete there will be 45 keys in total. From $495 (£392) per night; 

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, England

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London

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This "intimate new addition" to the Mandarin Oriental portfolio will open in the spring on "historic" Hanover Square in London, said Breaking Travel News. The hotel will feature 50 "sleek and discreet" rooms and suites, plus 77 private residences, an urban spa and the first namesake Akira Back restaurant in the UK. From £925 ($1,168) per night, room only;

Rocco Forte House, Milan, Italy

Rocco Forte House Milan, Italy

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Building on the success of Rocco Forte House Rome, said Salon Privé Magazine, this new establishment will be "nestled" on Milan's Via Manzoni within a "beautifully restored" 19th century palazzo in the renowned Quadrilatero della Moda neighbourhood. Opening in summer 2024, the property will have 11 unique apartments. 

TreeDwellers, Oxfordshire, England

TreeDwellers, Oxfordshire, England

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It's one thing "going on a woodland walk", said Amy Houghton in Time Out, but how about spending a few days "fully submerged in the forest". In the Cotswolds, you'll soon be able to "do just that". In March, TreeDwellers is launching a collection of seven "amazing treehouses" within Cornbury Park, an ancient woodland more than 1,000 years old. Each of the "curved, futuristic" properties features a fully functioning kitchen, living space with wood-burning stove, and one or two en suite bedrooms, as well as an outdoor shower on the private terrace. From £210 per night, minimum two-night stay;

Rosewood Schloss Fuschl, Austria

Rosewood Schloss Fuschl, Austria

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Austria's "historical" Hotel Schloss Fuschl will reopen in 2024 under the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand, said Christina Jelski in Travel Weekly. Situated on the banks of Lake Fuschl, just outside of Salzburg, the hotel occupies a "former castle dating back to the 15th century". Rosewood Schloss Fuschl will feature 98 guest rooms, including 46 suites and six chalets, as well restaurants and lounges and an Asaya spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

The Newman, London, England

The Newman hotel in London

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The first hotel from international hospitality management company Kinsfolk & Co will be located in London's Fitzrovia. Due to open in winter 2024, The Newman will feature 81 rooms and suites, a European brasserie, cocktail bar, and a "wellness floor", said Boutique Hotelier. Guest rooms will showcase a "contemporary Art Deco aesthetic" and some will have private balconies. The rooftop floor comprises a "signature suite with private terrace" and "when taken as a whole, offers exclusive use of the floor as a spacious four-bedroom suite". 

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