100 holiday ideas for 2010: Hotels

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Transporting its much-loved Thai luxury formula to China for the second time, Amanresorts opens Amanfayun (amanresorts.com), its 24th luxury retreat, this month. Set amid bamboo groves and botanical gardens just 20 minutes by car from the historical centre of Hangzhou, this village of houses with clay tile roofs feels as rural as can be, with the 42 individually designed rooms, suites and villas resplendent in a unique heritage-steeped tea plantation context.

Click here or on the image to view the hotels

London's grand dame, The Dorchester, will get a 70-room country-house little sis' this year – Coworth Park (coworthpark.com). The look will be elegant, as you might expect, and quintessentially British, featuring English smoked-oak floors and festoons of cashmere, mohair and linen. The 240-acre plot next to Windsor Great Park, in Royal Berkshire, includes an equestrian centre, two polo pitches, an eco-luxe spa, archery and pitch and putt.

Mexico's Hotelito Desconocido Jaliso (hotelito.com), due to open in May, will offer upscale ecotourism at its sexiest. This year-round resort will be run entirely on renewable energy, featuring home-grown, organic food. Nature's done a great job of laying on the "wow factor", with a sparkling lagoon, canals and virgin beaches flanking the 27 suites and three villas. The decor will be distinctly Mexican, with each boudoir unique in style. And the thalassotherapy spa and wellness centre will take its cue from Asia and the Mediterranean.

Sharp-angled architecture bolsters the design-hotel credentials of The Park Hotel (theparkhotels.com) in Hyderabad, India, the new flagship for The Park Hotel Group. The exterior of this business-meets-pleasure, 285-room stopover also celebrates the city's gemstone heritage by incorporating references to jewellery settings and metalwork. There's also the see-and-be-seen 3D "horizon" pool, which encases a conduit from the sociable outdoor terraces to the eco-conscious hotel's nightclub.

Playa Vik – an art-enhanced avant-garde beachfront retreat on a peninsula in Uruguay – ticks all the boutique-hotel boxes thanks to sharp design, slick service, and its exclusive setting. The new sister to Estancia Vik, due to open in April, will increase Uruguay's allure as a burgeoning luxury destination. Materials at this bougainvillea-framed escape include titanium panels in the knock-out curved exterior. Inside, handmade Japanese parchment hangs alongside an impressive collection of international and South American art. But this is not just a pretty space, feathers in its green cap include intelligent power using renewable energy.

Chocoholics will soon be able to check-in to a hotel dedicated to their favourite treat, thanks to the upmarket confectioner Hotel Chocolat (hotelchocolat.com).

Called, of course, Hotel Chocolat, it will open in April on a 140-acre rainforest plantation in the Caribbean with six deluxe Cocoa Pod Lodges. As well as being able to watch this cocoa farm at work, guests will be able to indulge in a cooked-before-your-eyes chocolate-enhanced menu and treat themselves to special-recipe massage treatments.

Saffire (saffire-freycinet.com.au), a five-star coastal retreat, will add a new level of luxury to Tasmania this autumn. An hour's direct flight from Melbourne, and less than two from Sydney, the views of Great Oyster Bay and the world-class beach will make it worth the trip. A whopping $32m (£20m) has been lavished on this hotel – the most spent on any property on this South Australian island in more than two decades. But don't think that means flashy and vulgar – this is a sanctuary that celebrates its extraordinary natural habitat.

The biggest outpost of media-luvvies club Soho House (sohohouse.com) opens in Berlin in May. This 40-room property with rooftop pool and cinema is set in the Mitte district, bordering Prenzlauer Berg. Rooms will come in five different sizes, from dormitory-look attic bunk-ups to huge suites replete with Art Deco free-standing tubs. The listed late-Bauhaus building, which opened in 1928 as a department store, will include a Cecconi's restaurant and Cowshed spa.

Leicester Square is the fitting bright-lights-big-city spot for W's launch in the UK. The Dutch agency, Concrete, is behind the urbane interiors while Jestico + Whiles has conjured up the LED-augmented architecture for this West-End outpost of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' young-at-heart, lifestyle brand. The 192 guest rooms will, no doubt, be snapped up by tourists and scenesters keen to take pole position in this world-class film, theatre and music hub in a "bleisure"-geared property that aims to soothe by day, and stimulate by night.

Finally, a hotel so hot off the press it doesn't have a name yet. What we do know is that Swire Hotels (swire hotels.co.uk), creator of the Opposite House in Beijing, is building a 60-room hotel in Cheltenham's Montpelier district to herald the launch of a new affordable-luxury hotel brand. It will be set in what was once the Alias Kandinsky, with a contemporary wing added to the original Regency building. "It's a new breed of design hotel," says Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels. "Less Noughties, with a pared-back look for the new decade." Promises of artworks from YBAs, English-made furniture, and a middle-of-the-market restaurant and bar headed up by a famous chef, compel us to watch this space.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Suggested Topics
News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Louis van Gaal would have been impressed with Darren Fletcher’s performance against LA Galaxy during Manchester United’s 7-0 victory
football
Voices
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Sport
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
sport
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Sport
Rhys Williams
commonwealth games
News
Isis fighters travel in a vehicle as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Life and Style
fashionLatex dresses hit the catwalk to raise awareness for HIV and Aids
Travel
travel
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    C++ Software Engineer - Hounslow, West London - C++ - to £60K +

    £40000 - £60000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare : Deerfoot IT Resources Limite...

    VB.NET and C# developer (VB.NET,C#,ASP.NET)

    £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...

    Visitor Experience volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary role: Old Royal Naval College: To assist the Visitor Experien...

    Telesales Manager. Paddington, London

    £45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...

    Day In a Page

    Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

    Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

    The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

    Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

    Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
    German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

    Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

    Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
    BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

    BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

    The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
    Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

    Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

    Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
    How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

    Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

    Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
    Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

    Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

    Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
    10 best reed diffusers

    Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

    Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

    Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

    There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
    Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

    Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

    It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
    Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

    Screwing your way to the top?

    Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
    Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

    Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

    Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

    The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

    Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
    US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

    Meet the US Army's shooting star

    Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform