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Seven new hotels offer plenty to write home about


Several hotel openings around the world is proof of a buoyant holiday scene. We have uncovered seven in different locations — a stay would make great after-dinner conversation.

Where: Mallorca
What: Pure Salt Port Adriano
Who for: Adults only
Open: Now
This 94-room five-star cliff-top hotel opened last week. It is the only hotel in El Toro that is located in the Port Adriano marina, which, incidentally, was created by designer Philippe Starck. It is separated from the marina by a small soft sand beach. All rooms and suites have sea views and Bulgari toiletries. Naturally it has a spa, a gym, Turkish bath, sauna and hair salon. There are two pools, one indoor heated pool and an outdoor river-style pool running along the front of the hotel. Two sea-view restaurants offer fine food, but in any case the marina has plenty of nightlife and eateries so you won’t get bored. Golfers take note: the hotel is located bang in the middle of 13 courses none more than 45 kilometres away. The closest one is Santa Ponsa, which is a couple of minutes walk.
How much: From €350 (£276)

Where: Brussels
What: Radisson Red
Who for: Tech savvy business travellers
Open: Now
The first Radisson Red hotel (another 13 are in the pipeline) has just opened its bright red framed doors in the heart of Brussels, a stone’s throw from the European Parliament. Decor may be vibrant but it is not by any means a traditional hotel. There’s no front desk and no room keys. Entry is via an app on your smartphone. Staff (dubbed Red Creatives) supply a tablet when they greet you which acts as a virtual concierge for check-in and check-out. It also deals with the bar tab, food and drinks, news about Red, not-to-miss activities in Brussels and great places to be. Its 149-studios have slick, streamlined designs with double beds, large windows and feature a 55-inch TV and sound bar, a picnic table, a fridge, just enough closet space, and a spacious bathroom with a high pressure walk-in shower. There are works of modern art on display and a games room with a pool table, tennis table and even a fitness room. Oh, and free high-speed internet is available throughout the hotel.
How much: Studios from ¤299 (£234)

Where: Tenerife
What: Hard Rock Hotel
Who For: Music lovers and their kids
Open: Autumn 2016
Fancy yourself a rock star? This beachfront hotel, on the Canary Island’s sunny southern coast near Adeje, will let you jam in your bedroom and even supply playlists and DJ equipment. A total of 624 rooms, including 266 suites, will be split across two towers — Oasis and Nirvana. A priceless collection of music memorabilia will be on display while DJ sessions, acoustic bands and vocalists are set to play in various parts of the hotel throughout the day.
Facilities include three pools, a natural saltwater lagoon, a concert arena for visiting artists and a beach club with Balinese beds. The Rock Spa has come up with a Rhythm & Motion signature spa treatment with amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns offering a rhythmic massage journey. There will also be three children’s clubs for different age groups, six restaurants, a sports bar with multiple giant screens, and the Beach Club located right on the edge of the seawater lagoon. Another six bars will serve aperitifs, after-dinner drinks, coffee or a cocktail by the pool. The rooftop sky lounge bar on level 17 overlooks the majestic Teide; Europe’s highest volcanic cone and Spain’s tallest mountain.
How much: N/A

Where: Istria, Croatia
What: Rivalmare Boutique Hotel
Who For: conservationists
Open: now
Croatia is becoming the go-to place this year. Opening this month, the Rivalmare Boutique looks modern and elegant with white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and earthy hued accessories. It is just steps from the beach, on the picturesque Novigrad path on the west coast of Istria. There are only 12 double rooms and one suite and a penthouse with an uninterrupted view of the sea. It is being built using renewable energy technology, and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
How much: From ¤188 (£146)

Where: Tel Aviv
What: W hotel
Who For: Lux lovers
Open: November 2016
The first W Hotel is opening in Jaffa offering 127 rooms and 32 residences in a dramatically re-mastered convent and hospital. Minimalist-luxe British architect John Pawson will blend old and new throughout the medieval port of Jaffa, not least in the hotel’s bar, where he will retain the vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows of a former chapel.
How much: N/A
Where: Thailand
What: Amari Koh Samui
Who for: Romantics
Open: Now
It took a year to refurbish, but the 197- room Amari with its tropical location on Chaweng Beach, has finally reopened its doors. The complex stretches over three wings: the Garden, Village and Beach, so you could choose your experience. Decked out in modern Thai-style each room has its own balcony or terrace with a garden. Frolic on the soft sand beach, swim in the seafront pool, get a treatment in the Breeze Spa or explore the awesome beauty of the island. It’s an easy walk to town and its restaurants and bars.
How much: From 7,950 THB (£160) per night.

Where: New York
What: The Beekman
Who for: The nostalgic
Open: Summer 2016
In its first incarnation in 1883 the Beekman tower was Manhattan’s first skyscraper with a mixed-up look of Italianate, neo-Grec and Queen Anne and an astonishing Victorian atrium and pyramid-shaped skylight. It has made a comeback as a 287-room Thompson hotel with a penthouse in each of its two turrets. It rises up next to the new World Trade Center and is surrounded by the East and Hudson Rivers and Brooklyn Bridge in the thriving New Downtown area.
How much: From $619 (£425).

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