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HERE’S OUR PICK OF THE WORLD’S MOST LUX­U­RI­OUS NEW LAUNCHES

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Hot ho­tels, chic bou­tiques and ex­clu­sive new re­sorts

JABALI RIDGE Ruaha Na­tional Park, Tan­za­nia

Imag­ine be­ing sur­rounded by 150,000 square kilo­me­tres of pris­tine African na­ture while based amid stylish, rus­tic-luxe ac­com­mo­da­tion with all the mod­ern com­forts – this is Asilia’s new­est sa­fari-camp des­ti­na­tion, perched on a rocky out­crop over­look­ing one of Ruaha’s most prime spots with li­ons, leop­ards, ele­phants and buf­falo all densely pop­u­lated within close prox­im­ity. Ex­clu­sive with a mere eight suites and one pri­vate house, each fea­tures a pri­vate out­door lounge and stun­ning views in­door and out. Em­bark­ing on game drives, night drives and walk­ing sa­faris, all led by ex­pert guides, guest will have the chance to see one of the planet’s largest ele­phant pop­u­la­tions – and you can snap away till your heart’s con­tent, as all ve­hi­cles are equipped with charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Rest­ing up be­tween ac­tiv­i­ties is easy enough as well, thanks to king-sized beds, a swim­ming pool and spa. www.asil­i­aafrica.com

FOUR SEA­SONS HO­TEL KUWAIT AT BURJ ALSHAYA Kuwait City, Kuwait

The name may be a bit of a mouth­ful, but so is what guests will find in­side, as the ho­tel is po­si­tion­ing it­self as a din­ing des­ti­na­tion with four restau­rants and lounges that are likely to be­come hotspots upon open­ing this month. Dai Forni, in par­tic­u­lar, with its pent­house-level views and Italian menu served in­door and al fresco, will be the place to book. With so­phis­ti­cated guest rooms and 67 suites – the lat­ter of which are some of the largest to be found in the diminu­tive coun­try – there’s also a two-level spa, with 10 pri­vate treat­ment rooms as well as suites for ham­mam and psam­mother­apy treat­ments – a lengthy Greek-in­spired healing rit­ual where a heated bed of al­pha-quartz sand re­lieves aches and stress. The ho­tel’s most compelling fea­ture how­ever, will de­light wa­ter-lov­ing guests. As only ho­tel in Kuwait City with both an in­door and an out­door pool, the de­sign of the in­door pool will steal your breath – lined with deep in­digo stone, with grey lime­stone arch­ways and lanterns glow­ing above – it’s a show­stop­per. www.foursea­sons.com/kuwait

HO­TEL CAL­I­FOR­NIAN Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia, USA

A pretty sight in Span­ish Colo­nial Re­vival ar­chi­tec­ture with Moor­ish vibes, this ur­ban, Pa­cific-sea­side prop­erty is a rein­car­na­tion of the orig­i­nal built in 1925, which even­tu­ally fell into dis­re­pair af­ter World War II. Open­ing again this month in a neigh­bour­hood now re­vi­talised – steps away from Stearns Wharf and the new Wolf Mu­seum of Ex­plo­ration and In­no­va­tion – the ho­tel is ready to host the elite through­out its paseos, gar­dens, open plazas and rooftop deck with 360-de­gree views. All in all it’s spread across three build­ings – The Cal­i­for­nian, The Ma­son, and The State – which house 161 guest rooms and suites, a Moroc­can-in­spired spa, a de­signer bou­tique, and two restau­rants – one of which can help put to­gether a sea­son­ally cu­rated beach pic­nic. Guest rooms and suites boast ocean and moun­tain views and Moor­ishthemed in­te­rior de­sign by celeb-de­signer Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard. www.the­hotel­cal­i­for­nian.com

AL­MANAC BARCELONA Barcelona, Spain

The first in what is planned to be a col­lec­tion of taste-mak­ing lux­ury ho­tels, Al­manac Barcelona com­prises 91 keys in one of the city’s prime lo­ca­tions: Gran Via de les Corts Cata­lanes, on the doorstep of shop­ping, restau­rants, bars and mu­se­ums. In­side, grey, beige and gold tones, with ac­cents of oak and wal­nut, and mar­ble from Ibiza, lend an at­mos­phere of warmth and re­fine­ment to the space. Rooms and suites boast am­ple space (start­ing from 30 square me­tres), with a select few vaunt­ing pri­vate bal­conies and ter­races, but many more fea­tur­ing a unique bowed-win­dow de­sign that opens up views to the out­side. An ex­clu­sive guests-only rooftop ter­race and pool is ideal for sun­down­ers-with-a-view be­fore head­ing to Línea, the ho­tel’s Mediter­ranean brasserie, for din­ner served along­side re­gional wines and Jerez sherry. www.al­mana­cho­tels.com/barcelona

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