Ho­tel news

Launches in South Africa and Sin­ga­pore and a smart new look for a Viet­nam favourite

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There’s some­thing about tak­ing a run-down her­itage build­ing and trans­form­ing it into a knock­out ho­tel that just feels so much bet­ter than a new-build – it in­her­its char­ac­ter with­out even try­ing. The Silo, Cape Town’s lat­est open­ing, is a case in point. You’ll find it en­com­pass­ing six floors of a con­verted el­e­va­tor tower in an old grain store. The build­ing was once the tallest in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, mak­ing it a key player in in­ter­na­tional trade, and has been a part of the Mother City’s skyline since 1924. It sits on the V&A Wa­ter­front, with its lo­ca­tion af­ford­ing in­cred­i­ble views of Ta­ble Moun­tain and the city’s golden beaches. Thomas Heather­wick is be­hind the de­sign and the most strik­ing el­e­ment is the pil­lowed geo­met­ric pan­elling which puffs out­wards and cre­ates a warm­ing lan­tern-like glow of an evening. There are 28 in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated bed­rooms across seven cat­e­gories, the ma­jor­ity of which fea­ture bal­conies. In con­trast to the mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, the decor is colour­ful and eclec­tic: think luxe quilted fur­ni­ture, an­i­mal print, glitzy chan­de­liers and mint-green bath­room cab­i­nets. A rooftop pool, spa, two restau­rants and des­ti­na­tion bar top it off. Book for later this year and catch the un­veil­ing of the new Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa, which is tak­ing res­i­dency in the space un­der­neath from Septem­ber. theroy­al­port­fo­lio.com Stun­ning Hoi An stal­wart Four Seasons Re­sort The Nam Hai foursea­sons.com in Viet­nam is emerg­ing hot off the heels of a full re­brand. As well as an ex­ten­sive up­grade, the beach­side re­sort now of­fers eight dreamy new fam­ily vil­las, a beach bar, Viet­namese cook­ery school and an in­creased wa­ter­sports pro­gramme. Just launched in Sin­ga­pore, The Ware­house the­ware­house­ho­tel.com is the coolest place to bed down this month. A for­mer godown, the low-slung 37-room prop­erty is on the banks of the river in trendy Robert­son Quay. A warm and in­dus­trial at­mos­phere is to be ex­pected. Orig­i­nal ma­sonry walls and dou­ble-height ceil­ings are soft­ened by calm­ing, muted colour palettes. On-site restau­rant Po is headed up by chef Willin Low, while ‘Mini­bars of Vice’ are a nice touch: salted egg yolk potato chip, any­one? On home turf, The Ned thened.com in the City of Lon­don is kind of a big deal. No, re­ally: there are 252 bed­rooms and nine restau­rants in the new ho­tel. Rich in­te­ri­ors across the old Mid­land Bank chan­nel the Twen­ties and Thir­ties in a riot of gutsy colour schemes, heav­ily pat­terned fab­rics, ma­hogany fur­ni­ture, vin­tage pieces and Afghan rugs. We’ll be by the pool on the top floor with a cock­tail if you need us.

Clock­wise from top left: pool­side in Hoi An; new vil­las at Four Seasons Re­sort The Nam Hai; in­dus­trial vibes in Sin­ga­pore; The Ware­house’s lobby bar; homely bed­rooms at The Ned; lofty heights in Cape Town; blind­ing views at The Silo

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