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Nobu Mat­suhisa has been rather busy build­ing his em­pire, and his de­but 150-room Nobu Ho­tel Shored­itch comes hot off the heels of two equally dreamy launches in Mi­ami and Ibiza, so­lid­i­fy­ing the star chef’s cre­den­tials as a hote­lier. While there’s no short­age of must-see new ho­tels across the cap­i­tal, this one has done a fine job of cap­tur­ing our at­ten­tion. The stag­ger­ing fa­cade comes cour­tesy of Ron Arad Ar­chi­tects and Ben Adams Ar­chi­tects and is char­ac­terised by over­hang­ing floor slabs and steel beams that form a frayed edge that sets the tone for what’s be­yond. In­te­ri­ors by lo­cal de­signer Stu­dio Mica are the per­fect marriage of con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese flair and a touch of gritty east Lon­don in­dus­tri­al­ism. Raw an­gles are soft­ened by rich fab­rics and cur­va­ceous fur­ni­ture; black join­ery con­trasts with ex­posed con­crete and gold sinks punc­tu­ate white bath­rooms. The re­sult is bal­anced, re­fined and so­phis­ti­cated, in keep­ing with Nobu’s East-meets-West phi­los­o­phy. This tran­si­tions into the 240-cover light-flooded restau­rant. The sleek wood din­ing room is the ideal back­drop to the chef’s pris­tine Nikkei cui­sine. And yes, the sig­na­ture black cod miso is most def­i­nitely on the menu, bring­ing a new bas­tion of fine fu­sion din­ing to the East End, while an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of vin­tage sakes and lim­ited-edi­tion Ja­panese whiskies are avail­able from the bar. nobuho­telshored­ Warm rays of late-sum­mer sun shine on Santa Ma­rina Mykonos santa-ma­ this month. The re­sort has just re­ceived a fresh new look and added three sugar cube-shaped vil­las and a host of pri­vate pools to its 100 suites. Kissing the coast at Ornos Bay, it of­fers the is­land’s only pri­vate beach and a sparkling new Oa­sis in­fin­ity pool, while the open-fronted Bud­dha Bar prom­ises Gre­cian dishes at lunch. If you plan your trav­els around food, then new bou­tique Ake­larre Ho­tel ake­ will fly to the top of your hit list. Ex­tend­ing from Pe­dro Su­bi­jana’s three-star Miche­lin restau­rant of the same name, it’s tucked into a hill­side out­side San Se­bastián. Over­look­ing the Bay of Bis­cay, de­sign across the 22 bed­rooms epit­o­mises coastal cool. Ex­pect clean lines, crisp pine and neu­tral hues. Suites have plunge pools pro­vid­ing Cantabrian Sea views. On to Paris, a city that does re­fined lux­ury like no other. We’re swoon­ing over the re­open­ing of iconic Hô­tel de Cril­lon, A Rose­wood Ho­tel rose­wood­ho­ which has emerged from a full re­brand that will have hearts bleat­ing ‘Je t’aime!’ Wear­ing its 250-year his­tory proudly, the vibe is mod­ern-day Marie An­toinette: el­e­gant with a touch of whimsy. Don’t miss Miche­lin-starred Christo­pher Hache’s cui­sine at L’Ecrin.

From left: dusk over Santa Ma­rina; one of three bed­rooms in the new villa Lapis Lazuli; the Oa­sis pool

Clock­wise from left: min­i­mal-chic bed­rooms at Nobu Shored­itch; the cool lobby space; an in­vi­ta­tion to dine; wake to sea views at Ake­larre; fine Parisian lux­ury at Hô­tel de Cril­lon; its pala­tial fa­cade

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