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Here’s a roundup of some of the most in­ter­est­ing new ho­tel open­ings from around the world - places that com­bine old world charm with con­tem­po­rary cool.

Peo­ple hardly bat an eye­lid any­more when a Gulf coun­try cre­ates a man-made is­land just for the sake of a new ho­tel but we still took note of Bahrain’s soar­ing new 273-room Four Sea­sons built on an ex­clu­sive is­land off Manama. With in­te­ri­ors by award-win­ning French de­signer Pierre-yves Ro­chon, the ho­tel of­fers 7 restau­rants, a mas­sive spa, 5 ‘swimming ex­pe­ri­ences’, and (this is the part we like best) ev­ery guest can choose and cus­tomise their own bed. There’s a new 83-room ho­tel in cen­tral Barcelona, set in a re­stored neo­clas­si­cal cot­ton textile fac­tory. It has the feel of an old, el­e­gant man­sion with its fres­coes, li­brary, spa­cious out­door ter­race and pool and cer­tainly doesn’t feel as if it’s part of the Mar­riott group (which it is). We rec­om­mend a stay here, not least for the fact that you can make use of the ar­ti­sanal tai­lor ser­vice pro­vided by the old­est, most pres­ti­gious tai­lor es­tab­lish­ment in the city.

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