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.