Four of the coolest new open­ings across Scan­di­navia

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Cool new Nordic ho­tels; ex­clu­sive first re­views of Emer­ald Palace Kempin­ski Dubai and Anan­tara Quy Nhon Vil­las, Viet­nam; five ho­tels for ev­ery style in Hy­der­abad


Stock­holm, Swe­den

This sen­sa­tional ho­tel in Stock­holm is so en­tic­ing you may be tempted to stay in­side in­stead of ex­plor­ing the city. In up-and-com­ing Brunk­e­bergstorg Square, this for­mer bank opened in late 2017 as a ho­tel with clean, calm in­te­ri­ors ex­ud­ing un­der­stated glam­our. Art­work is ev­ery­where; im­pres­sive pieces in­clude a largescale white mar­ble bust by Span­ish sculp­tor Jaume Plensa and works by Bri­tish artists Ju­lian Opie and Richard Long. The 343 guest rooms are spa­cious and stylish – and in­clude 40 suites like the Mas­ter­piece Suite with a rooftop ter­race – each ac­cented with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als of stone, wood, leather and bronze. In the Din­ing Room, headed up by ex­ec­u­tive chef An­dreas Askling, dishes with a fo­cus on lo­cal and sea­sonal pro­duce are served in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting over­look­ing the square. Dou­bles from AED 770, 0046-8-5788 2800, hote­lat­six.com


Copenhagen, Den­mark

A Six­ties-era elec­tri­cal sta­tion in the heart of Copenhagen’s shop­ping dis­trict has been reimag­ined as a bou­tique ho­tel. Opened last

June, it’s the lat­est from Brøch­ner Group, the peo­ple be­hind the city’s lauded de­sign ho­tel SP34. Across its 31 guest rooms and pala­tial pent­house suite, through to the pub­lic spa­ces, Her­man K takes Scan­di­na­vian de­sign to the next level of lux­ury. Sump­tu­ous up­hol­stery con­trasts in­dus­trial con­crete walls and be­spoke fur­nish­ings show­case a ded­i­ca­tion to Dan­ish art and craft. The strik­ing bronze façade makes an im­pres­sion as you en­ter the build­ing, and the foyer, where an orig­i­nal art­work hangs, is just as show-stop­ping. This so­phis­ti­cated city es­cape de­liv­ers on gas­tron­omy, too. Roxie, the main restau­rant on the ground floor, is run in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the team at Copenhagen’s two-Miche­lin-starred Kadeau. Dou­bles from AED 1,160, 0045-3312 4200, brochner-ho­tels.com


Blue La­goon, Ice­land

Now you can bathe in the min­eral-rich restora­tive wa­ters of Ice­land’s Blue La­goon in to­tal peace. The Re­treat, which flung open its doors last spring, is the first lux­ury ho­tel and spa pro­vid­ing pri­vate ac­cess to the milky­turquoise la­goon wa­ters. De­signed by famed Ice­landic ar­chi­tect Si­gridur Sigth­ors­dot­tir and built into the lava rock, the ho­tel’s 62 suites are dec­o­rated in muted, earth-in­spired colours to mir­ror the sur­round­ing land­scape. The well­ness area en­hances the restora­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, with des­ig­nated re­lax­ation zones and be­spoke spa treat­ments, in­clud­ing a ham­mam-in­spired cleans­ing rit­ual. If con­stant re­lax­ation be­comes too much, there are daily hikes to the Thor­b­jorn hill, as well as a li­brary, gym and yoga classes. Em­bark on a culi­nary jour­ney through lo­cal el­e­men­tal cui­sine at fine-din­ing restau­rant, Moss. Suites from AED 5,350, 00354-420 8700, blue­la­goon.com


Helsinki, Fin­land

Ex­plod­ing on to Helsinki’s ho­tel scene in May 2018, St. Ge­orge raised the bar for so­phis­ti­cated sleep­overs in the Fin­nish cap­i­tal. The orig­i­nal 19th-cen­tury build­ing’s in­te­ri­ors have been rein­vented with con­tem­po­rary glam­our, high­light­ing lo­cal art and de­sign and cel­e­brat­ing Helsinki’s cre­ativ­ity. Warm­ing par­quet floor­ing, mar­ble tiles and mod­ernist fur­ni­ture are com­ple­mented by an ex­ten­sive art col­lec­tion. Con­vivial pub­lic spa­ces are de­signed to wel­come both guests and the pub­lic alike. The Win­ter­gar­den bar and restau­rant is a par­tic­u­lar high­light, with light flood­ing in through an arched glass roof. Set across seven floors, the ho­tel’s 153 guest rooms in­clude the gor­geous St. Ge­orge Suite, look­ing out across Old Church Park. Dou­bles from AED 957, 00358-9-4246 0011, stge­orge­helsinki.com

The Re­treat Ho­tel sits right on the pop­u­larBlue La­goon

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