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Launches in Fin­nish La­p­land, Morocco, Manch­ester and up-and-com­ing Oman

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The open­ing of Prin­ci­pal Manch­ester ph­com­pany.com brings a new ur­ban brand to the city. Set­ting the tone for the group, it’s housed in a Grade II-listed gothic build­ing, where a vast stone lobby with orig­i­nal glass­work gives way to 271 stylish rooms. De­sign fea­tures in­clude rich, bil­low­ing fab­rics, mas­cu­line tan leather and in­dus­trial wrought-iron ac­cents set against a dove grey and cream colour scheme. The Refuge restau­rant of­fers a menu of small plates and a win­ter gar­den that’s great for cock­tails. Win­ter wonderlands don’t get bet­ter than Arc­tic Tree­house arc­tic­tree­house­ho­tel.com which sits in the heart of a for­est near Ro­vaniemi in Fin­nish La­p­land. Pic­ture-per­fect panora­mas are to be ex­pected across the 32 glass-fronted suites: glimpses of rein­deer and the ethe­real North­ern Lights come as stan­dard. In­side, Lap­pish her­itage decor meets Scandi snug, with pine pan­elling, wood burn­ers and faux furs. In Morocco, Bri­tish-owned Surf

Maroc surf­maroc.com has launched its first ho­tel. Amouage sits on the ocean­front in Tag­ha­zout, Agadir. A youth­ful, un­stuffy vibe is found across the 20 bedrooms: pol­ished con­crete floors and white­wash walls are warmed up with colour­ful tex­tiles and tiles. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows show off the view. It also boasts an in­fin­ity pool over­look­ing the beach and the only li­censed bar in town.

Oman is tee­ing up to be big this year.

It’s more rugged and less brash than its Emi­rati neigh­bours and the coun­try has seen a spate of high-end launches. Anan­tara Al Ja­bal Al Akhdar is the hottest of the lot. Sit­u­ated 2,000m above sea level in the craggy Al Ha­jar Moun­tains, its lo­ca­tion, which is only ac­ces­si­ble via 4x4, is sim­ply in­cred­i­ble. The two-hour drive from Mus­cat tra­verses iconic date plan­ta­tions and wadis and passes mosques and souks in an­cient Nizwa, the so-called ‘pearl of Is­lam’. There are 82 canyon-view rooms and 33 pool vil­las with pri­vate gar­dens, all based around a cen­tral court­yard.

The el­e­gant de­sign leans to­wards a mod­ern version of clas­sic Ara­bian luxe – ex­pect a muted colour pal­ette that blends seam­lessly with the evolv­ing hues of the arid land­scape. The re­sort’s lofty to­pog­ra­phy means palat­able climes can be ex­pected year-round and there’s a knock-out in­fin­ity pool that is not to be missed. Choose from three restau­rants, in­clud­ing one housed in a fort, as well as a shisha bar and spa with five treat­ment rooms. As one might ex­pect from such hyp­notic ter­rain, ac­tiv­i­ties on site in­clude bik­ing, hik­ing, climb­ing, ab­seil­ing and moun­tain­top yoga. anan­tara.com

Clock­wise from top left: views from Anan­tara Al Ja­bal Al Akhdar; its suites; scenic Oman; cosy Fin­nish in­te­ri­ors; Arc­tic Tree­house; beachside in Morocco; Prin­ci­pal Manch­ester’s airy bar area; its fa­cade; chic bedrooms

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