Doha’s big open­ing, two brand-new launches in the Amer­i­cas, and a UK crash­pad

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We’re cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of the small yet per­fectly formed Artist Res­i­dence Ox­ford­shire artistres­i­denceox­ford.co.uk to South Leigh. The con­vivial 16th-cen­tury coun­try inn is the fourth site for the group, which has nailed the trend for boho-luxe de­sign across five bed­rooms found in the eaves. In­te­ri­ors in­clude Wil­liam Mor­ris wall­pa­per, re­claimed fur­ni­ture, ex­posed brickwork and orig­i­nal beams. Down­stairs, Mr Han­bury’s Ma­son Arms serves mod­ern pub food us­ing home­grown and for­aged pro­duce. A fur­ther seven suites open later in the year. In the Amer­i­cas, Ha­vana is the des­ti­na­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips and hote­liers are re­spond­ing with a move away from its usual bou­tique ho­tels. In the heart of the old town, close to the Capi­tol and baroque-style Great Theatre, Gran Ho­tel Man­zana Kempin­ski La Ha­bana kempin­ski.com has opened 246 lux­ury rooms across six floors. Ex­pect high ceil­ings and fresh, con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors in spa­cious rooms with sweep­ing views across the city. Fur­ther south, old-school Brazil­ian charm is the deal at Palá­cio Tan­gará pala­ciotan­gara.com, which has launched in São Paulo. The pala­tial For­ties build­ing is host to 141 bed­rooms set amid ten hectares of lush green­ery and trop­i­cal plantlife. Bed­rooms are bathed in nat­u­ral light, al­low­ing the el­e­gant duck egg blue, olive green and dove grey colour scheme to shine while pri­vate ter­races bring the out­doors in. It’s a big claim, sure, but we’re putting it out there: Mon­drian Doha is the most out­ra­geously op­u­lent ho­tel launch of the year. Close to the Pearl in the buzzy West Bay La­goon area, its ver­tig­i­nous struc­ture em­u­lates a fal­con, Qatar’s na­tional bird, while the eye-pop­ping in­te­ri­ors come courtesy of Dutch de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders. His mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the folk­lore of the Ara­bian Nights in­cludes plays on mo­saics, car­pets tex­tured to wave and crease like desert sand and a tree of life made from flowers. The lobby atrium has a dizzy­ingly sculp­tural spi­ral stair­case, while the sky­bar and rooftop pool on the 27th floor are en­veloped by a cur­va­ceous stained-glass dome pat­terned in the style of Tif­fany’s iconic peony lamp. In­tri­cate wall mu­rals and Swarovski chan­de­liers are bal­anced by cream and gold fur­nish­ings across the 270 lux­u­ri­ous wa­ter­front bed­rooms, a num­ber of which of­fer pri­vate gar­dens and ter­races. Else­where the ESPA spa is the coun­try’s largest, with 12 treat­ment rooms. And when it comes to din­ing, the of­fer­ing is var­ied. Along with three bars, the lobby lounge fea­tures NYC-favourite Mag­no­lia bak­ery, while Wolf­gang Puck is bring­ing his Cut steak­house and Masa­haru Mo­ri­moto will be head­ing up a sushi bar. mor­gan­shotel­group.com

Clock­wise from top left: a Tif­fany lamp-in­spired dome frames Mon­drian Doha’s rooftop pool; its spa has feminine flare; La Ha­bana’s rooftop pool; Palá­cio Tan­gará sits amid Burle Marx Park; Wil­liam Mor­ris meets mas­cu­line leather at Artist Res­i­dence; its...

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