We’ve criss-crossed the globe this month to add to our hand-picked hotel collection. We’re thrilled to welcome the very first Smith hotels in the Bahamas and Peru, as well as some new hot stays in Cambodia, Fiji and Dorset. We’re also celebrating the debut of a stylish self-catering house in Goldfields, near Melbourne.
First, we went Bahamas over the panoramic ocean views at Kamalame Cay (above), a secluded island hideaway with manicured lawns leading down to unspoilt sandy shores. Don’t miss the spectacular spa: the glass floor below the massage tables lets you gaze into the blue as you unwind.
Then, we got a crash course in Peruvian history at Cusco’s Inkaterra La Casona (right), a 16th-century colonial manor perched high in the Andes. Despite having previously been home to Incan trainee warriors, a Spanish conquistador and Peru’s El Libertador Simón Bolívar (not all at once), this historic hilltop home isn’t lacking in modern luxuries: there’s WiFi throughout, and you’ll find an iPod dock in your room.
Why have one private island when you can have two? Cambodia’s Song Saa Private Island hotel (left) is spread over tiny twin islands in the Koh Rong archipelago; it combines eco ethics with sleek design (and bath tubs with incredible views). Over in Fiji, our new trip-worthy trio are a laid-back tropical hideaway, Royal Davui Island Resort; a lush jungle-to-beach retreat, Qamea Resort & Spa; and a family-friendly divers’ paradise, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.
Then, we sampled some of Bournemouth’s best British dishes at The Green House hotel, an eco-chic hotel by the seaside. It’s stylish but sustainable: electricals are all low-energy, anything that plausibly can be is recycled and almost everything is locally sourced – from the Farrow & Ball paint on the walls to the Dorset ales on the restaurant’s menu.
Down under, we discovered Grey Gardens, a designer holiday home in Victoria’s Goldfields, with a fully stocked kitchen and ready-to-raid veggie patch. If you can tear yourself away from the design-magazine interiors, the 1950s garden furniture on the deck is the ideal place to watch kangaroos and cockatoos gather on the lawn at dusk.