Here at Smith, we don’t know whether to drag out our saris, ski poles or swimwear this month, as we welcome new luxury hotels in the Indian desert, European mountains, sun-drenched Sicily and tropical Australia.
Our collection of boutique hotels in India continues to swell, with the arrival of two beauties in Jodhpur, including fairy-tale desert fortress Mihir Garh and Raas, an 18th-century haveli with a contemporary heart. Our prowl through the subcontinent has also turned up Aman-i-Khás, a glam tented camp in the prime tiger-spotting territory of Ranthambore National Park.
In Europe, we’re trying to tempt you into goggles and skiwear, with three new elegant ski hotels: Le Lodge Park in Megève; Courchevel’s Le Portetta, and Cervo in the Swiss village of Zermatt. If you’re more of a sitting-in-sunshine type, head to Sicily for Seven Rooms Villadorata, a prince’s palace surrounded by Baroque buildings.
A trio of Queensland retreats joins our Australian ranks, including Spicers Balfour Hotel, a designer crashpad in capital Brisbane; French-accented Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and luxe-as-you-like Spicers Peak Lodge in the Scenic Rim.
Check back next month as we come up trumps with hotels in Romania, the States, Malaysia, Fiji, Australia, the Maldives and Vietnam.