Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy
It was Capri’s very first hotel, first opened exactly 200 years ago in 1822. Today, the all-white building on the most famous Italian island has been taken over by the Oetker collection (Le Bristol in Paris , Eden Rock in St Barth, Jumby Bay in the Caribbean) and the Reuben Brothers (the brand new Mondrian Shoreditch, The Palazzo Experimental in Venice). Careful renovations have reduced the number of rooms from 80 to 50 to create more space — a major selling point on this always-bustling island — and all come with balconies. Capri’s infamous Piazzetta is just around the corner, while those traveling the short distance to the coast can afford a day bed at La Palma Beach Club, the hotel’s hangout spot.
Opening June 2022, oetkercollection.com
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
A fine townhouse built for Scottish politician Sir John Clark of Penicuik, 100 Princes Street was converted into a hotel in the 19th century as Scotland’s capital became a destination for Victorian travellers. A few hundred years later, the Georgian space on one of Edinburgh’s best-known thoroughfares has been refurbished by Red Carnation Hotels (also behind Ashford Castle in Ireland), with designer-inspired interiors Alexander McQueen. Most of the rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle, the city’s biggest landmark, but we’re especially excited about the wall of 200 fine wines from the family-owned Bouchard Finlayson vineyard.
Opening June 2022, 100princes-street.com
Cape Koroso, Sumba, Indonesia
This eco-focused retreat in the surf pot of Sumba is the first property of new hoteliers Fabrice and Eve Ivara, who bought this stretch of land after visiting the area in 2017. Before embarking on the project, the team requested permission from 600 residents to request ancestral approval, which was granted. Award-winning architect Gary Fell and Jakarta-based Bitte Design Studio selected local, sustainable materials to craft the suites and villas. all of which nod to Ivara’s Parisian roots. A beach club, open-air cinema, spa and restaurant will be set up across the country, with produce sourced from the on-site farm run by a local team, which also houses an agricultural school for the community, a kids’ club and a guest activity center. This green thumb philosophy is at the heart of the hotel – 50% of its energy will come from its solar panel farm and at least 80% of the staff will be hired locally.