The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has accepted new member hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.
Al Areen Palace & Spa, an all-villa resort blending Middle Eastern-palace and contemporary styles, is situated 35 minutes from Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Guest accommodations are in 78 one- and two-bedroom villas. Each villa has a private outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a dining room and an authentic Arabic majlis, or sitting area; some also have private kitchens. Restaurant offerings include Al Bustan for all-day dining; El Morocco, featuring regional specialties and live entertainment; L’Ile for grilled meats and seafood; Vertigo Bar & Lounge; the Lobby Lounge and the Pool Bar. For recreation there are squash and tennis courts, the Al Areen Spa & Hydrotherapy Center, an outdoor garden hammam, fitness center and kids club. In addition, there are meeting facilties for up to 500 people.
A new member in the Emirate of Dubai is One&Only The Palm, which is located on a peninsula of Palm Jumeirah. The hotel is easily accessible by car or water taxi from the center of Dubai. Blending Moorish and Andalusian-inspired architecture with contemporary interiors, its 94 guest accommodations are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, in low-rise mansions and in beachfront villas boasting views of the gulf and the skyline of the city. Food and beverage outlets include The Conservatory, serving Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines; the Marina Restaurant & Lounge, for al fresco dining; and a contemporary Italian restaurant. The One&Only Spa and the hotel’s fitness center are complemented by a swimming pool, marina and private beach.
In Egypt, the newly opened Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City is the first and only luxury boutique hotel in Cairo. Situated on the east bank of the river Nile, in the historical area of the city, the hotel was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. All of the 191 rooms and suites offer spectacular garden, city or river views. Dining options include The Blue, for international fare; Osmanly, for Turkish, Lebanese and Egyptian specialties; Chic Dining, for contemporary French cuisine; Chocolate Lounge and the Jazz Bar. There is an outdoor swimming pool, health club, and a spa scheduled to open before the end of the year.
New South African member Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Reserve is located northwest of Johannesburg, approximately two-and-a-half hours by car from the Waterberg Mountain range. With its eight chalets, it offers visitors a unique experience in the heart of the Bushveld, with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. The area is home to the big five (leopard, lion, elephant, black and white rhino and buffalo), as well as predators such as cheetah and spotted hyena. Each chalet features king-size beds, mini-bars and patios. All bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers, an oversized bathtub and separate WC. Rates include all meals and a selection of beverages in Restaurant at Zulu Camp and the Shambala Bar. The multitude of recreation choices includes game viewing, elephant safaris, bush picnics, sunset crises, The Shambala Spa, and an outdoor pool.
Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Setai Fifth Avenue offers its guests easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and New York City’s museums. Its 214 rooms, suites and apartments – some with private balcony and fully stocked kitchen – are among the largest in the city. The Setai Fifth Avenue’s restaurant Ai Fiori presents Mediterranean specialties under the guidance of Chef Michael White. The hotel also features the cocktail bar The Bar on Fifth, while travelers can unwind in the Auriga Spa and revitalize in the hotel’s fitness center.
In Barbados, the Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea, set amidst a mahogany grove fronting a 1,000-foot expanse of white-sand beach. There are 112 rooms and suites, each with its own private verandah with garden or ocean views; and a five-bedroom villa. A variety of restaurants includes L’Acajou, serving gourmet cuisine de Provence; Bajan Blue, offering international fare with Caribbean influences; The Country Club Restaurant; The Spa Café; Monkey Bar; Beach Bar and Pool Bar. For recreation and relaxation, guests can choose among a 47,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of championship golf; a swimming pool, fitness center and tennis club. There is also The Treehouse Club for kids and teens.
The massive Casa de Campo resort lies on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic just outside the town of La Romana. Situated along the Caribbean Sea, the resort is situated within a 7,000-acre expanse featuring excellent views of the mountains. Guest accommodations are in 215 rooms, suites and villas. Casa de Campo has a choice of more than 20 restaurants such as the Beach Club by Le Cirque as well as 15 bars and lounges. Guests can explore the Dominican countryside on horseback, or watch a polo match played by resident teams of the resort’s Equestrian Center. Other features of this tropical playground include La Terraza Tennis Center; Cygalle Healing Spa; three golf courses designed by master golf architect Pete Dye; more than 45 retail shops; a wedding chapel; and a heliport. Suitable for families, the resort features extensive programs for all ages from toddlers to teens.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. represents more than 430 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas. Its mission is to curate a collection of independent properties, including grand palaces and intimate city hideaways, luxury tent enclaves and expansive self-contained resorts. Established in 1928 by several influential European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. For more information or to book, visit www.lhw.com.
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