Pillow Talk: The hottest openings, news and experiences in the world of hotels

Tom Mulvihill
The Kumaon is a new hotel in the foothills of the Himalayas, with spectacular views of soaring peaks and plunging valleys from its 10 guest villas.

From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.

• This month's best new hotel openings


Welcome to the Big Apple

Expanding from its Beverly Hills roots, trendy US hotel brand Mr C comes to New York’s up-and-coming South Street Seaport district this month. Designed by Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, the hotel will offer 66 guest rooms, some with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Guests will also be able to make use of the Lobby Lounge (serving afternoon tea and evening drinks), and a restaurant serving Italian cuisine.

• Rooms £388 (001 877 528 4249; mrcseaport.com)

LA's trendy Mr. C Beverly Hills comes to the East Coast this month with the opening of a new sister hotel in NYC's trendy South Street Seaport district.


Hat hotel

Hotel Café Royal in London has partnered with milliner Victoria Grant to dress the heads of visiting socialites. The package includes a pre-stay consultation with Grant, who has worked with Kate Moss and Lady Gaga, and a bespoke hat or headpiece waiting on your arrival at the Regent Street hotel. It also includes a night in a Junior Suite, a spa treatment, and chauffeur-driven transfers.

• Package £740 (020 7406 3333; hotelcaferoyal.com)

Hotel Café Royal has partnered with milliner Victoria Grant to dress the heads of visiting socialites for the summer season.


Pool party

Hotel Arts Barcelona has started the summer season by opening its new infinity pool, facing the Mediterranean with Frank Gehry’s mesmerising Golden Fish sculpture looming large in the foreground. It is set to be a hive of activity, with yoga classes by day and live music, DJ sets and cocktails in the evenings.

• Rooms £268 (0034 932 211 000; hotelartsbarcelona.com)

The new infinity pool and terrace at Hotel Arts Barcelona overlookins Frank Gehry's Golden Fish sculpture.


Ace vintage

The Los Angeles outpost of the fashionable Ace Hotel group has  launched a new winemaking collaboration with veteran vintner Amy Atwood to produce Ace Rosé: a 2017 vintage with flavours of citrus zest, cedar shavings and crushed geranium with subtle notes of apricot, peach and white tea, available in the bar and restaurant.

• Glass £9; bottle £35; rooms £186 (001 213 623 3233; acehotel.com/losangeles)

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles has partnered with a Californian wine producer to create it's own brand of rosé.


Doga retreat

People and pooches can now practice their downward dog together, thanks to a new series of “doga” (dog yoga) classes run by The Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Canines aren’t especially known for their interest in the intricacies of spirituality, so the hotel offers indifferent dogs a bowl, a bed, treats and a chew toy to enjoy while their owners work up a sweat.

• Classes £10; rooms £209 (0131 220 6666; radissoncollection.com/royalmile-hotel-edinburgh)

The Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile in Edinburgh now offers 'doga' classes for people and their pooches. Credit: TILL BRITZE


Room with a view

It’s the views of soaring Himalayan peaks that steal the show at The Kumaon, a stylish new retreat in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Each of its 10 cantilevered villas features floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces overlooking the dramatic landscape, while curated excursions give guests an opportunity to explore.

• Rooms £148 (0091 94117 36084; thekumaon.com)

The Kumaon is a new hotel in the foothills of the Himalayas, with spectacular views of soaring peaks and plunging valleys from its 10 guest villas.


Secret spa 

Nihi Sumba, on the Indonesian island of Sumba, is taking spa luxe off the grid with its new Villa Rahasia experience. Two guests are taken on a sunrise trek to a secluded one-bedroom lodge where they have the run of a freshwater pool, a private cove and unlimited spa treatments for the duration of their stay.

• Villa Rahasia experience, £1,590 per night; rooms at Nihi Sumba from £590 (001 910 622 2657; nihi.com)

Luxury Indonesian island hotel Nihi Sumba has launched a new private spa experience, set in a secluded coastal lodge. Credit: Tânia Araújo


Beach fashion

Inspired by his love for Hotel Esencia on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu has launched a new capsule clothing collection influenced by the hotel’s Caribbean beach chic style and lush natural surroundings. His creations, including a special “birds of paradise” dress print, will be available for purchase in the hotel’s boutique, Retrobottega, as well as online through net-a-porter.com.

• Collection sweaters from £440; hotel rooms £455 (0052 984 873 4830; hotelesencia.com)

Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu has announced a new clothing collection inspired by uber-chic Mexican beach retreat, Hotel Esencia.


Safari luxe

This month sees the unveiling of Singita Pamushana Lodge in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe, after its renovation. It now features eight thatched suites and one five-bedroom villa, each with a plunge pool and views of the veld. There are game drives in search of lion, leopard, elephant and white rhino.

• Rooms from £1,105 per person (singita.com/lodge/singita-pamushana-lodge)

Set in Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park, Singita Pamushana Lodge is an excellent base of game drives in search of lion, leopard, elephant and white rhino.


Grape expectations

It has been more than a year since Michael Caines’s Lympstone Manor hurtled onto the scene, scooping up a Michelin star within six months of opening. Now, the country house hotel in Devon is setting its sights on the Decanter awards as work commences on planting a vineyard in the grounds. We won’t see its first vintage until 2023, but there will be plenty of events taking place in the meantime, from vine-planting festivals to wine tastings.

Rooms £315 (0139 520 2040; lympstonemanor.co.uk)

Lympstone Manor's foray into the wine world brings plenty for guests to get involved in, from vine-planting festivals to wine tastings.

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