Rest Your Head - HELENA BAY

HELENA BAYWhangerei, New Zealand

Our regular round-up of a dozen new or notable global hospitality establishments includes HELENA BAY on New Zealand’s North Island, named the world’s best new luxury hotel of 2016; FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUB which is making waves in Miami’s social and style circles; and the splendid palace-like OBEROI SUKHVILAS in Chandigarh – the only Indian city planned by world renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

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Rest Your Head - FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUB

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUBSurfside, Florida

Welcoming guests since March 2017, the 77-room Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is located at 9011 Collins Avenue in Surfside, on the site of the former private beach club fashioned in the Mediterranean style of the 1920s and founded by the tyre tycoon Harvey Firestone. The historic Russell Pancoast-designed club opened at the north end of Miami Beach on New Year’s Eve 1930, was an instant hit and one of few places in … Read more

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Rest Your Head - PROVOCATEUR

PROVOCATEURBerlin, Germany

Famed the world over for its diversity, never-ending nightclubs and anything-goes attitude, Berlin has busied itself with becoming one of the most stimulatingly colourful, creative and cultural cities in Europe since the fall of its world-renowned Wall. It is a city that truly offers something for everyone, and is an infamous hub for hedonists and hipsters, where parties can go on for days rather than hours, and all manner of sexual goings-on within the walls of … Read more

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Rest Your Head - ANDBEYOND

ANDBEYONDBENGUERRA ISLAND, MOZAMBIQUE

A group of islands off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique, any visit to the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago makes for the quintessential Indian Ocean vacation. Indeed, some of Africa’s finest beaches and sandy shoals are to be found here, amongst the five main islands, all of which are gently lapped by turquoise waters filled with a few thousand types of colourful fish, together with dolphins, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles all swimming through the clear … Read more

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Rest Your Head - THE BEEKMAN

THE BEEKMANNew York, U.S.A.

New York’s most anticipated opening of 2016, The Beekman is one of those rare hospitality gems that manages to temporarily transport guests into lives that are more beautiful, more glamorous and more effortlessly stylish that their normal day-to-day existences, without making them feel like they’ve stepped into Disneyland or onto the set of a movie. Occupying a landmark 1881 Queen Anne building, originally constructed by architecture firm Silliman & Farnsworth, formerly known as Temple Court and … Read more

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Rest Your Head - AHILYA BY THE SEA

AHILYA BY THE SEAGoa, India

Run by a husband and wife team, beachside boutique property Ahilya by the Sea is a veritable love letter to Goan culture, and staying here is a little like visiting the retreat of that wealthy and eccentric yet tasteful long-lost relative you always wished you had. Perched on Coco Beach overlooking Dolphin Bay in peaceful Nerul in North Goa, the busy beaches, parties and seaside shacks the western Indian state is infamous for are forty minutes’ drive away from Ahilya, making … Read more

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Rest Your Head - SIR JOAN

SIR JOANIbiza, Spain

World renowned for having some of the best nightclubs on the planet, there is little one can say about the Spanish party island that hasn’t been written before. A luxurious bohemian retreat with a distinctly members club feel, and billed as “An Urban Oasis Minutes from Old Town Views of the Marina”, Sir Joan is the boutique hotel brand’s fifth global destination and its first Ibithincan property, opened just a few months ago amidst the party mania … Read more

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Rest Your Head - NEKUPE

NEKUPENandaime, Nicaragua

When the owners of the hotel you’re checking into are the country’s biggest philanthropists, you can probably feel good about your stay right from the get-go! Meaning “heaven” in Chorotega – a largely extinct Oto-Manguean language indigenous to a native Nicaraguan tribe – Nekupe opened in November 2016 in the shadow of the Mombacho volcano, set amongst a 1,300-acre reserve and animal sanctuary in the country’s mountainous region, thirty minutes from Granada and an hour and a half south of Managua. … Read more

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Rest Your Head - THE KIMPTON SEAFIRE RESORT & SPA

THE KIMPTON SEAFIRE RESORT & SPAGrand Cayman

Around ninety miles south of Cuba, Grand Cayman is by far the largest and most populated of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Though Grand Cayman is most celebrated for its aquatic activities, there’s no shortage of diversions to please landlubbers, history buffs, eco-warriors and families, from turtle sanctuaries and butterfly farms to Michelin-starred cuisine and ruined fortifications. Whilst the majority of visitors to Grand Cayman arrive by cruise ship to spend the day in Georgetown, the island has an awful … Read more

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Rest Your Head - AVATON

AVATONHalkidiki, Greece

Consisting of twenty monasteries and home to approximately 2,000 monks, Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world, the monastic center of the Greek Orthodox Church, a state-within-a-state, a veritable living museum of religion and the spiritual vortex of Greece. Located towards the top of the “third finger” of the Halkidiki prefecture, Mount Athos (or Agio Oros as it is also known) is home to the oldest surviving monastic community on Earth. The monks’ way of life is practically … Read more

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Rest Your Head - CHABLÉ

CHABLÉYucatán, Mexico

Half an hour from the Yucatán state’s capital of Mérida, conceptualised more than a decade ago and making its hospitality début last year, the aim with Chablé was always to go beyond just another hacienda-style resort to create a calm and peaceful place for wellness and complete relaxation, and not only restore the traditional XIX-century buildings, but also reignite the prosperity the property enjoyed centuries ago and to tie it back to the community. The result is a resort which blends five-star hospitality, … Read more

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Rest Your Head - OBEROI SUKHVILAS

OBEROI SUKHVILASChandigarh, India

250 km from New Delhi, heading northwards towards fresh mountain air and a more conventional seasonal climate, lies an Indian city of just over a million people which was planned by world renowned Swiss-French architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier. Originally dreamed-up by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandigarh is located in the foothills of the Sivalik Hills, a mountain range of the outer Himalayas. Renowned and admired countrywide, Chandigarh is one of the … Read more

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