Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy
This was Capri’s first-ever hotel, opened for the first time exactly 200 years ago in 1822. Now, 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 Barths, Jumby Bay in the Caribbean) and the Reuben Brothers (the shiny 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-thrumming isle – and all come with a balcony. Capri’s infamous Piazzetta is just around the corner, while those who take on the short distance to the coast can bag a day bed at La Palma Beach Club, the hotel’s chilled-out hangout.
Opens June 2022, oetkercollection.com
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
A handsome townhouse built for Scottish politician Sir John Clark of Penicuik, 100 Princes Street was turned into a hotel in the 19th century, as the Scottish capital took off as a destination for Victorian travellers. A couple of hundred years later, the Georgian space on one of Edinburgh’s best-known thoroughfares was renovated by Red Carnation Hotels (also behind Ireland’s Ashford Castle), with interiors inspired by designer Alexander McQueen. Most of the rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle, the city’s biggest hitting landmark, but we’re most excited by the 200-strong fine wine wall from the family-owned vineyard Bouchard Finlayson.
Opens June 2022, 100princes-street.com
Cap Koroso, Sumba, Indonesia
This eco-focussed retreat in surfing honeypot Sumba is the first property from new hoteliers Fabrice and Eve Ivara, who bought this stretch of land after visiting the area in 2017. Before cracking on with the project, the team sought the permission of 600 locals to request ancestral approval, which was granted. Award-winning architect Gary Fell and Jakarta-based Bitte Design Studio have sourced local, sustainable materials to craft the suites and villas; all of which nod to the Ivara’s Parisian roots. A beach club, open-air cinema, spa and restaurant will be set across the land, with produce sourced from the on-site farm run by a local team, which also houses a school of agriculture for the community, a kids’ club and an activity centre for guests. This green-fingered ethos is central to the hotel – 50 per cent of its energy will come from its solar panel park and at least 80 per cent of staff will be hired locally.