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The Vacation Report The New Jet-Set

Discover exciting new hotel openings in four glamorous destinations, from the south of France to a Caribbean island.

Words by Emma Love.

MIAMI

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUB

Once a mid-century hangout for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra – think cocktails on the beach during prohibition, kayaks in the swimming pool and legendary black-tie dinners in the ballroom – this hotel re-opened in March as the newest ocean-front Miami hotspot. Architect Richard Meier and interior designer Joseph Dirand have created 77 rooms including five studios on famed ‘Cabana Row’, each with a terrazzo floor, custom-designed furniture and a private wooden deck. There are also three pools framed by coconut palms, a world-class spa and hammam, and at the heart of the hotel, an outpost of Positano’s Mediterranean Le Sirenuse restaurant and a champagne bar in the original clubhouse. fourseasons.com/surfside

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami

CôTE D’AZUR

HÔTEL LES ROCHES ROUGES

Inspired by Modernist architecture and 1950s design, this new hotel just outside Saint-Raphael in the south of France is all low-key, understated luxury. Inside, a carefully curated mix of locally sourced vintage furniture, brass lamps and rustic farmhouse tables sit alongside pieces by the likes of Charlotte Perriand and George Nakashima. Outside, the gorgeous cliff-side setting means the saltwater pool is cut straight out of the rock (there’s also a heated freshwater pool and a pontoon for sea swimmers) with two restaurants that look out towards the blue. Fun activities include petanque lessons during cocktail hour, ping pong in the garden, a cinema under the stars and live music two nights a week. hotellesrochesrouges.com

Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, Côte d’Azur
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, Côte d’Azur
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, Côte d’Azur

SAINT-BARTH

VILLA MARIE

The first hotel outside mainland France from the Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet group, Villa Marie has sweeping island views over deserted Flamands Bay. It also comes with the typically bohemian-inspired design that can be expected from owner and designer Jocelyne Sibuet: palm-print wallpaper in the spa, rattan egg chairs and sideboards inlaid with mother of pearl and bold, colourful fabrics on canopy beds in the charming bungalows. The swimming pool is surrounded by a lush tropical garden, the menu at the François Plantation restaurant combines French and local flavours and the only place to be at night is the terrace of the rum and cigar bar. A wine cellar and fumoir are the finishing touches. saint-barth.villamarie.fr/en

Villa Marie Saint-Barth
Villa Marie Saint-Barth
Villa Marie Saint-Barth

IBIZA

NOBU HOTEL IBIZA BAY

The biggest hotel opening on the White Isle this summer is set on the shores of Cala Talamanca, two kilometres north of Ibiza Town. The look here is very natural: hand-crafted ceramics, glass reading lamps, stone soaking tubs, bronzed cabinets and a white backdrop broken up with flashes of gold and aqua. As you’d expect, food is high on the agenda and as well as Nobu, the restaurants include Chamboa, a laid-back chiringuito beach club serving up market-fresh Mediterranean dishes, and Celiciosa for superfood salads and purifying juices. Soft Balearic beats play over the sound system at the main pool, the boutique offers local artwork and olive oil and there’s even a yacht mooring service, for those arriving by boat. nobuhotelibizabay.com

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

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PHOTOGRAPHS: FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS. HÔTEL LES ROCHES ROUGES. NOBU HOTEL IBIZA BAY. VILLA MARIE SAINT BARTH/L.BENOIT.

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