This month sees quirky underwater suites in Australia, a duo of new ski hotels and a glamorous tented camp in Costa Rica open.
Here are six of probably the most thrilling new properties for December.
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While Finland’s Levi area isn’t as well-known as France or Switzerland for snowboarding, it’s nonetheless a robust selection for snow fanatics. There are 40 pistes to select from and the season runs till May; plus non-skiers can go snowmobiling beneath the Northern Lights or attempt snowshoeing and winter biking.
Design Hotel Levi is a new arty property on the foot of Levi resort’s slopes, which has 77 rooms inside a Lapland-pine-fronted constructing designed by architect Pave Mikkonen. Interiors riff on Arctic nature and have regionally sourced wooden, pure stones and copper touches. In bedrooms, summary images by Kaisa Sirén is used to create modern murals and bathe partitions. For suppers there’s trendy Arctic delicacies at swish Kekäle restaurant plus a variety of extra informal eating joints to go well with the entire household.
Doubles from £250 per night time, B&B
For skiers after an on-trend sporty break forward of subsequent summer time’s Olympic Games in Japan comes Hinode Hills Niseko Village. With 2,191 acres of inter-linked skiable terrain, Niseko is the nation’s largest and most well-known ski resort, and its newest opening comes from YTL Hotels, which already operates a clutch of profitable hotels within the space.
The new 79-room ski-in, ski-out affair is on the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, simply subsequent to a gondola which makes entry to nearby eating and buying spots a breeze. After a day powder driving, friends can chill out on the on-site onsen or retreat to calm rooms with decor impressed by the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic with muted silver color palettes and funky geometric lights. Suites have as much as three bedrooms, making it a sensible choice for these on a gaggle journey.
Rooms from £285 per night time, B&B
Bringing a contact of safari-style stylish to the Arenal Volcano National Park is the long-awaited Nayara Tented Camp. Set to be certainly one of Central America’s fanciest glamping choices, simply 29 elegant, low-impact tents – developed by Luxury Frontiers – sit in two acres of hot-spring-dotted rainforest. Each has fantastic volcano views and is roomy, with 1,496 sq. ft of area to name house.
Interiors take leafy-chic to the max: assume cover beds adorned with botanical illustrations and natural-hued furnishings, in addition to personal hot-spring-fed plunge swimming pools to take pleasure in. Out and about, wildlife lovers can seize binoculars for hen watching periods, go to the property’s sloth sanctuary (there’s even a sloth concierge) or hike via nearby lava fields. The spas and eating places of sensible sister resorts Nayara Springs and Nayara Gardens are only a stroll over a footbridge away.
Tents from £930 per night time, B&B
Just 25 minutes’ drive from Jemaa el-Fnaa sq. and its cacophony of Berber musicians is a new tranquil spa retreat from Oberoi. Surrounded by landscaped gardens with a meandering canal and citrus-tree lined paths, The Oberoi, Marrakech is through-and-through serene. Architecture is impressed by Marrakech’s 14th-century palaces and the eye to element is beautiful, with hand-carved picket domes, latticework grilles, hovering archways and geometric zellige tiles to admire.
The majority of the 84 rooms, suites and villas – furnished in muted ivory and golden tones – have personal swimming pools and terraces, and lots of have Atlas Mountains views. For R&R there are invigorating hammams and ayurvedic remedies within the orchard-ringed spa, plus a handful of eating places to select from, together with Siniman for conventional Moroccan meals and Mediterranean dishes at chandelier-filled Tamimt.
Rooms from £385 per night time
Reefsuites, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hot on the heels of the opening of the Maldives’ first underwater suite, ritzy Muraka, comes Australia’s first under-the-waves lodging, Reefsuites. Cruise Whitsundays launches 12 underwater suites at Reefworld, a pontoon moored on the Great Barrier Reef’s Hardy Reef. While they’re not precisely finances, the just-over-£400 per individual price ticket beats the £45,000 one within the Maldives.
The compact suites – round three x three.5m plus a bathe and bathroom – are appropriate for adventurers aged 10 and over, and have floor-to-ceiling home windows to see out at tropical fish, turtles and manta rays. Alternatively, you possibly can snooze beneath the celebs on one of many 28 queen-size Reefbeds on the pontoon’s prime deck. Adrenaline-filled actions span snorkelling, scuba diving and semi-submersible excursions. Fuel comes within the type of English breakfasts, build-your-own Buddha bowls and BBQs adopted by dessert platters.
Reefsuites are from £427pp based mostly on two sharing, all-inclusive foundation (meals, actions and return boat journey); Reefbeds are from £320pp
The Blonde Hedgehog, Alderney, Channel Islands
The northernmost of the inhabited Channel Islands Alderney may solely be three miles lengthy by one and a half miles extensive, nevertheless it packs in a lot for nature lovers, with wild seashores ripe for rock pooling and cliff paths simply ready to be rambled alongside. Freshly opened is a boutique bolthole in quaint, cobblestoned St Anne’s, The Blonde Hedgehog – so-named for the world’s uncommon light-spined hedgehogs that are stated to have originated from pets introduced right here within the 1960s. The lodge has simply 9 dapper rooms, set inside a former pub and Georgian townhouse as soon as lived in by native aristocracy, in addition to a three-bedroom cottage with roof terrace and cosy hearth. Vintage-cool interiors come courtesy of Charlie Horner Design, and on the restaurant, farm-to-table dishes with elements picked straight from the kitchen backyard are served.
Rooms from £230, B&B