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BY // 12.31.18

Seasoned travelers who have rested their heads on the downy pillows of the Ritz in Paris, Hotel Sacher in Vienna or the Plaza Athénée in New York are accustomed to a certain level of luxury and service, pampering at its most divine. Each of those hotels and 400 other independent, luxury hotels across the globe are members of the curated Leading Hotels of the World collection.

As we head into the new year, Leading Hotels revealed the addition of 11 intriguing properties as far flung as Kuala Lumpur and as familiar as Capri and Grenada. Most of them opened as recently as November and December and one in Madrid opens in January.

(Texas boasts two hotels with Leading Hotels of the World accreditation — Hotel Granduca Houston and Hotel Granduca Austin.)

Herewith, a thumbnail sketch of each of the new properties.

Silversands Grenada in St. Georges, Grenada — The intimate property with 700 feet of beachfront is comprised of 52 guest rooms, suites and villas. The latter include four-bedroom beachfront dwellings and three-bedroom villas on the hillside, each with private pool.

This sleek, contemporary hostelry, which opened in December, is a first for the island that is best known for its chocolate factories, spice fields and crystal clear waters. The property boasts a state-of-the-art spa and fine dining.


  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
  • River Oaks District September 2022
Silversands Grenada
Silversands Grenada is among 11 hotels joining the Leading Hotels of the World.

TRS Coral Hotel in Cancun — The adults-only hideaway opened in November, luring guests just to the beaches of Costa Mujeres, just north of bustling Cancun. The contemporary hotel has 469 rooms each with outdoor space, hydro-massaging tubs and unobstructed views of the sea.

Amenities include swim-up suites, a private beach club, dedicated concierges, spa and fitness facilities. The hotel boasts five themed restaurants and a 24-hour sports bar.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel in Singapore — In a structure designed by the same architect who created Singapore’s famed Raffles Hotel, the Capitol Kempinski is housed in the Stamford House and Capitol Building, two venerable structures located in the heart of Singapore’s civic and cultural district.

Long serving as a hotel, even once under the Raffles Lodge moniker, the boutique hotel has 157 guest rooms and suites with a contemporary decorative slant. Amenities include the requisite fitness center and spa, plus a Michelin-starred chef in the hotel’s signature restaurant.

Capitol Kempenski Hotel
The salt water relaxation pool at the Capitol Kempenski Hotel in Singapore City

Le Massif in Courmayeur, Italy — Beautifully positioned at the foot of the imposing Mont Blanc and only steps from the ski lifts, the hotel with its 78 guest rooms and suites has been drawing skiers since its opening at the first of December. Count a ski butler and a ski concierge among the hotel’s special offerings.

Guests can dine in the onsite gourmet restaurant or the steakhouse and grill or head up the mountain for La Loge du Massif at a chalet on the slopes.

Fasano Salvador in Salvador, Brazil — Planning a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage city known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, you might consider booking here in this 1930s building, the former headquarters of the newspaper A Tarde. The hotel stands in front of Castro Alves Square and offers grand views of the Bay of All Saints.

Guests have access to the rooftop pool, spa and business center and easy reservations at the acclaimed Fasano Restaurant, serving traditional Italian cuisine. Decor is contemporary.

Fasano Belo Horizonte in Belo Horizonte, Brazil — In the heart of the first planned modern city in Brazil, the sister to the Salvador property features 77 rooms, a spa, fitness center and business center.

This is another sleek, contemporary property in Brazil’s sixth largest city.

BLESS Hotel Madrid in Madrid, Spain — How about a bowling bar in your hotel? That’s part of the intriguing character of this brand new property set to open in January.

The hotel boasts state-of-the-art modernity in its 111 guest rooms while offering old world and new world touches — flower arranging, a “bathology” soap butler and the “blessed bed” with pillow and aroma menus. And, yes, the Fetén Clandestine Bar features not only craft cocktails but also bowling lanes.

Heading the hotel restaurant is Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui. The hotel is located in the luxe Salamanca neighborhood.

BLESS Hotel in Madrid boasts a rooftop garden and pool
BLESS Hotel in Madrid boasts a rooftop garden and pool

Capri Tiberio Palace in Capri, Italy — This one is a kick with its 1950s-inspired furnishings, mod influences and vibrant textiles. The boutique hotel offers 45 individually decorated guest rooms and suites, indoor/outdoor pool, a spa, a sea-view restaurant (Kosher) and a private vegetable garden for guests perusal. Cooking classes offered upon request.

Le Monumental Palace in Porto, Portugal — A Maison Albar Hotel property, the hostelry occupying a 1923 Neoclassical building opened in November. The 76 guest rooms and suites emphasize the parent company’s French roots in terms of hospitality and cuisine while decor is mash up of Art Nouveau and Art Deco with contemporary comforts.

The restaurant is headed by French Michelin-starred chef Julien Montbabut.

The RuMa Hotel and Residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Billing itself as “one of the last few pockets of serenity in Kuala Lumpur,” the so-called urban resort opened in November meeting Leading Hotels’ standards for luxury, service and location. It is conveniently located near the business center and cultural attractions.

The PuShang Hotel and Spa in Xiamen, China — CNN Travel has declared Xiamen “China’s new capital of cool.” So if you’re making the scene in this seaport city in southeast China, Leading Hotels recommends the PuShang which enjoys all of the requisite amenities for membership.

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