3 New Luxe Hotels

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These new hotels may just be the key to a perfect holiday.


G-Rough, Rome

Rough luxe is hot and no-one’s nailing the look better than the G-Rough hotel with its oak ceilings, exposed beams, textured plaster walls and chairs clad in vintage fabric.

Part of the Design Hotels portfolio and housed in a 17th-century Roman bourgeois building, G-Rough is a 10-suite hotel, spread over five storeys, with each floor paying tribute to an influential 20th-century Italian designer – from Ico Parisi to Giò Ponti. In fact, original pieces of furniture by these heavyweights are juxtaposed with contemporary lamps and sofas, creating an eclectic mix.

The hotel scores in the location department, too – it’s in the heart of the Italian capital, only metres from Piazza Navona. All suites offer either courtyard or city views – and
we absolutely love the claw-foot bathtubs.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau

As if the Ritz-Carlton wasn’t high-end enough. The luxury-hotel group has just turned the indulgence factor up a notch with this new property in Macau.

Every room in this hotel is, in fact, a suite. And every suite features a large picture window with uninterrupted views of Asia’s sin city.

Guests checking into the Club suites will also have access to the hotel’s 53rd-floor Club Lounge, with a whole range of freebies – from all-day food-and-beverage offerings to personalised stationery and limousine drop-offs. But the biggest draw of the hotel is the Lai Heen restaurant, where chef Fu Man Piu’s sautéed lobster with porcini mushrooms is already a huge hit with diners.

Aloft South Beach, Miami

From the all-white art-deco grandeur of Delano to The Villa, with its 24-carat gold- flecked swimming pool, there’s no shortage of obscenely glamorous hotels on Miami’s South Beach. Which is why this Aloft newbie – right on the neighbourhood’s northern tip – is a welcome change.

Its lobby is bright and the ceilings high but none of it’s gaudy. Rooms are smart and spacious, without resorting to over-the-top marble bathrooms. And vibrant bursts of colour – running down a carpet next to its reception, say, or sometimes up the walls in its rooms – are bound to be an Instagram hit.

There’s a pool, too, complete with cabanas and sunbeds but without any gold lining. Sometimes that’s a good thing.

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