The Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio is anything but small—offering over 520 hotels in more than 70 countries. Here is a spotlight on the four latest hotels to join the SLH brand, as well as new agent incentives.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa will be SLH’s first hotel in Kashmir, located in the Pir Panjal mountains. The 85-room hotel is within walking distance of the highest ski lift in the world, the Gulmarg Gondola, and offers views of the Affarwat Peaks and pine valleys. Adventure-seekers can head to the highest ski point in the Himalayas or go on a mountain trek to Alpather Lake. In the spring and summer, guests can go trout fishing, mountain biking or trekking on the miles of hiking trails. Guests can also take to the indoors with tea and cakes Kashmir-style at the Tea Lounge, dine at one of the two restaurants, or relax at Alaya Spa, which offers Ayurvedic treatments and aromatherapy. Rates start at $227 per night.
In the central business district of Beijing, the all-suite Hotel Eclat Beijing opened on March 1 offering rooms with a private terrace and some with their own pool. The hotel is part of the Fangcaodi Parkview Green development, which features designer boutiques, restaurants and cinemas. The 100-room hotel combines luxury and the latest technology, with an art collection featuring the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and rooms equipped with a Bang & Olufsen audio system; Panasonic massage chair; complimentary WiFi; and LCD TV in the bathroom. Rates start at $289 per night.
Opening on Oct. 7, the 14-room Pikaia Lodge will be SLH’s first hotel on the Galapagos Islands on Santa Cruz Island. This eco-friendly hotel is located on the crater of an extinct volcano with rooms and villas offering views of the mountains, forests, volcanoes and sea. The name of the hotel and its facilities revolve around Charles Darwin’s “Evolution Theory,” which was inspired by the Galapagos. Facilities include “Lucy’s” SPA, which offers guests two massage rooms; a sauna; and whirlpool with 180-degree view of the ocean; and “Ardy’s” Gym, which features equipment like spinning bikes, treadmills and weights. The property also has paths for walking or jogging throughout the forests.
Agents can book online for 5- or 7-night stays starting on Mondays, or book Fridays for a 3-night stay. Rates start at $4,300 pp dbl for a 5-day Exploration package, which includes accommodations; yacht cruises and guided land explorations; transfers; all meals; welcome drink; use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and more; and conferences and stargazing sessions.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., Refinery Hotel New York is the fourth property to be added to the NYC portfolio. Located in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan, the 197-room hotel, built in the 1920s, embraces its heritage with a prohibition-style tea lounge, a silver coffee trailer, signature restaurant and rooftop bar. The 1920s charm continues in the rooms with writing desks resembling early-1900s sewing machines, distressed hardwood floors and original artwork. Agents can book stays for travel starting May 15. Call for rates.
In addition, SLH’s travel agent website has new features making it easier for agents, including a new user-friendly design and a section on new hotels and client offers. The site will also soon allow agents to book travel agent rates online. From now through March 12, agents can enter to win a 5-night stay by taking a quiz here.