The Hotels Issue
Summer 2010
Welcome to the Semi-Annual Hotels Issue.

Any thoughts of a troubled economy have not reduced the optimism and enthusiasm of hotel operators, if this list of 50 of the newest and smartest is any indication.

Although not all are Virtuoso (yet!), these are luxury properties that have either just opened, or have undergone an extensive renovation of the entire property. In most cases, you'll read about them here, before you see them featured in the travel mags - which means, you can discover them before the masses, too! Just give me a call, and "consider it done!"

Roger Kershaw


North America
Amangiri Lake Powell
opened in October 2009 and is located on a 243-hectare (600-acre) expanse of wilderness in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views over colorful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. The structures are commanding and in proportion with the scale of the natural surroundings, yet provide an intimate setting from which to view and appreciate the landscape.

Four dozen more new hotels across North and Central America...>
including 18 new hotels in New York city alone!

Landings St. Lucia

Regarded as the jewel of the Caribbean, St. Lucia is as well known for its dramatic inland topography of rain forest footpaths and ancient volcanic remnants as it is for its iconic oceanic scenery of windswept shores and protected bays. Although this picturesque environment may seem worlds away from urban living, St. Lucia is a modern island in all the important respects. A stable, independent nation, St. Lucia enjoys an established and trusted monetary system, excellent medical, utility and telecommunications infrastructure and a safe tourism environment.

South America
Hotel Rio Sagrado, Urubamba, Peru

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu lies the Hotel Rio Sagrado by Orient-Express. Sensitively built around the existing trees and plant life, the beauty of the gardens of the Hotel Rio Sagrado combines with the ambience of the valley to create a relaxing, slow-paced environment.

Perivolas, Santorini

Built amphitheatrically, Perivolas' secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquility. To protect guests' privacy, fragrant fig trees, red-hot geraniums, and brilliant bougainvillea surround the houses. Terraced gardens spill down the slope to the infinity pool, which seems to slip off the rim of the cliff and bleed into the blue horizon. Only the occasional toll of church bells or the purring of a fishing boat far below breaks the meditative silence. It is easy to linger there all day, watching the changing light until the sun settles into the sea.

25 more new hotels across Europe...>
including 7 new openings in London

W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand

Sunshine, spice, and everything nice - like swaying hammocks, epicurean tastings, turquoise water, and pristine beaches. Resplendent with charm, W Retreat Koh Samui is the epitome of a tropical retreat, a heavenly haven in the Gulf of Thailand. At W Retreat Koh Samui, you'll find everything you dream of in this stylish escape from it all. Whether you wish to mix and mingle, eat, drink, flirt or play, they've got you covered.

Chongwe River House, Zambia

This is home to one of the continent's most spectacular and unique private homes. Chongwe River House sleeps eight in four spacious en suite bedrooms, making an ideal safari base for a family or a group of friends wanting a private safari. It stands on the banks of the magical Chongwe River, close to the Zambezi, and with a sensational view of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond. Many animals come to the Chongwe River to drink and from the deck the game viewing can be as good as any safari activity. The property comes fully staffed with a guide, house manager and private chef - all of whom will tailor your private safari.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

Saffire is a luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania's East Coast, capturing the essence of this unique region and connecting with its environment to generate an authentic, enriching, rejuvenating and uplifting experience. Distinct in its design, exclusive in its features and set apart by its approach to tailored, one-on-one experiences and service, Saffire's approach is not constrained by traditional five-star ratings and standards, but instead sets a bold new direction for holidays and accommodation in Australia.