From a retreat in the heart of the Tasmanian wilderness to the heights of urban hospitality in Hong Kong and New York, we round up the essential travel experiences worthy of your air miles right now.
Hidden in a five-storey former hydro-pump station you’ll find Pumphouse Point, a new retreat with stunning views over Lake St Clair in central Tasmania. Replacing the industrial turbines are 18 elegant bedrooms spread over two buildings: the Pump House and the on-shore Lake House, both featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and snappy interiors from architect Cumulus Studio.
“This art deco-style heritage site is the best place to experience Tasmania’s wilderness,” says owner Simon Currant. After dark you can enjoy a roaring fire and bar that offers cocktails and a choice of locally made whisky.
Deep in the scenic mountains of Yamaguchi prefecture is Bettei Otozure. The ryokan’s Japanese kaiseki restaurant Unyu has an emphasis on healthy food but complex cooking. One course pays homage to shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine) with a pickle dish taken from a temple recipe that is over 1,300 years old. “We wanted to celebrate traditional Japanese craftsmanship through the architecture and mix it with modern western elements,” says managing director Kazuhiro Otani. “The basis of our hotel is touji [a philosophy centred on the natural hot-spring waters of its baths].”
Hotel B’s new rooftop terrace offers a fresh vantage point from which to enjoy views of Lima’s bohemian Barranco district, where the 17-room boutique hotel opened in 2013.
The beachside belle époque retreat was built by French architect Claude Sahut in 1914 and was restored by a team of sculptors from the Fine Arts Academy with the addition of The Terrace by Peruvian designer Luz Maria Buse. From its rooftop, guests can soak in the Peruvian sun and sights of the Pacific coast while sampling food by chef Oscar Velarde.
The Tribute Hotel has opened its doors in the historic Yau Ma Tei district in Kowloon and the 24-room former office block is certainly worthy of accolades. “We went for quality design and materials with a contemporary theme,” says co-founder Dinesh Nihalchand.
Guests on the go can select from a range of complimentary nibbles in the lobby in addition to breakfast in the morning and free-pour craft beer in the evening. Tribute also works closely with a wide range of local producers, with offerings from Hong Kong fashion houses, craftsmen and tea and coffee suppliers found throughout the hotel.
What are the advantages of having a retail space?
Credibility and face time. It’s not a space where people just walk in and say, “We want to buy a jet.” It’s a place where you network and meet people that you wouldn’t otherwise meet.
Why southwest London?
It really defines who we are: a showroom and an information library not only for the high-net-worth customers but for corporate executives, government officials, and celebrities, too.
Where do you buyers come from?
It’s a very condensed market with Europe and America accounting for three quarters of it. More than 50 per cent of corporate-jet ownership is in the US with about 5 per cent in Africa and the same in Asia.
What aviation trend should we look out for? Speed. There’s a supersonic airplane on the drawing board that’s supposed to be coming out in 2020. If you can save people time then that’s where the trend will go.
Salt Hotels’ third property, The Chequit, opens in Shelter Island this May. We caught up with the pair to talk about the success of their chain in the making.
What is the concept behind the brand?
David Bowd: We wanted to recreate the personal touch of the bed and breakfast with great design.
Tell us about the hotel’s design. Kevin O’Shea: Our designs are inspired by the building’s history, in this case The Chequit, which dates back to the 1870s. We never over- design for the sake of it.
What makes a stay at Salt Hotels unique? DB: It is personal. We don’t have a check-in time for example, and write to each guest a few days before they arrive to ask him or her what time they want their room to be ready.
What can we expect from Salt in the coming years?
DB: In the next two years we will open in Denver, New York and New Jersey, followed by Palm Springs, Los Angeles and London.