Reintroducing 5 Amazing Hotels & Resorts that Opened During the Pandemic

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CARA HOTEL

Cara Hotel is a newly opened, 60-room property inspired by the endless beauty afforded to the Golden State. Located in Los Feliz at the foothills of Griffith Park, the property evokes a sense of comfort and warmth amidst thoughtful design and a deep engagement with the spirit of California. Originally built as a 1950s-era motel, Cara was meticulously transformed over 18 months with a complete redesign of both the interior and exterior spaces by the in-house Cara design team in collaboration with Bishop Pass. The result is an open-air concept anchored by a central courtyard and a serene outdoor reflecting pool. Guest rooms and public spaces feature a neutral palette and handcrafted elements from local artists. Each room takes advantage of the Los Angeles sun and iconic Southern California landscape with breezy patios and private courtyard balconies meant to bring the outside in. The hotel strives to create meaningful connections over a shared meal through the inherent generosity of food at Cara Restaurant and Cara Bar & Coffee. Helmed by Executive Chef Michael Patria, Cara Restaurant invites guests and visitors to discover an elegant and restrained menu that highlights the property’s meaningful relationship with its local sustainable farms and the changing, bountiful seasons in California.

THE JOSEPH, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL  

Nashville, Tennessee

The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville, features a contemporary design by Miami-based Arquitectonica and boasts 297 guestrooms. Prompting discovery in unexpected places and inviting guests to “live with the art,” The Joseph boasts a larger-than-life Hank Willis Thomas sculpture titled “Harriet & Annie (Capri),” immersive digital installations at the porte cochère; a stunning chandelier by Misha Kahn suspended above the hotel bar; custom-sketched coffee cups; more than 1,000 pieces from the Pizzuti Collection and more. A haven, guest rooms feature copper, oak, warm marble and handsome brown leathers, while providing several vantage points to take in the scenes of Nashville. The Joseph’s culinary program, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano and wine and hospitality expert Cathy Mantuano, brings la bella figura, Italy’s beautiful way of living, to the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, special events and in-room dining. From the signature restaurant, Yolan, to the all-day indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge Denim and the lobby coffee bar and lounge, the property has an incredible roster of food and beverage offerings. The rooftop is home to the hotel’s epicentre of wellness, Rose, which encompasses a 5,500- square-foot spa and salon.  Every service at Rose begins with a foot scrub and soak in an oversized copper tub with signature rose-infused botanicals. An adjoining 1,500-square-foot fitness centre includes hi-tech equipment and captivating skyline views.

THE ST. REGIS CAIRO

Cairo, Egypt

The St. Regis Cairo offers 286 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites and 80 luxurious apartments reflecting the vision of renowned architect Michael Graves. The property firmly establishes itself as a pivotal landmark in the city and beyond, carefully balancing opulence with refinement and elegance to evoke a profound sense of grandeur. Dark wood and rich textures combine with intricate embroidery, bejewelled panelling, bronze and wood carvings embellished with flashes of shimmering gold, mother of pearl inlays and imposing crystal chandeliers creating a dramatic Egyptian aesthetic with modern execution. The hotel’s approach to design pays particular homage to the hundreds of craftspeople who dedicated their time and handiwork to perfecting each and every detail offering a distinctly modern vision that immerses guests in moments that are simply awe-inspiring. The St. Regis Cairo will introduce a diversified selection of 8 restaurants, bars and lounges, and The St. Regis Cairo’s signature Iridium Spa invites guests to indulge in a range of transformative treatments and bespoke signature experiences in a tranquil environment. Thermal therapy areas have been carefully designed for stimulating sensory experiences with a special range of unique facilities including sauna, steam room, ice room, shock shower, adventure shower and a vitality pool.

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL AND SPA, KYOTO

Kyoto, Japan

Once the private residence of the aristocratic Mitsui family, the property’s 300-year-old main entrance, the Kajiimiya Gate, still stands today to welcome modern global explorers at the newly transformed Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, a Luxury Collection Hotel and Spa, Kyoto. Thoughtfully designed by an international team of renowned architects and designers including Akira Kuryu, André Fu, Shunsaku Miyagi and Yohei Akao, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto blends tradition with modernity. Throughout the hotel, guests will be inspired by the minimalist yet contemporary design, which creates a sense of comfort and refined luxury. The hotel’s 161 guest rooms and suites feature exquisite natural materials shaped by traditional artisanal skills. Each room reimagines the elegant and relaxed atmosphere of traditional Japanese tea rooms. Set within the heart of Kyoto, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is the only hotel in the city center with its own natural hot spring. A dynamic hub, the hotel sits directly opposite the 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nijo Castle, and other shrines, palaces, and gardens. The hotel features two restaurants, a bar and lounge, and a private dining space, all of which showcase Japanese and international cuisine alongside breath-taking views of the hotel gardens. The hotel’s unique Thermal Spring Spa is a relaxing sanctuary boasting a thermal onsen spring, two private onsen facilities, four treatment rooms, and a fully equipped gym. Guests can choose from an extensive menu of shiatsu massages, facials and traditional Chinese Medicine treatments.

ZADÚN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE

 San José del Cabo, Mexico

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a haven of serenity and wonder, set amidst the dunes along the dramatic coastline of San José del Cabo, Mexico, with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortes. It is one of five properties in the extraordinary Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, a collection of rare and exotic resorts located in untouched stretches of paradise for the most discerning travellers seeking a meaningful, personalized escape. The property is home to a set of magnificent pools with breathtaking vistas out across the pristine sands and turquoise waters, and the luxury suites and villas reflect the land and the sea.  At Zadún, dining journeys celebrate traditions from throughout Mexico to create new chapters in Mexican cuisine. Dishes are infused with indigenous spices and childhood memories passed down through generations. Fully indulge in the nature and tradition of Mexico by surrendering at the Spa Alkemia, where treatments use local ingredients and ancient rituals to provide peaceful healing. There is truly no better place to relax and enjoy a true getaway.

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