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Small Luxury Hotels of the World announces five new hotels this April

Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront hotel in Dubrovnik, a wellness retreat in Spain, a mountainside ecohotel hotel in China, or a beachside paradise in Bali, the newest additions to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio will surely arouse the travel bug in you:

Villa Orsula Dubrovnik – Croatia

A five-minute-walk from Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Villa Orsula Dubrovnik is housed in a white Art Deco villa that blends 1930s glamour with modern design – all accompanied by the scent of oranges, pines, and lavender from the gardens.

Rooms feature arched windows and balconies, with views looking out over the walls of Old Town or the peaceful forests of Lokrum Island. Inside, the natural views are contrasted with surrealist artwork by Roberto Matta and Victor Vasarely.

In the evening, guests can enjoy Peruvian-Adriatic fusion dining and sea views on the vine-draped terrace at Victoria restaurant, accompanied by live jazz.

Hotel Excelsior – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Excelsior is a Dubrovnik landmark that has welcomed kings, queens, and Hollywood royalty. The hotel reopened in 2017 after a complete renovation combining the original 1913 villa with a sleek contemporary wing called The Tower. This mingling of past and present is echoed in the interior styling with understated color themes and pops of bright citrus and velvet furnishings.

The real wonder of this hotel, however, is where indoors meets out – whether that’s sipping coffee on a balcony, enjoying breakfast on the sun-soaked Salin terrace, a romantic dinner under the waterside arches at Prora restaurant or relaxing on the private beach.

The spa takes guests on a journey of its own with Turkish and Roman baths, a Finnish sauna and freeform indoor pool.

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa – Bali, Indonesia

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is a tropical oasis that has re-opened following a facelift. Taking up the lion’s share of Seminyak’s beach front, the ocean and garden-facing villas and suites offer space and privacy while there is also the option to select joining rooms for families and those with an entourage in tow.

On-site amenities include the al fresco Mediterranean Sanje Restaurant & Lounge, seen at its best at sunset (with coconut martini in hand), all-day dining pavilion Santan serving authentic Balinese fare, and the Hemingway-inspired wine and whiskey bar Klass & Brass.

The resort also boasts the Kahyangan Spa and an infinity pool sitting on the edge of the ocean.

Healthouse Las Dunas – Estepona, Spain

Just minutes from the marina at Puerto Banus, this palatial adult-only Healthouse Las Dunas has wellbeing at its core – offering anything from a complete detox from day-to-day life, or just some relaxation in the Mediterranean sun.

Every suite is positioned to make the most of the coastal setting with terraces overlooking the pool and gardens. Guests can enjoy the Healthouse Restaurant with daily four-course menus featuring healthy, balanced dishes designed by two-Michelin-star chef Andoni Luis Anduriz.

The hotel offers two spacious spas – the luxurious Ekilum Spa offering a relaxing escape with everything from steam baths to ice showers, and the Naturhouse Health and Spa Centre which features a sensation path, salt sauna and snow cave.

Hui Yue Boutique Hotel – Xuzhou, China

Deriving its tranquil atmosphere from the surrounding mountains, lakes, and woodland on the edge of the bustling city of Xuzhou, Hui Yue Boutique Hotel is a contemporary eco-hotel that is all about sustainable resources and renewable energy.

Five interconnected courtyards create a sense of space and openness flowing through interiors that combine local arts with modern architecture. Each room enjoys its own balcony and a personal butler team greets guests on arrival.

Spend days exploring the local parkland and mountains, venturing into the city or relaxing in the Sabai Spa which offers authentic Thai treatments. In the evening, the restaurant, Hui Yue Zuan, focuses on local delicacies, accompanied by live entertainment.

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