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Hotel Hotlist: The NoMad, Awasi Iguazu and More

Our in-house hotel expert, Yasmin Fahr, shares her bi-monthly picks for newsworthy luxury hotels to keep on your radar.

This week, read about all-natural facials at Hotel Bristol in Paris and luxe, nature-filled private villas near Iguazu Falls in Argentina.


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Awasi Iguazu, Argentina For laid-back adventurers

With 14 individual villas, all equipped with a personal guide and four-wheel drive vehicle for excursions, this new resort on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls is a haven for nature lovers, and just opened in February. The vision to create private, intimate spaces shaped the design of the villas, each of which come with a plunge pool, patio with plush lounge chairs and the option of in-room spa treatments. As rooms are decorated with natural elements, expect wooden walls and floors for a warming, earthy feel that’s balanced by large glass windows so that you can enjoy a view of the jungle from your deep, soaking tub.

Double villas start from $1,520 (£1,069) per night, based on two people sharing, in low season; increasing to $2,630 (£1,849) in high. Fully inclusive of local airport transfers, alcohol, food, a personal guide and a private 4×4.

Find out more here 


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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans For romance

This secluded luxury resort is the ideal romantic getaway as it’s set on acres of land on picturesque Havelock Island. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails or take a more active approach by kayaking in the mangroves or diving in the coral reefs. While it may be a hike to get to there, the sparkling blue-green waters, stretches of white sand and pampering services of the staff will more than make up for the journey. Head to The Settlers for a treat. After traveling through the Andamans, the executive chef created a menu representing the different cuisines of the region to sample here. 

The inaugural offer for the Delux Villa starts at INR 25000 (£276) per night.

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The NoMad LA For trendsetters

The downtown LA outpost of NYC’s popular NoMad offers the same modern elegance and old world hospitality in the former bank of Italy building, seamlessly blending European sophistication with a laid-back California vibe. Rooms were designed by Jacques Garcia who kept in line with the blue and gold colour palette of the original restored ceiling in the lobby to fashion elegant rooms stocked with modern amenities. Start the morning with coffee from the bar (modelled after the 300-year-old Cafe Florian in Venice), spend the day lounging on the plush couches in the Library Bar and stay the night to enjoy craft cocktails from bar director, Leo Robitschek (also director for NoMad NY).

Rates start from £220 per night (including tax). 

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Silo Hotel, Cape Town For art lovers

Occupying the six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA in a former grain silo, this 28-room boutique hotel is a paradise for art lovers. The rooms are decorated with an eclectic modern style and range from a penthouse suite to bi-level suites for families. All rooms share floor-to-ceiling pillowed glass windows with unparalleled views of the city. Visit their private vault to see their current exhibition of the works of Mongezi Ncaphayi.

Double rooms from R12,000 (£760) in low season; and from R19500 (£1,233) in peak season. Rates include breakfast, a welcome bottle of sparking wine, minibar (soft drinks and wine only), underground parking and entrance to the MOCAA. 

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Photo credit: Vincent Leroux

Hotel Bristol, Paris For classic glamour with a modern twist

Since opening its doors in 1925, Hotel Bristol has been a beacon of luxury for the elite. With a recent refurbishment in 2014, the hotel can hold its own with the updated Paris hotel scene, competing with the likes of Hotel du Crillon, the Ritz, Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula, while maintaining its historic roots. The hotel continues to excel in hospitality and service, offering a taste of old world Paris with updated settings. The La Prairie spa recently joined forces with Vermont-based Tata Harper to offer all-natural, organic facials and body treatments.

Double rooms starting from €850 (£675), excluding breakfast. Wi-Fi charged at €24 per day.

See full spa experience details here

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