New York City-based Leading Hotels of the World, which has a global portfolio of more than 400 independent luxury properties, is kicking off its 90th anniversary this year by adding seven new hotels to its collection. The additions hail from Tel Aviv, in Israel's ancient port of Jaffa, to Southern California and are as distinctive as their destinations.
"The Leading Hotels of the World is poised for an exciting year of growth," said Deniz Omurgonulsen, vice president, membership, in a statement announcing the company's growth. Last year our collection welcomed more than 40 new hotels, and we expect to build on that momentum in 2018. We are delighted to welcome these seven new properties to our portfolio. They each offer unmatched personalized and memorable service and have a dramatic sense of place that connects them deeply to their respective destinations."
The seven new additions:
• The 43-room Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy
Originally a 12th-century villa built for an Italian noble family, this small family-owned boutique property is perched high on the cliffs above the Amalfi coast, in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello. Guests can partake in a chef's-table experience at Roselini, a Michelin-starred restaurant, or enjoy a glass of wine at the Sommelier's Table in the hotel's wine cave. For small groups, the Palazzo Avino, an exclusive clubhouse, comprises three levels of terraces and a private beach.
• The 143-room Waldhaus Flims Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa, Flims, Switzerland
This 140-year old grand dame has an idyllic location, surrounded by forest and breathtaking mountains in Waldhaus Park, one of the largest hotel-owned parks in Switzerland. The property features three restaurants and two bars, a full-service spa, a library, a dedicated ski room and its own hotel museum. Groups have exclusive use of the Belle Epoque pavilion with three meeting areas.
• The 47-room Hotel Weisses Rössl Kitzbühel, Austria
This family-owned hotel, which dates to the 17th century, is a stone's throw from the 700-year-old historic center of Kitzbühel with its charming boutiques, restaurants, cafés and a casino. In 2017 the hotel wrapped up a top-down renovation. Offerings include a lobby bar with an open fireplace, a full-service spa and conference facilities. Groups cans sip and toast more than 500 years of wine cultivation in the historic wine cellar, which was built in the 15th century.
• The 131-room Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.
On 13 acres and featuring a fire circle, fountains, fruit trees, herb gardens and hammocks for lazy swinging, guests in this beautiful property will find themselves immersed in a 1950s Southern California vibe. The hotel also has 12 villas and the two-bedroom Gene Autry suite, along with a full-service restaurant, tennis courts, two outdoor pools, and lawn games of croquet and péntanque. The new glass-walled ballroom seats 200 for events and 400 for cocktails.
• The 729-room Parker New York
Just steps from Fifth Avenue, Carnegie Hall and the bright lights of Broadway, this luxury hotel has 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a penthouse pool and sundeck, and a range of dining options, including Norma's, which serves breakfast all day.
• 120-room Setai Tel Aviv, Israel
Set to open this month in the heart of the ancient port city of Jaffa, this five-building hotel was initially constructed as a fortress during the 12th-century and continues to remain one of the most important historical and cultural properties in Israel. Guest rooms have views of the Mediterranean Sea and the historic Jaffa Clock Tower and town square. Features include a rooftop infinity pool, a full-service spa, a full-service restaurant and an authentic Turkish hammam spa. The hotel features four meeting rooms, the largest of which can seat up to 150 people.
• The 48-room Gran Hotel Inglés, Madrid
This vintage 1886 property is scheduled to reopen on March 23, following a major renovation under the direction of the Rockwell Group. The new design features luxurious details such as hardwood floors, walls lined with padded leather panels, bronze furniture and glass details. The hotel also offers several dining venues, a lobby bar and a fitness center, as well as two meeting rooms.