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In 2019, one of the things we wanted to do at Grand Luxury Hotels is criss cross the globe in search of those game-changing and boundary-pushing hotels that will define what traveling will look like for years to come. So we set out, map in hand, to the major cities of the world, the dreamiest beaches and sometimes places travelers have rarely heard of before.

Our travels took us everywhere, from the depths of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona to the cobbled streets of Stockholm and the imperial city of Chengdu, home to China’s cutest faces – the giant pandas. And along the way, we uncovered some gems, each more fantastic than the next, but don’t take our word for it… These hotels speak for themselves.


This shiny new hotel just joined our Collection

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Where is it?

1,000 feet above downtown Scottsdale, in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak and with the Sonoran valley just beyond.

What you’ll love

  • It’s a true desert retreat woven into the awe-inspiring rocky landscape of Pinnacle Peak.
  • The casitas, all recently revamped, have a peaceful, courtesy of a color palette that mirrors the tones of the desert around.
  • The pool is the most gorgeous you’ll ever see, with a poolside service to match.

It’s the place to go for a romantic getaway or an intrepid journey of adventures that is all about experiencing a lesser-travelled part of the world, and taking on ambitious activities that will give you bragging rights for a lifetime. Think desert safaris, early-morning, hot-air balloon rides ending in Champagne breakfasts and golf experiences tailored to your skills.

But if a jam-packed schedule is not your idea of a perfect holiday, you can always fall back on the sunset views at this hotel, the private plunge pools and outdoor garden showers of its suites or dive into one of its three gorgeous pools before heading to a wine tasting in the evening or a romantic stroll on the immaculately-groomed desert grounds aglow with fire-pits. This is a hotel experience as exclusive as it gets.

Ett Hem

 Ett Hem, Stockholm

Ett Hem, Stockholm

Where is it?

In the heart of Ostermalm, close to everything you want to see in the Swedish capital.

What you’ll love

  • It’s more like the ultra-stylish home of a friend than a conventional luxury hotel.
  • The courtyard is a charming place to just sit back and relax.
  • The rooms, with their handmade furniture, ceramics and antiques, are true luxury retreats.

Swedish for ‘a home’, the Ett Hem is just that…a place where you can check-in and feel like you’re at the home of a friend gracious enough to let you stay for a few days. And that’s how owner Jeanette Mix intended it to be when she called on Ilse Crawford to design the rooms and common areas of the hotel, in a townhouse that dates back to 1910.

But what you’ll really love about the Ett Hem is how the kitchen is a place you can stroll into anytime and the chef will whip you something from scratch. In a place with so few rooms, 12 to be precise, there is also an intimate atmosphere that makes it so easy to just get chatting with the other guests, and there is nothing quite like it.

Equinox Hotels, Hudson Yards

Equinox Hotels, Hudson Yards

Equinox Hotels, Hudson Yards

Where is it?

NYC’s shiny new Hudson Yards, on the fringe of Manhattan.

What you’ll love

  • It’s the First Equinox hotel.
  • The swanky rooftop pool and glistening wellness floor are one of a kind.
  • The restaurants and common areas are social spaces with low tables and chairs seated atop custom rugs and a relaxed atmosphere primed for people-watching and conversation.

It’s the hottest hotel opening of the year, on turf that was once run-down warehouses and train lines. These days, of course, the riverfront real estate looks nothing of the sort, courtesy of $25 billion regeneration project that saw Hudson Yards become a multifaceted residential, retail, and commercial area not far from Fifth Avenue in looks and high-flying, driven clientele.

The rooms here are places to recharge, with their dark, quiet and cool atmosphere and bedside iPad that controls, with the push of a button, everything from the blackout shades to the optimal sleep temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Upholstered headboards, padded walls, and a plush rug also give the room a silence rarely found in Manhattan, while the common areas, including the outdoor pool takes in Hudson Yards from above.

For more news from our Collection, stay tuned 🙂


About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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