ST. RAPHAEL, FRANCE
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges
On the French Riviera, between St. Tropez and Cannes, the 50-room Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, a Design Hotel opening in May, pares an original 1950s building to its core to emphasize its seaside location. Nautical accents and Provençal ceramics decorate whitewashed rooms, some with ocean views (even from the marble bathrooms). Two saltwater pools edge the crashing sea; the lap pool is cut into shorefront rock. Activities include snorkeling and paddleboarding. On land, guests can stroll the gardens, play pétanque or attend the outdoor cinema, all while listening to the surf. Rooms from €210; hotellesrochesrouges.com.
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new Elbphilharmonie building on the Elbe River is best known for its concert hall within a glass crown atop a vintage brick warehouse. But it also contains the new 244-room Westin Hamburg, where curved window walls frame views to the river and the ships coming and going from the Hamburg port. The eighth-floor BridgeBar serves port and tonic cocktails and those panoramic views. An expansive spa features saunas, steam baths and an indoor swimming pool. Rooms from €273; westinhamburg.com.
The “lungarno” in Hotel Lungarno translates to “along the Arno,” the river that bisects Florence. The luxury hotel is just steps from the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Owned by the fashion-famous Ferragamo family, the hotel closed this year for renovations, and will reopen in June with 64 expanded rooms, including 10 spacious family rooms; 40 will overlook the Arno, as does the lounge terrace. The designer Michele Bonan references the waterway in the new blue and white color scheme, a backdrop to the 400-piece art collection, which includes works by Picasso and Cocteau. Rooms from €410; lungarnocollection.com.
Gran Hotel Miramar
The new Gran Hotel Miramar in Málaga, built in 1926 as a hotel and serving more recently as a courthouse, returns to its original purpose. The palatial property sits opposite a Costa del Sol beach. Indoors, the arched atrium has been restored as a lobby, and geometric-patterned screens, keyhole recesses and perforated metal pendant lamps lend an Andalusian accent to its 200 rooms, which overlook palm-filled gardens or the Mediterranean. Opened in January, the hotel will add two outdoor swimming pools and a spa, and bring the number of restaurants and bars to five this spring. Rooms from €184; granhotelmiramarmalaga.com.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
The chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners, one of whom is Robert DeNiro, are expanding their hospitality empire to a growing string of Nobu Hotels. In June, they plan to open Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay on curvy Talamanca Bay. Its 152 guest rooms, most with sea views and all with terraces, adopt a palette of golden sand, pale driftwood and marine blues. There will be a Nobu restaurant, with the chef’s signature Japanese-Peruvian dishes, as well as a gluten-free cafe, and in keeping with Ibiza’s reputation as a party place, a beach club. Rooms from €490; nobuhotelibizabay.com.
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
The serene Alpine lakes Champfer and Silvaplana lie below the stately Suvretta House, a 1912 mountain resort reopened this year with 181 refurbished rooms. Guests can take a chairlift above the Engadine Valley for mountain hikes, descend to walks along the chain of lakes threading the valley or just work up an appetite en route to two chalet restaurants run by the Suvretta House. Glaciers above and lakes below provide a scenic backdrop to tennis matches on the resort’s clay courts, swims in the outdoor pool or time out on lounge chairs scattered across the lawn. Rates from 660 Swiss francs, or about $660, including breakfast; suvrettahouse.ch.