Seriously good new hotels, resorts and specialty stays that are a cut above the rest. Check in and check them out.
The Whitby Hotel is the second New York offering from Kit and Tim Kemp’s burgeoning Firmdale Hotels empire. Located in Manhattan, close to Central Park, MoMa and Broadway, the 86 rooms and suites benefit from Kit’s charming, colour-saturated style, as have The Whitby Bar, a hot booking right now, the Orangery and 130-seat cinema. firmdalehotels.com
Located in Milan’s up-and-coming Porta Volta/Garibaldi enclave, Hotel Viu Milan has a distinctive modern façade, lashings of interior style befitting its fashion capital surrounds, a big deal Michelin-starred chef and the only outdoor rooftop pool in the city. designhotels.com
Surrounded by Sri Lankan jungle, Diyabubula is the passion project of renowned local artist Laki Senanayake, who designed the five individually handcrafted villas (made from 100-year-old railway sleepers and locally sourced timber). His studio is located on-site, and guests are invited to draw and paint. or, there’s ample nature, wildlife and mountains to explore. diyabubula.com
Designer Bill Bensley’s delightfully breezy design style throughout the 244 rooms, suites and villas shares equal billing at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc with the pristine surrounds of Vietnam’s largest island. There’s also three drinking and dining options, a private beach, pool and spa. marriott.com