Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand announces 23 new properties scheduled to launch across the globe in 2019. From what is set to be the hottest new resort in Indonesia and a bohemian gem in Costa Rica to a stately luxury hotel in the American South and a sustainable retreat in Georgia, these new independent hotels offer travellers unparalleled world-class service and one-of-a-kind experiences that reveal the true essence of each destination.
Lelewatu Resort Sumba in Sumba Island, Indonesia
Launching April 2019
A tropical and relatively unknown paradise in Indonesia’s archipelago, Sumba Island turns heads with its remote pristine beaches, world-class surf, lush jungles, and rich local culture. In 2019, the island will welcome the debut of Lelewatu Resort Sumba, set on a cliffside overlooking a private lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Scattered over 10 acres of land, the resort’s 27 luxurious villas are designed with authentic Sumbanese wooden interiors, handwoven ikat fabrics, indoor marble baths, and private pools. Guests can sample exquisite local delicacies at two gourmet restaurants, be pampered at Maraga Spa, and experience a host of activities including yoga, horseback riding, trekking, and exploring the beautiful coastline, traditional villages, sacred lakes, and waterfalls.
Rates at Lelewatu Resort Sumba, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from US$910 per villa per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.
Hotel EQ, Kuala Lumpur
Launching March 2019
With a prime location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, Hotel EQ is ideal for guests visiting the city’s business, shopping, and entertainment districts, making it an excellent base for both business and bleisure breaks. Set in a multi-use 52-story building occupying floors 29-52, the hotel comprises 440 contemporary rooms and offers stylish banquet halls, meeting rooms, and conference facilities, a variety of restaurants, bars serving authentic Pan-Asian and international cuisine, and an impressive rooftop Sky Restaurant and Bespoke Lounge with stunning panoramas of the city. Other amenities include a deluxe spa, located on level 29 and offering a 25-meter swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre, inviting guests to escape the bustle of the city following a day of meetings or sightseeing.
Rates at Hotel EQ, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resort, start from US$138 per room per night. More information and booking capabilities will be available soon via www.preferredhotels.com.
Hotel Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Launching January 2019
Hailed as the newest grand dame hotel to debut in the American South, Hotel Bennett is perfect for travellers seeking an opulent and luxurious escape. Overlooking Charleston’s iconic Marion Square, the hotel will comprise 179 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant with stunning views of Charleston’s famed park, a stylish bar and lounge utilizing reclaimed pink marble, and a French bakery serving fine patisserie crafted onsite. The hotel’s design is informed by European and traditional South Carolinian design and includes a bar inspired by an Englishman’s lounge and local limestone, with marble and copper incorporated throughout the interior decor. In addition to a spectacular rooftop pool with cabanas and bar, the hotel’s destination spa is set to be one of the city’s finest, offering guests a range of treatments inspired by the area’s maritime surroundings.
Rates at Hotel Bennett, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from US$297 per room per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.
Santarena Hotel in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
Launching February 2019
Costa Rica, with its fantastic year-round climate, lush landscape, secluded beaches, and relaxed ‘pura vida’ lifestyle, is the ultimate introduction to Central America and a haven for adventure and eco-travel. The country’s hottest new opening, Santarena Hotel, is a bohemian gem located in the town of Las Catalinas. As a car-free destination, Las Catalinas is the organic heartland of natural diversity and wellness with a rugged coastline to one side and tropical dry forest to the other. Santarena Hotel will offer 45 guestrooms including three suites, a roof-top lounge and swimming pool, and elevated local cuisine focused on sustainability and farm-to-fork dishes. There is also a wealth of wellness and adventure activities on offer such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and scuba diving.
Rates at Santarena Hotel, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from US$221 per room per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotel.com.