The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius built villas here but it took until 1822 for a hotelier called Giuseppe Pagano to build a locanda on the island of Capri, the so-called “land of sweet idleness” at the south side of the Gulf of Naples. Subsequently renamed Hotel La Palma, it hasn’t latterly been one of the island’s most fashionable addresses, despite its location off the Piazzetta in the heart of the island’s main town. But that is set to change when it reopens this summer as part of the Oetker Collection, owners of the fabled Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes.
With uncharacteristically understated interiors by the fashionable London-based designer Francis Sultana, whose first hotel project this is, it promises more than a little in common with its Riviera stablemate. Its Beach Club on the island’s south coast recalls the Eden-Roc’s terraces, as do its pool deck, rooftop bar and restaurant, which will be overseen by Gennaro Esposito, whose Torre del Saracino in Naples has two Michelin stars. Due to open June 18; double rooms from €550; oetkercollection.com
Como Hotels and Resorts is the Singapore-based hotel group behind Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, the Shambala Retreat in Bali and the newly transformed Laucala Island in Fiji, but its French CEO Olivier Jolivet has long wanted to create a hotel with wine at the heart of its ethos. During his previous tenure at Aman, there was talk of one in Argentina, another in Provence. This year he will finally get to open one, Como Le Montrachet, named after what many consider the greatest of all white burgundies. Four 18th-century stone buildings, among them an existing hotel on the main square of the village of Puligny-Montrachet, are being converted — it’s a phased opening — by Italian designer Paola Navone into 31 “sanctuaries” (no mere rooms here). “Exceptional dining options and exquisite wine experiences” are promised, along with what should surely, given Como’s form, be an outstanding and thankfully not wine-themed spa. Due to open in autumn; rates yet to be set; comohotels.com
Six years ago, the Hinduja Group and OHL Developments paid more than £350m for a 250-year lease on the Old War Office in Whitehall, a turreted former government ministry that opened in 1906, having cost a then-staggering £1.2m to build. Next winter it will open as a hotel — Raffles London at The OWO — with 120 rooms, 85 residences, a spa and 11 restaurants and bars, its interiors the work of New York-based Thierry Despont. The principal suite will be named after…
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