Travel may have been off the cards for much of this year, but with top hospitality destinations embracing stringent new safety measures and contact-free services, a winter getaway is now within reach. So, whether you’re longing for a renewed sense of well-being, a dose of sunshine, or a little old-fashioned escapism, our selection of new hotels and a private member’s club can offer just that.
Enjoy Well-Being in Wine Country
Set to debut later this fall, Montage Healdsburg is a 258-acre (104 ha) resort set among the historic groves of Northern California’s Healdsburg. Alongside 130 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites is the three-bedroom Guest House, which reinvents the presidential suite with lush gardens connecting the rooms and a large outdoor hot tub.
Visitors can discover the local vineyards via personalized and exclusive private tastings and tours, including a rare opportunity to join the resort’s partner and winemaker, Jesse Katz at the acclaimed Aperture Cellars winery, and dine at on-site restaurant Hazel Hill (shown in the header image above), which promises creative Californian cuisine with a French twist.
Well-being also features high on the Montage Healdsburg menu, with a yoga garden discreetly placed among the vines and the 11,500-square-foot (1,068 sq m) Spa Montague Healdsburg offering a range of treatments for body and mind. The resort is family friendly, with ebikes for guests, an archery range, and a pickleball court. There is also an apiary for up-close views of honeybees.
Find Sunshine and High Design in Fez
Set atop a grassy hilltop, with spectacular views of the Medina and its surroundings, Hotel Sahrai makes one wonder why people instantly think of Marrakech and not Fez when planning a trip to Morocco. Blending traditional Moorish motifs with contemporary styling, the hotel’s design has been overseen by the acclaimed Christophe Pillet and features zellige-tile pools, carved plaster and local stone cladding, Fassi ceramics, and copper lanterns. There’s even a line of bespoke furniture, created by Pillet and produced by Living Divani.
Sahrai’s white-toned rooms, with king-size beds and glassed-in rain showers, also showcase traditional Moroccan carved limestone and tiled fountains. Spa lovers will be pleased to note that the hotel is home to the only Givenchy spa in Africa, while foodies will love Relais de Paris, the hotel’s Parisian brasserie-inspired restaurant and its sister, Amaraz, which combines the best of Moroccan and Lebanese cooking.
Try Old-Fashioned Escapism at a Private Club and Casino
Founded in 1962 by the debonair John Aspinall, London’s Clermont Club at 44 Berkeley Square in Mayfair has just reopened its doors as a private members’ club and casino. The club was named after former owner the first Earl of Clermont, who turned his home into an 18th-century gambling den.
Today, members can enjoy four classic casino games—roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and three-card poker—in one of London’s finest grade I listed townhouses. Spread over three floors, the club now boasts six individually designed gaming rooms, a restaurant, and a top-floor library for private gaming, all designed with an Asian theme by Wish Interior Architecture. This concept extends to the restaurant where Italian-born executive chef Arturo Granato—from Michelin-starred Club Gascon—has designed a Modern-European menu.
Plus… Set Off with New Luggage to Covet
Ferrari has signed up acclaimed designer Marc Newson to produce a limited-run luggage collection inspired by the marque’s heritage. Newson, a Ferrari car owner himself, tapped into the company’s archive to create the five pieces—a trolley, duffel bag, garment bag, suitcase, and a quarantottore (a briefcase that can double as an overnight bag for short trips).
Banner image: Montage Healdsburg’s Hazel Hill restaurant