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Greece, Costa Rica, Morocco, Grenada, Sri Lanka

New Year New Hotels

The start of the year is a good time to map out the travels for the months to come. Why not add in a brand-new hotel and have the cachet of being one of the first through the door.

GREECE

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ODERA, TINOS ISLAND

It’s normally about this time of year when we start to daydream about sun-soaked Greek island holidays and new off-the-beaten-track hotel Odera is the perfect fodder for envisioning our balmy summer break. Set on remote, wind-swept Tinos, the island has a simple, barren beauty that is reflected in Odera’s muted aesthetic, sitting in deference to the wide-open panoramas and sea views. Earthy tones and colours curate the contemporary rooms which are decorated in handcrafted touches from Tinos. Many of the rooms open out directly onto a ‘sharing pool’ or you can opt for a private pool if you prefer.

"New hotel Odera on Tinos has us dreaming of sun-soaked Greek Island holidays, surrounded by the blues of the Aegean Sea."

Even nicer, the hotel’s sandy shore, lapped by the Aegean Sea is a short skip away, perfect for those pre-breakfast swims. There is also a soothing spa and well-equipped gym plus a beach bar and restaurant serving carefully crafted Tinos foodie specialities. This Tinos bolthole has it all.

MOROCCO

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FARASHA FARMHOUSE

Fifty minutes outside of the hubbub of Marrakech lies a tasteful entry into rural Moroccan countryside, easily accessible for a long weekend and particularly appealing in the cooler months of spring and autumn. A former artist’s residence, Farasha Farmhouse captures the subtle essence of stylish, boho rusticity, backed by the Atlas Mountains and surround by olive groves. This rural farmhouse is a peaceful retreat yet also allows for connection to the landscapes and communities using local Moroccan artists and designers work including woven rugs, sculptures, crystals, pottery and vintage finds. It has a distinctly 70s design vibe which works perfectly against the rural backdrop.

“Located under an hour from Marrakech, Farasha Farmhouse is rural enclave and style outpost, filled with local art."

Suites are comfortable and tastefully decorated in pared-back hues, deep sofas, mid-century seating, glazed tiles and linen bedding. The ideal respite from the souks of Marrakech, relax in style at Farasha Farmhouse.

COSTA RICA

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OUR HABITAS - SANTA TERESA

Located in surf mecca and enclave of cool, Santa Teresa, Our Habitas’ latest outpost occupies a prime piece of blissful beach where waves consistently break on the palm-fringed shore. Perfect for those looking for a surf adventure, Our Habitas has a keen eye for sustainable design, raising the bar on the surf hangouts that are dotted along Santa Teresa. The accommodation comes in self-contained thatched cottages, scattered around the lush garden, each with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, some which are angled on to the beach so you can check the waves from your bed.

“Perfect for active couples, Our Habitas is the place to learn to surf and enjoy the pleasures of cool hangout Santa Theresa."

The hotel also has a small wellness space for treatments and a restaurant which serves food locally sourced and cooked on an open fire. Alongside surfing and sunbathing on the beach, make time to visit the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and explore the jungle interior of Santa Teresa behind the beach, hiking through dense jungle and discovering plunging waterfalls and wildlife such as capuchin monkeys, butterflies and bats.

SRI LANKA

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UGA RIVA

Ideally placed for arrivals to the teardrop isle, Uga Riva in Negombo provides a stylish start to your adventures in Sri Lanka. Eye-catching in its colonial architecture where traditional white walls meet terracotta tiled roofs, Uga Riva is an elegant, 180-year-old manor house (or wallawwa) that oozes classiness. Heritage features set the tone on arrival with ornate facades, pillared verandahs and breezy courtyards; you’ll also join the list of revered visitors to the house, including Mahatma Gandhi who stayed in 1927 and planted a tree in the garden.

“Colonial architecture meets welcoming service at Uga River in Negombo, a stylish first stop in your explorations in Sri Lanka."

Rooms are refined and decorated in simple, classic style with four-poster beds coming swathed in white linen; bathrooms are tiled in white and feature walk-in showers. Uga Riva’s swimming pool, clasped in foliage, is particularly welcome after a long journey, setting you firmly in holiday mode as you begin your exploration of Sri Lanka.

GRENADA, CARIBBEAN

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SIX SENSES LA SAGESSE

This super smart new Six Senses resort, located on the Caribbean island of Grenada is the classic tropical beach holiday, upgraded. Set along a headland promontory in Grenada, La Sagesse’s dramatic location allows for awe-inspiring sea views, with white-sand beaches on your doorstep too. Made up of a selection of generous rooms and standalone villas, Six Senses La Sagesse highlights   the heritage of ‘spice island’ Grenada with use of nutmeg and cocoa husks on the pathways and in the Six Senses Earth Lab guests can engage with the local environment and the steps the hotel is taking to be eco-friendly.

“Located on a breezy bluff of Caribbean island Grenada, Six Senses La Sagesse is set to make a splash."

Couples as well as families are very welcome here, and both the Children’s Play Lounge and Teen’s Lounge keep offspring of all ages busy, allowing adults to carve out time in the spa or sipping cocktails on the beach. Grenada itself is also well worth exploring: an island of shipwreck dives and thundering waterfalls, spice trails and chocolate tours plus the Grand Etang National Park, brimming with wildlife

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