INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) recently added three new independently owned hotels to its portfolio, located in Italy, France and Spain. A fourth property has returned to SLH and is reopening in November.
• Galleria Vik Milano in Milan: Representing the city’s rich artistic heritage, the 88-room Galleria Vik Milano is part hotel, part post-modern art gallery. Bedrooms and corridors are exhibition spaces with each bearing the hallmark of a renowned artist—from Giuseppe Gonella and Pino Pinelli, to Felipe Cardena and Shinya Sakurai—and there are no televisions at this hotel. There are two restaurants: Vikissimo and I Dodici Gatti. The hotel is located in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
• Les Sources de Cheverny in Loire Valley, France: Located in the heart of the Loire Valley vineyards, the 49-room Les Sources de Cheverny pays homage to its location, which has been designated by UNESCO as a “living cultural landscape.” Everything from the local produce served in the restaurant, the artisanal wooden WaterRower fitness machines, the solid oak jacuzzi and thermal pool to the antioxidant and antiaging grape seed extracts of Caudalie’s signature treatments in the Spa des Sources complements the surrounding farms, vineyards and the estate’s 45 hectares of woodland.
• Torre Del Marques in Matarraña, Spain: Offering just 18 rooms, Torre del Marques is a 15th-century farmhouse that has undergone a bio-sustainable makeover and features an organic restaurant. The hotel is located in Aragon, one of the least discovered regions of the Spanish countryside and is set within 150 hectares of forest, farmland and vineyards. The hotel’s Suite Room accommodates four people with two connecting rooms and an outdoor terrace.
The returning hotel is Huvafen Fushi Maldives in Paje, Maldives, which is reopening on Nov. 1. The 44 rooms vary from a two-bedroom beach pavilion with garden and pool, to an ocean bungalow with pool, three-tiered deck, staircase into the sea and, inside, a glass floor to see myriad tropical fish. The hotel is also home to the world’s first and only under-the-sea spa with two underwater treatment rooms with panoramic reef views.