The Athens Riviera has a wealth of glamour but few high-end hotels, so the arrival this year of the One&Only Aesthesis is big news – and evidence of the coast’s renaissance.
Across the bay from Glyfadia marina, the 52-acre estate occupies more than a mile of private Aegean seafront, with a beach club that is sure to be the summer’s hottest haunt for the shipping crew. Guests sleep in bungalows with plunge pools, decorated in pale shades that echo the natural landscape.
Opens summer (oneandonlyresorts.com/aesthesis)
Dan Brod, Charlie Luxton and Matt Greenlees – the trio behind the Beckford Group – have made a hit of every inn they have overhauled, so we have high hopes for their first proper hotel.
They have taken over what was Howard’s House Hotel, a 17th-century stone affair in the Wiltshire village of Teffont Evias, and are set to reopen it this autumn as Teffont House, with 16 bedrooms, a dining room in the orangery serving dishes with an emphasis on homegrown produce, and a mini spa using Bramley products, which are made by Chloë, Luxton’s wife.
Opens October (teffonthouse.com)
Sustainability is key at Somewhere Lombok, a seaside sanctuary above the island’s wild Areguling Beach. It is a pocket of luxury in untamed surroundings: polished villas and indoor-outdoor spaces overlook the jungle and Lombok’s south coast where surfers ride long breaks.
Part of the Design Hotels stable, it has a personable and authentic vibe, as the project of two sisters with Indonesian heritage, Claire and Valia Gontard.
Opened January; villas from £150 (somewherelombok.com)
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