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luxe launches // wanderlust

// HOTEL DE CRILLON , PARIS , FRANCE
There ’ s nowhere quite like the City of Light for romance . And a grand passion demands a grand hotel . Once the family mansion of the illustrious Counts of Crillon , Hotel de Crillon opened in 1909 to welcome the world ’ s great ambassadors , epitomising the spirit , poise and elegance of Paris . Overlooking Place de la Concorde since 1758 , this exquisite neoclassical building has outlasted two kings , the French Revolution and the rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire . Hotel de Crillon closed its doors in 2013 to undergo a complete renovation , creating a slow burn of anticipation for this landmark Parisian institution . Due to reopen in the nothern autumn , it will set a new standard in sleek luxe , burnishing its heritage with some contemporary polish and cool . Expect sophisticated interiors , luxury suites and an array of seriously fine restaurants and bars . Bring your entire wardrobe , you ’ re going to need it . Opening 2017 . rosewoodhotels . com
// GRACE MARRAKECH , MOROCCO
Experiencing Marrakech in all its exhilarating glory can be enjoyably chaotic , so afterwards , heading for the hills offers the perfect contrast for some relaxing down time . In this case ‘ the hills ’ are the foothills of the spectacular snow-capped Atlas Mountains , and the setting for the new Grace Marrakech . A gorgeous rural retreat set within 15 acres of olive trees , wild herbs and vegetable gardens , the Grace Marrakech has just 18 luxurious suites and lofts ( some with two or three bedrooms ), a restaurant , bar , library , traditional farm kitchen , outdoor heated pool and a stunning spa with a traditional hammam . A fusion of Arab and Berber traditions , the Grace combines natural , organic textures with plush elegance and intricate details . Muted earthy tones echo traditional Berber clay houses , while vivid splashes of vibrant colour bring out a contemporary Arab aesthetic that really sets the vibe of this cool boutique hotel . With the vibrant culture and nightlife of Marrakech just half an hour away , guests can whizz off to the city to haggle in the historic souk and return to watch a glorious sunset with a cocktail at this tranquil hideaway where warm hospitality is at the heart of your stay . Opening late 2017 . gracehotels . com
// W BRISBANE ,
AUSTRALIA 

So what does W stand for ? Wow would be the smart guess if the space-age design for the new W Brisbane is anything to go by . The cool luxe hotel brand is coming to the riverside district this year , bringing bold design and playful luxury to the western end of the CBD . Besides the futuristic design and the ambitious vertical glass architecture , the big deal is the W ’ s redefining take on traditional hospitality with its Whatever / Whenever service philosophy that delivers guests , you guessed it , whatever they want , whenever they want it . Destined to become a big hit with locals and international visitors alike , the W Brisbane will have 305 stylish guest rooms , a gorgeous spa , state-of-the-art workout facility , indoor heated swimming pool , three unique restaurants , a pool bar and the signature W Lounge . The W Brisbane is modern luxe with an edge and will be raising the bar – and probably the roof – in the city this year . Opening December 2017 . starwoodhotels . com H
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