Luxury Hotels


Rosewood-managed GUANAHANI – see above – once again enlivens St Barth’s attraction. If you fly into that so-unique airport, don’t be surprised if you think some of your fellow passengers look bleary-eyed.  Perhaps they are going to the luxury resort’s Alchemy of Sleep programme, running now through March. This is, apparently, a global Rosewood initiative of immersive retreats of sleep-inducing treatments and activities to support renewal of the body and longevity – it includes nutrition, movement and mindfulness, a mix of treatments and experiences, expert consultations and classes. Opt for a one-night ‘Dreamscape’ or a two-five night Sleep Transformation. Emmanuel Arroyo, Regional Director Wellness, says Alchemy of Sleep provides tools needed for lasting sleep hygiene habits, to impact overall wellbeing. At Guanahani, for instance, bedrooms come with oil diffusers and mists, silk pillowcases and eye masks, books with sleep tips, as well as access to meditation TV apps.

Yes, good sleep encourages you to re-invent yourself.  Hotels, similarly, can be re-invented.  Take Capri’s historic Albergo La Palma, dating back to 1822.  It used to have 80 bedrooms, all with balconies or terraces. Now, given a new look by its owners, the Reuben Brothers, and by designer Francis Sultana, it opens afresh this April as HOTEL LA PALMA, the latest jewel in the Oetker Collection.  Also new are GM Fabio Datteroni, and food by Michelin two-starred Gennaro Esposito – and there is a spa at Marina Piccola, and La Palma Beach Club.

Even entertainment tries to look fresh. Take Downton Abbey: A New Era, bringing its story to the 1930s. Apparently it is partly set in the South of France after the Dowager Countess learns she has inherited a villa there, the movie sends the upstairs Crawley clan and their downstairs employees off on another adventure, with another wedding.

Girlahead was, by the way, intrigued chatting to Four Seasons’ Simon Casson to hear how that company is always keeping so freshly up to date, and (just) slightly ahead.  Hear him now, here: