There’s no denying Rome is in the middle of a big hotel boom—and it just got bigger. Joining the ranks of such new properties as the sleek boutique Hotel Vilòn and the recently renovated Hotel Eden is the Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, a contemporary retreat set amid the limestone structures and 18th-century monuments of the city’s historic center.
Forget Como. Never mind Maggiore. There’s another Italian lake that should be on your radar—one that’s yet to be discovered by George Clooney or Madonna or Donatella Versace. Lake Orta—the little lake set in the northern region of Piedmont—is a secret gem known only to Italy’s privacy-seeking elite. And on its western shores, in the quiet village of Pella, a new hotel has opened for the five-star set.
Bawah Reserve, a resort comprising six private islands in Indonesia’s Riau Islands, has made its debut. Located 150 miles northeast of Singapore on the Anambas Archipelago in Indonesia, Bawah Reserve allows travelers to immerse themselves in the ecosystem, while enjoying “barefoot” luxury on-property.
Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, two of the world’s top luxury fashion retailers, have opened new boutiques at South Coast Plaza. They join the center’s unique collection of strategically-curated global brands, which will include five international fashion retailers that will debut in summer and fall: John Hardy, AllSaints, Eve by Eve͛s, Furla and Lafayette 148.