Globe Trotting

    21 June 2014

    1. Ham Yard Hotel, London
    Firmdale’s latest venture is hidden away on a quiet street only seconds from Piccadilly Circus. It boasts a secluded courtyard, a 188-seat theatre and, perhaps its most striking feature, an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas.


    2. The Oitavos, Lisbon
    This five-star hotel on the Atlantic coast is offering surfers a special two-night package that will allow them to hone their skills under the expert eye of the champion surfer Ruben Gonzalez.


    3. Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs
    This Palm Springs resort opened in May, boasting three restaurants, a hillside spa and awe-inspiring views of Coachella Valley. Desert life doesn’t get much more relaxing.


    4. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
    Spectacular views are guaranteed at this retreat perched 2,000 metres above sea-level, overlooking a rugged gorge and surrounded by the Al Hajar mountains.


    5. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
    One of the best hotels in the Catalan capital is even better now thanks to the addition of 17 spacious and elegant suites designed by the award-winning architect Patricia Urquiola.