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WHERE WE WILL BE IN 2015 (WITH ANY LUCK) by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O'Sullivan

Happy New Year from all of us at The Travelwrap Company. This year, we’re supplementing our usual resolutions to eat less cake and visit the gym more often with an avowal to check out at least one fabulous new hotel in 2015. Here are five properties at the top of our wish list.

Keemala, Phuket, Thailand

There are lots of ultra-luxurious properties in Phuket, but there’s nothing quite like Keemala (above), set in enchanting woodland on the island’s west coast. Intriguingly, the 38 pool villas in this ‘wellness’ resort will be designed in the style of early Phuket dwellings: think clay cottages, tent villas, tree houses and bird’s nest villas. Those early settlers probably didn’t have Keemala’s spoiling private pools and terraces, not to mention its spa and fine dining restaurant, though they may well have had yoga pavilions and meditation areas. The only disappointment is that this unusual resort doesn’t open until September 2015. We can wait. Further information, SLHAnantara Medjumbe island Resort & Spa, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Travel writers have been waxing lyrical about the Quirimbas Archipelago, a string of 32 tropical islands off the northern coast of Mozambique, for a few years now. Fortunately, the region remains relatively tourist free and, with just 12 thatched villas, this luxury resort is unlikely to spoil things. It opened in October last year on a tiny private island, 45 minutes by light aircraft from Pemba. It offers all the luxury facilities you would expect – spa, water sports, destination dining – plus the added bonus of being an adults-only resort. No pesky kids to spoil the tranquility. Further information, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & SpaCape Weligama, Sri Lanka

The south coast of Sri Lanka has been gradually growing in popularity. It already boasts a number of boutique retreats, but it has always lacked a top-flight beach resort. That all changed in October when Cape Weligama opened on the Galle coast. Early reports are that this resort of 40 freestanding villas and suites, spectacular cresent-shaped cliff-top infinity pool and direct access to two spectacular beaches, is set to be one of the most sought-after resorts of 2015. Further information, Cape WelligamaAnse Chastenet, St Lucia

Anse Chastenet, the Troubetzkoy family’s charming hideaway resort on the south coast of St Lucia, just gets better and better. Its new Casuarina Piton Pool Suite, comprising a 15 sq m pool with uninterrupted views of the pitons and an open-wall patio-living area, was unveiled in December and offers the same degree of inside/outside luxury offered by its glamorous sister property, Jade Mountain. Even better, there are three more Casuarina Piton Pool Suites to come this summer. Further information, Anse Chastenet Maison Souquet, Paris, France

Good new Paris hotels are few and far between, so we’re very excited by this 20-room property set to open next to Montmartre this month. Designed by hotel maestro Jacques Garcia, it combines classic French architecture with orientalism: think oppulent furniture and furnishings in a distinctly exotic palette. There’s even an underground pool and a hammam with a sky-painted ceiling. And there's a grand staircase – very Belle Epoque. Further information, SLH 

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