Travel 2 minutes 01 May 2024

May: Our Most Exciting New Hotels

Every month, the hotel specialists at The MICHELIN Guide share their top discoveries from around the world

The MICHELIN Guide hotel experts are a hard-working crew. They spend their days scouring the earth to find the most extraordinary hotels for all budgets – places that stand out for their style, service and personality. As a result, The MICHELIN Guide hotel selection features over 5,000 amazing places to stay in more than 130 countries, including the recent discoveries below.

© AWOL Kennebunkport
© AWOL Kennebunkport

AWOL Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport, ME, USA

AWOL Kennebunkport is much more stylish than the setting might suggest. It’s centred around the historic Captain Walker house, right on the edge of the compact town centre. And to the six-bedroom main house they’ve added a further 11 suites in a more modern style, in cabins spread across the grounds.

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© The BoTree
© The BoTree

The BoTree
London, UK

Though located in Marylebone, the BoTree is central enough to also have one metaphorical foot in Mayfair and another in Soho. It’s an apt location for a hotel that draws on multiple visions of London glamour: from Marylebone’s low-key village vibe to Soho’s creative edge and Mayfair’s confident luxury.

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© Rajmahal Palace
© Rajmahal Palace

Rajmahal Palace
Jaipur, India

Owned by the royal family of Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace is grand in all the traditional ways, with high archways and glittering chandeliers. But the otherworldly interior design – rich with whimsical details, symmetrical shapes and bold pops of colour – looks as meticulously composed as a Wes Anderson film.

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© Fairmont Taghazout Bay
© Fairmont Taghazout Bay

Fairmont Taghazout Bay
Taghazout, Morocco

Less than an hour up the Atlantic coast from Agadir is Taghazout, a fishing village turned holiday destination, and the seaside Fairmont Taghazout Bay, a luxe and stylish village-like resort whose sandy-coloured modern structures look straight out into the ocean over a vast expanse of beach.

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© La Villa Hotel
© La Villa Hotel

La Villa Hotel
Mombaruzzo, Italy

If the concept – a country house hotel in a region known for extraordinary food and wine – is simple enough, it would be difficult to reproduce the care with which La Villa’s proprietors have crafted the experience, from the meticulous restoration of the historical elements to the judicious modern interventions.

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© Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay
© Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay

Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay
Cernay-la-ville, France

Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay is the confident first entry into the world of country house hotels by Paris Society, a brand known more for restaurants than rooms. That all might change thanks to this medieval abbey that's been restored, expanded and transformed into a thoroughly impressive country escape.

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© I Borghi dell'Eremo
© I Borghi dell'Eremo

I Borghi dell’Eremo
Piegaro, Italy

You might've noticed that I Borghi dell’Eremo is plural. This is not a single farmhouse hotel, but three distinct ‘villages’, each one with a different purpose, but all constructed in a similar contemporary-classic style – and all with the same stunning views of the countryside on the border between Tuscany and Umbria.

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© Estelle Manor
© Estelle Manor

Estelle Manor
North Leigh, UK

Estelle Manor is a fantastic and fanatically detailed vision of timeless Oxfordshire country house hospitality. Accommodation on the 60-acre estate ranges from the main house to the converted stables to a number of freestanding cottages. All, at every level, combine luxe comfort with arresting, era-spanning design.

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© Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
© Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
Panama City, Panama

Sofitel’s Legend sub-brand is a collection of historic hotels with stories to tell and reputations to uphold. In Panama, it’s represented by the Legend Casco Viejo, occupying what was once the Club Unión de Panama: a century-old, Spanish Colonial–style edifice in the city’s UNESCO-listed waterfront district.

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© Bluebird Hunter Lodge
© Bluebird Hunter Lodge

Bluebird Hunter Lodge
Hunter, NY, USA

Hunter Mountain, in the Catskills, is the setting for Bluebird Hunter Lodge, by Lark. This 70s ski lodge-inspired boutique hotel is intended as a four-season escape from the city. The look is one part idealised retro summer camp and one part crisp contemporary design. The comforts are luxurious but far from overly-opulent.

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