Meet The Summer Collection: The Leading Hotels of the World’s Newest Hotel Members

NEW YORK, NY (May 2023) – Offering travelers preferential access to the largest collection of independent, luxury hotels in the world, The Leading Hotels of the World is delighted to welcome seven new member hotels to its portfolio. This season’s collection includes four new hotel openings including a luxury mountain retreat in Italy, a high-design, flavor-forward hotspot in São Paulo, and a contemporary gem in the upbeat Harwood District of Dallas, Texas.

“I am proud to welcome this outstanding group of new members to LHW, a community of the best independent luxury hotels around the world,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Member Experience, The Leading Hotels of the World. “Our strong pipeline of visionary new openings and ambitiously renovated hotels joining the collection show how the independent hotel sector is going from strong to stronger. Alongside exemplary design, luxury travelers are looking for even more meaningful and authentic experiences, which our new members perfectly demonstrate. This cohort includes our first LHW hotel in the new destination of Riscone di Brunico, Italy. The Leading Hotels of the World continues to empower independent, innovative and family-owned hotels that are tailored to curious travelers' desires.” 

Book with LHW for access to generous, life-enhancing travel benefits: Each new hotel can be booked on where travelers can sign up for a complimentary Leaders Club membership. This entitles members to exclusive preview offers such as Leaders Club First Look including round-trip airport or rail station transfers, guaranteed upgrades at check-in, and flexible check-in and check-out. The global loyalty program offers benefits at the entire LHW collection, including free breakfast, room upgrades, and reward points to use towards future bookings.

Discover LHW’s Summer Collection


A marriage of Fasano’s sleek design and culinary excellence
Hotel Fasano Itaim (São Paulo, Brazil) NEW OPENING SPRING 2023
Positioned in the city’s bustling Itaim district, this is the second project masterminded by the visionary Grupo Fasano in the city of São Paulo. Known for redefining luxury hospitality by melding understated cool with subtle but superior service, founder Gero Fasano has applied his signature attention to detail to every aspect of this new development. From the mid-century-inspired library lounge overlooking the ground-floor gardens to the rooftop infinity pool, guests are sure to enjoy themselves. Striking architecture designed by acclaimed architects aflalo/gasperini arquitetos is combined with sleek interiors and natural textures by Marcio Kogan. The distinguished Gero fine dining restaurant reflects Fasano´s abiding focus on culinary excellence and a mix of residences, shops and bars will make this destination hotel a hot spot of the future.

Swiss refinement meets the warmth of Texan hospitality in the Harwood District hot-spot
Hôtel Swexan (Dallas, Texas, United States) NEW OPENING SUMMER 2023
Located in the upbeat Harwood District of Dallas, this 134-room modern classic offers distinctive design, high-energy culinary experiences, and vibrant nightlife. The 22-story modern structure is the third building in the area by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who designed the destination with mirrored floor-to-ceiling windows that establish an enriching connection between the architecture and its setting. Art and design are at the forefront of this new project, as the interior details are inspired by a 19th-century Parisian residence-turned-hotel with hand-carved stone and wooden fireplaces on every floor. The hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, a 75-foot 20th-floor rooftop infinity-edge pool, private meeting and banquet space, a private social club, two grand ballrooms and a signature steakhouse.


A family-run sanctuary for relaxation and nature lovers
Botania Relais & Spa (Forio d'Ischia, Italy)
Botania Relais & Spa is a third-generation, family-run island resort that has evolved from a simple-but-welcoming holiday home to a luxurious, green sanctuary, conceived with environmental responsibility at its heart. Ten scattered houses featuring 48 spacious rooms and suites are set within three hectares of parkland, planted with olive trees and citrus groves. Every experience at the hotel - from organic farming to sustainable materials - is designed to reflect the rhythms of nature. Thoughtful programming includes weekly cooking courses and artisan ceramics classes that gently introduce the culture of the island to visitors. A perfect retreat for relaxation and renewal, the serene spa and freshwater pools are a peaceful haven between the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and the island's emerald mountain slopes. This charming refuge is a destination to discover authentic Italian hospitality while basking in Ischia’s natural beauty.

A luxury mountain retreat for adventure and sports enthusiasts
Falkensteiner Kronplatz (Riscone di Brunico, Italy) NEW OPENING SPRING 2023
Inspired by the dramatic South Tyrol mountains, the region’s sporting heritage and the creativity of star designer Matteo Thun, the new 5-star Falkensteiner Hotel Kronplatz is the hot spot for active guests and offers unique Alpine adventures, with its very own Falkensteiner Experience Concierge. The family-friendly hotel has 97 light-flooded rooms and suites, whilst the hotel’s restaurant, 7Summit, serves a slow food culinary concept using traditional, regional cuisine from the South Tyrol with specialties from countries with the highest peaks in the world. In the 15,000 SqFt Acquapura Mountain SPA, guests can find time to relax after strenuous mountainous activities. A menu of signature rituals and treatments are inspired by the four mountain elements and striking views of the Kronplatz can be spied from the rooftop pool.

A splendidly restored gem in London’s theatreland
L’oscar (London, UK)
Located in the heart of historic Holborn, L'oscar is an architectural gem inspired by turn-of-the-century decadence and London’s dandiest playwright. Built in 1903 as the headquarters of the Baptist church, the hotel's iconic Baroque design, complete with original stained-glass windows, ornately plastered ceilings and oak paneling, has been splendidly restored to its original glory. The hotel’s resurrection was a six-year labor of love, led by French designer Jacques Garcia, the creator behind La Mamounia and La Reserve Paris. In addition to the jewel-toned L’oscar restaurant, this Summer will see an extraordinary new dining experience introduced in the Chapel. With elegant, gilded décor, low lighting and silk screens embroidered with lustrous peacock feathers, L'oscar showcases theatrical style at its finest, offering an escape to a world of sophistication and refinement in one of London's most storied neighborhoods.

A renovated urban retreat offering sensational design, wellness and culinary offerings
VINHA Boutique Hotel (Porto, Portugal)
Posed on a 3.5-hectare estate with lush gardens and riverfront views, this recently renovated 16th-century manor is a luxurious urban retreat in a quiet part of Vila Nova da Gaia. Just minutes from Porto on the left bank of the Douro River, this 38-room hotel promises the perfect blend of city and nature experiences. Traditional Portuguese cuisine is crafted by two Michelin Star Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa and a n array of wellness treatments are available at the only Sisley Spa in Northern Portugal. The hotel's architecture and design combine historic and contemporary elements: dark glossy wood, monochrome prints, slick black glass and retro-style furniture are paired with antiques, collectables and chinoiseries from the owners' travels. The main, historic manor house has been meticulously converted and attached to a new wing, featuring clean contemporary lines that echo the elegant slopes of the Douro vineyards.


A sumptuous, eco-friendly getaway on the shores of the Red Sea
The Chedi El Gouna (El Gouna, Egypt) RECENT OPENING
An elegant, eco-friendly oasis overlooking the golden shoreline of El Gouna on Egypt’s ancient coast, this oceanfront paradise is a pristine playground offering historical tours, tour-quality golf courses and water sports. The dazzling 82-room beachfront hideaway has a timeless façade which blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings and architectural traditions of the region. Inside, effortless sophistication and subtle opulence are presented with a modern design aesthetic accented by earthy desert hues, artisanal furnishings and Egyptian linens. Offerings include a curated collection of gourmet eateries, serene spa facilities, sublime tropical pools and high-tech fitness facilities. Enjoy a private day trip to Luxor, race the desert dunes on a quad bike, ride the Red Sea shore on horseback or slip onto a sunset cruise— everything can be arranged by The Chedi’s in-the-know concierge.

About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)
In 1928, 38 independent hoteliers came together to create LHW which now comprises more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, making it the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. Since its inception, the Company has carefully curated a selection of distinctive hotels, resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps, from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt, to share them with adventurous souls who seek the remarkably uncommon. The LHW community is made of exceptional individuals, united by a passion for the surprising discoveries and details that come with every travel experience. LHW hoteliers are artisans of hospitality whose expertise, commitment to excellence and individual flair allows them to create story-worthy moments for their guests. It is these authentic, individualized moments, combined with the warm high-touch service these hoteliers and their team provide, that keeps discerning travelers returning again and again. LHW’s collection covers the globe and promises a broad range of destinations and unique experiences, enhanced by LHW’s tiered guest loyalty program, Leaders Club. From converted former palaces and countryside retreats run by the same families for generations, to gleaming skyscrapers in dynamic urban centers, serene private island escapes, glamorous tented camps – and beyond – Travelers are invited to explore, find inspiration, and experience unforgettable travel moments.   For more information visit:, Facebook at @LeadingHotels, Twitter at @LeadingHotels and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld
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