Some inspiration should you wish to escape the April showers: we’ve a handful of shiny new re-openings, it’s a big month for Dubai, and brace yourself for the long-awaited Ned

Dukes Dubai

Despite assuring us its first international outpost would respect the British country aesthetic of its London sister property, Dukes looks to have gone full Emirates on the design of its new Dubai property. The glitzy five-star hotel on the west trunk of the Palm Jumeirah will offer 279 guestrooms (including 64 suites), 227 fully furnished hotel apartments, a ladies-only Liberty Duchess floor and six distinctive dining experiences. Outside, the resort features a private beach, infinity pool and panoramic purple views over the Dubai Marina skyline (main image).

King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia

If the thought of bumping into scores of likeminded animal lovers is enough to put you off your safari, we’ve got just the spot for you. King Lewanika Lodge on Zambia’s Liuwa Plains is the only permanent camp in over 3,000 sqkm. The lodge has just six raised tent villas (sleeping a maximum of 15 people) featuring open-fronted bedrooms, sunken lounge terraces and outdoor showers. But more importantly, Liuwa Plain is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa and famed for its thriving lion population.

Hotel Eden, Rome

After an extensive 18-month restoration by world-renowned architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of 4BI & Associés, Rome’s Hotel Eden has reopened its doors. The team has turned 121 rooms into 98, transformed the lobby and introduced the new Eden Spa which features three suites, a unique blow-dry bar, manicure and pedicure suites. Elsewhere, La Terrazza – a contender for Rome’s best restaurant-with-a-view – offers creative seasonal Mediterranean dining, overseen by award-winning executive chef Fabio Ciervo.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga
Perhaps the most beautiful hotel on the Costa del Sol, F.Guerrero Strachan’s 1926 architectural masterpiece, Gran Hotel Miramar (originally Hotel Principe de Asturias) has enjoyed a 21st century makeover. Sitting pride of place on the Bay of Malaga, the hotel – a regular haunt for European nobility – now offers 200 rooms, five dining options, historical gardens and is minutes from the Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidu and the Russian Museum. Oh, and don’t forget to make the most of the butler service.

Mountain Shadows, Arizona
Arizona’s Paradise Valley, wasn’t named that way for no reason. Its expensive real estate and swanky golf courses, have made the town synonymous with desert luxury. Scottsdale is the latest to get in on the action, reinventing Marriott’s iconic Mountain Shadows resort. The site, which rests between Camelback and Mummy mountains, will feature 183 rooms, 37,500ft of meeting space, two pools, and a kitchen, bar and living room by chef Charles Wiley. Guests can also look forward to a fully redesigned upscale 18-hole, all-par-3 golf course.

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah

Sometimes it can be difficult to see past Dubai-the-profligate-metropolis, but just outside the hustle and bustle it does have a more tranquil, organic side. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah – 25 minutes from Dubai International airport – offers sophisticated Piero Lissonidesign set within 247 acres of wetlands and mangrove forests. White sandy beaches and azure lagoons are punctuated by suites and villas with private terraces and swimming pools, and the signature Sensio Spa by Obero offers Eastern and Western massage therapies, Turkish hammams and ayurvedic treatments, to make relaxing even easier.

The Ned, London
Soho House’s latest venture, The Ned, could be London’s most hotly anticipated new opening this year. The brand has partnered with New York’s Sydell Group to transform the former Midlands Bank building into a hotel, club and collection of restaurants. Members will get all the usual perks including access to the subterranean Vault Bar & Lounge (within the bank’s original vault, recognisable from the 1964 film Goldfinger), gym, spa and calendar of events. Upstairs, 252 rooms have been furnished with mahogany and chandeliers, but perhaps what’s most impressive is the food offerings. Nine restaurants cover pretty much any cuisine you could wish for – we’re told the New York-style deli Zobler’s Reuben sandwich is worth getting out of bed for alone.

Alex Moore