South Africa is in the spotlight this month, thanks to two hotly anticipated openings around Cape Town. Elsewhere, it’s all about exclusivity, with private islands, members’ clubs and hidden drinking dens


Bosjes, Cape Town
About an hour’s drive northwest of Cape Town is Bosjes farm resort. Nestled in a picturesque valley between the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain ranges, the farm has been growing grapes, olives, and peaches since 1790. As of this month, five new guest rooms will offer a contemporary, design-led option for the scores of hikers, game- and bird-watchers, visiting the region. Cape Town-based designer Liam Mooney has taken care of the rooms while London’s Steyn Studio designed the resort’s architectural masterpiece – a newly built chapel (ideal for weddings) featuring an undulating silhouette that reimagines the curves of South Africa’s traditional Dutch holbol-style gables.


Anouk, Paris
Discreetly tucked away in the Amastan hotel in the 8th arrondissement, Anouk is Paris’ latest secret eatery, aimed at refined locals and cultured travellers. Local design studio NOCC designed the space around a central ombré marble table, with the option to duck outside and enjoy the hotel garden’s leafy canopy, should the weather permit. Floating chandeliers provide the glamour, helped on by an expert cocktail menu and a diverse selection of light meals.


Cepedak private island, Singapore
Five miles off the coast of Singapore in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, Cepedak is a private island with sustainability at its forefront.
Twenty secluded bamboo villas – all with plunge pools and sea views – have been slowly developed over several years to preserve the natural habitat and wildlife. Acres of rainforest are surrounded by sandy beaches and white granite boulders, inhabited by silver-leaf monkeys, a family of sea otters, and a few critically endangered pangolin. The best bit? The island has a no television policy – because why would you need one?


The Chess Club, London
The Experimental Group (most famously behind Experimental Cocktails Clubs in Paris and London) has partnered with Francesca Zampi of Found Entertainment, to create its first members’ club. Chess Club ‘breaks free from the shackles of a traditional Mayfair club,’ instead nurturing young talent and an entrepreneurial spirit. The menu is set to be a talking point, designed by chef and star of the London restaurant scene, Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House), with a focus on locally-sourced British ingredients.


The Silo Hotel, Cape Town
The latest outpost from the Royal Portfolio, The Silo Hotel pays homage to South Africa’s agrarian roots. Formerly the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa, the grain silo’s elevator facility has been converted into the continent’s most anticipated boutique hotel. Perched above the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, the building was transformed by Thomas Heatherwick, who was tasked with maintaining its status as a cultural landmark. The hotel’s 28 rooms showcase handmade crystal chandeliers, deep soaking tubs, curated art pieces, and enormous bay windows. The bottom six floors will house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (opening in September), while the hotel’s rooftop will feature a glass pool and bar with views of Table Mountain.

Alex Moore