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5 unusual luxury hotels to discover in 2018

From a hotel in the remote Empty Quarter to a seven-room retreat in Japan, these properties offer more than a luxe roof over your head.

The journey’s the thing, wrote Homer in his epic poem The Odyssey – and there’s no denying that getting there is often half the fun. But then again, finding a decent mattress to sleep on after a long day on the road was a tough proposition back in the 8th century B.C. The hospitality industry has shaped up quite a bit since then. These days, travellers in search of somewhere to lay their weary heads have no shortage of interesting places to check out – and check into. Weekend presents five hotels that caught our eye in 2018. We’re pretty sure Homer would have approved.

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  • 01 Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden

    Ett Hem is Swedish for A Home, and it’s an entirely appropriate name for a converted early-20th-century building that was once home to a government official whose wife had impeccable taste and an appreciation for local arts and crafts. The 12-room hotel occupies a corner lot in a residential neighbourhood and has been reinvented by British-Danish designer Ilse Crawford to resemble an elegant contemporary home, with vintage flourishes and attention to detail. This is a boutique hotel with style to burn. Each room is unique (mine had a floor-to-ceiling ceramic fireplace, a bathtub in the bedroom and a bathroom with heated floor), with an emphasis on eclectic interiors and casual comfort. Guests are welcome to mingle, work on their laptops in a quiet corner of the drawing room or retreat to the library with some reading material. There’s a garden area beyond the main entrance and in the rear is a glasshouse, or conservatory, where guests can gather for breakfast or afternoon tea. This brand of Nordic chic doesn’t come cheap (rooms start at S$600) but in the six years since its opening, Ett Hem has established a reputation as one of the best hotels in town.

    2 Skoldungagatan, 114 27, +46 820 0590

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This article was originally published in The Business Times.