Nestled in the charming village of Bray-on-Thames in Berkshire, Monkey Island has a history dating back 800 years, and was once the stomping ground of monarchs, aristocrats, artists, writers and performers. Following YTL Hotels’ efforts to restore this historic landmark to its former glory, this property is slated to open its doors by the middle of this year.
Set in the scenic River Thames and surrounded by manicured gardens, the stunning white-bricked buildings house 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites. New York-based Champalimaud Design has created a unique blend of past and present, by stitching together luxe traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside chic. The hotel is the perfect retreat for gourmands, with three-Michelin-star restaurants – Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn by Alain Roux – within the Bray vicinity.