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Colour me happy: Busy, bold hues are a theme at some of this year’s best new hotels

Coral Sands, Bahamas

New York designer Eddie Lee has instilled dynamic palettes throughout this new upscale beachfront mini resort on Harbour Island (pictured above), a tiny member of the Bahamas, rebooting its guest rooms and bungalows. You enter along a chequerboard tunnel flanked by white louvres and lush palm trees. A magenta theme runs through the lobby, while the restaurant has green, glazed brick walls and cypress panels. Bedrooms have sky-blue chairs, turquoise ceramic fish or crayon drawings of tropical foliage enlivening their white walls. From £250pn, coralsands.com

Six Senses Duxton, Singapore

The first city hotel from internationally renowned brand Six Senses, the Duxton announced itself in spring with a bold colour palette of black and yellow, thanks to interior designer Anoushka Hempel. Formed from a row of converted traditional shophouses with matte black exteriors, inside all is slick, shiny gloss. The Yellow Pot restaurant lives up to its name, with buttercup-coloured crockery contrasting with inky-hued wooden furnishings. Most of the rooms follow the same theme, with wasp-striped pillows and canary bedding, while the Opium Room is decorated in sexy lipstick-red hues. From £136pn, sixsenses.com

The Other Place, Guangxi, China

Two of the ten oh-so-individual guest rooms at this boutique in Pingle County, a southern Chinese beauty spot, are luminous affairs that have been designed with artist MC Escher’s stairways to nowhere in mind. Trippy and spacious, the pale-pink Dream has steps pointlessly leading up walls and under supports, while forest-green Maze chucks in white pouffes, like massive Extra Strong Mints. The Other Place (theotherplace-guilinlitopia.com) is all the work of design firm Studio 10, and makes for a mind-bending base after days spent visiting Pingle’s lush karst mountain and Li Jiang river. From £65pn, airbnb.co.uk

The Bird, Bath, UK

Fun is the apparent mission statement of Bath’s newest boutique, a 31-room Victorian villa offering fine views over Bath Abbey. From baby pink bathrooms with free-standing copper tubs to avian taxidermy and gold brocade sofas, a sense of play is ever present. Most arresting are the common areas: parrot-and-flamingo-print chevron wallpaper stretches out under a kindling-effect ceiling in The Roost restaurant, while a summer beach bar — sand included — has yellow paisley pouffes and blue-striped deckchairs. There’s even free pick’n’mix. From £84pn, thebirdbath.co.uk

Palihouse, Miami Beach, USA

While the art deco exterior of this latest luxury addition to Miami Beach is whitewashed, its 71 spacious bedrooms resist the usual standard of pale minimalism. Instead, guests can enjoy two-tone apricot walls, bright blue bed heads and ketchup-red tiles in vintage-style kitchenettes. The overall aesthetic remains calm and soothing but with added vibrancy. Recently opened, the first East Coast venue from LA-based boutique outlet Paligroup also offers a pool, a sun-soaked cocktail bar, a beach club, a boat dock and views of Indian Creek. From £93pn, palisociety.com