Look no further. Now the third year running, our annual New Hotel Openings has become the go-to list for the industry insiders. It’s the best place for getting the scope of the new luxury hotels line-up.
Just like for our Top 60 in 2016, and before that the Hottest 50 in 2015, this year we have sifted through hundreds of openings worldwide, narrowing the list to the absolute crème de la crème of hotels, lodges and resorts set to launch in the coming twelve months.
Even so, if you think we overlooked a cool new opening, do let us know via our Facebook page or on Twitter. We will be revisiting the list and updating it, especially if we learn about any delayed launch (by the way, quite a few 2016 properties slipped to this year and we decided to list the most interesting ones again). A final thought: the hotels are listed in no particular order… perhaps with the exception of the first few, at the top. These are our faves.
1Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
We kick off with the debut of the Six Senses Resorts and Spas in Cambodia. The 40 pool villas of the Six Senses Krabey are being landscaped into a private island in the Sihanoukville area—a destination which is increasingly becoming a hot spot for the island resorts in Cambodia (and which we visited some time ago). The resort will have the famous Six Senses Spa, two poolside restaurants, and, in the true Six Senses style, a deli complete with the ice cream parlour.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: Q1 2017.
Renderings (including the leading image at the top of the article) © Six Senses Resorts & Spas
2 Aman Shanghai, China
This new hotel from one of our favourite hotel chains doesn’t have an official name yet, but it is scheduled to welcome its first guests by the end of 2017. Aman Resorts’ fourth development in China is designed to stand in a stark contrast to the bustling downtown Shanghai, in a close proximity to the hotel. The property will be set up like a peaceful village, composed of restored Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and contemporary suites and villas featuring private swimming pools. The resort will also boast Aman Spa, and six dining venues, as well as two large swimming pools. The whole thing will be surrounded by thousands of ancient camphor trees.
Website: Aman Shanghai. Opening: end of 2017. Images © Aman Resorts
3Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Having undergone extensive renovations, the Desroches Island will be taken over by the Four Seasons Resorts. We absolutely love Seychelles (and have just returned from a trip there, where we stayed at Four Seasons Resort in Mahe), so we are very happy to hear about this new opening. Forty beach suites with private pools and eleven private residence villas will await the lucky few who will get to holiday here and enjoy this ultra-luxury destination.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: late 2017.
Renderings © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
4Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
This exciting new arrival from Rosewood is a luxury tent-and-villa camp, set up just minutes from the Luang Prabang, a historic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the first of this kind of property developed by Rosewood. There will be two dining venues at the camp, as well as the signature Sense spa. The tents will offer a hundred-square-meters of luxury each, promising dining areas, open-air showers and wrap-around decks.
Website: Rosewood Luang Prabang. Opening: 2017.
Renderings © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
5Six Senses Bali, Indonesia
We love Bali so we are happy to report that the island will welcome a new resort from Six Senses. The property will have almost 100 villas, including 7 two-bedroom villas. In a typical Six Senses fashion, the resort design will draw inspiration from the local culture while embracing nature. In the deeply spiritual Bali, the Six Senses Spa will feel right in its element and the resort’s own Balinese temple will add to the tranquil ambience. The defining geological feature of the Uluwatu shores are rugged cliffs and the resort is using this to advantage—adding spectacular ocean views to its appeal.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: end of 2017.
Rendering © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
6Alila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia
Cambodia looks like a hot beach destination of 2017. The five-star eco resort from Alila, delayed from last year, will be the chains’ first villas-type resort outside of Bali. Set on the pristine Koh Russey island and flanking a beautiful beach, Alila Villas Koh Russey will be perfectly placed for discovering what the country’s unspoilt coast is all about. The future guests can look forward to magnificent views, direct beach access, private swimming pools and the experience of contemporary luxury Alila is known for. The Koh Russey’s sleek design is infused with Khmer references and has a character of a well-planned mix of indoor and outdoor living.
Website: Alila Villas Koh Russey. Opening: Q3 2017.
Renderings © Alila Hotels and Resorts
7Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Only a handful of visitors in the huge Ruaha National Park will be expected to compete with the guests of the Jabali Ridge, and this alone promises an unforgettable safari experience. Set amongst rocky boulders and overlooking a landscape which inspired the lodge’s design, the Jabali Ridge’s 10 suites, an infinity pool, the spa will ensure an ultimate relax after a day in the bush.
Website: Jabali Ridge. Opening: September 2017. Renderings © Asilia Africa
8The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, Malaysia
This is another long-awaited opening (we first heard of it being promised for 2015), but we are ensured that this year, for real, Ritz-Carlton will be coming to Langkawi. The luxury rooms and villas of The Ritz-Carlton are designed to blend contemporary luxury with the concept of a traditional kampong village. Its guest rooms and villas, three swimming pools, spa and international restaurants will be surrounded by verdant rainforests and the Andaman Sea.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi. Opening: July 2017.
Renderings © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
9Six Senses Bhutan
Also delayed to this year, here is one more exciting launch from Six Senses. But it is not just a hotel. It’s a journey, designed to showcase the magical Kingdom of Bhutan between five small lodges in different locations: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro—all under one name: Six Senses Bhutan. Beginning in the capital of Thimphu, the journey changes with place and lodge, each designed in a specific theme, reflecting its location. Can’t wait for this project to launch.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: second half of 2017.
Renderings © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
10King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia
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Moving across the globe, let’s look at Africa, and Zambia in particular, which has been recently seeing some very interesting developments from the world of luxury safaris, including the beautiful Chinzombo. The company behind it is now adding another Zambia Lodge to its portfolio.
The King Lewanika (previously called Mambeti) located in Liuwa Plain National Park, should be just as well designed, as the acclaimed designers behind Chinzombo (and Miavana, see # 35, below) Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens are also responsible here. It should be just as exclusive too, with six luxury villas and able to accommodate only up to fifteen guests.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: April 2017. Rendering © Norman Carr Safaris
11Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
This Maldivian opening is, in fact, already taking bookings, if you can afford it. The Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll offers an “exclusive-use” hideaway, which comes with seven bedrooms, a spa, a certified PADI dive centre… and a 62-foot luxury yacht. But there is more: the guests also have free access to facilities of the nearby Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. In case you want to see other people.
Website: Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah. Opening: Opened.
Renderings © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
12Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China
We liked the Bulgari Hotel in Bali very much, so will be definitely looking forward to checking out this new city hotel next time we are in Shanghai. Set on the top eight floors of a 40-floor-high skyscraper, the hotel will offer over eighty suites, including an extravagant 400-square-metre “Bulgari Suite”, said to be one of the biggest in the city. The hotel will also wow with an Italian rooftop restaurant and bar. But this is not the only opening from Bulgari in China this year: the chain with also launch Bulgari Beijing.
Website: Bulgari Shanghai. Opening: 2017. Rendering © Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
13Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort, Tanzania
Coming to the Tanzanian archipelago is this new project from Design Hotels™. The Zuri will open on the north coast of the Zanzibar Island with the promise of a hammock-on-the-beach type of experience. Its 54 villas and bungalows will combine chic modernism with a rustic feel of thatched-roof houses. Apart from the guest accommodation, the resort will feature bar and grill restaurant, a swimming pool, and a cocktail bar set on a large private beach.
Website: Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort. Opening: 2017.
Renderings © Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort
14The Patina, Capitol Singapore
After a very long delay, this sister resort to the reviewed by us Capella Singapore will wow its first guests with sublime luxury in two carefully restored heritage buildings: the Stamford House and the Capitol Building. The property will feature—apart from the beautifully appointed rooms and suites by the world-renowned Jaya International Design—Singapore’s first saltwater relaxation pool and will doubtless turn heads with its world-class art collection.
Website: The Patina, Capitol Singapore. Opening: Q2 of 2017.
Image © Patina Hotels & Resorts
15Six Senses Fiji, Fiji
Six Senses is on a spending spree, with new resorts and hotels under the brand’s umbrella popping up all over the world. One of them will be opening in the faraway Fiji, a superb tropical setting in which Six Senses style looks the best. We expect white-sand beaches, fantastic spa, and spacious villas designed in the Six Senses hallmark fashion, blending in-and-out living. And those Six Senses breakfasts! Just take our money already.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: Scheduled for late 2017.
Renderings © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
16Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris, France
Hôtel de Crillon will be finally re-opening, following an extensive and thoughtful renovation that included new additions, such as two suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld. This landmark establishment in the Place de la Concorde is a true Paris icon, hosting the who’s who of the world since 1758.
Website: Hôtel de Crillon. Opening: 2017. Photo © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
17Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur, India
With a delay, but Alila launches in Jaipur, Rajasthan with a heritage resort hosted in a 230-year-old fort. The hotel beautifully preserves the Jaipur Gharana architecture, influenced by both the Mughals and the British. The Bishangarh will feature 59 suites, Spa Alila, swimming pool and various dining venues.
But Alila is on a roll with more openings. Coming up are also Alila Yangshuo in China (Q2 2017), Alila Koggala Lake in Sri Lanka (Q3 2017), as well as Alila SCBD Jakarta and Alila Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (also this year).
Website: Alila Fort Bishangarh. Jaipur Opening: 28 February 2017.
Photos © Alila Hotels & Resorts
18Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Wilderness Safaris focuses on ecotourism with this impressive Lodge in Rwanda, which is being constructed on the Albertine Rift, an extinct volcano located in a wildlife corridor, crucial to the conservation efforts of critically endangered mountain gorillas. The exclusive lodge will comprise only six villas, admitting a maximum of 12 guests. The Bisate will be positioned to maximise the beautiful views of the Bisoke, Mikeno and Karisimbi volcanoes. And it looks like the lodge’s design will be a worthy match to the beautiful nature around.
Website: Bisate Lodge. Opening: June 2017. Renderings © Wilderness Safaris
19The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, China
The new Ritz-Carlton property in Jiuzhaigou will be an all-villa resort in a truly unique location. The local area’s history dates back to 2000 years ago, and the serene design of the resort will draw from the indigenous culture and the geographical context. The hotel enjoys wonderful views of the dramatic mountains and provides exceptional opportunity to explore and experience the authentic Tibetan culture of the nearby villages.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou. Opening: Q3 2017.
Rendering © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
20The President by Akaryn, Vientiane, Laos
As the first boutique hotel in the historic city of Vientiane, the President by Akaryn brings the world-class luxury to the Laotian capital, filling the gap in the hospitality sector. The hotel is located in the city’s most affluent district, right between the Presidential Palace and Parliament House. Its style blends the Laotian designs traditions with French neoclassical influences, while many of the President’s high-spec rooms and suites will overlook manicured grounds that include a garden maze, inspired by the English country. The hotel will also boast an expansive Wellness Spa and four dining venues.
Website: The President by Akaryn. Opening: February 2017.
Renderings © AKARYN Hotel Group
21Rosewood Phuket, Thailand
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Yet another delayed opening, this time in Thailand. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts aims to conquer the competitive Phuket hospitality market with a resort blended into a hillside forest. The hotel will surely be the talk of the town, thanks to its sophisticated architecture, spacious villas and sublime Thai-infused interiors, as well as the extensive health-and-fitness offering. There will be also four swimming pools and four restaurants, including a seafood beach-side joint, built in a rustic style from recycled teak wood.
This is the second Rosewood property we mention on this list (see # 4), Staying in Asia, we should be seeing a new launch in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and in the Q2 2017 Rosewood Sanya on the Hainan Island, China. Then, on the other side of the world, we will be looking out for the opening of the Rosewood Puebla in Mexico (early 2017).
Website: Rosewood Phuket. Opening: 2017. Image © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
22The Ned London, UK
The joined efforts of the Sydell Group from USA and Soho House, which runs the British private member clubs, have resulted in the anticipated launch of the Ned London hotel. This exclusive property will offer 252 opulent rooms (in the style of the 1920s and 1930s), nine restaurants, as well as extensive health-and-gym facilities which will include a Cowshed spa with a 20m basement pool and a full-size boxing ring.
Website: The Ned London. Opening: spring 2017. Renderings © The Ned London
23Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
The Hilton Group is upgrading its former Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa to the Conrad “level”, with a multimillion-dollar, ground-up refurbishment. From now to be called the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the hotel will offer beautifully done-up, bright and airy suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass opening up to the stunning ocean views.
Website: Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Opening: 1 April 2017.
Photo © Conrad Hotels and Resorts
24Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Although saturated already with luxury hotels, Ubud has not yet seen a property quite like this one. The ultra-luxury Capella Ubud invites you to consider a safari-like experience in the heart of Bali, with 22 tents designed by the world-famous architect Bill Bensley. Inspired by the spirit of adventure of the European explorers from the nineteenth century, the luxurious accommodation will nevertheless come with all mod cons, including private plunge pools.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: end of 2017. Renderings © Capella Hotel Group
25Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland
Taking over the Hotel Europejski, one of the Polish capitol’s best-loved buildings, and having submitted it to a meticulous restoration, the new Raffles launches with just over one hundred elegant guestrooms and suites. There will be a house spa, featuring six treatment rooms, a bar and cigar lounge, as well as a restaurant with an outdoor terrace and a pâtisserie, designed to evoke the original hotel’s long history. The hotel was originally established in 1857, as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Russian Empire.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: late 2017. Rendering © Raffles Hotels & Resorts
26Awasi Iguazú, Argentina
Set only 15 minutes from the Iguazú, the world’s largest waterfalls, Awasi launches a small resort with only fourteen private villas built on stilts on the banks of the Iguazú River. Poking from under the jungle canopy, the design-led Awasi Iguazú will invite guests to enjoy large living spaces in the villas featuring private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Activities will be focused on visits to archaeological sites, jungle journeys to the falls and sunset boat rides.
Website: Awasi Iguazú. Opening: December 2017. Renderings © Awasi
27The Barcelona EDITION, Spain
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One hundred rooms of this luxury hotel will entice to check-in with a contemporary lifestyle concept and casual yet classic feel—a far cry from an office building, which was formerly at the same address. EDITION hotels can be relied upon for excellent interior design, and it is no different in their Barcelona property. Its cool spaces, including three restaurants, club and rooftop bar, will no doubt inspire to lounge. With a desirable location in the Ciutat Vella district, this new hot spot on the Barcelona map will be a worthy addition to the vibrant hotel scene in the city.
Other than the above, there are three more new openings this year from the EDITION: look out for their launches in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok, (delayed, see our 2016 list).
Website: Not yet available. Opening: 2017. Rendering © EDITION Hotels
28COMO Echo Beach, Bali, Indonesia
As you may know, we are fans of the COMO Hotels and Resorts, and in particular its spas. The company is already well established in Bali, but nevertheless, a beach resort is a welcome addition to its two-property portfolio on the island. COMO Echo Beach will be launching on one of the best surf beaches on Bali (minus the Kuta crowds), so the resort will surely attract both beginners and experienced surfers. Non-surfers can still take up a surf tuition, or opt for yoga or spa. Or spend the time sunbathing at the new COMO Beach Club, around which the resort is formed.
Website: COMO Echo Beach. Opening: summer 2017.
Images © COMO Hotels and Resorts and mariowibowo.com
29Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, China
Capella is moving into the historic district of Shanghai with an all-villa property, created from Shikumen, or stone warehouses—which are heritage buildings dating from the 1860s, though renovated in the style reminiscent of the 1930s. This new urban resort that will comprise the luxury hotel, residences, and retail space, and its fifty-five shikumen villas will be also accompanied by the Auriga Spa, a library, as well as a French brasserie and event venues.
Website: Capella Shanghai. Opening: March 2017.
Rendering © Capella Hotels and Resorts
30Kokomo Yaukuve Island Resort, Fiji
This new ultra-luxury development on Yaukuve Island which we mentioned last year has also slipped to 2017. Planned as Fiji’s most exclusive hotel, Kokomo is a private island property accessible by a seaplane. The hotel will offer accommodation in luxurious beachfront villas built in the style of the local wood-and-straw huts (bures)—but with private swimming pools.
Website: Kokomo Island Resort. Opening: March 2017. Photos © Kokomo Island Resort
31The St. Regis Cairo, Egypt
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After years of social strife in the country, Egypt is popping on the tourism industry radar again. And perhaps the best time to visit the pyramids is now (or re-visit, in our case)—before the crowds start flocking to the iconic sights and places. The St. Regis is going to be ready for you this year: the company will open a 39-floor city hotel overlooking the Nile. The Cairo property features 292 lavishly appointed rooms and suites, and almost as many guest apartments and residences. There will be also an open-air terrace with a sushi bar, set up to marvel at the Cairo’s gorgeous sunsets.
But it’s not the only opening from the brand this year. In the Middle East, we will be looking forward to the launch of The St. Regis Amman, in Jordan (December 1), while further away, opening will be The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan (March 15) and The St. Regis Astana, Kazakhstan (June 1).
Website: The St. Regis Cairo. Opening: April 2017. Rendering © Starwood Hotels & Resorts
32Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand
Park Hyatt Bangkok will launch with 222 luxurious rooms and suites in a mixed-use complex in Bangkok’s CBD. The hotel will have its own dining complex, spread over three and a half floors, comprising different venues including a VIP area and a restaurant with an open show kitchen.
Another opening by Park Hyatt will be the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, in the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. This one is also launching with a delay (we featured it last year).
Website: Park Hyatt Bangkok. Opening: mid-2017. Renderings © Hyatt Corporation
33Casa Cook Kos, Marmari, Greece
This is Thomas Cook’s second development in Greece, following Casa Cook Rhodes (pictured). Designed for couples and families without children, the 100-room bohemian-style hotel will be accompanied by Casa Cook Beach Club (a first for the company), where the party vibes will be provided by the resident DJ. Among the accommodation options will be two-bedroom Villa Suites, with their own private swimming pools.
Website: Casa Cook Kos. Opening: summer 2017. Photos © Casa Cook Hotels
34Adare Manor, Ireland
Adare Manor opens following a major renovation work during which a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle was transformed into a luxury property with a golf course, new spa and swimming pool, a cinema and a ballroom. It’s pure Ireland: picture medieval ruins, walled French gardens and winding forest paths, beautiful river and a stone castle right in the middle of it all.
Website: Adare Manor. Opening: September 2017. Rendering © Adare Manor
35Miavana–Private Island, Madagascar
There was still hope Miavana would open in time for Christmas 2016, but when you are the pioneer in a new destination for luxury resorts some things are bound to go south. Miavana on Nosy Ankao is still being readied but once this island resort off the coast of Madagascar opens, it will be the first ultra-luxury resort in the country. Expect 14 heavenly beachfront villas (designed by the acclaimed lodge architects Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech), helicopter adventures, a world-class spa and plenty of exotic activities. Miavana is destined to make a splash—and it has already been on the tongues: the prices start at the cool USD 5000 per night. You read that right.
Website: Miavana. Opening: April 2017. Photos/Renderings © Time + Tide
36The Whitby Hotel New York, US
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The UK-based Firmdale are experts on the subject of city hotels. Their newest development will be launching this year in the Midtown area of Manhattan. It’s their second hotel in NYC. As in their other properties, the chief designer is Kit Kemp, recognisable for her striking patterns and bold application of colour (bright orange and pink? Bring it on!). Expect delightful sensory experiences throughout the hotel, including in the 86 individually-designed rooms. Each will have great city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and many will also come with private terraces. But no room will be a match for The Whitby Suite, a two-bedroom accommodation taking up the entire top floor, with terraces facing up- and downtown.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: February 2017. Photo © Firmdale Hotels
37Baglioni Resort Maldives
The Italian brand Baglioni is known for upscale city hotels in European capitals, so its venture into a Maldivian resort world is a brave departure. We’ll see if it’s a case of learning to swim by jumping into the deep water—but we rather like the idea of matching the premise of a paradise island living with the Italian sense of style. No wonder then that the 96-villa property is looking very good indeed. Set on Maagau in the Dhaalu Atoll, the Baglioni will lure with exquisite interior design and gourmet cuisine.
Website: Baglioni Resort Maldives. Opening: October 2017.
Renderings © Baglioni Hotels
38Bulgari Hotel & Residences Dubai, UAE
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Balinese serenity, Italian glitz
We’ve already mentioned the Bulgari’s Shanghai opening (see above, # 12) and Dubai feels like another excellent spot for this luxury brand. It will be only the fifth Bulgari Hotels and Resorts property, but the scale of the development is set to match the ambitions of the city. The resort is being developed off the coast of Jumeirah Beach, on an artificial Daria Island, formed in the shape of a gigantic seahorse. The whole thing will be spread over a vast area, with lush landscaped gardens, marina, and a full range of luxury amenities, but the hotel will only have 100 rooms and suites, and 20 residential villas.
Website: Bulgari Hotel & Residences Dubai. Opening: 2017.
Rendering © Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
39Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya
Four Seasons is introducing its brand of sophisticated luxury to Kuwait City, with this new property featuring 284 hotel rooms, including 67 suites hailed as the largest hotel suites in the city. In addition, there will be five restaurants, a two-level spa, fitness centre, and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as two ballrooms and five function rooms.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait. Opening: early 2017.
Renderings © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
40Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, California
Let’s switch to the sunny California, and this new opening from Waldorf Astoria, promising “the very best of the California good life”. The resort is already accepting reservations, which fills us with confidence that the hotel opens on schedule (refreshing, after all the other delays we talk about here). Anyway, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria is set to offer an extraordinary experience with the property of 170 rooms, all with unobstructed views of the city. A 5,000-square-foot spa and rooftop pool (the largest of its kind in Beverly Hills) should also be quite something.
Website: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Opening: June 2017.
Rendering © Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
41Wild Coast Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka
We have been looking forward to seeing this hotel open since last year (yes, it’s another delayed opening)—because it is shaping up to be something very special. The twenty-eight air conditioned tented structures, specially designed for the lodge, will wow with a futuristic design. Set up on a secluded beach in the Yala National Park, frequented by the leopards, this tented lodge will offer an experience of a jungle hideout with all the luxuries of a deluxe contemporary resort.
Website: Wild Coast Lodge. Opening: mid 2017. Renderings © Resplendent Ceylon
42Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Denmark
Changing gears considerably—welcome to the new opening from Nobis, being readied in the former Royal Danish Conservatory of Music building. Neighbouring the City Hall Square, Copenhagen Central Station and the Tivoli Gardens, the hotel will ensure a Scandinavian luxury wrapped in a sublime design that balances the contemporary and the classicistic.
Website: Nobis Hotel Copenhagen. Opening: summer 2017. Photo © Nobis Hotels
43Viceroy Princes’ Islands Istanbul, Turkey
This exclusive property combines lavish luxury with sharp, contemporary design. Its seventy-seven guestrooms and suites converge on the Ottoman central Grand Mansion, the resort’s main gathering space. The Mansion features a restaurant and wine tasting room, infinity pool, cigar lounge and billiard room, as well as the signature Viceroy Library. The hotel overlooks a private sea cove, with the sprawling cityscape of Istanbul.
Also this year, we will see the opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah in Dubai UAE and Viceroy Chicago , USA.
Website: Viceroy Princes’ Islands Istanbul. Opening: Q1 2017.
Renderings © Viceroy Hotel Group
44One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
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One of the top hotels on Mauritius is about to undergo a major—and very much needed—refurbishment, with an ambitious goal of reopening later the same year. During the work, the resort will introduce new guest rooms and suites, fitness and spa facilities, two swimming pools, as well as new culinary experiences.
We know the One&Only brand especially from our stay at the Reethi Rah resort in the Maldives. We loved the feeling of exclusive privacy and the absolute luxury of that resort. If their Mauritian property reaches that level then Le Saint Géran could be a good reason for revising Mauritius.
Website: One&Only Le Saint Géran. Opening: late 2017. Photo © One&Only Resorts
45W Amman Hotel, Jordan
Jordan is wonderful. It is full of absolutely amazing sights, with Petra and Wadi Rum being the most famous. We toured the country some time ago and completely fell in love with the place. But, at the time the capital did not have a truly modern luxury hotel. This is changing now and Starwood’s W Hotel will be opening here in the prestigious new downtown district, the Abdali. It is designed as an urban retreat, with both the business and the leisure needs in mind. W Amman will have 280 guest rooms and suites and multiple dining outlets.
Website: W Amman Hotel. Opening: October 2017. Renderings © W Hotels Worldwide
46Nayara Luxury Tented Resort, Costa Rica
A Tented Resort in Costa Rica? Yes, please. Nayara Hotels is adding a third property to its collection in the country. The massive guest tents will each have a bedroom, bathroom, plunge pool as well as an adjoining tent, which can be used as one more bedroom or a lounge. The Nayara Tented Resort is located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, a must-see attraction in Costa Rica.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: Q4 2017. Rendering © Nayara Hotels
47Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
Ahn Luh is a new brand whose co-founder is the Aman Resorts’ Adrian Zecha. Their Shaoxing development, which we mentioned last year, got delayed to 2017, perhaps because of the sheer ambition of the project. Ahn Luh Lanting will incorporate 35 meticulously restored heritage houses dating as far back as the 1600s and authentic architectural elements will be visible throughout the hotel, e.g. in the restaurants, the library, the wellness centre.
Some other hotels from Ahn Luh, scheduled for 2017, look very interesting too: QAhn Luh Qiandao Lake in Hangzhou (image below, bottom left) and Ahn Luh Yanqi in Beijing (image below, top right).
Website: Ahn Luh Lanting. Opening: 2017. Renderings © Ahn Luh
48The Hoxton, Paris, France
The 2nd Arrondissement in Paris is well worth exploring, if only for its hip bars and restaurants. It’s also home to The Hoxton, a cool new arrival housed in a historically-important 16th century property. The hotel will be the brand’s fourth outpost and is set to become a landmark opening for the “affordable luxury” brand from London.
Also due to open in 2017 is The Hoxton Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, which will offer some cool dining options, including a rooftop bar and restaurant.
Website: The Hoxton Paris. Opening: 2017. Rendering © The Hoxton
49Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
Let’s zoom in on Zambia again, where African Bush Camps will be (re)launching the Thorntree River Lodge, on the banks of the Zambezi River, and just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Completely rebuild and designed in an environmentally-conscious style inspired by the local traditions, the lodge will blend contemporary shapes with tented roof structures. Eight rooms and two family units will come with private plunge pools. The main lodge will consist of lounge with an open dining area, while the communal deck, on the river edge, will have a sunken boma and an infinity pool.
Website: Thorntree River Lodge. Opening: May 2017. Renderings © African Bush Camps
50MACq 01, Tasmania, Australia
We wrote about the stunning Saffire Freycinet which opened a few years ago in Tasmania. The Federal Group, the company behind it, is launching a new project on the island. This time it is a city hotel, located on the water edge of the MacQuarie Wharf in Hobart. The MACq 01 describes itself as a “storytelling hotel”, with each room referencing a different character from Tasmania’s history. The design comes across as warm but eclectic, mixing elements in a range from the rustic to the luxurious.
Website: MACq 01. Opening: June 2017. Renderings © MACq 01
51Banyan Tree Bodrum, Turkey
It’s been a while since we stayed at a Banyan Tree hotel, and this new addition to the chain’s portfolio might just be the reason to reacquaint ourselves with the Banyan Tree style of luxury. The resort will be opening in Yalıkavak, Bodrum with 70 rooms and suites and 14 spa suites with private pools, as well as—of course—the signature Banyan Tree Spa. Other facilities include private lounge and library, three restaurants, and a sunset bar.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: Spring 2017. Rendering © Banyan Tree Hotels
52W Shanghai – The Bund, China
This is the third W Hotel from Starwood launching in the mainland China. The new city hotel will provide opportunities for enjoying sweeping views of the Huangpu River and the Shanghai’s cityscapes. The characteristically striking, for the W brand, contemporary interiors will feature elements inspired by the old Shanghai. As always with the W, the accommodation will get names such as Wonderful Room or Extreme WOW.
This year Starwood will also be launching W Suzhou., near Shanghai.
Website: W Shanghai – The Bund. Opening: June 28, 2017.
Renderings © W Hotels Worldwide
53Cempedak Private Island, Indonesia
Cempedak is a tropical retreat in which eco-friendly design meets a dreamy island experience. The resort is composed of twenty bamboo villas overlooking the blue ocean. Each villa features spacious lounge deck and plunge pool. A spiral staircase leads to a bedroom with glass doors and a private balcony. The island is reachable from Singapore, either by a seaplane or by a ferry.
Website: Cempedak Private Island. Opening: March 2017. Photo © Cempedak
54Brown Hotel, Jerusalem
The Brown Jerusalem brings boutique hospitality to the holy city. This exclusive hotel will be housed in a 19th-century heritage villa constructed from the characteristic golden stone. It will have only twenty-three rooms, as well as a rooftop terrace with spa and jacuzzi. All that in the walking distance (just 5-minutes, in fact) from the Old City.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: March 2017. Renderings © Brown Hotels
55LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences, Turkey
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Turkey’s most glamorous holiday destination, Bodrum, will welcome a new boutique resort this year. Set on a private peninsula, and surrounded by hills and pine woodlands, the project is already turning heads in the architecture world, thanks to the resort’s contemporary design, and rooms exposed to stunning views of the blue Aegean sea.
In 2017 the company will be also launching LUX* North Malé Atoll, Maldives and LUX* Sud Sauvage on the wild southern coast of Africa’s Reunion Island—both delayed from last year (we wrote about the Reunion project in the Africa’s 20 hottest hotel openings of 2016).
Website: LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences. Opening: May 2017.
Rendering © LUX* Resorts & Hotels
56Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, London, UK
This highly-anticipated opening in London is also slightly late. Located next to the Tower of London, the hotel is housed in a 100-year-old building featuring a large tower and grand rotunda, all made of the classic Portland stone. Its restoration has been undertaken with extra care to preserve the integrity of this listed building. When completed, this 100-room exemplary city hotel may become a new London landmark.
It is a busy time for Four Seasons. Apart from the mentioned above hotels and resorts (see above: # 3, # 11 and # 39), the company is still working on property in Florida (The Surf Club – opening early 2017).
Website: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square. Opening: January 26, 2017.
Images © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
57W Tel Aviv — Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Another Starwood’s W resort will be launching in Jaffa, the oldest district of Tel Aviv. It’s a delayed opening from last year and when it launches it will surely create a buzz in the country’s capital. The hotel is set in a former hospital and convent complex, with lovely views of the Mediterranean coast. The renovation of the place preserved historical stained glass and stucco, and the lobby will feature 12th-century ruins.
Website: W Tel Aviv. Opening: 1 May 2017. Renderings © W Hotels Worldwide
58Hoshinoya Bali, Ubud, Bali
This new resort in the tropical heart of Bali, from the Japanese luxury brand Hoshino, has just opened and is accepting reservations. The guests have three types of private luxury villas to choose from. They are lined up by semi-private lap pools and are surrounded by verdant greenery of Ubud. The interiors feature intricate carvings decorating furniture and walls, exquisitely crafted by local artists.
Website: Hoshinoya Bali. Opening: January 20, 2017. Photo © Hoshino Resorts
59Almanac Barcelona, Spain
The first hotel from the new design-oriented stylish luxury brand will be launching in Barcelona this summer, followed shortly by openings in Vienna, Prague and Zagreb. The Almanac Barcelona hotel will have 92 rooms and suites, a panoramic rooftop lounge with swimming pool and a Mediterranean brasserie. The property will be located on the Gran Via de Les Corts Catalans, just off the famous Paseo de Gracia.
Website: Almanac Hotels. Opening: 2017. Renderings © Almanac Hotels Group
60 The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
Located within six floors above the planned Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in a converted grain silos complex, this hotel will be part of a landmark development. Created by the world-famous Thomas Heatherwick Studio, this new addition to Cape Town’s skyline will be defined by modern geometry and avant-garde spirit. The hotel will have only 27 rooms of various categories, plus a spectacular penthouse. Eclectic furniture and accents of strong colour will be juxtaposed against the industrial architecture.
Website: The Silo, Cape Town. Opening: March 2017. Images © The Royal Portfolio
61The Residence Bintan, Indonesia
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Described as a “holistic retreat”, The Residence Bintan is located on the largest island of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. This idyllic-destination property combines a heritage of a traditional Asian village with the vision of a contemporary tropical resort. Generous open spaces and decks that connect the indoors to the landscaped gardens promise comfort and relaxation. The interiors of the hundred and twenty-seven villas are all bathed in natural light and open to the sweeping ocean views. The Residence also promises re-connection with nature and the inner life thanks to the pampering rituals by renowned British spa brand Ila.
Website: The Residence Bintan. Opening: first quarter of 2017.
Rendering © Cenizaro Hotel & Resorts
62The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore
The history of this place reaches as far as 1895 when the Warehouse was built as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route. Back then this area of Singapore was known for liquor distilleries and was teeming with underground activity. The meticulously restored new hotel draws from this illustrious history, focusing on heritage and local culture. The interiors have a distinctively industrial character. The 37 rooms feature original beams and high ceilings and their minimalist design is a nice fit to the high-tech fixtures and other contemporary luxuries of the hotel—including the rooftop infinity pool.
Website: The Warehouse Hotel. Opening: January 2017.
Photos © The Warehouse Hotel
63The Chedi Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
The Chedi Tomakomai will the first opening in Japan from GHM. This cliff-edge hotel will offer 60 spacious guestrooms and 40 private villas, all with built-in fireplaces. The unique feature here will be the open-air hot springs, but the property will also have spa and health club, wine cellars, swimming pools and a library. The hotel has been designed by the iconic Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the recipient of the 1995 Pritzker Prize.
Another opening, under the same brand, will be The Chedi Ninghai in China, but GHM will be making its mark in even more locations this year. Also in development are Chedi Mumbai in India and Al Bait Sharjah in the UAE.
Website: Not yet available. Opening: 2017. Renderings © GHM
64The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, UAE
This slightly delayed new development from The Oberoi Group will be a luxury destination encapsulated. Ultra-modern and sleek, it is set in a huge swath of a protected forest and with access to vast white sand beaches—and an 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Its spacious rooms and suites have private terraces and the villas are equipped with temperature-controlled swimming pools.
The other luxury opening by Oberoi also slipped to 2017, it’s the much-anticipated The Oberoi Marrakech in Morocco.
Website: The Oberoi, Al Zorah. Opening: early 2017. Renderings © Oberoi Hotels
65Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy
The Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden in Rome is undergoing an extensive renovation of its rooms, lobby, bars, and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden. During the work, the hotel will be also adding a new spa and blow-dry bar. The hotel’s spacious rooms and suites will continue to enchant with beautiful views of the Eternal City.
Website: Hotel Eden, Rome. Opening: April 2017. Rendering © Dorchester Collection
66Public Hotel, New York, US
The Public website is rather enigmatic, describing the project as “a new hotel by Ian Schrager”, but there is much to say about this new property on the Lower East Side in NYC. The 28-story multi-use tower was designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning architects, Herzog & de Meuron (of the Olympic Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing fame) and the 370-room hotel will accompany luxury apartments (all sold out already) on the glass-walled upper floors. The architects used floor-to-ceiling windows featuring mullionless glass, permitting unobstructed, stunning views of New York City. The hotel will feature multiple entertainments and dining venues, including two outdoor garden spaces, restaurants, lobby bar, a banquet hall, even a food market and theatre space.
Website: Public. Opening: spring 2017. Rendering © Public Hotels
67The Duxton Club Hotel, Singapore
The first foray into the Lion City by the Starwood’s Luxury Collection will be a hotel created in Tanjong Pagar conservation district, in two heritage buildings, which are, unusually, few hundred meters apart. The Duxton House, located on Duxton Road will have 50 rooms, while the Duxton Terrace on Murray Street will be larger, with 138 rooms. Between these two, the property will offer multiple food-and-beverage venues, including a bar by the swimming pool, as well as an exclusive member’s club and cigar room.
Website: The Duxton Club. Opening: June 1, 2017. Rendering © Starwood Hotels
68One&Only Sanya, China
One&Only Resorts comes to China and its first opening in the country will be the island retreat designed by Jean Michel Gathy. Overlooking 500m of private coastline and surrounded by coconut palms and ancient rosewood trees, the resort will offer 180 luxurious guest rooms and villas.
One&Only will also be launching their first hotel in Bahrain, with a beachfront location in Seef—and that one is a delayed 2016 opening.
Website: One&Only Sanya. Opening: 2017. Renderings © One&Only Resorts
69Anantara Guiyang Resort, China
From the well-known Anantara brand comes this new development in south-west China, in the Guizhou Region, 12 km from the popular Guiyang Forest Park. Set against a dramatic mountain scenery, the hotel features over 200 guest rooms with furnished balconies as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. Anantara Spa will be inviting for treatments discovering China’s relationship with tea.
Website: Anantara Guiyang Resort. Opening: Feb 2017. Rendering © Anantara Hotels
70Khwai Leadwood and Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
This project in Botswana looks interesting. Two sister camps, located on the edge of the Moremi Game reserve, withing a community-run concession, are undergoing major refurbishment work, in anticipation of the 2017 safari season. The first one, the Khwai Tented Camp will be moved to a new location permitting fabulous Khwai River views, and completely rebuild. When it relaunches it will sport six modern sail tents with en-suite bathroom. The second camp, Khwai Leadwood, is a small, family-oriented camp of only two large and two smaller tents, similarly equipped and brought up to the modern luxury standards. The tents, overlooking the lagoon in front of the camp, will be set up with raised decking and linked by wooden walkways.
Website: Khwai Leadwood. Opening: Mid 2017. Renderings © African Bush Camps
//But Wait, There is Even More: Other Notable Openings 2017
Let’s supplement the above 70 Top Openings with the quick list of additional hotels, lodges and resorts due to launch this year and which are also worth keeping an eye on.
Africa & Middle East
Duba Plains – Botswana, opening March 2017 after a ground-up refurbishment (image below left).
Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast National Park in Namibia will be opening its doors sometime in 2017 (image below in the middle).
Al Manara, A Luxury Collection Hotel Saraya Aqaba, in Jordan (image below right). Set to open July 22, 2017.
Fairmont Amman, Jordan. 2017, exact launch date unconfirmed.
Mandarin Oriental, Doha, Qatar. Exact launch date unconfirmed.
Grace Marrakech, Morocco. Located in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, the hotel will be in close proximity to the busy Marrakech, yet far enough to offer a tranquil hideaway. Seriously delayed (it was originally set for 2015!) Now April 2017.
Asia & Pacific
Bawah Private Island, Indonesia (image below left). We were expecting its launch last year, but the resort is still being developed. This eco-friendly resorts is accessible via Singapore, exactly like the Cempedak resort (see above, # 53). Expected to open later in 2017.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre. (image below in the middle) May 2017.
Andaz Singapore. Mid-2017.
X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel, Thailand. To launch at some point in 2017.
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, China. 2017, the launch date still to be announced.
RAAS Kangra in Dharamsla, India (image below right). We stayed at the excellent Raas Jodhpur as we were touring Rajasthan. If that experience is anything on which to pre-judge, then we are very much looking forward to this launch. Opening late 2017.
Azerai Luang Prabang. This might not be at the very top of luxury, but the visionary hotelier Adrian Zecha is attached to the project, so it’s at least worth a mention.
Soho House Mumbai, India. Expected in 2017. The exact date is unconfirmed just yet, but we closely follow the rapid expansion of this members-only exclusive brand.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Third quarter 2017.
QT Museum Wellington, New Zealand. January 2017.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Australia. November 2017.
W Brisbane, Australia. December 22 2017.
Inglaterra, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Havana, Cuba. Opening March 31, 2017. We will see whether the quality of hotels in Cuba can match other locations!
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands (image below left). The hotel will be reopening after a full renovation in December 2017.
Palácio Tangará, São Paulo, Brazil. To open sometime in 2017.
UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico, March.
Itz’ana Resort, Belize: Spring.
Casa Republica, Lima: April.
Soho House Downtown Los Angeles adapted from a multi-storey warehouse dating to 1917. As with other SoHo House properties, this will be a members-only property. No launch day yet.
NoMad Downtown, Los Angeles. Also no exact date of opening just yet.
The LINE CD, Washington. Opens in March 2017.
Ace Hotel Chicago, USA. Fall 2017.
Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, US (image below right). Fine views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan cityscape will be on offer in this new NYC property—especially from the rooftop facilities, which will include a swimming pool. Located on the Brooklyn side, the hotel will have 194 rooms, four dining venues and a market stall selling fruit and granola bars in the lobby. Opening: February 2017.
Life Hotel, NYC, US (image below in the middle). The hotel will be housed in the historic LIFE Magazine building, in the NoMad neighbourhood. Inspired in many ways by the building’s heritage, the hotel will keep many of the details integral to the history of the place. Spring 2017
Hotel Lungarno, Florence, Italy. It will re-open 1st June 2017 following a complete renovation.
Hotel Lutetia Paris, France. Another example of a luxury hotel opening after extensive renovation: it’s the iconic Lutetia, owned by The Set Hotels. Expected to open in 2017.
Maison Albar Paris Hotel Céline, France. Early 2017.
Italy Il Castelfalfi in Tuscany. March 2017.
Provocateur Berlin, Germany. Also March.
Oddfellows on the Park in Manchester, England. March again. Now here is a cool name!
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges in Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France. May 2017.
The Fontenay Hamburg, Germany (image below right). Autumn 2017.
Also in Hamburg, Sir Nikolai hotel and in Spain Sir Joan, Ibiza. Both to open some time in 2017.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, Turkey. Opened January 16th, 2017.
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik will be opening in late spring 2017 after a renovation.
The Curtain Hotel and Members Club, London (image below left). Early 2017.
See all our previous top hotel lists here and stay tuned for upcoming reviews!