From Bhutan to Botswana and from Mexico to Montenegro, the hottest new luxury hotel openings 2020 span the globe—and the experiences we list are as different from one another as a stay at a can’t-afford-it igloo in the Arctic is different from sleeping on a vintage train parked above a river in the African savannah.
A theme emerging this year is that reopenings are as big as new openings, another is the rise of city hotels. Africa features prominently, and Japan is an important destination as well, thanks to the buzz surrounding the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
But all of the openings listed here are not-to-be-missed, absolutely the best new hotels to check into this year—which means the TravelPlusStyle’s Top 100 New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020 is the perfect place to start planning your travels. Time to dust off your passports!
*Note: the hotel opening dates are subject to changes and delays.
1Aman New York, New York, USA
We kick off with a very exciting opening from one of our favorite luxury resort chains: Aman Resorts. This resort-cum-spa is set to make a splash with its unveiling, and not only in the world of the Aman aficionados.
Located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and overlooking Central Park, the 83-room hotel will come with the trademark Aman Spa (spread on three floors and featuring a 25-meter swimming pool), two restaurants, Wine Library, subterranean Jazz Bar, and a Garden Terrace overlooking Central Park. All rooms will have working fireplaces and many will enjoy views of Central Park. The hotel will also offer 22 private Aman Residences, as well a single five-floor penthouse on the very top of the building, literally its gilded ‘crown’. The penthouse will have indoor and outdoor pools.
Website: Aman New York. Opening:
Winter 2020. Update: delayed to Spring 2021.
Images (including the leading image at the top of the article) © Aman Group
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2Soneva Fushi, Maldives
“While we will always remain true to the much-loved spirit and laidback ethos of Soneva Fushi, the new water retreats will elevate our offering, ensuring that our guests’ experience is more memorable and special than ever before.”
— Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva
In the review from our stay, we claimed that no other resort serves as idyllic an island holiday experience as Soneva Fushi—and this is going to be even more true in 2020. This is not a new opening, strictly speaking, but the big news this year though is that Soneva Fushi is launching new overwater villas, in the style and level of luxury of its sister property Soneva Jani (which, in our review, we placed among our favorite resorts in the Maldives).
The one- and two-bedroom villas of the refreshed Fushi will wow first with their sizes—from 6300 sq feet (770 sq m) to 9200 square feet (855 sq m)—and second, with facilities. They will have private pools, sunken seating areas, catamaran nets strung over water, and retractable roofs, for guests to stargaze from the comfort of their beds (we loved this at Jani!). Finally, the very cool water slides will let the guests splash directly into the Indian Ocean, in style and with plenty of fun.
Read our review of Soneva Fushi here.
Website: Soneva Fushi. Opening: April 2020. Image © Soneva
3Zannier Bai San Hô, Vietnam
Zannier Hotels—known for the very cool Cambodian Phum Baitang, and the Namibian newbies Omaanda and the tented camp Sonop—have chosen Vietnam as the destination for their newest opening.
Zannier Bai San Hô is set away from the mainstream tourist destinations. Located on a discrete peninsula, with a stunning coastal location and direct access to a kilometer-long beach, this luxurious resort will offer 71 villas, inspired by different architectural traditions of the region. Surrounded by lush hills and paddy fields, Bai San Hô will also feature three restaurants and two bars designed to instill different moods. There will be a variety of beach and water activities on offer as well, including scuba diving.
Website: Zannier Hotels Bai San Hô. Opening: 2020. Images © Zannier Hotels
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4Raffles Bali, Indonesia
We don’t have the photo yet, but we have the official confirmation directly from Raffles: the company’s foray into Bali is on its way to be launched in Jimbaran Bay this year. What we also know is that the resort will be perched on a hill and enjoying uninterrupted sea views towards the famous Jimbaran sunsets. The Raffles Bali will comprise only 32 private villas, each with a private pool. Set up over 23 hectares of tropical land, the luxurious Raffles will also feature Writers Bar, the Wellbeing Spa “celebrating local rituals and healing treatments”, and an exclusive restaurant.
Website: Raffles Bali. Opening: 2020. Photo © Raffles Hotels & Resorts
5One&Only Mandarina, Mexico
Another entry on our list from One&Only is the Mandarina, located in a beachfront jungle in Mexico. The resort will offer a full spectrum of facilities and accommodation options. Fifty-three guest rooms will be split into three broad categories: Private Homes, Clifftop Villas, and Ocean Treehouses, offering expansive living spaces, private pools, and views towards the Pacific Ocean or dramatic mountains. The best among them will be the Villa Pacifico, which is designed to feel like its own private resort, thanks to two bedrooms, two swimming pools, and expansive terraces. The resort facilities will include Majahua Beach Club, numerous infinity pools, massage cabanas, bars, and restaurants, including the clifftop-positioned The Point—a perfect place to enjoy the Mexican sunset.
Website: One&Only Mandarina. Opening: Summer 2020.
Images © One&Only Resorts
6The Hari Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“We aimed to create a hotel that felt as though you were walking into the most elegant of Hong Kong homes when you arrived. Like a tailored suit, it brings a London attitude to Hong Kong”
— Tara Bernerd, designer
The family behind The Hari London hotel has launched the second property in a newly built skyscraper in HK, with an address between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. The Hari Hong Kong emphasizes the social spaces, with an excellent lobby lounge and two restaurants. The food comes in Italian flavors in the timber-clad Lucciola Restaurant & Bar. The Japanese menu is at Zoku, where guests can choose to sit on a terrace or in a dining room lounge designed with sophisticated contrasts of playful pink and velvet khaki. The 210 guest rooms enjoy open-plan layouts, while the three signature rooftop suites benefit from separate sitting rooms, private terraces, and stunning views of the city. The British creator Tara Bernerd, incidentally a protégé of the superstar designer Philippe Starck, designed the stylish interiors.
Website: The Hari Hong Kong. Opening: December 2020.
Photo © The Hari Hong Kong
7Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Utah, USA
The second entry from Aman Resorts on our list this year is Camp Sarika, a luxury tented retreat designed as an exclusive, in-the-wild desert experience. The 10 canvas-topped pavilions of the camp will be located a short distance away from Amangiri. Each will come with a heated private plunge pool and a spacious terrace with a fire pit.
Settled in an otherworldly landscape of towering mesas, slot canyons, and rust-colored sands, the camp will follow the concept of spaciousness and clean lines of Amangiri, creating a meditative luxury in the heart of the desert.
Website: Camp Sarika by Amangiri. Opening: April 2020. Photos © Aman Group
8Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing
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Mandarin Oriental Qianmen launches with a serious delay (we wrote about this opening in 2018!), but their press office ensured us that it is definitely happening this year. This will be the second property launched in Beijing by Mandarin Oriental, following the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing.
Positioned near Tiananmen Square, this new hotel will be located within the East Hutong Quarter and it will follow the architectural style and design patterns established by the traditions of the Hutongs. This medieval part of the city date back as far as the 13th century, and is made up of courtyard houses connected by narrow lanes and alleyways—and the Mandarin Oriental Qianmen design follows this template. Other than the luxurious courtyard suites, the hotel will have a range of facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, an all-day roof terrace eatery and other dining venues, and the Spa.
Website: Mandarin Oriental. Opening: Late 2020. Image © Mandarin Oriental
9Art Villas, Costa Rica
What started as a family residence of a former Prague-based branding company owner has slowly transformed into a resort built up and expanded from the original five-bedroom house, today branded the Art Villa. The expansion includes the Atelier, which is a low-key structure built using burnt teak and perforated aluminum, and Coco comprising unique seed-like “pods,” designed to immerse guests in the lush thickets of tropical forest. ArtVillas in Playa Hermosa features an infinity pool at Atelier, a fitness and yoga suite at Coco, and a 5m-long waterslide connecting the pool at Coco with the Art Villa. Surrounded by two hectares of tropical rainforest, the blueprints came from the architecture practice Refuel, while Formafatal created the interiors. Both are Prague-based, just like the ArtVillas Costa Rica owners.
Book ArtVilla | Book Atelier | Book Coco 1. | Book Coco 2. |
Website: Art Villas. Opening: 2020. Images © Art Villas
10Círculo Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
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We featured an older opening from Grupo Habita, Hotel Escondido, which we loved for its beachfront location on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast, and the “impossibly stylish, barefoot luxe version of beach-bum living”. Círculo Mexicano is very different — in that it occupies a 19th-century residential building in downtown Mexico City. And while the style carries a sense of clean, minimal luxury, the interiors emphasize the historic building’s original character. The hotel’s facilities include a French-style bistro and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.
Website: Círculo Mexicano. Opening: July 2020. Photo © Grupo Habita
11Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul, Turkey
Six Senses Kocataş Mansions is the brand’s second opening in Turkey, following Six Senses Kaplankaya. Kocataş is already operating after soft-launch in November 2019, and the hotel will be fully operational in Spring 2020.
Located in the Sariyer district, on Istanbul’s European side, this 45-key hotel occupies two 19th-century mansions: Kocatas and Sait Pasa. Both were exquisitely restored, following two decades of neglect, itself a consequence of a devastating fire. Renovated and brought back to their former glory, the interiors fuse the imperial style of 19th Century Istanbul with the signature chic luxury of Six Senses. With uninterrupted views of the Bosporus River, the hotel will also offer three restaurants and an outing of Six Senses Spa.
Website: Six Senses Kocataş Mansions. Opening: Spring 2020
Photos © Six Senses Resorts
12Xigera Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana
“We’ll likely be the most exclusive safari lodge on the continent, designed and built with guest comfort at the fore. Every day at Xigera is a unique adventure. Guests are free to design their day as they wish, doing as much or as little as they feel like.” — Mike Myers, General Manager of Xigera Safari Lodge
One of the most interesting openings in Africa is Xigera, set to be one of Botswana’s most luxurious safari lodges. It is the newest from the family-run Red Carnation Hotels, which includes Ashford Castle in Ireland, and The Twelve Apostles and Bushmans Kloof in South Africa.
Xigera’s concept blends safari experience with fine art and contemporary design, and the incredible staff-to-guest ratio (105 staff for 24 guests) will ensure a new level of service and luxury. The architecture is inspired by an owl in flight. Twelve luxurious guest suites are suspended above the ground, and their design will mix in installation art and Bushman cave paintings. Carefully designed to not disturb the area’s rich flora and fauna, the lodge is planned to be 95 percent solar-powered.
Website: Xigera Safari Lodge. Opening: December 2020. Image © Xigera
13Nature Eco Residences Santorini, Greece
“Discover Santorini’s natural side in a luxury setting that blends organically with its surroundings. Nature Eco Residences Santorini follows a philosophy born from the respect of natural materials, aptly evidenced by the use of raw concrete, stone, and wood […]”
— Nature Eco Residences Santorini.
The ruins of Akrotiri, the bronze-age settlement abandoned ahead of the eruption that destroyed the ancient island of Santorini, are a popular tourist attraction. Not far from the site is Nature Eco Residences Santorini, a new hotel designed around a concept of rejuvenation with emphasis on yoga and meditation. The interior design fits this philosophy, with earthy tones, natural fabrics, and handmade furniture set against the organic curves of the Cycladic architecture. The hotel features a panoramic swimming pool overlooking the caldera, and only fifteen suites, ranging from 30 to 60 square meters, with balconies, terraces, or private outdoor jacuzzis.
Website: Nature Eco Residences Santorini, Greece.
Opening in 2020. Photo © Nature Eco Residences Santorini
14Villa Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
A conscious approach to luxury with an eco-friendly mindset is at the heart of Villa Copenhagen’s concept. Located within a former Central Post and Telegraph Head Office, next to the Tivoli Gardens, the hotel will have 390 rooms and suites, including one made entirely from sustainable and recycled materials. Local and international dining venues will be available as well, and beautiful interior gardens will add to the sense of wellbeing and sociability.
Website: Villa Copenhagen. Opening: Late 2020. Image © Villa Copenhagen
15Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Thailand
This new urban sanctuary from the esteemed luxury hotel brand Four Seasons is planned to occupy a prime spot along the riverfront of Chao Phraya River in the center of Thailand’s capital. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok wows with gardens, cascading waterfalls and mirror infinity pools, extending into the river below, in a series of integrated indoor and outdoor spaces. Designed by the architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the hotel will offer 299 rooms and suites, including many with garden terraces. The top accommodation will be an extraordinary, two-floor Presidential Suite. An extraordinary urban spa with two infinity pools overlooking the river will complete the suite of facilities, as will the BKK Social Club, a dramatic tropical entertainment space flanked by outdoor terraces.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.
Opening: Early 2020. mages © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
16Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania
Opening at the end of September 2020, the newly redesigned Singita Sabora Tented Camp infuses a classic romance of luxury tented safaris with contemporary luxury. Singita’s design partners Cécile & Boyd and GAPP Architects improved the classic camp with private yoga decks, secluded outdoor salas, shaded daybeds, custom campaign furnishings, and refined finishes that include hand-stitched leather details. All tents have been subtly repositioned to make the most of the sweeping savanna views, with two nearby waterholes in focus. The Singita Sabora Tented Camp will continue to wow its guests with the luxury and opulence, and the exclusivity of a private wildlife reserve.
Read our review of Singita Sabora here.
Website: Singita Sabora Tented Camp. Opening: September 2020. Photo © Singita
17One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia
“[…] Malaysia’s secluded breathtaking coastline and rich regional heritage makes it the perfect location for us to introduce our brand to the region. [One&Only Desaru Coast will be] offering modern Malaysian elegance, warm and authentic service and the ultimate in ultra-luxury.”
— Chief Operating Officer, Philippe Zuber
Desaru Coast will be One&Only’s first development in Malaysia. Positioned as a lavish destination resort, the property will be spread on a sizeable chunk of beachfront land, and will offer 42 suites and 50 private villa residences. The award-winning firm Kerry Hill Architects are realizing the vision of the resort as a modern reincarnation of a traditional Kampung (village), making it part of the stunning landscape.
Website: One&Only Desaru Coast. Opening: March 2020
Images © One&Only Resorts
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18Forestis Dolomites, Italy
Established on the site of a former sanatorium built by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy near the town of Brixen, Forestis benefits from a breathtaking location on the southern slope of Plose Mountain, some 1800 m above sea level. This privileged spot ensures panoramic views (from 62 suites and the swimming pool) of the Dolomites and dense mountain forests. The stunning setting perfectly matches the philosophy of tranquility as the core of luxury. This mountain retreat enables ski-out, ski-in in winter, while the year-round offering includes an excellent spa. The Forestis design compliments and echo the beautiful surroundings, with angular edges, white-as-snow tones, and glass walls.
Website: Forestis Dolomites. Opening: 2020. Photo © Forestis Dolomites
19Arctic Bath, Swedish Lapland, Sweden
From the heat of Africa to the arctic circle, home of northern lights in winter, and midnight sun in summer. One of the most unique developments on our Openings list, Arctic Bath is the long-awaited (if not to say, long-delayed) project from the team behind the innovative Treehotel in Harads.
Located 902 kilometers north of Stockholm near the coastal city of Luleå, and positioned on the Lule River, Arctic Bath will launch with 12 wooden cabins (6 of them on the water), with a minimalist design, skylights, and large windows. The eye-catching “birds’ nest” is the spa center. And it’s basically a watercraft, floating on the surface in summer and freezing solid winter months, gripped by ice. The imaginative building has been designed by the architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, who were inspired by the region’s history of logging when the river was used to float timber south.
Website: Arctic Bath. Opening: January 2020. Photos © Arctic Bath
20Nobu Hotel Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw is a “forward-looking city that never forgets its past,” and the Nobu Hotel on Wilcza Street reflects the city spirit. This luxury hotel brings together two experiences in one place, fusing dazzling modern architecture in one wing with an early 20 Century Art Deco building in the other (once Hotel Rialto, in the interwar 1920s). The hotel offers 117 rooms, designed to reflect their location (modern versus heritage), but all the additional facilities make it a standalone hotel in Warsaw. There are expansive meeting and event spaces with a ballroom, and the wellness zone on the top floor offers a sauna, steam room, plunge bath, as well as a well-equipped gym and fitness center — all with expansive views of the city. The world-renowned Nobu Restaurant, seating 125, serves Japan’s flavors, alongside dishes that play with local ingredients. The Nobu Hotel is located in the city’s creative area, near the Old Town and the trendy food hall Hala Koszyki.
Website: Nobu Hotel Warsaw. Opening: Summer 2020. Photo © Nobu Hotels
21Ulaman Eco Retreat, Bali, Indonesia
Bamboo architecture is all the rage in the world of tropical sustainable luxury, and the latest word in this trend is the Ulaman Eco Retreat in Bali. This wellness retreat is an incredibly inventive creation that blends ancient building techniques and modern technology to offer an experience of a futuristic village integrated into a tropical forest. The curved roofs and soft shapes of walls result from massive bamboo trunks gently curving in homage to the form-from-function philosophy. Thus the guest rooms are made into “hanging cocoons,” suspended on the second floor in the open space of the large pavilions, while the spectacular yoga studio soars over the edge of a cliff. The eco-luxury approach of the Ulaman Eco Retreat extends into the daily operations as well. Thanks to the river on the resort’s border, the electricity is generated through a hydro generator, enabling the resort to become fully carbon zero.
Website: Ulaman Eco Retreat. Opening: Early 2020. Photos © Ulaman Eco Retreat
22Iniala Harbour House, Valletta, Malta
The concept behind Iniala Harbour House is drawn from a design-centric hospitality experience, and the world-famous designers Autoban from Turkey and A-Cero from Spain were commissioned in helping to realize this vision. The 24 rooms and suites of the hotel are spread across four grand palazzos in the waterfront St. Barbara Bastion in Valletta. From the rooftop restaurant to the spa in the vaults, this boutique hotel is well set up to offer a chill oasis after a day’s worth exploration of the beautiful capital of Malta.
Website: Iniala Harbour House. Opening: April 2020. Photo © Iniala Harbour House
23The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, Japan
Another Tokyo opening on our list this year is the newest EDITION hotel, and the timing of its launch is not the only thing that connects it to the Olympic games. The hotel was created thanks to the expertise of the architect Kengo Kuma, who also designed the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium. This swanky new hotel will offer 206 rooms, including 21 suites and a penthouse, food, and beverage outlets, and spa. The Tokyo EDITION Toranomon will share space with offices, residences and a medical center in a mixed-use high-rise building, located in one of Tokyo’s finest neighborhoods.
Website: The Tokyo EDITION Toranomon. Opening: Mid 2020.
Photos © Marriott International
24Elang, Anambas Island, Indonesia
“Elang will be the second island with accommodations—a mini-Bawah. There will be six villas, […] plus a central area for dining, the island’s own infinity pool, and also an activity center and boat house” — Paul Robinson, Bawah Reserve COO
We wrote about Bawah Reserve that it is “a picture-perfect, tiny archipelago of previously uninhabited islands surrounded by turquoise waters”, but we didn’t mention that during our stay Bawah was already working on its next idea: Elang, a new and more exclusive retreat, a short boat ride away from Bawah. The barefoot-style villas at Elang are built using driftwood, bamboo, and recycled materials. Each will have a bedroom and a living room with a balcony, and some will feature private pools and direct sea access. Guests will be able to use Bawah’s facilities, but Elang will be a more premium offering, with higher rates to match.
Read our review of the Bawah Reserve.
Website: Bawah Reserve. Opening: Spring 2020. Photo © Bawah Reserve
25Lopud 1483, Croatia
Among conversions and restoration initiatives, some of the most inspiring ones give a second life to centuries-old castles or churches. Such is the Lopud 1483 — a property housed in an incredible 15th-century Franciscan monastery. Carefully restored in a project that took two decades to complete, the hotel instantly became the most luxurious and exclusive in Croatia. Located on the island of Lopud, the property is a passion project of a wealthy family involved in the preservation of art endangered by the war in the Balkans. The meticulous restoration meant the 16th-century plaster has been preserved, while many parts of the interiors and exteriors were inspired by the original purpose of the building and its surroundings. Thus, renaissance furniture and gothic artwork adorn rooms, while the Franciscan botanic practices inspired the garden’s layout and contents. But there are contemporary upgrades, too, including a sunset terrace linked with the seashore through an underground cave, and the hotel’s five spacious suites are a long shot from the ascetic monk cells.
Website: Lopud 1483. Opening: Summer 2020.
Photos © Lopud 1483
26Islas Secas, Panama
“First impressions are everything, and arriving at the Islas Secas jetty, jutting into the rippling bay surrounded by tropical forest and endless ocean is difficult to forget” — Andrey Gomez, MD at the resort
Following a soft launch back in 2019, Islas Secas later opened as a fully-fledged resort, with four spacious guest villas, called here casitas (each with a plunge pool), a seafood restaurant, a lounge, and a bar. In 2020, there were more new additions, including a coconut-scented Tented Spa, hidden in the tropical forest, and three new Tented Casitas, also immersed in the jungle. These feature four-poster beds, deep-soaking tubs, and outdoor lounges. The resort is located within a string of privately-owned small islands in the Gulf of Chiriquí, with three-quarters of the archipelago left wild and untouched. Among the attractions will be outdoor movie nights, beach barbecues, and a “deserted island” experience, in which a boat will drop the guests to one of the uninhabited islands for a picnic.
Website: Islas Secas. Opening: Spring 2020. Photo © Islas Secas
27Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, Japan
Tokyo is a hot destination this year, for a good reason, as the Summer Olympics will take place in the city in July and August 2020. And the hospitality industry is reinvigorated by the event.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi will be located in the financial heart of the city, and designed by one of the hottest architects, Jean-Michel Gathy. The hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 39-story building, and its floor-to-ceiling windows will permit stunning city views from every guest room. The 193-key hotel will wow with urban luxury and a top-floor spa (with a 25-meter pool) set to become a leading wellness destination. A very extensive events space with a ballroom, as well as dining options (including a Paris-inspired destination bar), will complete the full range of facilities. This is Four Seasons’ second opening in Tokyo, after Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemach. Opening: 2020.
Images © Four Seasons Hotels
28Six Senses Bumthang, Bhutan
The idea behind the Six Senses offering in Bhutan is that rather than a single resort, it is a journey, designed to showcase the magical Kingdom of Bhutan on an expedition between five small lodges. Six Senses Thimphu, Six Senses Punakha, Six Senses Paro, and Six Senses Gangtey are already operational, and this year’s launch of Six Senses Bumthang will complete the portfolio.
The final lodge is located in the region of Bumthang, famous for the 17th-century Jakar Dzong fortress and Tamzhing Lhundrup Lhakhang, regarded as the most beautiful ancient temple in Bhutan. The new Six Senses property will feature timber walls, upcycled furniture and huge windows framing heart-stopping views.
Website: Six Senses Bhutan. Opening: Spring 2020. Image © Six Senses
29Nomad Mykonos, Kalo Livadi, Greece
Located a few steps from Kalo Livadi Beach of Mykonos, regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Nomad offers bohemian-style luxury and an atmosphere of carefree vacations. Minimalistic lines and organically-shaped corners, and interiors set in earthy hues create a sense of space and freedom. The hotel features thirteen suites, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. There is also free private parking.
Website: Nomad Mykonos, Kalo Livadi, Greece.
Opening 2020. Photos © Nomad Mykonos
30Alamayah, Sumba, Indonesia
Alamayah will be a five-star boutique retreat, comprising only six private suites. Each will have king-size beds, outdoor terraces with beautiful views of the surrounding jungle and beaches, private dining areas, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers.
The resort will be located in a beachside village in the region of Sumba, some two-hour drive from Sumba’s Tamboloka Airport. Alamayah’s concept of wellness is reflected in its name, first of all, a combination of alam (“nature”) with mayah (“grandmother”). Second of all, in a range of spa, fitness and yoga experiences, and health-focused dining. The all-inclusive experience includes a “healer’s body analysis” and daily spa treatments.
Website: Alamayah. Opening: April 2020. Image © Alamayah
31Angama Safari Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Following the success of the beautiful Angama Mara camp (which we stayed at — don’t miss our review!), the company launched the Angama Safari Camp, a small, exclusive mobile camp offering guests the option of a private stay in a secluded location, and access to unique safari experiences. Angama Safari Camp will consist of four tents with a private bathroom, welcoming up to eight guests (the minimum booking will be a party of four). Each tent is situated to maximize the expansive views of the Mara plains and is designed to ensure natural ventilation. Guests will be able to use the facilities of the original Angama Mara by day.
The camp is located in a wooded area in the southwestern reaches of the Mara Triangle, near the imposing slopes of the Great Rift Valley. Its location will mean a very limited number of other vehicles competing for the best spot to photograph a herd of lions or an enigmatic black rhino.
Website: Angama Safari Camp. Opening: July 2020. Photos © Angama
32Hôtel Particulier Villeroy, Paris, France
Located in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, Hôtel Particulier Villeroy occupies a former private maison dating back to the start of the 20th century, and now a listed building. Following extensive renovation work, the property is now an intimate boutique hotel of only 11 guest apartments, suites, and rooms. The sophisticated interiors are filled with marble fireplaces, elegant cast-iron railings, and bespoke furniture made by Italian furniture brand Promemoria. The Bar Jean Goujon seduces with mood lighting, cozy sofas, and the building’s preserved golf leaf molding. There is also the Trente-Trois restaurant, led by a Michelin-starred chef, and the hotel’s Spa features two treatment rooms, a sauna, and a hammam.
Website: Hôtel Particulier Villeroy. Opening: January 2020.
Photo © Hôtel Particulier Villeroy
33Kruger Shalati, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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This is as special a hotel as they get. Permanently stationed on a bridge above the Sabie River in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, The Shalati is a vintage train, designed to recall the age of the classic luxury travel. It celebrates the long heritage of one of the oldest parks on the continent, and one of Africa’s largest game reserves—and reviving the first train journeys on the continent. The early visitors to the park would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati is set to be positioned—high above the riverbanks, with views stretching along the length of the majestic river.
The hotel will have 31 glass-walled rooms (24 of them in the carriages and 7 in the Bridge House), as well as a deck with swimming pool, perched on the bridge, offering a swimming experience above the river populated by crocodiles and hippos, and visited by buffalos and elephants.
Website: Kruger Shalati. Opening: December 2020. Images © Kruger Shalati
34COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
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Peaceful ambience, pared-down looks
The intimate Maldivian resort of COMO Cocoa Island will be reopening after a seven-month transformation, during which the resort significantly expanded its wellness center, and had all villas refurbished and many enhanced with brand new private swimming pools.
A new Pilates studio, state-of-the-art gym, and yoga studio with 360-degree views of the island were also added. But the resort has stayed true to the essentials of the Coco Island experience, with the away-from-it-all concept, in which barefoot walks on the beach are what you really come here for.
Read our review of COMO Cocoa Island here.
Website: COMO Cocoa Island. Reopen on January 9th 2020.
Photo © COMO Hotels and Resorts
35The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, Japan
Nikko and the surrounding area is located two and a half hours north of Tokyo and is famous as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its richly decorated shrines and temples. And this is the place the renowned chain of The Ritz-Carlton picked to launch one of its newest and most exciting properties. The hotel features ninety-four spacious guest rooms and suites, all with a private balcony linked with a lounge area that permits guests to immerse themselves in the striking scenery around the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Nikko has a well-designed lobby lounge and bar and several dining establishments, including an all-day eatery and a Western restaurant. There is also a spa with an authentic onsen hot-spring, offering therapeutic thermal water treatments.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Nikko. Opening: Late 2020.
Photos © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
36Nirjhara, Bali, Indonesia
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Private island experience
Nirjhara is tucked away in Bali’s heartland, surrounded by rice paddies and a tropical forest cut through with waterfalls. Carefully constructed using locally sourced stone, timber, and rattan, the hotel is composed of twenty-five villas, including treehouse suites, and features a spa and a restaurant serving regional specialties in a pavilion overlooking a waterfall. The hotel is located near Tanah Lot temple, where tourists flock to enjoy incredible sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches are also just minutes away.
Website: Nirjhara. Opening: January 2020. Photo © Nirjhara
37Ace Hotel, Kyoto, Japan
“Every detail and material was thought through to connect the building, land, and history together. Ace Hotel is changing the definition of the hotel by connecting the surrounding area with the hotel, and the community with the guests.” — Kengo Kuma
This is the second time we mention on this list Kengo Kuma, the architect behind Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium (who also designed The Opposite House in Beijing).
This time his creative vision is reimagining the historic ShinPuhKan building in Central Kyoto, with the aim of creating a 213-room hotel for The Ace group. Partnering on the project is Los Angeles based interior firm Commune, and the project is shaping up to result in a great combination of American and Japanese design.
Website: Ace Hotel Kyoto. Opening: Spring 2020. Photos © Ace Kyoto
38Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf St Barth, St. Barthelemy
Discreet luxury, intimate accommodation, private experiences, Michelin-starred cuisine, Diane Barrière Spa — all this promises a lavish island experience. Barrière Le Carl Gustaf offers only twenty-three keys, including thirteen cottages, two junior suites (all with terraces and plunge pools), as well as a residence with six bedrooms and a swimming pool. The hotel overlooks the yacht-filled harbor of St. Bart and is within walking distance to many of the island’s restaurants and luxury boutiques.
Website: Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf St Barth. Opening: October 2020.
Photo © Barrière Hotels
39Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & SPA, Ostuni, Italy
We love rehabilitations of beautiful heritage buildings, and this is another example of such a project: a former Puglian palace, being restored using traditional handcraft techniques. The property, while retaining high ceilings, period frescos, and original fireplaces, adds a touch of contemporary aesthetics to bring the property to the 21st Century. All this in a hill-top town of Ostuni, in Italy’s charming southern region of Puglia. The winding cobbled walkways studded with whitewashed buildings are a lovely backdrop to a boutique luxury hotel of only 11 individually curated rooms.
Paragon 700’s red brick façade stands in contrast to the white-themed Ostuni, and what’s behind is also a surprise: a lush garden with a swimming pool, a spa and destination dining, thanks to the Michelin-starred chef. It’s a tranquil and exclusive oasis, only minutes from Ostuni’s main square.
Website: Paragon 700. Opening: February 2020. Photos © Paragon 700
40The Orient Express MahaNakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
“Orient Express redefined rail travel in the 1900s, introducing the first sleeper cars linking West to East and delivering unprecedented levels of comfort and dining. We look forward to bringing this same luxury and refinement to the new incarnation of Orient Express hotels.” — Michael Issenberg, chairman and CEO of Accorhotels Asia-Pacific
The history of this hotel is a little complicated already. It appeared on our previous lists, except then it was being planned as The Bangkok Edition hotel. But now the tallest building in Bangkok (also known as the “Pixel Tower”, with Thailand’s highest observation deck, the Mahanakhon Skywalk) will be the host to the Orient Express hotel. It will have 154 rooms and 9 suites, and an entire floor dedicated to wellness, with the Orient Express Spa by Guerlain, and an outdoor swimming pool. The property will also feature two signature restaurants, and a rooftop dining area with bar, on Level 76. The hotel’s Art Deco interiors were developed by French interior designer Tristan Auer.
Website: The Orient Express MahaNakhon. Opening: Summer 2020.
Image © ALL – Accor Live Limitless
41Austin Proper Hotel, Austin, United States
The 2nd Street District is a commercial and cultural hub in Austin, and that neighborhood fits Austin Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels like a glove. The style of this hotel is built on contrasts. While housed in a contemporary 32-story high-rise building, the design draws inspiration from the area’s heritage — starting from Art Noveau motifs in the interior design to the carefully-curated furnishings and decor. The spaces ooze warmth and intimacy, thanks to the vintage carpets, pots by local ceramic artists, and the oversized light feature in the lobby, bringing to mind Austin’s early neon signs. The sense of style is evident in the 244 rooms and suites, finished with quality hardwood and travertine and luxury textures. The hotel’s Peacock Mediterranean Grill has a menu inspired by Israeli and Turkish cuisine, and the fifth-floor, poolside La Piscina restaurant is a Mexican-styled eatery. The pool deck is a perfect spot from which to gaze at the panoramic city views — preferably while sipping tequila.
Website: Austin Proper Hotel. Opening: January 2020. Photos © Proper Hotel Group
42Monsieur George Hotel & Spa, Paris, France
Monsieur George Hotel & Spa is an intimate hotel providing a calming refuge from the bustle of the streets leading to Champs-Élysées — including Rue Washington, where the hotel has its address. Designed by the celebrated designer Anouska Hempel, the hotel is housed in an elegant Haussmann building and has a comfortable ambiance of an eclectic but tranquil townhouse. The hotel has 46 rooms and 3 suites. Among them, the Chequers rooms feature eye-catching chequerboard patterns with black and eggshell-colored interiors, while the top floor attic rooms entice white-on-white and pale-grey themes. The hotel features Galanga Restaurant & Bar and an underground spa featuring Le Tigre cosmetics.
Website: Monsieur George Hotel & Spa – Champs-Elysées.
Opening: August 2020. Photo © Monsieur George Hotel & Spa
43Habitas Namibia, Namibia
Namibia is perhaps the most beautiful country we ever visited, and we are not surprised the hotel scene here is booming, with exciting new openings popping up every year—such as Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast, the remote Hoanib Valley Camp in the Kaokoveld Desert, or Omaanda and Sonop from Zannier Hotels.
“Namibia is one of the most incredible unknown destinations in the world and we wanted to challenge the traditional concept of what it meant to go on safari and to engage with the environment and culture.” — Oliver Ripley, CEO of Habitas
The lifestyle Habitas brand, which started with the chic Habitas Tulum hotel in Mexico, has some pretty aggressive expansion plans, which include properties in San Miguel de Allende, Todos Santos, Bhutan—but the most interesting among them is the opening in Namibia. Habitas Namibia will be situated on the outskirts of Windhoek, in a large private reserve, and is planned to have 15 private guest suites, spa, fire pits, pool, and communal gathering areas. Each accommodation unit is referred to as a “custom-built private lodge”, and will come with outdoor and indoor showers, private viewing decks with their own telescopes for stargazing.
Website: Habitas Namibia. Opening: January 2020. Images © Habitas
44PURO Kraków Stare Miasto, Krakow, Poland
PURO Hotels is a small chain with a passion for contemporary art, design-led interiors, and forward-thinking hospitality. Their redesigned PURO Old City property blends the vintage glamour of Kraków’s interwar cafés with the functionalism of mid-century modernist hotels. The hotel’s elegant living spaces are inspired by the city’s sophisticated past but remodeled with Poland’s young generation aesthetic sensibility. The interiors are filled with art (from mixed gouache-collages and woodcut panels to abstract paintings and a sgraffito-decorated ceramic wall) and furnished with quality pieces sourced from Scandinavian, Italian, Dutch, and German brands. Well-matched Norwegian wool blankets soften the look. The hotel’s Hint restaurant and bar menu draws inspiration from global street food and is vegetarian and vegan friendly. A selection of regional craft beers is on tap, and the wine list includes bottles from Europe, New Zealand, and South America.
Website: PURO Kraków Stare Miasto. Opening: Nov 2020. Photo © Puro Hotels
45Banyan Tree Krabi, Thailand
We know Banyan Tree as one of the most reliable luxury resort brands, with a portfolio of hotels offering a consistently high level of service and facilities, especially when comes to their Spas. Now coming to the shores of Phang Nga Bay near Krabi, their newest resort will bring the Banyan Tree experience to a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, about 35 kilometers from Krabi Airport. Facing a white-sand beach and, on the horizon, a dozen karst limestone islands shooting up from the calm waters of the Andaman Sea, the new resort will offer 72 pool suites and villas (with 2-bedroom options, and one three-bedroom villa available), and extensive facilities that will include dining venues, beach club, and a large spa, with the brands famed “rainforest walk”.
Website: Banyan Tree Krabi. Opening: Q2 2020.
Images © Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
46&Beyond Punakha River Lodge, Bhutan
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There are no renderings or images available for this property yet, but we checked with the press office of &Beyond, and the lodge is definitely planned to launch this year. And knowing this brand we expect great things from the Punakha River Lodge.
This will be &Beyond’s first lodge in the kingdom of Bhutan, and it will be located deep in the green Punakha Valley on the banks of the Mo Chhu River, surrounded by paddy fields and dense clusters of forested hills. The Lodge will be composed of six intimate luxury tents, one honeymoon villa, and a two-bedroom family villa with a private swimming pool—all created in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Experiences at the lodge and beyond will include Spa pampering, cycling, river rafting and kayaking, paddy field lunches, and even a “suspension bridge champagne” above the river.
Website: &Beyond Punakha River Lodge. Opening: October 2020.
47La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
“We look forward to the challenge that will see La Mamounia refurbished, both as representative of the current day and as a 95-year-old property that has maintained its charm and heritage through the decades” — Pierre Jochem, GM of La Mamounia
La Mamounia is a legendary hotel dating back to 1923, but this year it is set for a major renovation. The refurbishment will include a full overhaul of the dining venues and structural improvements to the rooms and public areas.
The new look of the property promises to enhance La Mamounia with a contemporary design, and yet keeping true to the heritage and traditions for which this grand dame of Moroccan hotels is recognized. The refurbishment will be lead by the Parisian firm Jouin Manku.
Website: La Mamounia. Opening: September 1, 2020. Photo © La Mamounia
48Puku Ridge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Puku Ridge is already recognized as Zambia’s most luxurious safari camp — offering an authentic bush experience without forgoing creature comforts. It’s undoubtedly the first camp of this quality in the South Luangwa National Park. Its features include a private plunge pool overlooking the sprawling flood plain, where a menagerie of wild animals can be often spotted — from elephants and giraffes to lions, baboons, and the furry impala called Puku, the camp is named. Puku Ridge is also the only camp in the park with an alfresco sleeping area on the roof of each tent — or a private “star bed”. This could make the Puku Ridge an entry in our list of The Best Places in Africa to Sleep Under the Stars. The future guests will also no doubt enjoy fully air-conditioned accommodation, premium espresso machines, and in-room Wi-Fi — this is all thanks to the electricity grid access, which all other camps lack.
Website: Puku Ridge Camp. Opening: 2020. Photos © Chiawa Safaris
49K5, Tokyo, Japan
At least at the beginning of 2020, Tokyo has been gearing up for a historic summer, with the Olympics at the front of everyone’s’ minds, so our list reflects plans of openings from several hotel brands. One of these is K5, proposing a collective fusion of hotel rooms, social spaces, restaurants, and bars based on the concept of aimai — a creative idea of obscuring boundaries. K5, housed in the converted 1920s bank building, was created in close collaboration with the Stockholm-based CKR architecture and design studio. The four-story property now houses twenty guest rooms, ranging from 20 to 80m2, as well as food and beverage venues, including the first Brooklyn Brewery flagship Beer Hall in the world. The design references the building’s heritage, with exposed concrete flooring, stucco, but also traditional cedar wood finishes and elegant, custom-made furniture.
Website: K5. Opening: Feb 2020. Photo © K5
50Four Seasons Hotel Madrid, Madrid, Spain
The Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is designed to put its guests at the heart of everything that makes Madrid cosmopolitan. The city is welcoming and full of energy, with a long history underscoring its vibrant moods. This new hotel, housed in a historic landmark building, aims to redefine elegance and urban luxury. The Four Seasons Hotel Madrid will consist of 200 rooms and suites, three sophisticated restaurants and bars (including an expansive roof terrace), a cutting-edge Spa, as well as events and luxury retail boutique spaces.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel Madrid. Opening: Early 2020
Images © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
51Panoptis Escape, Elia, Mykonos, Greece
Set on top of the hill overlooking Elia Beach in Mykonos, Panoptis Escape offers comfort and luxury, reflected in imaginative architecture, a high level of service, and amenities that include private infinity pools and jacuzzis. The hotel has a small collection of spacious, luxurious boutique villas designed in minimalist style and furnished with artisan attention to detail. Panoptis Escape promises serenity inspired by the philosophy of “less is more,” with a focus on getting the fundamentals of a luxury stay just right.
Website: Panoptis Escape, Mykonos, Greece. Opening: 2020.
Photo © Panoptis Escape
52Kozmo Hotel Budapest, Hungary
This new opening in a privileged location near Budapest’s Grand Boulevard, and only steps from Dohány Street Synagogue and the Great Market, is set to become a chic gathering spot for visitors and locals alike. The Kozmo Hotel is located in a renovated historic building, and its style combines classic luxury with contemporary design, using the high-ceiling heritage interiors as a backdrop to sharp elegance and minimalist furniture. The hotel will offer 64 rooms and 20 suites, as well as a restaurant, and an expansive wellness space.
Website: Kozmo Hotel Budapest. Opening: May 2020. Images © Kozmo Hotel
53Little Kulala, Namibia
“[The Kulala Wilderness Reserve] is the only private reserve with direct access to Sossusvlei’s magnificent red dunes. It is this location and luxury of space, combined with the camp’s notable architecture and elegant accommodation, that our guests have come to love.”
— Alexandra Margull, Wilderness Safaris Namibia MD
“At Little Kulala we discovered luxurious cottages built in a style that fuses organic, earthly architecture with unassuming cool chic—in the middle of a Martian-like, arid landscape.” This is how we described our experience at Little Kulala in Namibia—and we are very excited to see how this beautiful lodge will look when it reopens in 2020, following a refurbishment.
Little Kulala will not fundamentally change—rather, it will refresh elements of the lodge (e.g. new flooring, the main area deck, new elevated walkways, better airflow in the 11 guest kulalas), but otherwise, it will maintain its organic look and feel. What will be new are the attractions and adventures, such as sunrise breakfasts or brunches at beautiful remote locations. A particularly interesting new feature will be the signature sleep-out experience on the bottom deck of each kulala, allowing guests to easily access their rooms during the night.
Read our review of Little Kulala here
Website: Little Kulala. Opening: June 2020. Photo © Wilderness Safaris
54ME Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The opening of Opus, the cube-shaped building in Dubai, has been severely delayed, but it is finally slated to open this year, and the striking building will be home to one of the most anticipated new hotels, the ME by Meliá Dubai. It is the only hotel the late architect Zaha Hadid designed inside and out. The unique, cube-shaped building resembles an object from a sci-fi drama, and its futuristic space will be themed around the concept of ‘interconnectedness’. The interiors are furnished by Hadid, and the selection of rooms will include a suite with a jacuzzi and a dining room table that transforms into a pool table. The 93-room hotel will share space with as many as 15 dining and drinking venues.
Website: ME Dubai. Opening: 2020. Images © Melia
55Mashatu Euphorbia, Botswana
The privately-owned Mashatu Game Reserve is the location for Mashatu Euphorbia, the newest 5-star lodge in Botswana. Situated high up on a hill, with great views of the river and plains below, the lodge’s concept combines luxury with conservation and sustainability. Solar energy and water processing system will ensure a minimal operational impact on the environment, and local stone is used in the lodge’s construction, blending the buildings into the arid landscape.
The villas will feature heated plunge pools, in- and outdoor showers, and ample relaxation arrangements. Maximum 16 guests at any time will ensure a feeling of exclusivity and intimate ambiance, while the safari drives will allow only 4 guests per safari vehicle. The area is home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena and other plains game.
Website: Mashatu Euphorbia. Opening: June 2020. Image © Mashatu Euphorbia
56Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Mount Niseko Annupuri, Japan
We loved our experience at the Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, and are excited to learn that Marriott’s acclaimed Reserve brand is entering Japan as only the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort in the world.
The concept brings a luxury resort to a place of astonishing natural beauty, creating exclusive “sanctuaries,” and the base of Mount Niseko is just such a place. The area is home to eight square kilometers of ski terrain and is one of Japan’s top winter sports destinations. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve is designed as an integrated all-season alpine resort, combining high-end service with a local experience that includes a traditional onsen with a full-service spa. The hotel’s 43 rooms and 7 suites are decorated with cedarwood, granite, and polished marble. The culinary offering includes Yukibana with a menu mirroring the seasons, serving seafood, prized cuts, and locally sourced greens. Ume Lounge, featuring a fireplace, serves local brews, single malts, and bespoke cocktails.
Website: Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Opening: December 2020. Photos © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
57The Ritz-Carlton, Tamuda Bay, Morocco
Tamuda Bay on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco has become a new hot spot for beach vacations in the country—thanks to its long stretches of golden sand, good infrastructure, and the proximity to Tangier. The Ritz Carlton spotted the opportunity, and this year they will add unveil a new property in the area. It will be a fully-serviced luxury beach resort, with spacious guest rooms, restaurants, a beach club, an 18-hole golf course, and a range of luxury amenities. The design will incorporate Moroccan design and natural beauty through a well-curated selection of furniture and sophisticated decor.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay. Opening: Late 2020.
Image © Marriott International
58Capella Bangkok, Thailand
Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, Capella is set to be one of the most interesting developments in Bangkok, which is not an easy thing to achieve in the competitive hospitality scene of Thai capital. The amenities and facilities of this new hotel will make Capella an attractive destination hotel. They will offer waterfront river view villas, two gourmet restaurants (including one by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco), a massive Auriga Spa, and an outdoor pool.
Website: Capella Bangkok. Opening: March 2020. Images © Capella Hotel Group
59Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands
Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands is reopening after a four-year closure and full refurbishment (heavily delayed by the destruction brought by Hurricane Irma). With half a mile of sandy beach in front of the resort, four open-air dining outlets, two swimming pools, and more than 80 new rooms, cottages, “tree houses” and pool suites, the resort will cater to all sort of needs—and its clifftop spa should satisfy the most demanding sybarites. Leading the refurbishment was Meyer Davis, a New York City-based design studio specializing in hospitality projects.
Website: Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVIs. Opening: January 2020.
Photo © Rosewood Hotels
601 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya, China
Thanks to warm temperatures year-round, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay is an excellent all-season resort on Hainan Island, one of China’s top beach destinations. It is the first resort in the country from US-based luxury brand 1 Hotels. Looking out to the shimmering waters of the bay, the 294 guest rooms, suites, and villas offer floor-to-ceiling windows and a generous amount of space, as they range from 62m2 to the whooping 1300m2. The resort has as many as seven food-and-beverage venues to serve the guests, including an all-day diner, a noodle restaurant, a poolside bar, and a rooftop lounge. The hotel takes environmental footprint seriously, with reclaimed wood and sustainable materials such as rattan and lava rock in the interiors.
Website: 1 Hotel Haitang Bay. Opening: May 2020. Photos © 1 Hotels
61Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
This highly-anticipated new resort from one of our favorite resort brands will be launching this year in a remote spot south of the Negev Desert, in Arava Valley. The Six Senses Shaharut will be inspired by the surrounding scenery. The design, using local stone and earthy color palettes, will integrate the property into the rock and sand of the site. Other than the 60 suites and pool villas, Shaharut will feature an expansive Six Senses Spa, a yoga studio and nail salon, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Dining options will include an Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant, a poolside bar, and a tented Bedouin-style dining spot. Six Senses also promises unforgettable desert experiences, such as dune trekking or camping-under-the-stars with an overnight sleep.
Website: Six Senses Shaharut. Opening: Spring 2020. Photo © Six Senses
62Hotel the Mitsui Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
“Since ancient times, the Japanese people have shared an emotional connection with the unparalleled beauty of nature and the four seasons. The harmony between the natural environment, scenery, and history […] is expressed in our brand” —Manabu Kusu, General Manager
Staying with the vibes from Japan—the big destination of 2020, thanks to the Summer Olympics—we look at one of the most heritage-infused openings on this list. Established in Kyoto on a site where one of the most powerful merchant families in Japan (Mitsui family) lived for more than 250 years, Hotel the Mitsui will represent “the true essence of Japan” with a design both referencing the past of Japan’s old capital and reflecting its sophisticated modernity.
The property will feature 161 guest rooms, modeled in a style that reimagines traditional Japanese interiors and incorporates historical elements, thanks to the interior designer Andre Fu (who also designed the Upper House Hong Kong), with museum-quality artwork on display as well. Guests will have access to an onsite thermal Onsen spa, restaurants, and 24hr room service.
Website: Hotel the Mitsui Kyoto. Opening: Summer 2020. Photos © Mitsui
63The Residence Douz, Tunisia
The Residence Douz is the second hotel by Cenizaro in Tunesia (the first one being The Residence Tunis), with two more hotels planned in the next three years. Set on 14 hectares of rolling sand dunes, and surrounded by palm trees, Residence Douz will be a desert resort of only 50 villas, designed to reference local architectural vernacular. Patterned Tozeur bricks, handwoven carpets under the four-poster beds, outdoor canvas canopies, and glowing lanterns will all work together to create the sense of desert romance, while the swimming pool will refresh from the heat of the African sun.
Website: The Residence Douz. Opening: Late 2020. Image © Cenizaro
64Nobu Hotel Chicago, Chicago, USA
The Nobu Hotel Chicago will be located centrally in the vibrant West Loop neighborhood of Chicago and is sure to wow as much with the contemporary architecture of the building as it will with the interior design, blending old-world Japanese inspirations with western luxury. Other than the 115 rooms and suites, the hotel will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, and The Rooftop at Nobu, a dining venue complete with an indoor lounge and outdoor terrace looking out onto Chicago’s cityscape.
Website: Nobu Hotel Chicago. Opening: Spring 2020. Photos © Nobu Hotels
65Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey
“We intend to make this new property, located in the prestigious Etiler district, one of the most impressive addresses in the city. The project is aimed at a demanding clientele, appreciating this legendary city so rich in history and culture, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia”
— Astaș Holding A.Ş/Yapi & Yapi
Designed by a New York-based designer Adam Tihany, this new property from Mandarin Oriental will offer a spectrum of exclusive suites enjoying amazing sea views, a number of excellent restaurants, bars, a beauty center, state-of-the-art fitness and health center, as well as a world-famous spa brand. Located on the European-side of the city, in an upscale residential district of Kuruceşme, the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus is set up to become Istanbul’s next elite resort.
Website: Mandarin Oriental. Opening: 2020. Image © Mandarin Oriental
66The Mayfair Townhouse, London, United Kingdom
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The history of Half Moon Street in Mayfair reaches as far as 1730. The area used to be seen as the archetypal hang out for bachelors and bohemians in Victorian Britain — so much so that it ended up the residence of iconic fictional characters, including Bertie Wooster in P.G. Wodehouse’s books, and the setting for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. The Mayfair Townhouse takes on that mythos as the core of its personality, playing on themes and motifs, quick-witted humor including.
The hotel is spread over seven listed buildings. The 172 rooms, including two Penthouse and Garden Suites, fuse Georgian heritage with a contemporary aesthetic, with weaved-in quirkiness, but the hotel’s highlight is the appropriately named Dandy Bar. There is also an event space and a private gym.
Website: The Mayfair Townhouse. Opening: Winter 2020.
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67PALM Hotel Sri Lanka, Ahangama, Sri Lanka
The palm-fringed south coast of Ahangama is a newly-popular surfer destination with a selection of guesthouses in the area, often designed as whitewashed colonial villas. It takes something special to stand out — and such is the Palm Hotel. This seven-room property exists thanks to the design vision of its owners. Inspired by east London’s industrialist warehouses, the hotelier couple behind the Palm Hotel opted for charcoal-black A-frame houses, with large framed windows and airy interiors. The hotel’s unique take on tropical style involves rattan furniture and bamboo roll curtains, but also corrugated steel, chrome accents, and concrete bed frames. The guest cabanas, scattered around the palm grove, come with open-air bathrooms, rain showers, and luxury bathroom amenities. The hotel’s location, a good five kilometers from the seafront, mean there is no easy access to restaurants. Fortunately, the hotel’s open kitchen restaurant offers an all-day breakfast and dinner menu of Sri Lankan fusion cuisine, with excellent seafood.
Website: PALM Hotel Sri Lanka. Opening: Early 2020. Photos © Palm Hotel
68Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur, India
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This is the second hotel in Udaipur housed in a former palace, after the Taj Lake Palace (don’t miss the review from our stay!). Standing on the shore of Lake Pichhola, Taj Fateh Prakash Palace is part of the iconic City Palace complex and was initially built in the 20th century as a venue for royal events. The project of converting the palace to a five-star hotel preserved the authenticity of the building. The careful restoration created a feeling of a lived-in museum, with sixty-five rooms and suites finished with curated vintage decor and furniture straight off royal storerooms, with paintings, and fabrics to match. The most spectacular space at the hotel is the Durbar Hall, with a dramatic central crystal chandelier, literally weighing a ton. The hotel offers panoramic views of the lake, especially from the Sunset Terrace restaurant. Other attractions include curated royal experiences, such as a chauffeured vintage car transfer or a ceremonial English Afternoon Tea in the Surya Darshan Bar.
Website: Taj Fateh Prakash Palace. Opening: January 2020.
Photo © The Indian Hotels Company Limited
69Bermonds Locke, London, United Kingdom
“Locke aims to liberate guests from the confines of a typical hotel room by creating beautiful apartments that are designed to be lived in.”
— Stephen McCall, CEO, Locke Hotels
Here comes the third hotel from Locke, the brand that is pioneering a concept of a home-meets-hotel. The property offers 143 keys designed as individual studio apartments, fully equipped with fitted kitchens and laundry facilities. But the hotel also comes with a destination restaurant, bar, co-working spaces, and a gym. The public spaces are also home to events based on a local cultural program. Offering benefits of a lifestyle hotel but going beyond a traditional hotel room experience, Bermonds Locke is available for short and extended stays.
Website: Bermonds Locke, Tower Bridge. Opening: Sep 2020. Photo © Locke
70The TownHouse Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos continues to be irresistible, and while it is still most popular among crowds looking for a nonstop party atmosphere, the hotel scene has been growing increasingly more luxurious and sophisticated—and the TownHouse Mykonos taps into that trend. Located in an 18th-century manor house, this new hotel will open with 19 beautifully designed suites and bedrooms, a sunset terrace, and @54, the bar which just might become one of the most popular on the island. The hotel will offer a VIP concierge service, which will ensure an enhanced experience as it provides its guests with access to the best beach clubs, luxury yachts, and dining.
Website: The TownHouse Mykonos. Opening: Summer 2020.
Photos © The TownHouse Mykonos
71Urban Cowboy Lodge, Catskills, United States
“Urban Cowboy has always been an oasis for creatives, dreamers and romantics who don’t just want a place to sleep but an authentic experience. We hope to make an inspiring respite in the woods for all of those looking to […] reignite a love affair with nature itself.” — Lyon Porter, Founder Of Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy started out in 2014 as a hip Brooklyn sleep and an alternative to the frenzied pace of Manhattan. It was soon followed by a second opening in Nashville, and now, a few years later, designer Lyon Porter and his partner Jersey Banks have partnered with Phil Hospod to come up with a new idea—of launching a 68-acre escape-from-the-city in the Catskill Mountains.
With a design calling to mind alpine inns and bold interiors referencing the Native American heritage of the area, the 28-room resort promises glamping chic worthy of the trendsetting NYC.
Website: Urban Cowboy Catskills. Opening: January 2020. Photo © Urban Cowboy
72Kwessi Dunes, Namibia
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Kwessi Dunes is located deep in the vast desert wilderness of the reserve. The air-conditioned chalets of the lodge—only 10 of them—will be made out of canvas stretched on wooden frames, with thatched roofs and a separate ‘stargazer’ room, completely open to the sky. Activities in the area include quad biking, scenic drives and walks, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, and day trips to Sossusvlei.
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Website: Kwessi Dunes. Opening: March 2020. Image © Natural Selection Safari
73Riggs Washington DC, USA
The group behind Riggs Washington DC, Lore Group, has successfully launched the Sea Containers London hotel and the Pulitzer Amsterdam, so you can be sure this opening is in good hands. It will be their first opening it the US, and the location selected for this debut is in the Penn Quarter section of Washington, in a landmark building that used to serve as a bank. The hotel’s design carries hints of the original purpose of the building, while the guestrooms will focus on comfort, elegance, and luxury first of all. The hotel’s food and beverage outlets will include the onsite restaurant Café Riggs, echoing the European brasseries, and the subterranean cocktail spot Silver Lyan.
Website: Riggs Washington DC. Opening: February 2020. Images © Lore Group
74Dusit Princess Kathmandu, Nepal
We wrote about Dusit Thani that its Thai inspirations align well with the spirit of a luxury destination (the Maldives, in Dusit Thani’s case), so we are curious to see this unique brand expanding into countries as exciting as Nepal. Indeed the company is planning not one but two openings soon (with Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa slated for Q1 2021).
Meanwhile, Dusit Princess Kathmandu will open in the capital’s Lazimpat neighborhood (an hour from the Tribhuvan International Airport), offering a boutique hotel experience, with a limited number of rooms and villas and contemporary design reflecting local style and culture. The facilities will also include an all-day restaurant, outdoor swimming pool (with a pool bar), a rooftop lounge, as well as a fully-equipped fitness center, and the group’s signature Devarana Spa.
Website: Dusit International. Opening: Q3 2020. Image © Dusit International
75Fusion Resort Quang Binh, Vietnam
The oceanfront Fusion Resort Quang Binh is located at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a site of the world’s largest cave (Son Doong). Fusion’s three-hectare property will feature 60 private villas, each with its own plunge pool, and the brand’s focus on wellness means that the extensive spa will be the center of attention, with treatments included in the nightly rate.
Website: Fusion Resort Quang Binh. Opening: Late 2020. Images © Fusion Resorts
76Azura Marlin Beach, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
“We’ve been quietly working on this behind the scenes now for some years. It’s on a magnificent stretch of beach and represents a fantastic opportunity to expand our presence on beautiful Benguerra Island.” — Stella Bettany of Azura Retreats
Azura Marlin Beach is scheduled to open on a kilometer-long stretch of white beach in the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine National Park.
Following the acquisition of an older property (Marlin Lodge, ruined after a fire), Azura has taken on the project and after a complete refurbishment, it will re-establish the place as a new five-star boutique hotel. Eventually, the resort will have 20 villas and rooms, which will include a two-bedroom family villa with a swimming pool and nine individual beachfront villas. The stay here can be easily combined with the sister property Azura Benguerra Island.
Website: Azura Marlin Beach. Opening: Summer 2020. Photo © Azura
77W Sydney, Australia
“The launch of the W Sydney symbolizes the changing landscape of hotels in Australia. We are moving […] to the tomorrow hotels that hit the millennial mindset of traveling.” —Richard Crawford, senior director of development at Marriott International
Housed in The Ribbon, a spectacular $700M new development in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, designed by international awarding-winning architects HASSELL—the Marriot’s W hotel here will add a touch of youthful glamour to this glass architectural marvel. With 593 guestrooms, an infinity pool overlooking the harbor, an upgraded IMAX theatre, a casino, Sea Life Aquarium, and a spectrum of other entertainment facilities, the W hotel will join the W Brisbane, heralding the company’s ambitions at conquering Australia.
Website: W Sydney. Opening: Late 2020. Image © Marriott International
78The St. Regis Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Egypt has fallen out of favor for the luxury tourism industry, but lower tourist numbers could make this the best time to visit the pyramids — that is, before the mainstream crowds flock to the iconic places again. St. Regis is well-positioned to cater to the trailblazers with its Cairo debut.
The new 39-floor city hotel will welcome the guests with the choice of almost three hundred lavishly appointed rooms and suites and nearly as many guest apartments and residences. The property features an open-air terrace with a sushi bar, which should be an excellent spot to marvel at Cairo’s hazy sunsets.
Website: The St. Regis Cairo. Opening: June 2020. Photo © Marriott International
79Sayari Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
If our stay at Asilia Africa’s award-winning Highlands in Ngorongoro is to tell us anything, it is that we should expect the new Sayari Camp to be an extraordinary place. Reopening after refurbishment, and in conjunction with the celebration of the 15 years of Sayari, Asilia is planning to unveil the camp as a reimagined eco-conscious luxury property. The design of the camp is the work of the designer Caline Williams-Wynn, who also created the Highlands.
In the revamped camp, spacious decks will wrap around all 15 tents, sliding glass doors will let in the uninterrupted views of the Serengeti plains, and Sayari’s new features will include outdoor showers, raised wooden pathways, and a new spa. And in a unique development, the camp will also install the first solar-powered microbrewery in the bush.
Website: Sayari Camp. Reopening June 2020. Photos © Asilia
80Zentis Osaka, Japan
Zentis Osaka is the first opening from a new brand, launched by the well-established Palace Hotel Group. Housed in a brand new 16-story building, the hotel comes with 212 comfortable, elegant rooms and suites, including a Corner Studio, which features a soaking tub and can be combined with an adjoining suite, creating a two-bedroom apartment. The hotel’s food-and-beverage offering includes an all-day dining venue featuring an open kitchen, a lounge serving light snacks and afternoon tea, also on a covered outdoor terrace. A bar invites for seasonal cocktails and fine whisky.
Website: Zentis Osaka. Opening: Summer 2020. Photo © Zentis Hotels
81Greystone Miami Beach, Florida, USA
This is yet another re-opening on our list. Embracing Miami’s Art Deco glamour and the destination’s energy, the Greystone’ Miami Beach will re-launch with 91 guestrooms, a fabulous rooftop swimming pool, and a whiskey lounge, following a complete renovation. Located only steps from the white-sand beach, the new look of this 1930’s boutique hotel will blend boho-chic with city glamour, while paying homage to its Art Deco origins.
Website: Greystone Miami Beach. Opening: Relaunching February 2020.
Image © Greystone Miami Beach
82Park Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia
Set to be one of the finest in luxury hotels in Jakarta, Park Hyatt will launch with 220 rooms and 36 suites. The hotel’s design aims to channel Indonesia’s rich diversity and Jakarta’s urban lifestyle, with sophisticated interiors from the award-winning studio Conran+Partners. Guests can look forward to as many as five food-and-beverage venues, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center—and uninterrupted views of Jakarta starting from the 25th floor.
Website: Park Hyatt Jakarta. Opening: Mid 2020. Image © Park Hyatt
83La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich, Switzerland
“La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is like dancing rock-and-roll with the Queen of England. Everything is traditional, yet resolutely unconventional. It’s a timeless cocktail composed of classicism, modernity, intelligence, and creativity.”
This project was born from the creativity of the legendary French designer Philippe Starck and the vision of excellence from the hotel company La Réserve (who are also behind the La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa and St. Tropez La Réserve Ramatuelle ). Having undergone a major refurbishment, the majestic 100 years old property, located on the shore of Lake Zurich will house a 40-bedroom hotel, designed with a typical for Starck rebellious streak, but with otherwise light and subtle tones, and materials evoking the woodwork of luxury boats. The hotel will offer a rooftop bar, a restaurant, a smoking lounge. Most rooms will have a view of the lake, both from the bed and from the bathtubs.
Website: La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich. Opening: Early 2020. Photos © La Réserve
84The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami, US
Another re-opening of the previously well-established hotel is The Ritz-Carlton South Beach—following a multiyear, property-wide renovation. This 1950s art deco resort on a Miami Beach oceanfront will offer 376 guest rooms and suites, remodeled to blend the original Art Deco form with the glamour and luxury of the contemporary Miami. The hotel’s multiple restaurants and bars are also getting a makeover, with a promise to serve Latin flavors inspired by Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Opening: January 2020.
Image © Marriott International
85Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
The Kempinski brand is well-regarded for providing refined service, comfort, and luxury, and its Sindhorn outpost is no different. The new hotel’s 285 guest rooms are soundproof and come with a generous amount of space, and their elegant interiors feature Thai motifs, emphasizing comforts befitting contemporary travelers. The hotel amenities include four dining outlets, the Firefly Bar with a Casa Del Habano cigar parlor, and a garden terrace. The sumptuous spa is attached to a 25-meter infinity pool that looks out to the Bangkok cityscape. The hotel benefits from an excellent address in Bangkok’s ‘green corridor’ near Lumphini Park, the city’s largest green space.
Website: Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Opening: August 2020. Photo © Kempinski Hotels
86The Legian Sire, Lombok, Indonesia
Situated by the palm-fringed Sire Beach, on Lombok’s northwest shore, with stunning views of the Gili Islands, this small resort of 46 Suites, 6 Garden View Villas, 7 Beach View villas and 1 Beach House will lure guests who crave an experience of an exotic island, surrounded by luxury. Promising modern luxury and timeless style, The Legian Sire will offer a range of attractions, including Sire Beach Golf Club, wellness facilities, as well as easy access to shopping and dining around Tanjung, an authentic market village.
An uber-luxury offshoot of the Legian, the Club by The Legian Sire will offer a highly personalized butler service and exclusivity.
Website: The Legian Sire. Opening: March 2020. Photos © LHM
87Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Palermo, Italy
Villa Igiea is a historic Art Nouveau palazzo and a former retreat of celebrities and Italian aristocrats. Following extensive restoration and updates, the property launches this year as a five-star Rocco Forte Hotel. The refurbishment preserved the timeless 1900s Belle Époque splendor and meticulously restored it to its former glory. That said, the 104 rooms and suites offer all modern luxuries and comforts. Located in a prime spot overlooking the Gulf of Palermo, Villa Igiea is Rocco Forte’s second property in Sicily, complementing Verdura Resort on the coast.
Website: Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel. Opening:
Update: delayed to Spring 2021. Image © Rocco Forte Hotels
88Royal Gorongosa, Mozambique
“Gorongosa has an incredible story and it has been a privilege to be involved in such a pioneering conservation project. I can’t wait for our guests to experience it”
– Liz Biden, CEO, The Royal Portfolio
We have no images for the Gorongosa yet, but it will be the first property outside of South Africa for The Royal Portfolio, the company behind the Royal Malewane in Kruger National Park and The Silo in Cape Town (which landed in our Top 70 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2017 list)—so we feel pretty confident that this will be a pretty special opening.
With only eight tents, including a two-bedroom family tent, Royal Gorongosa will be designed as an exclusive, luxurious tented camp. Each guest accommodation will be uniquely decorated with expensive fabrics and Tali wood and will offer 86 square meters of roaming space, plus an outdoor deck with a private plunge pool and a gazebo.
Website: Royal Gorongosa. Opening: December 2020.
89El Fenn, Marrakech, Morocco
“We might be the masters of reinvention but even we’re excited by what’s planned next for El Fenn.”
— El Fenn Magazine (Spring-Summer 2019)
We love this art-filled boutique luxury retreat for its combination of boho style with European creature comforts and opulent glamour. But our review of the El Fenn will soon have to be updated, as this Branson family-owned riad is entering a new era.
Following the acquisition of two neighboring properties, the riad is undergoing a significant expansion, adding 13 new rooms and suites and a new courtyard, with new colonnades, corridors, terraces, and walkways connecting all buildings. Other than the rooms, the new features will include a rooftop lap pool, a wine cellar, a yoga studio and a conservatory that will serve as a winter restaurant. Of course, the El Fenn aesthetic formula—of blending old buildings and traditional craft techniques with modern design—will be applied to the new parts as well.
Read our review of El Fenn here.
Website: El Fenn. Opening: Autumn 2020. Photo © El Fenn
90Azerai Ke Ga Bay, Vietnam
Created by the hotelier Adrian Zecha (of the Aman Resorts fame), this new brand is making the waves in the industry, and their newest opening (only third one for Azerai, in fact), the Ke Ga Bay, is likely to move the name up the ranks further still. This luxurious, secluded oceanfront retreat will face a vast stretch of white-sand beach in southeastern Vietnam. With only 55 guest rooms and 3 villas, the Azerai the Ke Ga Bay is going to be the first beach resort for this new hotel company. It is set to follow the luxury design—embracing contemporary aesthetic defined by elegant, almost minimalistic design—and service the brand is already getting recognition for.
Website: Azerai Ke Ga Bay. Opening: April 2020. Images © Azerai
91DumaTau And Little DumaTau, Botswana
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Re-openings are definitely one of the themes on our list, and the DumaTau is one more such event. This safari camp in Botswana will launch after a major refurbishment—alongside the brand new Little DumaTau, which will only have four tented suites.
The architecture and interiors will embrace the sense of an off-the-beaten-track safari expedition, with a new outdoor under-the-stars bed strengthening the concept. Design enhancements will include doubling the size of the rooms, adding outdoor decks and plunge pool, and adding indoor and outdoor showers to the bathrooms. The fire deck as the center of camp life, but both camps will also have a new wellness space and spa in between, looking out over the waters of the Linyanti River.
Website: DumaTau. Opening: August 2020. Image © Wilderness Safaris
92Caerula Mar, Bahamas
The surroundings of powdery sand and dense mangrove forests are the backdrop to Caerula Mar, with its breezy architecture, 18 suites and 6 private villas, and facilities that include three dining venues, and a spa. But this opening is quite different from all the other ones on this list, for its progress was watched by millions on Canadian TV—on a show called the Island of Bryan. The couple Bryan and Sarah Baeumler were the stars of the show (and they are the owners of the Caerula Mar). The show followed their journey of transforming an abandoned 1960s resort into a luxury property.
Website: Caerula Mar. Opening: February 2020. Image © Caerula Mar
93North Pole Igloos, Swedish Lapland
When comes to the exclusive experiences, we can think of hardly anything that could beat the North Pole Igloos. Touted as “the world’s northernmost hotel”, this small cluster of ten mobile domes with glass roofs (perfect for watching aurora borealis) will provide an unbelievable opportunity for the very few lucky guests. Why only a few? The first reason is that this unique luxury hotel will open for an extremely limited amount of time every year: only one month per season. The North Pole Igloos will be set up in the safest place on the glacier, but due to the dynamic and extreme environment of the ice, the camp has to be soon packed it up and returned to Svalbard in Norway. The second reason is that the guests will have to be prepared to part with a cool $100,000 for a three-night trip. It’s the kind of nightly rate that puts North Pole Igloos well outside of the budget of pretty much everyone.
Website: North Pole Igloos. Opening: April 2020. Image © North Pole Igloos
94KLoé Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“[At KLoé…] we believe true luxury is a haven where you are shown kindness; where time moves slowly, so you can linger, reflect, connect, and be inspired to explore your creativity through art, design, music, and food”
— Ng Ping Ho, MD, Kindness of Strangers
This boutique hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur will appeal to guests seeking something extra personalized from their hotel stay — especially if they choose one of the five Lofts from among the 85 guest rooms. The Lofts are creatively designed around art, music, books, greenery, food. For example, Room to Listen features a vast vinyl collection, and is equipped with an excellent sound system, while the Room to Grow is a filled-with-plants conservatory-like space akin to a greenhouse. Other rooms are designed for a tranquil experience, in a sage and duck-egg blue palette, with quality furniture, copper details, and solid-oak floors. The hotel is also launching Monroe, an American diner, and The Secret Mermaid, a bar with a large selection of American alcohol brands.
Website: KLoé Hotel. Opening: Feb 2020. Photos © KLoé Hotel
95The Reykjavik EDITION, Iceland
Tapping into the demand for a sophisticated mix of contemporary design, refined service, and lifestyle fashion, the EDITION has been on an aggressive global expansion ever since its debut a few short years ago. Only to mention the latest openings, in 2019 they launched The Times Square EDITION in New York and The West Hollywood EDITION in Los Angeles, and this year we list their openings in Tokyo and Dubai—and now also in Reykjavik.
Planned to open near the Harpa Concert Hall, the EDITION’s Icelandic venture will be located in a vibrant part of the country’s capital. The hotel will offer 250 rooms and suites as well as a nightlife space and ballroom. Its culinary offering will be served in three restaurants and a café. To create the hotel, the company has enlisted architects from T.arch and designers from Roman & Williams.
Website: The Reykjavik EDITION. Opening: Late 2020. Image © Marriott International
96The Guardsman Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London, UK
Opulent and luxurious and yet intimate and elegant, this new arrival to London’s five-star hotel scene will be purpose-built in a prestigious address, only a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The Guardsman Buckingham Gate will have only 53 rooms, plus 5 residences and a penthouse with a wraparound terrace, available for longer stays. The Guardsman will come with an unmistakable British sense of style and high level of service, which will include personalized in advance menus and pantry.
Website: The Guardsman Buckingham Gate. Opening: June 2020.
Photo © The Guardsman
97Lux Phu Quoc Resort and Villas, Vietnam
Only a few years after the launch of the Mauritius-based LUX* brand, with the vision of turning around a business with a focus on service dependent on creativity and passion, the company has gone from strength to strength and has been expanding into Asia. Their newest opening, in Vietnam, will enhance the portfolio of hotels and resorts that have gained a reputation for beautiful experiences and high-end luxury. The new hotel will open adjacent to a 3 km beach with 146 rooms, which include over-water villas and beach pavilions. Other facilities will include restaurants, cafés, spa, and water sports club.
Website: Lux Phu Quoc. Opening: December 2020. Images © LUX*
98Aristide Hotel, Syros, Greece
The dramatic marble staircase and Doric columns are but one signal that this restored neoclassical mansion in the historical center of Ermoupoli is an architectural gem worthy of attention. And Aristide, a grand five-star hotel, is the building’s worthy occupant. From private plunge pools and sea views to a rooftop bar and an art gallery, Aristide ticks all the boxes in the “contemporary luxury” department while ensuring that the authentic old-world elegance sits at the heart of the hotel experience. The hotel features only nine suites, all filled with the latest smart home technology and fully air-conditioned, but the technology is discrete. At the same time, the focus is on the carefully assembled furniture and neatly finished decoration. Solid oak flooring and doors, stone tubs, and marble incorporated in pieces of furniture speak to the philosophy of the restoration in which the materials and textures of the house create the true experience of quality.
Website: Aristide Hotel. Opening: 2020. Photo © Aristide Hotel
99Mandarin Oriental Saigon, Vietnam
Mandarin Oriental Saigon will be housed in the Union Square Saigon building in the heart of the city, currently under renovation. This new city hotel will occupy the upper floors of this commercial property, with other parts taken over by luxury retail boutiques and other businesses. The hotel will have 227 rooms and suites, as many as six restaurants and bars, and conference and banquet spaces. A well-equipped fitness center, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool will complete the offering.
Website: Mandarin Oriental Saigon. Opening: 2020. Image © Mandarin Oriental
100The Johri Jaipur, India
This exciting new launch in Rajasthan’s capital is located in the heart of Johri bazaar and housed in a meticulously converted Indian mansion, or Haveli, originally built in 1871. The restoration took almost 9 years and resulted in the completion of five beautiful suites, each set in a different color scheme — such as Panna, or the Green Room, named after the emerald, or The Manak (ruby) with Jaipur-pink walls and red accents. The interiors are carefully finished with elaborate windows and archways, sandstone columns, marble wall panels, hand-painted terracotta tiles, and decorated with hand-woven carpets and embroidered headboards, colorful pillows. This intimate boutique hotel is also a restaurant, with an evolving menu of organic vegetarian Indian fare focused on local produce and inventive flavors. There is also an Ayurvedic treatment room, a bar, and a roof terrace.
Website: The Johri Jaipur at Lal Haveli. Opening: End of 2020. Photos © The Johri
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There is so much happening in the world of luxury hotels worldwide that we have a hard time to pick only a limited number for the Top New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020 list—so this year we capped it at 100. The below mentions are almost as numerous, and while these hotels didn’t quite make it to the list proper, they are nevertheless well worth checking out. For example, have you heard about a hotel built above and around the world’s largest single-floor mosaic dating back to the 4th century Roman Empire? The mosaic was only discovered thanks to the hotel’s construction. Amazing!
New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020: Africa & Middle East
Arthaus Beirut, Lebanon. February 2020 (image below, middle).
Theodor Tel-Aviv a member of Brown Hotels, Tel-Aviv, Israel. January 2020.
La Brillante Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco. February 1, 2020 (image below left).
Pioneers Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. April.
Etosha King Nehale, Namibia. June 2020 (image below right).
Chisa Busanga Camp (“The Nest”), Zambia. Opening June.
Boschendal’s Tented Camp, South Africa. Early in the year.
New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020: Asia & Pacific
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives debuts redesigned villas.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, Singapore. Soft opening Q2 2020.
Intercontinental Yao Yai Resort, Thailand. (image below, middle).
Angsana Siem Reap, Siem Riep, Cambodia. Opening late 2020.
Harding Boutique Hotel, Sri Lanka. End of 2020 (image below, right).
Hoshinoya Okinawa, Japan. July 2020.
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, Japan. Opening in January.
Fusion Suites Vung Tau, near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (image below left).
W Chengdu, China. September 2020.
The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing, China. May 2020.
Park Hyatt Auckland, New Zealand. September 2020.
New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020: Americas
The Lake House on Canandaigua, New York, USA. Summer.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero, San Francisco, USA.
White Elephant, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Early in 2020.
Andaz Palm Springs, California, USA. Late 2020.
The Hotel June, Los Angeles (CA), USA. Summer 2020 (image below, middle).
Thompson Washington D.C., USA. January 2020.
Commodore Perry Estate, an Auberge Resort, Texas, USA. June.
The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville, USA. October.
Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski Cuba, Cuba. April (image below left).
SO/Sofitel Paseo del Prado La Habana, Cuba. Early 2020.
Rumors Alert! After years of speculation, Leonardo DiCaprio’s much anticipated eco-friendly private island resort and wildlife reserve on the Blackadore Caye island in Belize may be opening its doors this year (image below, right).
New Luxury Hotel Openings 2020: Europe
“Have you heard about a hotel built above and around the world’s largest single-floor mosaic dating back to the 4th century Roman Empire? The mosaic was only discovered during the hotel’s construction”
—The Top 100 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2020, Runners-up
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, London, UK.
The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall, UK. June.
(image in the second row, right).
Artist Residence Bristol, UK. October (image below left).
Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, UK. February.
The Pavilions Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
Casa Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain. June.
The Modernist Athens, Athens, Greece. August 2020.
Soho Roc House, Mykonos, Greece. In May 2020 San Giorgio Mykonos will be joining the Soho House hotels (image in the second row, left).
Ekies All Senses Resort, Greece. The latest redesign of this unique property introduced five renovated rooms and ten brand new suites, styled with a distinct ascetic vibe and focus on serenity, creating a pared-down approach to “barefoot luxury.”
Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection, Italy. December. (image below, right).
Jumeirah Capri Palace, Capri, Italy. Reopens on 23 April after refurbishment.
Il Gattopardo di Lampedusa, Lampedusa, Italy. Spring.
Casa Santa Teresa, Corsica, France. (image in the second row, middle).
The Museum Hotel Antakya, Turkey, in January. Built over an archaeological site spanning 23 centuries of history, including the world’s largest single-floor mosaic dating back to the 4th century Roman Empire. (image below, middle).
See our previous New Luxury Hotel Openings lists:
The Top 50 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2019
The Top 80 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2018
The Top 70 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2017
The Top 60 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2016
Africa’s 20 hottest hotel openings of 2016
The 50 Hottest Luxury Hotel Openings of 2015