Following the success of our 2015 compilation of the Hottest Luxury Hotel Openings, we decided to up the ante in 2016 with an even more comprehensive selection. This time, we give you 60 new jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, luxurious openings—plus almost twice as many mentions—and a separate list of the 20 Hottest Hotel Openings of 2016 in Africa. Boom!
You can rely on us to pick the gems from the sea of cookie-cutter accommodation and garish nouveau riche resorts. Expect to find the absolute crème de la crème of hotels and resorts that aim to raise the bar in luxury, amenities, sophistication, and experience.
A short note on methodology: the order of all the hotels on the list is not of great importance, maybe except for the first few—and especially the resort we kick off with. It is a stunner, and it deserves to be at #1.
1Soneva Jani, Maldives
The first property on our list comes from Soneva, one of our favourite hotel brands. This resort is set to outclass all other resorts in Maldives with its sophisticated and exclusive luxury.
“Soneva’s brand of rustic chic luxury takes inspiration from wild nature and adds layers of discreet luxury.” —From Photos by Travel+Style, Soneva Kiri
In keeping with the brand’s inventive ideas and exclusive organic style, the resort will offer original villas built to the highest levels of quality, as well as world-class facilities. Constructed both over-water and on land, the Soneva Jani will be located on Medhufaru Island in Noonu atoll, 35 minutes by seaplane from Male Airport—or an hour’s speedboat trip from its sister resort, Soneva Fushi.
Read our review of Soneva Jani here.
Opening: October 2016. Photos © Soneva
2Amanemu, Ise-Shima National Park, Japan
Also from the pool of our favourite hotel brands comes Amanemu, the Aman Resorts’ second property in Japan (after the Aman Tokyo opened in late 2014)—and the chain’s first hot spring resort. Twenty-four suites and four villas will be designed in an elegant style influenced by ryokans, Japan’s traditional bathing retreats. Amanemu will be located on the shores of Ago Bay in the Ise Shima National Park. High-speed rail link should provide access from Tokyo.
Opening: March 2016. Photo © Amanresorts
3Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Sometimes it happens. These things take time: the resort openings get delayed—and this is the case with Zil Pasyon. We featured it last year as our pick for the most anticipated hotel openings—and here we are, returning to the subject again. Thankfully, it looks like the new Six Senses resort in Seychelles is finally ready to open its doors in June 2016. Phew!
Read our review of Six Senses Zil Pasyon here.
Opening: October 1, 2016. Photo © Six Senses Resorts & Spas
4Cavo Tagoo Santorini, Imerovigli, Greece
A sister hotel to the uber-chic Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, the brand’s Santorini outpost has all the elements of a trendy stay. It’s a fun, young place with a happening vibe and is an excellent choice for a romantic weekend or a honeymoon. The architecture embodies elegant sophistication, with its simple angles and shapes creating a sense of luxury living. The hotel rooms on Santorini tend to be on the small side — but at Cavo, this is not the case. The living space is plentiful, and the setting of the large pool and terrace decorated with white stones was the perfect frame to the stunning view.
Opening: May 2016. Photo © Cavo Tagoo
5The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives
Maldives as a destination continues to attract the top hotel chains and this year St. Regis gets on the action. Vommuli Resort opens on the private island in the Dhaalu Atoll, a 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from Malé, and will offer all the latest in contemporary design and luxury, including spa, infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness and diving centre—as well as three speciality restaurants.
Read our review of The St. Regis Vommuli Resort here.
Opening: November 1, 2016. Photos © Marriott International
6Ritz Paris, France
This is another hotel that we wrote about last year—its opening has been delayed, and they have just been hit with a disaster: there was a major fire on 19th January. Despite the bad luck, we are still hoping for this Parisian icon to open its doors on schedule. When it finally does, the Ritz Paris will surely make a splash, worthy of its heritage and international fame (and the renovation’s €250+ million bill!)
Opening: March 14, 2016. Photo © Ritz Paris
7Erosantorini Santorini, Greece
Located a few minutes from the capital of Santorini, Erosantorini is one of the top caldera-edge hotels, and it uses its prime location to maximum advantage. Secluded on a two-acre private plot, the hotel has enough space for a three-tiered infinity pool and adjacent terrace, dotted with beanbags and daybeds. The extra-special facilities and attractions at Erosantorini include al fresco “movie nights,” an underground cigar parlor and wine cellar.
Opening: May 2016. Photo © Erosantorini
8W Goa, India
Composed of small cottages in hues of fuchsia, purple and lemon, the resort will have over 100 guest rooms, accompanied by numerous facilities that promise top luxury experience in the popular Goa.
Opening: June 1, 2016. Photo © Marriott International
9Chablé, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
This swanky and glamorous spa resort promises five-star, sensuous luxury in the heart of the ancient Mayan forest. Chablé will have just 38 stand-alone pool villas, two 3-bedroom presidential suites and a restored XIX century Hacienda mansion. The villas are inspired by the elegance and sophistication of the past, but they are firmly anchored in the 21st century, ensuring the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity.
Opening: December 2016. Photo © Chablé Resort
10The Highlands Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
This truly unique new camp of only seven guest “rooms” wows with spherical creations as if straight from the sketchbook of Buckminster Fuller. Built on the edge of Tanzania’s wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater, at almost 3000m above sea level, the Highlands is the newest addition to the Asilia Africa portfolio of camps and lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. Guests will certainly enjoy their tented domes thanks to wood-burning fireplaces, en suite bathroom and luxurious furnishings—and the immersive views over the ancestral Serengeti landscape.
Read our review of the Highlands here.
Opening: March 2016. Photo © Asilia Africa
11The St. Regis Langkawi, Malaysia
Views of the Malacca Strait from 85 suites and 3 villas, private beach and the largest “swimmable lagoon” on the island, as well as expansive Spa and five restaurants and bars await guests of the St. Regis Langkawi. This is the first resort in the chain’s expansion into Malaysia, with St Regis Kuala Lumpur following shortly.
Opening: April 2016. Photo © Marriott International
12Pulitzer Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful restoration and exquisitely assembled mix of vintage furniture, designer pieces, brass details and original features such as beams and fireplaces make the Pulitzer’s interiors some of the most interesting we’ve seen. They bring to life Amsterdam’s incredible history and ensure this new opening a place among the leading luxury hotels in the city.
Opening: February 2016. Photos © Pulitzer Amsterdam
13The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, Chandigarh, India
Set against a backdrop of the protected Siswan Forest, and located on the foothills of the Himalayas, The Oberoi Sukhvilas in Chandigarh is a spa resort that combines palatial architecture with contemporary luxury.
Beautifully landscaped courtyards, lush gardens, fountains, and reflection pools surround the resort designed around the concept of traditional Indian pavilions. Handcrafted design features are combined with modern chic, and up-to-date technologies ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. The spa, in many ways a centerpiece of the resort, occupies a secluded space surrounded by forest on three sides.
Opening: December 2016. Photo © Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
14Ace Hotel New Orleans, Louisiana, US
An impressive 1928 nine-floor Art Deco former furniture store in New Orlean’s Warehouse District is home to the new hotel from Ace. Flanked by galleries and museums, this hipster boutique hotel will offer 234 rooms, a rooftop pool, as well as retail, restaurant, entertainment, and meeting spaces.
Opening: 2016. Photo © Ace Hotel
15Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greece
We always look forward to discovering new swanky hotels on Santorini, one of our favourite islands in the world, and it looks like the Santo Maris ticks all the boxes. The resort combines Aegean and local Cycladic architecture with luxurious and modern facilities. 42 Suites and 4 Villas will come equipped with Jacuzzi and sunbeds, while the public areas will encompass outdoor swimming pool and a heated indoor pool in the spa, as well as an a la carte restaurant and bar, and even a church. Breathtaking Oia sunsets will be visible from most of the hotel.
Read our review of Santo Maris Oia here.
Opening: April 2016. Photo © Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa
16The Sanya EDITION, China
This new opening in China from EDITION seduces with lotus pools, bamboo groves, curated art gallery, as well as 17 private ocean-views pool villas nestled into a terraced hillside. All interiors will be designed to exude comfort, warmth and sophisticated luxury.
Opening: late 2016. Photo © EDITION Hotels
17Casa Cook Rhodes, Greece
Casa Cook Rhodes is a 90-room, adult-focused boutique hotel, located in Kolympia, a 10-minute walk away from the shore of the sparkling Aegean Sea. A laid-back, cozy atmosphere of the hotel is a perfect match to the vacation vibes on the island. The nomadic style of the hotel comes through a fine blend of exposed stone walls, timber decks, pergolas and hammocks, vintage objects and handmade curios, while the rooms invite with a bohemian chic, realized through low-slung furniture, wire chairs, and natural materials, such as straw and rough cotton.
Opening: May 2016. Photos © Casa Cook
18Soho House Barcelona, Spain
Something of a hotel, something of a private club: we like The Soho House concept and have been following the exclusive hotel group’s expansion for some time now. It’s nice to see their new development in Spain scheduled to open in 2016.
The Barcelona property, with adjacent to the port address on Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, will occupy a 19th-century townhouse, with rooms and corridors arranged around a central glass atrium. There will be 60 rooms, rooftop swimming pool and spa run by the Cowshed brand.
Opening: 2016. Photo © Soho House
19Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
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Anantara’s second opening in Oman is the beach resort Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, located in a natural lagoon on the south coast of Dhofar. Designed to reflect the area’s rich heritage, the opulent design is inspired by coastal fortresses.
Opening: early 2016. Photo © Anantara Hotels
20Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao, Shanghai, China
With Adrian Zecha of the Aman Resorts fame among the founders, Ahn Luh is looking to join the ranks of the world’s top luxury resorts. There will be only 35 villas, designed in a style that compliment the hotel’s gorgeous main building: a 600-year-old Huizhou structure, carefully transported from Anhui Province. There will be also a year-round outdoor pool, a museum, as well as restaurants, library, meeting space, spa and “tai chi centre”.
Opening: Mid 2016. Photo © Ahn Luh
21Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Set in a five-acre, 12th-century pond garden, yet with easy access to some of Kyoto’s centers of commerce and heritage, Four Seasons is an oasis of serenity in the historical capital of Japan. Guest rooms, of which thirteen are suites, offer views of the pond garden, Myoho-in Temple, and surrounding neighborhood. Well-crafted furniture, polished floors, local Kyoto-style fusuma screens and high-quality lacquerware mix with modern technology, and promise a refined hotel stay. The lavishly appointed Presidential Suite is one of Kyoto’s largest, and the top accommodation of the hotel. The facilities include the exclusive Sushi Wakon, serving only ten guests per seating at a long counter, a tea house, and The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto with seven treatment rooms and a full-service beauty salon.
Opening: October 2016. Photos © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
22Nakar Hotel, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
With technology-focused rooms and the address on one of the busiest shopping streets of Palma de Mallorca, Nakar Hotel is a standout in the heart of the Balearic capital. The hotel has fifty-seven rooms, but the best ones are the five Deluxe rooms, each featuring a small terrace with a private Jacuzzi. Perhaps surprisingly, Nakar it is the city’s first hotel with a rooftop swimming pool, and this captivating facility is the talk of the town. It offers some of the best views in the city, to the backdrop of DJ-spun soundtrack. From mood lighting to smart TV with on-demand movies, and from spa to the spectacular roof terrace, the hotel is well equipped to ensure maximum comfort during the vacation in Mallorca.
Opening: July 2016. Photo © Nakar Hotel
23Alila Anji, Zhejiang, China
With Alila Anji resort, Alila Hotels & Resorts will be entering China, a new territory for this successful chain. Situated in the heart of the Zhejiang province and surrounded by bamboo groves, white-tea plantations, and benefiting from a hillside location overlooking a lake, Alila Anji’s 74 villas and suites will invite guests seeking quiet indulgence. Its Spa Alila—first in China—is set to be a destination in itself, with seven treatment rooms and a menu of health, beauty and restorative treatments.
Opening: 2016. Photo © Alila Hotels & Resorts
24W Punta de Mita, Mexico
W Punta de Mita address in Mexico’s Nayarit resort community, a 40-minute drive from the nearest international airport in Puerto Vallarta, places it on one of Mexico’s most gorgeous beaches. To this popular spot, W Punta de Mita brings the hallmark W brand’s bold and fun style, mixed with both colonial grandeur and indigenous craftsmanship. The rich color schemes and creative spaces are Instagram-ready, but this beach resort’s attractiveness goes beyond the trendy eye-candy. The rooms and facilities are, above all, designed to provide a high level of comfort and luxury. The semi-private beach, exclusive spa, and six dining venues, which include the unique Mesa 1 located on a private island, ensure a great hotel stay.
Opening: March 2016. Photo © Marriott International
25Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka
Shangri-La is is planing to launch Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou (China), Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila (Philippines) and Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa (Sri Lanka) in 2016.
Opening: 2016. Photo © Shangri-La Group
26Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt, Mexico
Artisan décor, open layouts and inventive architectural solutions will be awaiting at Riviera Maya for the fans of the Andaz hotel family. The construction of this inspired, chic hotel had a team of biologists conducting an ecological research, which contributed to many aspects of the hotel’s creation and ensured the local ecosystem’s health.
Opening: late 2016. Photo © Hyatt Corporation
27Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club, Florida, USA
This exclusive resort is the company’s fourth property in the Sunshine State. Its origins go back to 1930, but now the estate has been brought into 21st Century with the help of architects from Richard Meier & Partners. Planned to sprawl alongside a 300-metre beach, the Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club will attract guests with landscaped gardens, four pools and 40 beach cabanas. The 77-room hotel will be surrounded by 150 Private Residences.
Opening: End of 2016. Photo © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
28Kensho Ornos, Mykonos, Greece
Think Zen. Think Wow. If there is one place that ensures an almost spiritual experience it has to be Kenshō. The hotel goes for the highest hospitality standards while embracing fine art and design in its quest to “awake the senses”.
Opening: 2016. Photos © KENSHŌ Boutique Hotels & Villas
29The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, New York, US
This landmark was one of the first high-rises in the city and it once housed New York’s first theatre (Hamlet premiered here in 1761). While it undergoes a restoration, the red-brick building is being transformed as a brand new hotel from Thompson.
Opening: August 2016. Photo © The Beekman
30Masseria Trapana, Puglia, Italy
This is one gorgeous place. A converted 16th-century farmhouse will be a home to the 9-suite boutique hotel and a true luxury escape located just outside of Lecce in Southern Italy. The impeccably restored interiors will feature frescoes and other historical treasures uncovered during the conversion. Apart from the nine stylish suites which are currently receiving the final touches, a beautifully appointed private villa has already been available to rent.
Opening: March 2016. Photo © Masseria Trapana
31 Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger Park, South Africa
We count Singita lodges among the most beautiful in Africa, so naturally, we are keen on checking out the re-launched Lebombo. This lodge’s design always reflected its location on a craggy cliff-face and the original construction has been strongly inspired by eagle nests, dens, eyries, and lairs.
Closed from Jan 16 to April 10 for a complete refurbishment, the lodge introduced some exciting updates to its cutting edge design. Both guest rooms and common areas were fundamentally remade, expanded, and enhanced, allowing interiors to have an even stronger connection with the lodge’s dramatic cliff-edge outdoors.
Website: Singita Lebombo. Re-opened in April 2016. Photo © Singita
32Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, London, UK
Located next to the Tower of London World Heritage Site, this new opening from Four Seasons is housed in a 100-year-old building featuring a large tower and grand rotunda, all made of the classic Portland stone. It’s a listed building, and the hotel’s creators are taking a great care to preserve the integrity of the original structure. When completed, it will be more than an exclusive, 100-room exemplary city hotel: it is set to become a new London landmark.
Update: delayed to January 2017. Photo © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
33Sir Savigny Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Situated in Charlottenburg, Berlin’s literary quarter, in a classic 19th-century townhouse, Sir Savigny Hotel is a 44-room urban retreat that champions the concept of a culturally-focused private residence. The eclectic style of the hotel is defined by the free flow of space in the interconnected ground-floor public areas and guestrooms showcasing local art, and assembly vintage rugs, and custom-made furniture. An impressive book collection in The Library, a very chic lobby/reception, and the hip neighborhood burger The Butcher add to the allure of Sir Savigny Hotel Berlin.
Opening: October 2016. Photo © Sir Savigny Hotel
34W Dubai Al-Habtoor City, Dubai
To our minds the W brand is the perfect fit for the self-indulgent Dubai, so it’s nice to see the chain making a grand entrance with the W Dubai Al Habtoor City. With close proximity to key attractions and business districts, 356 rooms, 5 eating venues, as well as WET® deck and FIT gym, this funky hotel sets the tone for a cool city stay.
Opening: April 2016. Rendering © Marriott International
35Il Sereno Lake Como, Italy
This five-star boutique hotel is being established near Torno village, right on the eastern shore of the lake Como, with a spectacular 60-foot infinity pool extending over the lake. Its contemporary design—the outcome of a vision from the famous designer Patricia Urquiola—is a welcome change from the prevailing in the region ornate villas and Renaissance palazzos. Guests will arrive at the hotel’s private dock onboard custom-made wooden boats-limousines, to check-in to one of the 34 suites and dine on the restaurant’s a terrace—always with a panoramic view of the lake and mountains.
Opening: Summer 2016. Photo © Il Sereno
36 Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge, Zimbabwe
Following a major refurbishment, the Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge opened in the vast Matetsi Private Game Reserve on the bank of the Zambezi River. The lodge promises the ultimate safari experience and idyllic accommodation, benefitting from a good location from which to visit the largest waterfall on earth.
Website: Matetsi Victoria Falls. Re-opened in August 2016.
Photos © Matetsi Victoria Falls
37Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
This very special new development in Shaoxing will incorporate 35 heritage houses—dating back as far as the 1600s—into the hotel complex. Authentic architectural elements will be also visible throughout the hotel: in the restaurants, the library, meeting area, medical hall, “tai chi facility” and the wellness centre.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Rendering © Ahn Luh
38QT Bondi, Sydney, Australia
Sydney’s Bondi Beach will welcome its first luxury hotel this year. The new development from the QT brand will offer 69 guest rooms in the usual quirky style which we know from the QT Gold Coast. It’s a mix of bespoke design objects, fine art and luxury touches. Urban chic! As a side note, also Melbourne will be welcoming a QT hotel, late in 2016.
Opening: January 2016. Photo © QT Hotels
39Santani, Sri Lanka
This year Sri Lanka is showing up on the jet-setters’ radars among the world’s hottest destinations. One of the anticipated openings is the island’s first wellness resort: the 50-acre Santani in the Kandy area, the cultural capital of the island. With only 20 rooms, the exclusive resort will include single bedroom villas and two family units with 2 bedrooms and own pool. Obviously, the spa is very much at the centre of attention, with hydrotherapy facilities and two swimming pools. The restaurant’s menu will have healthy, personalised cuisine.
Opening: May 2015. Photo © Santani
One&Only Resorts will be launching their first hotel in Bahrain, with a beachfront location on the north-west coast in Seef—and a two-and-half acre, man-made lagoon to match. The resort will be geared to both families and adults, and have 175 different accommodation options, along with extensive spaces and facilities for shopping, entertainment, sport and more.
Opening: 2016. Update: canceled. Rendering © One&Only Resorts
41 andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana
After undergoing a full refurbishment, Nxabega welcomed guests to its glamorous interiors re-made to a creative brief that included light palette and earthy textures. The tents were reconfigured in a way that allowed bedrooms to take in the best of the Okavango Delta views, while the ensuite bathrooms got upgraded with indoor and outdoor showers.
Website: andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp.
Re-opened Summer 2016. Photos © &Beyond
42Park Hyatt St. Kitts, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Another delayed project, this resort will be set on a tropical Caribbean island in The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. When it finally opens its doors, the 134-room Park Hyatt St. Kitts will certainly get discerning travellers flock to this idyllic destination in the West Indies.
A couple of other 2016 openings from Park Hyatt will include the Park Hyatt Bangkok (Thailand), and the Park Hyatt Mallorca (Spain). The Spanish property is being readied on a lesser-known east coast of Mallorca, and its design is inspired by the traditional Mallorquin hilltop village.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to spring 2017. Rendering © Hyatt Corporation
43Qorokwe Camp, Botswana
We loved our experiences with Wilderness Safaris, so are happy to report the opening of this new nine-tent camp, set on a private concession overlooking a lagoon where hippos roam. The tents will be raised and one of them will be a large “family” accommodation, which will come with a private plunge pool
Apart from the hippos, the area is rich in wildlife and elephant and buffalo are frequently spotted. A seasonal water surge will give guests the opportunity to enjoy the trips in a traditional mokoro boat.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Rendering © Wilderness Safaris
44The Williamsburg Hotel, New York City, US
Debuting in the spring of 2016 will be The Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn—housed in a brick-and-corten-steel building. The hotel’s 150 rooms and suites will feature leather furniture and several rooms with balconies will invite to gaze at the Manhattan skyline. For extra glamorous setting head to the rooftop, which will have a swimming pool and bar.
Opening: December 2016. Photo © Williamsburg Hotel
45Four Seasons Hotel Dubai DIFC, UAE
Four Seasons will be opening its second property in Dubai, this time more of a city hotel rather than a beach resort. Built in the heart of the downtown business district, the hotel will feature a rooftop pool with bar and garden, boasting views of the Dubai cityscape, with Burj Khalifa as the star attraction.
But this is not the only development in UAE coming from Four Seasons. Later in the year the chain is also launching the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, on the waterfront of Al Maryah Island. Beyond the Emirates, the company will also see openings in Colombia (Four Seasons Bogota), USA (Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown and Four Seasons Oahu in Hawaii).
Opening: early 2016. Photo © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
46The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, Hungary
We mentioned The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi opening, but in 2016, this well-known hotel chain is also coming to the beautiful Budapest. This grand city hotel, located only steps from the Danube River and Buda Castle, will have great views towards the St Stephen Basilica and will feature an indoor pool, a French restaurant and a library.
Opening: Spring 2016. Photo © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
47Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur, India
Alila comes to Jaipur in Rajasthan with a heritage resort that beautifully preserves the Jaipur Gharana architecture, influenced by both the Mughals and the British. Following restoration of a beautiful 230-year-old fort, his all-suite hotel will feature 59 suites, all promising fantastic views—and Spa Alila, restaurants, bars and lounges, wine cellar and library, as well as swimming pool.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Photo © Alila Hotels & Resorts
48Sir Adam Amsterdam, Netherlands
It’s a second property from the Sir Hotels to be opened in Amsterdam. It will feature 110 rooms, restaurant and terrace, designed by interior designers from ICRAVE studio. The hotel will share the building with headquarters of several music and entertainment companies, including guitar manufacturer Gibson.
Opening: December 2016. Photo © Sir Adam
49Hotel Eden – Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
The lobby, bars, and restaurants—including the Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden—of the Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden in Rome are undergoing an extensive renovation. During this work the hotel will be also adding a new spa and blow-dry bar, and the hotel’s spacious rooms and suites will continue to enchant with beautiful views of the city, including the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to April 2017. Photo © Dorchester Collection
50Katamama, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Launching in the popular Seminyak this year is a newcomer to the world of boutique resorts, The Katamama. Focusing on traditional art and craftsmanship, tactile textures and cultural references, this upscale resort is a precious gem of design and architecture. Definitely a place for the creative types!
Opening: March 2016. Rendering © The Katamama
51Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka
Set up on a secluded beach in the Yala National Park, in an area frequented by the secretive leopard, the tented Wild Coast Lodge will be a jungle hideout with all the luxuries of a deluxe contemporary resort. The 28 air-conditioned tents, specially designed for the lodge, will have a futuristic and low-impact design.
The camp is being created by the offshoot of the firm that runs the Dilmah tea company, which also operates the Ceylon Tea Trails and the Cape Weligama resort on the island.
Read our review of the Wild Coast Tented Lodge here.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Rendering © Resplendent Ceylon
52Nikki Beach Bodrum, Turkey
The Bodrum area, on the southwestern coast of Turkey, is getting a brand new luxury beachfront boutique hotel. Designed by the award-winning GAD studio, based in New York & Istanbul, Nikki Beach redefines contemporary sleek look. The hotel will comprise 65 suites and villas, in which guests can expect entertainment walls, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, private pools and decks—and sea views!
The chain will also expand into the Middle East, with Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. This boutique hotel will be located in Pearl Jumeirah, on a private beach.
Opening: Summer 2016. Rendering © Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
53Jumeirah Al Naseem at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
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The hotel will have three large swimming pools, landscaped gardens and private beach access. Its 430 rooms and suites will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in rain showers, and private outdoor terraces.
Opening: late 2016. Photo © Jumeirah International
54W Tel Aviv — Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
The location of the new hotel will be in a former hospital and convent complex, in the town’s port—ensuring lovely views of the Mediterranean coast. During the renovation, the designers paid respect to the buildings’ heritage: stained glass and much of the 19-century stucco were refurbished, and the lobby will feature 12th-century ruins. The hotel’s restaurant will be inside a vaulted basement.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to May 2017. Rendering © Marriott International
55Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
Shoal Beach might be one of the world’s prettiest beaches, thanks to pinky sand and bright-blue sea. This year it will welcome its first luxury hotel, Zemi Beach House, created in a classic Caribbean architecture with guestrooms featuring balconies or terraces with panoramic sea views (and some also with private swimming pools). Guests will be able to benefit from an ocean-front swimming pool, beach concierge, exemplary cuisine, and a 15,000-square-foot sybaritic spa, occupying a traditional house imported from Thailand.
Opening: February 2016. Photo © Zemi Beach
56The Bangkok EDITION, Thailand
The Bangkok EDITION will be housed in MahaNakhon CUBE, the city’s tallest building. This new skyscraper will have 10,000 square metre upscale retail centre—and will be a landmark example of contemporary urban architecture in Thailand. The 150-room hotel will have a multi-level roof-top Sky Bar and restaurant.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Rendering © EDITION Hotels
57Meghauli Serai Lodge by Taj, Nepal
Chitwan National Park in Nepal is a jungle-filled haven of wildlife, where you may encounter elephants, sloth bears, tigers, leopards, countless bird species, as well as the endangered one-horned rhinos and gharials (a local fish-eating crocodile). This is the area where Taj Safaris from India will be launching a new luxury lodge, on the banks of the Rapti River—with 29 villas and suites overlooking the Himalayas and Terai grasslands.
Opening: late 2016. Rendering © TAJ Safaris
58Moskito Island British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
This is Sir Richard Branson’s second private island escape in the British Virgin Islands, launched as part of his luxurious portfolio of Virgin Limited Edition. The Branson Estate on Moskito Island features eleven bedrooms for at least twenty-two guests distributed among three villas: Headland House, Mangrove Villa and Beach Villa. Guests will enjoy the infinity pool, hot tub, helipad, swim-up bar and tennis pavilion and all the other services you’d expect from a luxury hotel.
Opening: early 2016. Photo © Virgin Limited Edition
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The newest arrival this year will be the EAST Miami. The hotel will feature generous living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and its 352 rooms will be on average the largest in Miami. They will come with private balconies and beautiful views, though of course the best views are likely to be from Sugar, the rooftop bar on 40th floor.
Opening: late 2016. Photo © East Miami
60Masseria Le Carrube, Ostuni, Italy
The tiny Pugliese town of Ostuni is home to a romantic former farmhouse, complete with whitewashed exposed brick, antique furnishings, lovely garden with a wide, arched pergola—and an authentic olive mill. San Domenico Hotels, a family-owned hotel group has created a property of sophisticated luxury, enchanting with glamorous whitewashed exteriors and ivory-toned rooms.
Opening: March 2016. Photos © Masseria Le Carrube