Following the success of our 2015 compilation of the Hottest Luxury Hotel Openings, we decided to up the ante this year with an even more comprehensive selection. This time, we give you 60 new jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, luxury-tastic 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 picking 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 with the exception of the first few—and especially the resort we kick off with. It really 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.
Opening: October 2016. Renderings (including the leading image at the top of the article) © 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. Photos © 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 the Seychelles is finally ready to open its doors in June 2016. Phew!
Opening: October 1, 2016. Renderings © Six Senses Resorts & Spas
4Alila Koh Russey, Cambodia
This new eco resort will be the first ‘Villas’ type resort from Alila outside Bali. With magnificent views and exclusive beach access on the pristine Koh Russey island, Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to become the top destination for the discerning traveller discovering Cambodia’s unspoilt coast.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © Alila Hotels and Resorts
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.
Opening: November 1, 2016. Renderings © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
6The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, Malaysia
Ritz-Carlton this year comes to Langkawi, offering a serene escape among manicured gardens and a lush tropical rainforest. Guests will enjoy private cove and a beach washed by the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. This luxury resort will have 132-rooms and 42 romantic villas, and it will have plenty of attractions for families with children.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © The Ritz-Carlton
7The 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.
Opening: March 2016. Renderings © Asilia Africa
8Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan
Another truly unique proposition comes from Six Senses Bhutan. It’s not a single hotel or a lodge: it’s a journey. To showcase the magical Kingdom of Bhutan Six Senses created five properties, offering guests an opportunity to experience the stunning scenery and monuments of this wondrous destination. Eighty-two guest suites are distributed between five small lodges in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © Six Senses Hotels Resorts
9Meghauli 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. Renderings © TAJ Safaris
10Moskito 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
11Ahn 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. Renderings © Ahn Luh
12Kokomo Yaukuve Island Resort, Fiji
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Australian property tycoon Lang Walker ventures into the world of top resorts with his first ultra-luxury development on Yaukuve Island, with aim of creating Fiji’s most exclusive hotel. Kokomo occupies an entire uninhabited island, to which guests will arrive ferried on a recently acquired Twin Otter seaplane. Awaiting for them: 21 luxurious beachfront bures and five private villas with private infinity pools—as well as spa, gym, kids club, tennis court, large common swimming pool, movie lounge, restaurants and dive shop… all surrounded by a dreamy tropical rainforest.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to March 2017. Photo © Kokomo Island Resort
13The Oberoi, Al Zorah, United Arab Emirates
This year The Oberoi Group will be launching not one but three luxury hotels: The Oberoi Marrakech (Morocco), The Oberoi Sukhvilas in Chandigarh (India)—and in the United Arab Emirates, The Oberoi Al Zorah. Occupying 247 acres of land that comes with 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Al Zorah will be a luxury destination encapsulated: ultra-modern, sleek design set against a beautiful location. The site is surrounded by a protected forest and mangrove swamps, a place of exceptional biodiversity.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
14Alila 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
15Mandarin Oriental Bali, Indonesia
The luxury hotel group’s newest property will be built on elevated terraces with views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to a secluded and protected white-sand beach. Designed by world-renowned architect and interior designer Jean Michel Gathy, the resort promises indulgence and immaculate style. It will consist of 97 villas (each with a private pool up to 15 metres in length), and 24 suites—as well as restaurants and bars, spa, and a variety of multi-purpose function rooms, including an iconic cliff-top ceremony platform designed for weddings, with sweeping ocean views.
Delayed to 2018. Image © Mandarin Oriental
16Rosewood Phuket, Thailand
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will debut in Asia with a resort of innovative architecture and sophisticated, Thai-influenced interiors that blend into a hillside forest. The resort’s spacious villas and residences are complimented by four restaurants, including a rustic seafood one on the beach, built from recycled teak wood—as well as extensive health-and-fitness facilities: four swimming pools, health club with gymnasium, yoga pavilion, and tennis court.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Images © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
17Masseria 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
18The Ritz 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
19Arovada by AKARYN, Private Island, Cambodia
Located a 20-minute boat ride south of the sleepy Sihanoukville, AKARYN follows Song Saa in launching a private island retreat in this remote area. Its exclusive villas come with infinity pools and the resort is focused on “wellness”, where fancy spa facilities are infused with a spiritual atmosphere.
Opening: June 2016. Update: The resort has been taken over by Six Senses Resorts and Spas and its opening delayed to 2017. Renderings © AHMS Hotels
20W Retreat & Spa Goa, India
Starwood is debuting in the India’s foremost beach destination with W Retreat, one of the most vibrant and young-at-heart hotel brands. 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.
Another newcomer from the W brand will be the W Punta de Mita in Mexico, featuring 120 guest villas and scheduled to open in March in a beachfront village (photo on the right).
Opening: June 1, 2016. Photos © W Hotels
21Chablé, 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. Renderings © Chablé Resort
22Four 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: 2016. Update: delayed to early 2017. Rendering © Fort Partners
23Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
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In 2016, the luxury hotel group Anantara is planning to launch two properties in Oman. The first and most spectacular is going to be the Anantara Jabal Al Akhdar, built on the rim of a canyon, 3000m above sea level—it is said to be the highest-positioned five-star resort in the Middle East.
Anantara’s second opening in Oman is the beach resort Anantara Salalah Resort, 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. Worth at least a mention is yet another property due to open this year (in April): the Anantara Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka.
Opening: early 2016. Renderings © Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
24Pulitzer 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
25Bawah Private Island, South China Sea
Take a private seaplane from Singapore, followed by a two-hour boat ride, and enter a different planet. The luxury island retreat of Bawah Private Island will invite to taste the art of barefoot living in an untouched archipelago of paradisal islets. Might this be the hottest desert island getaway this year?
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Photo © Bawah Private Island
26Alila 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. Photos © Alila Hotels & Resorts
27Freedom Bay, St Lucia, Caribbean
Freedom Bay Resort is placed at the foot of two volcanic spires, with access to a long and sandy beach. Its 73 pool villas and pool suites, will all provide dramatic views of the turquoise ocean and lush Pitons.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © Freedom Bay
28Ace 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
29Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, 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.
Opening: April 2016. Renderings © Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa
30The 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 © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
31The 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. Renderings © EDITION Hotels
32W 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. Renderings © W Hotels Worldwide
33Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, 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.
A separate bit of cool news is that in 2016 Andaz is also planning to launch a hotel in Delhi, India—certainly a welcome development.
Opening: late 2016. Renderings © Hyatt Corporation
34Shangri-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. Rendering © Shangri-La Group
35Four 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/Rendering © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
36Island Grace, Malolo Island, Fiji
Fiji’s newest boutique resort will have 24 one- or two-bedroom luxury villas styled on the traditional wood-and-straw Bure bungalows, located alongside 150 metres of a white-sand beach. The Island Grace will be located on Malolo Island, at the heart of a large development project with a yacht marina, residences, restaurants and bars, fitness facilities and of course shopping.
Opening: mid-2016. Update: The resort has been taken over by Six Senses Resorts and Spas and its opening delayed to 2017. Renderings © Vunabaka
37Il 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. Rendering © Il Sereno
38Miavana–Private Island, Madagascar
Now here is a brand new destination to explore. Nosy Ankao, the island off the north-east of Madagascar, is the location of Miavana: the first ultra-luxury lodge in the country. It sets the bar so high that its opening will surely reverberate across the whole of East Africa. Expect 14 heavenly beach front villas, helicopter adventures, a world-class spa and plenty of activities, such as excellent diving and fishing, whale watching, kite surfing and snorkelling, while rainforest trekking will be available on the mainland.
Opening: October 2016. Update: delayed to April 2017. Photos/Renderings © Miavana
39Ahn 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. Renderings © Ahn Luh
40QT 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. Renderings © QT Hotels
41Santani 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. Renderings © 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: delayed to 2017. Rendering © One&Only Resorts
43Soho House Barcelona
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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. Renderings © Soho House
44LUX* North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Only 45 minutes by speedboat from Male the Mauritian hotelier LUX* will be opening their second Maldives resort. The guests will check-in to beautiful private pool villas, designed using wood and glass to flood the interiors with natural light. A marine centre with in-house biologists will provide an introduction to the abundant in the atoll marine life—and a small fleet of luxury yachts will be on hand to explore the sea first-hand.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to mid 2017. Rendering © LUX* Resorts & Hotels
45Park 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. Renderings © Hyatt Corporation
46Masseria 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
47Qorokwe 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. Seasonal water surge will give guests the opportunity to enjoy the trips in a traditional mokoro boats.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Renderings © Wilderness Safaris
48The 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: March 2015. Rendering © Williamsburg Hotel
49Four 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), as well as a resort in Japan (Four Seasons Kyoto).
Opening: early 2016. Renderings © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
50Hotel Eden, 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
51The Katamama, 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. Renderings © The Katamama
52The 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: early spring 2016. Rendering © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
53Sir 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: Spring 2016. Renderings © Sir Adam
54Wild Coast 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.
Opening: 2016. Update: delayed to 2017. Rendering © Resplendent Ceylon
55Nikki 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. Renderings © Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
56Jumeirah Al Naseem at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
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The Dubai’s Jumeirah beach hosts a string of resorts of different style and class—from the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr and the calm seriousness of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam to the discrete sophistication of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf. Now joining this exclusive club is Jumeirah Al Naseem, which promises a contemporary update to the Arabian luxury.
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. Rendering © Jumeirah International
57W Tel Aviv — Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Starwood’s W resort will be launching in Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s oldest district. 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. Renderings © W Hotels Worldwide
58Zemi 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
59The 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. Renderings © EDITION Hotels
60EAST Miami, US
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Swire Hotels has a collection of properties characterised by a sophisticated level of luxury, like The Upper House in Hong Kong and the recently launched Temple House in Chengdu.
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. Rendering © East Miami
//Lastly: Other Notable Openings
There is one area which we neglected in this list: Africa. We felt there was so much going on on the continent that in order to do it justice we needed to put together another list to highlight the exciting new developments there. Find it here: Africa’s 20 Hottest Hotel Openings of 2016.
The Beekman by Thompson Hotels, NY. 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: May 2016. Rendering (right) © The Beekman
Staying in NY, notable openings this year will include Whitby Hotel, from Firmdale (in April), as well as SLS Park Avenue, with minimalistic design aesthetic from Philippe Starck.
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Chena Huts, Sri Lanka. Intimate location between Yala National Park and the Indian Ocean and 14 wooden cabins with palm-leaf roofs notwithstanding, Sri Lanka’s Chena Huts will be fully air-conditioned and also feature shaded private built-in swimming pools. Opening: January 2016. Rendering (above, left) © Uga Escapes
Patina, Capitol Singapore. Owned by Singapore’s Kwee family (whose Capella Singapore we reviewed), the Patina is being created by architect Richard Meier with interiors designed by the respected late Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim. Opening: Q1 of 2016. Rendering (above, right) © Patina Hotels & Resorts.
Also, we spotted two new hotels from a very interesting Japanese hotel brand: Hoshinoya. They will be launching two properties, one in Tokyo and in Indonesia (Hoshinoya Bali). Info is scarce at the moment, though.
The Hoxton Paris, France. Situated in the 2nd Arrondissement, an area of Paris gaining reputation for its hip bars and restaurants, and housed in a historically-important 16th Century property, the new Hoxton hotel is set to become a landmark opening for the “affordable luxury” brand from London. By the way, there will be also a new opening of The Hoxton in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Opening: 2016. Photo (below, left) © The Hoxton
Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Tuscany, Italy. This five-star hotel is a brand new addition to a Tuscan estate known as Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. Located in a medieval village, the estate has great facilities, which include a restaurant run by a Michelin-rated chef, a 27-hole golf course. The new property—still without a separate name—will bring 120 rooms and suites, and spa with hammam, and salt and ice caves. Opening: late 2016. Photo (above, right) © Castelfalfi
Finally, in Turkey we spotted a new arrival in the form of Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya in Bodrum, a beach resort focused on wellness and health. We’d love to visit the South Aegean coast once again!