Look no further. Our annual New Luxury Hotels has become the go-to list for the industry insiders. It’s the best place to get the scope of the new luxury hotels line-up.
Just like for our Top 60 in 2016, in 2017 we have sifted through hundreds of openings worldwide, narrowing the list to the absolute crème de la crème of hotels, lodges, and resorts launched that year.
Even so, if you think we overlooked a cool new opening, do let us know via our Facebook page or on Twitter. We have been revisiting the list and updating it, especially when we learned about any delayed launch.
A final thought: the hotels are listed in no particular order—perhaps except the first few, at the top. These are definitely our faves.
1Time + Tide Miavana, Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Miavana on Nosy Ankao opened just off the coast of Madagascar as the first ultra-luxury resort in the country. The stay here promises the experience of heavenly beachfront villas, designed by the acclaimed lodge architects Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech, helicopter adventures, a world-class spa, and exotic adventures.
Website: Time + Tide Miavana, Nosy Ankao, Madagascar. Photos © Time + Tide
2Alila Yangshuo, China
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Bringing luxury and style to the pastoral setting the Guilin region, the 117-room Alila Yangshuo launched in the restored sugar mill setting, blending the 1960 architecture with chic interior design and contemporary amenities. The mill’s heritage buildings were expertly adapted and transformed, the sugar pressing room into the airy Sugar House Restaurant, and the refining room into the exclusive 1969 Bar. Among the brand new facilities is the expansive outdoor pool, framed by dramatic steel columns that used to be part of the sugarcane dock, and Alila’s subterranean spa, built from volcanic rock.
Website: Alila Yangshuo, China. Photo © Alila Hotels and Resorts
3Bawah Reserve, Indonesia
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This island resort is located only 150 nautical miles off Singapore, but it could just as well be a world away. Getting there is an adventure in itself, and it feels like being gradually removed from civilization. And the destination is a picture-perfect, tiny archipelago of previously uninhabited islands surrounded by turquoise waters, and covered by lush tropical greenery. Combine it with a visit to Singapore as a perfect counterpart to a city break in the bustling metropolis.
UPDATE: We have since visited and stayed at Bawah Reserve.
Read our review of Bawah Reserve here.
Website: Bawah Reserve, Indonesia. Photos © Bawah Reserve
4The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, Malaysia
Ritz-Carlton came to Langkawi to become one of the very best resorts on the island, and its blend of contemporary luxury with the concept of a traditional kampong village is certainly a head-turner. The hotel features three swimming pools, a spa, and various restaurants, all surrounded by the verdant rainforest and the Andaman Sea.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo © The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
5Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Only a handful of visitors in the huge Ruaha National Park disturb the peace of this patch of Tanzania, leaving the park mostly for the exclusive use for the guests of the Jabali Ridge. This alone promises an unforgettable safari experience. Set amongst rocky boulders and overlooking a landscape that inspired the lodge’s design, the Jabali Ridge’s 10 suites, an infinity pool, the spa ensure an ultimate relax after a day in the bush.
Website: Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Photos © Asilia Africa
6Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
The Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll offers an “exclusive use” hideaway, an island that comes with seven bedrooms, a spa, a certified PADI dive center… and a 62-foot luxury yacht. But there is more: the guests also have free access to facilities of the nearby Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. In case you want to see other people.
Website: Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Maldives. Photo © Four Seasons Hotels
7Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Denmark
Changing gears considerably—welcome to the new opening from Nobis, created in the former Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Thanks to this heritage and sophisticated elegance of its interiors, the hotel ensures a Scandinavian luxury wrapped in a sublime design that balances the contemporary and the classicistic. The location grants easy access to the neighboring City Hall Square, Copenhagen Central Station, and the Tivoli Gardens.
Website: Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Denmark. Photos © Nobis Hotels
8Rosewood Phuket, Thailand
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts conquers the competitive Phuket hospitality market with a beautiful resort blended into a hillside forest. The hotel sets a bar high to competitors, thanks to its sophisticated architecture, spacious villas, and the sublime, Thai-infused interiors. The health-and-fitness offering is extensive, and the hotel facilities also include four swimming pools and four restaurants, among which the seafood beach-side joint is built in a rustic style from recycled teak wood.
Website: Rosewood Phuket, Thailand. Photo © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
9Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka
The twenty-eight air-conditioned tented structures, specially designed for the lodge, wow with a futuristic design. Set upon a secluded beach in the Yala National Park, frequented by the leopards, this tented lodge offers an experience of a jungle hideout with all the luxuries of a deluxe contemporary resort.
UPDATE: We have since visited and stayed at Wild Coast Tented Lodge.
Read our Wild Coast Tented Lodge review here.
Website: Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka. Photos © Resplendent Ceylon
10Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris, France
Hôtel de Crillon is more than one of the world’s most well-known hotels. It’s a Parisian institution that is as much a symbol of its host city as are many famous monuments and buildings. It personifies the spirit and elegance of the “city of lights”. Having undergone an extensive and thoughtful renovation, the hotel re-opened with new additions, such as two suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld. This landmark establishment in the Place de la Concorde is a true Paris icon, hosting the who’s who of the world since 1758.
Website: Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris, France. Photo © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
11Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Wilderness Safaris focuses on ecotourism with this impressive Lodge in Rwanda, built on the Albertine Rift, an extinct volcano located in a wildlife corridor, crucial to the conservation efforts of critically endangered mountain gorillas. The exclusive lodge comprises only six villas, admitting a maximum of 12 guests. The Bisate takes advantage of beautiful views of the Bisoke, Mikeno, and Karisimbi volcanoes, and the design is a worthy match to the beautiful nature surrounding the lodge.
Website: Bisate Lodge, Rwanda. Photos © Wilderness Safaris
12Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur, India
With a delay, but Alila launched in Jaipur, Rajasthan, as a heritage resort housed in a 230-year-old fort. The hotel beautifully preserves the Jaipur Gharana architecture, influenced by both the Mughals and the British. The Bishangarh features 59 suites, Spa Alila, swimming pool, and various dining venues.
Website: Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur, India. Photo © Alila Hotels & Resorts
13The Hoxton, Paris, France
The 2nd Arrondissement in Paris is well worth exploring, if only for its hip bars and restaurants. It’s also home to The Hoxton, a cool city hotel housed in a historically-important 16th-century property. The hotel is the company’s fourth outpost and has already become a landmark opening for the “affordable luxury” brand from London.
Website: The Hoxton Paris, France. Photos © The Hoxton
141Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, US
This uber-cool NYC hotel has excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan cityscape, especially from the rooftop facilities, with its lovely swimming pool. Located on the Brooklyn side, the hotel has opened with 194 rooms, four dining venues, and a market stall selling fruit and granola bars in the lobby. Special perk: guests have access to a Tesla vehicle for complimentary rides (limited to a 4.8 km radius).
Website: 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, US. Photo © 1Hotels
15Time + Tide King Lewanika, Zambia
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Moving across the globe, let’s look at Africa, and Zambia in particular, which has been recently seeing some exciting developments from the world of luxury safaris, including the beautiful Chinzombo. The company behind it has now added another Zambia Lodge to its portfolio.
The King Lewanika, located in Liuwa Plain National Park, is just as well designed — which does not surprise, as the acclaimed designers behind Chinzombo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens are also responsible here. And it is just as exclusive, with six luxury villas and able to accommodate only up to fifteen guests.
Website: Time + Tide King Lewanika, Zambia. Photos © Time + Tide
16Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, Lisbon, Portugal
The Dutch owners of the Verride Palácio Santa Catarina turned an 18th-century townhouse into a 19-room boutique hotel, and one of Lisbon’s most beautifully-restored historical properties. Blending classical Portuguese architecture with contemporary décor, the first-time hoteliers created a sophisticated, glamorous place. Rococo-style molding, hand-painted 18th-century Azulejo-tiled murals, and intricately carved wood paneling create the backdrop to velvet furniture, glass orbs, and rattan chairs. The hotel features contemporary cuisine at Suba, a chic gastro bar that offers sweeping views of the city, and the subterranean Criatura, with traditional Portuguese fare.
Website: Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo © Verride Palácio Santa Catarina
17JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort, Vietnam
Designed by a renowned resort architect Bill Bensley, and nestled by the beautiful beach of Bai Khem, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is a lavish beachfront hotel, located in a complex what was once a 19th-century French university. Reimagined as an eclectically themed playground, with a private beach, a seashell-shaped swimming pool, indulgent Spa by JW, and elegantly designed rooms and indulgent villas, the hotel also offers gourmet dining in five sophisticated restaurants and bars.
Website: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam. Photo © Marriott Int.
18Bulgari Resort, Dubai, UAE
Dubai is an excellent destination for Bulgari, the luxury jewelry brand from Italy, to open one of its urban sanctuaries. Bulgari Hotels and Resorts has only a handful of properties in its portfolio, but each resort is a true jewel. Bulgari Resort Dubai is located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach, on the artificial Daria Island, formed in the shape of a gigantic seahorse. The hotel complex is spread over a vast area, with lush landscaped gardens, a marina, and a full range of luxury amenities — and all that to serve guests in only 100 rooms and suites, and 20 residential villas.
Website: Bulgari Resort Dubai, UAE. Photo © Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
19Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen, Denmark
Located in an 1869 townhouse, the 53-room Hotel Sanders exudes coziness and nostalgia blended with contemporary style and lush comforts, with elegant rooms designed to high-end boutique standards. The public spaces of the hotel are chic and well equipped, from the Kitchen restaurant to the Tata cocktail bar and the rooftop Conservatory. The service concept at Sanders is centered around a “curated stay”, in which guests are given ideas and itineraries to experience Copenhagen in the best way.
Website: Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo © Hotel Sanders
20 Singita Sweni Lodge, Kruger Park, South Africa
Singita is one of the most admired brands of luxury lodges in Africa. With the intimate Sweni Lodge, the company brings bold contemporary design, architecture, and cuisine to the remote corner of Kruger National Park. Perched on the banks of the Sweni River, the lodge exudes glamour and refined luxury, and its seven suites, hidden under a canopy of trees, are private and exclusive. Each features open-plan interiors, a generously stocked minibar, two bathrooms, and an outdoor shower overlooking the river.
Website: Singita Sweni Lodge, Kruger Park, South Africa. Photos © Singita
21Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located in the famed temple town of Cambodia, this is the debut flagship of the luxe brand of Bill Bensley, the renowned hotelier and architect. Shinta Mani Siem Reap delight, surprise and inspire their guests with beautifully sculpted façades and Khmer-inspired architecture as a backdrop to urban-chic interiors. There are only ten high-walled villas, featuring oversized lap pools, a rooftop living room, and stone bathtubs set in private gardens.
Website: Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo © Bensley Collection
22OKU Hotel Kos – Former Casa Cook Kos in Kos, Greece
Formerly Casa Cook Kos, OKU Kos has been designed as a place of laidback luxury, aimed at couples and families without children. Among the accommodation options are villa suites, imagined as private sanctuaries. The design combines with rough, natural textures with mid-century furniture and handmade pieces. The hotel offers in and outdoor dining, open kitchens, and a bar with terraces on the poolside or overlooking the beach and sunset.
Website: OKU Hotel Kos, Greece. Photos © OKU Hotels
23Coqui Coqui Meson de Malleville Valladolid Residence & Spa, Mexico
Coqui Coqui was one of the hotels behind the craze for Tulum as a hot new destination, and the company quickly launched more properties in the Yucatan Peninsula, all of them a cross between a tiny hotel and a perfumery. When we stayed at the charming La Perfumeria in Valladolid, the sister property there, just a few streets away, was still being readied — we only took a peek. But it gave enough of an idea that this was going to be a splendid property. Now launched as the next best thing in this colorful town, Coqui Coqui Meson de Malleville Valladolid wows with its location in a beautifully restored 16th century home. Every room is decorated in the distinct Coqui Coqui style, and each with a unique personality realized through color schemes and decor. Mesón de Malleville also features a boutique shop, an outdoor café, and, of course, the signature Coqui Coqui Perfumeria.
Website: Coqui Coqui Meson de Malleville Valladolid Residence & Spa. Photo © Coqui Coqui
24The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Located within six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in a converted grain silos complex, this hotel is part of a landmark development. Created by the world-famous Thomas Heatherwick Studio, this new addition to Cape Town’s skyline is defined by modern geometry and avant-garde spirit. The hotel has only 27 rooms of various categories, plus a spectacular penthouse. Eclectic furniture and accents of intense colors are juxtaposed against industrial architecture, creating a unique vibe.
Website: The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa . Photo © The Royal Portfolio
25Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand
Park Hyatt Bangkok launched with 222 luxurious rooms and suites in a mixed-use complex in Bangkok’s CBD. The hotel has its own dining complex, spread over three and a half floors, comprising different venues including a VIP area and a restaurant with an open show kitchen.
Website: Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand. Photos © Hyatt Corporation
261898 The Post, Ghent, Belgium
1898 The Post Ghent is the third property from the Zannier Hotels, following the openings of Phum Baitang in Siem Reap (Cambodia), and Le Chalet Zannier in Megeve (France). The upper floors of Ghent’s post office building, originally designed for the 1913 World exhibition, now house a boutique hotel, made up of 38 guestrooms and suites. The eclectic architecture comes together in warm interiors, with high ceilings, dark green walls, and antique furniture. The hotel has two attractive venues, The Kitchen, the restaurant featuring an open fireplace (pop in for an American buffet-style breakfast), and the cocktail bar The Cobbler, with tapas-style dishes and innovative drinks menu.
Website: 1898 The Post, Ghent, Belgium. Photo © 1898 The Post
27Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
The Hilton Group has upgraded its former Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa to the Conrad level with a multimillion-dollar, ground-up refurbishment. Rebranded as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the resort offers beautifully designed, bright, airy suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass opening up to the stunning ocean views.
Website: Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia. Photo © Conrad Hotels and Resorts
28The Ned, London, UK
The joined efforts of the Sydell Group from USA and Soho House, which runs the British private member clubs, have resulted in the launch of the Ned London hotel. This exclusive property offers 252 opulent rooms in style resembling the roaring 1920s and 1930s, nine restaurants, as well as extensive health-and-gym facilities, which include a Cowshed spa with a 20m basement pool, and a full-size boxing ring.
Website: The Ned London, UK. Photo © The Ned London
29San Francisco Proper Hotel, California, US
San Francisco’s newest luxury lifestyle hotel brings fresh energy and elegance to the Mid-Market district fusing glamourous history of the building with a thoroughly modern design. The San Francisco Proper Hotel offers chic guest rooms and suites designed with a personal flair, in which spacious lounge areas and intimate niches are decorated with contrasting prints and rich splashes of color. A fabulous rooftop bar, a trendy lobby restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine, and an exclusive 14-seat private dining room round off the inspired attractions of the hotel.
Website: San Francisco Proper Hotel, California, US. Photos © Proper Hotel
30Bulgari Hotel, Beijing, China
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Synonymous with luxury jewelry, Bulgari also has a tiny portfolio of beautiful resorts (don’t miss our review of Bulgari Bali), and now it introduced its brand of Italian dolce vita to the sprawling capital of China. Glamorous and self-assured, with minimal lines and dedication to fine craftsmanship, the hotel offers an exclusive urban oasis, much needed amongst the sensory overload of the city below. With Michelin-starred dining, indulgent spa treatments, and a team of personal consultants to advise guests on fine art, fashion, and jewelry purchases from the privacy of their guestrooms, the Bulgari Beijing promises an experience exceptional in every way.
Website: Bulgari Hotel Beijing, China. Photo © Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
31Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, Kuwait
Four Seasons is introducing its brand of sophisticated luxury to Kuwait City, with this new property featuring 284 hotel rooms, including 67 suites hailed as the largest hotel suites in the city. The hotel features five restaurants, a two-level spa, fitness center, and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as two ballrooms and five function rooms.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, Kuwait. Photos © Four Seasons Hotels
32Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
The 40 pool villas of the Six Senses Krabey are landscaped into a private island in the Sihanoukville area—a destination that has become a hot spot for the island resorts in Cambodia (and where we visited not long ago). The resort features the famous Six Senses Spa, two poolside restaurants, and, in the true Six Senses style, a deli complete with an ice cream parlor.
Website: Six Senses Krabey Island. Update: delayed to 2019.
Renderings (including the leading image at the top of the article) © Six Senses Resorts & Spas
33Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, California, US
Let’s switch to sunny California and this opening from Waldorf Astoria, promising “the very best of the California good life.” The resort is located in the heart of Beverly Hills, and the Waldorf Astoria promises an extraordinary experience with the property of 170 rooms, all with unobstructed views of the city. A 5,000 square-foot spa and a rooftop pool (the largest of its kind in Beverly Hills) is an attractive addition to the hotel offering too.
Website: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, California. Photo © Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
34Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, London, UK
Located next to the Tower of London, the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square is housed in a 100-year-old building featuring a large tower and grand rotunda, all made of the classic Portland stone. The restoration was done with extra care to preserve its integrity of the listed building and to ensure that the 100-room city hotel is exemplary in every way.
Website: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, London, UK. Photos © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
35Myconian Kyma, Mykonos, Greece
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Myconian Kyma is a secluded retreat, only a stroll away from the heart of the island’s thriving nightlife and shopping in Mykonos Town. Created as a collection of harmoniously-assembled white cubic houses, the hotel is perched atop a hill, offering magnificent views over the iconic windmills and fishing boats of the town’s coastline. Kyma takes its name from the Greek word for ‘wave’, and this serves as an inspiration in the design, from the whitewashed buildings and curved lines of the infinity pool to the interiors and furniture. Lush gardens, private pools and terraces, a world-class steakhouse, and a full-service spa add to the hotel’s appeal.
Website: Myconian Kyma, Mykonos, Greece. Photo © Myconian Collection
36Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
With an excellent location on the Plaza de España, only a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Madrid, Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid blends modernity with the heritage of one of the city’s iconic buildings, and cultural richness of the Spanish capital. The bold design of this five-star city hotel is realized in a sensual palette of jewel and berry tones with splashes of gold, with interiors spruced up by creative ideas — such as a sculpture of a zebra-striped bear with a gold hat or cartoonish masks in the corridors. The hotel’s facilities include a stylish bar, restaurants, and a Wellness Zone with a fitness studio.
Website: Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Photo © Barceló Torre de Madrid
37W Shanghai – The Bund, Shanghai, China
This is the third W Hotel from Marriott launching in mainland China. The W Shanghai – The Bund provides opportunities for enjoying sweeping views of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s cityscapes. The characteristically striking for W, contemporary interiors feature elements inspired by the old Shanghai. As always with the W, the accommodation has names such as Wonderful Room or Extreme WOW.
The Marriott group is also launching W Suzhou, near Shanghai.
Website: W Shanghai – The Bund, Shanghai, China. Photos © Marriott International
38The Whitby Hotel, New York, US
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The UK-based Firmdale are experts when it comes to city hotels, and their Whitby Hotel is proof of that. Launched in the Midtown area of Manhattan, it’s the second hotel of Firmdale in NYC. As in their other properties, the chief designer is Kit Kemp brings striking patterns and bold application of color as her hallmark style. Delightful sensory experiences are present throughout the hotel, also in the 86 individually-designed rooms. Each has excellent city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and many also come with private terraces.
Website: The Whitby Hotel, New York, US. Photo © Firmdale Hotels
39Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li – Shanghai, China
Capella has moved into the historic district of Shanghai with an all-villa property, created from Shikumen warehouses, heritage buildings dating from the 1860s. Renovated in style reminiscent of the 1930s, the buildings now house a swanky urban resort, featuring fifty-five shikumen villas, residences, retail space, the Auriga Spa, a library, and a French brasserie and event venues.
Website: Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li – Shanghai, China. Photo © Capella Hotels and Resorts
40Artist Residence Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
A rural 16th-century pub and restaurant, formerly known as the Mason Arms, is the Artist Residence, a unique hotel with a bohemian twist and quirky vibe. The rooms are simply gorgeous, with interiors utilizing stone floors, iron fireplaces, antique furnishings and restored beams in supporting the roof next to neon creations, William Morris floral wallpapers, quirky sculptures, and contemporary artworks. The quintessentially English building is, perhaps surprisingly, a perfect place for an imaginative renovation and eccentric interiors. The restaurant, situated in the old pub, offers a menu of simple, hearty dishes inspired by the Oxfordshire’s culinary traditions.
Website: Artist Residence Oxfordshire, UK. Photo © Artist Residence
41Kokomo Private Island Fiji, Fiji
This ultra-luxury development on Yaukuve Island is Fiji’s most exclusive hotel. Kokomo is a private island property accessible by a seaplane, with accommodation in luxurious beachfront villas built in the style of the local wood-and-straw huts (bures), with private swimming pools.
Website: Kokomo Private Island Fiji, Fiji. Photos © Kokomo
42Adare Manor, Ireland
Adare Manor opened following a major renovation work during which a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle was transformed into a luxury property with a golf course, a new spa and swimming pool, a cinema, and a ballroom. It’s pure Ireland — picture medieval ruins, walled French gardens and winding forest paths, beautiful river, and a stone castle, right in the middle of it all.
Website: Adare Manor, Ireland. Photo © Adare Manor
43Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka
Shangri-La came to Colombo, introducing unprecedented comfort and a level of luxury, raising the bar for the hotel industry in the whole of Sri Lanka. The classy inner spaces are infused with lots of character where it matters, while the guest rooms are elegant, comfortable, and luxurious. The design, the level of service, the excellent cuisine, and high-end interiors make it one of the best luxury hotels in the city. We recommend booking one of the Horizon Club suites.
UPDATE: We have since visited and stayed at this hotel.
Read our review of Shangri-La Hotel Colombo here.
Website: Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo © Shangri-La International
44Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
Following extensive renovations, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay reopened in 2017. The improvements have seen all facilities and services updated, and the villas’ Balinese aesthetic modernized. The Imperial and Royal Villas preserved the sophisticated ambiance, through original Balinese village architecture, but with new landscaping, interiors, décor, furniture, electronics, thatch-roofing. The resort also added a new ocean-front venue for spa treatments and yoga, and some of the exciting activities now include surfing, sunset cruise, artists-in-residence program, and personalized dining.
Website: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia. Photo © Four Seasons Hotels
45andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge, South Africa
Celebrating 20 years since its original opening, andBEYOND Phinda Rock Lodge reopened its doors with a sophisticated new look. Guest rooms have been updated and redone in an earthy soft-grey palette. A combination of beautiful woven linen, hand-embroidered cotton, and exquisite Persian carpets create a feeling of quality. French doors open onto private decks with plunge pools, while the location ensures beautiful views of the surrounding valley. The lodge’s central areas, meanwhile, were expanded with a new rooftop terrace, ideal for dining under the stars.
Website: andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge. Photo © andBeyond
46The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore
The history of this place reaches as far as 1895 when the Warehouse was part of the Straits of Malacca trade, and when this area of Singapore was known for liquor distilleries and underground activity. Drawing from the industrial heritage of the original building as much as the history of the neighborhood, the Warehouse Hotel Singapore grabs attention with its attractive look. The interiors have a distinctively industrial character. The 37 rooms feature original beams and high ceilings, and their minimalist design is an excellent match to the high-tech fixtures.
UPDATE: We have since visited and stayed at the Warehouse Hotel.
Read our review of the Warehouse Hotel here.
Website: The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore. Photos © The Warehouse Hotel
47Hoshinoya Bali, Ubud, Bali
This unique property, set in the heart of Bali, was imagined by the Japanese luxury brand Hoshino. The resort offers three classes of private luxury villas, lined up by semi-private lap pools and surrounded by verdant greenery of Ubud. The interiors feature intricate carvings decorating furniture and walls, exquisitely crafted by local artists.
Website: Hoshinoya Bali, Ubud, Bali. Photo © Hoshino Resorts
48The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland
For its debut in Switzerland, Ritz-Carlton took over a former Hotel de la Paix, a 152-year-old landmark positioned on the shore of Lake Geneva. The hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, which blended heritage and modern design to create 60 rooms and 14 suites, including one Presidential suite named after Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco (and a former guest). Among the offering of the hotel is a new restaurant that introduced to Geneva a Nordic-fusion concept.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo © The Ritz-Carlton
49W Amman, Jordan
Jordan is wonderful. It is full of absolutely amazing sights, with Petra and Wadi Rum being the most famous. We toured the country some time ago and fell in love with the place. But, at the time, the capital did not have a truly modern luxury hotel. This has now changed, with W Hotel opened in the prestigious new downtown district, the Abdali. The property, designed as an urban retreat, has both the business and the leisure needs in mind. W Amman has 280 guest rooms and suites and multiple dining outlets.
Website: W Amman, Jordan. Photos © Marriott International
50Cempedak Private Island, Indonesia
Cempedak is a tropical retreat in which eco-friendly design meets a dreamy island experience. The resort is composed of twenty bamboo villas, each featuring a spacious lounge deck and plunge pool. A spiral staircase leads to a bedroom with glass doors and a private balcony. The island is reachable from Singapore, either by a seaplane or by a ferry.
Website: Cempedak Private Island, Indonesia. Photo © Cempedak
51Berber Lodge, Oumnass, Morocco
With only nine rooms, a style that mixes both contemporary and tribal styles, and a location half-hour’s drive from Marrakech, Berber Lodge is not your usual hotel offering in Morocco. Luxurious and with highly refined aesthetics, the lodge features rough handmade surfaces, traditional Berber crafts, and well-curated contemporary furniture pieces from Europe. Each of the nine standalone lodges is supremely comfortable, and the hotel also features a fireplace-equipped outdoor lounge, set by an olive grove, and a bar by the pool. A restaurant with ample terrace seating offers a modern take on the local fare.
Website: Berber Lodge, Morocco. Photo © Berber Lodge
52Branco Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece
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Branco Mykonos is an inspiring 5-star boutique hotel, located on one of the best beaches on the island, Platιs Gialos beach. Amid the string of beachfront bars and restaurants in the area, the hotel adds to the mix its own gourmet restaurant, as well as a beach club with live DJs, beachfront pool, luxury boutique shopping, and wellness spa option. The luxurious rooms and suites offer a modern twist on traditional Myconian style, with natural materials, pale-wood furnishings, grey floors, and whitewashed exteriors creating bohemian-influenced minimalism.
Website: Branco Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece. Photos © Branco Mykonos
53The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Singapore
Two carefully restored historical buildings, the Stamford House and the Capitol Building, today are home to The Capitol Kempinski, a luxury hotel blending heritage with contemporary design and timeless elegance. The style of the hotel is that of a homely grandeur, equally luxurious and intimate, with a residential atmosphere. The property features beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and a three-room spa with Singapore’s first saltwater relaxation pool.
Website: The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Singapore. Photo © Kempinski Hotels
54Awasi Iguazú, Argentina
Located only 15 minutes from the world’s largest waterfalls of Iguazú, Awasi is a small resort with fourteen private villas, built on stilts on the banks of the Iguazú River. Poking from under the jungle canopy, the design-led Awasi Iguazú entices with large living spaces in the villas that feature private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Guest activities include visits to archaeological sites, jungle journeys to the waterfalls, and sunset boat rides.
Website: Awasi Iguazú, Argentina. Photo © Awasi
55Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
The co-founder of the Ahn Luh brand is Adrian Zecha, the visionary behind the Aman Resorts. The Ahn Luh Lanting Shaoxing wows with the sheer ambition of the project. Ahn Luh Lanting incorporates thirty-five meticulously restored heritage houses dating as far back as the 1600s. The authentic architectural elements are present throughout the hotel: in the restaurants, in the library, and the wellness center.
Other exciting opening from the rapidly expanding Ahn Luh group include Ahn Luh Qiandao Lake in Hangzhou.
Website: Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. Photo © Ahn Luh
56Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
African Bush Camps relaunched the Thorntree River Lodge, a luxurious place set on the bank of the Zambezi River, a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Completely rebuild and designed in an environmentally-conscious style, inspired by the local traditions, the lodge mixes contemporary shapes with tented roof structures. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, while the communal deck, on the river edge, will have a sunken boma and an infinity pool. Eight rooms and two family units feature private plunge pools.
Website: Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia. Photos © African Bush Camps
57Villa Brown Jerusalem, Israel
The Brown Jerusalem brings boutique hospitality to the holy city. This exclusive hotel occupies a 19th-century heritage villa, constructed from the local golden stone. The hotel features twenty-three rooms, as well as a rooftop terrace with spa and jacuzzi. It’s an exclusive urban retreat positioned within walking distance from the Old City.
Website: Villa Brown Jerusalem, Israel. Photo © Brown Hotels
58One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
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Following a major refurbishment, One&Only Le Saint Géran introduced new guest rooms and suites, fitness and spa facilities, two swimming pools, as well as new culinary experiences. We know the One&Only brand from our stay at the Reethi Rah resort in the Maldives, and loved the feeling of exclusive privacy and the absolute luxury of that resort. Their Mauritian property shows a similar level of quality — a good enough reason for us to revisit Mauritius.
Website: One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius. Photo © One&Only Resorts
59MACq 01, Tasmania, Australia
The Federal Group, the company behind the stunning Saffire Freycinet has opened a city hotel on the island of Tasmania. Located on the water edge of the MacQuarie Wharf in Hobart, the MACq 01 describes itself as a “storytelling hotel”, with each room referencing a different character from the island’s history. The design comes across as warm but eclectic, mixing elements in a range from the rustic to the luxurious.
Website: MACq 01, Tasmania, Australia. Photo © MACq 01
60The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Another Marriott’s resort will be launching in Jaffa, the oldest district of Tel Aviv. It’s a delayed opening from last year and when it launches it will surely create a buzz in the country’s capital. The hotel is set in a former hospital and convent complex, with lovely views of the Mediterranean coast. The renovation of the place preserved historical stained glass and stucco, and the lobby will feature 12th-century ruins.
Website: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel.
May 2017. Update: delayed to 2018. Photo © Marriott International
61Almanac Barcelona, Spain
The first hotel from this design-oriented stylish luxury brand launched in Barcelona, followed shortly by openings in Vienna, Prague and Zagreb. The Almanac Barcelona hotel has 92 rooms and suites, and its facilities include a rooftop lounge with a swimming pool and a Mediterranean brasserie. The property is positioned on the Gran Via de Les Corts Catalans, just off the famous Paseo de Gracia.
Website: Almanac Barcelona, Spain. Photo © Almanac Hotels Group
62The Barcelona EDITION, Barcelona, Spain
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One hundred rooms of this luxury hotel will entice to check-in with a contemporary lifestyle concept and casual yet classic feel—a far cry from an office building, which was formerly at the same address. EDITION hotels can be relied upon for excellent interior design, and it is no different in their Barcelona property. Its cool spaces, including three restaurants, club and rooftop bar, will no doubt inspire to lounge. With a desirable location in the Ciutat Vella district, this new hot spot on the Barcelona map will be a worthy addition to the vibrant hotel scene in the city.
Website: The Barcelona EDITION, Spain. Update: delayed to 2018. Photo © EDITION Hotels
63 Qorokwe Camp, Botswana
Based on our experiences with Wilderness Safaris, we are confident that this new camp delivers on the promise of refined luxury and fantastic safari experiences. The camp comprises nine spacious tents, one of them a large “family” accommodation that includes a private plunge pool. All are raised on stilts, maximizing views over a lagoon that teems with life. Elephants, buffalo and hippos frequent the area, and seasonal water surges offer guests the opportunity to take water safaris in the traditional mokoro boats.
Website: Qorokwe Camp, Botswana. Photo © Wilderness Safaris
64The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, UAE
Located in a vast swath of a protected forest, and with access to vast white sand beaches, the Oberoi Beach Al Zorah is a great destination resort in an attractive part of UAE. Ultra-modern and sleek, the spacious rooms and suites are equipped with private terraces, while the villas come with temperature-controlled swimming pools. The 18-hole Championship Golf Course brings the resort particularly attractive.
Website: The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, UAE. Photo © Oberoi Hotels
65Public Hotel, New York, US
The home of the Public Hotel is a 28-story multi-use tower in the Lower East Side in NYC, designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning architects, Herzog & de Meuron (of the Olympic Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing fame). The architects used floor-to-ceiling windows, permitting unobstructed, stunning views of New York City. The hotel features multiple entertainment and dining venues, including two outdoor garden spaces, restaurants, a lobby bar, a banquet hall, as well as a food market, and even a theatre.
Website: Public Hotel, New York, US. Photos © Public Hotels
66Habitas Tulum, Mexico
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This is the flagship property of the lifestyle brand Habitas, and the first in the tiny portfolio of chic hotels, each designed to fit in an exceptional destination: Namibia, Bhutan — and, to start with, Tulum. The philosophy behind Habitas Tulum is centered around its commitment to creating communities. This is demonstrated in the range of activities on offer, from outdoor film screenings, yoga classes, live DJ sessions, and unplugged jams and concerts. The 32 air-conditioned guest tents of the hotel offer at least 500 square feet of private space and feature outdoor rain showers and private terraces. The tents are furnished with a bohemian-inspired mix of kilim rugs, animal hide stools, and raffia lamps. A tall glass-and-steel pavilion is a central hub for the community. It contains a Moorish-style restaurant, a mezzanine, and a rooftop deck.
Website: Habitas Tulum, Mexico. Photo © Habitas
67Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy
The Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden in Rome relaunched following an extensive renovation of its rooms, lobby, bars, and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden. The hotel added a new spa and blow-dry bar, but what has not changed is the high level of service and the enchanting views of the Eternal City, which the guests can enjoy from their rooms and suites.
Website: Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy. Photo © Dorchester Collection
68Anantara Guiyang Resort, China
The well-known Anantara brand brought its sophisticated brand of luxury to south-west China, in the Guizhou Region. Situated twelve kilometers from the famous Guiyang Forest Park and set against a dramatic mountain scenery, the hotel features over 200 guest rooms with furnished balconies as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. The sublime Anantara Spa invites for treatments that explore China’s relationship with tea.
Website: Anantara Guiyang Resort, China. Photo © Anantara Hotels
69Luxe Life Hotel New York, US
The Luxe Life Hotel New York is housed in the historic LIFE Magazine building, in the NoMad neighborhood. Inspired by the building’s heritage, many details link the design to the history of the place. The rooms feature brass fixtures and wrought-iron beds, while up-to-date technologies (free Wi-Fi, 60-inch flat-screen TVs with access to social gaming, and more) ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay.
Website: Luxe Life Hotel New York, US. Photo © Luxe Hotels
70Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
Relaunched following an overhaul and refurbishment, the Duba Plains from Great Plains Conservation sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta, surrounded by a landscape of palm-dotted islands, flood plains, and woodlands. The five guest tents are engineered to blend into this landscape, and designed to evoke the classic African safari era of the 1920s. Each tent comes with a lounge area and en-suite facilities. The camp benefits from a wine cellar and library as well.
Website: Duba Plains Camp, Botswana. Photos © Great Plains Conservation
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//New Luxury Hotels 2017: runners up
2017 was a busy year in the luxury travel industry, and it was too easy to go over the number 70 in our New Luxury Hotels openings list. Below are the runners-up; a shortlist of other notable hotels, lodges, and resorts launched in 2017.
Africa & Middle East
Khwai Leadwood, Botswana (image below left).
Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, Tanzania (image below in the middle).
Al Manara, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba, Jordan (image below right).
Fairmont Amman, Jordan.
Riad Numa, Marrakesh, Morocco.
72 Riad Living, Marrakesh, Morocco – 72 Riad has unveiled a large extension, a whole new wing featuring several guest rooms.
Asia & Pacific
Sofitel Singapore City Centre (image below, in the middle).
Andaz Singapore – A Concept by Hyatt, Singapore.
Rosewood Sanya on Hainan Island, China.
X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel, Thailand (image below, left).
Avani+ Luang Prabang, Laos (image below right).
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Australia.
Palácio Tangará, São Paulo, Brazil (image below, middle).
UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Itz’ana Resort, Belize.
Casa Republica, Lima, Peru (image below left).
Ace Hotel Chicago, USA (image below right).
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Hotel Lungarno, Florence, Italy. Re-opened following a complete renovation.
Maison Albar Paris Hotel Céline, France.
Italy Il Castelfalfi in Tuscany.
Provocateur, Berlin, Germany.
Oddfellows on the Park in Manchester, England.
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges in Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France.
Hotel Hygge, Brussels, Belgium.
The Fontenay, Hamburg, Germany (image below right).
Also in Hamburg, Sir Nikolai hotel and in Spain Sir Joan, Ibiza.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, Turkey.
The Curtain Hotel and Members Club, London (image below left).
See all our previous top hotel lists here and stay tuned for upcoming reviews!
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