The best new luxury hotels of 2017

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Today (December 15, 2017): Travel news: The hottest luxury hotel openings of 2017.

Be the first to explore my selection of the best new luxury hotels, 60 in total, that opened their doors in 2017. Some of these hotel are managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brands.

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1. THE SILO, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

The Silo Hotel is a magical new space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The hotel is located in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Africa’s largest contemporary art museum which rivals the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour. The Silo hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse.


2. MIAVANA ISLAND SANCTUARY, MADAGASCAR

Miavana is an ultra-luxury lodge located on Nosy Ankao island, part of a private five-island archipelago off the north-east of Madagascar. Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and the Indian Ocean’s spectacular maritime wonders, Miavana consist of only 14 one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas strung along the island’s western pure white beaches. Reaching nearly 5,000 square feet in size, these palatial villas have been perfectly designed by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens of Seychelle’s North Island (which I reviewed here) and Zambia’s Chinzombo fame and allow guests to step directly onto the powder-soft sand from their private decks to enjoy spectacular panoramic Indian Ocean sunsets extending to the far contours of mainland Madagascar.


3. WILDERNESS SAFARI’S BISATE LODGE, RWANDA

Comprising just six spacious forest villas, Bisate offers a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and life-changing journey to this beautiful region. Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, Bisate is surrounded by natural splendour, with sweeping views towards the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes. Bisate’s sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch. This spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while the richly-detailed interiors exhibit surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture.


4. ONE&ONLY NYUNGWE HOUSE, RWANDA

Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, Nyungwe House offers an exciting window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. Situated on a working tea plantation on the edge of Nyungwe National Park, One&Only Nyungwe House is the first of two new One&Only resorts to open in Rwanda. Exploratory treks and hikes through the forest give guests access to the park’s nearly 250,000 acres, where they can discover black-and-white colobus monkeys, gray-cheeked mangabeys, and more than 275 bird species. After full days out in the park, guests can retire to the resort’s modern suites and villas, each featuring decor accented with traditional African touches and vast private decks equipped with fireplaces.


5. ONE&ONLY LE SAINT GERAN, MAURITIUS

Mauritius’ much-loved resort, One&Only Le Saint Géran, is welcoming back guests, following a nine-month renovation and multi-million-dollar investment which has transformed the legend into a modern icon, and one of the top resorts in the world. Boasting the ultimate location on the north-eastern coast of the island, One&Only Le Saint Géran is setting new standards of ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean and beyond, much like it did when it originally opened in 1975. The resort retains what guests have always loved – a sense of exclusive seclusion on its own private peninsula with a beachfront and calm lagoon unlike any other resort on the island. However, the entire resort has been completely transformed, including dynamic new culinary experiences with overwater dining pavilions and innovative theatre style cooking, new playful swimming pools with cabanas, reimagined public spaces, a stunning new spa, Club One, and a range of ultra-modern facilities.


6. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TUNIS, TUNISIA

You can now experience a Mediterranean sanctuary unparalleled in all North Africa. Cascading down a hillside to a large stretch of beach, Four Seasons Hotel Tunis welcomes with Arabic-inspired architecture and inspiring water features – creating a calm oasis in this vibrant city. The location is in the affluent Gammarth neighbourhood, providing privacy and exclusivity, close to the central business district. With 203 accommodations, Four Seasons offers Tunis’ largest guest rooms and suites, most with views of the sea and all with an outdoor terrace or balcony. Three lively dining destinations are complemented by a lavish spa and an expansive pool designed to reflect the city’s Roman heritage. Legendary Four Seasons service is flavoured with local North African flair – defining Tunisia’s only true luxury hotel.


7. SOFITEL DARLING HARBOUS SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The landmark Sofitel Darling Harbour hotel is the first new-build luxury hotel to open in Sydney since the city hosted the Olympics in 2000. Perched at the northern end of the ICC Sydney and overlooking Cockle Bay, the 35 storey 600-room hotel is the centrepiece of the Darling Harbour redevelopment and supports the adjacent International Convention Centre. Developed by Lendlease, owned by hotel magnate Jerry Schwartz, and operated by Accor, the Sofitel has a contemporary French design with 590 rooms, including 34 suites. There are three bars, including the upper-level Champagne Bar, where you can take in harbour views with a glass of vintage cuvee in hand. Signature restaurant Atelier is also on the site, along with nine meeting spaces and an infinity pool.


8. KOKOMO ISLAND, FIJI

Kokomo Island is Fiji’s newest private island resort, where pristine reefs set the scene for an unrivalled, all-inclusive experience. Located on the edge of the celestial Kadavu Island Group and approximately 45 minutes flight from Nadi International Airport, Kokomo is a true undiscovered paradise encircled by the famous Great Astrolabe Reef. A world away from the world, this is a place where spectacular white sand beaches will be yours for the taking, where privacy is paramount, and where service is superior. There are 21 one- to three-bedroom beachside villas to choose from, each with its own deck from which you can see the blue of your private infinity pool merge with the aquamarine of the Pacific Ocean. For elevated views, opt for one of the five hilltop residences with an in-house chef, personal butler and nanny, as well as sweeping views of the island’s white-sand beaches, verdant rainforest and picturesque gardens.


9. CONRAD BORA BORA NUI, FRENCH POLYNESIA

This 115-room resort, formerly known as Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, re-opened as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui after undergoing a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Conrad Bora Bora Nui is located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, an islet off the coast of Bora Bora, about 20 minutes by boat from Bora Bora Airport. Offering panoramic ocean views, access to sea sports, coral reef dive sites and hiking trails, the beachfront Conrad Bora Bora Nui features 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, including the destination’s only double-story Presidential Suites. Guests here can look forward to inspired experiences, which marries Tahitian culture and charm with Conrad’s intuitive, discrete, and seamless service.


10. LAS ALCOBAS, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA

Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in St. Helena, Napa Valley is a place where guests are pampered with the warmth of a place called home. The historic resort boasts 68 rooms and suites, all with gracious floorplans, and most with a beautiful outdoor terrace and vineyard views. Guestrooms are spectacularly appointed with Rivolta linens, oversize bathrooms, custom designed furniture and every need attended to. Guests here are able to soak in the Spring Mountain sunset, take a dip in the pool, melt in the spa with curated treatments over 2000 years old, or create memorable experiences with age-old friends at the signature Acacia House by Chris Cosentino restaurant.


11. WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA

Perfectly located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills exemplifies the very best of the California good life. Designed inside and out by the legendary Pierre-Yves Rochon, you’ll find world-class service and excellence in every detail. Lush gardens and coastal California décor set the tone for a relaxing retreat. Every hotel element is richly designed, from the grand three-story lobby to the delicate Lalique crystal. The hotel features 170 guest rooms and suites with oversized balconies and stunning views in every direction. The hotel also features a restaurant serving the French-American cuisine of famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and a rooftop lounge deck with panoramic views, VIP cabanas and a sparkling swimming pool.


12. PENDRY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA

Standing proudly on the block of 5th, 6th, and J, The Pendry San Diego resides in the epicenter of San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel strikes a balance between modern and traditional, pairing classic Southern California influence with modern luxury programming and amenities. Here, seasoned travelers can take refuge in what feels like a home away from home set within a stunning environment. The hotel’s 317 rooms, including 36 suites, feature an urban coastal California aesthetic and a balance of classical and modern luxury. The onsite elegant spa is a tranquil wellness sanctuary offering meditation, yoga courses, and personalized spa treatments to balance mind, body and soul.


13. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUB, SURFSIDE, FLORIDA, USA

From the moment it first opened its doors on New Year’s Eve 1930, The Surf Club in Miami has hosted history. When tire tycoon Harvey Firestone first had the idea of a new type of social club, on board his yacht the Marybelle, he could never have imagined how enduring the appeal would be of what he would soon create. On this same 9-acre (3.6 hectare) stretch of oceanfront in Surfside, Florida, located in the northern beaches of Miami, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club today comprises 77 guest rooms, a selection of hotel residences, Le Sirenuse Restaurant and Champagne Bar, three pools, a pristine beach, and Spa and Wellness Center. Pritzker-prize winning architect Richard Meier designed the three buildings that frame and flank the original clubhouse.


14. INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN, CALIFORNIA, USA

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is located in the Wilshire Grand building, standing 73 stories tall in the core of Downtown’s historic, entertainment, financial, arts, and sports districts. Ideally placed at the heart of the revitalized, energy-charged urban center of the United States’ second-largest city, the hotel provides first-class hospitality that seamlessly intertwines with the fabric of the burgeoning Downtown area. High-speed double-decker elevators provide a 40-second ride to an innovative Sky Lobby on the 70th floor which greets guests with large, panoramic views along with art and design inspired by L.A.’s unique culture. Each of the 889 elegantly appointed guest rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows providing spectacular views, and comes equipped with an in-room entertainment system.


15. THE WHITBY, NEW YORK, USA

Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street at 5th Avenue, The Whitby Hotel is a celebration of contemporary art and design. It’s just two blocks from Central Park and on the doorstep of some of New York’s leading restaurants, galleries and museums, including MoMA. The hotel comprises 86 individually styled rooms and suites, many with private terraces and floor to ceiling windows. There’s also a  stunning two-bedroom suite that encompasses the entire top floor and feature two terraces with views to the north and south. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, orangery and courtyard as well as several private events spaces and a 130-seater cinema. A a cozy drawing-room and terrace serve as a gathering place for guests.


16. 1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE, NEW YORK, USA

This eco-luxury hotel’s 194 guest rooms and suites offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. Built from the ground up according to LEED standards, the hotel was designed using 54 percent regional and reclaimed materials, including original heart-pine beams from Brooklyn’s old Domino Sugar Factory, walnut from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and pine flooring from the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky. Rooms and common areas are decorated with environment-focused artwork, including the 25-foot green wall in the lobby, a sculpture made with materials salvaged after a tornado upstate, and, in corner suites, a watermark painted by local artist Olivié Ponce in honor of the flooding in the neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy.


17. ACE HOTEL CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

Ace Hotel Chicago lives in a stoic, industrial concrete and glass building in the West Loop, once home to an Italian-American cheesemaking company at 311 North Morgan Street, just across the street from 1KFulton, Google’s Midwest headquarters. The vision for the hotel is inspired by the ever-evolving design history of the city and the heroes that emerged from it, as well as the idea that to hand over the hotel’s public spaces to the city they were built for. The hotel features 159 guest rooms with skyline views, event spaces big and small, a really great restaurant called City Mouse, a top floor bar named Waydown and a café by Stumptown Coffee Roasters — their first outpost in the Midwest.


18. TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER VANCOUVER, CANADA

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver opened to the public on the day that Trump Organization founder Donald Trump was sworn in as U.S. president. Regally situated on Georgia Street amid downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver boasts 63 stories of skyline-transforming grandeur. The twisting tower stands at 188 m (616 feet), the city’s second-tallest building. In addition to 147 guest rooms, the luxury hotel also includes a Champagne lounge, signature restaurant, Trump Spa, and banquet and conference center. It is also home to Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub. Above the hotel are 218 stylish residences, offering residents spectacular views of the North Shore and beyond.


19. UNICO 20°87° HOTEL RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

Situated in Akumal in the Quintana Roo Region, UNICO 20°N 87°W – Riviera Maya is steps away from stunning white beaches. At this adults only, all inclusive hotel, each bright, spacious room is filled with local inspiration, from the art on the wall, to the patterns of the upholstery, to the handcrafted details throughout; they are a luxurious reflection of modern Mexico. All of the hotel accommodations feature an Anfitrión, a personalized local host, available 24-hours a day to provide an added level of personalized service. The hotel boasts a spa centre and fitness centre, an outdoor pool, a private beach area, and several restaurants varying from elevated fine dining to casual beachside buffet.


20. CHABLÉ RESORT, YUCATÁN PENINSULA, MEXICO

Located deep in Mexico’s Mayan forest, Chablé Resort is a luxury spa retreat in tune with its spectacular setting. With private villas dotted across 750 acres, Chablé Resort promises total tranquillity. Its design immerses guests in the heritage of the Yucatán Peninsula and pays homage to its natural setting. A pool curves through the tropical gardens, but you’ll also have your own in your villa – complete with lanterns for moonlit dips and hammocks for morning snoozing. Be sure to explore the spa, which is set within an enchanting cave. Contemporary cuisine is offered on site and created from home-grown ingredients.


21. ROSEWOOD PUEBLA, MEXICO

Located in the heart of one of Mexico’s most significant colonial cities, Rosewood Puebla honors the region’s rich colonial heritage through authentic design and memorable experiences that are anchored in the proud traditions and accomplishments of Mexico. Comprised of a collection of historical buildings from various eras surrounding a picturesque private courtyard, Rosewood Puebla integrates modern elements with traditional craftsmanship and materials, such as the city’s famed Talavera ceramics, into its design while showcasing Mexican furnishings and works of art. Rosewood Puebla features 78 rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, an indulgent spa and a rooftop pool with stunning views of the city and surrounding volcanoes. The hotel’s additions to Puebla’s dynamic dining scene all celebrate Mexico’s history and honor the region’s distinguished culinary traditions.


22. GRAN HOTEL MANZANA KEMPINSKI LA HABANA, CUBA

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is located within the historic Manzana de Gómez building in the heart of Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town, are just one of the many highlights. There is a spa managed by Resense, which offers guests more than 1,000 square metres of pure relaxation, together with a choice of three restaurants, a lobby bar, cigar lounge, and a business centre makes sure guests will have everything they need for a truly memorable stay.  There is no doubt that this new luxury hotel, in the heart of Havana’s most historic area, next to the city’s most interesting sights, is destined to become the place to be in Cuba’s capital.


23. ITZ’ANA RESORT, BELIZE

In the quaint coastal village of Placencia, Belize, Itz’ana Resort & Residences enjoys a prime location on the Caribbean peninsula, with the sea on one side and a lagoon on the other. Itz’ana is the perfect base camp to everything wild and wonderful in Belize. Whether you’re better suited seeking jaguars in the wild or sunshine aboard a sailboat, the adventures await. An ode to the great Caribbean estates of years past, the Great House is the heart of the new Itz’ana resort and a gathering place for family and friends to gather, eat, drink, and relax. The 39 luxury boutique cottages and villas are designed for waterfront living featuring tall windows and doors with high ceilings to emphasize spacious, open-air living.


24. PARK HYATT ST. KITTS, THE FEDERATION OF ST. CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS

Set within Christophe Harbour, the 126-room new luxurious Park Hyatt resort spans the secluded beach of Banana Bay at the foot of St. Kitts’ lush rolling hills and offers unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring Nevis. Home to three signature restaurants, indoor and outdoor event spaces, two pools, and other distinct amenities, Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour offers guests a journey of luxurious and intimate experiences. All 78 rooms and 48 suites incorporate local materials and seamlessly intertwine contemporary architecture with colonial design. Offering a wellness sanctuary for restorative peace, the resort is also unveiling the first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in the Caribbean


25. CALALA ISLAND NICARAGUA

Calala Island is an exclusive luxury private island nestled on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Here, guests are invited to experience an unspoilt paradise and barefoot luxury in an undiscovered part of the Caribbean. Think Barbados 50 years ago. Jamaica 40 years ago. The ideal retreat for small groups, the island has just four villas accommodating up to 8 guests. Calalas beautifully appointed, beachfront villas make for the perfect setting for you to enjoy your own piece of unspoilt paradise. Privacy comes standard in each of the beach front bugalows meticulously crafted local materials. Calalas rates are on a luxury all-inclusive basis and include  all meals, snacks and beverages (excluding champagne and some fine wines).


26. CONRAD CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA

Located on the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a tropical atmosphere with vibrant colors and Caribbean flavors. The Conrad Cartagena hotel is true to its surroundings – a ‘destination within a destination’ that is both intimate and grand in style and service. This luxury hotel delivers an inspired stay to every guest and features a Tournament Players Club golf course, indulgent spa, seven culinary options, and expansive beaches. Views of the Caribbean Sea will be enjoyed from each one of the 217 guest rooms. There is also a Conrad Spa and salon with outdoor relaxation areas and spectacular views.


27. PALÁCIO TANGARÁ, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Palacio Tangara is exceptionally located in the heart of São Paulo, surrounded by the lush greenery of Burle Marx Park, with easy access to the main business, leisure and culture districts of the city. The hotel brings the refined European hospitality combined with Brazilian art de vivre to the biggest city of Latin America. Guests are welcomed with a refined contemporary décor, bathed in natural daylight throughout its spacious rooms and suites, variety of culinary venues signed by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten as well as the state of the art recreational and well-being facilities. A peaceful retreat in a vibrant city. The interior design has been entrusted to leading Brazilian interior design firms Bick Simonato and Anastassiadis who have created a truly bespoke design concept for each space.


28. ALILA FORT BISHANGARH, JAIPUR, INDIA

Hidden away in the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan, a world away from the crowds on the conventional Jaipur-Jodphur-Udaipur trail, yet just an hour’s drive from Jaipur, is Alila Fort Bishangarh – a 230-year-old defensive fortress. After seven years in restoration, it has undergone a brilliant transformation into Alila Hotels & Resort’s second property in India, following Alila Diwa Goa which opened in 2010. Each of the 59-suites has been custom designed to make the most of the stunning views from the large openable windows, resulting in 22 different layouts. Rooms come with all the modern conveniences, including expansive bathrooms, footed/inbuilt bathtubs and large day-beds. Within the fort, various exciting food and beverage options are on offer, innovatively curated by a renowned chef.


29. WILD COAST LODGE, YALA, SRI LANKA

Resplendent Ceylon’s latest creation is Wild Coast Tented Lodge, adjacent to the world-famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Wild Coast Lodge’s unique design sees the man-made structures blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials. The use of arched fabric structures allows each of the 28 tents to take on the shape and colour of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby, whilst a clever layout in the shape of a leopard’s paw print alludes to the area’s most famous resident. The open-air bamboo-clad Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – wrap around the resort’s enormous free-form swimming pool.


30. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

The hotel benefits from a prime location by the sea that is in the heart of the business district and buzzing social hotspot. A personal tropical sanctuary that is perfect for escaping the city, it offers some of the finest, most modern accommodation in the country, with 500 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments. An exciting new dining and social scene has come to life around the hotel’s outstanding group of restaurants and bars, and the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge is the largest of its kind in Colombo. Shangri-La’s world-renowned CHI, The Spa presents 7 private rooms and a soothing selection of traditional Sri Lankan and Asian treatments and therapies. The spa is complemented by a state-of-the-art, 24-hour Health Club and one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in Colombo.


31. BAWAH PRIVATE ISLAND, INDONESIA

Located just 150 nautical miles north-east of Singapore, and easily accessible via private seaplane, this untouched beauty of 6 islands opens a whole new destination for discerning travelers. A playground of over 300 hectares, 3 crystal blue lagoons, 13 powder white beaches, lush jungle canopy for trekking and more importantly a philosophy of environmental and conservation policies, Bawah Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and sets the benchmark for future destinations around the region. Taking the route that “less means more”, Bawah Private Island only accepts a maximum of 70 guest at any one time; The 35 Safari Tented Villas offer the privacy of your own home but also invite you to enjoy the nature that surrounds Bawah Island.


32. JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC EMERALD BAY RESORT & SPA, VIETNAM

Located on Phu Quoc, a hidden lush paradise off the southern coast of Vietnam, JW Marriott has opened its first Vietnamese outpost. Famed Architect Bill Bensley has designed the resort to pay homage to the fictional historic Lamarck University, with a whimsical ambiance that is utterly unique. All 244 rooms and suites are extraordinary in their individuality; most feature breathtaking views of the bay, and all offer plush bedding and free Wi-Fi. The sumptuous villas include perks like balconies and private pools. The resort’s three restaurants and bars serve fresh local produce and artfully crafted cocktails. Be sure to pamper yourself with a treatment at the wonderful hotel spa.


33. THE RITZ-CARLTON LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

Set in a tranquil private bay, the resort is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is sheltered by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Reflecting the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages – which are known as Kampongs – The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch. Spacious interiors in the 70 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. The resort is home to a world-class spa and four distinct dining venues, each overlooking the glistening Andaman Sea offering striking views from sunrise to sunset. From the blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine in Langkawi Kitchen, to western favorites in the Beach Grill, and Chinese seafood in Hai Yan, there are options to delight the palates of all.


34. ROSEWOOD PHUKET, THAILAND

Rosewood Phuket is nestled along a 600-meter beachfront at exquisite Emerald Bay. Featuring 71 pavilions and villas, the resort offers a secluded island escape and celebration of the brand’s ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy, taking inspiration from the natural landscape, diverse cultures and unique sensibilities of this distinctive southern isle. The environmentally sensitive, contemporary architecture style utilizes indigenous materials such as stone and timber throughout and features floor-to-ceiling windows in all private and public areas to offer a fully immersive experience of the hillside forest surroundings. Landscaping is handled by Bangkok-based P-Landscape, with a clear focus on the preservation of the natural environment through the retention or careful transplantation of existing trees and indigenous foliage right through to the protection of sacred 150-year-old banyan trees situated in the resort grounds.


35. PARK HYATT BANGKOK, THAILAND

Once the scene of elegant garden parties hosted by the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, the prime corner plot in the heart of Bangkok is now home to the new Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel. The interior design was eloquently executed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the brand’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel. This is the award-winning design duo’s first hotel in Bangkok, and they have created a calm and stylish environment unfolding through a series of unique and intimate spaces. The hotel and an adjacent luxury shopping mall are bound together by a continual looped form merging plinth and tower. Drawing on motifs and patterns found in traditional Thai architecture, the eye-catching façade is clad in extruded aluminium tiles, creating a shimmering moiré-like pattern. Park Hyatt Bangkok houses 222 luxurious guestrooms, including 32 suites, all blessed with unobstructed views of the capital.


36. THE RITZ-CARLTON KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui seamlessly combines the brand’s legendary service with the traditional spirit of Thai hospitality and colorful Samui island life culture to create a unique melting pot of indelible new memories. The hotel offers 175 suites and pool villas nestled amid 58 acres that overlook the turquoise waters of The Gulf of Thailand. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the resort pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials such as ceramics, touches that imbue a sense of place and help immerse guests in their destination. To further draw guests into the local culture, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui has curated some of the best authentic southern Thai experiences to explore and experience, including the Muay Thai Gym with its indoor kickboxing ring.


37. ANDAZ SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

Andaz Singapore is housed in DUO, a striking pair of concave skyscrapers, 186m (6101 ft) and 170 m (558 ft) high, clad in a latticework of hexagonal windows. Located at the heart of Sinagpore’s cultural crossroads, the locally inspired boutique hotel draws inspiration from its lively surroundings – intimate alleyways filled with shop houses in vibrant colours and textures. Andaz Singapore houses 342 contemporary guestrooms, including 26 suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing stunning views of the city. As with all Andaz hotels, guests can enjoy a complimentary minibar with locally sourced snacks and non-alcoholic drinks that are replenished daily, complimentary Wi-Fi and all-day complimentary refreshments. Alley on 25 brings Singapore street dining to hotel guests by offering seven alleyway ‘shop houses’ on one floor, from a platter of barbecued snacks from Smoke & Pepper to a steaming bowl of noodles from Auntie’s Wok & Steam.


38. CAPELLA SHANGHAI, CHINA

Set against the backdrop of a vibrant cosmopolitan city in Shanghai’s architectural heritage Jian Ye Li estate, Capella Shanghai is a unique all-villa urban resort in the last remaining cluster of historical “shikumen” (stone warehouse gate) estate. Centrally located within the cultural preservation zone of Xuhui District, the Jian Ye Li estate was originally built by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine in the 1930s to house the upper-class. The compound houses 22 rows of shikumen lanes, connecting more than 200 two-story houses dating back to the 1930s. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li will serve as a showcase of Shanghai’s residential heritage featuring Chinese courtyard houses with Parisian flair. The heritage landmark features 55 ultra-luxury villas, 40 residences, The Capella Library, a French brasserie, Auriga spa and a retail gallery.


39. W SHANGHAI – THE BUND, SHANGHAI, CHINA

W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial gamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice. The hotel features 374 stylish guestrooms and suites, each appointed with the signature W bed adorned with a cheeky pillow in the shape of Shanghai’s famous Xiaolongbao (soup) dumpling and chopsticks. The duplex Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the presidential suite) boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space, along with a hanging neon installation in the shape of lips blowing out dragon smoke. W Shanghai – The Bund offers five intriguing places to socialize and dine as well as an AWAY Spa offering massages, body treatments, facials and quick fixes, all set to leave guests glowing.


40. THE ST REGIS SHANGHAI JINGAN, SHANGHAI, CHINA

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan opened its doors in one of the most exclusive, sought-after locations in the heart of the city’s central business district. Part of a new mixed-use development, the hotel offers approximately 480 guestrooms, including 41 suites and 47 residences. All guestrooms are located from the 29th to 59th floors, boasting stunning views of the Shanghai skyline. There are several three-bedroom luxury St. Regis apartments on the top floors of the building, redefining high-end city living in downtown Shanghai. The new St Regis hotel also offers sophisticated culinary experiences with three restaurants and an alfresco bar, extravagant wellness facilities including a spa, indoor swimming pool and a sprawling fitness center.


41. ROSEWOOD SANYA, CHINA

Rosewood Sanya is part of an integrated resort set within 40 acres (16 hectares) of landscaped gardens surrounding the Sanya Forum, the largest convention center in Haitang Bay. The resort’s design incorporates wood, tribal totems and aquatic elements to create a serene and contemporary space, celebrating the beauty of nature and the serenity of the ocean. All 246 guestrooms at Rosewood Sanya are ocean facing and 45 guestrooms include balcony plunge pools. Other facilities include an infinity pool located on 13th floor, a health club and Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Nearly 3,425 square meters of meeting and function space including a pillar-less ballroom, six salons and The Pavilion, a Rosewood signature residential-style meeting and function space with a sea view terrace and open show kitchen. The hotel’s five restaurants and lounges feature a variety of local and international cuisines.


42. THE BULGARI HOTEL BEIJING, CHINA

Crowning 7 years of meticulous construction works, the Bulgari Bejing balances art, design and nature with sculpted gardens that extend along the Liangma River. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm Antonio CItterio Patricia Viel, each element of the hotel has been handpicked for a seamless sense of refinement. The hotel’s 119 exquisitely furnished rooms include the exceptional Bulgari Suite, with some of the best views over the city. The Bulgari Spa adds a further luxurious touch to the guest experience featuring 11 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a large pool made of shimmering mosaic tiles inspired by Terme di Caracalla Roman baths. Finally, featuring creations from the Italian chef Niko Romito, Il Ristorante Niko Romito brings to China a menu that expresses the culture, elegance and vitality of ‘Made in Italy’ to the maximum.


43. WALDORF ASTORIA CHENGDU, CHINA

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu is the newest luxury hotel in the burgeoning Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone. Soaring 52 stories, the hotel blends classic elegance and modern grandeur with inspirational environments and modern luxuries. From sophisticated dining options and meeting facilities to memorable views from every guest room, guests enjoy unforgettable experiences throughout their stay. The spacious, tranquil guest room feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a culturally inspired décor. There are 6 restaurants and lounges, including a rooftop bar with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, as well as indoor pool perched on the 48th floor overlooking Chengdu, partnered with a 24-hour fitness center.


44. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TIANJIN, CHINA

In Tianjin, China’s fourth largest city, architectural reminders of its days as a European colony peacefully coexist with centuries-old temples and the cityscape of modern China. Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin is a short walk from the city’s business district and its concession precincts, where examples of Italian, French, British, German and Spanish architecture are evident.  With cosmopolitan flair and inimitable style, Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin confidently delivers the perfect Four Seasons experience, from spectacular dining in one of the flagship restaurants to restorative treatments in the world-class spa. The oversized guest rooms overlook Tianjin’s most vibrant commercial areas, putting all the excitement and convenience of the city at your feet.


45. THE ST. REGIS ASTANA, KAZAHSTAN

Created by award-winning WATG and Wimberly Interiors, the hotel’s design takes inspiration from the horsemanship and nomadic culture of Kazakhstan, providing guests with a link to the country’s ancient past. A vision of contemporary living, guests are greeted by a courtyard layout inspired by that of an indigenous yurt. The avant-garde interior combines modern and neo-classical elements with over 400 pieces of contemporary art created by both local and international artists. The hotel boasts 120 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 23 suites with private Juliette terraces presenting unforgettable views of the Astana Park and Ishim River. The St. Regis Astana features two distinct dining venues including The Grill, a contemporary fine dining experience with a personalized table-side presentation serving Astana’s best cuts of meats, fish and vegetables, grilled to perfection.


46. HOTEL EDEN, ROME, ITALY

Located in the heart of the Old City of Rome, the newly restored Hotel Eden is just a short stroll from the legendary Spanish Steps and picturesque Villa Borghese. The beautifully redesigned 98 rooms and suites offer a luxurious and classical feel with fine fabrics and elegant artwork, where guest can relax in comfort. All guestrooms feature stylish marble bathrooms and have a selection of indulgent Bottega Veneta toiletries. For the ultimate experience, you may want to choose from a series of signature suites including the exceptional Penthouse Suite, with its great expanse of windows overlooking magnificent cityscape views, or opt for the Aurora Terrace Suite complete with spacious terrace, sun loungers and al fresco dining area. The exquisite rooftop restaurant, Hotel Eden’s La Terrazz, is a must, with spectacular views of the majestic St Peter’s Dome and across the Eternal City.


47. THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL DE LA PAIX, GENEVA

Formerly known as Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, the 152-year-old hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, extensive re-design and refurbishment, marking a new era in the evolving story of one of Geneva’s most elegant and historic hotels. Positioned on the shore of Lake Geneva, with exceptional views of the city’s famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc as a timeless backdrop, Hotel de la Paix has defined luxury in Geneva since its inception in 1865. The newly restored public areas reflect a design concept created around art, time and nature, representing the hotel’s lakeside setting and the city of Geneva. Its 74 guestrooms, including 14 elegant suites, have been re-styled with a sleek and modern design. The Grace Kelly Suite, named after the Princess of Monaco who was a regular guest at the hotel, is the hotel’s Presidential Suite, offering sophisticated art deco design and gold leaf gilding, creating an elegant sanctuary.


48. HOTEL DE CRILLON, PARIS, FRANCE

Hôtel de Crillon reopened as a Rosewood Hotel after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration. Located in the heart of Paris, Hôtel de Crillon’s past provides a rich backdrop for its modern-day story. During the hotel’s closure, master craftsmen, artisans and designers worked tirelessly to strike a deliberate and delicate balance between conservation and transformation. The hotel’s 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites embody an expressly Parisian residential style that is equally warm and refined. Karl Lagerfeld, renowned designer and a great 18th century admirer, has decorated two exceptional suites on Place de la Concorde and together called “Les Grands Appartements”, which convey his personal vision of French chic and modernity. Hôtel de Crillon also features fine dining venues, a newly created swimming pool area, and a spa.


49. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MEGEVE, FRANCE

The only hotel directly on the Mont d’Arbois slopes, Four Seasons Hotel Megève offers chic, contemporary style in the heart of the French Alps. Like a modern mountain chalet, our hotel includes 55 spacious accommodations, including 14 suites – most with a fireplace and balcony. Indoor and outdoor dining options cater to the pre- and après-ski lifestyle. The showpiece is Le 1920 restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars and now in a new home at Four Seasons. With the largest spa, kids’ and teens’ facilities in the region, Four Seasons is the ideal destination for families, friends and couples – whether for golf and hiking in summer or the ski slopes in winter. This is Megève’s only hotel with its own in-house Ski Valet and Ski Concierge. Attentive Four Seasons service brings a new level of discreet luxury.


50. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LONDON AT TEN TRINITY SQUARE, UK

In a landmark of power and prestige – the 1922 headquarters of the Port of London Authority – Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square provides a central City location, near the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. This intimate five-star hotel features just 100 accommodations, including 11 spacious suites. A new culinary landmark, the hotel is home to the first UK restaurant by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic – the only current French female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars – as well as a sleekly designed Asian restaurant and The Rotunda lobby lounge. For relaxation, guests can retreat to the London’s most lavish spa sanctuary. Every experience here is unified by thoughtful, intelligent Four Seasons service.


51. NOBU HOTEL SHOREDITCH, LONDON, UK

The Nobu Hotel Group opened a new hotel at 10-50 Willow Street in the Shoreditch area of London with food and beverage menus to be developed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa specifically and uniquely for the hotel. The 143 rooms and seven suites have been designed by Studio Mica, and reference the ‘East meets West’ theme of the wider brand, with added local touches such as concrete walls and murals by local artists. Standard rooms feature globe lighting, a mini dining area with ottomans (room service is available 24/7), slatted screens and sliding doors which reveal floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel houses several banqueting and meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and offers modern amenities combined with superior service.


52. THE FONTENAY HAMBURG, GERMANY

In 1816, Hamburg-based shipbroker John Fontenay acquired a unique plot of land on the beautiful shores of the Alster lake in the heart of the city. Today, it is the site of the Fontenay Hotel, which offers lakeside luxury at its best. The Fonenay is a reflection of modern Hamburg: open-minded, cosmopolitan and exceptionally welcoming. A homage to the Hanseatic city, the luxury hotel is tailor-made for the many national and international visitors who come to discover and rediscover Hamburg. The hotel’s Hamburg-born star architect Jan Störmer titled his initial drawings ‘timelessly modern, modern classic’ and his innovative sculptural design will offer breathtaking views over the Alster from nearly all 131 rooms and suites.


53. PROVOCATEUR BERLIN, GERMANY

Since spring 2017, the burlesque brother of Frankfurt’s Roomers Hotel is the place to see and be seen in Berlin and sets new standards in terms of atmosphere and lifestyle. The 58 rooms and suites of the Provocateur have one thing in common: quality, comfort, and design at the highest level. Dark natural stone, seductive velvet fabrics and radiantly beautiful lighting elements breathe the rooms into life and give them an extraordinary flair beyond trivial norms. The hotel houses a bar which is co-created by Frankfurt’s award-winning Roomers Bar team and an Asian restaurant operated by chef Duc Ngo. Located at Brandenburgische Straße, close to Kurfürstendamm, the hotel offers a perfect surrounding to explore the city.


54. FAIRMONT QUASAR ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Rising over the slopes of the Bosphorus, surveying centuries of history, yet silhouetted against the modern skyline of Istanbul, the Fairmont heritage of distinction and style comes to Istanbul, fusing with the city’s storied history and traditions to bring guests an exceptional experience in the heart of one of the world’s most talked about destinations. The property offers sophisticated travelers 209 guest rooms, including 25 suites and 40 Fairmont Gold rooms, with additional 64 Fairmont Residences along with a diverse selection of restaurants and bars serving everything from elegantly crafted cocktails to exquisitely authentic Turkish cuisine. Fairmont Quasar Istanbul is ideal for meetings, special events and lavish weddings , while the luxurious Willow Stream Spa and state-of-the-art gym are the perfect places to relax and revitalize.


55. FAIRMONT AMMAN, JORDAN

Fairmont Amman is a five-star luxury hotel with a prestigious address in the 5th circle of Amman, centrally located within walking distance of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods of Abdoun and the adjacent diplomatic area. The hotel features a contemporary design from award-winning Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) design, and a landmark in the city’s glitziest neighborhood. Within this ancient city, the Fairmont Amman hotel stands as a modern urban oasis of 317 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with unparalleled views of the stunning Amman hills. Each accommodation is remarkably spacious, complete with premium amenities that are essential to both business and leisure travelers, including the Fairmont Gold – your exclusive lifestyle hotel experience on the 15th and 16th floor with an unrivaled level of personalized service, designed to meet the needs of the most discerning business executive or leisure traveler.


56. THE ST REGIS DUBAI, AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT & CLUB, DUBAI, UEA

The new St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is the centerpiece of a six-million square-foot equestrian sports complex in Dubai. The hotel features 136 luxury guest rooms, 24 luxury St Regis branded bungalows and various culinary venues. In addition, there are a further 138 residential villas within the resort, alongside a polo club, a state-of-the-art polo academy and a riding school with 500 stables. Guests have access to the polo academy, which offers a wide range of programmes including dressage, riding and show jumping for riders of all ages. The resort is also home to four world-class polo fields which will reinforce Dubai’s role on the global polo circuit.


57. THE OBEROI AL ZORAH, AJMAN, UAE

Al Zorah is a unique, luxury eco-destination in Ajman, with long, white sand beaches, azure lagoons and lush, green mangroves. Nestled within 247 acres (one million square metres) of protected forest, Al Zorah boasts exceptional biodiversity, and is home to almost sixty species of bird, a fish nursery and off-shore coral. Al Zorah also offers a championship golf course, kayaking, dune driving, sky-diving, exclusive retail experiences and much more. The newest of luxury resorts in Ajman, Al Zorah is situated just 25 minutes from Dubai International airport and boasts a sophisticated design set within mangrove forests, caressed by the gentle sea breeze and in harmony with nature. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah features spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, while the villas will have private, temperature controlled pools.


58. THE BULGARI HOTEL DUBAI, UAE

Designed entirely by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the renowned Italian architectural firm that has created all the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, the new property is a first-of-its-kind development for Bulgari, both in scale and magnitude. Charming with a Mediterranean village feel, the complex features the Resort, six residential buildings with 173 sea facing apartments, 15 private mansions, and Bulgari’s first-ever Marina and Yacht Club. Comprised of 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea-view, The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai offers a full range of amenities, such as the gourmet restaurants, an exclusive beach club with private beach and a unique mosaic-design outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy the stunnig spa with hammam, indoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon with a traditional barbershop and hairdresser.


59. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL KUWAIT AT BURJ ALSHAYA, KUWAIT

With sleek, avant-garde luxury, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya became the stylish new centrepiece of Kuwait City – creating the most prestigious backdrop for business and the new focal point for the city’s social scene. The hotel features sophisticated interiors, with 284 hotel rooms, including 67 suites, offering the city’s largest accommodations. With five restaurants and lounges, Four Seasons is also Kuwait’s most exciting dining destination, including two signature restaurants on the 21st-floor rooftop. Guests can relax in the two-level spa, fitness centre, and indoor and outdoor pools. Thoughtfully personalised Four Seasons service elevates every moment, creating an unparalleled experience of Kuwait City.


60. ORIENT JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

The new Orient Jerusalem, part of Isrotel’s Exclusive Collection, is strategically positioned in the heart of one of the city’s most vibrant, upscale neighborhoods offering an abundance of leisure and entertainment options as well as panoramic views of the old and new city. The hotel’s design, inspired by the past, and guided by the future, features 243 beautifully-appointed guestrooms and suites in its newly constructed central building, as well as a selection of opulent accommodations inside two expertly preserved Templar Buildings from 1882 and 1883. An extensive ‘Carmel Forest Spa’ and wellness center (named by SpaFinder as the Best Spa in the Middle East several years in a row) provides endless relaxation and tranquility through a unique variety of luxury treatments. The hotel boasts an indoor pool and an exceptional outdoor rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Old City.


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