Best new hotels of 2019

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Today (December 13, 2019): The hottest hotel openings of 2019.

Be the first to explore my selection of the best new luxury hotels that opened their doors in 2019. Some of these hotel are managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brands.

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1. ST REGIS VENICE

The St Regis Venice is located steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasts the largest waterfrontage in Venice. The opening follows a two-year renovation of the former Grand Hotel Britannia, which opened in 1895 – the same year as the inaugural Venice Biennale. The hotel offers 169 rooms and suites, many of which boast private terraces or Juliet balconies for sweeping views of Venice’s iconic landmarks. Situated across the Grand Canal from Punta della Dogana, the hotel marries its celebrated heritage with the St. Regis brand’s modern design and bespoke service throughout a unique collection of five Venetian palaces, with the oldest dating back to the 17th century.

ST REGIS VENICE, ITALY


2. GALLERIA VIK MILANO, ITALY

Galleria Vik Milano is a unique modern art hotel in Milan and the first outpost beyond South America South of Vik Retreats, a brand known for its stylish, understated properties. Merging stunning design with its unmatched locale in the heart of Milan, the hotel features 89 uniquely designed rooms and suites showcasing remarkable art and décor, and reflecting Milan’s rich artistic heritage. It is a true celebration of history, culture, art, architecture, and spirit through its distinct design, highlighting artistry from the past and present and creating the perfect setting for a singular escape.

GALLERIA VIK MILANO, ITALY


3. NOBU HOTEL BARCELONA, SPAIN

Secluded from the busy streets of Barcelona, the hotel is located close to the charming neighbourhood of Eixample giving guests a genuinely Catalan feel of the city. The stylish hotel offers 259 sleek and spacious accommodations, thoughtfully tailored meeting and event spaces, the world-class Nobu Restaurant, and Kozara – a Japanese inspired tapas bar – along with panoramic views of the city and the sea. Naturally organic materials blended with refined Japanese nuances craft your urban respite while capturing the vibrant energy and colorful character of Barcelona.

NOBU HOTEL BARCELONA, SPAIN


4. FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PALACE HOTEL ATHENS, GREECE

Located on the sophisticated Athens Riviera, at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens offer the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape, just 30 minutes from the historical city center of Athens. Here, guests can discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to the Four Seasons to unwind and relax. The 303 guest rooms, suites and bungalows gaze across the brilliant blue Aegean. The stunning property features three pools, two private beaches, a specious spa (offering treatments inspired by the ancient teachings of Hippocrates), and eight restaurants, lounges & bars.

FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PALACE HOTEL ATHENS, GREECE


5. CASA COOK CHANIA, CRETE, GREECE

Located on a hillside on a pristine stretch of the Cretan coast, Casa Cook Chania  is a bespoke family-friendly hotel designed with the postmodern family in mind. Set against an enchanting backdrop of deep Mediterranean blues, sandy stretches of beach and an ancient Venetian port, the modernist resort is the perfect hideaway to rest and reinvigorate. Throughout the boutique property, a series of soulful spaces and sanctuaries merge minimalist mid-century modernism with sustainable design in one seamless union. The 106 handcrafted rooms feel earthy and organic, like a home away from home, each one opening up onto a private terrace.

CASA COOK CHANIA, CRETE, GREECE


6. CALILO, IOS ISLAND, GREECE

The island of Ios is located in the middle of one of the most successful tourist areas on earth, right in-between two world class destinations, Mykonos and Santorini. The island is home to Calilo, a brilliantly situated resort on the beautiful beach of Papas, offering a haven of serenity and relaxation amidst the dramatic natural surroundings. The property features 30 suites, a spa and wellness center, water sports and three restaurants with vegetables sourced from the resort’s organic garden. And if it’s all too peaceful and guests want to check in on the social scene in town, transfers are available by boat.

CALILO, IOS ISLAND, GREECE


7. IKOS ARIA, KOS ISLAND, GREECE

Basking in the enticing Dodecanese sunshine on the southwest coast of Kos island, Ikos Aria offers a compelling mix of contemporary style and traditional hospitality. An elegant collection of more than 370 perfectly appointed suites and rooms offer a choice of private balconies, gardens and individual pools. They all feature beautiful and spacious bathrooms together with all the comforts guests need to ensure a luxurious and truly relaxing stay. Eight delightful restaurants with Michelin-starred menus serve a remarkable culinary experience to tempt guests with an exciting world of flavors.

IKOS ARIA, KOS ISLAND, GREECE


8. BRITANNIA HOTEL, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY

Since 1870, the Britannia has served as the hub of Trondheim, a place where everyone from politicians to royalty, international stars, and arctic explorers, have gathered to meet, share stories, and enjoy elegant hospitality. Following a three-year, nearly $150 USD million top-to-toe renovation, the fjord-side city’s grande dame now shines again. Handpicked furnishings and textiles, fine linens, and marble bathrooms adorn the bright guestrooms and suites. Six on-site restaurants include the Palm Court for an unforgettable breakfast spread, a wine bar that draws from a several thousand bottle-strong cellar, and modern fine dining from Bocuse d’Or-awarded chef, Christopher Davidsen.

BRITANNIA HOTEL, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY


9. SAVOY PALACE, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL

Just a short, scenic walk from the heart of Funchal’s charming Old Town, the new Savoy Palace is a modern take on island hospitality. Designed by the award-winning team of RH+ and interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, the bold, curved structure are home to chic guestrooms, all crafted with high-end materials and featuring balconies from which to soak up ocean views. Sweeping panoramas are enjoyed from the rooftop lounge, terraced gardens, and multiple pools. An array of stylish restaurants and bars, a world-class spa with hydrotherapy facilities, game rooms, a tea house, and more make this property Madeira’s premier luxury lifestyle hub and an idyllic getaway.

SAVOY PALACE, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL


10. BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, LONDON, UK

Belmond Cadogan Hotel is superbly located on London’s prestigious Sloane Street. This historic property, dating from 1887, re-opened fully renovated and reconceptualized after a $48 million USD renovation, which drew inspiration from the neighborhood’s rich character. The hotel’s 54 rooms, suites, and gourmet restaurant reflects the hotel’s rich heritage, creating a stylish retreat for visitors to what is one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious shopping enclaves. Built in Queen Anne style, Belmond Cadogan Hotel has long played an integral role in the social history of the Kensington and Chelsea area.

BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, UNITED KINGDOM


11. THE STANDARD LONDON HOTEL, UNITED KINGDOM

Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, a 1974 Brutalist structure that overlooks King’s Cross, The Standard London was meticulously designed in partnership with interior architecture by Archer Humphryes. The hotel has 266 rooms in 42 unique styles ranging from cozy rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station. The library lounge, with a carefully curated selection of books pays homage to the building’s original use, with a Sounds studio hosting weekly live music and talks. On the 10th-floor, Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ restaurant offers live fire cooking and 360-degree views of London.

THE STANDARD LONDON


12. THE INTERCONTINENTAL EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM

Located in the central district of New Town, the InterContinental Edinburgh – The George is surrounded by iconic attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Charlotte Square and Edinburgh Farmers Market. The property is an integration of Georgian townhouses that were originally built in the 1780s as the most exclusive addresses in the city. The hotel design preserves the original beauty and architecture of the building whilst offering a contemporary, modest luxury design. Luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather are mixed with a palette of colors inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters.

InterContinental Edinburgh – The George


13. ANDAZ MUNICH SCHWABINGER TOR, GERMANY

Andaz Munich is the first Andaz-branded hotel in Germany, increasing the brand’s presence in Europe. Situated between Leopoldstrasse and Berlinerstrasse, Andaz Munich is part of a mixed use site, which includes newly constructed upscale residential apartments, retail shops, offices, theaters, and restaurants. Guests at Andaz Munich experience the personal style, comfort and sophistication for which the Andaz brand is known in the hotel’s 234 guestrooms, 36 junior suites, three executive suites, and a presidential suite. The hotel also features an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge and rooftop bar, as well as an extensive fitness center with spa and pool facilities.

ANDAZ MUNICH SCHWABINGER TOR, GERMANY


14. ANDAZ VIENNA AM BELVEDERE, AUSTRIA

Following Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the leading developers and art collectors of his time, and the man behind Belvedere Palace, the Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere showcases contemporary local art and design that immerse guests in the history of Prince Eugene as well as the City of Vienna. The luxury lifestyle hotel, designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano, offers 303 rooms and suites connected by interlocking bridges and sharing a spacious lobby on the ground floor. The breathtaking sky bar “Aurora”, located on the 16th floor at a height of 60 m (200 ft), delights guests with its beautiful view overlooking Vienna.

ANDAZ VIENNA AM BELVEDERE, AUSTRIA


15. GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ, CROATIA

On the northern Adriatic, close to the border with Slovenia, the Istrian peninsula is a star attraction; the town of Rovinj lures visitors with Croatia’s first Michelin-starred restaurant (Monte). It’s here where the Maistra Hospitality Group – which currently operates a portfolio of nine hotels and eight resorts in Istria – opened its new flagship hotel: the Grand Park Hotel Rovinji. Designed by the renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni and Croatian 3LHD Studio, the property is nestled in a fragrant pine forest on the seafront overlooking St Katarina Island. It offers elegantly designed rooms and suites, a collection of restaurants, exclusive boutiquess, and a sensational spa.

GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ, CROATIA


16. J.K. PLACE PARIS, FRANCE

The stylish J.K. Place Paris Hotel is housed in the former European Consulate at 82 Rue de Lille. On the back of the Seine opposite Boulevard Saint Germain, the location and building took the J.K. team over 5 years to find. The group’s first venture outside of Italy features a French twist on their signature Italian style, with a design by Michele Bonan. The property has an indoor pool, Sisley Spa and a J.K. food & beverage experience in partnership with Casa Tua. Some of the furniture was found in flea markets across Paris and carefully restored to form talking points in the guest rooms and public spaces.

J.K. PLACE PARIS, FRANCE


17. THE ST REGIS AMMAN, JORDAN

Embracing the sophistication and timeless heritage of the world-famous St. Regis New York, The St. Regis Amman is now an established landmark in Jordan’s capital city. Located in the upscale district of Abdoun, the hotel provides a locally inspired take on established traditions, with an extensive art collection predominantly composed of works from local Amman artists and the surrounding Levant, Jordan area.The hotel features 270 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 91 suites, four restaurants, a café, destination bar, pool and pool bar, fitness center, signature spa, and St. Regis’ iconic Butler service.

THE ST REGIS AMMAN, JORDAN


18. JUMEIRAH AL WATHBA DESERT RESORT & SPA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Deep within the desert landscape of Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat suffused with natural beauty and serene tranquility. Inspired by classical dwellings, the boutique resort’s 103 guest rooms and villas feature timeless local details, traditional artwork, and Arabesque accessories, alongside a range of dining destinations showcasing the dunes to panoramic perfection. With a distinct Talise Spa as the hallmark of the hotel experience, guests can rebalance their equilibrium and embark on an individual wellness journey.

JUMEIRAH AL WATHBA DESERT RESORT & SPA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


19. W DUBAI – THE PALM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The W Dubai-The Palm is located in Dubai’s most prestigious neighborhood, offering spectacular views of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf. The property features 283 guest rooms, including 102 suites, five WOW suites and two Extreme WOW suites (W’s interpretation of a Presidential Suite). The hotel also offers W exclusives including the brand’s signature W Lounge experience (W’s transformation of the traditional lobby), a glamorous pool, SWEAT (W’s state-of-the-art fitness center) and a Spa. These offerings are complemented by the W brand’s signature service promise, Whatever/Whenever, providing guests whatever they want, whenever they want it.

W DUBAI – THE PALM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATESW DUBAI – THE PALM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


20. MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Overlooking both the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a stunning beachfront resort with an enviable Jumeirah Beach setting. Located in one of Dubai’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, the resort’s spacious rooms and palatial suites all enjoy a luxurious, contemporary feel with stunning city or ocean views. With six restaurants and lounges, a destination spa and kids’ club, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai was the UAE’s most exciting new resort opening for 2019.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


21. MANDARIN ORIENTAL DOHA, QATAR

Blending chic, contemporary design with touches of Qatari heritage, the Mandarin Oriental, Doha brings new levels of luxury to the Qatari capital. As Qatar’s premier luxury hotel, the hotel enjoys a central setting, ideally located within close proximity to the business district, top attractions and the airport. A celebration of traditional Qatari heritage and stylish contemporary design, the 128 guestrooms, 30 suites and 91 serviced apartments are stylishly appointed with an air of understated elegance. With nine distinct restaurants and a beautifully appointed spa, it’s the perfect address for business or leisure in Doha.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL DOHA, QATAR


22. ANANTARA TOZEUR, TUNISIA

Anantara Tozeur Resort is a brand new luxury retreat in the splendid southwest Tunisian city of Tozeur. A hub for Saharan adventures, the oasis city is renowned for its architecture and vast fields of palm trees, and rose to fame as a film location for the original Star Wars movie. The 93 guest rooms, villas and pool villas are designed for romance and quality time with family and friends – complemented by inspirational facilities. Travelers can savor the rich flavors of the destination, or broaden their culinary horizons with exotic Thai cuisine. A luxury spa assures prestigious pampering with six massage rooms, a hammam, steam, sauna and salon beauty.

ANANTARA TOZEUR, TUNISIA


23. THE OBEROI MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

Located just 20 minutes south of the city center and the international airport, the Oberoi Marrakech is nestled within twenty-five acres of fragrant citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. Its architecture pays homage to the palaces of ancient Morocco. The resort offers 84 spacious, modern accommodations, adorned with handcrafted, Moroccan design features that evoke the romance of ancient Marrakech. All villas and suites have a private, heated pool and magnificent views of the orchards. The resort’s highlight is the exquisite spa, a tranquil, light-filled space, situated on a private island on a lake within fragrant orchards.

THE OBEROI MARRAKECH, MOROCCO


24. ONE&ONLY GORILLAS NEST, RWANDA

Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest provides breath-taking views of Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. Here, guests can discover the magical habitat of critically endangered mountain gorillas, a rare adventure. Bespoke accommodation honors the Rwandan culture, while natural and locally authentic elements are woven throughout the resort. Local African cuisine surrounds a traditional Boma, providing the perfect location to share adventures from the day and enjoy fruit and vegetables from the resort’s garden. The resort also offers an indulgent One&Only spa.

ONE&ONLY GORILLAS NEST, RWANDA


25. MAGASHI CAMP, RWANDA

Magashi Camp – managed by Wilderness Safaris -is situated in the wildlife rich north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as rare sitatunga and inscrutable shoebill. The camp’s six spacious and airy tented guest rooms offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar and pool, as well as an expansive viewing deck with convivial fire pit.

MAGASHI CAMP, RWANDA


26. SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE & KATAZA HOUSE, RWANDA

Set on 178 acres (72 hectares) on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Kwitonda Lodge boasts eight luxurious suites, while Kataza House, an exclusive-use villa, features four spacious suites. Conceptualized by GAPP Architects in collaboration with Singita’s interior design teams, the design takes its cue from Rwanda’s cultural heritage and the enormous responsibility of protecting the strong, yet vulnerable gorillas. Bold, striking interiors, which are simultaneously nurturing, reflect the duality of the gorillas’ nature; and this is also seen in the interplay of surprisingly strong art and furniture with pared-back modernity.

SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE & KATAZA HOUSE, RWANDA


27. SONOP, NAMIBIA

Sonop is a luxurious tented camp nestled at the Southern extremity of the Namib desert. Designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920’s, this out-of-the-ordinary lodge offers a perfect retreat in a stunning panoramic desert landscape. Constructed on top of boulders, the ten spacious tents aim to offer a unique journey through time. Every evening guests are invited to enjoy an opulent gastronomic experience, where silverware and candelabras set the mood, enhanced by black-tie service. For guest’s ultimate comfort, Sonop also offers a spa with 2 double treatment rooms, a fitness center and heated outdoor infinity pool, all facing the desert’s vastness.

SONOP, NAMIBIA


28. TULUDI, BOTSWANA

If you’ve been forever dreaming of an iconic Okavango Delta experience, then end your search with Tuludi. The camp is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, over 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, and the landscape is fit for a fairy tale: floodplains stretch as far as the eye can see and the glistening waterways and emerald forests attract all the stars of the safari show. Tuludi features seven, tree-house style rooms, shaded by the boughs of cool leadwood trees. The sophisticated interiors mix the contemporary with the traditional, and airy spaces are dotted with intriguing maps, botanicals and treasures from around the area.

TULUDI, BOTSWANA


29. LEKKERWATER BEACH LODGE AT DE HOOP, SOUTH AFRICA

A three hour drive from Cape Town, in the eastern sector of De Hoop Nature Reserve, is Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop. Undoubtedly one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa, the area’s extraordinary beauty and blissful seclusion led ex-President FW de Klerk to choose the location for his ‘Camp David.’ The reserve is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet when. Lekkerwater itself (literally meaning ‘the place of good water’) offers a homely and comfortable beach experience in a magical setting. The seven rooms are located right on a six-kilometre stretch of pristine beach complete with stunning rock pools and fish life.

LEKKERWATER BEACH LODGE AT DE HOOP, SOUTH AFRICA


30. AMAN KYOTO, JAPAN

Nestled in the verdant foothills of the symbolic mountain of Hidari Daimonji, Aman Kyoto is a place of untold beauty, where small jizo statues sit contentedly among the yamamomiji maples. The property’s latticed pavilions are a contemporary homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, strikingly minimalist in their geometry, and each serving as a window onto their spectacular natural surroundings. Aman Kyoto’s signature Restaurant in the Dining Pavilion is a landmark addition to one of Japan’s most celebrated gastronomical regions. The fresh spring water that flows near Aman Kyoto is central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa.

AMAN KYOTO, JAPAN


31. PARK HYATT KYOTO

Located in one of the city’s best-preserved historic districts, the Park Hyatt Kyoto embodies the quintessential Japanese guesthouse, offering a serene Higashiyama hillside retreat for discerning global travelers and local residents.The hotel’s design incorporates traditional Japanese design, architecture and artisanal craftsmanship. Several historic buildings including an Edo-era teahouse, as well as the Japanese garden that is central to the site, have been preserved and carefully restored. The low-rise hotel features 70 guest rooms & suites, offering calm and respite from the bustle of Kyoto’s busy streets. The property offers guests four distinct culinary venues as well as a spa.

PARK HYATT KYOTO


32. SHINTA MANI WILD, CAMBODIA

Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new ‘glamping’ concept in Cambodia, combining world class design, hospitality and conservation. World renowned resort designer Bill Bensley identified an unprotected wildlife corridor connecting the Bokor National Park with Kirirom National Park, and set out to protect this 350 hectares river valley from poaching, mining and logging. Fifteen custom designed tents are perched over swift moving waters and waterfalls, providing a view and experience unlike any other resort in Asia. Each tent is meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of what it would have been like to be on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’.

SHINTA MANI WILD, CAMBODIA


33. SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA

Set on a private Cambodian island, Six Senses Krabey Island comprises 40 pool villas on the naturally landscaped 30-acre isle. Guests arrive at the mainland reception before the short water transfer to the island. Sihanouk International Airport is less than a 10-minute drive from the mainland jetty. There are two restaurants, with snacks, refreshments and light meals presented poolside plus a deli complete with ice cream parlor. Six Senses Spa Krabey Island offers several ancient Cambodian healing traditions and multi-day rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses integrated wellness, detox, yoga and workshops.

SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA


34. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BENGALURU AT EMBASSY ONE, INDIA

Set amid 5.6 acres (2.3 hectares) of landscaped gardens and water features including a 100 ft (30 m) outdoor pool, the Embassy ONE oasis mirrors the city’s unique combination of modern urban architecture dotted with calming parks and gardens. Inside, the 191 rooms and 39 suites are light filled, with crisp lines and thoughtful details designed for today’s luxury traveler, whether in town for business, enjoying a romantic weekend getaway or bringing the whole family for a vacation.  Highly recommended are the Garden Suites with a living and dining area opening onto a private terrace separated from the luxurious bedroom.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BENGALURU AT EMBASSY ONE, INDIA


35. INTERCONTINENTAL MALDIVES MAAMUNGAU RESORT

The property is located at the southern tip of Raa Atoll, a 35 scenic seaplane journey from the capital Male. Maamunagau island is blessed with a large inner lagoon located to its west, calm waters, amazing sunset views and a pristine white beach. The resort features 81 luxurious villas and residences. Besides enjoying the clear lagoon and pristine white beach, guests have a range of food and beverage offerings to choose from at the resort’s six distinct bar and restaurants, and indulge at a luxurious spa facility. InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is located in a UNESCO reserve and the lagoon is home to over 3000 manta rays.

INTERCONTINENTAL MALDIVES MAAMUNGAU RESORT


36. WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI, MALDIVES

Spanning three islands in South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort has 138 beach and overwater villas, carefully positioned to guarantee privacy for the guests while providing them with unsurpassed views of the ocean. Each villa is equipped with a private pool, jacuzzi and lounge deck. The thatched roofed villas may appear simple on the outside, but on the inside they are fitted with luxurious interior furnishing and branded amenities. Some overwater villas also have spectacular glass flooring for breathtaking views of the lagoon below. There’s a palatial spa as well as numerous food and beverage offerings that cater to a diverse culinary palette.

WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI, MALDIVES

 


37. EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES

Located on one of the best atolls in the Maldives, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is a collection of 120 private beach villas and overwater bungalows, many with their own pools and Jacuzzis. The resort combines contemporary creature comforts with warm tropical flourishes. The resort’s four restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean, to Asian and South American cuisine, as well as wellness offerings like the spa, diving center, and sports facility invite guests to relax and recharge amid crystalline blue waters and unspoiled nature in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES

 


38. LUX* NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES

A short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat, the intimate LUX* North Male Atoll resort disrupts the Maldivian mould by replacing traditional thatched villas with over-sized, penthouse residences. A visual feast of nautical forms and tones, the resort is elegantly styled in a scheme that blends superyacht panache with a vibrant South Beach pulse. Each of the 60 double storey residences sits either on the beach or over water. Each residence is crowned with a fully-featured reef terrace – a magnificent private deck elevated above the giant house lagoon – from which guests will be able to marvel at a unique perspective on the planet’s flattest country.

LUX* NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES

 


39. BAGLIONI RESORT, MALDIVES

Lose yourself in the vastness of the Indian Ocean, and find yourself again, luxuriating blissfully under a palm tree. This is just one of the unique experiences that awaits you at the new Baglioni Resort Maldives. Dreamily resplendent on the island of Maagau in Dhaalu atoll, a 40-minute hop by seaplane from the capital, Malé, this remarkable resort is awash with tropical natural beauty. Its comprehensive comforts offer an unforgettable stay with a blend of sport, relaxation and prestigious gourmet dining to suit its exclusive international clientele. It’s the first 5 star ’Italian’ resort in the Maldives, with a low environmental impact, and with 96 villas in seven different categories.

BAGLIONI RESORT, MALDIVES

 


40. THE STANDARD MALDIVES

While the Maldives has traditionally been a couple’s destination, The Standard has approached the development with a fresh set of eyes. The resort offers an refreshing combination of relaxation, social life and vibrant cultural programming that welcomes groups of friends or singles looking to meet others or just reset and recharge in paradise. Each of the 115 villas features its own private lounge deck and plunge pool, and the six unique culinary offerings range from a beach front BBQ shack serving freshly caught seafood, to fine Maldivian cuisine showcasing ingredients sourced directly from the island’s farm. 

THE STANDARD, HURUVALHI, MALDIVES


41. RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO RESORT, MALDIVES

Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort has opened after an extensive refurbishment of the previous Jumeirah hotel. The property boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, 3 restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. There’s also an award winning luxury spa, over-water fitness center, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service. The resort’s PADI-certified dive center offers adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world.

RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO RESORT, MALDIVES


42. RAFFLES SINGAPORE

The Raffles Singapore has reopened following the iconic hotel’s careful and sensitive three-phased restoration, which began in February 2017. The revitalized Raffles Singapore offers luxurious all-suite accommodations, across nine distinct suite categories, with the total suite count increasing from 103 suites to 115 suites. The Raffles Arcade has been newly outfitted with a charming Raffles Boutique and various bespoke retail brands. Guests and locals will also delight in exploring the worldly restaurants and bars at Raffles Singapore, including restaurant collaborations with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, France.

RAFFLES SINGAPORE


43. SIX SENSES BHUTAN, BHUTAN

Six Senses has designed a project that is actually five individual satellite resorts in five separate locations, but all under the umbrella of one all-encompassing name: Six Senses Bhutan. With a total of just 82 guest suites and villas distributed between five intimate lodges, guests can visit the heritage and hospitality of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro in the colorful Kingdom known as the Happiest Place on Earth. Each of the five locations was identified with a specific and appropriate theme, so that as guests move between them they experience a journey through all their senses.

SIX SENSES BHUTAN, BHUTAN


44. LELEWATU RESORT SUMBA, INDONESIA

Set atop a secluded cliff-side overlooking the Indian Ocean, Lelewatu Resort Sumba resides in one of the world’s most picturesque islets – the island paradise of Sumba. It basks in the unspoiled glory of nature: a sanctuary ensconced by lush rainforests over ten hectares of tranquility, yet quietly enthralling with its magnificent clifftop setting that overlooks the Indian Ocean. The resort features 27 villas spread over 10 hectares of exquisite landscape, where guests can unwind in luxurious settings, dine under the stars, explore cultural gems, ignite their sense of adventure, and indulge in everything this serene sanctuary has to offer.

LELEWATU RESORT SUMBA, INDONESIA


45. PARK HYATT SHENZHEN, CHINA

Sitting atop a 48-story skyscraper in the heart of the Futian central business district in Shenzhen, the brand new hotel is designed to provide a luxurious oasis amidst the pulsating energy of this fast-growing city. The hotel’s decor celebrates the Park Hyatt brand’s heritage and creates a haven of tranquility, offering a botanical oasis in the sky blending nature and culture. The hotel’s 195 spacious guestrooms and suites,are designed to create an Asian-inspired sanctuary where guests feel as if they are ‘floating on a cloud.’ The property also boasts four world-class restaurants and a tranquil spa.

PARK HYATT SHENZHEN, CHINA

 


46. MANDARIN ORIENTAL WANGFUJING, BEIJING, CHINA

The stylish Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing hotel overlooks landmarks such as The Forbidden City and offers some of the largest rooms and suites in Beijing. Blending contemporary aesthetics with classic Chinese décor, the hotel is home to two restaurants and a bar, all of which open onto an expansive rooftop garden terrace. With an exquisite spa offering signature wellness programmes, a fitness center and a large indoor lap pool with sky roof, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing provides the ideal intimate retreat for Beijing residents and visitors alike.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL WANGFUJING, BEIJING, CHINA


47. THE PUXUAN RESORT & SPA, BEIJING, CHINA

Only minutes from the Forbidden City and Beijing’s main commercial shopping district, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa is a true gem in the very nerve center of the Chinese capital. Spacious and luxuriously appointed guestrooms, many with uninterrupted views of the Forbidden City, as well as two specialty restaurants, a Lobby Lounge, Tea Room, and UR SPA make this property an excellent new destination for luxury business and leisure travelers alike. The PuXuan Hotel aims to offer a guest experience that is handcrafted not only with the pinnacle of luxury and elegance in mind, but also intimate access to the hotel’s destination and culture.

THE PUXUAN RESORT & SPA, BEIJING, CHINA


48. ROSEWOOD HONG KONG, CHINA

Rosewood Hong Kong is a graceful new landmark on the city’s famous skyline, set in a prime Victoria Harbor waterfront location.  Occupying 27 floors of a multi-use tower, the ultra-luxury hotel offers 398 guestrooms, eight dining options, fitness center, swimming pool and Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept. The Manor Club executive lounge provides an array of exclusive privileges for its guests and The Pavilion introduces to Hong Kong Rosewood’s signature, high-end residential-style meeting and event spaces.

ROSEWOOD HONG KONG, CHINA


49. ROSEWOOD GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Rosewood Guangzhou occupies the top 16 floors of the 530-meter (1,738-foot) Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, which is Guangzhou’s tallest building and amongst the 10 highest in the world. The ultra-luxury hotel, located in the heart of Tianhe District’s central business area, features 251 guestrooms and 355 Rosewood Residences, 23 of which will be duplex apartments. Dining options include seven food and beverage venues; a bistro, bar, lobby lounge and gourmet corner. On the 107th floor, a contemporary, cosmopolitan restaurant and a sky bar with cigar humidor area and fully equipped wine cellar, incorporate both indoor and outdoor space.

ROSEWOOD GUANGZHOU, CHINA

 


50. ROSEWOOD YANGON, MYANMAR

Located on The Strand in the heart of the city’s historic district, the hotel is the perfect getaway to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture of Myanmar. The property features 205 spacious guestrooms. Boasting high ceilings and abundant natural light, most rooms also feature patios and balconies where guests can take in views of the Yangon River or the landscaped internal courtyards. The hotel has five distinct dining venues including a panoramic rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River. Recreational options include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a rooftop infinity pool and a fitness studio.

ROSEWOOD YANGON, MYANMAR


51. CANNUA, COLOMBIA

Cannua Colombia is an eco-lodge located deep in a 27-acre protected forest south-east of the city in Antioquia. The 18-room retreat is built into the mountainside using sustainably sourced bamboo and compressed earth blocks. From here guests can hike along pre-Hispanic trails used by the Muisca people, participate in exotic birdwatching, visit to local community farms or attend flower-arranging classes using blooms grown in Cannúa’s own garden. The property has a spa on site as well as a restaurant offering all organic dishes that combine contemporary international dining with authentic Colombian cuisine.

CANNUA, COLOMBIA


52. KACHI LODGE, BOLIVIA

Standing directly on the Uyuni Salt Flats at the foot of Tunupa volcano, Kachi Lodge’s white pods look like a space station from a distance. Designed by Amazing Escapes, the domes offer the comfort of a hotel room with a private bathroom, comfortable bedding, interior decoration and proper heating. Covered in soft beige carpet, the interiors feel cozy with the bed centrally placed for maximum view. A wooden trunk is placed on the side of the bed to host lanterns, while light wooden stools and a small ladder compose a minimalist set-up around the central stove. At night, a telescope is at guest’s disposal to observe the starry night of the Altiplano.

KACHI LODGE, BOLIVIA


53. ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, MEXICO

Set along the dramatic coastline of San José del Cabo with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve opening marks the fourth extraordinary resort in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, and the second in the Caribbean and Mexico region. Evoking a true sense of San José del Cabo, the resort’s buildings are placed gently along the steppes of the land, as if they are one with the landscape, rising out of the earth to create the ultimate desert luxury. Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve features 115 elegantly appointed suites and villas, each with a personal butler and many with their own private plunge pools.

ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, MEXICO


54. FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS, MEXICO

Just 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport and a world away from the Cabo crowds, the sleek and contemporary hotel features 141 guest rooms including 23 suites, five dining options including world-renowned estiatorio Milos, multiple retail experiences, a sports complex, four expansive pools, a spa & wellness center, a teen center & Kids for All Seasons program, multiple unique indoor/outdoor celebration spaces, and a collection of private villas and residences for sale. The Four Seasons is the first resort to open within the thousand-acre (400 hectare) exclusive resort community of Costa Palmas.

FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS, MEXICO


55. NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO

The beachfront Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features guestrooms that seamlessly blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced natural, Mexican materials and finishes. Drawing design inspiration from the sophisticated palette that alludes to the Japanese aesthetic of the Nobu brand, as well as the unique elements of Cabo San Lucas, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laid-back luxury. Not to mention the food—guests would be remiss to visit the hotel without enjoying languorous meals at the coveted Nobu dining outlets.

NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO

 


56. CALBRITS RESORT & SPA KEMPINSKI, DOMINICA

Surrounded by Cabrits National Park, the unobtrusive design of this peaceful, hidden away five-star luxury resort in Dominica preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this stunning, unexplored volcanic island. The 151-room resort, with its breathtaking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, invites guests to indulge in luxury with amenities such as a full-service Kempinski The Spa, international cuisine at 4 restaurants and bars, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The resort is on the doorstep to the island’s 365 rivers, countless waterfalls and natural boiling springs, and is committed to protecting the authenticity of this pristine eco-tourism paradise.

CALBRITS RESORT & SPA KEMPINSKI, DOMINICA

 


57. S HOTEL JAMAICA, JAMAICA

Overlooking Jamaica’s famed Doctor’s Cave beach, this 120-room hotel artfully combines discrete urban sophistication and a laid-back resort lifestyle punctuated by an authentic, rootsy vibe. Buzzing bars, a chic café, a high-spirited pool scene, an international restaurant, spa, boutique, gym and guest rooms with an elevated design aesthetic, are thoughtfully combined to create a modern and effervescent sense of place. The inspiration for the new S Hotel Jamaica comes from Miami to Mykonos, but the feeling is notably Jamaican as the country’s soul and culture swirl together to create this new multi-experiential beachfront hotel.

S HOTEL JAMAICA, JAMAICA

 


58. HAMMOCK COVE RESORT, ANTIGUA

Hammock Cove is located on Antigua’s northeast coast, adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park with its Insta-worthy limestone arch famed for its soaring ocean geysers. Positioned as the newest boutique hotel on the island, the property’s three pillars are gastronomy, personalized service and uninterrupted luxury. Executive Chef Marco Festini brings Michelin-starred experience as he helms the most inventive kitchen in the country. Each of the 42 villas feature a vast indoor-outdoor living plan, plunge pools and modern amenities, while a seamless sensibility of hospitality defines Hammock Cove’s interpretation of a luxury resort experience.

HAMMOCK COVE RESORT, ANTIGUA


59.FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MONTREAL, CANADA

In North America’s most European city, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is the vibrant new epicenter of the Golden Square Mile. With a chic, sleekly modern style, the property offers 169 accommodations, including 19 suites. A visionary celebrity chef presents three venues for dining and drinks, including a specialty restaurant with a sun-filled outdoor terrace. Guests also have access to a state-of-the-art spa, fitness center and skylit pool. For luxury shopping, the hotel will have a direct connection to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy – opening in 2020 – creating a true luxury ecosystem in the heart of downtown.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MONTREAL, CANADA


60. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LANAI AT KOELE, HAWAII, USA

Deep in the heart of the Pacific, Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat  is an all-inclusive wellness retreat unlike any other on Hawaii’s most exclusive island. Surrounded by lush foliage, pine-covered mountains and fresh tropical breezes, the property is a Hawaiian base for a journey to wellbeing. Balancing purpose with play, guests here enjoy spa treatments, fitness classes, yoga and meditation, dining by Nobu, cultural immersion and enriching island activities in pursuit of movement, nourishment and rest – all in a beautiful and luxurious Four Seasons setting that lifts the adventurous spirit and nourishes the soul.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LANAI AT KOELE, HAWAII, USA


61. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL PHILADELPHIA, USA

High atop the skyline’s tallest tower – the 60-storey Comcast Technology Center – the brand-new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia provides the city’s most elevated experience. Soaring above Center City at Arch Street and 19th, the Four Seasons hotel is a landmark of innovation, envisioned by architect Lord Norman Foster. Sleekly minimalist in design, the 217 accommodations – including 38 suites – are located on the 48th to 56th floors, providing all with unobstructed city views. The hotel also features a breathtaking penthouse restaurant, a lively street-level café, a world-class spa, indoor pool, two ballrooms and five meeting rooms.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL PHILADELPHIA, USA


62. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ONE DALTON STREET, BOSTON, USA

The hotel is located in the city’s Back Bay district in a soaring glass skyscraper. Surrounding the elliptical “guitar pick” shaped building are streetscapes by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. The hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with every detail anticipating the needs and wants of modern travellers. Features include the latest outpost of Japanese restaurant brand Zuma, as well as the second floor One + One restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Spanning the entire 7th floor of the property, the hotel’s spa facility has five treatment rooms and a 64 ft (20 m) lap pool that arcs along the building’s curved windows.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ONE DALTON STREET, BOSTON, USA


63. TWA HOTEL AT JFK AIRPORT, USA

MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel. At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight. Two hotel wings, designed to reflect and defer to the landmark TWA Flight Center, sit behind the historic building and contain 512 guestrooms with views of JFK’s runways and the TWA Flight Center. The hotel also has a stunning rooftop infinity pool, which remains open 365 days a year thanks to its ability to reach 100° F (38 °C)  and turn into a pool-cuzzi.

TWA HOTEL AT JFK AIRPORT, USA


64. ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH MONTECITO, USA

The Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito is located on the site of the former Miramar Beach Hotel, an important landmark in the local community. Spread over nearly 16 acres of prime beachfront real estate, the resort features 124 guestrooms and 37 suites, many of which will be located in single-story cottages and bungalows. The resort’s private beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Santa Barbara. Amenities at Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito include an oceanfront bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and an exclusive membership-only beach club.

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH MONTECITO, USA

 


65. CONRAD WASHINGTON DC, USA

Featuring inspiring urban views, Conrad Washington is located adjacent to premier shops and dining at CityCenterDC. Boasting a soaring atrium, lush outdoor terraces, and captivating art installations, the property provides a stylish retreat in one of the world’s most influential cities. Guest and premier rooms, and suites have designer touches of bronze and oak with sunlight welcomed through floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can enjoy fresh flavors of the Chesapeake at Estuary, a signature restaurant by the Voltaggio brothers, or relax in the open air at the rooftop bar.

CONRAD WASHINGTON DC, USA


66. THE HOXTON CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

The Hoxton Hotel Group has chosen the emerging Fulton Market district as the base for its Chicago outpost. Fulton Market district has an incredible sense of community and is attracting an interesting mix of technology and creative industries, making it the perfect fit for The Hoxton brand. The 182 room hotel is located on a site that was formerly home to a car maker and meatpacker. The Hoxton Chicago features 3 restaurants (one of them serving Peruvian inspired fare), a rooftop pool that’s open to the public and lively public spaces. Guests also get free Wi-Fi and one hour of free international calls.

THE HOXTON CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA


67. THE LOGDE AT BLUE SKY, UTAH, USA

The Lodge at Blue Sky is a contemporary luxury resort set on a 3,500-acre ranch near Park City, Utah. Blue Sky aims to become a stylish outdoor playground offering guests transformational Western-inspired experiences year-round. The Lodge at Blue Sky comprises 46 rooms and suites as well as a camp with four luxury tents. Amenities include customizable outdoor adventures, a signature restaurant, and an Auberge spa. The accommodations are designed to mirror the unique aspects of the environment on which they are situated and offer guests another powerful opportunity to reconnect with nature.  

THE LOGDE AT BLUE SKY, UTAH, USA


68. W ASPEN, COLORADO, USA

Remixing alpine luxury with bold adventure, Aspen high-society life with its mining town roots, W Aspen is the newest hotel slope-side. Here, guests can mix and mingle in the sophisticated lounges, and see and be seen in the rooftop bar and pool overlooking Aspen Mountain. The property features 88 chic hotel rooms, scene-stealing suites or show-stopping, slope-side residential units featuring Aspen Mountain views and boutique luxury amenities. The upscale hotel also offers a ski shop, lively dance floor and fire pits to spark memorable conversations and inspire vivid memories.

W ASPEN, COLORADO, USA


69. THE RITZ-CARLTON PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Located on the water’s edge of the Swan River and nestled between the beautiful and expansive Kings Park and Stirling Gardens, The Ritz-Carlton Perth features 204 luxury suites accompanied by a wide range of venues and recreational amenities. Both the hotel’s guestrooms and public spaces embody the design philosophy of The Ritz-Carlton brand, while also incorporating the region’s natural resources through use of materials such as locally-mined stones and precious metals. Each of the hotel’s 205 guestrooms, including 18 suites and one Ritz-Carlton Suite, are designed to ensure the utmost comfort and satisfaction of the most discerning guests.

THE RITZ-CARLTON PERTH, AUSTRALIA


70. MOUNT MULLIGAN LODGE, AUSTRALIA

Mt Mulligan Lodge is an all-inclusive luxury outback lodge in Queensland, situated on a secluded, entirely private 28,000-hectare heritage site, offering boutique accommodation in the shadow of majestic Mount Mulligan. The new lodge has 12 bedrooms housed in six standalone pavilions overlooking a eucalyptus-lined weir, offering guests the chance to get deep into the Australian outback. The lodge is part of the Northern Escape Collection, a curated selection of boutique experiences in Northern Australia designed to capture the adventurer in everyone.

MOUNT MULLIGAN LODGE, AUSTRALIA


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