Today (December 18, 2020): The hottest & coolest new hotels of 2020.
2020 was supposed to be a thrilling year for new glamorous hotels opening across the globe. And then the coronavirus pandemic struck and we all know what happened next. But as the world is slowly reopening to tourism – and closing again for several destinations – so too have new hotels, offering some hope to travelers in unprecedented times. From Africa to the Americas and Asia to Europe, here’s my selection of the best new luxury hotels that opened their doors in 2020. Some of these hotel are managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brands.
- Best new hotels of 2020 in Europe
- Best new hotels of 2020 in the Middle East
- Best new hotels of 2020 in Africa
- Best new hotels of 2020 in Asia
- Best new hotels of 2020 in the Americas
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Welcoming, cosmopolitan and vibrant, Madrid is a city to fall in love with, and the new Four Seasons Hotel Madrid positions its guests you right in the heart of everything. A historical landmark redefining elegance, sophistication and urban luxury, the Four Seasons property is home to 200 accommodations, including 39 suites, four restaurants and bars, an expansive roof terrace, a cutting-edge spa, stylish function spaces and luxury retail. Reviving the glamour of Madrid’s golden age, Four Seasons creates a new experience of luxury for a new era in the Spanish capital.
- Official hotel website: Four Seasons Madrid
The Hotel Fariones represents a new concept in the hospitality sector in the Canary Islands: subtle and without ostentation. The Hotel Fariones, the symbol of tourism in Lanzarote, was the first hotel built on the island (in 1967). As a witness to the hotel history of the island, it has acquired a magnificent reputation for excellence over the years. In 2020 it reopened its doors as a sophisticated, 5-star complex with 213 rooms, 3 restaurants, bars, lounges and an impressive infinity pool in one of the most prestigious locations on the island of Lanzarote, right by the sea in the center of Puerto del Carmen with direct access to an idyllic cove.
- Hotel website: Hotel Fariones
Located within an emblematic building near Budapest’s Grand Boulevard, Kozmo Hotel Budapest is a reinterpretation of classic luxury. The hotel’s alluring design evokes a sense of home to create a unique guest experience upon arrival. Taking advantage of the distinctive elements offered by the original building, the interior features magnificent high ceilings and historical elements including antique frames and crown moldings. Kozmo Hotel Budapest’s prime location just steps from Dohány Street Synagogue and the Great Market provides a chic gathering place for travelers and locals alike.
- Official hotel website: Kozmo Hotel Budapest
Forestis is a ski-in/ski-out, adults-only sanctuary in the Dolomites’ mountainscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Forests and snow-dusted peaks stretch out in every direction from the property, every part of which is in tune with the elements. Light streams in through the windows-for-walls, drawing the eye to the stunning views and illuminating the mellow, minimalist spaces. From the suites and ultra-luxe penthouses to the restaurant and spa, the Forestis interiors echo the mountains: stone basins and white-as-snow tones, crisp fabrics and clean lines. This is a boutique escape designed to immerse guests in the regenerative power of a winter landscape.
- Hotel website: Forestis
A grand estate huddled amidst the rolling green hills of Umbria, Castello di Reschio is a place made for romantics and intrepid travelers alike. Imagine centuries-old stone and Cypress trees wreathed in mist. Rooms are housed in nine bespoke farmhouses dotted across a 1,500-hectare landscape. Each farmhouse has been exquisitely renovated, with vintage furniture complementing the original stone. Guests can feast on locally-inspired dishes at the Alle Scuderie restaurant, which use homemade produce – including honey, olive oil, pasta, and wine. The property also features a large private swimming-pool and state-of-the-art tennis courts.
- Hotel website: Castello di Reschio
This elegant, former palace in the heart of Puglia’s White City, Ostuni, has been meticulously restored to boast 11 individually curated rooms, meaning guest numbers are naturally limited and exclusive takeovers are possible. All rooms boast French parquet flooring, stonewashed bed linen, cathedral ceilings, period frescos and fireplaces. Standing in stark contrast to the whitewashed buildings of Ostuni, Paragon 700’s red brick façade cocoons a lush garden and swimming pool, a rare green space in the heart of the city, offering a spacious, tranquil and exclusive oasis.
- Hotel website: Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa
Set on a hilltop above Ornos Bay, Kalesma’s accommodations are spread across five acres and set against a lush hillside blanketed with 20,000 plants. Local materials and artisans have played an essential role in the identity of the resort, with wood, marble, stone and osier giving a contemporary look to traditional Cycladic style. The 25 suites and 2 villas offer unobstructed lookouts and feature full-sized personal heated pools. For a truly unique vantage point, guests can venture up to Pere Ubu, the restaurant at the property’s peak that offers Cycladic specialties, with cheese and fish sourced from nearby islands.
- Hotel website: Kalesma
Offering indulgent, discreet luxury, the TownHouse complex is in the heart of the picturesque and vibrant cosmopolitan town of Mykonos. Once an 18th-century aristocratic manor house and home to the first Mayor of Mykonos, this stunning building has been lovingly renovated to play host to a beautifully decadent boutique hotel. The hotel boasts a historic collection of uniquely curated, contemporary and stylish rooms, that are the epitome of elegance. They range from luxury Mykonian Villa and Mykonian Suites to Junior Suites, Duplex Deluxe, Superior Chic or Classic rooms.
- Hotel website: The TownHouse Mykonos
The Cycladic hotel hunkers down between Paradise and Paraga beaches, and has just 45 bedrooms. Each hones a beach-vibe via polished plaster floors and warm plaster finishes. Wooden furnishings, linen fabrics and ceramic lamps create a relaxed atmosphere while plants add bursts of colour and bring the outdoors in. At the heart of the Soho Roc House is the Pool Bar – an outdoor lounge furnished with Moroccan-style floor cushions and Greek textiles and set with stone floors and long grass. It’s a five-minute walk along the beach to Scorpios, the world-famous hippy-trippy beach bar.
- Hotel website: Soho Roc House
Villa Copenhagen is a fusion of the old post office from 1912 and a new, modern design. The property is located in the heart of Copenhagen, right next to the main railway station and only 15 minutes from the airport. Boasting a stunning Neo-Baroque architecture, the hotel offers 390 hotel rooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, gym and a rooftop pool, heated by the building’s excess heat. From the high ceilings and herringbone floors of the rooms to the paintings of the anti-Impressionist master, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Villa Copenhagen offers tasteful opulence designed by the award-winning Universal Design Studio.
- Hotel website: Villa Copenhagen
Pater Noster is Sweden’s most famous lighthouse, remotely located on the Swedish west coast. The extremely hazardous waters surrounding the island have been feared for centuries, and seafarers used to read The Lord’s Prayer – Pater Noster in Latin – when their ships approached the dangerous reefs. The lighthouse was constructed in 1868 and given the name Pater Noster as a tribute to the sailors’ prayers. Now, a team of Swedish entrepreneurs and designers have breathed new life into the lighthouse master’s old home, creating nine guest rooms accommodating up to 18 guests, a restaurant, bar and outdoor café.
- Hotel website: Pater Noster
Arctic Bath is a year round hotel, summertime free-floating and wintertime frozen on Luleriver. Activities include cold baths, saunas, wellness-spa treatments, reception, shop, lounge, a restaurant focusing on local ingredients, and wellness with an own arctic touch. The circular shape of Arctic Bath creates a protected environment. The center of the bath is great for both sunbathing, arctic baths and for those who wish to experience the northern lights or starry skies in a harmonic setting. To complete the winter experience, guest can stay in one of the 6 spectacular floating hotel rooms.
- Hotel website: Arctic Bath
Situated in the heart of Hvar directly above city hall, Palace Elisabeth presents spectacular views overlooking the marina and main square. The heritage hotel is considered a historic landmark with a history dating back to the 13th century. In 1899, the palace was rebuilt under the name Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth, after the famous Austrian Empress Sisi, a generous patron of the hotel’s construction. With respect to the hotel’s rich history and tradition, the property is now called Palace Elisabeth and features luxurious rooms, an indoor swimming pool, terraces, and a spa, all with great views of the town and harbor.
- Hotel website: Palace Elisabeth
Located in Stari Grad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast property hosts a number of rooms as well as several suites and villas, all of which boast seafront living spaces with private gardens or pools. Founded on the principles of ecologically responsible hotel management, the property is dedicated to preserving the pristine environment and cultural heritage of the island of Hvar. Its sustainably built accommodations stretch along the Adriatic Sea, where enchanting vineyards converse with charming olive groves under an exalted azure sky.
- Hotel website: Maslina Resort
Accessed by ferry from Dubrovnik, LOPUD 1483 is located on the northernmost tip of the Croatian island of Lopud. An enclosed sanctuary, the medieval fortified monastery – built in 1483 – has been restored over the last 20 years to retain its integrity and authentic feel. Twelve former small monk cells were converted into five-bedrooms, equipped with 21st-century technology and amenities. Guests are able to live in the manner of great art collectors, with the Thyssen-Bornemisza family over four generations amassing an amazing collection that spans the 13th up until the 21st centuries.
- Hotel website: Lopud-1483
Situated in the popular seaside town of St. Julian’s, within walking distance of the beach and less than twenty minutes away from Malta’s international airport and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta, Hyatt Regency Malta is the perfect choice for families looking for memorable stays and business travelers attending meetings and events on the island. The property boasts 151 rooms, including 11 suites and one ambassador suite all featuring sea or Saint Rita Square views. Those looking to relax and recharge can make use of the thoughtfully designed spa or enjoy a swim on one of the nearby sandy beaches.
- Hotel website: Hyatt Regency Malta
The 92-room NoMad London takes residence inside the historic, grade II-listed building famously known as The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station. A collaboration with New York-based interior design studio Roman and Williams, the transformation of the storied 19th century building draws inspiration from its history and location in Covent Garden, as well as exploring the artistic and cultural connection between London and New York. The property features a number of food and beverage outlets including all day dining Nomad Restaurant housed within an atrium “reminiscent of an Edwardian Greenhouse”.
- Hotel website: Nomad London
The Guardsman is a five-star property just minutes away from Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park. Purpose-built for an opulent stay, the hotel has an unmistakable British feel that befits such a prestigious address exuding understated elegance whilst also feeling homey. Discrete service reminiscent of a private club combined with a dedication to personalization, making each stay at the hotel unique. Eco-conscious guests can also rest easy at The Guardsman since the hotel uses only 100% renewable energy for its operations, in addition to implementing other rigorous sustainability standards.
- Hotel website: The Guardsman
La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is a 5-star hotel in Zurich, completely redesigned by Philippe Starck. La Réserve and Philippe Starck instilled a little art and rebellion to the existing Eden au Lac hotel, with a minimal yet not minimalist renovation, based on the quest to reveal the structural soul and raw poetry of the place, releasing the light and maximizing the architectural volumes of the hotel. The 40 rooms and suites, two bars and restaurants offer spectacular views of the city and the lake. La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich enjoys the benefit of its location and an exceptional environment in all seasons, with family or friends, all year round.
- Hotel website: La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich
Located in the prestigious Sariyer district of Istanbul, the Six Senses property occupies two historic mansions – Kocatas Mansion and Sait Pasa. Both were built in the Ottoman era and previously owned by Necmettin Molla Kocataş, former Minister of Justice and founder of Kocatas Water. The 43 generously-sized guest rooms and suites have design features showcasing history, local flavors and Six Senses touches. This “Pearl of Bosphorus” shines through its commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with touches of fun and quirkiness.
- Hotel website: Six Senses Kocatas Mansions
Deep within the desert landscape lies Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi – an intimate retreat suffused with natural beauty and serene tranquility. With a distinct spa as the hallmark of the hotel experience, guests can rebalance their equilibrium and embark on an individual wellness journey. 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.
- Hotel website: Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Designed by the world-renowned late architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, ME Dubai takes residence in The Opus by Omniyat building, located in the heart of the Burj Khalifa district in Dubai – the latest outstanding addition to Dubai’s iconic skyline. The building comprises two separate towers that connect in the form of a cube and featuring a ‘carved’ central void, which appears to hover above the ground. The hotel boasts 74 rooms and 19 suites (including the Passion Suite, Personality Suite, Vibe Room and the ultra-luxurious ‘ME Suite’). Guests can choose from three owned F&B outlets and enjoy relaxation at the luxurious spa.
- Hotel website: ME Dubai
Located in the heart of Muscat’s new business hub, within the Sultanate’s largest urban development project Madinat Al-Irfan, the hotel is an integral part of the prestigious Oman Convention & Exhibition Center precinct. Overlooking inspiring surroundings, the property features 304 guest rooms and suites, many of them offering views of Oman’s wadis, spectacular natural valleys flowing with water. Oman’s rich local produce is at the heart of the hotel’s food and beverage philosophy, with five restaurants and lounges to ensure the culinary experiences at the hotel fulfil every taste and desire.
- Hotel website: JW Marriott Muscat
The completely rebuilt Xigera (“kee-jera”) is a bold new safari lodge set in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the aptly named Paradise Island. For much of the year this magnificent area epitomizes the permanently flooded areas of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, interwoven channels and expansive floodplains. With just 12 suites showcasing the finest southern African artisans, Xigera has been innovatively designed to protect its pristine environment; it is 100% solar powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability and eliminating single use plastics.
- Hotel website: Xigera Safari Lodge
Within a unique wildlife area in Botswana, host to some of the finest predator viewing on the continent, this new eco-lodge is the flagship camp of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and is situated in the privately owned, Mashatu Game Reserve. This breath-taking hideaway is tucked away within a euphorbia forest, high up on a cliff face, which opens to reveal exquisite vistas overlooking the Majale River and endless, rolling plains below. Mashatu Euphorbia Villas is an intimate composition of 8 “green” villas, combining luxury with conservation and sustainability.
- Hotel website: Mashatu Euphorbia
Located on a private 47,000 ha nature reserve, Habitas Namibia is a wild refuge less than 1 hour from Windhoek International Airport. Once you arrive you will live amongst the wild animals in beautiful lodges, woken up every morning to learn and track animals, learn about the local tribes, work with our local wellness practitioner or sit back around the fire and share stories. The estate’s private villa and safari suites are designed with comfort and understated luxury in mind. Elevated above the savanna, guests can watch the sunrise from their bed as their panoramic views connect to nature.
- Hotel website: Habitas Namibia
Kwessi Dunes is located deep in Namibia’s striking NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast desert wilderness of over 200,000 hectares. The lodge features 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate ‘star gazer’ room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above. Views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool are of the vast, desert vistas and when you can bear to tear your eyes away, enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and walks, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, horse riding and day trips to Sossusvlei.
- Hotel website: Kwessi Dunes
Little Kuala, one of Namibia’s most exclusive lodges, has reopened following a complete refurbishment. A welcome oasis situated along the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the lodge celebrates the splendor and solitude of the Namib Desert. Inspired by Dead Vlei, the design of the 11 climate-controlled, thatched suites, each with a private plunge pool, merges seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. Each unit has a Star Bed on the deck for romantic star gazing. Excursions to Sossusvlei (via a gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles), nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, explore this fascinating landscape.
- Hotel website: Little Kuala
The Houghton is a brand new hotel ideally situated in Johannesburg’s upscale Houghton Estate neighborhood. Sitting at the apex of a prestigious Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, and well-placed near all major shopping and business hubs, the hotel is designed as a home away from home. The property overlooks 168 acres of private secure parkland, which includes jogging paths, a fitness and health club, a spa and indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel also provides access to extensive business meeting facilities, a restaurant and dining rooms, a cocktail lounge, delicatessen, and café culture.
- Hotel website: The Houghton
Situated at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, the hotel provides easy access to the financial district, Cape Town’s International Convention Center, and the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood. The hotel’s 137 guestrooms and suites each boast large floor-to-ceiling windows or a balcony as well as walk-in rain showers. At the hotel’s restaurant 126 Cape Kitchen & Café, guests can enjoy authentic Cape Malay and Asian cuisine in a trendy setting. Guests can also take in the breathtaking views of Signal Hill while unwinding and enjoying one of the signature drinks on the outside pool deck.
- Hotel website: Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Reopened after a refurbishment, Sayari Camp is based in the north of Serengeti National Park, with a prime location to witness thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration. Overlooking the golden plains, the property’s 15 spacious suites have walk-in showers, al fresco tubs and verandas on which to laze away the afternoon with a book. Sayari’s rim-flow pool is set between natural rock formations for guests to cool off in while watching elephants or zebras ambling past camp. After a dip, guests can treat themselves to a calming massage and sundowners around the campfire.
- Hotel website: Sayari Camp
The St. Regis Cairo draws guests to the heart of Egypt’s timeless metropolis, weaving a powerful new story of luxury in the region with unprecedented local heritage and outstanding views of the Nile and Old Cairo. The hotel stands as a pivotal landmark with its 36 stories, gracefully designed for those who are only inspired by the unexpected by the renowned architect Michael Graves. Paying homage to 362 lavishly appointed rooms, suites and upscale apartments, luxuriant comfort prevails with state-of-the-art facilities, signature rituals and 7 thoughtfully crafted restaurants and bars.
- Hotel website: St Regis Cairo
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi offers 193 rooms and suites, five all-new food and beverage concepts, a top floor spa including a 25 m (82 ft) pool, and a total of more than 1,300 sq m (14,000 sq ft) of event space including a ballroom and four smaller meeting rooms. Renowned architect and designer Jean-Michel Gathy is responsible for the look and feel of the new hotel. In addition to facing the Imperial Palace, the hotel is adjacent to Otemachi Station, directly connecting to four Tokyo Metro lines, with JR Tokyo and Kanda Stations within walking distance.
- Official hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
The property is set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its shrines and temples. Taking cues from its picturesque surroundings, the hotel articulates graceful Japanese design through a modern lens to bring the natural beauty of Nikko indoors. Earthy materials such as woods and stones permeate the property and are enhanced by streaming natural light. The hotel’s 94 guest rooms feature private balconies that flows seamlessly with a lounge area, offering an expanded space for guests to take in the striking scenery surrounding the hotel. The property also offers four dining experiences and an urban sanctuary of wellness.
- Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko
The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to grace Japan, the 50-room resort resides at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri in Niseko Village with panoramic views of Mount Yotei and the surrounding mountain ranges. The 43-room resort offers a world-class gateway to Niseko’s adventurous mountains with 2,191 acres of skiable terrain and access to extensive backcountry skiing, and unique gastronomy, culture and traditions through its collection of authentic and affluent experiences all-year round. Luxury amenities include two distinctive restaurants and one lounge, a spa and onsen, and a fitness center.
- Hotel website: Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono sets a new benchmark for luxury hotels in Niseko, Japan. Showcasing international architecture and interior design, exceptional accommodations, exquisite culinary offerings, sophisticated works of art, and the legendary service of the Park Hyatt brand, Park Hyatt Niseko offers a refined and sophisticated experience in one of Asia’s most renowned ski, golf and summer lifestyle destinations. The property features meeting spaces, spa and wellness facilities, a swimming pool, and priority access to the Hanazono golf course.
- Hotel website: Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono
Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is the only hotel in Kyoto’s center with its own natural hot spring drawn from the thermal waters deep below ground. The hotel’s contemporary design creates a sense of comfort with natural luxury. The 161 guest rooms feature exquisite natural materials shaped by traditional artisanal skills, with bathing areas in every room having spacious bathtubs hewn from stone. There are two restaurants, a bar and lounge and a private dining space, all of which showcase Japanese and international epicurean experiences. The spa includes a thermal onsen spring, four treatment rooms and a gym.
- Hotel website: Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto
Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel is located on the site of the former Kyoto Central Telephone Office and incorporates parts of the original 1920s structure and a central courtyard garden into the hotel. The neighborhood was once part of the grounds of an imperial palace and today sits near the Nishiki Market and the Museum of Kyoto. Each room is outfitted with original artwork by Samiro Yunoki and a custom Pendelton blanket, and some rooms have a Gibson guitar. The new hotel comes with three distinct restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs Naomi Pomeroy, Marc Vetri, and Wes Avila.
- Hotel website: Ace Hotel Kyoto
Showcasing premier dining, entertainment, services and amenities under one roof, The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon boasts a completely unique hotel concept and an oasis of sophistication in Japan. Just minutes from Tokyo’s renowned art and cultural landmarks, fashion, nightlife and international cuisine, the hotel debuts a new generation of luxury, from 206 hotel rooms and suites with iconic views of the Tokyo skyline to 15 rooms with outdoor terraces overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. Amenities include a specialty restaurant, signature cocktail bar, 24-hour gym and custom designed spa with six treatment rooms.
- Hotel website: The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon
Situated in Ahangama on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, just a 30-minute drive from the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, this new hotel features an architecture that is inspired by the tropical modernism design pioneered by Geoffrey Bawa, the influential Sri Lankan architect. Surrounded by coconut groves, Harding Boutique Hotel has sweeping open spaces amidst lush greenery. The six suites are equipped with king beds, rain showers, sea-facing tubs and balconies overlooking the Indian Ocean. A hotel highlight is the open-air roof terrace for taking in the views.
- Hotel website: Harding Boutique Hotel
One&Only Desaru Coast is located in the south-eastern region of Malaysia, in the state of Johor. Inspired by the azure ocean waters and lush tropical landscape, the property provides modern Malaysian elegance, showcasing the incredible natural elements of the region. Like all properties within the One&Only collection, the resort, designed by award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, focuses on privacy, providing the ultimate hideaway. There are 42 suites, 2 luxury suites, an exclusive 4-bedroom villa, and an indulgent spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies.
- Hotel website: One&Only Desaru Coast
Nestled on Lombok’s most pristine beach, The Legian Sire is a boutique resort with stunning views of the famous Gili Islands. Exuding barefoot luxury, all suites overlook the ocean. A holistic philosophy of bespoke spa treatments, including vitality pools, nutrition and fitness programs, is tailored to balance the body and soul. The hotel’s three dining venues, including a vegetarian restaurant, make the most of the hotel’s organic fruit and vegetable gardens. Diving, watersports, surfing, trekking, golfing, and sunset cruises provide for unforgettable memories.
- Hotel website: The Legian Sire, Lombok
Located in the heart of Jakarta, Park Hyatt Jakarta features a modern interpretation of Indonesia’s rich craftsmanship, traditional techniques and indigenous materials. Through contemporary art and styling elements in the interior spaces, Park Hyatt Jakarta provides a fresh perspective of modern day Indonesia. The property occupies the top 20 floors of a 37 floor mixed-use building development by MNC Land, which ensures panoramic views of the city. Featuring five premium food and beverage outlets, Park Hyatt Jakarta also brings world-class dining and entertainment options to the city.
- Hotel website: Park Hyatt Jakarta
Alamayah is a five-star all-inclusive boutique retreat hotel born from the essence of the words ‘mayah,’ meaning grandmother and ‘alam,’ meaning nature. Located in the beachside village of Kerewe, around two-hour’s drive from Sumba’s Tamboloka Airport, Alamayah boasts six private suites equipped with king-sized beds, outdoor terraces, private dining areas and workspaces. Guests of the eco-conscious boutique retreat can also expect to be treated with a healer’s body analysis, three plant-based meals per day, medicinal mixology, daily massage treatments and other lavish experiences.
- Hotel website: Alamayah Sumba
Located in Jimbaran Bay, Raffles Bali offers unparalleled views of the Indian ocean and its own secluded beach. The property features 32 private pool villas equipped with outdoor terrace, indoor and outdoor showers, beach and yoga accessories, in addition to an indulgent soaking tub. In terms of F&B, Raffles Bali has the brand’s iconic Writers Bar where guests can enjoy classic and spiced cocktails and drinks; Rumari restaurant serving Balinese cuisine; Loloan Beach Bar and Grill for seafood lovers as well as The Secret Cave and the Purnama Honeymoon Bale for intimate dining experiences.
- Hotel website: Raffles Bali
Inspired by the country’s vibrancy and cultural significance, Capella Bangkok is a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Thai culture. Situated along the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel is a window to the eternal source of life for Bangkok and the artery of Thailand. Sensitively designed to offer panoramic views of the river, all 101 suites and villas allow guests to appreciate the prominence of the estate while indulging in a rejuvenated waterfront lifestyle experience. Unobstructed views of the river throughout the hotel bring a sense of tranquility despite being in the heart of a bustling gateway city.
- Official hotel website: Capella Bangkok
Set along 200 m (650 ft) of uncluttered riverfront, designer Jean-Michel Gathy has created the Four Seasons Bangkok Hotel, which integrates successive indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of cascading buildings, courtyards, terraces and water ponds. The property offers 299 guest rooms including suites with garden terraces and an extraordinary Presidential Suite; an urban spa with a focus on mind, body and soul; two infinity pools overlooking the river; thoughtful amenities for families including a fully-supervised complimentary kids club; a private boat dock; and world-class culinary offerings.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
Singapore-based Banyan Tree, one of Asia’s foremost luxury hotel groups, opened a new resort in a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, a scenic 45-minute drive from Krabi Airport. The property fronts powdery white sands and the shallow-shelved coast of the Andaman Sea. The new Thai resort offers 72 pool suites and villas, among them seven 2-bedroom options and one three-bedroom villa. Facilities include all-day dining, a ballroom, wedding chapel, beach club, kids’ club, and fitness center. In keeping with Banyan Tree’s holistic branding, the resort also hosts a rainforest-themed spa.
- Hotel website: Banyan Tree Krabi
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is located within the grounds of the Laguna National Golf & Country Club, just 10 minutes by car from Changi International Airport. Comprising 198 rooms and suites plus eight pavilions showcasing the best of contemporary design, this hotel also includes an all-day dining multi-ethnic restaurant, a pool bar and grill, a Dusit deli, and Laguna National’s award-winning The Nest restaurant. Among other facilities are a fully-equipped gym, three swimming pools, three tennis courts, and Devarana Spa. Guests also enjoy easy access to two championship golf courses.
- Hotel website: Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Located in Phu Yen on a 98-hectares of garden, Bãi San Hô is a first-rate holiday resort. Surrounded by spectacular hills and lush vegetation, this discrete peninsula lies far away from the mainstream tourist paths and stands out with its soul and historical authenticity. The luxurious resort has 71 suites & villas, built according to three different architectural styles: the “hill pool villas” are reminiscent of Eden tribes, “beach pool villas” evoke the Cham tribes and the “cluster villas” are built on traditional stilts. With 3 restaurants in different atmospheres, Bãi San Hô also turns every stay into a culinary voyage.
- Hotel website: Bãi San Hô
Located in southern Vietnam’s popular coastal playground, this 21-storey property features 171 well-appointed suites and apartments, a multitude of dining options, a spa, yoga studio, and a rooftop infinity pool. The property complements its beachfront setting with playful interiors dressed in sea green, ocean blue, and a wide range of ocean-inspired hues in between. For dining options the hotel has a Fresh restaurant (open all-day), a rooftop bar, and market stalls in the lobby. The property’s spa offers signature therapies based around salt. Conveniently located in the heart of Vung Tau, the hotel is a short trip by boat or road from Ho Chi Minh City.
- Hotel website: Fusion Suites Vung Tau
The secluded oceanfront retreat Azerai Ke Ga Bay is the third property in Azerai Resorts’ growing portfolio. The 55-room resort is located 180 km (112 mi) east of Saigon on a sweeping white sand beach. Framed to the north by Hon Ba Island, with its historic 1899-built colonial French lighthouse, and to the south by soaring sand dunes, the property cultivates one of the most naturally splendid oceanfront settings in the country. The guest rooms evoke a contemporary aesthetic defined by elegant and simple design, with many units boasting either plunge pools or more spacious private pools. Azerai was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, better known as the founder of Aman resorts.
- Hotel website: Azerai Ke Ga Bay
South Korea’s Hotel Shilla Co. opened its first outlet under its new hotel brand Shilla Monogram in Da Nang, a popular sea-vacationing destination for Koreans in Vietnam. Set atop the tranquil sandy beachfront between Danang city and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, the resort is housed in a nine-story building with 300 rooms and offer four outdoor swimming pools of different sizes, suitable for kids and adults alike. Guests are spoilt for choice with the resort’s variety of dining options: the Dining M Restaurant offers a range of all-day dining experiences, while the Bistro M is a poolside restaurant offering a breezy dining experience by the sea.
- Hotel website: Shilla Monogram Danang
Located in Chengdu’s Central Gaoxin District, W Chengdu features 297 fully reimagined and reinvigorated signature W rooms, each one styled in a sleek modern Chinese design that draws inspiration from local Chengdu elements. Echoing an escapist theme, the guest journey at the hotel is dotted with artfully compelling encounters. This is particularly evident with the larger-than-life nature motifs at the spa. Whether savoring Chinese cuisine at Yao Yen or pan-Asian delicacy at Zing, reaching new heights of glamour at Spark rooftop bar, or sipping a cocktail in the sleekly stylish Living Room, guests are encouraged to explore and indulge.
- Hotel website: W Chengdu
Situated in the heart of Xiamen, Andaz Xiamen is where old meets new and east meets west. As in typical local homes, Andaz Xiamen features high ceilings, repeated arched detailing and living spaces linked by walkways open to cooling tropical breezes. Andaz Xiamen houses 304 elegant rooms, including 20 suites with separate living rooms, which enjoy vibrant views over the city. Four innovative drinking and dining venues showcase the vibrant local neighborhood through authentic local flavors. The property features a heated outdoor swimming pool on the lobby floor.
- Hotel website: Andaz Xiamen
Sitting on Hainan island’s shoreline, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya is the first Chinese resort from US-based luxury brand 1 Hotels. The property boasts 294 rooms, suites and villas. Hotel facilities include seven F&B venues – all-day dining concept 1 Kitchen, Chinese fine-dining restaurant Green House, noodle restaurant Noodle House, lobby lounge Drift, rooftop lounge Sky Bar (opening soon), poolside bar The Sandbox, and The Juice Bar. Other amenities include meeting facilities, garden venues, a Feature Pavilion, sunlit Sky Deck, natural farm, fitness centre, spa, and five swimming pools.
- Hotel website: 1 Hotel Haitang Bay
Amangiri is a super-de-luxe desert retreat located in Canyon Point, Utah, surrounded on all sides by a gorgeous desert landscape, including mysterious canyons and brightly-colored rock formations. To celebrate its first decade, Amangiri has now added Camp Sarika on its resort grounds. Camp Sarika’s collection of 10 elegant and spacious one- and two-bedroom pavilions elevate the wilderness experience to one of peerless comfort and privacy. Complementing the clean lines and natural material palette of Amangiri’s suites, the generously proportioned pavilions each have indoor living and dining areas, as well oversized terraces with fire pits and heated plunge pools.
- Hotel website: Camp Sarika by Amangiri
Set on 68 sprawling acres of The Catskills, the Urban Cowboy Lodge is comprised of five stand-alone buildings, expansive open-air spaces – the perfect setting for work or play. The glamping spot features Lyon Porter’s signature design of bold patterns and hand-picked Americana antiques. Many of the suites feature clawfoot bathtubs for two and pot belly stoves, while a select few include outdoor cedar soaking tubs on their private decks. Guests can spend the day hiking the many trails, swimming local streams, or working remotely with strong WiFi and flexible workspaces.
- Hotel website: Urban Cowboy Lodge
Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Nobu Hotel Chicago is conveniently situated on Randolph Street in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods and home to the famed “Restaurant Row.” The hotel is brought to life through its architecture, which playfully blends elements of old world Japanese art and new world utilitarian, creating a sense of accessible sophistication. With tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, a signature Nobu Restaurant, and the new-concept Nobu Rooftop, Nobu Hotel Chicago is the perfect destination for a stylish stay in one of the Windy City’s culinary hubs.
- Hotel website: Nobu Hotel Chicago
Spread out over 19 city blocks, the downtown Dallas Arts District is a vibrant hub for all things cultural, where Pritzker Prize-winning architects I.M. Pei., Norman Foster, and Rem Koolhaas have created temples to opera, sculpture, theater, art, the symphony, and more. In the center of this creative enclave is HALL Arts Hotel, a the boutique retreat that both reflects and complements the soul of the Arts District with contemporary, design-forward spaces and works of art from the extensive in-house collection displayed throughout. From the stylishly designed rooms and suites, guests enjoy soaring views of Dallas.
- Hotel website: HALL Arts Hotel
As the first Thompson Hotel property in Texas, Thompson Dallas is located at 205 N. Akard Street in the historic, renovated George-Dahl-designed building, The National, and features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites and two world-class culinary destinations: Nine at The National and Catbird. Thompson Dallas’ spacious guestrooms feature walnut and brass headboards that echo restoration efforts. The hotel’s design is brought to life through a collaboration between Caroline Todd of Todd Interiors and Cindy Zelazny of Interiors Limited. Merriman Anderson Architects were also involved in the interior design.
- Hotel website: Thompson Dallas
The newly built 11-story property is designed as a sophisticated lifestyle hotel, with architecture by international firm Studios Architecture and interiors by award-winning firm Parts and Labor Design. Located in the emerging Navy Yard neighborhood, the new hotel features 225 sleek and modern guestrooms and suites, along with restaurant and bar concepts by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. The Thompson Washington D.C. serves as a modern hub for locals and visitors against the backdrop of the city’s dynamic waterfront neighborhood, located less than one mile from Capitol Hill and other major D.C. monuments and museums.
- Hotel website: Thompson Washington D.C.
Riggs Washington DC sits on the iconic downtown corner of 9th and F Street in the USA’s capital, inside a historic building once home to Riggs National Bank, known as the “Bank of Presidents.” The property features 181 guest rooms and suites – each inspired by the mysteries and delights evoked through private safety deposit boxes – in addition to an all-occasion European brasserie-inspired café, as well as a bar from the internationally-acclaimed, London-based Mr Lyan team. Designed by Jacu Strauss, the creative director of Lore Group, Riggs plays on the line between public and private spaces and what happens in them.
- Hotel website: Riggs Washington DC
Reimagined by internationally renowned designer Ken Fulk, this private retreat brings a new level of contemporary glamour and whimsical soul to Austin, Texas. A modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, these picturesque grounds offer a welcoming 10-acre setting in the heart of the city. Handcrafted architectural details, and one-of-a-kind vintage furnishings—set against a backdrop of cascading formal gardens and an elegant courtyard—evoke the romance and glamour of a world gone by. There are 42 guest rooms and seven terrace suites in the Inn, plus the five suites in the original Italian Renaissance Revival mansion.
- Hotel website: Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection
Set on 32 oceanfront acres of alluring coastline marked by royal fish ponds, natural lava fields and a collection of sun-drenched beaches, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is an authentic, yet newly redesigned resort. Following an extensive year-long renovation, Mauna Lani now has 333 contemporary guest rooms, suites and private bungalow residences, three distinct swimming pools – resort, family and infinity-edge, adults-only – a signature spa and wellness haven, and interactive Holoholo Kids Crew, all complemented by Auberge’s intuitive and gracious service.
- Hotel website: Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
Housed on the top 11 floors of the 48-storey building (the city’s fourth tallest), the hotel’s 155 rooms and suites afford enviable skyline views including the Coit Tower and Transamerica Building, and sweeping views of the Bay, including landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The property also offer an all-day restaurant, bar, well-equipped fitness center, and spa with treatment rooms. The hotel is centrally located in the city’s financial district, within walking distance to Union Square, SoMa and San Francisco’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero
Pendry West Hollywood embraces the best of California modernism and glamorous life in the Hollywood Hills. This storied location lies at the heart of LA’s rich film, music and cultural history – and pulses with an energy all its own. With a fresh take on modern luxury, Pendry West Hollywood elevates the Sunset Strip to a new level of sophistication. There are 49 guestrooms and suites, offering sweeping views across Los Angeles and up to the Hollywood Hills. With interiors inspired by ocean waves and dusky Southern California skies, the accommodations invite you to relax in pure luxury.
- Hotel website: Pendry West Hollywood
Nestled among 258 acres of rolling vineyards and oak tree groves, Montage Healdsburg features a spacious spa, a zero-edge resort pool, three signature dining options, including a seasonal poolside restaurant, inspired by the region’s culinary heritage and seamless access to Northern California’s renowned wineries and outdoor experiences. With one-third of each space dedicated to outdoor living, the resort’s 130 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites blend contemporary influence with environmentally conscious design that matches the authentic charm and scenic beauty of Sonoma wine country.
- Hotel website: Montage Healdsburg
The third full-fledged Miraval resort is set on 380 acres estate in Lenox, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect who created New York’s Central Park. Indoor walkways ensure guests can enjoy the property year-round. At the central hilltop, the Tudor-style Wyndhurst Mansion is home to 148 rooms and suites. There is no shortage of mindful wellness experiences, including the brand’s signature transformative equine experiences; the Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen; and the Body Mindfulness Center featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment, daily classes, yoga, and Pilates.
- Hotel website: Miraval Berkshires
Caerula Mar Club is a boutique beachfront resort located on the unspoiled island of South Andros in the Bahamas. Reflecting the island’s beauty, the ethereal design of the resort’s sumptuous accommodations are a statement of barefoot luxury. Featuring furnished terraces and ceiling fans, the airy, upscale suites provide Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth speakers and minibars. Private 1- and 2-bedroom villas add living areas; some have direct beach access. Dining options include a sophisticated restaurant, 2 bars and a cafe. There’s also a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool. Guests age 12 and over are welcome; minimum-stay rules may apply.
- Hotel website: Caerula Mar Club
Woven seamlessly into the diverse, dramatic vistas of one of Mexico’s last tropical beachfront jungles in Riviera Nayarit, One&Only Mandarina provides the perfect balance between chic treehouse seclusion and One&Only’s signature vibrant atmosphere. Palm-fringed sands, emerald cliffsides and swimmable shores nurture an environment consciously crafted for human connection. Shaded under the emerald canopy, no two rooms or views within the treehouse resort are the same and yet all offer unparalleled seclusion, always within reach of the buzz and atmosphere of laid-back living.
- Hotel website: One&Only Mandarina
Celebrated by beach lovers for its palm-fringed ocean frontage and talcum-white sands, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit has been given a luxury boost in 2020 with the arrival of the new Conrad Punta de Mita hotel. The resort features a pristine 2 miles (3,2 km) long beach and 324 rooms in an effortless style reminiscent of the natural world. The design style, inspired by the Huichol’s core beliefs, beautifully blends open corridors, thoughtfully designed spaces that are open to the sky – such as the beach grill and sunset bar’s butterfly roof – and fresh, coastal décor of light timbers, sea blues and indigenous artwork.
- Hotel website: Conrad Punta de Mita
Nayara Tented Camp features 18 luxury tents. Twelve of them mirror image tents linked together to create a spectacular two bedroom unit that can accommodate two couples or a couple and four children. Set high on the hill and with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano, the luxury air-conditioned tents feature plunge pools fed with natural hot springs, an outdoor shower, wooden floors, a four-posted bed with a canopy, and a spacious bathroom with an oversized tub. Other highlights of the camp include a welcoming tent, swim-up bar, large family friendly pool, and a new gourmet restaurant with an expansive terrace to celebrate the Costa Rican rainforest.
- Hotel website: Nayara Tented Camp
One of the first Caribbean resorts to promote sustainable luxury, the beachside retreat has welcomed guests to a world of undiluted tropical splendor for over half a century. Reopened in 2020 following an extensive hotel renovation, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is situated on one of the Caribbean’s finest shorelines – beyond a colorful barrier reef, where gentle blue waters meet the powder-white sands of a stunning half-mile crescent beach. The luxury Caribbean resort is surrounded by the untamed wilderness of Virgin Gorda, an island of volcanic origin featuring rugged hills, quiet coves and unspoiled beaches.
- Hotel website: Rosewood Little Dix Bay
The company Secrets’ all-inclusive brand has opened a new hotel in spring 2020 on the Caribbean island of St Martin (the property was previously operating as a Riu before Hurricane Irma). The 350-room adults-only resort is set on the beautiful Anse Marcel in St Martin, about 35 minutes from St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. The property is located on a gorgeous private enclave with views of Anguilla. The resort has the largest pool in the Caribbean, and there’s also a rooftop pool with ocean views, along with swim-out suites and other enhancements.
- Hotel website: Secrets St Martin