Today: The hottest & most luxurious new hotels of 2021
2021 was supposed to be a thrilling year for new glamorous hotels opening across the globe. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic continued to batter the world, posing major challenges to the hospitality industry. But as the world is slowly reopening to tourism – and closing again for several destinations – so 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 hotels (89 in total) that opened their doors in 2021. Some of these hotels are managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brands.
- Best new hotels of 2021 in Africa
- Best new hotels of 2021 in Asia
- Best new hotels of 2021 in the Americas
- Best new hotels of 2021 in Europe
- Best new hotels of 2021 in the Middle East
- Best new hotels of 2021 in Oceania
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Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River in Kruger National Park, Kruger Shalati offers the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which pays homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s: the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati is positioned. The hotel offers 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati welcomes you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.
- Hotel website: Kruger Shalati
Nestled deep within the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, on the northernmost fringe of Botswana, lies newly rebuilt DumaTau. The lodge takes full advantage of its 45 km (28 mi) of river frontage to create an unparalleled safari experience. Eight tented suites with private plunge pools sit on wooden walkways mere steps from the wildlife corridors, so animals often wander peacefully through camp. Interiors of hand-crafted mosaic tile, acacia wood, and local textiles reflect the heart of the Linyanti. The camp’s new spa, the Osprey Retreat, soothes your soul. As do all the elephants, whose moving herds compose one of Africa’s most elemental rhythms. With unique access to both the Linyanti River and Savuti Channel, the camp boasts an almost constant stream of ellies and other creatures passing by. The reserve’s diverse, pristine 95 000 acres offers truly exclusive excursions and close-up wildlife encounters.
- Hotel website: Dumatau & Little Dumatau
Seated on the secluded shores of a warm turquoise lagoon in Southern Mozambique, Sussurro is a thoughtfully designed lodge immersed in spectacular surroundings. Private bungalows provide over a thousand square feet of personal space surrounded by nature. Each suite includes indoor and outdoor bathing facilities and generous water front verandahs. Rooms are dressed with furniture created and carved onsite and thoughtfully collected artisanal pieces from sub-saharan African. A gallery, library, lap pool and yoga deck, bar and restaurant serving plant-rich menus of locally sourced produce complete Sussurro’s resort space. Personalized itineraries from here can include two to four-day excursions into Gorongosa and Zinave national parks with local guides, a dhow safari in the Bazaruto Archipelago and nights spent sleeping under the stars in a Sussurro bush experience.
- Hotel website: Sussurro
Located on Benguerra Island, Mozambique, Kisawa Sanctuary seeks to blend wilderness and service together to create a unique luxury resort. A combination of twelve one-, two- and three-bedroom bungalows, plus the “Kisawa Residence”, is positioned within a 750-acre stretch of forest, beach and sand dunes at Kisawa Sanctuary. Each bungalow is individually housed within its own one-acre plot, offering maximum privacy, minimum disturbance and optimum appreciation for the natural environment. A spa specializing in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda is the wellness heartbeat of the place, housed in a thatched building inspired by island design. Naturalists will feel at home here, since the island is home to more than 145 bird species.
- Official hotel website: Kisawa Sanctuary, Benguerra Island
Overlooking the Anse La Mouche bay and with direct access to Anse Aux Poules Bleues, Mango House Seychelles in South Mahél offers breathtaking views, intimate personalized service, and sublime dining. The property is home to a stunning array of sea-front rooms and versatile villas, including a private nestled cluster of up to 13 rooms with elevated terrace pool for dream family vacations. Five sophisticated food and beverage venues take guests on a culinary journey of exotic flavors. Mango House Seychelles also incorporates treatment rooms overlooking the glittering Indian Ocean and personalized therapies using locally sourced, handcrafted products. Together with a well-appointed fitness center, the resort promises the ultimate sensory experience, allowing guests to conveniently relax and rejuvenate throughout their stay.
- Hotel website: Mango House Seychelles
Nestled along the preserved Marine National Park, the private island of Sainte Anne in the Republic of Seychelles is now home to Club Med Seychelles, the newest Exclusive Collection (5-star) resort from Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept. Luxurious accommodations match with high-touch, personalized service as guests explore the virtually untouched destination. The eco-certified resort also features a wide range of wellness treatments using products inspired by the native flora. Adults and children will awaken their inner Robinson Crusoe on a holiday in total harmony with nature and where many of the activities are directly connected to the Indian Ocean and its sublimely beautiful scenery. Trekking, free diving, yoga and glass-bottomed kayaks are just some of the pleasures that can be shared, all designed to promote well-being and induce happiness in every member of the family.
- Hotel website: Club Med Seychelles
Opened in April 2021, the new Ritz-Carltion Maldives, Fari Islands offers guests a truly luxurious Maldivian experience with white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs teeming with marine life and outstanding guest services for which the Ritz-Carlton brand is known. The resort is ideally located in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45-minute journey by speedboat or 10-minute journey by seaplane from the Malé International Airport. The property is the first Ritz-Carlton hotel to open in the region and is situated on Fari Islands, an archipelago that features three other luxury properties as well as Fari Marina – the archipelago’s communal beating heart with a vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and a handpicked selection of dining options. The resort’s three islands and overwater quay serve as a base for discovering all the archipelago has to offer.
- Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is the inaugural flagship resort from Patina Hotels & Resorts, a new sophisticated lifestyle brand by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives offers 90 exquisite beach and water pool villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, all of which will combine the harmony of sanctuary with stimulating experiences. Situated in the heart of the Fari Islands archipelago, the brand-new development in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, a 50-minute speedboat journey from Malé International Airport, Patina Maldives offers guests the freedom to explore its two neighboring resorts (the Ritz-Carlton and soon-to-open Capella), allowing a choice between privacy and seclusion, and embracing a vibrant social scene centered at the development’s Fari Marina Village and Beach Club.
- Hotel website: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is a private island where time and space are redefined, located only 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé’s Velana International Airport. This mixed-use resort development features four different accommodation types – beach villas (with plunge pool option), water villas and double-storey villas. The stunning villas are inspired by the raw colours and textures of the natural landscape and provide the time and place to reconnect with nature and loved ones. Amenities include the largest pool in the Maldives, exciting food & beverage concepts, comprehensive amenities and a professional service team, the resort’s focus on time and space, balancing a sense of togetherness and inclusivity with privacy and independence, allows guests to have a personal experience, making each journey unique.
- Hotel website: Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives
Raffles Udaipur, a flagship hotel in the Raffles group’s portfolio, offers a fresh perspective on the city of Udaipur and region of Rajasthan, from a 21-acre private island set in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar Lake. Removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, the expansive property is reminiscent of a magnificent country estate, with beautifully manicured, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding hills, tranquil lake and a 400-year-old temple. The hotel itself is an architectural masterpiece of 101 luxurious rooms, suites and signature suites that elegantly interweave western cultural references with Rajasthan’s royal heritage and elements of Mughal architecture. Guestrooms have uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design aesthetic with murals, handcrafted furniture and other crafts by local artisans.
- Hotel website: Raffles Udaipur
Historic Rajasthan is the setting for a 14th century fort that has been beautifully converted to become Six Senses Fort Barwara, a three-hour drive from Jaipur. Originally owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family, the new Six Senses sits directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir. The sensitive conservation project features 48 suites and incorporates a palace and two temples within the walled site that reinterprets the gracious and regal ambience of a bygone era. Two restaurants serve classic dishes and modern cuisine based on fresh local ingredients, together with a bar and lounge. A 30,000 square foot (2,800 square meter) Six Senses Spa and fitness center is housed in the original women’s palace and features an extensive Ayurveda program, meditation and Six Senses Integrated Wellness programs. There are two swimming pools, banqueting areas, a retail boutique and a kid’s club.
- Hotel website: Six Senses Fort Barwara
Offering a unique contemporary take on the traditional Balinese village and its way of life, Andaz Bali is located in the heart of Sanur, a quaint seaside village known for its old-world charm, picturesque beaches and spectacular sunrises. Designed by the Bangkok-based Tierra Design and Spin Design Studio in Tokyo, Andaz Bali features 149 guestrooms, all decorated in contemporary Balinese style, using locally sourced materials such as bamboo, marble and teakwood. Andaz Bali offers 5 innovative culinary venues inspired by the lively dining culture in Indonesia. Connected via an aromatic herb and flower garden, Shankha Spa in the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali offers pampering treatments inspired by Balinese healing traditions using indigenous ingredients such as sea salt, pearl powder, coconut oil and spices.
- Hotel website: Andaz Bali
Pioneering a “no walls, no doors” concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 balés (villas), Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is an invitation into a different way of being. Situated in a quiet enclave surrounded by rice paddies and jungle, the site’s unique topography is next to the Ayung River and waterfall, including a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks. At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience – certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy.
- Hotel website: Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape
The stylish and contemporary 65-storey hotel is strategically located within the new prestigious complex of District 8 at SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District) in close proximity to the city’s most important financial, cultural and entertainment centers. The Langham features 223 guest rooms with majestic floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the city, state of the art in-room entertainment complemented by smart technology, opulent marble bathrooms featuring rain showers and free standing soaking bathtubs. features exceptional celebrity restaurant partnerships that include Tom’s by Tom Aikens, the culinary maestro who has guided his restaurants to accolades by the Michelin Guide. Located on the 6th floor, the hotel’s signature Chuan Spa offers wellness treatments inspired by the East and patterned after Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to reinvigorate from within.
- Hotel website: The Langham Jakarta
Capella Hanoi is a 47-bedroom boutique hotel designed by the illustrious architect Bill Bensley. A celebration of Opera, Capella Hanoi was conceptualized to be a Petite Auberge during the halcyon days of opera. Just mere steps away from the iconic Hanoi Opera House, this coveted palace of revelry has become the rendez-vous spot for opera’s greatest artists after the final curtain call. Each suite within the spellbinding property is individually designed to reveal tales of the mischievous opera society – told through over a thousand pieces of operatic memorabilia and custom portraiture art by prolific artist Kate Spencer. Guests can expect to find a curation of set designs, opera costumes and vintage tableware decorating the hotel, including its signature restaurant, Backstage, as well as the sophisticated art-décor salon, Diva’s Lounge.
- Hotel website: Capella Hanoi
Regent Hotels & Resorts opened the brand’s eighth property globally and first in Vietnam on Long Beach in Phu Quoc Island, in the Gulf of Siam. Perched high above the sea, at the ocean’s edge or surrounded by lush greenery, the resort’s suites and villas are sublime havens, most with their own private plunge or infinity pool. A brand hallmark, Regent’s “With Compliments”, sees all rooms equipped with complimentary refreshments library, fully stocked with select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, artisan coffees and teas and gourmet snacks, replenished daily. Guests have six innovative restaurants and bars from which to choose including Rice Market dishing up traditional Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine; the fine-dining venue, Oku, serving French-Japanese fusion; international cuisine at Ocean Club and the speakeasy Bar Jade cocktail bar and Fu Bar sky pool terrace and bar.
- Hotel website: Regent Phu Quoc
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is the newest five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Originally built as a Colonial villa in the early 20th century, a carefully restored lemon-colored Colonial House with wooden shutters, arched doorways and terracotta-tiled roof serves as the hotel’s entrance, providing guests with a nostalgic arrival experience. Behind the Colonial House stands a newly-constructed, 14-story main building, featuring 247 guestrooms, including 43 suites, all with hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. Guests staying on the 10th floor can access the Regency Club Lounge with dedicated check-in and check-out services, daily breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks. The hotel’s stylish interiors blend Khmer architectural accents with French colonial influences alongside specially commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artists.
- Hotel website: Hyatt Regency Phnom Phen
This new resort was developed from the concept that “beautiful things are born from a beautiful environment,” a theme that rings true for the hotel and is aligned to the LXR brand’s promise of offering authentic and meaningful experiences native to the local destination, history and tradition. The 114-room Roku Kyoto, LXR Hotels & Resorts offers guests a bespoke experience of the area and enables them to immerse themselves in the deep charms of a Kyoto that still holds mystery for those visiting, with countless stories of history and culture steeped in an unconventional aesthetic. The hotel aims to offer a soothing and refreshing stay, complete with fine cuisine that can only be experienced in Kyoto, various experiences and activities, spa treatments paired with natural hot springs, pool and fitness center facilities, and more.
- Hotel website: Roku Kyoto, LXR Hotels & Resorts
The iconic Fauchon Hospitality brand made its debut in Kyoto, a city focused on tradition, art and culture, with a sophisticated palate for food. The hotel provides a magnificent stage to showcase French gastronomy with Japanese twists. Guests can enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Grand Café Fauchon restaurant on the top floor of the hotel boasting a river view. Or relax with a cup of tea in the Salon De Thé, then finish the day enjoying the iconic in-room Gourmet Bar filled with complimentary premier Fauchon goodies. Within the hotel, Fauchon’s bright pink is used as an accent color against the muted color palette for the elegant, yet casual chic guest rooms. Step outside the doors of the property to explore the nearby Kamo River, Historic Matsubara Bridge and the Modern Shijo Kawaramachi.
- Hotel website: Fauchon Hotel Kyoto
Nestled in the fun-filled heart of Shinsaibashi, on Midōsuji Boulevard, W Osaka seamlessly blends Japan’s celebrated cultural heritage with bold contemporary designs in a rarified milieu of playful chic and boundless luxury. Upon arrival at W Osaka, guests enter an illuminated tunnel inspired by the Japanese art forms of cutting and folding paper, origami and kirigami, with images of nature and seasons reflected on its walls. Bright spaces, clean lines and bold color schemes are inspired by Osaka’s blazing streetscapes and reflected in the hotel’s 337 guestrooms and suites. W Osaka’s two bars and four restaurants tempt guests with unique, unexpected offerings and an unforgettably gourmet experience. On the fourth floor of W Osaka, FIT offers the latest in fitness equipment, as well as a yoga room with a view. WET is the hotel’s indoor pool space with an LED ceiling to illuminate and amplify the fun.
- Hotel website: W Osaka
Located in the heart of Shanghai’s bustling Lujiazui financial hub, J Hotel, Shanghai Tower sits perched high in the clouds atop the Shanghai Tower, the tallest skyscraper in China and second-tallest in the world. The hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquility with a gracious blend of modern Chinese hospitality. Occupying the 84th to 105th floors and 120th floor of this unique skyscraper, the hotel’s 165 luxurious rooms and suites are among the largest in the city. At this artistic landmark, designers have utilized lacquer, glaze and enamel works as well as metal, crystal and mosaics that give life to a breathtaking space with creativity at every turn. Seven restaurants and bars delight, and open-plan kitchens allow guests to enjoy the show as master chefs perform, create and inspire. Additionally, the Reiki spa and fitness center on the 84th and 85th floor provide a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
- Hotel website: J Hotel, Shanghai Tower
With its on-site vineyard, vine-to-table restaurant, wellness spa and farmhouse-style accommodations, Four Seasons Napa Valley is the perfect base for a wine country getaway. The new hotel is located in the charming community of Calistoga, just 90 minutes and yet a world away from San Francisco, the Bay Area and Sacramento. Designed by Napa’s own Erin Martin and with just 85 accommodations, the property is an intimate retreat that invites guests to explore the natural beauty that surrounds it. Within the resort, couples and families enjoy a full service spa, several outdoor pools, a kids club and fine dining venues. Guests are also invited to explore the winemaking process from harvest and sorting to blending and ageing, with hands-on demonstrations, opportunities to meet the winemakers, and of course wine tastings.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Napa Valley
Housed within the renovated World Trade Center, the new Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans is located on the Mississippi waterfront next to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, financial center, French Quarter, and Warehouse District, with clear views of both the city and the Mississippi River. A total of 341 beautifully appointed rooms and suites designed by Bill Rooney Studio offer accommodation options suited to each guest’s purpose in the city. In a city that continues to make its mark as one of America’s most renowned culinary destinations, Four Seasons has partnered with acclaimed local chefs to introduce all-new restaurant concepts celebrating the South, as well as a spectacular lobby bar – all primed for celebration. Facilities include a crescent-shaped rooftop swimming pool, a 24/7 fitness center, and an upscale wellness center.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans
Nestled within Big Sky’s 3,530-acre Spanish Peaks enclave, and less than an hour’s drive from the gates of Yellowstone National Park, Montage Big Sky offers a year-round mountain paradise for luxury adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Guests enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 skiable acres, an onsite 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, close proximity to world-renowned fly-fishing along with an abundance of hiking, wildlife spotting, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails. Throughout the 150-room resort, a modern mountain design meets the welcoming atmosphere of a classic mountain ski lodge, featuring sweeping alpine vistas and vaulted ceilings accented by a timeless palette of regional woods and stones.
- Hotel website: Montage Big Sky
Ace Hotel Brooklyn is conveniently located near the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and unique local shops and restaurants including boutique sake brewery Brooklyn Kura and iconic chocolatier Li-Lac Chocolates. The 13-story property houses 287 rooms, a beautifully decorated lobby, an art gallery, and several food and beverage options. The architectural feat was carried out by the hotel group’s long-term partners Roman and Williams and Stonehill Taylor Architects. Building exteriors are decorated with a custom ceramic mural by artist Stan Bitters. Guest rooms take inspiration from influential architect Le Corbusier’s beloved resting place, Le Cabanon, and incorporate floor to ceiling windows, Music Hall turntables, panoramic views of Manhattan, and fine touches bringing together unique artworks, textiles, and fabrics from more than twenty artists.
- Hotel website: Ace Hotel Brooklyn
The $110 million USD new Alila Marea Beach Resort enjoys a magnificent setting on the coastal bluffs of Encinitas. San Diego-based Joseph Wong Design Associates created an “eco-friendly” design for the hotel, using natural building materials and colors that will blend into the existing bluffs. Hotel amenities include a world class spa and wellness center, an oceanfront pool with an infinity-edge Jacuzzi and an ocean-view restaurant with a rooftop patio. The property is designed to showcase the amazing coastal views, allowing you to lose yourself in the landscape. Whether riding the ocean waves, biking along the scenic coastline, swimming and bodysurfing, practicing yoga, or simply relaxing and reflecting with a glass of wine, Alila Marea offers an adult-centric escape that can be as laidback or as active as you choose.
- Hotel website: Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
This new hotel represent the largest oceanfront resort development in San Diego County for over half a century. A member of Hyatt’s Joie de Vivre brand, the Mission Pacific Hotel provides a laid-back yet upscale experience that invites guests and locals alike to ‘connect, live in the moment and celebrate the joy of life’. This philosophy is expressed through 3,000 sq ft of curated retail outlets and three drinking and dining venues, including the only rooftop pool bar in northern San Diego County and a restaurant overlooking the pier from Guadalupe Valley chef Roberto Alcocer. Relaxed and undeniably Southern Californian, the 161 high-touch guest rooms – including 38 suites – feature soothing textures, gentle colors, cozy bedding, and gentle salt air. The hotel includes a trendy bar housed in the iconic 1887 ‘Top Gun’ house which was featured in the cult ‘80s film.
- Hotel website: Mission Pacific Hotel
Weaving traditions of Resorts World into the fabric of Las Vegas, this 3,500-room casino-resort introduces a bold, fresh take on hospitality to the Las Vegas market with exciting new experiences, one-of-a-kind culture and seamless guest service. The first new resort to be built on The Strip in more than a decade, the giant complex houses three Hilton branded hotels – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR and Conrad, each with its own entrance, lobby, and style. Resorts World and Hilton partnered on the design concepts, guest experience and service for each guestroom. In addition to three different Hilton brand concepts, the Resorts World Las Vegas project comprises a 5,000-capacity theater, a massive amount of meeting and convention space, a enormous pool complex, a spa and fitness center, and a variety of casual and fine-dining food and beverage offerings.
- Hotel website: Resorts World Las Vegas
Dating back to the 1860s, when Santa Fe’s first archbishop built a chapel and lodge on the property, Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection pays homage to the past, while celebrating Santa Fe’s vibrant cultural, art and culinary scenes and the spirit of adventure that epitomizes the Rocky Mountains. Inspired by the notion of community, the resort unfolds much like a village, with its ranch-inspired structures – some restored, some new – overlooking sweeping lawns, a stream, horse pastures and forest-cloaked mesas. Guests can stay in 100 guest rooms, suites and stand-alone accommodations and enjoy a host of outdoor activities. The first luxury offering of its kind in Santa Fe, Bishop’s Lodge provides a destination restaurant conceived by Chef Dean Fearing, an array of outdoor adventures and transformative wellness experiences set against one of the most starkly beautiful backdrops in the Southwest.
- Hotel website: Bishop’s Lodge
Inspired by the city’s diverse natural environment, 1 Hotel Toronto captures the beauty of Lake Ontario and the contrasting colors of the passing seasons to bring a sustainable urban retreat to downtown Toronto. The hotel features 112 guest rooms including 21 suites with city and skyline views; room amenities include heated floors, plants, organic cotton linens, yoga mats, and customized organic bath products. An in-room water filtration system along with tumblers and carafes made from reclaimed wine bottles reduces the need for single use-plastics. The hotel’s in-room dining menu and 5 dining venues allow guests to eat mindfully with a selection of dishes that celebrate Ontario-grown ingredients. Other guest amenities include a rooftop pool and fitness facility. Indoor and outdoor venues allow a versatile setting for meetings and celebrations.
- Hotel website: 1 Hotel Toronto
Rising 58 stories in the heart of the financial center, the home of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City adds a striking structure to Paseo de la Reforma skyline. The tower incorporates metals, mirrors and glass to reflect the exterior into the interior, playing with perspective in an homage to Mexico’s surrealist artists like Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. Located on floors 36 to 47 of the brand-new skyscraper, the hotel offers sweeping views of Chapultepec Park from each of its 153 accommodations and its private residences. Luxury amenities include a Club Lounge, a Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant, a spa, pool, fitness center and meeting and event spaces. The hotel is part of the Chapultepec Uno mixed use project, prominently located at the intersection of Avenida Reforma and Circuito Interior in the heart of the city’s financial center.
- Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City
Nestled along the coastal paradise of Riviera Maya on a pristine oceanfront site, remarkable for its lush and expansive mangrove gardens and deep white-sand beach, an extraordinary resort has been conceptualized. Etéreo, a new destination from Auberge Resorts Collection, brings a compelling luxury experience where guests can escape in perfect comfort and seclusion and enjoy a deep connection with nature and with one another. Featuring 75 contemporary guesthouses, an Auberge Spa and two dining venues, the resort is a collection of patinaed coral stone structures designed with modern Mayan references and elevated to seemingly float like islands among fields of dense tropical vegetation. Set against a backdrop of work by celebrated Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez, this luxurious property’s symbology and inherent spirituality permeate.
- Hotel website: Etereo
Sensira Resort & Spa officially opened its doors in January 2021. The oceanfront resort on Mexico’s spectacular Riviera Maya offers all-inclusive service with a lively ambiance. 13 restaurants and bars, luxury amenities and a sophisticated décor create a tropical oasis. Endless activities are available for guests of all ages – three swimming pools, two kids’ clubs, tennis, evening theatre and much more. Additionally, for adults seeking a more exclusive experience there’s adults-only accommodations with tailored amenities and butler service.
- Hotel website: Sensira Resort & Spa
Located 4 hours from Cancun airport and 40 minutes from Chetumal airport by car, Habitas Bacalar’s remote setting lends itself to tranquil moments and a sense of timelessness. . Seamlessly built on the crystalline waters of Laguna Bacalar, Habitas Bacalaris an eco-sustainable, holistic oasis – an escape to restore and calm the senses through wellness practices and soothing adventures overlooking seven hues of blue. The property comprises 35 cabanas with natural, earthly interiors, lagoon-facing views, a restaurant with an open-air kitchen, a spa and wellness area, and a communal gathering space. Combining uncharted nature with grounding experiences, the resort offers abundant opportunities to forge a deeper connection with the planet through floating meditations, temazcal ceremonies and stromatolite conservation efforts.
- Hotel website: Habitas Bacalar
Casa Silencio is a design-forward, eco-minded distillery and luxury retreat that honors the ancient production of mezcal, a singular agave spirit born in the mountainous, Mexican state of Oaxaca. The entire 16-acre property – including its sustainable palenque (mezcal distillery) is nestled in “Valle del Silencio” (Valley of Silence). Casa Silencio is much more than a place to relax; it is a modern temple to an ancient tradition, steeped in Oaxacan mysticism behind the love of craft and culture of mezcal. All six, breathtakingly appointed guest suites are geometrically constructed over two stories and appointed with furniture, bespoke art, textiles, and decor that offer subtle nods to the mezcal production process. Offering a vibrantly authentic Oaxacan culinary experience, as well as sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valley, dining at Casa Silencio is a sensorial marvel.
- Hotel website: Casa Silencio
Less than one hour from San Jose del Cabo Airport, Todos Santos has 355 days of sunshine per year and has become increasingly popular as a relaxed surf town and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Paradero Todos Santos, a 35-suite property, is spread across five acres of untouched land that is situated within the last unspoiled Mesa farming community – an agricultural area comprising 160 acres of family-owned farms. Due to its proximity to the equator, the immediate landscape offers five distinct ecosystems: the desert with 200-year-old Cardon Cacti, the Sierra La Laguna Mountain range, miles of virgin beaches along the Pacific coast, an oasis with 5,000 palm trees, and farmland as far as the eye can see. Because of this diversity, UNESCO has designated Todos Santos as a Biosphere Reserve – one of only two such sites in Baja.
- Hotel website: Paradero Todos Santos
Situated on a lush green mountain just behind Golfito overlooking the Golfo Dulce, the lodge is set amidst 380 sprawling acres of primary and secondary rainforest in Costa Rica. The lodge was designed with a modern and minimalist approach, celebrating the region and all it offers. Staying at Cielo Lodge will be an intimate experience: six Canopy Suites will accommodate between 2-4 people, for a total lodge occupancy of just 12-24 guests. Each suite is elevated and separate from other guests, offering ultimate privacy and incredible views of the nearby canopy. There are no glass windows -simply walls and screens. Each suite boasts two fans and natural airflow, circulating the fresh mountain breeze. At Cielo’s Lodge’s main building, an infinity-edge saltwater pool offers breathtaking views for guests. Adjacent to the pool sits the dining room, , where Executive Chef Cesar creates artful, local and seasonal dishes.
- Hotel website: Cielo Lodge
A haven of oceanfront elegance situated in the historic town of St. George’s, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort is just steps from the soft white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach. The calm turquoise water and stunning views create an iconic resort setting where lavishly appointed accommodations, exceptional amenities and impeccable service combine for an unforgettable stay in St. George. Overlooking azure waters, the resort’s pool deck area features two swimming pools, luxuriant loungers and private cabanas for an exclusive retreat. Guests can enjoy state of the art cuisine at the flavorful all-day restaurant or the renowned BLT Steak New York restaurant. Refined relaxation awaits at Iridium Spa, which offers a comprehensive menu of unique personalized treatments using natural and precious elements.
- Hotel website: The St. Regis Bermuda Resort
Rosewood has been appointed to manage St. Barth’s renowned retreat, Le Guanahani. Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the property reopen last month as Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth with a property-wide rebuild and refurbishment that preserves the unique spirit of the resort and perfectly embodies Rosewood’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy. Vibrantly hued guest cottages are scattered along garden paths that wind through lush bougainvillea, hibiscus, and palms beside the sweeping beaches and reef-protected lagoon. The resort offers two pools, a luxury spa, an array of watersports, a fitness center, a tennis court, and the engaging Rosewood Explorers children’s club. The resort’s elegant restaurants and bars, including a new beachfront dining venue, offer freshly prepared, refined cuisine presented with unobtrusive service in stunning settings.
- Hotel website: Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth
Off the Northern coast of Virgin Gorda lies a tranquil private island oasis where the emerald waters and pristine white sand beaches are a haven for relaxation and adventure. This exclusive destination is Moskito Island – a luxurious retreat in the North Sound neighborhood of the British Virgin Islands. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition (VLE), has overseen the operations and development of the island. Comprised of 10 private estate lots, refined amenities, and breathtaking topography with panoramic water views from every angle, Moskito Island offers an array of opportunities to explore the 125 acres of natural Caribbean paradise. Each estate brings its own sense of style through striking architecture and one-off design, to create exceptionally unique island retreats. Branson himself also has an estate on Moskito Island, comprised of an 11-bedroom compound made up of three separate villas.
- Hotel website: Moskito Island
Six Senses Botanique lies in the desirable Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level and at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. Formerly known as Botanique Hotel & Spa, the hotel was born out of Fernanda Ralston Semler’s vision to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality that was completely home-grown, recognizing local traditions and culture, as well as its natural setting. The property offers seven suites in the main hotel and 13 private villas dotted in the hills around it. A further 14 villas are planned and will be constructed off-site in a modular manner using local materials. They will be sited to minimize their impact on the surrounding flora and fauna.
- Hotel website: Six Senses Botanique
With views to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, Explora in El Chaltén features 17 rooms and 3 suites. Located close to El Chaltén –in the Argentinean Patagonia – the lodge is a headquarter from where to explore a world-renowned destination by those who love nature and trekking. The property has been strategically built within the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, a long-standing conservation area in the region. The Argentinean Pablo Jesús Rivero – a leading figure of Argentinean cuisine – along with Guido Tassi – also a famous Argentinean chef – designed the new menu for explora El Chaltén. Built for disconnection and immersion in nature with amazing views of the ñirre forest, the spa offers a space of relaxation with two massages rooms, two saunas and five open-air Jacuzzis.
- Hotel website: Explora El chalten
With its modern appeal and mesmerizing views, The Maybourne Riviera is securing its spot as the French Riviera’s newest and most sought-after seaside retreat. The striking architecture of the hotel emerges from the rocky peninsula of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin as if forging its way into the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The luxurious property is perfectly positioned between Menton and Monte Carlo, with plunging views across warm terracotta rooftops, olive groves and citrus trees heavy with fruit, out to the azure horizon. Take a stroll around the property past fragrant citrus orchards and seasonal herb gardens. Savor sea-to-table cuisine handcrafted by world-renowned chefs Mauro Colagreco and Jean-Georges Vongerichten Or gaze out onto the water from your private balcony (standard in all 45 rooms and 24 suites) with a chilled rosé de Provence from one of the local vineyards.
- Hotel website: The Maybourne Riviera
Built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of King Louis XIV, Le Grand Contrôle is imbued with French history, and found right in the heart of the Château de Versailles. This historic building now houses a luxury hotel, The Airelles Chateau de Versailles, offering guests behind-the-scenes access to the Domaine de Versailles, the palace and the Petit Trianon. There are 14 luxury rooms and suites, featuring an authentic decor that has been painfully restored. Guests can wander freely around the French gardens, as Le Grand Contrôle has direct access to the Orangery and the Lake of the Swiss Guard. The property is home to a chef Alain Ducasse led fine dining venue, serving haute-French cuisine that takes inspiration from recipes of the past, mixed with creativity and modern flair.
- Hotel website: The Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Cheval Blanc, the hospitality arm of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), manages several ultra-luxurious resorts in glamorous spots across the globe: St. Barth’s, Courchevel, St. Tropez. In 2021, they finally open one in the city they call home: Paris. Architect Peter Marino transformed La Samaritaine, the iconic department store that shuttered in 2005, into a stylish getaway on the edge of the Seine. The hotel design is inspired by the building’s Art Deco heritage, and filled with furniture displaying the finest French craftsmanship. With only 72 rooms and suites, Cheval Blanc Paris aims to be an intimate and confidential haven where lovers, families and friends meet. The property is sure to become a culinary tour-de-force as well, as its main restaurant is helmed by the three-star Michelin chef Arnaud Donckele.
- Hotel website: Cheval Blanc Paris
Nested on Avenue George V, at the heart of the golden triangle, the Bvlgari Hotel Paris combines Bvlgari’s timeless glamour and heritage with a contemporary design and furniture by world-renowned Italian architects Antonio Citterio & Patricia Viel. The restyling of the building has been conceived as a transition to modernity: while both the use of the typical Parisian limestone and the respect of the ‘alignment’ criteria recall the 19th century Haussmanian urban patterns, the completely renewed façade evokes a rationalistic style that is an expression of the most contemporary architectural design. The hotel offers 76 rooms, most of them suites, and a full range of luxury facilities including an oversized spa with a 25 m (82 ft) pool and a Bvlgari restaurant and bar opening to a charming courtyard garden.
- Hotel website: Bvlgari Hotel Paris
Domaine de Primard extends across more than thirty hectares on both sides of the Eure, between Anet and Giverny. Heir to a French art de vivre with roots tracing back to the late 18th century, it boasts a 40-room hotel as well as a gourmet restaurant and bistro —Eglantine and Octave, respectively. Both are brilliant creations of the multi-starred Michelin chef Éric Frechon. A 450 square metre spa offers, for the first time in France, the protocols of Susanne Kaufmann’s natural cosmetics. A reception room is available for weddings and seminars. The estate’s park is exceptional both for its location — water is omnipresent at Domaine de Primard — and for the quality of its conception, designed by artist Jacques Wirtz. For more than 35 years, the garden has flourished, enriched by a remarkable collection of rare trees and hundreds of rosebushes.
- Hotel website: Domaine de Primard
The newest addition to the Le K2 collection is this sophisticated haven in the Alps, located right in Val d’Isère village. Le K2 Chogori is just minutes from the legendary Val d´Isère – Tignes ski area where guests can enjoy the perfect day on the slopes. The property offers exceptional panorama views of the surrounding mountains and the bell tower of the Église Saint Bernard. Inside, elegant contemporary décor inspired by Tibetan aesthetics beckon. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant transports guests from the Alps to the Andes with cuisine inspired by Peru. Additionally, a Goji Spa by Valmont, Kids Zone, cozy bar, and on-site Ski Shop create a luxurious mountain getaway.
- Hotel website: Le K2 Chogori
Villa Dagmar is a beautiful and creative home for the curious traveler who is seeking a hotel in Stockholm with both heart and soul in a chic and conscious part of the city, next door to the historic Östermalms saluhall. The inviting boutique hotel is a vibrant meeting place, where personal service is combined with restaurant experiences by two of Sweden’s most innovative and award-nominated restaurateurs. The hotel rooms and suites give a luxurious at home-feeling with the highest quality in all designer choices; all furniture is hand-picked in an exclusive Scandinavian and Italian design. The hotel spa – called Dagmar Spirit & Retreat – and the fitness center offers a place where body, mind and soul can get a much-needed break or a quick workout. The hotel is also an inspiring environment for events and meetings.
- Hotel website: Villa Dagmar
There are blue seas and golden sands – and then there’s White Coast Pool Suites on the island of Milos. Named for the otherworldly rock formations on its coast, this adults-only boutique hotel seems to melt into its jaw-dropping surroundings. Throw in its private beachfront nature reserve and an infinity pool for every suite, and ultimate luxury is guaranteed. The hotel champions cubist, minimalist design to make the most of its unique setting. Each of the suites serves up a slice of Cycladic sun, sea and sky, with floor-to-ceiling windows and neutral tones. In the restaurant, fresh Mediterranean food is paired with local wines, while the relaxed cocktail bar is the place to be when the sun begins to set – and the sky puts on a show. Beyond White Coast Pool Suites, you’re close to some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches.
- Hotel website: White Coast Pool Suites
Nestled in the western part of the island of Mykonos, in the cove of Korfos, Aeonic Suites & Spa is Mykonos’ newest 5-star boutique hotel. With its finely crafted architecture, alluring interior design, and minimalist elegance, it’s also one of the island’s most stylish and timeless retreats. Each one of the 34 rooms enjoys its own outdoor space either with either a private pool or a Jacuzzi depending on the room category. Facilities include a large infinity pool overlooking Ornos Bay, an elegant rooftop spa, and one of Mykonos’ best fine dining venues. Aeonic means lasting for an eon or for a lifetime, but what it means to the hotel is “that you can look forward to bliss without any hassle or fuss within the premises of a luxury boutique hotel.”
- Hotel website: Aeonic Suites & Spa
‘Kalesma’ means ‘inviting’ in Greek, a word that best expresses the ethos of this privately owned luxury boutique hotel, which tumbles down a slope to Ornos Bay. Kalesma’s outstanding location provides panoramic vistas, affording guests the unique opportunity to enjoy both sunrise and sunset from the same spot. The whitewashed pavilions that make up the hotel have been created to resemble a charming Mykonian village. Inspired by Cycladic architecture, Kalesma combines tradition with contemporary elements, offering sleek and minimalist interiors that are created using locally sourced materials. The 25 suites and two large villas blend local flair with high aesthetics, giving guests the feeling of being in an authentic Mykonian neighborhood. It is the first hotel on the island where every single room is equipped with a private swimming pool or plunge pool.
- Hotel website: Kalesma Mykonos
Numo Ierapetra is a modern, adult-friendly, seaside resort that showcases a unique part of southern Crete. Seventeen low-rise guestroom buildings cascade toward the beach. The rooms range from cozy to super-spacious suites. Each of the 132 rooms and suites has its own private swimming pool, placed in a cozy terrace, surrounded by mature gardens. The property is located on a secluded beach dotted with tamarisk trees, sunbeds and cabanas. The hotel’s swimming pool, nestled within a 32,000-square-foot bar and restaurant area, is the heart of the resort. Numo’s cuisine highlights local produce through a farm-to-table approach and is helmed by Konstantina Voulgari, a San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year finalist. She has been trained at the Michelin-starred Auberge de l’Ile.
- Hotel website: Numo Ierapetra Beach Resort
Angsana Corfu is a Mediterranean sanctuary of extraordinary beauty, a luxurious spa and beach resort offering the warmth and charms of its unique blend of Greek and Asian hospitality. Its proximity to Achilleion Palace, once home to the famed Empress Sissi of Austria, enriches its surroundings with echoes of a royal era. Set on an idyllic lush green hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of the historical Benitses Bay, the resort offers a collection of 159 contemporary rooms and suites, plus 37 luxury villa homes. The resort chefs serve up a universe of options, from fusion Asian cuisine and sushi bites to Greek cuisine with local Corfiot delicacies and tasty international favorite dishes. Facilities include an outdoor infinity pool, an indoor heated pool, a state-of-the-art gym, an outdoor Yoga pavilion, and the award-winning Angsana Spa, consisting of 11 treatment rooms.
- Hotel website: Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa
In spring 2021, The Oetker Collection added The Woodward to its portfolio. The hotel sits directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc. Originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel, the hotel was being renovated under supervision of world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, guests find contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary. Each of the 26-suites has its own distinct character with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite, designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.
- Hotel website: The Woodward
Located in the heart of Boka Bay, One&Only Portonovi is a secluded coastal retreat surrounded by fjord-like natural beauty. With Venetian-inspired architecture meeting state-of-the-art design, the resort offerz a wide range of accommodations, from havens for just two to family rooms and suites, and the signature Villa One that will sleep up to seven. Each space feature generous indoor and outdoor living to savor mesmerizing views of surrounding bay, gardens and mountains. Three onsite restaurants serve authentic Montenegrin dishes, Asian fusion cuisine in a vibrant pool club setting, and rustic Italian fair respectively. Leisure facilities include six distinct resort pools overlooking spectacular vistas, a private sandy beach, and a high end spa. The resort offers private boat excursions to Boka Bay, which is home to countless hidden lagoons and coves, as well as century-old moated walled towns like Kotor.
- Hotel website: One&Only Portonovi
Marking the brand’s return to London, the Mondrian Shoreditch is the sixth hotel in the global portfolio and a European flagship for the Mondrian group. The 120-room property is set in the heart of Shoreditch, London’s creative and cultural hub, and features several food and beverage outlets. On the lower ground World-famous chef Dani García introduces BiBo Shoreditch, a Spanish kitchen serving tapas with courtyard seats and García’s first outpost in London. Hotel guests will also have access to the exclusive rooftop, Altitude at The Curtain, for breakfast. The space will otherwise be exclusively for members of The Curtain, the hotel’s private members club. The hotel also comprises a spa, screening room, and open music space. The guestrooms’ decor encapsulates a luxurious, theatrical aesthetic with fresh white brick walls and artwork selections that invite witty appreciation.
- Hotel website: Mondrian Shoreditch London
The hottest hotel launch in London this year opened its doors to guests in September. The debut of The Londoner marks the beginning of a rebirth for Leicester Square and the introduction of the world’s first super boutique hotel. From one of the UK’s largest family-owned hotel group Edwardian Hotels London, The Londoner features 350 rooms, 16 stories, six concept eateries, a unique members club-style private area, a wealth of meeting and event space, cinema and an entire floor dedicated to wellness. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architectural designers Yabu Pushelberg, the property embodies the character of London, with winks and nods at every turn to British humour – flourishes ironically expected to appeal to both Londoners as well as international guests.
- Hotel website: The Londoner
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. NoMad London is the brand’s most intimate property at 91 rooms including 21 suites, centered around several exquisite dining and drinking spaces in the NoMad tradition. The hotel also offers plenty of space for weddings, events, meetings and private dining.
- Hotel website: Nomad London
Located within an emblematic building near Budapest’s Grand Boulevard, Kozmo Hotel Budapest is a reinterpretation of classic luxury. The hotel’s alluring design also 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 hosts 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.
- Hotel website: Kozmo Hotel Budapest
Nestled among foothills, OKU Ibiza has opened its doors in summer 2021 offering a five-star retreat moments’ walk from the beautiful Cala Gracio bay and beaches. The stylish hotel is an excellent choice for those who want the best of Ibiza’s lifestyle on their doorstep, with flavorful fusion cuisine, nature-inspired design and a laidback luxury soul at home. The rooms include rooftop penthouses with expansive views, swim-up pool rooms and a private four-bedroom villa for exclusive hire. For those who want to start their day with an energizer, complimentary morning yoga is available, followed by an artisan coffee and the chance to create your perfect breakfast bowl. Then kick back by one of the two swimming pools and soak up Ibiza’s ‘white isle’ atmosphere. Ibiza evenings are brought to life by the hotel’s resident DJ as the sun goes down.
- Hotel website: OKU Ibiza
Conceived by architect Jonathan Leitersdorf, Six Senses Ibiza is a year-round destination set in Xarraca bay, a long-hidden secret on Ibiza’s northern tip. Integrated into its contours to enjoy unobstructed sunsets, the property features 116 guest rooms and suites, including one-of-a-kind cave suites built into the cliffs. There are also a handful of Village Residences ideal for large groups or longer-term stays. Powered by its own renewable energy source and with punchy zero waste and zero single-use plastic targets, the resort has sustainability at its core. Six Senses Ibiza offers a comprehensive range of amenities and programming, farm-to-table dining, music, art, sustainable fashion, culture, longevity and wellness. Each experience is inspired by the traditions and values of the island to deliver an intentional destination that provokes meaningful moments of community, spirituality and celebration.
- Hotel website: Six Senses Ibiza
Close to the cosmopolitan glamour of Marbella, the exclusive Ikos Andalusia brings a new world of luxury and Mediterranean hospitality to Spain’s dazzling southern shores. Offering miles of fine sand, bathed by cooling waters, this peerless beachfront setting on the tranquil shores of Playa de Guadalmansa offers more than 21 acres of landscaped gardens and leisure facilities. The brand’s award-winning Infinite Lifestyle ensures virtually every element of your vacation is included in the original cost to ensure your stay is lavish, relaxed and perfectly unforgettable. Private balconies, gardens and pools abound at Ikos Andalusia, where 393 contemporary rooms and suites take style, luxury and comfort to fabulous new levels. The Ikos Spa by Anne Semonin Paris is an oasis of calm and a place to revitalize the body and spirit in luxurious surrounds.
- Hotel website: Ikos Andalusia
Situated in the heart of Madrid, on the revered Paseo de la Castellana, a grand boulevard lined with renowned and architecturally impressive restaurants, shops and attractions, Rosewood welcomes Villa Magna to its distinguished collection following a thoughtful enhancement. The hotel offers an inspired interpretation of Spain’s capital city in a central location immediately neighboring the prestigious Serrano shopping district, and other well-known nearby landmarks such as the Golden Triangle of Art, home to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums. With a refreshed contemporary sense of style and service that speaks to today’s travelers, Rosewood Villa Magna features 150 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms and suites, several distinct dining experiences and an inspired Sense, A Rosewood Spa.
- Hotel, website: Rosewood Villa Magna
The iconic Hotel Ritz, Madrid reopend last spring as Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, following the most extensive restoration in its 110-year history. The hotel, which was designed and built under the supervision of legendary hotelier César Ritz, first opened its doors in 1910. The restoration significantly enhanced the hotel’s facilities and services, while maintaining its unique character, encapsulated in the Belle Époque style of the original building. Each of the 153 luxuriously appointed rooms, including 53 suites, now enjoy a chic and contemporary residential style. The Mandarin Oriental Ritz is poised to become one of the most innovative culinary destinations in Spain with five dining concepts overseen by three Michelin-starred Chef Quique Dacosta. Wellness facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, an intimate spa, vitality pool, experience showers, a steam room, and a gym.
- Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
Designed by the Spanish-based, Brime Robbins consultancy, InterContinental Barcelona offers 273 elegant and spacious rooms, along with a Presidential Suite and 17 junior suites. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is famed globally for signature bars and restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred Chefs and up-and-coming talent, and InterContinental Barcelona is no different. Drinking and dining is elevated with three magnificent restaurants, one of which is headed by a Michelin-starred Chef; a Cocktail Bar; the Rooftop 173 and the Terraza Montjuic, designed for hosting events. A signature Club InterContinental experience features prominently and the hotel is also home to a spacious spa. InterContinental Barcelona joins the emblematic InterContinental in Madrid, located in the center of the Spanish capital, and more than 200 InterContinental Hotels around the world.
- Hotel website: InterContinental Barcelona
Bringing luxury to one of Mallorca’s most undiscovered and beautiful spots is Can Ferrereta. This converted 17th-century grand house is full of contemporary comfort – but it wears its heritage proudly on its sleeve. Exposed beams and stone walls are a nod to its rustic roots, while sleek four-poster beds are juxtaposed with furnishings in calming shades. Guests can spend days by the landscaped pool, sip cool drinks from the bar, salute the bright Mallorcan sun in a yoga class, or exercise in the state-of-the-art gym. The hotel’s luxury spa, complete with hammam and sauna, is made for indulgence. As night falls, dine under the stars on the restaurant’s Mallorcan patio. Then retire to the cosy library for an expertly mixed nightcap.
- Hotel website: Can Ferrereta
The Reykjavik EDITION brings the first 5-star modern luxury experience to one of the world’s most sustainable capitals. Located in the historical, scenic heart of downtown Reykjavik by Old Harbor port, the hotel is a 45-minute car ride from the airport and just steps away from the Laugavegur Street, the city’s vibrant shopping district, and the Harpa Concert and Conference Center. The hotel is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the wonders of the region, with the renowned Blue Lagoon within driving distance and the Northern Lights visible in the city during the winter solstice. The hotel boasts a variety of distinctive food, beverage and entertainment outlets including alfresco dining to enjoy the panoramic views of the waterfront and the city. The Reykjavik EDITION’s sophisticated bedrooms and suites offer spectacular views of the harbor, Mt. Esja and the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier.
- Hotel website: The Reykjavik EDITION
Seemingly at the end of the earth, Aurora Lodge offers a luxurious window onto one of the world’s most spellbinding phenomena. The brainchild of award-winning Scandinavian architect, Snorre Stinessen, the lodge is a contemporary marvel in the heart of pristine wilderness. It is so remote and so private that it takes a helicopter to get here and is only ever bookable by a single group. The six luxurious suites are characterized by wraparound floor to (double-height) ceiling glass and bespoke furnishings that include Hästens beds and Antonio Lupi bathrooms. A traditional sauna awaits by the side of a small creek that runs through the property. The lodge itself sits just 100 m (300 ft) from the sea and whilst it may be too cold for a swim, the icy water creates an unbeatable stage for the Aurora to light up the landscapes.
- Hotel website: Aurora Lodge
Historic palazzo on the outside, a bold interpretation of luxury inside, W Rome celebrates the Italian attitude and captures the energy of the Eternal City. With its 162 rooms and suites, design twist and vibrant experiences, the hotel marks the W Hotels’ entry to the scene in an unapologetically Italian way. Head chef Ciccio Sultano shakes up the city’s foodie scene, with authentic Sicilian cooking served at Giano Restaurant, while fitness athlete Pietro Boselli is at the helm of the first FUEL X Petra Studio training prograe. Loaded with Roman vitality yet dismantling the norm, W Rome has something for everyone, whether it be a sweet retreat at Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani, a cocktail with upbeat music at W Lounge or live entertainment at Giardino Clandestino. On the upper floor, striking views of the city make Otto Rooftop Bar and the pool deck even more enjoyable/
- Hotel website: W Rome
Following an extensive renovation, the famous San Domenico Palace in Taormina reopened as a Four Seasons hotel. The magnificent property is ideally placed on the hilltop town of Taormina on the eastern shores of Sicily, overlooking the Bay of Taormina and the Ionian Sea. The iconic property features multiple terraces with clear views of the surrounding waters, as well as Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel comprises an ancient Dominican convent from the 14th century, as well as a Grand Hotel Wing that was added in 1896. The 111 guest rooms and suites feature original architecture and facades from the historic building. Facilities include a state-of-the-art spa with seven treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a beach club, and the two-Michelin star restaurant, Principe Cerami.
- Hotel website: San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel
Located at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, Villa Igiea is a Mediterranean beachside paradise, and the perfect base to explore the Sicilian capital of Palermo. Originally opened in 1900, this fabled palazzo – a favorite of royalty and Hollywood luminaries – underwent an extensive refurbishment that brings a contemporary flair to the airy rooms and suites while preserving exquisite art nouveau features. A long-loved seaside-meets-city sanctuary for royalty, dignitaries and Hollywood luminaries, trace their paths through tiered villa gardens that sweep down to the port and out to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels – Fulvio Pierangelini – oversees the Florio Restaurant, the Igiea Terrazza Bar and the Alicetta Pool Bar, serving delicious Sicilian flavors with unmistakable expertise.
- Hotel website: Villa Igiea
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
Overlooking the enchanting, centuries-old fishing village of Conca dei Marini, Borgo Santandrea is a serene haven situated in the heart of the Amalfi Coast. Nestled 90 m (300 ft) above sea level, the resort-style hotel features 29 full-service rooms and 16 luxurious suites which offer uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most romantic destinations. The pristine Mediterranean-style gardens and scenic terraces seamlessly connect the rooms and facilities to a private sandy beach, the only one of its kind on the Amalfi Coast. Curated by Executive Chef Crescenzo Scotti, dining at Borgo Santandrea is a culinary journey centered around the preservation of local flavors and ingredients. The property’s three restaurants and two bars celebrate Italian dining traditions; each catering to different occasions and unique moments.
- Hotel website: Borgo Santandrea
Located in the heart of the city, The Place Firenze is an exceptional haven, more like a sophisticated home than a hotel, adored by everyone who stays behind its discreet townhouse facade. Inside, it is elegance epitomized, with centuries worth of artifacts and lovingly homemade food served all day in its comfortable lounges. This is where different stylistic philosophies are harmoniously joined together: a Charles X fireplace, objects from the 70s, neoclassical furniture and lamps from the 50s, fit perfectly with the sleek masculine soft-colored décor. In between forays to explore the city, retreat to the hotel for drinks or perhaps a homemade cake. Watch the world go by on the al fresco terrace in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, relax with a spritz in The Bar or on the private rooftop terrace with its citywide views. The Kitchen, with its refined atmosphere, serves excellent organic Tuscan and Italian specialties.
- Hotel website: The Place Firenze
A Venetian palace hideaway set in the heart of the Floating City, Ca’ di Dio blends history with luxurious modernity. While parts of the hotel’s building date back to 1272, its latest guise gives it a flawless 21st century update that reflects the surroundings in every detail. Every detail in its bedrooms and suites showcases Italian design, from jewel-bright Murano glass lamps, to fine, locally made fabrics and marble-clad bathrooms. Some rooms overlook mimosa and magnolia trees in the hotel’s two peaceful courtyards – others, the lagoon and its fleets of passing gondolas. The Venetian theme continues in the charming outdoor VERO Restaurant, with views over the lagoon and dishes inspired by it. The internal courtyard of Essentia Restaurant offers another option for al fresco dining during the summer, whilst local ingredients infuse the classic cocktails served at Alchemia Bar.
- Hotel website: Ca’ di Dio
More of a landlubber or a sailing master? Intoxicated by the smell of the sea and vast marine vistas, yet wanting to feel the earth beneath your feet? Land Ho! The Villa Nai 3.3 – a luxurious organic villa anchored at Dugi Otok Island, in the heart of Dalmatia. Before casting its anchor in a natural refuge on Dugi Otok Island, the Villa Nai 3.3 sailed close to the wind and took a tremendous journey from a perfectly drawn geometrical blueprint to a property completely immersed in nature, unpretentious just like all other beauties adorning this island. The architect Nikola Bašić harbored the hotel, the oil mill and tasting room inside a hundred-year-old organic olive grove. The facilities are built from stone harvested from the olive grove. The interiors feature designer furniture in perfect sync with nature, throughout 8 deluxe accommodation units. 23 members of the villa crew learned the ropes tasked only with making our guests feel comfortable on their journey brimming with delight.
- Hotel website: The Villa Nai 3.3
With just over forty rooms, The Juliana Hotel Brussels is a new five-star private residence in Brussels. This noble house has signed residence on the cobblestones of the Place des Martyrs, a central symbol of national heritage identity. It honors its heritage with its elegance and listed façade, fully renovated in the recent months. This listed ‘demeure’, which once housed apartments and some private residences, was redesigned to offer large common areas in the basement and ground floor, and spacious and personalized rooms on the three floors of the building. The Juliana Hotel Brussels is characterised through its talented decoration, designed by the Italian designer, Eugenio Manzoni. Each space of the hotel is adorned with one-of-a-kind sculptures, paintings or ornaments from the private collection of the owner, Eric Cléton. The classical trend of the last century is revealed by fine inspirations of Hermès, Michelangelo, Versace, Le Corbusier, Starck.
- Hotel website: The Juliana Hotel Brussels
Located on Serbia’s largest mountain range, Viceroy Kopaonik is a luxe mountain resort rich in culture, natural beauty and boundless adventure. The 119-room retreat adds a glamorous, West Coast vibe to Serbia’s largest ski resort. With three dining venues, a luxurious full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools and curated off-site guest experiences, Viceroy Kopaonik welcomes locals and guests alike to experience a new world of adventure and contemporary luxury. Designed by world-renowned hospitality design firm, WATG and its interiors studio, Wimberly Interiors, Viceroy Kopaonik reflects the local “Suvo Rudiste” contemporary mountain style and complements the beauty of its surrounding landscape. Showcasing the height of alpine living, the interiors celebrate local culture and craftsmanship with stone, glass, timber and textiles resulting in effortless elegance.
- Hotel website: Viceroy Kopaonik
Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul features 100 luxuriously designed guest rooms and suites with stunning views over the Bosphorus and the city skyline. A wide range of stylish restaurants and bars, significant entertainment spaces for social gatherings, and an all-encompassing spa provide an ideal backdrop for leisure and business travel. The hotel is well placed to become one of the city’s best locations for dining, introducing the globally renowned Novikov concepts to Istanbul with the main Novikov restaurant directly on the shorefront, a classic Novikov Lounge Bar, a vibrant Bosphorus Lounge with waterfront terrace and the Novikov Pool Bar in a garden oasis. The hotel spa offers an extensive range of wellness and beauty therapies and includes luxury treatment rooms, hammams, private relaxation areas, exercise and fitness facilities as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
- Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul
Six Senses Shaharut is located in the lunar-like Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert. With its secluded setting, the hotel aims to bring guests in balance with nature so they can kick back and enjoy traditional desert hospitality and rich Nabataean history delivered with uncompromising eco-conscious care and attention. There are just 60 suites and villas spread across the expansive desert landscape along with a signature spa that offers guests a much-needed place for respite. Designed to integrate into the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain, the villas were built from, and inspired by, local rock and pigments. On-site attractions will include the fascinating Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheater. The extraordinary desert setting will present a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and wine tours.
- Hotel website: Six Senses Shaharut
Unrolling along a natural beach on Oman’s southwest coast, just mere steps away from the Indian Ocean, Alila Hinu Bay hosts a seemingly endless bay and a private beach upping the ante on tropical oases. Located one hour drive by car from Salalah International Airport, the resort offers two types of guest accommodation: 46 Ridge Retreats and 90 Pool Villa. The resort has a minimalist look with hints of Omani and Arabian design. For example, the lobby features marble on the facade, falaj water features and an Omani archway corridor. There are also restaurants, swimming pools and a spa as well as the chance to explore the nearby sights and experiences, such as the Samhan Mountains. A stunning beachfront resort that radiates sophistication, vibrancy and vivacity, Alila Hinu Bay also offers a glimpse into the wildlife charm that the scenic Dhofar region has to offer.
- Hotel website: Alila Hinu Bay
The Dubai EDITION marks a significant expansion for the brand into the Middle East’s most popular travel destination. Situated in downtown Dubai, the hotel is located in one of the city’s most popular locations, opposite the world-famous Dubai Mall. Designed with LW Design Group LLC, the hotel feature 210 rooms and suites. As for dining experiences, there’s an Italian restaurant Duomo which has an outdoor terrace and a French restaurant inspired by Mediterranean coastal flavors called Jolie. For fans of the Dubai skyline, there’s Thia, a poolside bar and lounge with clear views of the Burj Khalifa. Additionally, there is a speakeasy-style bar, Leon. For those looking to get a workout in, there’s a state-of-the-art gym available. And to help soothe those sore muscles once you’re done, there is a spa with three treatment rooms.
- Hotel website: The Dubai EDITION
The Regis Dubai, The Palm is a 289 room hotel housed in a new skyscraper, which is situated on the trunk of the iconic Palm Jumeirah and which connects to Nakheel Mall with 300 shops, restaurants, entertainment outlets. The hotel rooms span the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower, while the upper floors of the building are made up of 504 luxury apartments. All rooms boast a dedicated seating area, floor to ceiling windows, a wardrobe area with abundant closet and luggage space. Guest can enjoy a tranquil night’s rest on a feather-soft mattress with Frette linen and down-filled pillows. The hotel has two outdoor pools, an athletic center and an exquisite IRIDIUM spa. Conveniently located to discover Dubai’s main attractions, the hotel is one Monorail station away from Aquaventure Waterpark and an easy 3-minute drive to The Pointe, an iconic waterfront destination
- Hotel website: The Palm Jumeirah St Regis
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is a pioneering destination in the Middle East that blends traditional Arabic & Islamic medicine with a holistic health and well-being philosophy, established by Chiva-Som, the internationally acclaimed wellness resort in Thailand. Located on the northern tip of Qatar, the resort’s architecture references local heritage and building traditions, while landscaping includes shaded, walled gardens studded with ponds and water features. The resort offers two distinct yet interconnecting experiences. Zulal Serenity is dedicated to adult guests seeking an immersive health and lifestyle reset, while Zulal Discovery invites families to connect and embark on a wellness journey together.
- Hotel website: Zulal Wellness Resort
Immersing visitors in one of Saudi Arabia’s most dramatic landscapes, Habitas AlUla occupies the site of an ancient oasis amid the palm groves, sandstone cliffs and desert canyons that make up the Ashar Valley. Pathways through the resort lead guests to the property’s 100 guestrooms, restaurant, wellness and fitness centers, yoga deck and swimming pool. Designed to blend into its surroundings, the entire resort has been constructed from ethically sourced organic materials using sustainable construction methods and a modular build process. Habitas AlUla takes on the Habitas brand’s six programming pillars: music, adventure, wellness, culinary, culture and learning. These pillars are the basis for experiences designed to immerse guests in the region’s culture and natural environment.
- Hotel website: Habitas AlUla
The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart resides in repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square, a new design-led, urban development that is set to revitalize the neighborhood, uniting the city’s unique past with its contemporary culture. Guests can experience three eras of design; from the history filled hallways of the original 1840s heritage building, the understated luxury of the 1940s Art Deco building, or taking in the spectacular views of the Hobart waterfront from the modern Pavilion building. The Tasman boasts 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites with carefully restored features, including original windows, floor boards and fireplaces. The hotel’s corridors showcase exclusive pieces from local artists, while an upscale restaurant, lobby lounge, and whiskey bar offer a variety of dining experiences that reflect the spirit of the destination.
- Hotel website: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
Sequoia is an intimate adults only, luxury lodge, nestled in the highlands of the glorious Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The property’s 14 open-plan suites boast panoramic valley views from the sunken lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. Each suite has a large balcony with an expansive daybed, a gas fireplace, a ceiling fan, a hidden TV, a large bathtub with views over the valley, and a wonderful wellness shower. While Sequoia Lodge is completely private, it has access to the leafy 30-acre Mount Lofty Estate which is home to the award-winning fine dining restaurant Hardy’s Verandah, and the Arthur Waterhouse Cocktail Lounge and Champagne Bar. Within the lodge grounds, there are artesian spring-fed hot pools, an infinity pool and a wildlife enclosure. A tennis court and several walking trails can be accessed from the adjacent estate grounds.
- Hotel website: Sequoia
In the heart of an eclectic dining and edgy fashion district, W Melbourne brings the community’s laneway culture and emerging music scene to life. Drawing on the city’s diverse character, W Melbourne’s design inspiration is translated into vignettes of Melbourne’s streetscapes, letting guests uncover the dynamic city’s past from behind the scenes. W Melbourne has 294 luxuriously stylish guest rooms and 29 suites, with design details curated to reflect Melbourne’s fascinating history and culture. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning skyline views. W Melbourne’s distinctive restaurants and bars are all set to amplify Melbourne’s dining landscape with innovative, original takes on the city’s multicultural cuisines. Fit & Wet on Level 14 offers spectacular views alongside an ultramodern fitness facility, gold-roofed indoor pool, and DJ booth.
- Hotel website: W Melbourne