One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
One&Only opens its first European outpost this year, overlooking the Bay of Kotor in the Adriatic Sea. The palatial grounds offer no fewer than six pools, a private beach, lush Venetian-inspired gardens, tennis courts and a Chenot Espace Health & Wellness Spa. Dining options include the Mediterranean Sabia restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli; La Veranda, which serves traditional Montenegrin fare, and an Asian-fusion menu at the Tapasake Club.
Soho Roc House, Mykonos, Greece
The vibrant Greek island of Mykonos is home to this recent Soho House opening, Soho Roc House, which sees the luxury members’-club brand joining forces with beach club and creative community space Scorpios, located a short walk away on Paraga beach. With bedrooms boasting lush gardens and views of the Aegean Sea, a rustic restaurant serving organic Mediterranean cuisine, an outdoor gym and spa treatments, plus a laid-back poolside bar, it promises to be an island idyll.
Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto welcomes the latest addition to the Ace Hotel’s offering this year, the brand’s first in Japan. Spearheaded by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in a collaboration with Los Angeles design studio Commune, Ace Hotel Kyoto is based in the 1920s building of the former Kyoto Central Telephone Company. The design-led renovations comprise 213 guest rooms and three restaurants, all centered around a beautiful courtyard garden.
Kisawa, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
On the beautiful Benguerra Island, situated 10 miles off the Mozambique coast, Kisawa offers 12 bungalows within its 741-acre sanctuary. Each has its own private beachfront, swimming pool, massage hut and outdoor kitchen, while the hotel offers a number of dining options and a spa with an Ayurvedic therapy menu. It has been designed to minimize its footprint on the rich and pristine ecosystems of the Bazaruto Archipelago, with a local environmental non-profit consulted on the build.
La Réserve Eden au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
This elegant landmark hotel – which has stood majestically on the shore of Lake Zurich since it opened over a century ago – has been recently reimagined by Philippe Starck. The French designer has adhered to La Réserve Eden au Lac’s tradition, while adding contemporary creativity and a few yacht-inspired touches to the aesthetic. A stone’s throw from Zurich Opera House, the Pavillon Le Corbusier and the famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, the location is unparalleled, with spectacular views over the lake and the Swiss Alps.
1 Hotel West Hollywood, California, US
Sweeping sights across Downtown LA and Santa Monica are the backdrop of the first West Coast property from eco-conscious travel brand 1 Hotel. The rooftop pool at 1 Hotel West Hollywood looks out over the southern California skyline, while floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panorama of the verdant natural surroundings that provide the inspiration for its earthy interiors.
Six Senses Shaharut, Negev Desert, Israel
The awe-inspiring landscape of the Negev Desert is the site of Six Senses Shaharut, where the magnificent suites and villas come with private swimming pools and a starry horizon. Local activities include hiking, camel and jeep safaris, bird watching and wine tours. The hotel’s exterior has been designed to meld seamlessly into the enchanting topography, and the interiors to match the beauty of the backdrop.
Arctic Bath, Sweden
One of the most show-stopping openings of the year, Arctic Bath is stepping up the game on sustainable design and luxury wellness with its floating location on the Lule River in Swedish Lapland. Its 12 cabins – six on land and six over water – promise guests a unique experience of the elements, beneath the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer. The complex is centered by its remarkable spa area – an open-air plunge pool, four saunas, a hot bath, treatment room and outdoor and indoor showers – while the restaurant serves contemporary Scandinavian cuisine, featuring locally and sustainably sourced produce.
Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô, Phu Yen, Vietnam
Phu Yen remains relatively under the radar as a tourist destination, but its rich biodiversity makes it a treasure of a location. Fortunately, the Zannier resort has been designed with its natural surroundings and heritage at the heart. Situated in 98 hectares of lush greenery, 71 expansive standalone villas make up the accommodation, dotted along the pristine coastline and overlooking the bay’s majestic coral reefs.
Villa Igiea, Palermo, Italy
In its rebirth under the Rocco Forte umbrella, the historical palazzo of Villa Igiea retains its art nouveau majesty in the carefully restored details. With a serene vista over the Gulf of Palermo, the hotel provides the perfect spot to explore the long-loved Sicilian capital – from its ancient landmarks and lively cultural scene to the glorious coastline, ideal for exploring by boat.
The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco
Twenty-eight acres of citrus-tree orchards and olive groves, with views of the Atlas Mountains, provide the positioning for The Oberoi Marrakech. Landscaped gardens and opulent architecture, infused with the aesthetic of ancient Morocco, make for a magnificent basis from which to explore the magical delights of the local cultural and spiritual scene.
NoMad London, UK
Coming to London for its international debut, NoMad London takes over the 19th-century former Bow Street Magistrate’s Court and Police Station. Combining the brand’s signature unassuming style with the historic building’s ornate intricacy, original features have been incorporated into the design of the imposing 91-room hotel.
Banyan Tree Krabi, Thailand
A rising star in Thailand’s beach destinations, Krabi sees Banyan Tree Krabi added to its luxury resort offering this year. The remote and paradisal setting of Tubkaek Beach – on the white sands and sparkling Andaman waters of the southwest coast – lends itself perfectly to the hotel’s tropical oasis, where guests can soak up its restorative qualities and local, traditional treatments.
ME Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Zaha Hadid designed both the interiors and exteriors of ME Dubai – one of the most anticipated hotel openings in Dubai of late – before her death in 2016. Situated in the downtown Burj Khalifa district, within the mirrored conjoined Opus towers, the building’s striking curvilinear design concept also extends inside the rooms, and it is the only hotel to have both its architecture and interiors designed by the late luminary architect.