From exclusive bungalows set among the vines of Napa Valley to a safari lodge in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, these are the top 23 hotel openings Signature Luxury Travel & Style is most excited for in 2020.
Xigera Safari Lodge
Where: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Open date: June 2020
Xigera Safari Lodge, Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s latest venture, is set to make a bold new statement in Botswana’s most unspoilt wilderness. Situated on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve and resting in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the lodge will host just exclusive 12 suites suspended above the forest floor and designed with spacious bathrooms, outdoor showers and daybed-equipped decks for taking in the views of the floodplains. The focus at Xigera will be on quality of service, with a staff to guest ratio of 105:24. After enjoying a walking safari, game drive or float on the wetlands on a glass-bottomed mokoro craft, guests can enjoy a massage in the lily-inspired spa, watch a specialist talk in the library or go stargazing the traditional boma in the evenings.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Where: Virunga, Rwanda
Open date: Early 2020
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest has finally opened its doors. The brand-new jungle sanctuary is cushioned in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range and is encircled by a eucalyptus forest. What makes this hotel extra special is the opportunity it offers guests to enjoy a personal encounter with the rare and magnificent mountain gorillas as they roam free in their natural habitat – and which are only found only in this part of the world. The 14 rooms and seven suites are all encircled by trees for privacy and feature glass windows opening onto incredible views of Pyrethrum farmland. There is also a chance to practice wellness at the One&Only Spa, which offers experiences created exclusively for the resort in partnership with Terres D’Afrique, such as the 150-minute Essence of Rose spa journey and the 75-minute Post Trek massage.
The Ritz-Carlton, Rabat Dar es Salam
Where: Rabat, Morocco
Open date: 2020
Amid a 180-hectare oak forest and one of the world’s top golf courses, The Ritz-Carlton, Rabat Dar es Salam offers an oasis in Morocco’s vibrant capital. The golf estate, designed by Robert Trent Jones over 40 years ago, is comprised of three courses, frequented by the city’s high society. The up and coming hotel will feature five restaurants and lounges, landscaped gardens, 120 guest rooms and spa treatments drawing from ancient rituals, such as the signature hammam.
Aman New York
Where: New York, USA
Open date: Late 2020
A new urban sanctuary will be unveiled in the heart of Manhattan in 2020. Aman New York will be situated within the Crown Building; a building that has presided over the midpoint of Manhattan since 1921, overlooking Central Park. The hotel will feature 83 rooms and suites, and Aman’s first urban residences. For relaxation and rejuvenation in the midst of a dynamic city, Aman New York includes a dramatic 20-metre indoor swimming pool, two Spa Houses and an outdoor terrace with cabana, day bed and fireplace. For a world of refined tastes, dine at the hotel’s convivial Italian restaurant, Arva, or enter into the subterranean Jazz bar.
Where: California, USA
Open date: 2020
Montage Healdsburg gives guests a chance to escape from the Californian crowds and retreat to the serene Napa Valley. Set among historic groves on the 100-hectare property, the contemporary resort will feature 130 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites – all featuring environmentally friendly design elements, outdoor living spaces with fire pits and daybeds, original artwork crafted from acorns, exterior decks an overlooking ancient oak forest and signature amenities such as Fili D’oro towels and Antica Farmacista products. The resort will continue the tradition of culinary excellence in Healdsburg by adding a variety of exceptional dining options that are inspired by French and Californian cooking.
The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
Open date: Winter 2020
The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City arrives in the heart of the financial centre of Mexico City in 2020, rising 58 storeys with sweeping views of Chapultepec Park. Located on floors 36 to 47, the hotel offers 153 accommodations and private residences. There are an array of luxury amenities at this hotel, including a Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant, a Club Lounge, spa, pool, fitness centre and meeting and event spaces.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Where: British Virgin Islands
Open date: January 2020
One of the first Caribbean resorts to promote sustainable luxury, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an eco-friendly beachside retreat that welcomes guests to a world of tropical splendour. Among the resorts thoughtful collection of luxury services, there is an airport greeting, the ‘Sense’ spa, fitness centre, two pools, wellness and sport activities, and dedicated butler service. For a memorable dining experience, the hotel offers four unique restaurants – choose from the Sugar Mill, Pavilion, Rum Room and Reef House, depending on your personal taste.
Six Senses Fort Barwara
Where: Rajasthan, India
Open Date: Late 2020
An awe-inspiring 14th-century fort is being converted into the new Six Senses Fort Barwara. Originally the home of the Rajasthani Royal Family, this hotel will be something truly special as the palace restores vibrancy to a forgotten era. It will feature 48 elegant suites, two restaurants, a bar and lounge, two swimming pools and a 2,800-square-metre spa and fitness centre. The hotel hopes to be a sanctuary for wellbeing, where guests can indulge in an extensive Ayurvedic ‘whole body’ healing system, meditation and personalised wellness programs based on the preventive principles of Eastern medicine and results-oriented Western influences.
Mandarin Oriental Saigon
Where: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Open date: 2020
Situated on the upper floors of Union Square Saigon in central Ho Chi Minh City, Mandarin Oriental Saigon will have 227 guestrooms and suites. The hotel has all the quintessential elements that make a perfect sanctuary, including six restaurants and bars, a meeting and event space, gym, spa and an outdoor swimming pool. With its exceptional design, locale, history and culture, Mandarin Oriental Saigon is destined to become a landmark destination and its position is ideal for guests wishing to enjoy the city’s vibrant dining and shopping areas.
Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
Open date: February 2020
Nestled in the city’s creative district on the Chao Phraya River, Four Seasons Bangkok is aiming to set a new standard on Bangkok’s coveted riverside. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer 299 guest rooms, including suites with garden terraces and a two-storey 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; extensive event spaces highlighted by a waterfront ballroom and terrace; and world-class culinary offerings.
Waldorf Astoria Bali
Where: Bali, Indonesia
Open date: Early 2020
With a prime cliff-front location, the Waldorf Astoria Bali offers dramatic panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and is part of the exclusive Bukit Pandawa estate on the southern edge of the island. Guests will have a choice of 96 luxurious villas across the sprawling estate, ranging from one-bedroom to six-bedroom, and can enjoy the two speciality restaurants, the destination bar, the outdoor sea-facing pool with a beach club, a 8,000-square-metre private beach and a health club.
Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto
Where: Kyoto, Japan
Open date: Summer 2020
Located opposite the Nijo Castle in Central Kyoto, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is scheduled to open in summer 2020. Kyoto is one of Japan’s most important cultural hubs – home to an impressive 2,000 temples, numerous palaces and many hidden gardens – and the hotel pays homage to its home city by putting heritage and tradition centre stage, while also factoring in modern style elements. The property has been developed by an award-winning team of architects and designers: Andre Fu for the interiors, Shunsaku Miyagi for the landscaping, Yohei Akao for the restaurant and spa, and Akira Kura for overall design. Each of the 160 guest rooms and the Presidential Suite are a contemporary reimagining of a traditional Japanese tea room and feature natural materials and traditional fittings.
Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort
Where: Kosgoda, Sri Lanka
Open date: March 2020
With 172 contemporary designed rooms and suites overlooking the Indian Ocean, pool or lush gardens, the Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort is a serene sanctuary on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The five-star resort is in easy reach of the many turtle hatcheries and conservation centres in the area, and Kosgada is a great location for boat trips, bird watching and beach activities.
Where: Boka Bay, Montenegro
Open date: July 2020
Situated in an idyllic location beside the Adriatic Sea, One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro – the brands first move into Europe – is now taking reservations. Sitting at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, each of the rooms and suites will boast mesmerising views through floor-to-ceiling glass and a fireplace. There will also be 10 branded villas, each with its own jetty and a private pool, a group of seaside villas and residences, hillside residences and a tennis club. In addition, the hotel will feature a Henri Chenot spa, several outdoor pools and a beach of imported sand (Kotor Bay beaches are naturally pebbly).
Cheval Blanc Paris
Where: Paris, France
Open date: Early 2020
Only a few steps from the Louvre and the Marais, the Art Deco-inspired Cheval Blanc Paris will be comprised of 36 rooms and 36 suites, all enjoying views of the Eiffel Tower or the surrounding Parisian architecture. Architect Peter Marino has transformed the former La Samaritaine department store, which closed in 2005, into a stylish getaway on the edge of the Seine. Destined to be a culinary tour-de-force as well, the restaurant will be helmed by three-star Michelin Chef Arnaud Donckele and Pastry Chef Maxime Frederic.
Arctic Bath Sweden
Where: Swedish Laplands, Sweden
Open date: Early 2020
Arctic Bath Sweden, floating on the Lule River, is set to become the ultimate wellness escape for adventure lovers. Comprised of cabin accommodation and a spa, the edifice will freeze into the ice of the Lule River in the winter and float on top of the water in the summer. Inspired by the timber-floating era in the Arctic, when felled trees were transported downriver for processing, accommodation will be in one of the six detached floating cabins or six additional cabins on land. Each feature wood-burning stoves, minimalist Scandi furnishings and skylights for optimum Northern Lights viewing.
Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa
Where: Puglia, Italy
Open date: February 2020
Set in Italy’s charming hilltop city of Ostuni, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa is the only red Palazzo in the heart of the White City. Guests can expect French parquet flooring in the 11 rooms and suites, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, sunken baths and private terraces. There will also be a spa, restaurant and bar, where guests can relax and centre themselves. The hotel would not be complete without the exceptional Restaurant 700, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Paulo Airaudo. The hotel features a wine cellar with Apulian premium wines and spirits, a swimming pool with a garden bar and yoga and pilates sessions in a secluded part of the garden.
Where: London, United Kindom
Open date: Spring 2020
The Londoner is truly set to be one of a kind: the 16-level hotel will have one of the deepest commercial basements in Europe, with only eight levels above ground. It will contain dual Odeon Luxe cinemas, restaurants, wellness spaces, a subterranean spa, 1,000-guest ballroom, state-of-the-art conference facilities and a rooftop bar area offering panoramic vistas across Leicester Square and the West End. In May 2019, Edwardian Hotels London secured a £175 million ‘Green Loan’ from HSBC UK to ensure The Londoner is one of the greenest hotels in the United Kingdom.
Where: Mykonos, Greece
Open date: 1 June 2020
Set on a hilltop above Ornos Bay on the southern end of Mykonos, Kalesma will offer guests 25 suites and two villas set against a lush hillside blanketed with 20,000 plants, alongside an array of experiences that have been developed arund genuine insider knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sites. Brought to life by Athens-based K-Studio, with interiors by Greek designer Vangelis Bonios – Studio Bonarchi, rooms will feature original artwork by Serbian artist Aleksander Vac and all suites will offer unobstructed lookouts from the private patio, as well as a full-sized heated pool. 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.
Crown Towers Sydney
Where: Sydney, Australia
Open date: December 2020
Standing at 275 metres high, Crown Tower Sydney will debut as the tallest hotel in the city. The hotel will feature 349 guest rooms in total including 327 rooms, 20 villas and two premium villas – each designed so that the floor-to-ceiling windows are the central focus. A number of imporessive facilities include an expansive infinity pool, a terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour and a tailored plant collection. Crown Towers Sydney will also be home to a number of crystal light pieces by leading glass manufacturer, Preciosa, including 50 custom-made designs, and an eight-metre chandelier that complements the staircase balustrade.
Where: Adelaide, Australia
Open date: September 2020
A private and secluded sanctuary boasting panoramic views of the Adelaide Hills, Sequoia Lodge will offer guests a six-star experience in South Australia. Overlooking the Piccadilly Valley, the super-luxe lodge will be comprised of 14 guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools. Every room in the spacious 75-square-metre open-plan suites will enjoy spectacular 180-degree views. The property will be separate from the original and iconic Mount Lofty House, with its own dedicated guest relations team and entrance, but will have success to all of the property’s amenities including the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and the Stables Day Spa.
Park Hyatt Auckland
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Open date: March 2020
Hyatt Hotels Corporation will open its maiden luxury Park Hyatt brand hotel in Auckland on 1 March 2020. Located at Wynyard Quarter and overlooking Waitemata Harbour, the hotel features 195 rooms and suites. There are 13 room configurations available for guests to choose from, starting from the 47-square-metre King Bed room, through to the 71-square-metre Park and Harbour Suites with balconies, to the top-of-the-line 245-square-metre Presidential Suite. Four restaurants and bars, event spaces, a day spa, fitness centre and a 25-metre infinity pool are just some of the amenities available for guests.
Six Senses Shaharut
Where: Shaharut, Israel
Open date: June 2020
Ancient history meets modern comfort at Six Senses Shaharutdue, set to open in 2020. Located in the Ancient Negev Desert’s Arava Valley, this new accommodation is comprised of 60 suites and pool villas, occupying a total footprint of approximately 18 hectares, including the Six Senses Spa. Each room features handmade mattresses, a private outdoor terrace with otherworldly views and a personal yoga mat and bag. The hotel also offers diverse experiences, such as the fascinating Earth Lab that showcases sustainability initiatives.
One to watch
Rosewood São Paulo
Where: São Paulo, Brazil
Open date: 2021
Developed by French entrepreneur Alexandre Allard, who brought about the renaissance of the House of Balmain, Rosewood São Paulo will be located in a historic 1904 building that was formerly a maternity hospital. The highly anticipated hotel will feature 151 guestrooms and 122 owners’ suites, which will be situated within a vertical park created by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Adding to the hotel’s uniqueness, hotel guests will be able to access an adjoining music studio, a screening room and high-end retail stores within the development.
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Main image: Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River