As 2017 comes to a close and we look forward to the year ahead, jet-setters have plenty to be excited about when it comes to new hotels. Many of these properties are destinations in themselves, some might introduce you to a new neighborhood in one of your favorite cities, while others will bring you to far-flung locales waiting to be explored. As you plan your travels for 2018, here are the most anticipated openings we’re keeping an eye on next year.
1. Amanyangyun, Shanghai
Leave it to Aman to relocate and reassemble an entire forest and historic village from Fuzhou, China, to the outskirts of Shanghai, more than 400 miles away. When the construction of a reservoir threatened thousands of camphor trees (including the 55-foot evergreen known as the Emperor Tree, the tallest of its kind in the country) and homes dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, the brand, along with Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong, embarked on an ambitious conservation project that has resulted in Amanyangyun. The 25-acre retreat will have 24 suites and 13 multi-bedroom villas featuring spacious courtyards. The resort’s main pavilion doubles as a cultural complex where guests can enjoy activities such as tea and incense ceremonies, calligraphy, and Kunqu Opera performances. Other facilities include a kids’ club, an incredible 30,500-square-foot spa, and five restaurants and bars that highlight Chinese, Japanese, and Italian cuisine and will make use of fresh produce from the property’s organic herb and vegetable garden. When Amanyangyun opens on January 8, it’s sure to become a favorite among Aman junkies.
2. NoMad Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles is going through a resurgence and the arrival of the new NoMad is only further proof of its comeback. The flagship property, along with its stellar restaurant, has long been favored by New Yorkers (it was even chosen by Beyoncé for her Soul Train–theme birthday party last year), which will make this second outpost particularly special for bicoastal travelers. Arriving late January, NoMad Los Angeles is taking over Giannini Place, a building originally built in the 1920s that served as the Bank of Italy’s headquarters. Aspects of its Neoclassical construction have been preserved and the hotel’s 241 rooms will pull inspiration from the carefully restored gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling while still maintaining the Parisian flare we’ve come to know and love. The food and beverage program will be overseen by chef Daniel Humm (of acclaimed Eleven Madison Park) and restaurateur Will Guidara and will include an Italy-inspired café, but the rooftop, with its alfresco dining space, cocktail bar, and pool, will surely be an instant hit.
3. The Middle House Shanghai
This March, Swire Hotels’ House Collective will bring its chic sensibilities to the heart of Shanghai. With a refined sense of luxury akin to its sister properties, its 111 studio-style rooms will feature bold lines, pops of color, and accents of Chinese artwork to create an oasis in the urban city. Its spa will have a heated indoor pool, Hypoxi room, and a mix of scheduled wellness classes such as group yoga with Lululemon. The Middle House Shanghai will also offer three dining venues: a contemporary European café, an Italian eatery, and a Chinese restaurant.
4. Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
The arrival of Rosewood Luang Prabang early next year will make it one of a small handful of luxury hotels in Laos. Nestled in a forest just 10 minutes out of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the resort will have 22 spacious villas (deluxe, garden, and pool) and tents; the latter are a new venture for the brand and will feature private dining areas and wraparound decks. Laotian and French elements will be interspersed throughout the property, from the architecture to its dining facilities. And in case the serene natural surroundings—complete with a meandering river and nearby waterfall—aren’t soothing enough, there is an intimate spa with three individual treatment rooms at the ready.
5. Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Originally opened in 1857, the legendary hotel is now managed by Raffles and will reopen early next year after a careful restoration meant to preserve its heritage. Raffles Europejski Warsaw will have 106 accommodations, the largest in the city, decorated with bespoke furniture and lighting commissioned from local craftsmen and designers. The property’s restaurant will serve Polish cuisine, and there will be a patisserie along with a bar and cigar lounge. For those looking to relax, the spa will have six treatment rooms as well as a pool, where a mosaic from the 1960s can be found. The brand is also currently in the process of renovating their iconic flagship in Singapore, which will be revealed next year.
6. The Lagoon at Blue Lagoon Iceland
For many traveling to Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a highlight of the trip. The geothermal spa’s stunningly blue waters have made it a coveted attraction, making its way onto many a bucket list. In April, The Retreat, a compound built into an 800-year-old lava flow, will open next to this landmark alongside its own mineral-rich lagoon, providing its guests with a more private experience than its public counterpart. The hotel will have 62 luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and either a balcony or patio, but the most coveted will certainly be those on the first floor that have direct access to the steamy waters. A subterranean spa will further enhance relaxation, as will your personal host who will make sure everything goes off without a hitch. There will also be an on-site restaurant—with a lounge, chef’s table offering a seven-course menu, and wine cellar—serving Icelandic cuisine using fresh and local ingredients.
7. Lutetia, Paris
For the third consecutive year, Paris will see the rebirth of another historic hotel. After four years of restoration and refurbishment, Lutetia is set to reopen its doors in the spring with a chance of becoming the Left Bank’s most venerable luxury property. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has been entrusted with the task of blending the building’s Art Deco and Art Nouveau elements with a contemporary design in an effort to bring the property into the 21st century, an attribute that was lacking prior to it shuttering. The revamped iteration will have 184 accommodations, 49 less than the original, meaning more spacious rooms and improved configurations. Seven individually designed signature suites, three of which will have access to a private terrace, will be Lutetia’s crown jewels. There will also be a jazz bar, private cigar club, two restaurants (including the original Lutetia Brasserie), a new open-air courtyard, and an expansive spa with a 56-foot swimming pool.
8. The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire
After meticulous restoration of the Duke of Marlborough’s former country estate about a 40-minute drive from London, the Langley will be making its debut in June. The historic mansion along with a Grade II–listed 18th-century building previously used as a stable and brewhouse make up the 41-room hotel. Set on 500 acres, it will also be home to an impeccably landscaped garden and a centuries-old Lebanon cedar tree, both of which are listed by English Heritage. All of the accommodations will have roll-top bathtubs and expansive windows looking out over the lush surroundings. The property will also boast a sprawling 25,000-square-foot spa offering eight treatment rooms, a VIP suite with dip pools, and a women-only thermal area. And of course there will be afternoon tea, served in the drawing room and back courtyard overlooking a placid lake, as well as a bar serving the finest Cognac and cigars.
9. Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Los Cabos
When Ritz-Carlton launched their Reserve concept, it was the perfect answer for fans of the storied brand in search of smaller, one-of-a-kind resorts that captured a sense of place. Next summer, the fourth addition to the prestigious portfolio will come in the form of Zadún in Los Cabos, Mexico, featuring 115 suites and villas, many with their own private plunge pools. It will also feature one of the destination’s largest spas in addition to two golf courses and a desert botanical park. Gone are the days when this tropical beauty was regarded as a spring break spot.
10. Anantara Tozeur Resort
Known as a film location for Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Tozeur in southwest Tunisia is also the perfect base for Saharan adventures. This upcoming summer, the city will receive its first luxury hotel thanks to Anantara. The 93-key resort will sport luxurious villas, lush swimming pools, a relaxing spa, its own souk, and a total of six restaurants and bars, including a tented Arabian Nights–theme eatery—complete with cushioned seating, sumptuous rugs, a roaring bonfire, and a view of sandy dunes—that will be most ideal for sunset dinners.
11. Alila Villas Koh Russey, Bamboo Island
If you’re looking for a tropical getaway in Southeast Asia to enjoy sun and sand without all the tourists, then Bamboo Island may just be your next favorite paradise. Just 10 minutes by boat off the coast of Cambodia, there is very little development on the small isle. Instead, it’s blanketed in thick forest, and an idyllic respite from everyday life. September will mark the arrival of Alila Villas Koh Russey, where a mix of elegant pavilions and pool villas will be calling your name. Sitting on a private stretch of beach, rest and relaxation will come easy at this stunning resort.
12. Six Senses Bhutan
Opening in the fall is a unique construction of five resorts that will be collectively referred to as Six Senses Bhutan. Spread throughout different locations (Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro), the concept is meant to encourage travelers to experience the ancient kingdom in a variety of ways and to be immersed in the culture along multiple stops. Each intimate lodge will be uniquely designed to reflect its respective area while showcasing the country’s magical landscapes.
13. One&Only Nyungwe House
Nestled within the grounds of a working tea plantation in a forest reserve home to 13 different species of primates, the former Nyungwe Forest Lodge will transform into a One&Only property late next year. The careful restoration will result in 22 rooms and a pair of two-bedroom suites, all with private decks overlooking the lush terrain and bringing unparalleled luxury to Rwanda. Guests will have the opportunity to trek through the national park, keeping their eyes peeled for chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and gray-cheeked mangabeys, while also enjoying the various flora and birdlife on these ancient grounds. Around the same time frame the brand will launch One&Only Gorilla’s Nest; positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range near the village of Kingi, visitors will have the rare chance to observe critically endangered mountain gorillas.
14. The Abu Dhabi Edition
Hotel and real estate magnate Ian Schrager is making big moves next year with the launch of seven new Edition properties worldwide, including in major cities like Barcelona, Bangkok, and Los Angeles; but Abu Dhabi will be a hot destination next year thanks to the recent opening of the Louvre in the UAE’s capital. Opening late 2018, the waterfront hotel will have 198 guest rooms, a number of food and beverage outlets including a tea lounge and gourmet market, two pools, and even a three-story nightclub.
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