From luxurious urban sanctuaries to sprawling tropical resorts and everything in between, the hotel offerings for 2020 look very promising.
Iconic properties are being restored and reopened across the globe, sustainability is taking centre stage, and brands are determined, now more than ever, to deliver curated and personalised experiences for their guests.
These are just a handful of the incredible hotels set to open around the world this year:
Aman New York, USA
Bringing the serenity of Aman to the centre of the western world, this 83-room hotel will take up residence inside New York’s storied neoclassical Crown Building, a Beaux Arts masterpiece. Each room is fitted with its own fireplace and many will have views over Central Park. There’s also a double-height lobby with piano bar, three-level spa, indoor pool, two restaurants, 10th-floor garden terrace and a subterranean Jazz Bar. Design is being overseen by long-term Aman collaborator Jean-Michel Gathy. True Aman fans will be vying for the 22 private Aman Residences – one of which is a five-storey penthouse that sits inside the historic building’s gilded ‘crown’.
One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
Where the mountains meet the riviera, Montenegro will soon be home to One&Only’s first European resort. Situated in the heart of picturesque Boka Bay, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and a short drive from Dubrovnik, the Portonovi property is primed to become the region’s most coveted address.
It will feature 113 rooms, suites and villas, three restaurants and a bar, beautiful Venetian courtyards, a private beach, six swimming pools and a world-class Espace Chenot medical and wellness spa. Guests can relax with onsite al fresco yoga, venture to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site and fortified town of Kotor, or explore the rugged Adriatic coastline with a yacht day tour.
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Nestled into a dramatic cliff in the southern Arava Valley of Israel’s Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut is about as remote as it gets. The sprawling 46-acre resort encompasses 60 suites and pool villas hewn from local stone and filled with rustic furnishings by local artisans.
It also offers an Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant, poolside bar, and an expansive Six Senses Spa with indoor and outdoor pools, yoga studio and nail bar. The hotel makes use of the desert as its playground; guests will be privy to adventures such as dune trekking and safaris by camel or Jeep, and can camp under the stars, get creative in craft workshops, go bird watching or embark on a wine tour.
Kisawa Sanctuary, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Set among 740 acres of pristine forest, cerulean waters and rolling white sand dunes on Benguerra Island, Kisawa Sanctuary emphasises cultural celebration and environmental conservation. Part of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, the WWF National Marine Park is home to some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.
However, this is not your ordinary eco-luxe getaway. What makes this hotel stand out from its island neighbours, &Beyond Benguerra and Azura, is that it will be created in part by 3D-printer technology. Founder Nina Flohr – whose father is the brains behind VistaJet – will use sand and seawater mortar to print structures as well as coral reef supports to support conservation efforts.
There will be a collection of 12 one-, two- and three-bedroom bungalows available, each boasting one acre of private accommodation, a personal beachfront, swimming pool, deck area, outdoor kitchen, massage hut, and personal e-bikes and Mini Mokes.
Bulgari Hotel Paris, France
Bulgari’s flashy new 76-room hotel can be found on the Right Bank at 30 Avenue George V, which connects with the Champs-Élysées and the Avenue Montaigne to form the prestigious Triangle d’Or. As one of Paris’s most exclusive and distinctive areas, offering a wealth of luxury shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions – it’s a fitting location for a Bulgari property.
It’s also a nice change from the recent slew of hotel openings on the Left Bank, which recently saw the renovation of grande dame Hôtel Lutetia and the arrival of newcomer JK Place. There will be a sprawling spa, restaurant, 25-metre pool and a leafy courtyard. Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Parisian architects Valode & Pistre will modernise the building’s facade while still respecting its 19th century heritage.
Wait, there’s more! Watch out for these other newcomers:
- Cheval Blanc Paris, France (April 2020)
- Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, France (April 2020)
- Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi (July 2020)
- Raffles Udaipur, India (Winter 2020)
- Nobu London Portman Square (Spring 2020)