The Most Anticipated International Hotel Openings for 2018
Start the year off right with a visit to one of these hot, new properties around the globe.
This luxury hotel situated outside of Shanghai is the result of an ambitious conservation initiative that spanned nearly 15 years and 500 miles. Tucked away in a relocated camphor forest, the traditional village resort injects present-day comforts into scrupulously restored, 400-year-old Ming- and Qing-dynasty dwellings. The Amanyangyun, opening in January, features sun-drenched interiors, earthy hues, and locally sourced materials that echo the tranquil woodland setting. Find moments of calm contemplation in your personal courtyard, or center your mind and body with a custom-tailored healing therapy at the Aman Spa. Savor authentic Chinese cuisine at LAZHU (one of the six on-site dining venues), or try your hand at a calligraphy class. Love one-of-a-kind lodgings? Check out these utterly unique properties.
Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay, China
Most of us have heard of Beijing and Shanghai, but what about Zhuhai? This seaside gem in the Guangdong province is touted for its tropical climate, sprawling coastline stippled with 140 isles, towering palm trees, and proximity to Macau. Zhuhai is also the site of Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay opening in January. Ringed by the mountains and the South Chinese Sea, the resort is a scenic sanctuary that complements the splendor of the landscape. Each of the 202 soundproof rooms and suites is individually decorated, and appointed with beautiful artwork, exotic wood furnishings, and rainfall showers. These dazzling destinations also deserve a spot on your travel bucket list.
Downtown Camper Stockholm
Conveniently positioned in the center of Stockholm, Downtown Camper, opening in January, is the ultimate crash pad, err home base, for the urban explorer. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. From the moment you enter the lobby, you can feel the sense of community. The Nest, the aptly named rooftop area, hosts daily activities ranging from yoga classes to motivational talks. While the cozy restaurant and bar, Campfire, is the perfect place to catch up with pals, old and new. Traveling as a group? The hotel has connecting rooms with communal living and dining areas that can accommodate up to 12 people.
The Santa Maria, Panama City, Panama
Nestled within Panama City’s most sought-after country club community, The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, opening in January, is a verdant paradise for golf enthusiasts. The boutique bleisure (business + leisure) hotel offers guests access to a Nicklaus Design 18-hole, par-72 championship course. And all 182 rooms have a snooze-worthy beds, Italian marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and overlook the green’s signature water feature. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool with pergolas, two restaurants, and a 6,450-square-foot spa.
Abode Murrumbateman, Australia
Fans of cuisine and viticulture are sure to savor a visit to Murrumbateman. This idyllic region in the Yass Valley of southwest New South Wales, Australia, has evolved into a noteworthy culinary destination with cold-climate vineyards, acclaimed restaurants, and food festivals. The 50-room Abode Murrumbateman, opening in February, delights with its comfortable apartment-style accommodations, shared kitchen facilities, and on-site pantry stocked with everything from Canberra District vino and gourmet snacks to toiletries and on-the-go essentials. And you can’t beat the location, which is within walking distance of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and farmer’s markets. It’s also a short car ride from some of the region’s best boutique wineries, including Clonakilla, Helm, and Shaw Vineyard Estate. Before you go, brush on these 20 essential wine terms.
COMO Uma Canggu Bali
The COMO Uma Canggu, opening in February, brings a sense of modern luxury to Bali’s south coast. Situated in Canggu—a boho surf town famed for its six-mile-long beach, legendary breaks, and laid-back attitude—the 119-room resort promises a sophisticated seaside experience, complete with contemporary digs, world-class cuisine, and a lively beach club. And, of course, no trip to this legendary locale would be complete with riding the waves; and thanks to a partnership with Tropicsurf, newbies and pros can have a chance to paddle out. Get inspired with these striking photographs of the rarest surf spots on earth.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Looking for a totally remote getaway? Consider Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island in the Seychelles, opening in March. The first and only resort on this tropical isle off the eastern coast of Africa, offers castaway-level seclusion and five-star service. Which means you can spend the day exploring the untamed wilderness and pristine coastline, and enjoy the evening with a quiet dinner under the stars or an outdoor movie screening. As you’d expect, this is a not a place where you’ll have to fight fellow travelers for loungers and prime beach real-estate. Each of the 71 guest sanctums (bungalows, villas, suites, and residences) features a private pool and ocean access. Don’t miss these secret island escapes around the world.
Grenada is known for its rolling hills, nutmeg plantations (hence its moniker “the Spice of the Caribbean”), and powdery shores. Perhaps its most iconic is Grand Anse, a two-mile stretch of white sand and turquoise water. The first major resort to open on the beloved beach in 25 years, Silversands Grenada seduces with its stunning surroundings and first-class amenities. The sleek, oceanfront oasis consists of 43 rooms and suites, nine spacious villas, a posh spa, two globally influenced restaurants, a beach club with resident DJ, and a massive 328-foot pool—the longest in the Caribbean. The resort is scheduled to open in March. Here are five more sunny islands to escape to this winter.
Serafina Beach Hotel, Puerto Rico
After being delayed due to the catastrophic Hurricane Maria, the Serafina Beach Hotel is set to make its debut in March 2018. The inaugural lodging concept from the eponymous New York-based restaurant group is distinguished by its coastal-meets-contemporary design and enviable locale in the trendy Condado district, just five minutes from Old San Juan. Cool hues and sleek decor flows throughout—from the open-air lobby and breezy guest rooms to the eateries (aMare or PiñaCo) and swanky, infinity-edged pool deck—creating a hip beachy vibe. For more picturesque spots to swim, take a peak at these gorgeous infinity pools around the globe.
ITC Kohenur, India
The dynamic capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, Hyderabad is a hub of technology (Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all have offices here) with a rich history. The magnificent Golconda Fort, a fortified citadel and former diamond-trading center, and the Charminar, a towering 150-foot, 16th-century mosque, are a reminder of the past. Modern architectural marvels, like ITC Kohenur, slated to open in March, point towards the future. The spectacular, 290-room property pays homage to the Kohinoor diamond. Its angular structure mimics the facets of the legendary stone, while LED illumination adds extra sparkle to the exterior. Rounding out the elegant ambiance is a grand ballroom, three specialty restaurants, a 24/7 café, and a rooftop bar with impressive views of Durgam Cheruvu Lake. Craving more luxury vacation inspo? You won’t want to miss these outrageously opulent lodgings.