While we were stuck at home, new hotels around the world have been patiently waiting to welcome their first guests.
Here we present some of the most anticipated destinations for 2021, with the hosts very ready to finally give us a much-needed break.
If you’re looking for a glamorous city break, Madrid is the place for you. There you can spend the night in the new Four Seasons Hotel shown
The Cheval Blanc in Paris, which is due to open in spring. It has a Dior spa, a restaurant run by a three Michelin-starred chef, and 72 luxurious rooms and suites
The sun, the mild temperatures of the Mediterranean, immersion in other cultures and foods, finding the perfect bay or grove – these simple desires should be within our reach when Covid-19 vaccines do their job.
Or you long for a glamorous city break with a blue sky as a background. Look no further than Madrid, home to both a Four Seasons hotel and Mandarin Oriental’s reinvention of the Ritz.
In Paris, luxury dogs will desperately want to dive into the Cheval Blanc. Owned by LVMH, which is behind some of the world’s most famous high-end brands, including Louis Vuitton and Dom Perignon, it will open this spring. The Art Deco La Samaritaine building will house a Dior spa, a restaurant with a three-Michelin-starred chef and 72 luxurious rooms and suites (chevalblanc.com/en/maison/paris) *.
In one of the 25 rooms of the LJs Ratxo Eco Retreat on Mallorca, which is located in the nature reserve Puig de Galatzo in Tramuntana
One of the nine suite rooms at the Aristide is located in a 19th century mansion on the Greek island of Syros
For something a little more restrained, the beautiful islands of the Mediterranean have really chosen openings. In Mallorca, the LJs Ratxo Eco Luxury Retreat offers an exceptional location in the Puig de Galatzo nature reserve in Tramuntana. There are 25 rooms in a light and airy country style building with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Rooms only from £ 220 per night (ratxo.com)
On the pretty and non-touristic Greek island of Syros in the Cyclades, the nine-suite Aristide is a 19th-century mansion that offers contemporary art, a garden cocktail bar, beachfront location, and the chance to explore the historic nearby town of Hermoupolis. B&B from £ 163 per night (hotelaristide.com).
If the beach resort you’re looking for, Crete has the Cayo Resort in Elounda, with 74 villas and suites that will fully open in April. It features a swimming pool, honeymoon privacy and a handful of family suites amid restaurants and a beach bar. B&B from £ 310 per night (cayoresort.com).
Ikos Andalusia promises to bring something cool to the Costa del Sol in April – a first-class all-inclusive hotel with 411 rooms and suites and seven restaurants. Prices start at £ 348 per night (ikosresorts.com/resorts/ikos-andalusia).
The Cayo Resort pictured in the small town of Elounda on Crete will fully open in April. It has 74 villas and suites
Reschio is a 3700 hectare property of Umbrian splendor. In April a hotel will be opened in the illustrated 11th century castle
At Bethlen Estates in the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, you can choose between staying in the restored self-catering houses or the Corner Barn
The Ikos Andalusia pictured with 411 rooms will open on the Costa del Sol in April and promises to be a top hotel
Italy also has some belts. Reschio is a 3700 hectare property of Umbrian splendor. In April, a hotel opens in his 11th century castle. It will be a 36-room portal for truffle hunting, relaxing in olive groves, swimming and horse riding, while the basement has become a hammam with a pool. B&B from £ 618 per night (reschio.com).
The Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania are known to be the last great wilderness in Europe, but you can easily immerse yourself in Bethlen Estates. Guests can choose between restored self-catering cottages and the Corner Barn, all of which mix wood-burning stoves with traditional kilim rugs and contemporary furnishings. B&B from £ 227 per night (bethlenestates.com).
There are some great new hotels in Japan in 2021 including the groovy Ace Hotel in Kyoto as pictured
One of the hillside villas with a private pool at the Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho Resort in Vietnam. It has 71 villas that were built according to the traditional construction methods of the country
Nobody knows yet whether the Olympic Games can take place in Japan next summer, but the wait is worth it, as no other country mixes tradition and innovation so well.
There are some great new hotels to experience including Kyoto’s groovy Ace (acehotel.com/kyoto) and the Kimpton (kimptonshinjuku.com) in Tokyo.
Vietnam has a special opening in Asia. Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho has its own coral reef on the coast of Phu Yen. There are only 71 villas on a beautiful beach that were built according to the traditional construction methods of the country. The food also explores Vietnamese heritage with dishes the chefs learned from their grandmothers. B&B from £ 257 per night (zannierhotels.com/baisanho).
Ocean escape: Richard Branson’s Mosquito Island in the British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean
Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay offers stylish relaxation amid the sugar-soft sands of the British Virgin Islands
The Ritz-Carlton in the Maldives features overwater and beach villas
The Khao Yai region is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of national parks and vineyards, is now receiving its first luxury hotel. The Intercontinental Khao Yai is created by Bill Bensley, the man responsible for the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai and the Capella Ubud in Bali. With his newest hotel, he has turned vintage carriages into luxury accommodation. Due to open in mid-2021, room rates start at £ 225 per night (bensley.com).
Relax in the British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean on Richard Branson’s Necker Island or his new Moskito Island (virginlimitededition.com).
Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay also offers stylish relaxation amid the sugar-soft sand, palm trees, and the feeling of the real island escape (rosewoodhotels.com).
The patina shown in the Maldives will pick up on the escapism of the Indian Ocean in Scandi style. Prices start at £ 1,175 per night including breakfast
The Xigera Safari Lodge in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, which will open in the new year
In June, two new hotels will be built on the Fari Islands in the North Male region of the Maldives, which can be reached from the airport by speedboat and not by seaplane. The Ritz-Carlton has both overwater and beach villas (ritzcarlton.com/de/hotels/maldives-fari-islands). At the same time, Patina opens on a neighboring island with a Scandinavian interpretation of escapism in the Indian Ocean. From £ 1,175 per night including breakfast (patinahotels.com/maldives-fari-islands).
In the new year, Xigera will open in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. In this safari lodge, animals are always the focus. In addition to traditional game drives, guests can also explore canoes, glass-bottom boats, and speedboats. The water also brings in bird life, including owls, herons, marabou and pelicans. From £ 1,847 per adult per night including all groceries and activities (xigera.com).
Australia is already known for some excellent places to stay, but now the Oval Hotel in Adelaide is one of the most eye-catching. It has just opened and is wrapped around one side of the city’s famous cricket stadium. From the restaurants you have a view of the playing field, while the rooms offer a view of the surrounding parkland. If we can check in and hear England beat the Aussies in front of a crowd, it’s a prize worth the wait for. Rooms only from £ 139 per night (ovalhotel.com.au).
The eye-catching Oval Hotel in Adelaide is wrapped around one side of the city’s famous cricket ground and has views of the field from its restaurants
Aman’s New York outpost is illuminated. It will have a spa on three floors, a 20-meter pool, and a wraparound terrace overlooking Central Park
In January, all eyes will be on Washington to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden, and there is a new hotel ready to welcome the new administration. The Zena brings together art and social awareness from £ 169 a night in a cool downtown location on 14th Street (hotelzena.com).
After a particularly hot time, two spa and serenity-based hotel chains will be on site to bring some zen to New York for the next year: Six Senses (sixsenses.com) * and Aman New York (aman.com) *. The latter will feature a three-story spa, 20-meter pool, and wraparound deck with views of Central Park in the Crown Building on Fifth Avenue.
In the meantime, Miami will continue to want to do what it does best – have fun. Finding an affordable, good hotel in South Beach isn’t easy, but the Moxy should deliver for £ 120 a night (marriott.com) and musician Pharrell Williams should look into opening his Goodtime Hotel on Washington Avenue (thegoodtimehotel ) looking forward. com) *.
London is almost full of new places to stay.
The recently opened Page 8 has an incredible location next to Trafalgar Square on St. Martin’s Place across from the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a real winner for families with older kids and for a theater or shopping date. The 138 rooms are very chic (Marshall bluetooth speakers and a free minibar for soft drinks) but you will experience the real magic if you go to the top floor, with cinematic views of London and the Japan-facing bar and the Bisushima restaurant is a current must, an outdoor terrace. Room rates start at £ 165 per night (pagehotels.com).
In nearby Leicester Square, the Superflash and Super-Fun Londoner opens in April with 350 rooms and a restaurant on the 16th floor with an outdoor fireplace. It will also house a music venue and private cinema. Rooms are only £ 419 a night or £ 448 B&B (thelondoner.com).
The magnificent atrium at the NoMad London Hotel in Covent Garden, which is opening in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court
Rakish Soho is also seeing a new boutique hotel. Opening in September, Broadwick is designed to charmingly enliven Soho’s history with an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar and decor by Martin Brudnizki, designer of Mayfair’s Wolseley restaurant and Annabel’s nightclub. While there isn’t yet a website to book a room on, they start at £ 350 a night.
If you go to Covent Garden, NoMad opens in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, where suffragettes Pankhursts, Chilean dictator Pinochet, Kray Twins and Oscar Wilde surrendered to the force of law. When it opens in the summer, it has bedrooms in former cells, a sense of playfulness in the Common Decency cocktail bar, and transatlantic flair in restaurants. Double rooms from £ 455, room only (thenomadhotel.com).
Denmark Street, near Soho, is lined with guitar shops and recording studios where David Bowie, Elton John and Jimi Hendrix hang out. The 55 rooms at Chateau Denmark are located in some of the most famous buildings and offer access to recording studios, concert rooms, punk fun and very, very good soundproofing (chateaudenmark.com) *.
One of the 55 rooms at Chateau Denmark, London. Here you have access to recording studios and concert rooms
Serious luxury is also opening up in the capital. First up is the ornate The Mayfair Townhouse, painted the same as the Cliveden Mansion and the Chewton Glen Country House. Spanning a number of townhouses, Mayfair Townhouse has just opened with a cocktail-themed dandy bar, dining rooms, and 172 rooms, some of which have secret terraces. From £ 312 for rooms only (themayfairtownhouse.com).
Beaverbrook Townhouse should be able to welcome guests to Chelsea just before the RHS Flower Show in May. It is a sister property of the glamorous country house hotel with the accent from the 1920s in Surrey. There will only be 14 suites with décor inspired by 19th century Japanese artist Hokusai and, like his siblings, there is a Japanese restaurant and bar. From £ 500 a night for room only (beaverbrook.co.uk).
In January, Kingsland Locke in Dalston opens as a hub for some of London’s most exciting restaurants and designers. The hotel has its own microbrewery, gin distillery and all-day dining restaurant. Room rates start at £ 115 per night (lockeliving.com).
Edinburgh’s renovated 100 Princes Street, once the stately home of the Royal Over-Seas League, is ready to fill the goodies with a champagne cart when you check in, enjoy cream teas and bites, and expect lavish, fun rooms – just 30 from them. There is also an Executive Lounge with a view of the castle and the nightly fireworks of the Tattoo at festival time (redcarnationhotels.com) *.
Graduate Hotels, which has a handful of cool hotels in US university cities, has crossed the Atlantic to make its mark on the UK’s most famous university cities. In Oxford it reinvents the venerable Randolph Hotel and in Cambridge it sits on the banks of the River Cam. The mid-century decor won’t scare parents or horrify their children – and hopefully neither will the prices. Rooms from £ 189 only (graduatehotels.com).
The Cambridge graduate pictured is set to open on the banks of the River Cam in spring 2021
Coventry becomes the UK’s City of Culture in May. Once the restrictions are lifted, loads of fun are planned and the Telegraph Hotel will be there for the Instagram crowd (and the rest of us). Located in the former headquarters of the city’s daily newspaper, the hotel has 1950s glamor, everything from cod scampi and french fries to cocktails in the all-day dining Forme & Chase, plus 88 clean, crisp rooms and a rooftop bar . Prices are reasonable too, starting at £ 59 for a double room per night (telegraph-hotel.com). The Telegraph Hotel shows how old buildings can blend wonderfully into the 21st century. Likewise, the Knutsford Courthouse in Cheshire will open bedrooms in this 200 year old building (flatcaphotels.com) *.
Those who like a hotel with a story to tell may already be familiar with Cornwall’s Bodmin Jail Hotel, due to open in February. The 300-year history is softened by walk-in showers and luxurious bedding. Room rates start at £ 130 per night (bodminjailhotel.com).
When you check into one of the UK village pubs, you will usually be whisked away into the deep countryside with great food and walks, and you will also be helping to sustain the local communities.
The new opening that you can look forward to the most? It must be The Star in the absurdly pretty village of Alfriston in East Sussex. Pilgrims started sleeping here in 1345, but this year it opens as the latest project by TV hotel inspector Alex Polizzi and her mother, the famous hotelier Olga Polizzi. There will be 30 rooms, bars and a restaurant, but above all a keen sense of style. And there’s plenty to discover, including England’s smallest church, walking the South Downs and vineyards like Rathfinny. The Star is slated to open in March and will take bookings from January. B&B from £ 190 (thepolizzicollection.com).
Lancashire is seriously considered by food conscious travelers these days. Ye Horns opens in April, an 18th century post office in the village of Goosnargh. Accommodation, including four lodges, is downright chic, and near the Forest of Bowland and the Lake District, food lovers can immerse themselves in the countryside, including Michelin-starred Northcote. B&B from £ 120 per night (ye-hornsinn.co.uk).
Old but new: the star in Alfriston, which is due to open in March after a renovation. It’s the latest project from TV hotel inspector Alex Polizzi and her mother, the famous hotelier Olga Polizzi
Near Hay-on-Wye, the Swan Inn at Letton blends innovation (there is currently a pop-up kitchen until its own restaurant opens in March) with tradition. Every Wednesday evening there is a regular gathering for local farmers that guests can attend. The four bedrooms have a lot of charm and a good starting price of £ 75 including breakfast (swaninnletton.co.uk).
In Northamptonshire, the newly opened 16th century Falcon Hotel in Castle Ashby has 22 rooms. Guests can join the locals for morning yoga in the barn next door, or swim wild in the wild lake designed by Capability Brown. Double rooms from £ 200 per night (thefalcon-castleashby.com).
In June, the Callow Hall Hotel opens in the Peak District. You can either stay in the original villa or in the 13 huts and tree houses hidden in the property’s ancient forests. There is also enough space for a spa hut. Rooms only from £ 150 per night (wildhivecollection.co.uk).
The wonderfully named Crumplebury on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border is a hugely popular restaurant that has used food from its own farm and has now added a handful of quiet, centered rooms. B&B from £ 155 a night (crumplebury.co.uk).
SEA, SPAS AND SPORTS
London’s Savoy Hotel is getting a country cousin when Fairmont Windsor Park opens in early 2021. In addition to the high thread count and upscale restaurants, there is a huge spa and wellness area with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a Japanese-style hammam and foot bath. Rooms only from £ 375 per night (fairmont-windsorpark.com).
A former glass factory in the village of Langham, Harper is close to the Royals in Sandringham and the Norfolk coast and opens on March 5th. Four-poster beds and minibars with homemade cocktails await guests. There are also yoga classes, a spa and swimming pool, and space for two restaurants – Stanley and Ivy. B&B from £ 175 per night (theharper.co.uk).
To the west coast of Scotland, where Troon’s venerable Marine Hotel is being thoroughly reinvented for the summer. The 89 rooms will reflect Scotland’s golfing history, but there will also be an indoor pool, squash courts, sauna and hammam with views of the Old Course and the sea beyond. Room only £ 129 (marineandlawn.com).
At Fairmont Windsor Park, which will open in early 2021. There’s a huge spa and wellness area with indoor and outdoor pools, plus a Japanese-style hammam and foot bath
Majestic Cameron House, slated to open on the banks of Loch Lomond in 2021
Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond will fully reopen this spring with 140 rooms, including 24 suites. It is enhanced by an award-winning spa, championship golf, lochside dining and resort activities (cameronhouse.co.uk) *.
Away from the dunes at Three Mile Beach near St. Ives in Cornwall is a collection of 15 beach houses in bright Caribbean colors designed with understated luxury. All are self-catering, but food trucks will visit and concierges can pique private chefs in between organizing surf lessons. It opens at Easter and costs from £ 1,150 per week for a three bedroom home for six to seven guests (threemilebeach.co.uk).
The lack of coastline didn’t stop Adventure Parc Snowdonia from taking a man-made surf break, along with zip lines, a skate bowl, and canyon hiking. Just in time for Easter, this all-action resort opens its first hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. It’s perfect for teenagers and active types, but it also has a muscle loosening spa and a restaurant and bar to relax in. Double rooms from £ 89, room only (adventureparcsnowdonia.com/stay).
* Prices not yet available.