After months of closed doors and battened hatches, it’s a pleasant change of pace to write—optimistically, looking ahead to the start of spring—about new hotel openings for 2021.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much there is out there, waiting in the wings for you to book, rest your head, and both domestically, and when the time comes, abroad. From New York City to the Southwest, to the Negev Desert and London’s Chelsea, there’s a lot of things to get excited about this year. The best is yet to come; enjoy your (future) stay.
Aman New York
This Spring, Aman New York will transform the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.
Each utterly elegant room or suite has a working fireplace—a rarity in New York City—with access to extraordinary facilities, including three restaurants, an underground jazz club, and, of course, the Aman Spa. After a year of uncertainty and lockdown, personal well-being is more important than ever, and the property’s flagship Wellness Center will offer a much-needed respite.
True to form, the cuisine here will be haute. Expect authentic Italian options at Arva, a take on traditional Japanese washoku dining at Nama, an exclusive wine cellar, and the option to dine on an elegant wraparound terrace with mesmerizing views of Central Park.
Opening Spring 2021
The Goodtime Hotel, Miami
This opening is yet another reason to celebrate Miami Beach’s buzzy cultural melting pot. The brainchild of David Grutman and Pharrell Williams, this chic boutique hotel will offer up high-octane experiences synonymous with its namesake.
With these two at the helm, expect a spirited and energic dining scene in Strawberry Moon, partnered with an epic soundtrack. As for the design, with renowned designer Ken Fulk taking charge, the property’s vibrant public spaces are set to become a hub of activity and creativity for both locals and visitors alike.
Opening March 2021
Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe
Santa Fe is brimming with charm, and this spring will see the opening of Bishop’s Lodge, a soulful retreat from Auberge Resorts Collection tucked into 317 discreet acres bordering the National Forest.
This landmark property will tap the Lodge’s glorious setting and heritage (formerly the Pulitzer family’s private residence) with nature-fueled adventures and ancient healing arts. Yes, there will be sumptuous accommodations, but they will be paired with amenities that offer a sense of place, from outdoor gardens, a healing arts studio, a fine art gallery, and even an on-site trout habitat and horse stable. This is the kind of property that allows you to feel miles and miles away—without having to stamp your passport.
Opening Spring 2021
Montage Big Sky
There’s a wilderness retreat—and then there’s being situated at the heart of a 3,500-acre Spanish Peaks enclave. Inspired by its natural setting (and what a setting it is), the Montage Big Sky is all about giving you everything you need—along with space, facilities, and time to enjoy it.
The property is ski-in, ski-out—a plus for anyone who plans to spend the snowy months on the mountain. In the spring and summer, guests can enjoy the property’s golf course, as well as the area’s supreme fly-fishing. Whether you’re staying here to enjoy the great outdoors in warmer weather or are after a luxe aprés-ski experience, prepare to spend most of your evenings dining in-house; this hotel plans to open with an array of dining and bar options on-property, featuring the region’s mountain fare and more.
Amrit Palm Beach
Singer Island, a discreet enclave a few minutes’ drive from glamorous Palm Beach, has always held an in-the-know appeal. This year, the Amrit Resort & Residences, a wellness-focused reprieve, will open here with 155 guest rooms, each boasting ocean views.
Expect a massive wellness center with hydrothermal experiences, cryotherapy, salt therapy rooms—the works, really. Founder Dilip Barot’s vision was to make the Amrit a place to find inner peace and happiness, a veritable oasis focused on physical and mental health. Expect complimentary naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists, osteopaths, IV specialists, and more on-site.
Opening Spring/Sumer 2021
Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley
This summer, laidback luxury gets a new home as Auberge Resorts Collection debuts Stanly Ranch, a property that pays homage to the winery estate tradition that has made Napa Valley the stuff of legends.
Designed to celebrate the rich heritage of Napa Valley, from its architecture to cuisine, expect gardens, orchards and contemporary design inspired by early farm outposts. The on-site Stanly Ranch Winery that’s been producing notable wines since the late 19th century only adds to the appeal of this opening, and both the property and experiences on offer exude that seemingly effortless Northern California charm.
Opening Summer 2021
The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley
Arizona is one of America’s most cinematic States, with barren landscapes juxtaposed with verdant enclaves and epic vistas galore. Later this year in glamorous Paradise Valley, The Ritz-Carlton will open a stunning new outpost, overlooking Camelback Mountain and offering luxurious experiences inspired by its breathtaking natural surrounds.
The restaurants will harvest produce sourced from the resort’s citrus orchard and garden and the spa will (naturally) showcase desert-inspired therapies and treatments. After a day of indulgence, unwind inside stylish casitas that envelop the palm-lined pool.
Opening late 2021
The Aurum, Catskills
Upstate New York is having a well-deserved moment. This fall, The Aurum will open in the Catskills; the property is discreet yet expansive, spanning 131 mountainside acres.
Inspired by the influence ancient Rome and its bathing rituals have on contemporary life, the 36-room hotel will house one of the only Roman hammams of its kind in North America, the Aurum Thermae. For added privacy, 12 luxurious stand-alone mountain bungalows will be at the ready. Here, the emphasis is on seclusion, privacy, and ancient wellness practices that take on a pointed relevance this year.
Opening Fall 2021
The Newbury, Boston
Located in Boston’s tony Back Bay, The Newbury will re-open fresh from a thoughtfully conceived renovation this year with 286 luxurious rooms and suites, many of which boast fireplaces. With a nod to the property’s extensive history playing host to lavish dinners and parties, the hotel partnered with Major Food Group (the powerhouse behind The Grill, Carbone, and more) to helm food and beverage. The rooftop restaurant will plate up sweeping views of the Boston Commons and, in warmer months, slide open for alfresco dining. Head here for the chic decor, the views, and the food; expect dreamy Italian cuisine by Chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi.
Opening March 2021
The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos, California
The Santa Ynez Valley’s sophisticated, yet low-key, feel makes it an apt place to reimagine a fabled landmark like The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern. Auberge Resorts Collection refreshed the property, where rooms and cottage-style set-ups merge the simplicity of modern farmhouse design with the eclecticism of ranch life.
A revamped food and beverage program celebrates seasonality with interesting culinary experiences, from a coffee bar porch to an open-air restaurant with county fair vibes. A welcoming place to gather (albeit in small groups for now) with family or new friends, the pool and poolside bar, cabanas, and firepits blend seamlessly into the beautiful landscape.
Opening Summer 2021
Cara Hotel, Los Feliz, California
Los Feliz has emerged as a noteworthy neighborhood in Los Angeles, with a burgeoning restaurant scene and an undeniable cool factor.
The 60-room Cara Hotel is putting Los Feliz firmly on the map by embracing its surroundings; hidden in plain sight, it sits discreetly at the foothills of Griffith Park, in the shadow of the Hollywood sign. Designed to bring the outside in, breezy patios and private courtyard balconies enveloped by 100-year-old olive trees and palms pay homage to the Gaelic translation of Cara, meaning “friend,” where a sense of conviviality and warmth beams through like the LA sun itself.
Four Seasons Residences, Prieta Bay, Costa Rica
Discreetly tucked into lush hillsides, the Four Seasons Private Residences at Prieta Bay in Costa Rica are now available to rent. a A collection of exquisite estate homes and breathtaking villas designed by renowned native architect Ronald Zurcher, each residence features gallery-like spaces with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open fully to poolside terraces with mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean.
As a guest, you’ll have full access to the resort too (simply use the Four Seasons app) or walk from your villa, past a discreet gate across a hanging bridge, to the Prieta Beach Club: an exclusive, insanely chic oasis. The options for how to spend your days abound here; enjoy the resort itself or spend the day at the beach club, visit the sprawling golf-course, go on a nature hike or drive, take tennis lessons from a pro, or take out an electric bike to explore. In your villa, chefs prepare inspired meals, incorporating outrageously fresh catch and fruits, while a mixologist can show you the ropes with a cocktail-making workshop as the sun sets and day turns into night.
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Imagine retracing the footsteps of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette unencumbered at Versailles while bedding down inside the grounds of the UNESCO palace. Otherworldly, we know.
This year you can do just that, with the arrival of Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, a wonderfully discreet boutique property encompassing three historic buildings on the historic palace grounds. Replete with views over the Orangerie, the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses and The Palace, this one-of-a-kind hotel is curated with handpicked 18th-century furniture, art, and artifacts. Tuck into one of 14 luxurious rooms lovingly reimagined by Christophe Tollemer and enjoy elevated cuisine helmed by Alain Ducasse; this once-in-a-lifetime experience should top everyone’s list for 2021, and beyond.
Opening Summer 2021
Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique
A 300-hectare sanctuary of forest, beach, and sand dunes on the southern tip of Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, this impressive retreat—‘sanctuary’ is the keyword here—has a huge focus on meaningful sustainability, with 3D-printed building materials and coral reefs.
Alongside its spectacular suites and facilities, it’s right at the heart of a WWF National Marine Park, with some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.
Opening April 2021
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
We’ve been keeping an eager eye on this long-overdue opening in the Negev for some time now. Expect the biblical heritage of this ancient valley—with a huge dose of Six Senses luxury and style. There are few better locations in the world, and this opening, with its panoramic suites, pool villas, and private reserve will put you right at the heart of things. As ever with Six Senses, expect exceptional dining, drinking, and facilities (there will be five restaurants on-site), as well as easy access to the Edom Mountains and local surrounds.
Opening June 2021
Villa Igiea, Sicily
Reinvented under the flair of Olga Polizzi and the Rocco Forte family, Villa Igiea brings a much-needed touch of luxury to Palermo. Encompassed by manicured gardens, poolside ruins, and signature Mediterranean blues, this property promises to be a beacon of the slow-paced serenity that Sicily is known for. Everything about this hotel is intrinsically Sicilian, from the warmth of the service to the flavor of the cuisine.
Opening May 2021
Aurora Lodge, Norway
Tucked away in the Lyngen Alps of Norway (the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights), an extraordinary new luxury lodge just opened. Snorre Stinessen’s Aurora Lodge will host curated experiences that celebrate the landscape (think: skiing into the sea, conservation projects tagging whales, and more). This property knows that the Northern Lights are one of (if not the) biggest attractions in the area, and specialists will help with locating the best places to view the Green Lady. Aurora Lodge is eco-conscious and high on design, with Antonio Lupi interiors and Hästens beds. Bring your family or friends any time of year as the natural world is on display 365 days.
Opening February 2021
Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
A glamorously classic restoration of a true Madrid landmark, the re-opening of the Mandarin Oriental is set to be a huge event in the months to come. Five restaurants and bars, exceptional fitness and wellness facilities, and the magical touch of belle époque. With its generous proximity to the Prado and Thyssen museums and the Retiro Park, this is a haven at the heart of things in one of Europe’s most spectacular cities.
Opening Spring 2021
The Reykjavik EDITION, Iceland
Launching summer 2021, this very contemporary addition to the city’s downtown opposite the Harpa Concert Hall offers easy access to Reykjavik’s vibrant cultural scene as well as a comfortable place to retreat from it all. Featuring a rooftop bar, ballroom, and nightlife space as well as a signature restaurant and destination bar this new EDITION installment is a great place to settle in before heading out into the Icelandic wilds beyond.
Opening Summer 2021
Rosewood Le Guanahani, St Barths
Bathed in golden light, St Barths was a refuge of choice for the elite in an unforgettable (try as we might) year. For 2021, Rosewood is encouraging us to return. The summer sees the return of the iconic Le Guanahani, reopening as part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. The much-anticipated revival has been four years in the making; with its prized position on an exclusive two-beach peninsula and more facilities than anywhere else on the island, it’s an old friend with a new look that we’re glad to see return stronger than ever after surviving Hurricane damage and the delays and tribulations of the pandemic.
Opening Summer 2021
San Domenico Palace, Taormina
Bestowing a new lease of life on the old San Domenico Palace that attracted names such as Elizabeth Taylor and Oscar Wilde in its heyday, Four Seasons is moving into Sicily.
Still caught between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, the hotel will reopen with a fresh new outlook comprising two Michelin stars at Principe Cerami, a brand-new beach club, and an extensive spa complete with a Turkish bath. Whilst the doorstep remains its enigmatic self, there’s a whole lot more to come back to once the doors to the Palace reopen under new ownership this year.
Coming this December to London’s bustling Covent Garden, the NoMad, housed in a restored 19th-century former courthouse, will offer 91 rooms with thoughtful interiors designed by Roman and Williams.
Drawing on the history of the area (not least the adjacent Royal Opera House), the space will include the NoMad restaurant, a library, and the brand’s first-ever subterranean cocktail bar. This continues the story of NoMad New York in the context of Victorian London’s historic heartlands. Grand yet intimate, classic yet fun.
Opening Spring 2021
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh
On the city’s most iconic street and in the shadow of its hilltop castle, 100 Princes Street is set to bring a new lease of life to a centuries-old address. Honoring heritage and craftsmanship, renovations have been respectful yet progressive with a sense of style and sophistication. Divulging no secrets from the outside, checking in here has a feeling akin to that of slipping off the street into an exclusive member’s club, where staff know you by name and your every need is anticipated. In short, it makes Edinburgh feel like home.
Opening September 2021
Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana
Taking its name from the pied kingfisher which makes its home among the channels of the (surrounding) Moremi Game Reserve, this remarkable safari lodge – made up of just twelve private suites – has comfort, luxury, and design at its avowedly generous heart. Contemporary, elegant, comfortable. The entire space (from above it looks like a series of subtle leaves) blends beautifully into its rich-green landscape. Natural materials, organic forms, and what’s set to be some pretty peerless facilities and service.
Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy
Umbria has always felt like a well-kept secret, somewhere you can go and forge your own path. This spring, however, all paths point to the impeccable Reschio Estate.
The stage was set last summer with an initial opening of their private houses, and this spring sees the main Castello open its gates. Three years of work, yet a millennium in the making, it doesn’t disappoint. There’s a playful attitude that sits alongside a reverence for Italian nobility here. Priceless antiques, a bold color palette, and cavernous, light-filled spaces come together with a casual elegance that soothes the soul. Across its 3750 acres, Reschio feels like a retreat in the truest sense of the word. Here, Food is foraged, landscapes are explored by horseback, and an ethereal spa sits adjacent to historic wine cellars.
Opening Spring 2021
Kruger Shalati, South Africa
A true feat of design, this unusual property is built into a train that sits atop a bridge in Kruger National Park. Described as a sanctuary from the world, it’s easy to see why: jaw-dropping views, indulgent facilities, and exceptional dining are on offer for guests in the seven rooms of this boutique wonder. All the while, the Kruger Shalati articulate design gives a comfortable nod to its industrial heritage. If you’re looking for something very new and very different, this is it.
Opened December 2020
One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
Somewhere to slip away to come Spring, the latest offering from One&Only sees the group arrive on European shores with all the sophistication you’d expect. Boka Bay is an enigmatic corner of the Adriatic where forested hillsides and stranded beaches flow into mirrored waters; and it makes a natural home for One&Only Portonovi.
The resort itself is full of stylish spaces and arresting views, with an aesthetic of colonial clubhouse meets coastal contemporary. The spa, as ever, is a highlight—thanks to a trailblazing partnership with health innovators Chenot Espace.
Opening May 2021
Mykonos buzzes with energy. Many think of epic beach parties, late lunches, and dancing until the sun rises when they think of this beach destination. This year, Kalesma Mykonos will open as a contemporary sanctuary nestled on the hillside of Aleomandra, providing a much-needed respite from all that buzz.
Kalesma’s 25 suites and 2 villas all have private terraces and pools that boast stunning views of the Aegean Sea. A stone’s throw from the island’s renowned beaches and restaurants yet isolated enough to provide an authentic Mykonian feel, Kalesma merges local flair with high design.
Opening April 2021
The Johri, Jaipur
Tucked away in Jaipur’s wildly colorful Johri bazaar and enveloped by mesmerizing textiles, The Johri Jaipur is, quite literally, a hidden gem. This 5-suite, whimsically luxurious boutique hotel was owned by a family who made jewelry for royalty from all continents. Now, it has been lovingly restored by the ninth-generation of the jewelry empire, entrepreneur Siddharth Kasliwal.
The Johri is intimate, thoughtfully curated with antique furniture and textiles, where muraled walls playfully depict Rajasthani tigers and swaying palm trees. Luxuriously large suites overlook a stunning courtyard and a sense of peace permeates the space. The service here is personalized, but like the space itself, more familial than formal.
Life House Seminyak, Chattanooga & Bushwick
Life House has been turning heads stateside and will open in multiple locations this year, including Chattanooga and Bushwick, Brooklyn. The new hotel group is now primed to open their first international House, in Bali’s lush tropics of Seminyak, pictured here.
Fitting with their ethos, the 180-room space is designed as a contemporary villa, combining sustainable Balinese architecture with local natural timbers and open-air terraces that sync melodiously with the landscape. Ideal for longer stays, the property even has a co-working lounge in partnership with a local coffee purveyor, and of course, stunning vistas from the infinity pool.
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