The hotel openings to know about in 2020

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HOTELS OPENING IN JULY 2020

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    THE PIG at Harlyn Bay, England

    Sneaking in at the end of month for a British staycation is the latest in The Pig’s litter. Set to open its doors on 31 July, The Pig at Harlyn Bay takes over one of Cornwall’s most historic houses overlooking a glorious sweep of beach, with bedrooms spread across the wood-panelled main house, a traditional stone courtyard building and four cosy shepherd’s huts in the gardens. The 25-mile menu in the restaurant and outdoor Lobster Shed will compete with the foodie headliners in nearby Padstow (Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth). While you’re in the area, check out Prawn on the Lawn’s outdoor summer – social-distancing-friendly – pop-up at Trerethern Farm, called, unsurprisingly, Prawn on the Farm. This is a delicious, much-dreamed-about English summer escape.

    Address: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SQ, UK


    Website: thepighotel.com

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    CAMP SARIKA BY AMANGIRI, UTAH, USA

    A startling concrete mirage seemingly folded into the 180-million-year-old desert in south Utah, Amangiri has topped lists as the ultimate escape for its beauty, stillness and incredible, heart-stopping otherworldliness since it opened 11 years ago. No wonder it’s one of the most coveted sanctuaries on the planet. Now, as our desire to get far, far away from the rest of the world has never been greater, Aman has added an even more secluded retreat, an offshoot of its original sensation. A 30-minute hike (or five-minute drive) from the hotel but sitting in its own 55-hectare patch of wilderness, 10 sleek, tented pavilions are dotted around a minimalist main hub, which houses two spa spaces, a restaurant and swimming pool. The camp acts as a springboard to be immersed in the surrounding landscape: numerous national monuments, the Navajo Nation reservation and five national parks, including Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, as well as kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding and boating on Lake Powell, are all within striking distance. While back at base the menu both on the plate and in the spa explores Native American ingredients and traditions. Rare, remote and utterly remarkable.

    Address: Camp Sarika by Amangiri, 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah 84741, United States


    Website: aman.com

    HOTEL JUNE, CALIFORNIA, USA

    Since Proper Hotels debuted in San Francisco in 2015 (subsequently adding properties Santa Monica and Austin – both on this year’s Hot List), we’ve been huge fans of the brand. Now the firm behind it has launched a younger, more affordable sibling: Hotel June. For the just-opened first outpost in Los Angeles’s Westside, the team has tapped Venice Beach-based Studio Collective for the design which blends the usual beachy west-coast aesthetic with mid-century touches (a nod to the building’s heritage). There’s a neighbourhood-hangout vibe, with local restaurateur Steve Livigni of hit Scopa Italian Roots and Dama overseeing outdoor poolside joint Caravan Swim Club. There, expect dishes inspired by the Alta California coastline, which runs from northern Mexico to Santa Barbara (ceviche, uni tostadas, cauliflower nachos), paired with natural wines and mezcal cocktails. Fun times had by all.

    Address: Hotel June, 8639 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States


    Website: thehoteljune.com

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    CIRCULO MEXICANO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

    Grupo Habita is responsible for some of Mexico’s coolest addresses (Condesa DF, Hotel Escondido) and its latest – Círculo Mexicano, in the capital’s historic downtown area – is no exception. The 25-bedroom hotel is set in the 19th-century former childhood home of Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, whose work, which transformed the ordinary and seemingly mundane into something fantastical and monumental, is now exhibited throughout the space. Mexico City design firm Ambrosi Etchegaray mixes simple shaker-inspired wooden furniture with Oaxacan textiles through the sparse, soothing rooms. Up on the rooftop is a pool with views of the Metropolitan Cathedral – the largest and oldest in the Americas – and a restaurant-bar which fuses French dishes with Mexican ingredients cooked over an open fire. Meanwhile, the ground floor turns into a marketplace with a barber shop, art gallery and boutique from local minimalist womenswear brand Simple by Trista. A cleverly rooted, calm hub at the heart of this pulsating city.

    Address: Círculo Mexicano, República de Guatemala 20, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico


    Website: circulomexicano.com

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    ACE HOTEL KYOTO, JAPAN

    Long inspired by Japanese sensibilities, Ace Hotel has gone back to source for this latest addition, partnering with local starchitect Kengo Kuma (Japan National Stadium, V&A Dundee) as well as LA design studio and regular collaborator Commune. Tapping into Kyoto’s rich seam of craftsmanship, mixing both ancient touches and influences from a fresh scene of aesthetic experimenters, the styling references traditional machiya houses, local temples and the city’s contemporary street culture: washi-paper ceilings; textiles from Shobu Gakuen, an artist community in southern Japan; and the works of more than 50 artisans. There are also more classic Ace touches: turntables and DJ booths, stakes of vinyl and acoustic guitars. The restaurants are a USA-Japan mash-up: sakura pizza at Mr Maurice’s Italian and fish tacos at Piopiko. A third as-yet-unnamed restaurant from Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy will open later this year, serving classic American dishes in a dramatic tea-room-inspired space. A fitting clubhouse for Kyoto’s creative new tribe.

    Address: Ace Hotel Kyoto, 245-2, Aneyakojidori Higashinotoin-nishiiru, Kurumayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8185, Japan


    Website: acehotel.com

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    VILLA COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

    The latest from Nordic Choice Hotels (At Six in Stockholm, Hotel St George in Helsinki and Oslo’s Amerikalinjen, which was in our 2020 Hot List) turns Denmark’s former Central Post and Telegraph Head Office into a carefully considered place to stay. Next to twinkling Tivoli Gardens, the space aims to take responsibility for its carbon footprint as well as support local communities and causes. This plays out with partnerships with conscious Danish brands, such as organic-beauty label Skandinavisk, which has developed eco-friendly potions for rooms in refillable bottles, and an Earth Suit designed using only sustainable materials. The hotel’s other focus is art, with a collection valued at almost £2 million curated by Swedish artist Sune Nordgren, and subdued interiors inspired by Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi’s work. A thoughtful, forward-looking take on the classic grand hotel.

    Address: Villa Copenhagen, Tietgensgade 35-39, 1704 Copenhagen, Denmark


    Website: villacopenhagen.com

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    JK PLACE PARIS, FRANCE

    The French capital is a hotel boom town right now, with turbo-charged openings from Cheval Blanc and Bulgari slated to open this year, and non-stop boutique charmers popping up all over the arrondissements, from Evok’s heady Sinner and pretty Cour des Vosges last year to the upcoming Soho House. However it’s this Italian import that’s one of the most intriguing arrivals, bringing the much-loved JK Place brand (which has hotels in Florence, Rome and Capri) and giving it just the right amount of French twist. Owner Ori Kafri has once again called upon his long-time collaborator, the designer Michele Bönan, to transform the former Norwegian consulate on the Rive Gauche in his typical detail-obsessed style. The pair scoured Saint-Ouen flea market, turning up finds such as a mid-century Hermѐs desk lamp, a David Hicks-style smoky mirror console and other treasures that either appear in rooms or were used as the basis for bespoke reproductions. Food is another Italian (via the USA) transplant, bringing Miami Beach and Aspen’s Casa Tua back home to Europe, with unfussy Puglia-influenced dishes. And downstairs is a petite Sisley Spa next to a dinky pool. A bit of la dolce vita in Paris.

    Address: JK Place, 82 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France


    Telephone: +33 1 40 60 40 20


    Website: jkplace.paris

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    CAERULA MAR CLUB, BAHAMAS

    Flying far further under the radar than Bahamian heavyweights New Providence and Harbour Island, large, less explored Andros has deep blue diving holes, the world’s third largest coral reef just off shore and wetlands ripe for exploration. It’s this island that Canadians (and stars of their own interior-design TV show in their homeland) Bryan and Sarah Baeumler have tapped for the Caerula Mar Club. On 10 acres of South Andros oceanfront, it’s the island’s first opening in 20 years, with 18 sun-bleached rooms and six sweet villas as well as bikes to borrow, a smoothie bar and woven sun hats on sunbeds around the slick pool. A refreshingly go-slow corner of the Caribbean.

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    RIGGS WASHINGTON DC, USA

    Despite White House goings on, the American capital has shrugged off its staid politico image in recent years with funky newcomers on its restaurant and hotel scenes, the latest of which, Riggs Washington DC, has just opened. It’s taken over an imposing former bank and rooms draw on the building’s history, with Art Deco turns and minibars hidden in boxes made to look like traditional steel safes. But the real head turner is the arrival Stateside of Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, probably the best-known bartender in the world. He’s famed for his molecular approach to mixology and his bar here, Silver Lyan, will be just as creative as his London outings (for example, a basket of jello shots served up in fruit segments alongside chasers of Champagne), with plenty of new homegrown ingredients to play with (Laird’s Applejack brandy, giant American Wonder lemons, DC honey and Californian olive oil), all shaken in this subterranean bar in the former vault. Bank on it being a big hit.

    Address: Riggs, 900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States


    Telephone: +1 202 638 1800


    Website: riggsdc.com

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    URBAN COWBOY LODGE, CATSKILLS, USA

    The woodsy Americana of Brooklyn’s hipster revolution (lumberjack shirts and beards, cabins and spoon-whittling) was distilled in this brand’s first B&B, which opened in 2014 in ground zero, Williamsburg. Since then the couple behind Urban Cowboy have added an equally leather- and Navajo-fabric-heavy outpost in Nashville, and now, busting out of the ‘urban’ moniker, ride to upstate New York for their third hotel. The Catskills is a well-trodden path from Brooklyn and here, deep in 68 acres next to the Big Indian Wilderness Forest Preserve, there might be no phone signal but there is fly fishing, hiking, skiing and an outdoor Estonian sauna, as well as plenty of beard-stroking, craft beer in hand, around the fire pits.

    Address: Urban Cowboy Catskills, 37 Alpine Road, Big Indian, NY, 12410


    Telephone: +1 845 254 5026


    Website: urbancowboy.com

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    Arctic Bath, Swedish Lapland, Sweden

    Opened: January 2020

    When Treehotel opened its six original rooms, including a bird’s nest and a kooky UFO, high in a pine forest in northern Sweden’s Harads a decade ago, it redefined treetop cool, being a mind-bending example of landscape architecture designed to blend in with the natural environment. And the team’s latest project is equally extraordinary. This February, Arctic Bath, a lifebuoy-shaped low-impact spa hotel designed by Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, opens on the Lule River, close to Harads. During the warmer months, the wellness centre will float, and when temperatures plummet it will freeze into the ice. Centred around a giant ice bath, surrounded by saunas and treatment rooms, its branchy architecture riffs on the area’s history as a timber industry hub. Six smart two-person cabins will float near the water’s edge, and six larger ones will sit on the shore.

    Address: Arctic Bath, Ramdalsvägen 10, 960 24 Harads


    Telephone: +46702759795


    Price: Rooms from £775 a night based on two sharing


    Website: arcticbath.se

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    Habitas Namibia and Kwessi Dune Lodge, Namibia

    Hotels opening: Spring 2020

    Recently, Namibia’s hotel scene has changed beyond all recognition. Exciting new openings have come thick and fast: Natural Selection’s art-installation-like Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast and remote Hoanib Valley Camp in the Kaokoveld Desert, the Angelina Jolie-approved Omaanda just outside Windhoek and swish tented camp Sonop from Zannier Hotels, plus a new duo from Under Canvas. Keeping up the momentum is the second opening from Habitas, who wowed with their 2017 tropi-cool debut in Tulum. All about fostering personal development and connecting people to nature through shared experience, Habitas Namibia will open about half an hour from Windhoek in a 35,000-acre private reserve. Its 15 rooms – constructed for minimum environmental impact – sit on a hilltop alongside a restaurant, a pool and a fire-pit area to lounge in. Activities will include nature walks and safari drives guided by San Bushmen, jam sessions led by local musicians and innovative meditation sessions. Another eye-catching opening is the latest from Natural Selection, who will be opening Kwessi Dune Lodge in March. Ten thatch-and-canvas accommodations with vintage four-poster beds and map-mural walls will sit in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and each will have a ‘stargazer’ room for celestial slumbers.

    Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan

    Hotel opening: April 2020

    When it launched in Seattle 20 years ago with an industrial-chic look and an all-things-local approach, Ace caused a gear shift in the hotel scene. Inviting the neighbourhood’s creatives in with collaborations galore and injecting a hit of rock ’n’ roll style with in-room record players led to a rash of copycats. But no one does it quite like the original cool cats, who now have nine properties everywhere from Portland to London. Ace’s 10th property and first Asian venture opens in Kyoto’s Shinpuhkan this spring. A combination of a restored Twenties Tetsuro Yoshida-designed red-brick building and a new build by architecture whizz Kengo Kuma – the genius behind Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium – surround a beautiful garden. Expect hip decor with an East-meets-West feel by Atelier Ace and award-winning Commune Design, and more collaborations with artists and craftspeople than you can shake a stick at.

    Address: Ace Hotel Kyoto, 586-2 Banocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8172, Japan


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: acehotel.com/kyoto

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    Can Ferrereta, Mallorca, Spain

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    While Mallorca’s leisurely pace is part of its charm, the creative energy on the isle has crept up a notch of late. A new wave of artisans and boutique crash pads – such as Palma’s tucked-away Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden Hotel and art-filled neoclassical Sant Francesc Hotel Singular – have slowly-slowly shaken things up. The masterminds behind the latter – fourth-generation hoteliers the Soldevila Ferrer family – headed to sleepy Santanyi for their second venture, Can Ferrereta. About 50 minutes from Palma and close to a clutch of unspoilt beaches, the 17th-century mansion will have 31 characterful rooms as well as a spa, a hammam, an 80ft pool and a seasonally minded restaurant. As at Sant Francesc, intriguing Spanish art – from the family’s private collection – will be a highlight.

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    Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, France

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    Airelles, known for its exceptionally luxe French properties – including ski favourites Les Airelles in Courchevel and just-opened Mademoiselle in Val d’Isere – raises the bar even higher this spring with a 14-room property inside the glorious grounds of the famed Château de Versailles. A grand building dating from 1681 and overlooking the Orangerie and the impressive Pièce d’Eau des Suisses will be transformed into a hotel with 18th-century-style decor by architect and interiors whizz Christophe Tollemer. Along with a wellness centre with indoor pool and an Alain Ducasse restaurant, the real USP is the exclusive after-hours access guests will have to the famed gardens once the hoi polloi have gone home.

    Address: AIRELLES Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle


    Telephone: +33 4 50 10 03 28


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: airelles.com

    Hotel Magdalena, Austin, USA

    Hotel opens: Spring 2020

    No one quite defines American cool quite like retro-chic Bunkhouse Group, which has gone from strength to strength since founder Liz Lambert opened Hotel San José in Austin more than 20 years ago. The Bunkhouse portfolio now includes a hat trick of free-spirited vintage-look properties in Austin, El Cosmico (a kitsch mishmash of tepees and trailers in Marfa), Hotel Havana in San Antonio and Hotel San Cristóbal, a Mexican outpost. While Lambert is no longer the brand’s chief creative officer, Bunkhouse’s latest venture brings to life her vision for the company’s largest project to date – Hotel Magdalena, – which opens on Music Lane, in Austin’s South Congress neighbourhood, this spring. Four buildings by Lake | Flato will be connected by leafy walkways and courtyards – creating an endless-summer atmosphere inspired by local hotspot Barton Springs – and will house 89 funky, light-flooded guest rooms decorated with colour-popping Spanish tiles. A laidback pool area and a restaurant where grilled classics with a Texan twist will be served are sure to become firm favourites with the local creatives.

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    ME Dubai, Dubai

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    In Dubai, where superlatives reign supreme, it can be hard to make an impact. The ME Dubai, however, will do just that when it opens inside Opus, a striking building designed by the late, great Zaha Hadid that resembles a sci-fi cube with a carved-out central void. The Middle East debut of ME by Meliá will have 93 rooms across 19 floors of the futuristic space, with interiors themed around ‘interconnectedness’. The bold furniture has all been designed or selected by Hadid, and one suite will include a jacuzzi and a dining room table that transforms into a pool table. With 15 restaurants to dine at, including Maine Oyster Bar & Grill and an outpost of hit Japanese robatayaki joint ROKA, foodies will be just as well catered for as architecture buffs.

    Address: ME Dubai The Opus Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


    Telephone: +971 4 511 5000


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: mebymelia.com

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    Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    A sprawling wonder covering more than half the entire country, Israel’s Negev Desert provides not only the high-drama backdrop for the wellness gurus Six Senses’ latest outpost but also the inspiration for everything within. Its 60 suites and pool villas, hewn from local stone, will sit cliffside in the southern Arava Valley, with colour palettes riffing on traditional pigments and spaces decked out with furnishings by local artisans, cacti and desert flowers. As well as an Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant and poolside bar, there’s a tented Bedouin-style dining spot and an expansive spa with indoor and outdoor pools, a yoga studio and a nail bar. Activities on offer will include dune trekking, camping-under-the-stars overnighters, a kids’ club, a desert activity centre with camel stables and an Earth Lab dedicated to sustainability.


    Address: Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut Negev Desert Israel


    Price: Rooms from £780 a night B&B


    Website: sixsenses.com

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    Elang, Anambas Island, Indonesia

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    Indonesian private-island escapes are having a moment – all-bamboo eco-wonder Cempedak and exclusive Bawah Reserve pushed the envelope in terms of smart tropical seclusion when they opened off the coast of Singapore in the past few years. In spring 2020, seriously swish Bawah Reserve – which has 36 ‘back-to-nature’ bungalows on one of the six islands in the Riau Archipelago that comprise the property – takes the exclusivity level up a notch, launching previously untouched Elang Island. As on Bawah, talented Singaporean architect Sim Boon Yang will employ sustainable-design principles, creating six barefoot-luxe havens using recycled natural materials, driftwood and bamboo. There will also be a clubhouse inspired by traditional rumah adat dwellings, a spa, a restaurant and a tide-fed hollow-turned-don’t quite understand this swimming pool. Guests will have access to Bawah’s facilities (just a short boat ride away), and for the ultimate castaway celebration, adults-only Elang can be taken over in its entirety.

    Address: Bawah Reserve Anambas Kiabu, Pulau Bawah, Siantan Sel., Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas, Kepulauan Riau 29791


    Telephone: +65 9678 8639


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: bawahreserve.com

    Cedar Lodge, New Zealand

    Hotel opening: Spring 2020

    Boundary-pushing adventure travel experts Eleven Experience – the brand behind heli-skiing haven Deplar Farm in Iceland’s remote Troll Peninsula and Rio Palena Lodge in Chilean Patagonia – are gurus when it comes to sport du jour fly-fishing. They’ve just taken over the legendary-among-anglers Cedar Lodge in Mount Aspiring National Park. The property, on New Zealand’s South Island, is the country’s only fly-in lodge and sits just minutes from remote streams that fizz with rainbow and brown trout between January and April. Eleven will put their own stamp on the site and its four rooms, smartening up interiors and bringing in a team of talented chefs, along with wilderness experts to lead a range of high-octane activities.

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    Artist Residence Bristol, England

    Estimated opening: May 2020

    Set to inject a serious hit of bohemian style into a former boot factory in Bristol’s St Pauls district is the long-awaited Artist Residence Bristol. The boutique brand – brainchild of hotelier couple Justin and Charlotte Salisbury – is renowned for its personality-packed design, which cleverly mixes historical details and bold contemporary art. Since their hit debut in Brighton more than a decade ago, buzzed-about openings in Penzance, London’s Pimlico and Oxfordshire followed, and their fifth project – restoring a dilapidated Grade I-listed building – is their most ambitious yet. There will be 23 bedrooms, a bar, a café, and the Boot Factory restaurant. Guests can expect industrial touches and Georgian cornices rubbing up against vibrant artwork by the likes of Pure Evil and Bristolian trailblazer Rose Vickers.

    Address: Artist Residence Bristol, 28 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SA


    Telephone: +44 20 3019 8623


    Price: Rooms from £120


    Website: artistresidence.co.uk

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    Jack’s Camp and Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

    Hotels opening: May and June 2020

    Technically it’s a rebuild, but it would be remiss to talk best-of-the-best Botswana without mentioning trailblazing Jack’s Camp. Opened in the Makgadikgadi Pan by fifth-generation safari operator Ralph Bousfield – named after his explorer father Jack – it set the benchmark when it opened 25 years ago. The reboot, overseen by Ralph – will pay homage to its storied history, marrying its much-fêted old-school glamour with a fresh look. Ten canvas tents (which have doubled in size) with plunge pools and panoramic salt-pan views willbe decked out with curated ‘cabinets of curiosity’ and wood-burning Morsø stoves. Familiar activities – say quad-biking to the super lake – and the much-loved mess tent, inspired by Botswana’s Natural History Museum, will sit alongside a spa tent and new-look pool pavilion. The entire camp will run on clean, green Tesla solar power. There’s also a new kid on the Botswana block, the much-anticipated 12-room Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’) Safari Lodge, in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve. Designed carefully so as not to disturb the area’s rich flora and fauna, it’s the latest from family-run Red Carnation Hotels (the Tollmans have form, having masterminded the likes of Cape Town’s The Twelve Apostles and the Western Cape’s Bushmans Kloof) and is set to be a design masterpiece. Installation artwork by Porky Hefer will rub up against Bushman cave paintings and a water-lily-inspired spa.

    Price: Rates at Jack’s Camp from £1,400 a person per night including all activities; Rates at Xigera Safari Lodge are from £2,048 per adult per night, including full board and activities


    Website: naturalselection.travel; xigera.com

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    Bulgari Hotel Paris, France

    Hotel opening: Summer 2020

    Of late, Paris’s most exciting hotel openings have been concentrated on the Left Bank, with the revamp of grande dame Hôtel Lutetia and swish newcomer JK Place, on Rue de Lille, but heads are set to turn to the right in 2020 with the opening of Bulgari Hotel Paris on exclusive Avenue George V. Luxury jewellers Bulgari are now as well known for their high-drama, lavish, marble-filled hotels – from London to Bali – as they are for their precious accessories. There will be 76 rooms, a spa, a restaurant, an 80ft pool and a leafy courtyard in a building revamped by Italian architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Parisian firm Valode & Pistre. It’s not the only cool-cat opening on the Right Bank either, with Cheval Blanc Paris arriving in La Samaritaine and Soho House in Pigalle.

    Address: Bulgari Hotel Paris, 30 Avenue George V, Paris


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: bulgarihotels.com

    Kisawa Sanctuary, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

    Hotel opening: Summer 2020

    With its blinding white-sand beaches and pristine waters, Benguerra Island, in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, has long been a favourite of wild-at-heart adventurers. This year, joining well-established &Beyond Benguerra and Azura, comes something completely different: the 14-room Kisawa Sanctuary. With an emphasis on space, nature and privacy, each thatch-roofed bungalow (containing from one to three rooms) will be done in earthy tones, with craftwork by local artisans and an acre of land with private pool and beachfront stretch. No set timings mean that seafood suppers, Chinese traditional medicine treatments at the spa or heli-surfing trips can be slotted in at leisure.

    Address: Kisawa Sanctuary, Benguerra Island, Mozambique


    Price: A one-suite bungalow costs from £4,300 per night, including full board and spa treatments


    Website: kisawasanctuary.com

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    One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

    Hotel opening: Summer 2020

    The savvy folk at One&Only – behind classics including the beloved One&Only Reethi Rah and the fresh wildlife hotspot One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda – have chosen picturesque Boka Bay in Montenegro for their first European resort. Despite having all the beachy thrills and historic charm of Croatia, Montenegro has remained rather under the radar until now. The arrival of O&O inside the Portonovi development, a short drive from Dubrovnik, will no doubt attract a jet-set crowd. The elegant resort will have a private beach, 113 rooms, suites and villas – some just above the bells-and-whistles Espace medical and wellness spa –as well as an Italian Riviera-feel restaurant by Giorgio Locatelli. Close by are the fortified UNESCO World Heritage site Kotor and the rugged Adriatic coastline for day jaunts by yacht.

    Address: One&Only Portonovi, Boka Bay, Herceg – Novi 85340, Montenegro


    Telephone: +382 31 355 375


    Price: Room rates tbc


    Website: oneandonlyresorts.com

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    Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel, Arizona, USA

    Hotel opening: Winter 2020

    Sedona’s psychedelic red-rock vistas are set to get a little trippier with the opening of Ambiente. This remarkable property, developed by Sedona-based Two Sister Bosses, will be designed according to landscape architecture principles (this is a North American first) and will have forty cube-shaped rooms that seem to ‘hover’ above the ground, as if in a mirage. Clad in reflective dark-bronze glass, each will mirror the silhouettes of the craggy surroundings and blend into the scenery. ASUL Architects and Krizan Associates will focus on minimal disturbance to natural vegetation and trees during the build, and plan to resurrect the site’s ancient waterways to recreate a natural water-flow system. Minimally decorated and moodily lit rooms will have double-sided fireplaces to ramp up the cosy factor. Some will have rooftop decks for stargazing sessions, and there will be a lagoon-inspired pool and spa.

    Raffles Udaipur, India

    Hotel opening: Winter 2020

    Last year may have been all about the head-to-toe revamp of their classic Singaporean property, but Raffles are now set to make waves with an Indian debut. This being Raffles, the surroundings are suitably glamorous; the palatial-looking 101-room property will sit on a private island in the middle of Udai Sagar Lake. Although details are being kept tightly under wraps, it is known that there will be a 10,000-square-foot spa, a swimming pool, manicured gardens and – best for glorious views of the lake, hillsides and a neighbouring 400-year-old temple – a rooftop restaurant, along with a Raffles Long Bar and Writers Bar to keep regulars and cocktail aficionados happy .

    Telephone: +80017233537


    Price: Rooms from £tbc


    Website: raffles.com

    Aman New York, USA

    Hotel opening: Winter 2020

    Aman properties offer the triple threat of serene design, discreet elegance and extraordinary locations – such as paradisiacal Filipino private island Amanpulo and, in the dreamy Utah desert, Amangiri. In 2020, Aman junkies – as the brand’s loyal fans are known – are set to race to New York City’s midtown. Come wintertime, the 85-room Aman New York will open inside the storied neoclassical Crown Building, a Beaux Arts masterpiece. All rooms will have working fireplaces and many will have views of Central Park, while design is to be overseen, with his customary panache, by long-term collaborator Jean-Michel Gathy. Highlights include an Aman Members’ Club, a double-height lobby with piano bar, a three-level spa, two restaurants, a 10th-floor garden terrace and an underground nightclub. True obsessives will scramble for the first Aman residences, including one five-storey penthouse sitting inside the building’s gilded ‘crown’. Six Senses will also be arriving in the city’s Chelsea neighbourhood, occupying a building designed by sustainability maestro Bjarke Ingels.

    Address: Aman New York, The Crown Building, 730 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States


    Telephone: +1 212 201 8888


    Price: Rates from tbc


    Website: aman.com

    Explora El Chaltén, Argentine Patagonia

    Hotel opening: Winter 2020

    In travel circles, the terms ‘immersive’ and ‘off-grid’ are bandied around too often. Explora, however, are true pioneers of adventure. The Latin American experts’ first opening inside Chilean Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park in 1993 changed the game for hardcore trekkers seeking a soulful base from which to explore the area, nicknamed the ‘Holy Grail of Hiking’. Over time, a series of ‘Travesías’ – nomadic journeys led by unrivalled guides – and beautiful properties in Atacama, Easter Island and Peru followed. This year, Explora will open a 20-room lodge in Argentine Patagonia’s Los Huemules, a 6,000-hectare private nature reserve close to El Chaltén that’s home to waterfalls, glaciers and wildlife-filled rainforest. Cosy rooms will have picture windows allowing the wild vistas to take centre stage.

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