In recent years luxury hotel design has been taken to a completely new level with a host of hotels around the globe now boasting more opulent design, indulgent amenities and unparalleled locations than ever before. Each year another flock of hotels are added to the finest luxury hotels list and design lovers everywhere wait to see a glimpse of the latest decor and dream of a future stay in one of the decadent venues. The LuxPad has selected the most exciting luxury hotel openings in 2017 to help you with your holiday dreaming and planning…
Opened in June 2017, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is the brand’s first new build on the US West Coast. On the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, it is a 12 storey, 170-room hotel which sits on nine acres of land. Boasting contemporary Art Deco design, the hotel’s key features are a triple height lobby, hand-painted Californian landscape motifs and custom-made chandeliers. Along with exceptionally designed standard rooms, there are also spacious villa suites each with their own private manicured garden terraces and the rooftop pool deck is the largest of its kind with VIP cabanas, lounge areas and sparkling pool for guests to enjoy.
Positioned on a nearly untouched Caribbean island within the Christopher Habour Development on Banana Bay is one of the Hyatt brand’s newest and most luxurious hotels. Nestled in a secluded area of the island, it offers golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Overlooking The Narrows, a strait separating St Kitts from the volcanic island of Nevis, guests at the Park Hyatt can enjoy the highest levels of luxury with rooms and suites combining classic colonial style with contemporary architecture. Set to open later this year, many of the suites will also offer individual rooftop pools to enjoy the spectacular views from.
A majestic, palatial hotel set against a backdrop of lush Brazilian jungle, Palácio Tangará emits luxury from every corner. With 141 guest rooms including 59 suites, every view overlooks the Burle Marx Park which is home to a variety of rare tropical birds, butterflies and flora. Exquisitely designed with contemporary glamour, the hotel is driven by its dining experiences led by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and there is a signature restaurant, chef’s table, bar and wine cellar to explore during any stay.
Coined as the city’s most elite place to stay, Hôtel de Crillon first opened its doors in 1909 and it stands pride of place looking over the Place de la Concorde. Famed throughout France as the location of one of the most well-respected debutante balls in the world, the hotel closed in 2013 for a four year and £155 million renovation by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. Reopening in July, the hotel has undergone a transformation bringing it up to date whilst maintaining its rich heritage as one of the most illustrious establishments in Paris. Reducing the number of rooms from 147 to 124, the hotel now consists of 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites, two of which are called ‘Les Grand Appartements’ designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Part of Soho House & Co’s ever-extending list of luxury hotels, The Ned is one of London’s hottest hotel openings of the year. Located in the grand former Midland Bank Building, The Ned gets its name from Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens who originally designed the grand structure in 1924. Effortlessly cool, The Ned offers a host of amenities including a rooftop pool, nine restaurants, spa and private members club all under the impressive 1920s and 1930s inspired decor. Hotly tipped, the hotel’s food offerings are set to become legendary with eight different restaurants to be found in the 3,000sqm banking hall, each with its own distinct space.
1 Brooklyn Bridge is a new waterfront retreat with some of the best views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials, the hotel brings nature home to Brooklyn making it a fabulous retreat from the bustling city across the river. The 1 Rooftop allows you to experience the spectacular views at their best and in the evenings you can watch the skyline ahead light up. Also on the rooftop is a pool and bar from which to sample handcrafted cocktails and downstairs there is a spa, screening room and the Field House fitness center. A feature that is becoming increasingly popular which is also on offer at 1 Brooklyn Bridge is pet friendly rooms and the hotel strives to make your animals welcome with beds, bowl and regular ‘yappy hour’ events all available.
Belize is an often overlooked part of central America but offers lush tropical landscapes to rival the finest Caribbean and Mexican destinations, and is the only English speaking country in Latin America and is void of any corporate brands. One of the most distinguished luxury hotel openings of 2017 in Belize is Itz’ana Resort & Residences. The Great House in which the hotel is located is an ode to the great Caribbean estates of another era and is home to fresh seafood restaurant Limilia, the private Rum Room and the Hemingway inspired library. Behind the Great House are the luxury residences, which are exquisitely designed waterfront villas for those looking at home ownership in this beautiful country.
Located in the city’s first true skyscraper, Rosewood Phnom Penh spans the top 14 floors of the Vattanac Capital Tower One in the central business district adjoining the Cambodian capital’s most desirable retail hub. Rosewood Phnom Penh encompasses the brand’s A Sense of Place practice which incorporates a living canvas of local culture, nature and unparalleled personal service within the hotel. It has been designed as a high-end curated mansion blending modernity and tradition to honor Cambodian culture in a subtle and tasteful way. With 175 elegant rooms, it is the perfect way to experience this vibrant and historic city.
Another of the UK’s top luxury hotel openings of the year is Ten Trinity Square, London’s second Four Seasons Hotel. The iconic property just steps from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, played an important part in London’s history and was once home to the headquarters of the Port of London Authority and has even hosted the United Nations. Carefully restored by Four Seasons to celebrate this history while infusing the new hotel with the brand’s elegance, the result is a sumptuous space oozing old-world glamour. The signature element of the hotel is the grand Art Deco domed ceiling under which sits the hotel’s impressive bar, serving nautical inspired cocktails like the Forget-Me-Not named after the flowers worn by sailor’s wives whilst they were out at sea.
10. Il Sereno Lago di Como, Italy
The first new hotel to open on Lake Como in decades, Il Sereno Lago di Como has been designed by famed Milan-based designer and architect Partricia Urquiola. A must-visit hotel for design enthusiasts the world over, the all-suite establishment ensures all guests have their own furnished terraces and unrivaled views of the renowned lake. A Sereno hotel, it fits the brand’s philosophy of intimate, design driven hotels, making it an excellent choice for holiday makers looking for a luxury hotel with a difference. The top designer chose to use natural materials wherever possible in the hotel including stone, wood and other fabrics to create a look abundant in personality whilst remaining timeless.
In pride of place in Sydney’s sought after Darling Harbour area, the newest Sofitel is perfectly poised to explore all of the attractions the city has to offer. One of the top luxury hotel openings for the country, it blends French style aesthetics with contemporary design and breathtaking views of the Sydney skyline. Guests at the Sofitel can savor contemporary cuisine or relax in the infinity pool overlooking the harbour. Drawing inspiration from local tradition as well as the aforementioned French influence, there are 590 sophisticated rooms along with 35 suites and the hotel’s main restaurant, Atelier, will be the place to go at the harbour for l‘experience gastronomique.
One of the most unusual luxury hotel openings of the year is Amanyangyun in Shanghai. Frequently named of one the leading luxury hotel providers in the world, Aman’s newest opening is hotly anticipated and will launch in autumn 2017. Wonderfully secluded, the hotel complex will be formed from Ming and Qing dynasty dwellings which have been saved from demolition and rebuilt brick but ancient brick. The interiors will be given a contemporary update finished with wood, stone and bamboo. Set in an ancient camphor forest, the resort will give the impression of transportation to a historic time with all the luxury amenities now expected at the top hotels in the world. Meaning ‘nourished cloud’, yangyun is a reference to expanding the ‘cloud’ of the mind with knowledge and comes from the story of the ancient trees which surround the complex.
Main image: Palácio Tangará São Paulo – Image courtesy of Oetker Collection