The Top 5 Hotel Openings To Look Out For This Year



Each year, new hotels crop up all over the world, whether it’s a holiday resort on a secluded island or in a metropolitan area. If you’re planning your next getaway or business trip, here’s the top 5 hotel openings to watch out for this year.

Four Seasons Astir Palace

Location: Vouliagmeni, Athens

Opening in: March 2019

The Four Seasons Astir Palace

Think stunning vistas, large pools, private beaches, and acres of landscaped gardens. Do you need more for a perfect retreat? Astir Palace, once a destination favored by Athenian and international elites, is set to open by March 2019. Located on the shore of the Athens Riviera, it overlooks the Vouliagmeni Peninsula and Astir Beach; an area that’s known for its stunning beach and panoramic views.

The rooms are modern, bright and spacious with balconies to enjoy the views of the sea especially at sunset.

When you think retreat, spa therapies come to mind and at the hotel’s spa, you can expect royal pampering. The treatments will be derived from the ancient teachings of the Hippocrates.

What about the food? There’s a huge choice with eight brand new restaurants and lounge bars which will feature local dishes and a restaurant by Nobu, the King of Japanese cuisine.

Where to check-in meanwhile?

Athens is an exceptional location with a rich history and stunning views of the Riviera. If you’re planning to visit before the opening of Astir Palace, you can stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne and enjoy both the beach and the city.

Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Hotel Grande Bretagne

When you have such a mesmerizing view of the Acropolis, an ancient citadel that exists since ancient Greece, the sea may be the last thing that comes to mind but if it does, a short drive from the hotel takes you to Astir Beach. Staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne has its perks too – you’re in the heart of Athens and the main attractions like the National Park and the parliament are within walking distance.

This hotel has a golden age feel to it. Stunning artworks grace the lobby, along with period-style furnishings and elegant drapes and when you step into your room, you’ll find a similar style. It’s the kind of setting that history aficionados enjoy.

After spending the whole day exploring Athens, you may feel tired and wish to unwind when you return to the hotel. A stop at the GB Spa may be a good idea to relax and discover ancient holistic rituals and practices.

If you have been busy all day, you’re probably craving for a hearty dinner. Athens is known for its healthy yet indulging cuisine and the GB Roof Garden Restaurant stays true to the norm. Guests love the White Grouper Fillet, its signature dish. Enjoy that on the terrace which overlooks the Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium (the first stadium to ever hold the Olympic Games).

Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street

Opening in: Early 2019

Location: One Dalton Street, Boston

Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street

Set in the tallest building in Boston, the views are some of the most compelling features of the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street. A prestigious address in Boston’s Back Bay area – one of the most expensive residential areas in the city. It’s also close to the city’s cultural attractions and shopping areas.

The 7th floor will be dedicated to relaxation and will feature a 64 foot curved swimming pool to unwind. There will also be a series of lounge chairs to chill. Floor to ceiling windows will offer great views of the cityspace.

Sophistication isn’t just about the decor but it also translate in the dining choices. The hotel welcomes Zuma which is globally known for its Japanese Izakaya cuisine. If you haven’t had the chance to dine at any Zuma restaurant before, this may be the right time.

Where to check-in meanwhile?

Until the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street opens, if you’re visiting Boston anytime soon, you can still stay in Back Bay area by opting for the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Close the the city’s main attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Boston enjoys a prime address for both history and shopping aficionados. This hotel sports modern chic furnishings with subtle Asian decorative touches; a refreshing take. The rooms are cozy and inviting; just what you need for a good night’s sleep.

When you’re back to your hotel, you can also unwind at the fitness centre which has the latest equipment or join a yoga class at the Movement Studio.

If you enjoy French gastronomy, you may want to visit Bar Boulud which explores French cuisine. Try their delicious Loup de Mer, a perfect combination of Parisian and American flavors.

Rosewood Hong Kong

Opening in: March 2019

Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong

In Kowloon which is full of skyscrapers, new buildings often go unnoticed but the sight of the Rosewood Hong Kong is one that can’t be missed. Its architecture is stunning but that’s not the only reason to look forward to the opening of this brand new hotel.

This establishment is already the talk of the town thanks to its green spaces and outdoor areas; something unusual in Hong Kong. In fact, it’s going to house the very first urban outpost by Asaya Wellness Centre which is bringing in many wellness programmes, treatments and a unique gastronomic concept.

If you’re wondering about the rooms, word has it that they’re going to be among Hong Kong’s most spacious ones with panoramic views of Kowloon and the sea. Airy and sporting bright colors, these rooms will feature the best amenities that once can expect from a Rosewood hotel.

Where to check-in meanwhile?

The Rosewood Hong Kong is set to open in March 2019 but meanwhile, if you’re heading to Hong Kong, The Peninsula hotel is a great place to opt for.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

It’s all glitz and glam at the Peninsula Hong Kong. This “Grand Dame of the Far East” established since 1928 is known for its stylish elegance and its fleet of luxury cars that include a 1934 Rolls-Royce and its helicopters. From the moment you arrive at the hotel, you’re treated like a movie star and it feels like the red carpet is just about to be rolled out to welcome you.

The rooms are modern with distinctive oriental touches which serve as a gentle reminder that you’re in Hong Kong and you can enjoy some of the best views of Victoria Harbour and the stunning cityscape.

If you’re looking for activities to do at the hotel, there’s a great choice. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool to unwind or you can also visit the Peninsula spa and try one of the treatments. The therapists are knowledgeable and friendly and if you’re not sure which treatment to opt for, they’re always keen to help you choose. If you prefer something more active, you can also try the Fitness Centre that’s always open and is equipped with the latest machines.

Rosewood Yangon

Opening in: Spring 2019

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Rosewood Yangon

It’s Rosewood’s first hotel in Myanmar and it’s set in a stunning heritage building from the late 1920s which has been restored to its original state. Yangon is known for its tranquil atmosphere, its rich Burmese culture that fascinates visitors and its amazing landmarks and views. It sounds like a great R&R destination.

At the Rosewood Yangon, tradition and modernity blend together for the comfort of guests. The hotel’s 205 rooms have either a balcony or a patio that overlooks the Yangon River or the courtyards.

The hotel will feature five dining venues that will offer an array of cuisines from local Burmese to Asian and international gastronomy. Whether you want to discover new flavors or prefer to play it safe with cuisine that’s familiar to home, you can be sure that you’ll find it here.

The spa is something to look forward to and at the Rosewood Yangon’s spa, treatments will be derived from authentic Burmese traditions and the therapists will be using fresh ingredients and their local savoir-faire to offer soothing experiences

Where to check-in meanwhile?

Yangon is a stunning place that’s worth a visit and you won’t have to wait for the Rosewood to open if you want to visit. The Belmond Governor’s Residence is a good choice meanswhile.

Belmond Governor’s Residence

Belmond Governor's Residence

Set in a 1920s colonial-style mansion, the Belmond Governor’s Residence is one of the best hotels in Yangon till today. Once a guesthouse which welcomed important guests, this establishment, surrounded by a rich vegetation, feels like a perfect getaway from modern cities.
This is the place to learn more about authentic Burmese traditions.

The rooms are styled in period-style furniture that reminds you of the colonial era and sport verandas with exceptional views over the hotel’s gardens.

For a moment of relaxation there’s an inviting pool to chill and enjoy the sun but you may also want to check out the spa that’s popular for its signature Ku Nye Tibetan massage that takes away all the tension from your muscles.

For dinner, the Mandalay Restaurant offers excellent local Burmese cuisine and everyone raves about its delicious Grilled Sea Prawns served with an exotic pineapple purée. If you love seafood, this dish is a must-try.

Baglioni Resort, Maldives

Opening: June 2019

Location: Maagau Island, Maldives

Imagine pristine beaches, the azure sea and the warm sun. It’s the kind of well-deserved break to crave for and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Baglioni Resort, Maldives which opens in June.

Set on Maagau Island which is only accessible by seaplane from Malé, this tropical resort is the perfect retreat for those with a penchant for marine life. Most of the villas, decorated in signature Baglioni style are over water and offer picture perfect views of the sea; especially at sunset.

At the Baglioni Resort, you won’t have time to be bored. The diving centre will offer everything from sailing and fishing to snorkeling activities whether you’re experienced or a novice. It’s the perfect way to discover unique marine species in their natural habitat.

The hotel will feature 3 restaurants that will offer Italian, local and international cuisines. You will have a wide variety of choices at the resort.

Where to check-in meanwhile?

If a holiday in the Maldives is on your travel checklist this year, a stay at the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is another fantastic option until the Baglioni Resort is ready to welcome you.

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Six Senses Laamu

The only hotel in Laamu, the Six Senses Laamu is the definition of tropical lifestyle. The views of the ocean are stunning whether you choose to stay in one of the beach villas or an over water villa.

If lazing by the pool deck or on the sand gets boring, there’s a lot to do at this resort. You’ll get a chance to watch the dolphins swimming along the shores and there’s also a range of activities that include snorkeling, water skiing and surfing.

A stay at the Six Senses Laamu is incomplete if you don’t try the spa. Try the Aromatherapy Ayurveda-Abhyang Fusion treatment which combines different holistic approaches that help to soothe the body.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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