10 New Hotels Worth Travelling To This Year
Sate (or stoke) your wanderlust with our guide to 2018's most exciting new hotel openings.
Image: Courtesy of Six Senses Fort Barwara
1. Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan
Six Senses’ first foray into India is in the stunningly diverse region of Rajasthan. Built in the 14th century, the fort was once owned by Rajasthan’s royalty and its new incarnation as a luxe hotel is a result of careful restoration. Expect old-world elegance and modern-day relaxation, including an extensive menu of Ayurveda, meditation and wellness programmes in the spa. The hotel will showcase the fort’s historical character via traditional gardens and water features; the rich culture of the area will also be depicted through Shekhavati art.
Tatler Tip: Make a trip to the nearby Ranthambhore National Park for tiger-spotting (maximise your chances of a sighting by leaving bright and early). If you're more of an urbanite, Six Senses will also open its first city hotel in Singapore this year.
2. COMO Uma Canggu, Bali
Sleek and contemporary, Como Uma Canggu is the brand's third resort in Bali, this time located in Echo Beach, on the island's south coast. The secluded resort has 53 rooms and suites, 66 private apartments, and 12 penthouses with private pools; accommodation comes with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for stunning views of Bali’s natural beauty. Relaxation aside, find expert training from luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf, and the much-awaited Como Beach Club—a thoroughly modern take on a sophisticated surf shack.
Tatler Tip: Wellness is a must at any Como property, so don’t miss the spa's Balinese spice body mask, which uses traditional medicine to relieve tired muscles and fill your body with deep warmth. It comes with an Indonesian massage post-treatment.
3. The Times Square Edition, New York
Take a new look at the Big Apple with this development by boutique hotel brand Edition. Located on the corner of 47th street, it’s geared towards both business and leisure travelers, boasting a state-of-the-art fitness centre, 1,900 square foot meeting studio, and a number of dining options. Edition is opening a record number of hotels this year, in locations including Shanghai, Barcelona, Bangkok, Bodrum, Abu Dhabi and West Hollywood.
Tatler Tip: Although the hotel has many views onto Times Square, we recommend surveying the famous landmark from the hotel’s 5,800 square foot beer garden. What better excuse for a nightcap or two?
4. Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Get back to nature with Shinta Mani Wild, which straddles Bokor and Kirirom National Parks. Sixteen luxury tents are spaced out along one and a half kilometres of riverbank, and each tent is perched over rivers and waterfalls, giving each camp unique views and a sense of harmony with nature. Designers were inspired by Jackie O’s jungle expeditions, and guests can indulge their adventurous side with a range of activities on offer, including boat trips and animal-watching expeditions with researchers.
Tatler Tip: Whether you’ve spent your day exploring the jungle or relaxing by the river, make sure you take a trip to the Boulders Spa for a Khmer massage—one of the most relaxing massage styles in the world.
5. The Chedi Lustica Bay, Montenegro
Located in the small but culturally rich country of Montenegro, The Chedi looks over the Adriatic’s azure seas. A mix of Balkan beauty and laid-back Mediterranean elegance, Montenegro is the European break destination of many discerning travelers. Furnished in a minimalist style with sophisticated local twists, the Chedi will be a perfect base for exploring this beautiful country—or simply lounging by the outdoor pool.
Tatler Tip: During summer months, play a few rounds of golf at Lustica Bay’s driving course; overlooking the bay, it affords breathtaking views.
6. Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing
Unwind in a welcome oasis of calm in the heart of Bejing. Close to Tiananmen Square, Mandarin Oriental beats the mega-city’s bustle with an intriguing design based on traditional Beijing lifestyle. Antique courtyard houses are connected by narrow alleyways, and dining options include a traditional tea lounge, roof terrace and cake shop. There’s also a well-equipped spa to help guests to unwind even further.
Tatler Tip: While you’re in Beijing, why not pop over to Mandarin Oriental hotel’s other soon-to-open property in Shanghai?
7. Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
A former historic royal settlement of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 22 luxury tents and villas hidden in lush green jungle, and a flowing waterfall leads on to a river that meanders through the site. The décor takes its cue from the best of French colonial design and traditional Lao culture; the tented villas exude an exotic, ‘explorer’ vibe, whilst the interiors are inspired by ancient temples. French-Lao fusion continues in the hotel’s dining options, where French and Laotian cuisine are both available.
Tatler Tip: Bag one of the five 100 sqm luxury tents, which feature wrap-around decks and a private dining area.
8. Fasano Miami Beach, Miami
The first US development by Brazil’s leading hotelier, Fasano Miami Beach will be a destination in its own right. The three-acre oceanfront complex will include the hotel, residences, bars and fine dining restaurants, all executed in Fasano’s signature classic-meets-contemporary style. The centerpiece of the development is a lagoon-style pool, which at over 9,500 square feet in area and 250 feet in length will be the largest oceanfront swimming pool in South Beach. Expect the best of Miami lifestyle in an exclusive, secluded location.
Tatler Tip: Fasano is a mere one minute walk away from the Bass Museum of Art, while internationally-renowned art fair Art Basel Miami (held annually on the second week of December) is held just two blocks from the hotel.
9. Morpheus, Macau
Part of the City of Dreams complex in entertainment hub Macau, the hotel’s unique, sculptural shape was designed by late architect Dame Zaha Hadid (the first female recipient of both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the RIBA Gold Medal), and is the world’s first high-rise building to be supported by a free-form steel exoskeleton. An infinity pool on level 40 affords breathtaking views of the city below. Other exclusive amenities include VIP gaming and fine dining options offering a range of international cuisines.
Tatler Tip: Relax in your own private pool in one of three top-level private villas.
10. Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Mexico
A rare resort experience—only the fourth of its kind in the world—Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is located on the coast of San José del Cabo, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Set between sea and desert, the name ‘Zadún’ is inspired by the natural landscape and its sloping dunes, and has been designed so that the resort’s suites and villas rise harmoniously from the desert vista. The oceanfront resort also features not one, but two championship golf courses.
Tatler Tip: Take time to explore the desert botanical park, which showcases the area’s unique flora and attracts local wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies.