In this week’s Lux guide we’ve selected the hot hotel openings for 2016. From a Japanese hot spring resort to floating suites and a dessert oasis, these newcomers could rival some of the best in the business. Whilst many of these developments are now taking bookings, some are set to open their doors later this year.
The Nai Harn, Phuket
Few places in Thailand’s Phuket offer the scenic beauty of Nai Harn Beach. Aside from the lack of crowds, this protected bay is now home to the exclusive resort of the same name. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this contemporary development took over 18 months to complete. The sea facing suites are amongst the largest in the region whilst the hotel’s hospitality is quickly gaining recognition. Along with the beach-side butler service, guests can look forward to contemporary Thai cuisine and indulge in traditional spa therapies.
Primus Hotel, Sydney
Sydney’s former water board headquarters has been transformed into one of the city’s most impressive art deco retreats. It may have a central location but its true selling point is the lavishly decorated rooms. Spaces in the Primus Hotel showcase contemporary fittings whilst retaining the historic integrity of the building. Other jaw-dropping features include a rooftop pool and open kitchen. Watch as master chefs serve up a modern gastronomic feast.
The Faena, Miami
Bringing together a creative collective, The Faena Hotel Miami Beach pushed out all the stops for this oceanfront resort. Famed developer Alan Faena was joined by Hollywood film director Baz Luhrmann and Academy Award winning costumer design Catherine Martin for this architectural masterpiece. Another member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this property includes a 15,000 square foot spa, three critically acclaimed restaurants and a beachside bar which welcomes the most discerning of guests. The hotel is located in the Faena District which will be opening in stages over the next three years. This new area will be home to cultural attractions, residential buildings and a shopping precinct.
Mar Adentro, Cabo San Lucas
Designed by famed architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, this striking development enjoys uninterrupted views over the Baja California Sur shoreline. Suites are amongst the most innovative in the world, a collection of suspended boxes created to imitate floating islands. A haven of pure relaxation, guests can relax at the Ligne St Barth spa or soak up the Mexican sun at one of two oceanfront pools. After all the relaxation, choose from one of three restaurants or travel to nearby Cabo San Lucas for an authentic taste of Mexican nightlife.
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Guaranteed to overwhelm the senses, the Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa reflects the true beauty of Aguillas’ heavenly Shoal Bay East. A project lovingly developed by the Goldstein family of New York, each guest room features the best in luxury amenities, featuring contemporary Caribbean style. Watersports, world renowned golf and scuba diving are just a few of the exciting activities to keep you busy. Holistic therapies can also be enjoyed at the spa and small-batch rums shouldn’t be missed in the fantastic Rhum Room Bar.
Opening this February
Once home to British billionaire turned eco warrior James Goldsmith, this heavenly retreat is a feast for the senses. Each of the magnificent suites feature a palatial Moorish inspired design complete with opulent furnishings and panoramic views across the estate’s 25,000 acres. Aside from a private beach, nature lovers can explore the nearby lagoons and fruit groves. With a focus on conservation, the region has now been deemed one of Mexico’s biodiversity hotspots. Watch as biologists release newly hatched turtles into the ocean, admire the resident zebras and spot whales from the comfort of your sun lounger.
Opening this February
There’s few experiences more indulgent than staying in a hot spring resort. Nestled in the Ise Shima National Park, Amanemu is a restorative hotel where guests can reconnect with nature. Experience the Japanese tradition of onsen – bathing in nutrient rich waters for the ultimate in relaxation. Complimenting these thermal springs, guests can choose from a variety of traditional therapies or make use of a yoga studio complete with views of the surrounding countryside. After all that relaxation, a memorable dining experience awaits where fresh seafood is served alongside the renowned Matsusaka Wagyu beef.
Opening this March
The Ritz, Paris
An unprecedented restoration at the hands of famed architect Theirry W Desont sees a legendary hotel transformed into a Parisian utopia. Although the historic suites have been beautifully updated, it’s the outdoor spaces that leave a lasting impression. Terraces and manicured gardens will include retractable roofs and underfloor heating for use throughout the year. Guests can also unwind at the hotel’s signature spa with a dedicated Chanel skin care range and indoor pool. The dining options have also been extended with a third demonstration kitchen added. The renowned afternoon tea will make its return in the grandiose setting of the Salon Proust.
Opening this March
St Regis, Langkawi
Situated on the first UNESCO Geopark in Southeast Asia, the St Regis enjoys an unrivalled location on one of Malaysia’s most picturesque islands. A range of accommodation includes suites and over water villas, all providing the hotel’s famed butler service. With all needs catered for, guests can also choose from an exciting mix of activities. Take a helicopter tour, try some jungle trekking or scuba dive the crystal waters of the Andaman sea. Alternatively, relax and unwind at the hotel spa before an evening of exceptional cuisine at one of the five restaurants.
Opening this April
The Williamsburg Hotel, New York
First impressions can be deceiving, especially for The Williamsburg Hotel which sits in an industrial property on Wythe Street in Brooklyn. Don’t be fooled, the interior has undergone an astonishing restoration. Showcasing the best of modern chic, guests can admire one-of-a-kind furnishings and playful suites. If the hotel’s bar located in a retrofitted water tower doesn’t leave you speechless, views of the NYC skyline from the rooftop pool are guaranteed to impress. All rooms include floor to ceiling windows and double height ceilings.
Opening this spring
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Another elite destination to London’s growing selection of ultra-exclusive hotels, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of 2016. Set in the iconic grade II listed building, the hotel takes pride of position next to the Tower of London World Heritage Site. Celebrating the legacy of this 1920s building, original features have been restored to their former glory. The hotel is also planning to include extensive wellness facilities as well as offering guests French gourmet cuisine in a Michelin led restaurant.
Opening this summer
Le Sereno, Lake Como
In a region famed for its lavish retreats, new developments can often be outshined by the well-established and historic hotels. This doesn’t appear to be the case for this latest development to Lake Como. Le Sereno aims to offer a service much the same as their award winning St Barths resort. With the backdrop of the snow covered Alps, this intimate hotel has been designed by Patricia Urquiolo, one of the leading designers of the time. From the private terraces to the gardens and 60 foot infinity pool, there’s few spaces which do not offer a panoramic view of the scenic Lake Como.
Opening this June
The Oberoi, Al Zorah
It may only be 30 minutes’ drive from the bustling metropolis of Dubai but The Oberoi seems like a world away. This eco destination appears like a mirage in the dessert complete with crystal lagoons, white sand beaches and lush green mangroves. This sustainable project sees spacious villas and suites harmonising with the natural environment. A jaw dropping wellness centre is the showpiece, a space inspired by the architecture of an ancient Madina. Other nearby attractions include a championship golf course, kayaking and dune bashing.
Opening this autumn
The Fontenay, Hamburg
With an unrivalled position in Germany’s largest waterfront city, The Fontenay offers the best in lakeside luxury. Hamburg born architect Jan Stormer took the reins, creating a breathtaking masterpiece with almost each of the 131 suites enjoying a view overlooking the Aster. Aside from the contemporary rooms, guests can look forward to some of the finest cuisine in the city. The Garden Restaurant is set to showcase the best produce of the region whilst the elegant Atrium lounge provides the perfect setting for an evening cocktail.
Opening this autumn