This one is a bit of a splurge but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. In addition to being located in one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world, the newly-opened, all-villa Fairmont Maldives boasts Instagram-worthy views of the Indian Ocean, over-the-water dining,a full-service spa, a 650-foot long swimming pool and white sand beach. Take advantage of this island paradise by enjoying activities such as cruising with dolphins, visiting a traditional Maldivian community, snorkeling with sea life, or learning to cook local cuisine.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London
Belmond has done it again with the winter reopening of the Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood. The hotel, where Oscar Wilde once roamed the halls, combines a mix of elegance with modern flair while acknowledging the hotel’s rich past. Grab a book from the in-room library and find a spot in the expansive on-property gardens for a relaxing escape from the city. End the day with a fine dining experience featuring traditional British fare with an edge.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
With views of both the Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is a chic beachfront resort slated to open winter 2019. The resort offers six on-property dining options featuring Portuguese and Japanese cuisines, afternoon tea, pastries, cocktails and more. Club rooms and suites get access to the Club Lounge, which provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails in a private setting. Located near many popular Dubai attractions—including downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall, shopping in La Mer and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—the resort is ideal for sightseers.
Rosewood Hong Kong
Set to open in March, the Rosewood Hong Kong is gearing up to be a destination for travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. Located in Victoria Harbour, the views of the Kowloon waterfront are unparalleled. Book a suite for personal butler service and Manor Club access, enjoy a day of relaxation and wellness at Asaya, or stroll the Victoria Dockside arts and design district.
The Hoxton Chicago is located in the West Loop, a once-booming industrial area that has since been transformed into a mecca for chic condos and some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants—The Girl & the Goat, Au Cheval and Blackbird, among them. With room sizes ranging from snug to roomy, a spacious yet inviting lobby, a rooftop pool and lounge, and a swanky basement bar, the Hoxton is the perfect place for work or pleasure. And you won’t have to wait long… it’s set to open in April. Until then, if you’re heading to London, check out the original Hoxton Shoreditch. Or, in LA, the new Hoxton DTLA.
TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, NY
TWA is back… well, sort of. This spring, the 1962 Trans World Airlines Flight Center will reopen as the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in New York. Step back to the stylish ’60s with mid-century-inspired furnishings and staff uniforms, while being treated to modern amenities such as an in-room wet bar, dining at the Paris Cafe and lounging at the 10,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck. It wouldn’t be complete without the ultra cool cocktail lounge, which is set inside an actual airplane. Also, opening in New York is the Sister City hotel. A new concept by Ace Hotels—think understated cool.
Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, Croatia
The five-star Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik has undergone a major renovation and will reopen in spring 2019. Built into a 100-foot cliff on Miramare Bay, guest rooms feature balconies that provide spectacular views of the water and Dalmatian Coast. The hotel’s decor is simple and modern with clean lines and neutral colors that don’t distract from the epic coastal scenery. Guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor freshwater pool, dine on seafood while looking out over the Adriatic Sea, or wander around the sixth-century medieval city of Dubrovnik.
West Hollywood EDITION, LA
This fall, visitors to Los Angeles can finally unwind in an Ian Schrager hotel—the brand new West Hollywood EDITION. Located on buzzing Sunset Boulevard, where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills, guests who want to splurge can enjoy the 4,000 square-foot Penthouse suite. Hotel amenities include a basement club, rooftop pool overlooking the city, lobby lounge, luxurious spa, and in-house dining options.
Four Seasons Napa
If you’re looking for a summer escape, head to California wine country to experience the opening of Four Seasons Napa Valley. Be prepared to sip amazing wines and indulge in gourmet dishes. The resort is located on an actual vineyard, which means you don’t have to go far to fill your glass. Grab a picnic lunch from the General Store and meander through the vines to find the perfect spot of a romantic lunch, relax with an enriching mud bath at the spa, or take a wine making class. The ultimate goal…relaxation and celebration!
This summer, sit back and enjoy a Singapore Sling at the very hotel where the cocktail was invented, Raffles Singapore. Opened in 1887, the hotel is currently undergoing a major overhaul that promises the colonial getaway will preserve its heritage while giving it a fresh look. When the hotel reopens mid-year, it will feature beautiful floor-to-ceiling Victorian pillars, and once again become the “go to” spot for travelers looking for adventure and luxury. Celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner have enjoyed the flagship beach side retreat overlooking the China Sea and you will, too.
Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan
When it opens in late 2019, the Ace Hotel Kyoto will blend Japan’s rich imperial past with creative and innovative design by breathing new life into the historic mid-1920s Kyoto Central Telephone Office. The spot is sure to become a hub for globetrotters and residents to engage with the native culture, thanks to collaborations with local artisans and craftsman. Enjoy strolling the gardens, the soft, natural light throughout, a central courtyard, environmentally-conscious design and and many opportunities for social interaction.
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