The most anticipated hotel openings for 2018

Get ready to check in somewhere new. The Luxury Travel team has short listed their most anticipated hotel openings around the world in 2018.

W Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia | Opening March 2018

The 312-room high rise will be the W brand’s first opening in Australia, as well as the first five-star hotel to open in the Brisbane CBD for 20 years. The contemporary complex will sit along the Brisbane River foreshore and will offer three bars and restaurants, a gym, spa and event facilities.


Itz’ana Resort & Residences

Placencia, Belize | Completion 2018

Named after the Mayan god of day and night, this Caribbean beach resort in the sleepy coastal town of Placencia combines contemporary interior design, lush jungles and pristine white sands. At the heart of the resort is the Ernest Hemingway-inspired Great House, home to The Rum Room, where guests can find one of the largest rum collections in Belize. While some suites will open in December 2017, an additional 32 resort suites – including two luxurious penthouses – are due to be completed in 2018.


Hotel St. George

Helsinki, Finland | Opening early 2018

Constructed in the 1840s, this iconic building at Yrjonkatu 13 has been home to the Finnish Literature Society, the Helsinki Finnish Club and the printing house for the first Finnish newspaper. Now a luxury hotel, the building will have 148 luxurious rooms and suites – including sky attic studios with views over the rooftops of Helsinki – and a street-facing gallery. In its opening months, the gallery will feature a large-scale dragon sculpture of bamboo and white silk by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.


Shinta Mani Wild Private Nature Sanctuary

Cardamom National Park, Cambodia | Opening mid-2018

Nestled between the oldest national parks in Cambodia – Bokor, Cardamom and Kiriom – this project from renowned resort designer and owner Bill Bensley is also one of his most ambitious conservation initiatives. Perched over one and a half kilometres of river rapids and waterfalls, each custom-designed luxury safari tent will provide the best views of the surrounding jungle and wildlife. The Shinta Mani Foundation will also aid in protecting the 400-acre valley from poaching, mining and logging; working in partnership with organisations including the Wildlife Alliance, Flora & Fauna International and the Cambodian government.


Viceroy Istanbul

Princes’ Islands, Turkey | Opening 2018

A centuries-old Ottoman mansion at the edge of the Sea of Marmara, Princes’ Islands was once known as an escape for exiled Byzantine-era emperors and empresses. Now to be an opulent resort, guests can arrive by private yacht or horse and carriage (the island is car-less), and look across the sea from one of 77 lavish guest rooms to the iconic spires of Istanbul.


Ocean House

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada | Opening May 2018

This remote 12-room floating lodge lies off the west coast of Haida Gwaii – an archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, often referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the North’. Cultural ambassadors from the local Haida tribes will host immersive experiences and showcase the rugged natural environment, home to whales, eagles and black bears.


The Tasman

Hobart, Australia | Opening late 2018

Marriott International’s first Tasmanian venture and a future Luxury Collection Hotel, The Tasman will occupy an assortment of repurposed heritage buildings in Hobart’s Parliament Square. The 128-room hotel will feature carefully restored architecture and Georgian and art deco design influences, along with a whisky bar to honour the island state’s booming whisky industry.

Nobu Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain | Opening late 2018

Hollywood star Robert De Niro, film producer Meir Teper and chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s global luxury lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality is adding a new property in Barcelona with a multi-million euro refurbishment of the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya. A signature Nobu restaurant, with 360-degree rooftop views of the city, will sit atop 250 luxurious rooms and suites, designed by architect David Rockwell.


Anantara Tozeur Resort

Tozeur, Tunisia | Opening mid 2018

Anantara is opening a new resort in the Saharan oasis city of Tozeur. Each of the 93 lavish guest rooms, villas and pool villas will be decorated in an exotic, Middle Eastern style, and sit alongside several swimming pools, a souk and Tunisian village.


LUX* North Male Atoll

Olhahali, Maldives | Opening 2018

The latest property from the LUX* brand, just a short transfer from Male, has replaced the traditional thatched villa with an ultra modern, residence- style penthouse. Each of the 67 overwater or beachfront residences has a minimum living area of 350 square metres, and a 120-square metre private terrace.


Raffles Europejski

Warsaw, Poland | Opening early 2018

First established as a hotel in 1857, this magnificent building in the Polish capital used to be famous for its exuberant New Year’s Eve balls, artist studios and patisserie, which was often busy with writers and poets. Now under the legendary Raffles brand, the hotel has been completely refurbished and restored, and its 106 rooms and suites will be the largest in the city. The Raffles Suite measures an impressive 293 square metres.


One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

Rwanda, Africa | Opening 2018

One&Only’s new luxury African resort is to be placed under their new Nature Resorts umbrella, alongside the recently opened Nyungwe House and Australia’s Wolgan Valley. Set in the remote foothills of the Virunga Mountains, the resort will offer daytime treks to observe the wild mountain gorillas living in the region. Less than 1,000 are estimated to still be living in the wild, and one third of these are thought to be in Rwanda.


Chapter & Verse Wuzhen

Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China | Opening 2018

New hotel brand Chapter & Verse is opening its first property in Wuzhen, a 6,000 year old ancient village in Southern China. The art-focused boutique hotel, designed by New York based architects New Practice LLC, overlooks the water and offers 30 guest rooms and two villas; one of which is to be used as an atelier.


Vintry & Mercer

London, United Kingdom | Opening 2018

This independent 92-room hotel in London’s historic trading centre is inspired by two of the city’s ancient trading guilds: Vintry (wine) and Mercer (fine silks and fabrics). From the team behind The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, the contemporary hotel offers five room categories and a rooftop terrace with views over the city and Southbank. The property is expected to join Small Luxury Hotels of the World upon completion.


Opus XVI

Bergen, Norway | Opening April 2018

This historic building in the heart of Bergen was originally a bank, built in 1876. Now owned and run by descendants of Edvard Greig, a famous Norwegian composer, the hotel will offer 65 individually decorated rooms and suites. The main star, however, is the ground floor and facade: a large, open grand room with Ionic columns in polished marble.


Mandarin Oriental Qianmen

Beijing, China | Opening 2018

Designed to give guests an authentic Beijing experience, this Mandarin Oriental outpost is dispersed throughout the lanes and alleyways of the ancient Qianmen East Hutong Quarter, which dates back to the 13th century. Close to Tiananmen Square, the hotel’s landscaped courtyard suites will blend in amongst the traditional privately owned residences, retail outlets, restaurants and bars.


Six Senses Fiji

Malolo Island, Fiji | Opening March 2018

Set within the Vunabaka development, the new Six Senses Fiji will be one of nine Six Senses properties opening in 2018. The 26 bure, 60 residential villa resort will be 100 percent solar powered and the first micro grid in the world to use Tesla batteries.


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