Best hotel openings around the world

Zemi Beach House Resort and Spa

Zemi Beach House Resort and Spa, a new boutique resort in Anguilla situated on the coast of Shoal Bay East, connects its guests with the ancient relaxation and healing traditions of the Taíno people, indigenous to the Caribbean. Within an authentic Zemi Thai House, dating back 300 years, there are a number of private spa suites that feature signature Taíno treatments and a vitality pool set to body temperature. Zemi Beach House has nine two- and three-bedroom suites and 54 guest rooms, all laden with calming neutral spreads and light woods to reflect a contemporary, Caribbean style. There are two dining venues including Stone, serving Asian-influenced cuisine, and 20 Knots, with an international menu inspired by the resort’s Caribbean surroundings.
Rates start at $486 (about A$643) per night for the Superior Ocean View King Room.



Asilia’s Highlands Camp

On the edge of a mountain forest, shadowed in the peak of the Olmoti volcano, is Asilia’s Highlands Camp, a newly-opened contemporary escape that offers a wilderness experience combined with the high-style and comfort of a luxury lodge. The Highlands Camp consists of eight dome-shaped canvas-covered tents called yurts that are surrounded by Ngorongoro conservation land, which is filled with exotic wildlife including leopards, buffalo, and elephants. Within walking distance of the camps are Maasai villages offering a first-hand cultural experience.

Rates start at $350 (about A$461) per night.

St. Regis Langkawi

St. Regis Langkawi has joined the portfolio of the 30 St. Regis Hotels around the word. It features 85 suites and four water villas ensconced by the Andaman Sea and with views over the Straits of Malacca. On the southern tip of Langkawi, the first UNESCO Golan Geopark in Southeast Asia, the St Regis is set against the island’s tropical rainforests and is positioned on its largest swimmable lagoon. It offers its guests the perfect departure point to explore the area’s natural and cultural life.

Each suite includes St. Regis Butler Service, a hallmark of the St. Regis experience, which provides its guests with customised service at all hours of the day. The property also houses five different gourmet dining venues and lounges with dishes to satisfy a range of palates.  

Rates start at $828 (about A$1,090) per night for a St. Regis suite.

The Branson Estate on Moskito Island

Richard Branson has a new addition to his portfolio of luxury properties worldwide: The Branson Estate. The luxury estate is on the 125-acre Moskito Island, only two miles away from Branson’s famous Necker Island. The estate, featuring three villas with a total of 11 bedrooms, is typically rented to an exclusive booking of up to 22 people, which includes full staff, all meals and drinks, a DJ one night of the stay and a return transfer from the British Virgin Islands. It also includes access to the recreation area on the eastern side of the island that has an infinity pool and bar, a tennis pavilion, dining pavilions and a watersports centre.

Rates start at $47,300 (about A$62,296) per night for 22 people.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Newly restored from 25 Golden Age canal houses that date back 400 years is the Pulitzer Amsterdam, which combines historical heritage and contemporary style, from traditional to modern Dutch craftsmanship. Situated in Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canal district, within the 225-room hotel are four extravagantly themed suites with private entrances. These themes include The Antique Collector’s Suite, which is filled with antique furniture and objects including a crystal bead chandelier; The Book Collector’s Suite is abound with shelves of adventure tales and features a vintage oak writer’s desk overlooking the canal; The Music Collector’s Suite featuring a wall of trumpets and a vintage record player; and The Art Collector’s Suite, decorated in Pulitzer Amsterdam’s extravagant art selection.

Pulitzer Amsterdam is in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic city centre with easy access to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Anne Frank House.

Rates start at €613.29 (about A$918) per night for the Cosy Suite.

Meghauli Serai

Within Chitwan National Park, on the edge of the Rapti river is Meghauli Serai, a new Taj Safari Lodge in Nepal and the first outside of India. The lodge is situated in the heart of the jungle, one of the last surviving examples of the natural ecosystem of the Terai region, and places its guests in the midst of a lush landscape, home to 550 native and approximately 68 species of mammals.

Meghauli Serai has 13 rooms; 16 independent villas, each with a private plunge pool; and the Rapti Mahal Presidential Suite, with a private viewing deck of the Rapti River. There is an on-property organic garden providing fresh and local produce and a themed dining venue that recreates the essence of a traditional Tharu village.

Rates start at A$395 for a double-occupancy, all meal-inclusive package.

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Arranged and protected on a UNESCO World Heritage site is the new Sofitel Luang Prabang, 25 clay-roofed luxury suites surrounded by lush gardens and local Laos culture. The site, home to historic temples and French architecture, is a century old former governor’s mansion filled with Indochinese art, a wine cellar and library.

Local culture can be experienced by taking a class on indigenous crafts, such as weaving and dyeing silk, witnessing the ever-present monks progress in their religious services, tasting and touring local culinary traditions or by visiting the nearby elephant conservation.

Each suite has its own private garden and an oversized tub or private pool. The decor, with shutter windows and hand-carved poster bed frames, is a mix of traditional Laos and French art de vivre giving the hotel an old world sense with the comfort of 21st Century amenities.

Rates start at $171 (about A$226) per night.

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