From a floating arctic retreat and secluded safari adventure to a boutique hotel in a famous French palace, here is our mega-list of hotels opening in 2020 that we just can’t wait to visit…
The Tasman, Hobart
Tasmania is certainly on a roll with hotel openings. The Tasman is slated to open in Hobart in September 2020 with 152 luxury guest rooms and suites, an upscale restaurant, lobby lounge and whisky lounge. Set in an historic, 19th-century building, the original features of the heritage building will be revived for today’s luxury traveller by Sydney-based hospitality interior design firm JPDC. Not to mention, The Tasman’s location on Parliamentary Square means that travellers will be close to cultural attractions in the heart of Tasmania’s capital.
Nestled among the Piccadilly Valley at the foot of the 30 acre Mount Lofty estate, Sequoia Lodge will offer 14 guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools from September 2020. The property will be separate from the original Mount Lofty House, with the private retreat having its own guest relations team and secure entrance, while guests will have access to all of the property’s amenities including personalised service at the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa. Overseen by Horbelt with input from local architects and designers, every room in the 75-square-metre open-plan suites will display 180-degree views.
Guests of the Lodge will also have access to a catalogue of experiences that celebrate South Australian stories, not available to the general public. These private behind-the-scenes tours with local winemakers take guests up-close and personal with native icons or local identities and brands. Sequoia Lodge is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD in the highlands of the Adelaide Hills, renowned for its local wine and produce, and will be the South Australian capital’s first luxury lodge.
Oval Hotel, situated at historic Adelaide Oval, will also open in September 2020. Designed by Cox Architecture and Carr, the Oval Hotel incorporates new technologies like using mobile phones to access rooms, order room service or book a car, and every room will have a unique view of the parklands or St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Hill of Grace Restaurant offers fine dining overlooking the turf of Adelaide Oval, with a wine selection headlined by Henschke’s acclaimed Hill of Grace series and a seasonally created degustation menu. Bespoke Wine Bar & Kitchen provides a menu showcasing the depth and variety of South Australia’s food and wine and views that take in both the Oval and the parklands. Oval Hotel will be within walking distance to Adelaide’s retail centre, the River Torrens and the Riverbank entertainment precinct, which includes the Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Convention Centre and Festival Theatre complex.
When it opens in early 2020 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Capella Bangkok will be a sophisticated pied-à-terre in Charoenkrung, the city’s oldest and most historic paved road known for its fashionable cafes, bars and art galleries. The hotel, from exclusive Asian brand Capella, will have 101 suites and villas with panoramic river views, private villas, a riverfront gourmet restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, as well as a specialty bar serving creative cocktails and desserts. There will even be a Capella Library and Capella’s award-winning Auriga Spa.
Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku
Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku, from San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Resorts, is slated to open in early 2020, just in time to host guests for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Located in the skyscraper district that is home to many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings, the 162-room hotel will feature Kimpton’s signature bold, playful design inspired by New York’s art and fashion scene. Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku will showcase plenty of Japanese culture, including its three locally inspired restaurants. Guests will find complimentary morning coffee and tea in the ‘living room lobby’ and an evening social hour.
Harding Boutique Hotel
The six-suite Harding Boutique Hotel is scheduled to open on the Sri Lankan south coast in early 2020, with dense coconut groves to the east and west, ocean and beach frontage to the south, a dynamic local community to the north, and just a 30-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. A new venture from Sri Lankan-Australian entrepreneur Paul Harding, whose great uncle was one of Sri Lanka’s first hoteliers, the Harding Boutique Hotel, which can be rented out exclusively, was designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore. The private accommodations boast generous private balconies and views over the Indian Ocean, as well as sea-facing private baths. While there won’t be a restaurant, there is an open-air roof terrace with 360-degree views over the palm tops.
The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing
The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing will offer 295 guest rooms and suits with city, Xuanwu Lake and Purple Mountain views from May 2020. All five restaurants and lounges will have skyline views and guests will be able to enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, luxury transportation services, business services and meeting and event spaces that include two ballrooms.
Six Senses Bumthang
Six Senses Bumthang will debut in the second quarter of 2020. The Himalayan lodges will reflect the brand’s commitment to wellness and sustainability while highlighting Bhutan’s culture, hospitality and spirituality. Each of the five lodges will be different in style with the interiors inspired by Bhutanese architecture, from the simple lines of the natural timber furniture to the bukharis (a traditional woodburning stove), and vegetable-dyed, antique-washed Himalayan rugs. Calling on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness philosophy, the properties also offer sunrise meditations, holistic spa treatments, private astrology readings, butter lamp lighting ceremonies and hikes and treks through forests.
Opening in July 2020, W Chengdu will be nestled amidst Chengdu’s Central Gaoxin District and offer 297 signature W rooms that draw form modern Chinese design and local elements. Guests will be able to relax or stay fit at the hotel’s AWAY spa, FIT and Wet facilities, and when it comes to enjoying the tastes of W Chengdu, have access to Yao Yen, the Chinese cruise restaurant and Zing, the pan-Asian fusion restaurant. Guests will be able to take in the views at Spark rooftop bar or sip cocktails at the Living Room.
Six Senses Fort Barwara
Six Senses is refurbishing the 700-year-old Fort Barwara, originally owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family, in Rajasthan. Set to open in 2020 on 2.2 hectares, Six Senses Fort Barwara will incorporate a palace and two temples within the walled site, 48 suites, a bar and lounge and two restaurants, which will serve classic dishes and modern cuisine incorporating fresh local ingredients.
The 2800-square-metre Six Senses Spa and fitness centre is to be housed in the original women’s palace and will offer comprehensive ayurveda treatments and meditation in addition to the brand’s wellness programs. There will also be two swimming pools, banquet areas, a retail boutique and a kids’ club. Six Senses Fort Barwara sits directly opposite the temple Chauth ka Barwara Mandir, with Ranthambore National Park, home to tigers, leopards, sloth bears and other wildlife, just 30 minutes from the property, and Jaipur a three-hour drive away.
Orient Express Mahanakhon
It has been 137 years since the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris, and now the world-famous brand prepares to make a grand re-entrance onto the international stage with the opening of the first Orient Express Hotel, located at King Power Mahanakhon. French designer Tristan Auer has reimagined the original Orient Express carriages, delivering old-world art deco style to the modern 78-storey skyscraper – the tallest building in Bangkok’s bustling metropolis.
Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok features 154 rooms including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an entire floor devoted to wellness, featuring an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi plus signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain. There is a rooftop observation deck and rooftop bar, while all rooms provide views over the Far East ‘City of Angels’. Foodies will also be well looked after, with restaurants Mott 32 and Mahanathi by acclaimed Australian chef David Thompson set to open in the hotel.
Commodore Perry Estate
Opening in spring 2020, the Commodore Perry Estate will be the first urban retreat in the dynamic setting of Austin, Texas. Owned by Auberge Resorts Collection and designed by Ken Fulk, the 4-hectare resort will offer 42 rooms and 12 suites, and amenities including an organic urban farm, Lutie’s – the signature garden restaurant – a members club and a serene outdoor swimming pool.
Built during the Jazz Age in 1928, Commodore Perry Estate was originally the country home of Commodore Edgar and Lutie Perry and was designed by Dallas architect Henry Bowers Thompson in 1927. Located just north of The University of Texas at Austin in the historic neighbourhood of Hancock, Commodore Perry Estate is surrounded by English gardens, spring-fed Waller Creek and a stone wall, enclosing the property.
Set upon one of the last remaining beachfront jungles in the region, One&Only Mandarina will offer a combination of 104 free-standing villas that each with their own private plunge pool and 54 private homes. Jetty Beach Club, located on the resort’s private beach, will serve the freshest catch of the day, while an oceanfront, adult-only destination, elevated above the cliffs, will be helmed by a celebrity chef, serving his signature take on Mexican cuisine.
The One&Only Spa will feature a collection of six enclosed treatment rooms. In addition, the resort will have a fully equipped fitness studio, outdoor yoga palapa and a specialised outdoor gym. Guests to the resort can also access the open ocean from The Jetty, hike through nature trails, visit the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club and take children to the KidsOnly club that introduces the natural world to young, curious minds.
The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City
Rising 58 stories in the heart of the financial centre, the home of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will add a striking structure to the city’s skyline. Located on floors 36 to 47, the hotel will offer views of Chapultepec Park from each of its 153 accommodations and private residences. Luxury amenities include a Club Lounge, a Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant, a spa, pool, fitness centre and meeting and event spaces. The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City is set to open in summer 2020.
Aman New York
Slated to open in late 2020, Aman New York will offer 83 rooms and suites in the Crown Building on the corner of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. The 26 storeys of Aman New York overlook Central Park, giving guests and residence access to New York City’s iconic greenery and boutique shops.
At Aman Spa guests will be able to relax in the 20-metre indoor swimming pool and an all-encompassing spa journey that includes a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms and an outdoor terrace with cabana, daybed and fireplace. Dining at Aman New York will range from the subterranean Jazz Bar to the wraparound Garden Terrace that overlooks Central Park and include Italian dining options at Area, Aman’s interpretation of Japan’s washoku dining tradition at Nama and a Wine Library.
Opening December 2020, Ambient Sedona will be North America’s first landscape hotel. Blending with the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, Ambiente will give guests the opportunity to experience and embrace the natural beauty that surrounds them in one of the world’s most stunning locations. Ambiente will be comprised of 40 cubed-shaped guest Atriums that are elevated above the ground by steel piers and constructed using floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass and matte-charcoal and rusted metal.
Developed, owned and managed by Two Sister Bosses, a Sedona family-owned and operated company, Ambiente is being built with a focus on sustainable methods and organic, modern architecture that complements the surrounding topography and minimises the impact on the land. Designed by award-winning, Scottsdale-based ASUL Architects, the pier-method to building Ambiente’s Atriums allows each Atrium to be rotated and individually hand-placed at very specific angles to fit, as best as possible, within the existing trees and flora, thereby maximising the views.
Being developed in partnership with owner Andrew Ashcroft, new property Alaia will include 56 two-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas, available to purchase as holiday homes. The property will be located on the southern part of Ambergris Caye in San Pedro, with more than 1,000 feet of beachfront, and guests can relax on the rooftop pool, attend events and party at the Beach Club, scuba dive with the onsite Belize Pro Dive Center, enjoy VIP access to the San Pedro Sailing & Watersports Club and get creative at the Live Art Gallery.
Six Senses Shaharut
Six Senses Shaharut will be set upon a cliff in Israel’s Negev Desert, where guests can witness a sunset panorama. Approximately 18 hectares of land will house the 60 suites and Six Senses Spa that are designed to integrate with the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain. Accommodations comprise junior suites plus one- and two-bedroom villas and a three-bedroom retreat, all with private pools.
An all-day restaurant will serve a fresh buffet breakfast and á-la-carte selections. A poolside bar and grill will open for lunch and dinner, and a juice bar and alchemy bar are located at the spa. Fresh ingredients will be harvested seasonally from the resort’s own gardens, or, when possible, from local farmers at the nearby kibbutz (an agriculture-focused Israeli community). Special attractions will include an Earth Lab, camel stables that offer daily rides, an open-air amphitheater, tented Bedouin dining experiences and electric powered cars on the property. Six Senses Shaharut is slated to open to the public in early 2020.
The St. Regis Cairo
Egypt is back on travellers’ radars, and those wishing to explore Cairo can stay in the St. Regis Cairo from June 2020, where 366 rooms, suites and apartments will be on offer. Guests will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, seven restaurants and bars and views of the Nile River and Old Cairo. Guests will also have 24/7 access to the St. Regis Butler Service.
Anantara Mina al Arab Ras al Khaimah Resort
United Arab Emirates
Opening in late 2020, Mina al Arab will offer 300 guest rooms, suites and overwater villas on the the northernmost emirate of the UAE. Guests to Mina al Arab can dine at a specialty Asian overwater restaurant, seafood grill restaurant and beach and pool bar, and relax at the outdoor swimming pool or the Anantara Spa. Ras al Khaimah appeals to nature lovers because of its diverse ecosystem that includes beaches, a desert and the mountain of Jebel Jais. At Mina al Arab, guests will have access to a discovery and eco-learning centre that builds on the emirate’s rich local ecology.
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
Set in the cove of Bandar Jissah between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, Jumeirah Muscat Bay is just 15 minutes south of Muscat city centre and 40 minutes from Seeb International Airport. In addition to 206 spacious rooms, the hotel will include a state-of-the-art Talise Spa with luxurious treatments for those looking to unwind and world-class bars and restaurants for dining and sunset drinks.
The resort’s conference and banquet facilities will reflect Oman’s growing attraction as a business destination while the dive centre and other watersport activities will speak to those looking for a bit of adventure in 2020. Parents and caretakers can drop their children off at the Kids Club, where daily programming is guaranteed.
Nobu Hotel, Tel Aviv
With a vision crafted by Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman, the Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv will place the concept of a luxurious hotel around energised public spaces. Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv will be located at 55 Rothschild Boulevard and 66 Ahad Ha’am Street amid one of Tel Aviv’s original neighbourhoods. The hotel will offer 38 thoughtfully designed rooms, and large garden, fitness centre, pool, outdoor spaces and a private rooftop, ideal for events.
Founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, the Nobu brand aims to integrate its luxury hotels with the lively world capitals inhabited by Nobu. Guests at Nobu Tel Aviv will have access to the famed tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard as well as biking paths, dining, shopping, internationally acclaimed theatres and art and cultural events.
Guests to Xigera can explore the African bush in a country with one of the world’s fastest growing economies from June 2020. Nestled on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Xigera will be comprised of 12 fully air-conditioned suites. Each suite will reimagine the safari experience by displaying South African artwork by famed artists such as Porky Hefer, Andile Dyalvane and Dylan Lewis.
Owned by Red Carnation and the Tollman family, Xigera prides itself on the quality of its 105 staff and guests are sure to receive all the attention they may desire since the property can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests at once. This intimate experience will begin with a light air transfer or charter plane ride to the Xigera suites that are poised on stilts and connected by elevated walkways. Xigera is also dedicated to sustainability through projects such as eliminating single-use plastics, running the lodge 100% on solar power and implementing thermodynamic geysers to provide hot water while minimising energy usage.
Guests looking to unwind can be pampered at the two lily-inspired spa rooms, sleep-out under the night sky or peruse the contents of the wildlife-focused library. When it comes to dining at Xigera, guests can expect to be greeted by an interactive kitchen and dining room that will serve African-inspired cuisine and Mrs. Tollman’s signature dishes.
Opening in summer 2020, Kisawa Sanctuary will be a combination of 12 one, two and three bedroom bungalows set across 300-hectares of private sanctuary beach, forest and sand dunes on Benguerra Island, Mozambique. Each 230sqm bungalow will be set within four square-kilometres of private accommodation and include personal beachfront, a swimming pool with open deck space, shaded day area, outdoor kitchen, massage hut and personal e-bikes as well as mini mokes.
A team of food enthusiasts will attend to guests’ 24/7 hospitality needs. Guests will be able to choose from four dining venues, two bars and endless on-location culinary experiences. Kisawa’s stand alone spa, the Natural Wellness Center, will specialise in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic offerings. Inspired by nearby Mozambican dwellings its range of treatments will include massages and multi-day detox retreats. Additional on-property facilities include a gym, yoga and meditation pavilion, tennis court as well as water sports facility. From its beginning as a 3D digitally designed space, Kisawa Sanctuary has partnered with Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies to maintain harmony with the natural environment.
Arctic Bath Sweden
Reservations are open at Arctic Bath Sweden, a floating hotel and spa in the Lule River, located approximately 50 kilometres from the Arctic Circle. With 5-bed and single bed cabins available, Artic Bath Sweden’s intimate setting allows for guests to focus on proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of the body, all while surrounded by one of nature’s most magnificent settings.
All hotel guests will have access to the cold bath and sauna during Spa opening hours, while additional spa experiences include traditional Swedish massages and face treatments. The chef’s set menu will be local, eco-friendly and fresh, and nature experiences include dogsledding, viewing the Aurora Borealis, moose calling, cross country skiing and nature hiking. Wondering about a group retreat? Artic Bath Sweden offers the possibility of renting out the entire property… you know you want to.
Located in the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferrereta will house 32 rooms and suites in an historic 17th-century grand house surrounded by gardens. Many of the bedrooms will feature private patios and terraces, while the hotel’s signature suite will offer a private swimming pool and garden.
Can Ferrereta will be home to a Mediterranean restaurant, OCRE, complete with a Mallorcan patio, serving delicious seasonal dishes made with local produce. There will also be two bars, one of which will be a pool bar and restaurant named LA FRESCA, situated alongside the 25-metre semi-Olympic swimming pool. A gym and spa, named SA CALMA with hammam and indoor pool will also be available to guests. Guests can explore the town of Santanyí from the comfort of Can Ferrereta or simply choose to relax within the hotel’s walls, beginning spring 2020.
Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Ever wanted to stay in a palace? How about one of the most famous palaces in the world? Now you can, with the opening of Le Grand Contrôle at the Palace of Versailles in the second quarter of 2020. From the hotel company behind magnificent La Bastide de Gordes, Le Grand Contrôle will be made up of just fourteen suites. The building has been fully renovated, taking into account the last inventory of 1788 and ensuring that the interiors are filled with restored period furniture and collections of priceless art objects.
Guests of Le Grand Contrôle will have behind-the-scenes access to the Domaine de Versailles and be able to explore the palace and the Petit Trianon on a private guided tour. Guests will also be welcome to wander freely around the French gardens, as Le Grand Contrôle will have direct access to the Orangery and the Lake of the Swiss Guard.
Not to mention, the property will have a restaurant from one of France’s most awarded chefs, Alain Ducasse, where haute-French cuisine will take inspiration from recipes of the past while providing views of the gardens and the Orangery. Staff will be trained in the art and ceremony of 18th-century dining and the entire evening meal will allow guests a glimpse into the pomp and ceremony of the Napoleonic era. At the Valmont Spa guests will be able to choose between treatments or use the 15-metre indoor pool. A royal experience, indeed.
Embedded in the natural surroundings of Ornos Bay on the southern end of Mykonos, Kalesma will provide guests with the choice of one, two and three bedroom suites. The one bedroom suites will have a private terrace that boasts a heated swimming pool and lounge area that overlook the Aegean Sea. The two and three bedroom suites, referred to as Grand Villas, will offer guests ensuite bathrooms, Technogym fitness rooms, full-fitted kitchens, heated pools and a Villa manager to take care of all guest requests and preferences.
The communal restaurant will offer Mediterranean meals while the Pool Bar and Aloni lounge offer spaces for guests to relax with a drink in hand. Those looking to be a bit more active can join in activities such as a guided day trip to Delos, scuba diving, food tours, nightclub booking, private event planning or shopping in Kalesma’s botique. Kalesma also has plans to open a private spa service by 2021.
Bvlgari Hotel Paris
The Bvlgari Hotel Paris will offer 76 rooms, most of them suites, and a full range of luxury facilities including a spa with a 25-metre pool and a Bvlgari restaurant and bar opening to a charming courtyard garden. The hotel will be located at 30 Avenue George V; this Avenue forms with the Champs Élysées and the Avenue Montaigne the famous “Triangle d’Or”, one of Paris’ most exclusive and distinctive areas offering a wealth of luxury shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions. The Bvlgari Hotel Paris is being designed by the Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, and the renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre.
The Pig at Harlyn Bay
Nestled in a refurbished 15th-century house, The Pig is just a short stroll from Harlyn beach, Constantine Bay beaches and Trevose Golf Club. Each guest room maintains its original individuality while the larders are fully stocked with locally-sourced and vintage treats. The Kitchen Garden will offer guests a menu filled with home-grown produce and locally sourced foods that will be completely dependent on the 25-mile radius surrounding The Pig. Guests can check into The Pig at Harlyn Bay from June 2020.
Pan Pacific London
Slated to open in Q4 of 2020, Pan Pacific London will be situated just across Liverpool Street train station at One Bishopgate Plaza. The hotel will offer 237 guest rooms and suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg, and the hotel’s Signature Suite, perched on the 18th floor, will provide guests with views to city landmark, The Gherkin. Housed within this luxury hotel will be the Square Mile’s first dedicated smart ballroom that can hold up to 370 guests in a banquet seating, along with six meeting spaces. The Studio Lounge will be equipped and available for early arrivals and late departures. Other amenities include an indoor lap pool with views of the street, spa treatment rooms and a fitness centre.
Located in the heart of the St Pauls community just minutes from Bristol’s city centre and Stokes Croft, this boot factory-turned-boutique hotel is slated to become a 23-bedroom bolthole and neighbourhood hangout. Expect a coffee shop, bar, kitchen, event space and garden, serving simple, honest food and drink all day, every day. The Artist Residence will offer guest 10 options of rooms and suites from which to choose.