The top magazine Architectural Digest circled the globe to bring you the most travel-worthy properties debuting now and throughout next year so, from that selection, we made our TOP 10 of New 2018 Hotels.
We hope we are willing to visit them all next year!
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The Oberoi, Marrakech, Morocco (Early 2018)
An escape from the bustling nature of Marrakech’s souks and alleyways 20 minutes south of the city center is the brand’s first hotel in Morocco, set on 25 acres of citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. It features a salmon-colored exterior that is a nod to the “Red City,” with postcard views of the Atlas Mountains. Its 84 villas and suites are decked in handcrafted Moroccan design and ornate columns, and it features a 21,500-square-foot “private-island” spa with Turkish hammams.
The Setai Tel Aviv, Israel (January 2018)
The brand’s third outpost located along the historic Jaffa coastline is steps from the popular Clock Square. It boasts 120 rooms with Ottoman doors, a centuries-old fountain, and spear-tipped wrought-iron bars outside room windows (the building once housed Turkish prisoners awaiting deportation). London-based ara Design and Israeli-based Feigin Architects preserved the stonework of the 13th-century building and added a new wing and a bar surrounded by reclaimed timber from the original roof. Tel Aviv also gets a new W hotel in March that will be in Old Town Jaffa, a city inhabited since 7500 BCE.
Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos (Winter 2018)
The brand’s first luxury encampment, with 22 tents, villas, and suites, is set in a thickly forested area with rivers and a waterfall. It is located ten minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, well-known for its 33 villages filled with architecturally rich temples and monasteries. Bangkok-based Bill Bensley designed the hotel with elements inspired by Lao tradition with a French colonial vibe. It will also be the site for the first philanthropic hospitality school in Laos.
Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland (Early 2018)
A building constructed by Enrico Marconi in 1857 is touted as Poland’s’s first luxury hotel. Situated on the Royal Route in the heart of Warsaw, the 106-suite property will have bespoke furniture, oak floors, and Polish art. Its history of glamorous New Year’s Eve parties was immortalized in the Polish 19th century classic “The Doll,” by Bolesław Prus; the hotel’s patisserie was frequented by poets and writers. Interiors were done by Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa Violán with a blue-and-white color palette that references Polish pottery traditions.
The Murray, Hong Kong, China (January 2018)
The 336-room hotel redesigned by Foster + Partners spans 25 floors and is an urban chic sanctuary in the central business district of Hong Kong on the well-known Cotton Tree Drive. Highlights include a panoramic rooftop with views of Hong Kong Park and a series of signature restaurants and bars. The 1970s building with recessed windows and three-story arches adds to the glamor of new hotels that are opening in the city; a Waldorf Astoria and Rosewood are also slated to open in early 2018.
Rosewood Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas (Spring 2018)
Set on Nassau’s Cable Beach, the 233-room, five-villa Rosewood property is one of three major hotels that form part of the $4.2 billion resort complex of Baha Mar (the other two hotel brands are the SLS and Grand Hyatt). The interiors designed by Dianna Wong have a British colonial vibe to them, with textures of mahogany, polished brass and marble, and a seaside color palette. The property has several dining venues including “Commonwealth,” with cuisine from Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Summer 2018)
Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, this historic ranch resort located at the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains is set on 317 acres and centered around a centuries-old chapel. The lodge first opened in 1918 and underwent a $75 million renovation. There are 92 rooms and suites and 12 residences, as well as three glamping tents for a night under the stars.
Sanders, Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2017)
The brainchild of Danish ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin, this boutique hotel located on a quiet cobblestone street behind the Royal Danish Theater makes you feel you are stepping onto the stage. The 54-room property has coupé rooms inspired by train cabins along with spacious apartments that coexist in a building that was a cultural hotspot in the 1970s. Designed by Lind + Almond, it features polished hardwood and rattan cane-couches that have a Parisian sensibility with a colonial edge.
Four Seasons Costa Palmas, Los Cabos, Mexico (Winter 2018)
Forming part of the private beach community of Costa Palmas at the sandy eastern shoreline of Baja (considered its “secret cape”) is the 145-room Four Seasons. It also has private residences, a Robert Trent Jones II–designed golf course, and a resort community village. Rooms overlooking the Sea of Cortés were designed by Las Vegas–based TAL Studio, and guests have access to an 18-acre organic farm.
Hotel Lutetia, Paris, France (Spring 2018)
With the reimagination of this 184-room grand dame, once owned by the Boucicaut family, the property aims to redefine the Left Bank of Paris. The hotel takes after the city’s Roman name. It will be restored to its former Art Nouveau glory with the largest accommodations in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, traditionally known for its boutique options. From its spa to the Aristide Jazz Bar, which has hosted many a star, the interiors get a renovation overseen by Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
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