Hot Hotel Openings for 2019

Our guide to some of the best hotels opening in 2019, from Ibiza to Rwanda.

Arctic Bath, Sweden

The back-to-nature Arctic Bath features six cozy cabins and a full-service spa with hot and cold plunge pools. The team behind Sweden’s world-famous Treehotel is back with this new hotel and spa that floats along the Lule River in summer and freezes into the ice during winter - all in a prime spot to experience the Northern Lights. A stay at the six-room Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa in Harads, Swedish Lapland, includes a luxurious experience in a design-forward spa inspired by floating timber. The sleek Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, a hot bath, an outdoor cold bath, plus outside and inside showers. The circular shape creates a haven to relax and soak up the local Arctic environment. Experience the spa bath and stay overnight in a room that will float or be frozen into the ice, depending on the season.

Hotel de la Ville, Rome 

Opening in May 2019 above the Spanish Steps, Hotel de la Ville - a Rocco Forte hotel - is Rome's most exciting new destination. Inspired by the era of the Grand Tour, the hotel elegantly marries 18th-century architecture with contemporary luxury and unparalleled service. The historic 18th century palazzo houses 104 elegant and sumptuous rooms and suites designed by renowned architect Tommaso Ziffer in collaboration with Olga Polizzi. There are three vibrant restaurants and playful cocktail bars including a stylish rooftop bar with spectacular views of Rome and spa and wellness facilities.

Equinox New York

Versace, Baccarat, and Bulgari all boast hotels under their brands now Equinox, the New York-based luxury fitness club company, is limbering-up to expand into the luxury lifestyle hotel business. With its tagline ‘isn't just a fitness club, it's a temple of well-being’ is to launch this new high-end hospitality brand specifically to target health-conscious travelers, with a provision of high-end fitness facilities and amenities. CEO Harvey Spevak expects to unveil their first hotel in New York’s Hudson Yards which houses indoor and outdoor swimming pools and, at 60,000 square feet - the largest ever Equinox gym. A Los Angeles hotel is slated to open in 2020 with ambitions to open in 75 locations, where their gyms are already established - including a rumoured outpost in London's South Kensington neghbourhood. The design of the Hudson Yard property is slated to feature modern décor and integrated technology. Guests can receive in-room and personalized one-on-one coaching and access to a destination restaurant that focus on organic and locally sourced fare. Spevak has quoted that “We want our members and our guests to mesh with each other”...Our mind is already spinning.

Rosewood Miramar Beach

Situated on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California, Rosewood Miramar Beach is located in Santa Barbara’s picturesque Montecito community.  Opening in early 2019, the highly-anticipated resort is designed with style, grace and glamour, and features 161 ultra-luxury guestrooms and suites, including beachfront accommodations, a collection of signature suites and multi-bedroom bungalows.  Amenities include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, two cabana-lined pools and bespoke beach service on the sandy shores of Miramar Beach. Home to six distinct dining venues, Rosewood Miramar Beach features a beachfront restaurant, al fresco beach bar, sophisticated cocktail lounge, casual poolside dining experience and delightful ice cream and burger shack.

Raffles Singapore

Singapore's iconic Raffles Hotel is undergoing its first major makeover since 1989, courtesy of New York-based design firm Champalimaud Design (they also did the interiors for London's Dorchester hotel) and is slated to reopen from mid-2019. The reopening sees the introduction of exquisite new suite categories, updating existing distinctive accommodation with new amenities and technology while maintaining the sense of space and ambience. The dining experiences combines the hotel’s much-loved culinary traditions with contemporary dining concepts by renowned celebrity chefs and include Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept, titled BBR by Alain Ducasse. Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars, makes her debut in Asia with her La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore concept. Signature F&B experiences that over the years have come to be synonymous with the hotel make their return such as the Singapore Sling at Long Bar, North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room and the classic Raffles Afternoon Tea. A London outpost of Raffles is also in the works transforming the iconic Old War Office building in London Whitehall into a luxury hotel.

W Ibiza

Located in Santa Eulalia del Río, a buzzing beachside neighbourhood centrally located to Ibiza’s famous beaches, nightclubs and rural-chic inland attractions. The 162 guestrooms and suites is set to bring a new level of luxury to the Isle. W Ibiza is set to embrace (when it opens in summer, 2019) the destination’s eclectic roots through their signature bold and innovative design (pictured) - with three distinct concepts designed for dining, drinking and relaxing complemented by a lively rooftop sunset bar and adults-only WET Deck (the brand’s take on the poolside scene). A second WET Deck has direct access to the beachfront promenade and the white sands of Santa Eulalia beach and W Ibiza’s very own ‘Chiringuito’. To detox from the night before, enjoy the spacious 4,000 square foot Away Spa with seven private treatment rooms and the brand’s signature FIT gym experience. Check back for further information.

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

The first property in Mexico from rapidly expanding dining and hospitality empire helmed by Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the beachfront Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features 200 guestrooms that seamlessly blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced natural, Mexican materials and finishes. Drawing design inspiration from the sophisticated palette that alludes to the Japanese aesthetic of the Nobu brand, as well as the unique elements of Cabo San Lucas, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laidback luxury. Not to mention the food. The hotel will house a coveted Nobu restaurant. 

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking virunga volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (sister property to One&Only Nyungwe House) makes the magical possible as you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat. Being unveiled in July 2019, and promises to be another stunning addition to their collection. Virunga National Park was Africa’s first designated national park, and Gorilla’s Nest occupies a prime position in this stunning setting.  

Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan is one of Asia's most anticipated openings. Located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang - guests will be able to embark on a 'Six Senses Journey' between each lodge, exploring Bhutan in style.  Six Senses Bhutan will be one of Six Senses' most remarkable and spectacular openings in years. Bhutan remains one of Asia's most unspoiled and majestic locations; a hidden kingdom that retains a unique charm. Six Senses makes the most of this, with some of the most inspiring locations for their lodges that are peppered across the country. 

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences on The Palm in Dubai is destined to become an iconic, world-renowned address boasting a 800-room hotel and 250 luxury residences with retail and restaurant offerings. Building on the success of Atlantis The Palm there will be 65 outdoor pools, 1.7 km of private beach, and an 85-m-high sky garden with an infinity pool overlooking the Gulf and Dubai. Opening in the new hotel next year are Jaleo, from chef José Andrés, and it will also be home to Dinner from Heston Blumenthal, the British chef behind The Fat Duck and Dubai's outpost of Hakkasan. 

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