From Asia to Africa to Europe and beyond, the following properties, whether just opened or opening soon, promise to dazzle with scenic settings, stunning design and impeccable service. Beachside escapes, historic properties, modern stunners and nature retreats will bring transformational experiences to guests who want to experience the latest amenities in hospitality in some very precious locations.
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Vietnam
Opened November 15, 2018
Located on a bay with an exclusive beach, this all-villa hideaway is set amidst 18 acres of tropical gardens. The 26 villas feature infinity pools, cellars with premium wines, and designated butlers.
Silversands Grenada, Grenada – Opened December 1, 2018
This hotel’s minimalist design showcases the beauty of this lesser-known Caribbean gem. The resort off Grand Anse beach offers local experiences such as waterfall chasing and organic farm visits, connecting guests with the island’s soul.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, U.K. – Opening winter 2019
Positioned between chic Chelsea and glamorous Knightsbridge, this historic property will feature 54 rooms, two-thirds of which are suites. It faces a private garden where guests can picnic or play tennis.
Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Opening winter 2019
Five resorts in different locations combine to offer an intimate experience with only 82 suites in total. Each resort focuses on a theme and features Six Senses’ signature qualities.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Opening winter 2019
This hotel will become a landmark on the city’s skyline after opening in the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district. Occupying 43 floors of a multi-use tower, the property boasts a prime waterfront location.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, U.S. – Opening spring 2019
The resort on a 3,500-acre ranch near Park City, Utah is the ultimate outdoor playground. Guests reconnect with nature through pursuits including horseback riding or fly fishing in summer, and skiing or snowshoeing in winter.
Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Italy – Opening spring 2019
Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, minutes from the Trevi Fountain, this 18th-century palazzo will be reborn as a vibrant hotel, with three restaurants, a stylish rooftop bar with spectacular Rome views, and a two-floor spa and wellness facility.
Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, New York City, U.S. – Opening summer 2019
The world’s first luxury-lifestyle Equinox Hotel will open within the Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side. Predicated on the same holistic philosophy as its fitness clubs, Equinox Hotels will amplify a message of high-performance living.
Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Italy – Opening summer 2019
The ski resort will harmonize with its wooded, mountainous landscape. The 23 wellness residences and 88 suites will feature Lefay’s signature elements: light, nature, silence and open spaces.
In addition to the above hotels, there are the following hot hotel openings:
Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas, Brazil – Opened October 15, 2018
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening early 2019
Waldorf Astoria Maldives – Opening March 2019
The Times Square EDITION, U.S. – Opening spring 2019
To complement these new hotel experiences, Virtuoso lists some inspiring travel ideas in its 2019 Luxe Report. Through this annual survey, a noted trend predictor within the industry, the global luxury travel network tapped the stats of some 17,500 luxury travel advisors from around the world to share their top selections for 2019’s most compelling possibilities.
- Skydive in New Zealand, consistently named one of the world’s top places to jump out of a plane. Skydivers will marvel at stunning views of glaciers, mountains, rainforests, and bodies of water such as the Pacific Ocean, rivers and lakes.
- Cruise the Norwegian fjords to the North Cape to mark the summer solstice on June 21. In the same year, cruise the Chilean fjords to the South Cape on December 21, enjoying endless daylight in both hemispheres.
- Travel by luxury rail from Paris to Istanbul on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The 10-night journey aboard the restored Art Deco train winds through some of Europe’s most captivating cities, transporting passengers back to the Golden Age of travel.
- Savor an incomparable culinary experience in Barcelona by dining at Tickets, helmed by the Adrià brothers of El Bulli fame. Travelers wishing to sample Tickets’ playful modern tapas must book two months in advance.
- Visit the beaches of Normandy in northern France on a river cruise to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. See where Allied forces landed during the World War II invasion and learn about the heroic operation that led to the liberation of German-occupied France.
- Take in a Rugby World Cup match in 2019 host country Japan. The timing of the six-week tournament coincides with opportunities to view stunning fall foliage, with leaves changing into vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow.
- Explore the undersea world by submarine at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, the first to feature DeepFlight Adventures. Encounter vividly colored fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins and rays in the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Experience absolute totality in a destination with a landscape as close to the moon as you can find on Earth. View the 2019 solar eclipse July 2 with a glamping experience in Northern Chile, then cap off the trip by heading south to wine country.
- Call on Croatia’s coastal communities from the comfort of a private yacht. Time visits to popular ports such as Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar Island for late afternoon, when crowds from cruise ships have dwindled.