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With a new year comes new adventures, new countries to discover and new experiences to be had. What also comes is plenty of new five-star hotels that are sure to be top of your travel bucket list. Whether you prefer a beachside retreat, or you want to be staying at the heart of all the action in a city hotel, there’s a wide choice to choose from and luckily for you, we’ve come up with a list of our favourites. From the Hard Rock Hotel in London that comes bursting with more than 80,000 pieces of priceless music memorabilia and the five lodges that make up Six Senses Bhutan to the first Mexican property for Nobu and the après-ski facilities of W Aspen, all bases are covered. So, what are you waiting for? Winged Boots are on hand to book your next getaway. Get the wheels into motion by enquiring here or calling one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 095 now.  

W Dubai - The Palm

Dubai, UAE
Open Date: 30th December 2018

 
W Dubai – The Palm is a hotel that we’ve been waiting to open for a while. This hotel will feature 250 guest rooms and suites, an AWAY Spa, a WETDECK and a SoBe rooftop right on the shores of Palm Jumeirah. Fill your days with diving, dining and drinking before hitting the hay, or why not continue the party in your luxury accommodation that features signature W interiors, a mini bar and gorgeous views of Dubai? There are fantastic restaurants such as Torno Subito and Akira Black to tuck into, as well as a private beach complete with watersports, too.
 
We checked in with general manager Anne Scott earlier in the year about the hotel opening who had this to say. “In a city like Dubai where everything already exists, we’re going to wow the world with this incredible building,” Anne says. “People can be awe-struck by amazing architectural design, but my job is to make sure that the team delivers the guest experience that goes with it. I don’t just want W Dubai – The Palm to be a cool, trendy showstopper design, it needs to come with incredible hospitality, surprises and guest-delight moments." Read the full interview here.

Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Open Date: 1st January 2019

 
Are you looking for a truly unforgettable getaway? Then look no further than Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. Bringing in the New Year with an element of sandy dunes and world-class customer service, this new venture for Jumeirah is set to be an exciting one. Marc Dardenne, Jumeirah’s chief operating officer said, “Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort will be the 12th luxury Jumeirah hotel in the UAE and this innovative project offers Jumeirah a wonderful opportunity to showcase our truly Arabian hospitality. We are confident the resort will be an outstanding destination and will further boost tourism in the emirate.”
 
So, what can guests expect? As well as a 1,000-square-foot swimming pool and various water features throughout, there are five restaurants that serve a range of cuisine including Italian, Arabic and international favourites plus a Talise Spa. There are 103 rooms and suites to choose from that are wonderful for couples and honeymooners, as well as 13 villas that act as the ideal oasis for families and larger groups that want a memorable stay. What’s more, there’s also Sinbad Kids’ Club which ensures that even the smallest members of the party get in on all the desert action as well as the parents.

The Times Square EDITION Hotel

New York City, North America
Open Date: January 2019

 
Starting off 2019 with a bang, The Times Square EDITION Hotel is the perfect place if you want to extend the New Years’ celebration. Located on 701 Seventh Avenue on 47th Street, you can expect grandeur and luxury that only the Big Apple can deliver. 452 rooms, a 5,000-square foot performance venue and 76,000-square feet of retail and food space… the numbers really do speak for themselves. It goes without saying that foodies will be in their element here, with the dining venues being spectacular. There’s a signature restaurant that leads out onto a 5,800-square-foot beer garden as well as an event deck that overlooks Times Square. Oh, and you definitely won’t be able to miss this hotel as there’s a 18,000-square foot LED display sign which is one of the largest in the world.

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico
Open Date: February 2019

 
The debut Mexico property for the brand, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is set to make a splash in 2019. Coming from the dining and hospitality empire of Robert De Niro and Nobu Matsuhisa, you can expect contemporary Japanese interiors finished off with natural, Mexican flourishes. The hotel itself can be found on the beachfront of Los Cabos which makes it an ideal spot for some sunbathing that’s interspersed with gourmet meals at the two on-site restaurants. It goes without saying that there will be a Nobu eatery housed within, however there will also be a Malibu Farm restaurant too which is one of the most popular dining chains in North America. Serving delicious farm-to-table food from South California, your taste buds are sure to be tantalised. What’s more, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos also features 200 rooms and suites, a championship golf course, a five-acre Spa Alkemia, a desert botanical park, boutiques, and even a wedding chapel so your Mexican honeymoon dreams can start right after you say ‘I Do’.

Belmond Cadogan Hotel

London, UK
Open Date: Early 2019

 
Lovers of Belmond are in for a treat thanks to the Belmond Cadogen Hotel in London, opening in 2019. After a $48-million investment and five years of refurbishment, The Cadogen Hotel has now switched hands with none other than the proud, British hotel brand. Located next to Sloane Square Station, you are in a prime location to see all that London has to offer as you’re close to both the high-end boutiques of Knightsbridge and the trendy drinking spots of Chelsea. There are just 54 rooms and suites that can be found within the doors of this historic building, and all guests also receive complimentary access to the private gardens. Here, you can expect colourful flowers, tennis courts and even a 24-hour fitness centre. For times when you’re feeling peckish, a fine dining British restaurant is sure to please the palate, with little ones also catered for as there’s an additional kids’ menu. Not only that, there’s also a team lounge, a bar, a pavement café and a private dining space that sits up to 50 guests.

Six Senses Bhutan

Bhutan, Far East
Open Date: Early 2019

 
Add an element of culture and wellness to your getaway, and head to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The five lodges of Six Senses Bhutan are due to open in 2019… and quite frankly we cannot wait! Whether you choose to stay in the Paro, Thimphu, Punaka, Gangtey or Bumthang lodges, a secluded stay is guaranteed as there are just 82 suites spread out across the five hotels. However, from all you can expect gorgeous valley and river views, along with additional luxuries such as infinity pools and comfortable king-sized beds. Thimphu Is surrounded by apple orchards and pine forests while Punakha is often referred to as the ‘Flying Farmhouse’ thanks to the surrounding rice fields and rustic interiors 4,593-feet up. If you really want to explore Bhutan, why not book the ultimate itinerary and stay at each during your stay?

Nobu Hotel Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
Open Date: Early 2019

 
Embodying the brand’s laidback luxury style with the essence of the Spanish capital, Nobu Hotel Barcelona is sure to be the ultimate romantic retreat when it opens in early 2019. As well as 250 rooms and suites, there’s also a fantastic spa that’s ideal for some TLC after pounding the pavements and seeing the sights, as well as one of the infamous Nobu restaurants which boasts a menu of phenomenal Japanese dishes and sake. What’s more, corporate travellers are in luck here as there are various business and meeting facilities to take advantage of, too.
 
The brand has collaborated with Spanish real estate company Selenta Group, and it has been a very exciting project for all parties involved. Speaking to PRnewswire.com, Selenta Group’s executive president said that it’s a win-win situation for everyone. “This magnificent alliance with Nobu Hospitality consolidates our purpose of offering unique experiences in the hospitality and restaurant management sector,” Jordi says. “The excellent location and the great transformation of our hotel into Nobu Hotel Barcelona strengthens the expansion of both companies and reinforces the international image of the Catalan capital,” he finishes.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Dubai, UAE
Opens: Early 2019

 
Due to open in 2019, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is your go-to for some rest and relaxation in this fast and furious emirate. Situated close to Jumeirah Beach and Downtown Dubai, you truly have the best of both worlds here. Just 15-minutes by car will see you relishing sights such as the Burj Khalifa, while you’re also just a five-minute drive from Jumeirah Beach and only a 15-minute walk from the beachfront of La Mer.
 
The hotel itself boasts a beachfront setting, with all Jeffrey Wilkes designed rooms looking out onto the sparkling Arabian Gulf or the Dubai skyline. Foodies can also rejoice as there are six dining destinations to work your way through that includes a signature Japanese restaurant and a Portuguese eatery. Make sure you check out the 2,000-square-foot spa complete with a menu of signature treatments and traditional favourites if you’re after some relaxation too. What’s more, if you’re in Dubai for business this hotel is ideal. Being the closest beachfront resort to the emirate’s financial and business districts, its ideal location is complimented by the vast array of meeting and event spaces that you’re encouraged to take advantage of.

Four Seasons Astir Palace

Athens, Greece
Date Open: Early 2019

 
If you mixed the ancient history of Greece with five-star luxury, the result would be Four Seasons Astir Palace. Located on the shores of the Athens Riviera, you can expect gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea as well as the cultural hotspot of Greece’s capital city. There are three pools that we’re sure you’ll make great use of, as well as three private beaches that are just waiting to be sunbathed on. Needless to say, this is the perfect choice if you want both a city and a beach break. You’re just 30-minutes by car from the city centre, so you can easily spend a day sightseeing before coming back to unwind and seeing what the evening brings. Rooms are retro-chic in design and cater to all travellers from solo wanderers and couples, to families and larger groups. When you’re feeling peckish, there are eight restaurants full of culinary wizardry. Oh, and how could we forget about the spa? Inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates, you’ll be embarking on a journey of tranquillity from the moment your therapist gets to work.

Baglioni Resort Maldives

Maagau Island, Maldives
Open Date: April 2019

 
Palm trees, golden sands and cerulean waters can be found at Baglioni Resort Maldives. Opening in April 2019, a world of wellness is just a mere plane ride away, and there’s definitely a sun lounger with your name on it. Sustainable materials have been used throughout, so those who want to reduce their carbon footprint can be rest assured while relaxing.
 
Three restaurants and a grill plus a pool bar ensure that your taste buds are tantalised, with children also catered for thanks to the kids’ menus available. All interiors including the 96 villas have been decorated in an Italian style which is in keeping with the roots of the brand, however there are island touches that guarantee a luxurious paradise. A variety of watersports are also available to embark upon, and let’s not forget the fantastic spa that should be your go-to for some TLC.
 
Director of sales for Baglioni Resorts Maldives Alexa Ponchietti said they are very excited regarding the opening. “Our concept is unique in the Maldives. We will be the first Italian luxury resort and we’ll offer our guests a true Maldivian experience combined with Italian hospitality,” Alexa says. “This will be the island for the ‘Maldivian and Italian lovers,” Alexa finishes.

Hard Rock Hotel London

London, UK
Open Date: Spring 2019

 
Indulge in the rockstar treatment in our fabulous capital when Hard Rock Hotel London opens its doors in Spring 2019. This Hyde Park haven for music lovers was previously the Cumberland Hotel, which was a favourite of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and you can expect incredible memorabilia from the likes of himself, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Buddy Holiday as a tribute. In fact, there are more than 80,000 historical pieces within the rooms, suites, restaurant, bars and lobby, making it an absolute must for any traveller that wants something unique during their stay. The venue can be found on the corner of Oxford Street and Hyde Park, perfect if you fancy a trip to the theatre are looking for an alternative to London’s silver-service hotel scene. Whether you’re a family, couple or simply here on business, Hard Rock Hotel London is definitely the place to be.
 

W Aspen

Aspen, Colorado
Open Date: Spring 2019

 
Party 122,000-feet up at W Aspen. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, this will be the place to go après-ski for all those that have come to Colorado for a healthy dose of snow, skiing and fire pits. As well as 88 guests and six suites, 11 residences are due to open. Inspired by nature, each boasts a contemporary chalet design that acts as the perfect place to rest your head at the end of a long day on the pistes. There’s an 8,000-square foot rooftop bar and terrace that is the ideal venue for some relaxation, coming complete with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fire pits, cabanas and a dance floor. Alternatively, head to the underground speakeasy club that even has a suspended DJ booth as a USP. If that wasn’t enough, a ski shop is also on hand just in case you’ve forgotten any kit, with rentals and storage also available.

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
Open Date: May 2019

 
The first Hyatt Centric hotel in Ireland has to be a special one, and that’s definitely the case with Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin. Brilliant for a city or business break, this hotel comprises 234 rooms, a fitness centre, a reading lounge and 500-square-metres of conference space. If you consider yourself a foodie, you’re in luck as there’s an all-day dining restaurant that’s open to both guests and the public too. For post-dinner drinks, make sure to head to the on-site bar that serves a wealth of signature cocktails, single malt whiskeys and Guinness.
 
Nuno Galvao Pinto, Hyatt’s real estate and development regional vice president for Europe and North Africa couldn’t be more excited about the first hotel in Ireland. “The deal for a Hyatt Centric hotel in Dublin reflects our broader strategy to have hotels where guests want to be,” Nuno says. John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group who will be managing the hotel, echoes this thought. “The Liberties has been inhabited for more than 1,000 years and is the oldest part of Dublin,” John remarks. “The Hyatt Centric brand is perfect for guests who want to immerse themselves in the heart of this vibrant city,” he finishes. All-in-all, this hotel is set to be fantastic for a quick weekend break or for business travellers, and we can’t wait either!

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives
Open Date: June 2019

 
Prepare to party in the Indian Ocean with a stay at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Opening in June 2019, this resort boasts four restaurants and bars, private dining and a Rock Spa to get acquainted with. You’ll also have your own oasis as 178 rooms, suites and villas make up the accommodation, and all come with LCD televisions, a signature pillow menu and complimentary Wi-Fi.
 
With its kids’ and teen club, children’s menu and wealth of leisure facilities including a swimming pool and a Rock Shop, this hotel is fantastic for families. Alternatively, release your inner zen by embarking on the Rock Om Yoga Program or simply take a wander through the hotel, gazing at the local memorabilia that adorns this fine property… you won’t regret it.

W Ibiza

Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Open Date: Summer 2019

 
It’s time to get the party started when W Ibiza opens in the summer of 2019. Located in the bustling beachside town of Santa Eulalia del Río, you have direct access to the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean Sea and some of Ibiza’s most famous nightclubs. In the plans there are scheduled to be 162 rooms, two signature WET Decks and an elevated beach bar called Chiringuito. If you fancy getting rid of your hangover from the night before, make sure to book yourself in for a treatment or two at the 4,000-square-foot AWAY Spa that boasts seven treatment rooms along with a fitness centre.
  
Speaking about the hotel to Marriott, global brand leader of W Hotels Worldwide Anthony Ingham said that Ibiza is the perfect setting for a W hotel. “With its playful energy and bohemian spirit, Ibiza is an ideal destination and perfect match for W Hotels,” Anthony said. “We have been present in Ibiza since 2010 with a variety of W music events and partnerships, so we’re thrilled to be finally opening a W Hotel on the island that we know our guests will love. Following the success of W Barcelona and the forthcoming debuts of W Madrid (2019) and W Marbella (2021), W Ibiza will remix the expected and provide a new take on the (in)famous island,” he finishes.

Royal Atlantis Resort, Dubai

Dubai, UAE
Open Date: 2020

 
The Dubai skyline is set to change forever thanks to Royal Atlantis Resort. With an iconic building-block-esque design, you can expect an unforgettable stay. Nestled on the edge of the Arabian Gulf, the exclusive beach homes and apartments aim to create a wonderful oasis for the rich and famous. Prices for the residences start at £1.4 million, however there are 795 rooms and suites that you can book as guests. All are decked out with private pools and terraces so you can relax in style overlooking the glittering emirate. Overall, there are 90 swimming pools that can be used by both residents and guests, as well as a spa when in the need of a pamper. Alternatively, head for a workout at the on-site fitness centre, or tuck into any of the many restaurants at Atlantis, The Palm, found mere metres from Royal Atlantis Resort, Dubai.
 
In a conversation with the Daily Mail about this soon-to-be-iconic structure of Dubai, The Royal Atlantis Residences’ director Issam Galadari, said that it’s been a long-time coming. “Taking resort living to new luxury heights, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences responds to a calling from a highly discerning, affluent, international demographic seeking a new class of offering, currently not available elsewhere in Dubai,” Issam says. “The high-net-worth global citizen is ready for the new dawn of residential experience. The development will become the new landmark of Dubai and will support the “Dubai Plan 2021” in positioning the city as one of the best places to live in the world.”

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid

Madrid, Spain
Date Open: 2019 (no specified date)

 
Working in collaboration with European real estate specialists, ActivumSG Capital Management Ltd. (ASG), Hard Rock International are settling down in the historic city of Madrid when Hard Rock Hotel Madrid opens in 2019. Located opposite the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in the Atocha district, the hotel is in the perfect location for sightseeing and some culture, with the Royal Botanical Gardens and Madrid’s largest railway station close by.
 
There are 159 rooms and suites that act as a heavenly haven to call home during your stay, and there’s also a wealth of dining options including signature restaurant Sessions, and a rooftop bar and terrace that is a brilliant spot for post-dinner drinks. Start the morning right by picking up a java at Constant Grind coffee bar, or alternatively take advantage of the Body Rock fitness centre or the Rock Om wellness program… the choice is yours.

REFURBISHED HOTELS

After a fresh lick of paint, these hotels from around the world have recently been refurbished. From Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla and Raffles Singapore in Singapore to The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables in Miami and Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in the UK, these properties are waiting for you to visit. You may even come back with some interior design ideas for your own home!

Belmond Cap Juluca
Anguilla, Caribbean
Reopen Date: December 2018

 
$121 million in renovations will no doubt see many guests of Belmond Cap Juluca ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ in amazement as they take in the new surroundings of this Anguillan beauty. More than just a paint job, there’s an additional 25-beachfront villas as well as a rustic beach bar, new restaurants and an infinity-edge swimming pool that looks out onto the sea.

Raffles Singapore 
Downtown Core, Singapore
Reopen Date: Summer 2019

 
Raffles Singapore is the flagship of the Raffles brand and is due to reopen in the summer of 2019. The brand is known for its colonial luxury and is an absolute must for a quintessential stay in Singapore. As well as a few touch ups aesthetically here and there, guests can also take advantage of the newly opened bars, restaurants, courtyard and social areas that are sure to bring in the crowds.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
London, UK
Reopen Date: December 2018

 
While the interiors may be different, you can still expect the same five-star customer service when staying at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Since reopening in December 2018, all 181 guestrooms and suites have been given a facelift, and there are also two new penthouse suites complete with a private terrace and art-deco inspired interiors. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has also been refurbished by New York designer Adam D Tihany, and is a phenomenal choice for some rest and relaxation in the capital.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, Miami
Miami, Florida
Reopen Date: December 2018


 
Step back into the 1920s with a stay at the refurbished The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, Miami. The epitome of Hollywood glamour, the National Historic Landmark has received a freshen-up and is now well and truly red carpet ready. The 18-hole golf course has also been refurbished too for the first time in a decade, and will echo the original fairways when the hotel was first opened in 1926.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi changes to a W Hotel
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Reopens: n/a

 
The iconic Yas Island Viceroy Abu Dhabi is set to become a fully functioning W Hotel in time for the 2019 Formula 1 Final in the emirate. Several areas across the hotel are set to be refurbished including the lobby, the swimming pool and the rooms in the signature W style that has made the brand so iconic. The hotel is set to remain open while the refurbishments are underway.
Guy Humphrey

Guy Humphrey is a Content Writer

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