A pair of December 2016 openings — the boutique Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges Courchevel and the grand Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai — set the bar high for new luxury hotels that will follow in 2017. The former is home to three restaurant concepts (including Fouquet’s), has easy access to Alpine slopes, a private screening room, and the biggest spa in Courchevel, while the latter marks the completion of the Jumeirah Group’s 20-year, mile-and-a-quarter transformation of Dubai’s coast.
These may be tough acts to follow, but we’ve been keeping tabs on several other planned openings that guests should deem worthy when they see the finished products in the months ahead. Here are the openings to know about.
Banyan Tree, Bodrum: The Singapore-based hospitality brand will arrive in Turkey this spring with a resort in Yalikavak, Bodrum. This is a prime piece of coastal real estate on the Turkish Riviera: a cape surrounded by the Aegean Sea on three sides, overlooking a 1,500-foot private beach. Accommodations include 14 spa suites with private pools and 30 super-sized “branded” suites, 40 standard rooms and a number of private residences. Along with the signature Banyan Tree spa, amenities will run the gamut from a kids club to an outdoor cinema.
Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li: Blending western and Oriental styles, this new hot spot is set to open in March in Shanghai’s Xuhui District, known for its culture. Guests can expect 55 villas with 40 luxury villas. There will also be a library, an Auriga spa and a French brasserie. The hotel is close to the Yu Gardens, the only surviving Ming Dynasty garden in Shanghai. Guests should also visit nearby Longhua Temple, the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai.
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, London: For those seeking to be right in the center of the action in London, this luxury hotel, midway between the West End and East End, is accepting reservations beginning January 26. Eleven of the 100 guestrooms will be suites. Amenities, include a day spa, an indoor pool and vitality pool, a nail salon, two ballrooms and three function rooms. It will also host the first restaurant in the UK by Anne-Sophie Pic — currently the only French female chef to hold three Michelin stars
The Ned, London:The landmark Midland Bank headquarters, dating to 1925 and the inspiration behind the James Bond film “Goldfinger,” will reopen soon as The Ned, London. Highlights include the private members-only Ned Club. The rooftop Ned’s Club Upstairs has a pool, a domed bar and Canopy Bar & Restaurant. Ned’s Club Downstairs has the Vault Room lounge bar; Ned’s Club Active has cardio, strength, and training equipment, a boxing gym, Pilates, yoga and spinning; and Ned’s Club Relax has a swimming pool, hammam, sauna and steam room.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, London: The hotel company owned by actor Robert de Niro and Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is expected to make its debut in Europe this spring. The building’s design mimics that of industrial Shoreditch: materials largely consist of concrete and glass with cantilevering steel beams protruding from the side of the five-story building. Terraced gardens on the eastern side of the property will create a pleasant outdoor space. The triple-height restaurant’s concept is being designed uniquely for this property by Chef Nobu.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will have a three-story lobby complete with Lalique crystal.
The Oberoi, Marrakech:Nestled on a 25-acre plot of land with citrus orchards and olive groves, 20 minutes south of city center, The Oberoi Marrakech plans to take wellness luxury to the next level. At the 21,500-square-foot spa, set on a private island in a lake, guests can undergo Moroccan, Balinese, Western and signature Oberoi treatments. There’s also an indoor and outdoor pool, hammams, fitness center and garden yoga. Even the smallest guestroom measures a spacious 2,100 square feet and comes with 24-hour butler service. Multiple F&B options, a library, business room and children’s activities are among other planned amenities.
Sensatori, Dubrovnik: Karisma Hotels Adriatic is planning to debut a five-star resort in Plat, just outside the old town of the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Destroyed in the Homeland War, the Plat hotel complex was purchased by its new owners early last year for redevelopment. The Hotel Sensatori will have 550 rooms — including swim-up rooms, restaurants, fitness facilities and spas. Karisma Hotels Adriatic is a partnership between Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Croatian conglomerate Agrokor, and Germany-based TUI Group.
Six Senses Fiji: Accessed by a 40-minute boat ride or 10-minute helicopter / seaplane flight, Six Senses Fiji will occupy a 2,100-foot stretch of beach facing the bay. Its 26 pool villas (ranging from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet) each comes with a private plunge pool. Sixty luxury villas all top 6,500 square feet and have westward-facing plunge pools to enjoy sunsets. The spa menu includes the multidimensional Six Senses Integrated Wellness program. Of interest to “green” travelers, the 100 percent solar-powered resort will actively manage its energy, water, waste, biodiversity, and have ongoing tree and coral reforestation projects.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia: Occupying a 30-acre landscaped private island, this resort comprises 40 pool villas. Each combines sustainable materials with modern amenities; some have outdoor showers, and Retreat and Reserve villas have their own mini wine cellars. If requested, “sleep ambassadors” will guide guests in achieving the best possible rest. The spa menu will include several ancient Cambodian healing traditions and the Alchemy Bar will administer a range of treatments. A full-service retail boutique, Cinema Paradiso (an outdoor poolside theater), ice cream parlor, and a specialty restaurant are also planned.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills:Set for a June opening, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will welcome each guest with a three-story lobby complete with Lalique crystal. The rooftop pool — the largest of its kind in the city — comes with VIP cabanas. Each of the 170 guestrooms has oversized balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will be making his West Coast debut, has been tapped to run the hotel’s restaurant. A Spa by La Prairie is also in the works.