From Venice to Thailand, from Bali to England and from France to Vietnam, see what we look forward to discovering this year—and note down their opening dates (bearing in mind they may change as things delay).
1. The Chedi Club Jimbaran, Bali
The highly anticipated Chedi Club Jimbaran—the fourth property in Bali for GHM Hotels—will open its doors in the first quarter of 2015. The all-villa resort pushed back its opening date, as it was originally slated to debut last year.
As can be found at the group’s other properties (like The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and The Chedi Muscat in Oman), The Chedi Club Jimbaran will champion the highest standards of luxury with just 34 villas serviced by private butlers and equipped with personal pools. Privacy is a real focus of the resort, as it has a privileged geographical position hidden away in the hills next to the sandy beaches fringing Jimbaran Bay.
The villas come with fully equipped kitchens and Balinese pavilions for alfresco meals. Resort facilities include a spa, health club, U-shaped pool, a well-stocked library and an open-air restaurant serving a wide variety of cuisine from both Eastern and Western traditions. Walter Hess is the general manager.
2. Cotton House, Barcelona
This March, the Cotton House Hotel, a five-star hotel located in the former home of the Cotton Textile Foundation – “Fundación Textil Algodonera” – will open its doors in Barcelona’s central Gran Vía.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Cotton House became a landmark in the city ever since. Built by members of the Barcelona bourgeoisie, at the height of textile industry, the building was designed so as to conserve the neoclassical tradition typical of the period, but also with a marked modern focus.
We have written a special article about the much talked about Cotton House. Read more about this fabulous hotel HERE.
3. Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Hôtel de Crillon is more than just one of the world’s most majestic hotels, it is a landmark that personifies the poise, elegance and spirit of Paris. Originally built in 1758, Hôtel de Crillon enjoys an unrivalled position overlooking Place de la Concorde, the most enviable address in Paris. With its perfectly proportioned, neoclassical façade, the building has stood through the reign of two French Kings, the French Revolution, the rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire and the birth of the League of Nations.
On 30 March 2013, Hôtel de Crillon closed its doors to begin a complete restoration that will add a contemporary polish to the hotel while remaining respectful of its traditions and faithful to its character. The renowned architect Richard Martinet will be working with artistic director, Aline d’Amman and three Paris-based decorators, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Tristan Auer, to create rich, new interiors. When Hôtel de Crillon reopens, in mid-2015, it will offer luxurious accommodation, historic reception rooms and new restaurants and bars.
4. The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam
The Reverie Saigon, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is a high-end property that opened in early January 2015, within the new 39-floor Times Square building in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.
The Reverie Saigon redefines urban opulence in Vietnam with 286 guest rooms and suites; five dining and nightlife options, with restaurants ranging from Cantonese to Italian, as well as the longest bar counter in Saigon, the length of a city block.
There is also be an outdoor pool, 1,200 square meter spa and fitness center, 16 function spaces, a helicopter pad, and a fleet of high-end vehicles to serve guests, including two limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragons.
5. Keemala Phuket, Thailand
This luxury hotels consists in a collection of 38 distinctly designed pool and villas in Phuket, Thailand. They are nestled well away from the crowds and overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. Positioned in the lush woodlands, Keemala offers a retreat from every day life and is looking forward to welcoming you to an enchanting wonderland.
Keemala captivates the indigenous values of early Phuket culture through distinctive architecture, interior designs and historical story telling, creating magical moments that turn into long lasting memories for guests.
Keemala is close enough to the village and also the liveliness of Patong, yet remote enough removed for you to take time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the rainforest. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a special occasion with friends and family, your stay will be memorable. Keemala will welcome its first guests in August 2015.
6. JW Marriot Venice
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts plans to open its first Italian hotel in Venice and first resort in Europe in March 2015. The 266-room property, created in collaboration with award-winning Italian architect firm Matteo Thun & Partners, has an exceptional lagoon location on its own island, with stunning views of St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will combine the very best in contemporary hotel design with the heritage and elegance of its location, bringing the historic buildings and parklands of Isola delle Rose(Rose Island) back to life as a world-class urban resort.
More about this hotel HERE.
7. Villa Stephanie, Baden-Baden, Germany
Europe’s most impressive and innovative new spa opened in January 2015 at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany – the flagship property of the Oetker Collection.
The new spa, housed in the historic Villa Stéphanie adjacent to the existing hotel, offers an integrated approach to health that reflects the hotel’s decades of experience and expertise in the spa and medical realm. The new ultra deluxe extension to Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa focuses on four distinct areas combining beauty, detox & nutrition, emotional and medical care. It is surrounded by nature and the lush green park of the famous Lichtentaler Allee in the center of Baden-Baden – Europe’s most historic spa town – in the foothills of the country’s largest National Park, the Black Forest.
Covering an area of 54,000 square feet, Villa Stéphanie expands over five floors and comprises a 5,382-square-foot sauna, plunge pool, private gym, hamam, and Ladies Sauna. There are also 15 treatment rooms with private terraces overlooking the gardens and a salon. The 12 double rooms and three impressive corner suites include personalized arrangements designed for guests who wish to stay overnight. Villa Stéphanie also will connect to ‘Haus Julius’, a 18,300-square-foot property dedicated solely to Brenners Medical Care.
8. Suiran Kyoto, Japan
Scheduled to open in March 2015, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto is being developed as a ryokan-style accommodation, or small Japanese inn. Located in the Arashiyama district in the western part of Kyoto, the hotel occupies part of the grounds of Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site that since the 1960s housed ‘Rantei,’ a well-known traditional Japanese ryokan long used by the Japanese government to entertain VIPs.
In addition to the newly built guestrooms and facilities, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto, will retain elements of its esteemed past, including the preservation of two original structures: ‘Enmei-kaku’, built in 1899, and ‘Hasshoken’, constructed in 1910 – both of which are currently undergoing extensive renovations and will ultimately house a signature restaurant and cafe.
With only 39 rooms, the hotel will offer an intimate experience in Kyoto – a city steeped in tradition with numerous historic palaces, temples and shrines. Each guestroom will be designed in culturally significant hues and traditional motifs. Amenities will include a lobby lounge, signature restaurant, meeting room, fitness center and spa. In addition, the brand’s signature concierge service will serve as a portal for travelers to discover the intriguing and less explored sights of Kyoto.
9. The Gainsborough Bath&Spa, England
The first Leading Hotels Of The World Hotel to open in the UK, located outside London. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, will be opening early 2015, in the historical UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.
Made up of three beautiful historical buildings, each with a Grade II listed Georgian façade; the site of The Gainsborough Bath Spa has enjoyed an interesting history. The property was originally built as the United Hospital in 1824, with designs by renowned architect John Pinch. In 1932, the Hospital closed and the property became home to Bath College until 2005.
The hotel will offer guests beautifully appointed rooms with views that overlook the UNESCO World Heritage City and the surrounding hills beyond. Visitors to the hotel will be charmed by guest rooms flooded with light from 16ft tall windows framed by long dramatic draperies. Three exclusive Spa Suites will be the only guest rooms in the UK to offer guests in-bathroom access to the thermal waters via a third tap, giving guests the luxurious choice of bathing in thermal or non-thermal water.
The opening party will be just in time for Easter.
10. The St. Regis San Clemente Palace, Venice
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announced the highly anticipated opening of The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace in April 2015 following an extensive restoration.
Idyllically situated atop a private island in the heart of the Venice lagoon, the enchanting Venetian retreat will join Starwood’s impressive portfolio of nine luxury hotels in Italy.
Led by award-winning international designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and GA Design, the hotel’s renovation will feature 191 luxurious guest rooms and suites overlooking the lagoon and heavenly gardens. Guest rooms and suites will feature a harmonious blend of contemporary decor with distinct Venetian craftsmanship, including heritage terrazzo floors and brocades. Among the hotel’s exquisite 48 suites, a majestic Royal Suite and an impressive Presidential Suite will set a new standard in Venice.
This storied building which once served as a monastery, military outpost and guest home for Venetian nobility at different times from the 12th through to the 17th century, has retained its charming historic character through the meticulous year-long renovation, now debuting as The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace.