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C&TH’s Guide to Hot New Hotels for 2018

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C&TH’s Guide to Hot New Hotels for 2018

Stuck for where to stay on your exotic jaunts? Here are the best new hotels around the world


Urban thrills, rural idylls, wine estates and secret lodges – 2018’s hot new hotels are tempting us to locations all around the world..

Hot New Hotels for 2018


Kohler Waters Spa, St Andrews

Nestled in the heart of Scotland, with incredible panoramic views of the coastline, Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel has just had an enormous eight million renovation and is set to open early 2018. The spa itself has been designed to have two parts to it – one dedicated to the guests’ spa journey and the other to leisure and fitness. Exciting new features to expect are 13 treatment rooms, a spec01tacular rooftop garden with a hot tub, a hydrotherapy pool providing therapeutic bathing, experience showers and an Ice Fountain. For the ultimate spa experience, look no further.

University Arms, Cambridge

For the last two years, the University Arms in Cambridge has undergone an eight million pound transformation by the classical architect, John Simpson and designer, Martin Brudnizki. We cant wait to see the final results. The hotel is situated in the heart if the city and is within walking of almost everything you could think of. Views overlook the beautiful greenery of Parker’s Piece and there are 192 rooms to choose from, including an array of luxurious suites. It doesn’t stop here, there is also a destination restaurant and bar, underground valet car parking and fitness facilities. For a trendy weekend away this is certainly the spot to reside in. From £205 per room.

New Road Hotel, Whitechapel

Opening this year, the 80 bedroom boutique hotel in East London is set to be a stylish port of call when treating yourself to a city staycation. Located in a former textile factory in Whitechapel, this unique hotel has been inspired by the New York metropolis. New Road Hotel will have a brilliant restaurant by prestigious chef Marco Pierre White. Guests can also enjoy live music, check out the games zone or delve into the extensive library. Rooms have exposed brickwork and original factory features to give you that desired urban feel- each room even comes with a mobile phone! You can even book to stay in the Loft which has its very own private rooftop hot tub.

Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall

Carbis Bay

Cornwall’s Carbis Bay Hotel will be launching its new addition of lodges and suites in May 2018. Upping the luxury, guests can enjoy stunning views from, Carbis Bay beach, of the Atlantic Ocean. There will be eight suites that will offer three or four en-suite bedrooms, with a large open plan living and dining room, kitchen and private garden. Every lodge will even offer direct access to guests’ own private stretch of beach. Expect picturesque roof gardens and sub-tropical plants all inspired by the hotel’s natural surroundings. Highlights include hot tubs and heated plunge pools. The hotel has already started taking bookings, so book early to avoid disappointment. Lodge rates are from £1,200 per night. This includes breakfast, taxes and fees. For further information and to book please contact: [email protected]


Le Relais de Chambord, France

France hotel

Situated in the in the Loire Valley, Le Relais de Chambord is set to open on the 9th March, 2018. Highly anticipated, the interior design of the hotel has been put together by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who has contributed a style of comfort and elegance to the 19th Century building. The hotel comprises of 55 rooms, a bistro and a spa including a hammam, sauna and gym. Expect total relaxation and an exceptional stay at Le Relais de Chambord. The hotel is also at the doorstep to the stunning estate of Château de Chambord, with a choice of circuits for hiking in the forest, as well as cycling routes. If you’re looking for an active few days, breathtaking views and excellent food, this is the place for you. 165 per room, per night based on two sharing a Standard Double.


Zannier Hotels, Namibia

Zannier Hotels are opening two of their newest builds in the summer of 2018, in Namibia. With four locations across the globe already, including France, Cambodia, Vietnam (opening 2019) and Belgium, their new hotels are expected to have the wow-factor. Both are luxury lodges, each with 10 bungalows perfect for both couples and families. Omaanda NAMIBIA, is situated within a stunning private animal reserve whilst the other, Sonop NAMIBIA, is a fantastic retreat in a desert landscape. Rates start at EUR 700 (approx. £625) per person per night, including full board, beverages. 

La Clé Country Lodge, South Africa

For an exotic retreat this February, 2018, La Clé Country Lodge will be the perfect five-bedroom boutique lodge for the adventurous among you. Situated in the picturesque Cape Winelands in a valley of a working wine farm, rooms can be booked individually or even the whole property exclusively. Expect traditional interiors and exterior views of sweeping mountains. A stay here will make you never want to leave. £230 per person per night based on two sharing. 

Zuri, Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar

As of May 2018, 55 bungalows, suites and villas will be available to you – all overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean. What more could you want to start off your summer? Situated on the north-west shores of Zanzibar, expect a private paradise of white sands and turquoise waters, as well as a jacuzzi to top it all off. The properties combine modern touches with the elegant tradition of African artwork. £265 per person per night based on two sharing.

Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge

For the trendiest and most extraordinary lodge you’ve ever seen, head to Namibia this June. Shipwreck Lodge is in fact designed to resemble a shipwreck, to give you that authentic desert island feel. Nestled in the sand dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a visit here promises a totally unique adventure. Expect to see a stunning array of wildlife and excitingly ever-changing weather. £535 per person per night based on two sharing.

Hoanib Valley Camp, Namibia

Hoanib Valley Camp

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of camping is not always the most glamorous one, however this is certainly not the case with Hoanib Valley Camp. Opening in June 2018, this gorgeous safari camp is located in the Hoanib River valley, in Namibia’s arid Kunene Region. The focus of your trip will be to explore the desert-adapted wildlife that makes its home there and the camp also hosts a research project with the resident Giraffe Conservation Project.


Beachfront Collection at Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Nestled under the gaze of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pitons, the Beachfront Collection at Sugar Beach, A viceroy Resort was launched in December 2017. The collection currently comprises two properties, available for private holiday rental. Expect an unforgettable experience, with floor to ceiling glass doors that allow constant views of the Pitons, four master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a private outdoor shower and balcony terraces. Designed by British architects, Michaelis Boyd, the two properties use all-natural materials in one of the world’s most desired and secluded holiday spots.


Ikos Dassia, Corfu

Ikos Dassia

This exciting new luxury all-inclusive resort will be opening its doors on 3rd May, 2018. Ikos Dassia is the third resort to open in Greece from the Ikos chain and aims to bring high-end dining to guests, advertising itself as a family resort, with something for everyone to enjoy. A vast range of activities are on offer, such as tennis, water sports and plenty of evening entertainment – even Greek dancing.

Marbella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas, Corfu

Marbella Nido Suite Hotel

Another gorgeous hotel that Corfu has to offer, is the Marbella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas. A luxury, adult-only hotel that is “more than just a bed and breakfast” – the hotel offers 70 junior suites that will promise a unique experience and a romantic stay. With the hotel name ‘Nido’ deriving from Italian meaning ‘nest,’ the hotel reflects this in its warmth and intimate environment. Mediterranean feasts and a spa are just a few of the treats that await you.

South Asia

Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives

Maldives hotel

Due to open in April 2018, this luxury Maldives hideaway is located in the Shaviyani Atoll on purely white sand beaches. ‘Sirru Fen Fushi’, means ‘secret water island’, and that it certainly is. Panoramic views surround the hotel and its 120 luxury water villas. It gets better: Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi has the Maldives’ first underwater sculpture museum, created by British artist, Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor’s work has been recognised by National Geographic as one of the top 25 Wonders of the World.



X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, Thailand

chiangmai riverside resort

Residing in Thailand’s cultural capital, Chiang Mai, X2 sits on the tranquil banks of the Ping River, enjoying glorious views all year round. The luxury resort consists of five storeys and thirty suites. Guests can enjoy spa and fitness facilities, as well as a spectacular rooftop pool. Here’s what you didn’t know: hotel X2 has a Michelin star Oxygen Dining Room with an H2O Water bar and Tea lounge. These unique features allow visitors to pair mineral water from around the world with Tea blends from renowned tea estates. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

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