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Hot New Hotels 2021: International Openings

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Something to look forward to: some of the most exciting luxury hotel openings of 2021

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We all need something to look forward to right now. While we’ll have to wait and see exactly how the landscape for international travel unfolds in 2021, let us focus on some positive news from the travel sector. These luxury resorts and retreats are all scheduled to open in 2021 and, frankly, we’d like to be at any or all of them right now. Browse our roundup of the most exciting new luxury hotel openings of the year.

Want to stay closer to home? Check out our roundup of new UK hotel openings for 2021.

Hot New Hotel Openings 2021: Worldwide

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  • Airelles Chateau de Versailles

    Airelles Chateau de Versailles, Le Grand Controle, France

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Set to be a true show-stopper, set within the grounds of iconic Chateau de Versailles, with views over the Orangerie, the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses and The Palace, Le Grand Controle will feature 14 luxurious rooms and suites, a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant with terrace, bar, restorative spa by Valmont and a 15-metre indoor swimming pool. If it’s a little slice of luxury you’re looking for in 2021, this is it.

    BOOK: Rates at Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle will start from €1,300 including breakfast |

  • Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Private Island

    Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Private Island

    Opening: Open now

    Brand new for 2021, Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the largest Maldivian private island spanning 32,000 square metres, in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Accessible from Malé, guests can be escorted directly via a 40-minute ride on the resort’s Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight. The estate accommodates 24 guests across two, three and four bedroomed residences, placed across the island’s private beach and overwater. The two-bedroom overwater villa will offer a unique ocean experience with two master bedrooms with double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, a shared living room, infinity pool and jacuzzi. Sounds like the ideal post-lockdown escape, no?


  • Chateau de la Messardiere

    Chateau de la Messardiere, St Tropez, France

    Opening: Summer 2021

    The Chateau de la Messardiere will be joining the Airelles brand and reopening following a three-year renovation, which includes decreasing the hotel’s room count by 33 to create 75 new spacious rooms and suits with their own private terraces. The property will feature a large outdoor swimming pool and terrace, five food and drink outlets, plus a new Valmont spa including seven treatment rooms, a cryotherapy chamber, hammam, sauna, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. A new Kid’s Kingdom will also please younger guests.

    BOOK: Rates at Château de la Messardière start from 750 Euros in a Classic Room based on the new inclusive rate concept including breakfast |

  • San Domenico Palace

    San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel, Italy

    Opening: Summer 2021

    This hotel on the hilltop of Taormina in Sicily comprises an ancient Dominican monastery from the 15th century, as well as a Grand Hotel Wing that was added in 1896. Guests will be able to enjoy clear views of the surrounding waters and Mount Etna, original architecture and facades from the historic building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beach club, lush gardens, and several restaurants and bars including the two-Michelin Star Restaurant, Principe Cerami. Former guests of San Domenico Palace include Oscar Wilde, King Edward VIII, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren.


  • Mauritius

    LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Mauritius

    Opening: Autumn 2021

    This 116 rooms property will offer sophisticated beachside living in the popular Grand Baie nieighbourhood in the north of Mauritius. Much-loved London designer Kelly Hoppen is responsible for the innovative and modern interiors. There will be three on-site dining options including an inventive raw restaurant and bar called Bisou, plus an adults-only rooftop with a 30m infinity pool and an open-air wellness space and spinning studio. There will also be an on-site kids club offering learning and activities like kids Aquaponics and exploration in the homegrown vegetable garden.


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  • Kagi Maldives Spa Island

    Kagi Maldives Spa Island

    Opening: Open now

    Another appealing five-star addition to the Maldives attractive offering, Kagi Maldives Spa Island has launched in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll. This boutique 50-villa property will provide guests with a complete wellness experience, just a 15-minute seaplane or 60-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. The property features a 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub with an open-air, teardrop-shaped sky roof at its centre, plus a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef.


  • YTL Hotels’ Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Japan

    YTL Hotels’ Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Japan

    Opening: Open now

    Higashiyama Niseko Village is the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan. This 50-room resort resides at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri in Niseko Village with panoramic views of Mount Yotei and the surrounding mountains. The property is a world-class gateway to Niseko’s 2,191 acres of skiable terrain plus extensive backcountry skiing. Luxury amenities will include two restaurants, one lounge, a spa and onsen and a fitness centre.

    BOOK: Rates from JPY 65,000 in the summer season and JPY 120,000 in the winter |


  • Bvlgari Hotel Paris

    Bvlgari Hotel Paris, France

    Opening: Summer 2021

    The seventh hotel in the Bvlgari collection will offer 76 rooms, most of them suites, plus a host of luxury facilities including a spa with 25m pool and a Bvlgari restaurant and bar. A design collaboration between the Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, and Parisian architects Valode & Pistre, expect traditional Parisian splendour with a contemporary, chic feel.


  • Six Senses Shaharut

    Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Set in the Israeli Negev Desert, the Six Senses Shaharut resort is lain into a dramatic cliff with panoramic views of the desert landscape. The property will be home to 60 suites and villas nestled halfway into the ground, designed to take advantage of the natural beauty and minimising impact on its surroundings thanks to the integration of sustainable processes and technologies. Local carpenters, welders, masons, as well as ceramic artists were chosen to contribute to the project. There will be one main restaurant, a poolside bar and grill, a juice bar, as well as an authentic tented Bedouin dining experience with a fire pit for late night feasting. The open-air amphitheater created from the natural terrain contours will be transformed into a Six Senses ‘Cinema Paradiso’ beneath the stars.

    BOOK: Rates at Six Senses Shaharut will start from $1,000 (currently approx. £776) per night based on two people sharing including breakfast |

  • W Algarve, Portugal

    W Algarve, Portugal

    Opening: Spring 2021

    W Hotels Worldwide’s first opening in Portugal, W Algarve is located outside of Albufeira, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel will have 134 rooms and suites plus 83 residences, all ocean facing and with spacious balconies. Facilities are to include a state-of-the-art fitness centre ‘FIT’, an ‘Away’ Spa, plus outdoor pools and two on-site restaurants.  ‘Extreme WOW Suites’ will feature a rooftop terrace where luscious gardens plus an elevated lounge seating spot, DJ booth, dining and bar area, and an infinity pool from which guests can soak up sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean.

    BOOK: Prices start from €270 per night based on two adults sharing a room |

  • Habitas, Namibia

    Habitas, Namibia

    Opening: Open now

    Habitas, Namibia is focused on connecting people to nature through shared experience, set within a 35,000-acre private reserve, with 15 rooms constructed for minimum environmental impact. The lodge sits on a hilltop alongside a restaurant, a pool and a fire-pit area to lounge in. The hotel offers a host of activities including safari walks and drives guided by San Bushmen to see species that are only found in Namibia, jam sessions led by local musicians and innovative outdoor mediation sessions.


  • Hotel Castello di Reschio

    Hotel Castello di Reschio, Umbria, Italy

    Opening: Spring 2021

    This 3,700-acre ancient pastoral estate in the Umbrian hills is being brought back to life by three generations of the Bolza family, who have set about transforming the crumbling farmhouses that dot the land into one-of-a-kind private homes. This year will see Reschio’s thousand-year-old castle open its doors to the public as a beautifully restored and reimagined 36-room hotel, restaurant and spa. Expect terracotta-brick or wooden floors, sumptuous Italian fabrics and bespoke furniture designed by Count Benedikt himself, plus original oil portrait paintings, photographs and curiosities hand-picked by the family from local antique markets. There will be two on-site dining options plus The Bathhouse, with a hammam, sauna, large plunge pool and two treatment rooms that fill the castle’s dramatic vaulted stone cellar.


  • Rosewood Le Guanahani, St Barth

    Rosewood Le Guanahani, St Barth

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Situated on a private 18-acre peninsula overlooking the beautiful beaches Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, the Rosewood Le Guanahani ST Barthswill will offer 66 guestrooms, suites and villas. The property is the only full-service resort on St. Barth, offering a range of updated amenities including a distinct beachfront dining concept and new pool, a Rosewood Explorers children’s club, fitness center, tennis court, Sense, A Rosewood Spa and dedicated event spaces.


  • Mama Shelter, Bahrain

    Mama Shelter, Bahrain

    Opening: 2021

    Mama Shelter is set to open in Bahrain this year, in the capital city of Manama, in the prime waterfront district. Mama Bahrain will offer 160 rooms with design by MAMA’s Design Studio, led by Benjamin El Doghaïli. A trademark rooftop will be available for guests, which is sure to become a new city hot spot for drinks and shisha with unobstructed views of the marina. The hotel will feature a swimming pool and solarium and a mini sports club.


  • Gran Meliá Cam Ranh Bay

    Gran Meliá Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

    Opening: Autumn 2021

    Situated on the southeastern coast of Vietnam, Cam Ranh Bay is a beautiful deep-water shelter. The hotel is located close to the Tu Van Pagoda and Binh Ba Island, offering 201 rooms, all with a sea view, as well as 92 villas with individual swimming pools. Guests will also be able to enjoy the beach club, spa and two new restaurants.


  • Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech

    Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech

    Opening: Autumn 2021

    Marking the brand’s first foray into Africa, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech, Morocco is set to open in late 2021. Nobu Hotel Marrakech will be located in the Hivernage district, just steps from the historic heart of the city, souks and vibrant Djemaa el-Fna. Offering 71 spacious guest rooms and suites, plus a selection of dining venues and rooftop spaces the hotel will also be home to a luxurious spa and fitness centre with in and outdoor swimming pools and meeting and event spaces.


  • CAYO Exclusive Resort and Spa

    CAYO Exclusive Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Boasting four restaurants, a spa and its own private seafront, CAYO Exclusive Resort and Spa is set to bring a real slice of luxury to Crete in 2021. Overlooking the charming Elounda Bay, the hotel’s architecture blends into the mountainous landscape, with access to the island’s beaches, hilltop villages and countryside all waiting to be explored.


  • Zafiro Palace Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

    Zafiro Palace Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Set in Camp de Mar, a picturesque village sheltered by mountains, Zafiro Palace Andratx will be an all-suite, 5-star Palace Hotel with 304 contemporary suites ranging from junior suites with private pools, penthouse suites with private terraces and plunge pools, to the owner’s suite overlooking the bay of Camp de Mar. The hotel is located alongside Andratx Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course featuring Spain’s longest and most challenging hole: the ‘Green Monster’.

    BOOK: Rooms start at £132 a night in a Junior Suite, on a B&B basis. For more information or to book, please visit

  • The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

    The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

    Opening: June 2021

    The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is set to be a 100-villa property on the beaches of the North Malé Atoll, marking the brand’s debut in the region. A 50- minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport, the resort will offer guests direct access to the white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs. Guest villas will range from one to three bedrooms, with on-site dining options, plus a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities, including a signature The Ritz-Carlton Spa.


  • OKU Ibiza

    OKU Ibiza, Spain

    Opening: Spring 2021

    This flagship property of the new OKU boutique hotel collection, OKU Ibiza will be located on the south west coast, just a moment’s walk from the beautiful Cala Gracio bay and beaches. In contrast to the white isle’s hedonistic pursuits, OKU Ibiza will champion slow living, inspired by nature and the ideal spot to begin an exploration of this beautiful island. The hotel will feature 189 guest rooms and suites, a 4-bedroom private villa, two restaurants overseen by Executive Chef Mark Vaessen from Sushi Samba, and a spa.

    BOOK: Rates start from €300 (currently approx. £276) based on two sharing a classic room on a B&B basis.

  • Ace Hotel Brooklyn

    Ace Hotel Brooklyn, USA

    Opening: Spring 2021

    Located in Boerum Hill on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn, the newest Ace Hotel will feature 287 rooms designed in partnership with longtime Ace collaborators Roman and Williams. The guest rooms pair floor-to-ceiling windows with original artwork by local fiber and textile artists, the higher floors offer 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty.


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Pictured: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Private Island