Urban thrills, rural idylls, wine estates and secret lodges – 2018’s hot new hotels are tempting us to locations all around the world. Check out our edit of the best new hotels in the UK and beyond.
Hot New Hotels for 2018
Open (in part) as of August 2018, Gara Rock is situated on the unspoiled South Devon coastline with its breathtaking, rugged views. Set to be Devon’s hottest new hotel, guests can choose from a range of stylish accommodation including stylish sea view apartments and charming cottages, while also making the most of exceptional amenities – we’re most excited about the cliff-top pool (not for those with a fear of heights). With fresh local produce served at the hotel’s restaurant, a private beach to relax on and even a cinema, it’s a one-stop retreat that you’ll struggle to leave – but if you fancy an outing to Salcombe, you’ll be glad to hear that the hotel provides boat and Land Rover transfers to make it all the easier. gararock.com
Freshly reopened after a lengthy closure for a complete renovation and expansion, The Machrie Hotel and Links, Islay is the perfect location for a secluded Scottish escape, sitting on seven miles of pristine beach, which guests can access via a private footpath. The hotel has 47 guestrooms, suites and lodges, some with their own kitchens and outdoor terraces, while the restaurant overlooks the eighteenth green of the golf course and the sea with a south-west facing terrace affording sunset views over the Atlantic. The bar is a haven for whiskey lovers, with an extensive selection, mostly from Islay’s eight distilleries. Winter rates start from £145 per room, per night and Summer rates from £235 per room, per night, including breakfast campbellgrayhotels.com/machrie-islay-scotland
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 spectacular 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. oldcoursehotel.co.uk
Launching this summer, The Langley (sister hotel to The Wellesley in London) will have a world-class spa featuring vitality pools and a women-only thermal area. With top- class systems and equipment, the state-of-the-art gym will be led by fitness guru Matt Roberts. Services will include personal training, group classes, health diagnostics and nutrition consultations. thelangley.com
For the last two years, the University Arms in Cambridge has undergone an eighty million pound transformation by the classical architect, John Simpson and designer, Martin Brudnizki. We can’t 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. universityarms.com
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. newroadhotel.co.uk
Cornwall’s Carbis Bay Hotel launched 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] carbisbayhotel.co.uk
Situated in the in the Loire Valley, Le Relais de Chambord opened 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. relaisdechambord.com
Located on the edge of the vast and ancient Nyungwe rainforest in the mountainous landscapes of Rwanda’s southwest, One&Only Nyungwe House opens its doors on 1 October 2018. The 23 guest rooms and suites are designed to fit within the natural surroundings, with log burners in each guest room and suite burning fragrant eucalyptus, plus private decks with breath-taking views over the African terrain and viewing galleries of the rainforest and its wildlife. Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda – a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community. Prices start from £857 based on two people sharing a double room. This is inclusive of three meals and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as two complimentary activities per person per day. oneandonlyresorts.com
As of July, 55 bungalows, suites and villas are available to you – all overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean. What more could you want to round off your next African adventure? 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.
For the trendiest and most extraordinary lodge you’ve ever seen, head to Namibia this year. 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 experience exciting ever-changing weather. £535 per person per night based on two sharing.
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. Opened 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.
This hot new hotel opened this summer, just 35 minutes from Cancun airport – but it couldn’t be further from the area’s party reputation. Chablé Maroma is located on the pristine beach of Maroma in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, and features 70 villas each featuring private swimming pools and moon showers. With its own 650 feet of beachfront, a beach yoga pavilion, 3 restaurants and a 17,000 sq. foot spa, you need never leave (and you won’t want to, either).
This exciting new luxury all-inclusive resort opened its doors in May. 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.
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.
Goatfell reopened on 1 October as the first of three former tea planters’ bungalows to be restored by the Teardrop Hotels group in Sri Lanka’s hill country. The opening follows the success of Camellia Hills, a newly built bungalow which opened in 2017. Located in close proximity to Hatton, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Ella, guests will be able to hop between the bungalows and immerse themselves in the tea country scene. Goatfell is a former superintendent’s residence on a beautiful edge-of-the-world elevation above Nuwara Eliya. Rates for Teardrop Hotels’ (www.teardrop-hotels.com, +94 773 638 381) new tea bungalows start from £280 / US$371 per night on an all-inclusive basis. www.teardrop-hotels.com/goatfell
This luxury Maldives hideaway is located in the Shaviyani Atoll on purely white sand beaches. ‘Sirru Fen Fushi’, means ‘secret water island’, and it certainly is. Comprising of 120 villas, the resort features an abundance of luxurious over-water, beachside and tented jungle villas to choose from. 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. Named the Coralarium, the sculptural installation will not only offer guests a unique encounter with the creatures of the sea, but it also enhances the underwater ecosystem. The perfect luxurious getaway to see the most incredible link between man and nature.
Opening on the island of Vagaru, this impressive 61-villa property is launching in November 2018 and will bring fierce competition to the Maldives. From a treetop restaurant to an expansive wine cellar, or a private pool with every villa, JW Marriot is upping the luxury. Fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean in one of their over-water villas or treat the family to a Royal Water Villa which is complete with nanny’s quarters. Home to five restaurants and bars, they’ll be serving up some Thai tapas in the trees inside The Rum Bar & Bitchen as well as Indian dishes in the Curry Pit. Head to Bistro for an Italian meal or Big Fish East for some Japanese dining. They even have a kids club for when the spa is calling your name…
Created by the founders of the luxe Ibiza hotel group Atzaro, beautiful new super-yacht, Prana By Atzaro, (the biggest of its kind in the world,) is now available for bookings. Crafted in the style of a traditional Indonesian Phinisi (a sail boat with two masts), built entirely of ironwood and teak according to traditional methods, ‘Prana by Atzaro’ offers nine elegant suites, each with their own private ensuite bathrooms.
The yacht features four spacious decks with king size daybeds, plus a yoga deck that doubles as an open-air cinema. Prana’s main deck has inside and outside living, a luxury spa, a water sports deck and a further suite. With fine dining, unlimited water sports, on-board spa treatments, diving and the chance to visit some of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites, ‘Prana by Atzaro’ is the perfect hot new ‘hotel’ for those looking for something a little different. Moored in Indonesia, destinations include Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea and Alor. The starting price for a full charter is $12,500 USD and prices for a single suite with two people sharing starts at $1,540. Prices are all-inclusive and include all meals and snacks, laundry and Internet as well as watersports, diving and excursion fees. pranabyatzaro.com
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.
The White Isle sees one of the most exciting wellness openings of 2018. Seven Pines nestles in a forest on the west coast with incredible sunset views. Its spa, Pure 7, is set to be a game-changer on the island’s wellbeing scene – with organic elements alongside cosmetology, medical aesthetics, meditation, breathwork, yoga, running trails, cross-country biking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Due to launch in winter, Can Bordoy is the perfect place to get some late season sunshine. Purobeach Palma, the popular flagship Purobeach club is a half-hour walk from the new Can Bordoy House & Garden and offers guests the perfect combination of architecture and modernity. Situated in the La Lonja neighbourhood, the boutique hotel is home to one of the area’s largest private gardens. 70 different species of plants are available for guests to explore, and gaze over from the delightful restaurant terrace. Rest your head inside one of the bedrooms, set inside the building’s former libraries and drawing rooms, as you admire the hotel’s exquisite interior detail.
Open as of June, Katikies Mykonos overlooks the cosmopolitan village of Agios Ioannis. The boutique hotel comprises of 35 exquisite rooms, all of which feature panoramic sea views and their very own hot tub or plunge pool. The perfect example of traditional Cycladic architecture and the ultimate luxury staycation. Double rooms start at €345 (approx.. £302) including breakfast.
The most high-end luxury hotel in Skiathos opened its doors in June just in time for the summer season. Nestled atop a hill on the Pounta peninsula, the five-star hotel offers everything from private pools to sea facing villas and most of all, panoramic views. The independently run hotel is surrounded by wildlife refuge and is just a stones throw away from the shore. Guests can choose to stay in the over 16’s only Elivi Xenia Hotel, the family-friendly Elivi Grace Suites or the magnificent Elivi Nest Rooms, Villas & Suites. The Swan Villa is our favourite choice. Inside the Elivi Nest, the seafront villa can sleep up to 8 adults and has its own private pool. Spend your holiday exploring four of the most beautiful beaches in the area from Koukounaries to Ambelakia or Banana and Little Banana Beach. Rates start from €250 per night based on two people sharing a room.
The Alpine Spa at Bürgenstock Resort (set 500m above Lake Lucerne) is set to become one of the top ten spa destinations in the world. The glass-enclosed haven embraces its breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss Alps with floor-to-ceiling windows. Facilities include an outdoor infinity pool to revel in those epic views, panorama saunas, Kneipp baths and Jacuzzis hidden within caves.
A new wellness retreat is heading to the shores of the Lule River. Scheduled to drop anchor in December, Arctic Bath will free- float in summer and stay ice static come winter. The innovative floating creation circles an open air cold bath, great for circulation though not for the faint-hearted; during wintertime the water plummets to 4°C. Post-dip you can defrost in one of several saunas or the hot tub.
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