Urban thrills, rural idylls, sustainable retreats and secret lodges – 2019’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.
Best New Hotel Openings 2019
New UK Hotels 2019
Fingal, a former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, find a permanent home in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith following a £5million development project. Offering beautiful cabins, dining and entertaining space, choose from a luxury cabin with private deck, a duplex cabin with comfortable living space or the stunning Skerryvore Suite with extensive outdoor space to relax and entertain.
BOOK: Call +44 (0)131 3575000 | visit fingal.co.uk
The Langley, Buckinghamshire
Set in The Duke of Marlborough’s former country estate, The Langley has been undergoing a complete multi-million-pound renovation over the last five years. The result? An exquisite 41-room boutique hotel and spa, set within 500 acres of idyllic Buckinghamshire countryside and one of the most exciting UK hotel launches of 2019. With stunning interior design by Dennis Irvine Studio, with original features at the heart of designs and a world-class Sisley spa facility, The Langley is one to check out (or check into) this year.
Grantley Hall, Yorkshire Dales
One of the most talked-about country openings of 2019, Grantley Hall is a 17th century Palladian-designed property in the heart of the idyllic Yorkshire countryside, complete with a lake and English Heritage-listed Japanese Garden. Check into one of 47 rooms and suites, seven diverse drinking and dining venues, a state-of-the-art wedding and banqueting suite, plus a tranquil spa and fitness and wellness offering.
J.K. Place Paris
J.K. Place Paris is being converted from the former European Consulate at 82 Rue de Lille. On the back of the Seine opposite Boulevard Saint Germain, the location and building took the J.K. team over 5 years to find. The group’s first venture outside of Italy, expect a French twist on their signature Italian style, with a design by Michele Bonan. Check in for one of 30 keys, an indoor pool, Sisley Spa and a J.K. f&b experience in partnership with Casa Tua. Some of the furniture was found in flea markets across Paris and carefully restored to form talking points in the guest rooms and public spaces. And to inspire a shopping trip or two while you’re in town…
Villa Passalacqua, Moltrasio
An addition to Grand Hotel Tremezzo, elegant 17th century property Villa Passalacqua is a national Italian monument, standing atop the village of Moltrasio, which will be launching when the hotel opens for the 2019 season. Complete with nine suites, secret underground passageways, frescoes by Napoleon’s chief artist Andrea Appiani, a 200-year-old glass greenhouse hidden among the olive and lemon trees, waterfront swimming pool and ornate furnishings and artworks, this is the ultimate way to experience the region. Illustrious former visitors include Winston Churchill and Napoleon.
BOOK: Rates (including full board with 24hr butler service, private chef and housekeeping service) from: low season (1 March – 2 May 2019 and 7 – 31 October 2019) € 8.000 for Villa Passalacqua / € 10.000 for Villa Passalacqua+Villa Bellini (+10% vat) and high season (3 May – 6 October 2019) € 12.000 per Villa Passalacqua / € 14.000 for Villa Passalacqua+Villa Bellini (+ 10% vat). thevillapassalacqua.com
Hotel De La Ville, Rome
Rocco Forte’s new Hotel de la Ville stands at the top of the Spanish Steps, just to the left of the Hassler Hotel. The Inter Continental since 1959, the building has been reimagined as a haven for visitors in search of artistic and cultural inspiration, just as aristocrats from round the world used to flock to Rome on their Grand Tours. The hotel’s discreet façade gives little indication of the hotel’s size nor of its luscious, maximalist décor, which spells a departure from the more severe urban elegance of its sister Hotel de Russie. There are 104 rooms, some of them suites with generous, comfortable private terraces. Some overlook the terracotta courtyard garden that leads from the Julep Bar, Yellow Print Room and signature restaurant Mosaico. Fragrant with herbs and flowers and shaded by sturdy parasols, it’s a welcome oasis in which to eat away from Rome’s hot, hectic bustle. Tommaso Ziffer designed every space here as if it were a movie set and perhaps best of all is sitting in the Cielo Bar, a signature herb-infused cocktail in hand, watching yet another theatrical sunset over this undeniably magnificent city.
BOOK: Introductory offer from €392 a night; roccofortehotels.com
Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel Alvor, Algarve
As the wellness travel trend continues to grow, new medi spa Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel Alvor will offer a world class dedicated spa and medi-spa for the ultimate in transformational travel. Embracing modern integrative and regenerative medicine with the most advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics, therapies and programmes, this is ‘me time’ on a completely different level. Check into the one Longevity suite for an extra oomph of luxury.
BOOK: Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel () offers a standard room from £191 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on 2 sharing.
Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Located in Palma’s idyllic Old Quarter, Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden is a Mallorcan retreat, located just minutes from the harbour. Hidden on a quiet cobblestone street, the hotel is housed in a renovated medieval mansion featuring restored antique frescoes, wooden beams and gothic relics of the past alongside contemporary design and curated modern artworks. The retreat has 24 individually designed suites while the hotel boasts a secret wild garden with a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and spa treatment spaces set in secluded corners.
BOOK: Rates at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £268 per room per night. preferredhotels.com.
Nobu Hotel Barcelona
The fourth European hotel and third Spanish property in the Nobu Hotels portfolio, Nobu Hotel Barcelona will offer panoramic views of the city when it opens this summer. The Japanese art form of Kintsugi was the main inspiration behind the design of the hotel, which will house 244 rooms, including 43 suites, meeting rooms, event spaces and a Nobu restaurant on the 23rd floor. Reminiscent of Gaudi’s work throughout Barcelona, the interiors will see traditional Japanese broken pottery applied to the walls and ceilings.
INNSiDE Calvia Beach, Mallorca
The centre-piece of this new Mallorca hotspot is the rooftop pool, the largest suspended pool in Europe, featuring views across the beachfront. The rooftop also offers restaurants and bars, making it a hotspot for hotel guests and locals alike. The hotel, part of the Melia group, will partner with local artists to host events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Amàre Beach Hotel, Ibiza
In time for the summer season, Amàre Beach Hotel is opening its doors in Bou Cove in San Antonio Bay. The adults-only seafront hotel aims to bring both sides of the white isle to life, with sunset DJs, stunning views of the Mediterranean, a rooftop infinity pool and beach club. Guests can recover from hedonistic pursuits at the hotel’s Wellness by Germaine de Capuccini, with a range of wellness programmes, therapies and treatments.
BOOK: Nightly rates at Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza start from £126* in a standard double room including breakfast. amàrehotels.com
The brain child of Goran Strok, T-Nest is set to be a luxury eco resort set in the relatively undiscovered region of Lika. Showcasing local craftsmanship and Croatian art, the resort will put eco-travel at the forefront of its plans from sustainable dining initiatives to the natural pool with a ‘biotape’ self-cleaning system, while opening up a new part of Croatia to the luxury tourism market. The resort will be comprised of 70 low density villas, treehouses and lake houses, all set around a natural lake and amongst the forest.
BOOK: Forest Villas start at 310 Euros per night on a B&B basis. teslanest.com
Katikies Garden, Santorini
The seventh hotel in the Katikies Resorts & Club group, Katikies Garden will open in Santorini this summer, set to be the first five-star property situated in the centre of Fira town. Housed in a former Monastery, guests will enjoy the hotels’s unique charm and interesting history, with blossom-filled alleyways, fountains and blooming gardens throughout. With 40 suites spanning seven categories, from Junior Suites with private verandas or gardens and open-air heated jet pools, to the two-floor Katikies Garden Pool Suite which has its own swimming pool, spacious open-plan living and dressing area plus a stunning 120 square metre private garden. The large, main swimming pool will offer panoramic views of Santorini’s famed caldera.
BOOK: Rates at Katikies Garden start from €360 per night in a Junior Suite, including breakfast. katikies.com
Ikos Aria, Kos
Think 40 square-metre private pools, complimentary kids clubs, à la carte menus curated by Michelin starred chefs plus complimentary use of a mini-cooper to explore the island for one day of your stay. Ikos Aria will also offer a ‘dine out’ offering allowing guests to dine at carefully selected, local restaurants across Kos Island for free as part of their all-inclusive stay. The 373 rooms all feature panoramic views across the Aegean Sea and 24-hour room service, while the 850m golden sandy beach is reserved exclusively for hotel guests.
BOOK: Ikos Aria (ikos-aria.com , +30 23730 95300). Rates from €256 per night based on 2 people sharing a double room.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts marks its first hotel in Greece with the opening of Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens this spring. Housed at the end of Astir peninsula on the Athens Riviera, this luxurious seaside escape is just a short drive from the historical centre of Athens. In addition to the hotel, the peninsula, stretched across 30 hectares (75 acres) of pine-dotted and scenic landscaped gardens, also comprises retail and dining options, including Matsuhisa Athens by Nobu; Astir Beach, a unique seaside concept; Astir Marina; and high-end seafront residences.
Hotel Samzeo in Omalo, Georgia
A hiker’s paradise, Omalo is a remote village located between two mountain ranges in Georgia’s historical Tusheti region. Hotel Samzeo will be the first hotel to launch in the region, featuring breath-taking views and plenty of eco-tourism twists. Choose from 43 rooms, including 10 luxury suites and two apartments and enjoy the onsite restaurant serving traditional cuisine and local wine, a lounge area with cosy wood burning stoves, and a spa. Better yet, the hotel will be serviced by energy efficient systems and solar power.
BOOK: Rates at Hotel Samzeo, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £94 per room per night. More information and booking capabilities will be available soon via preferredhotels.com.
Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia
Located in the heart of the Kakheti wine region in Georgia, overlooking the Caucuses mountains, the Tsinandali Estate was once the home of Alexander Chavchavadze (named the father of Georgian Romanticism). The property will shine a light on Tsinandali’s rich history, with Georgian architectural style by world-renowned industrial designer Ingo Maurer in collaboration with celebrated Georgian artist and sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. And of course, the on-site vinotheque is a must-visit.
Lelewatu Resort Sumba in Sumba Island, Indonesia
Totally tropical (and relatively unknown), Indonesia’s Sumba Island is hone to pristine beaches, world-class surf, jungles, and more. Lelewatu Resort Sumba will join the party in spring 2019, set on a cliffside, overlooking a private lagoon and the Indian Ocean. With 27 luxury villas to pick from with Sumbanese wooden interiors, handwoven ikat fabrics, indoor marble baths, and private pools. While you’re there, you can enjoy yoga, horseback riding, trekking, and walks across the beautiful coastline, traditional villages, sacred lakes, and waterfalls.
BOOK: Rates at Lelewatu Resort Sumba, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £710 per villa per night. For more information or to book, visit preferredhotels.com
Rosewood Hong Kong
Launching in its home city of Hong Kong, the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will make a splash with its arrival in spring. Situated within the Victoria Dockside arts, design and conceptual retail district, the 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong will be located at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The ultra-luxury hotel will occupy 27 floors of a multi-use tower, which is set to become a landmark on the world-famous skyline. There will be eight restaurants and lounges, plus recreational facilities including Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool.
The PuXuan, Beijing
Minutes away from the Forbidden City and Beijing’s main commercial and shopping district, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa has been designed by internationally renowned German architect, Ole Scheeren. Choose from 116 luxury rooms (including 24 suites) all featuring an understated, contemporary and soothing aesthetic. Rooms are furnished with handcrafted and artisanal furniture by Hermes-backed Chinese lifestyle brand SHANG XIA, plus many rooms feature uninterrupted views across the Forbidden City of one of Beijing’s oldest neighbourhoods.
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
Located in the heart of the Beijing’s retail district, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing blends contemporary aesthetics with classic Chinese décor. The location gives guests uninterrupted views overlooking the Forbidden City and is within walking distance of all the action. You’ll want to check out the rooftop garden terrace and 25 m indoor lap pool with sky roof, too.
The St Regis Hong Kong
A name with a stellar reputation, St Regis have finally opened the doors to their long-anticipated Hong Kong debut. Described as a curated mansion, the 27-storey property pays homage to the city beyond its walls; combining timeless elegance with cultural innovation and of course, a warm touch courtesy of the hotel’s world-class hospitality. For dinner, you can’t do better than L’Envol where guests can dine on French Haute cuisine created by chef Olivier Elzer who has accumulated an incredible 18 Michelin stars throughout his career. Plus, situated in the vibrant district of Wan Chai you certainly won’t be lacking in things to do.
Lepogo Lodges, South Africa
Opening September 2019, Lepogo Lodges is one of Africa’s few entirely not-for-profit luxury safari options. Located in the, malaria-free Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Limpopo Province, visitors will have the chance to spot the ‘big five’ while resting in the knowledge that the lodges will be offsetting the carbon footprint of every single guest.
BOOK: Nightly rates from £1,133 | lepogolodges.com
Latitude 0°, Kampala, Uganda
Named after its position on the equator, the newest offering from The Latitude Hotels Group is perched on the outskirts of the lively city of Kampala atop the leafy suburb of Makindye. Like their other hotels, interiors are vibrant with interesting art pieces dotted throughout – Latitude 0° feels as much art gallery as hotel, with sweeping views of Lake Victoria and the city. A commitment to sustainability extends throughout the hotel group across energy use, local sourcing, community partnership and HR practices.
A luxury tented camp nestled within the Southern extremity of the Namib desert, in the Karas region (Namibia), Sonop has been designed to resemble a refined British colonial experience of the 1920s. With panoramic desert views, opulent gastronomic experiences, spa and heated outdoor infinity pool, this is camp life at its most luxurious.
BOOK: Rates at Sonop start from EUR 560 per person per night (full board, including tax, daily scenic sunrise drive). zannierhotels.com
LUX* North Male Atoll, Maldives
Want a break from the thatch-roof villas on stilts that have become the signature style in the Maldives? The LUX* North Male Atoll brings something different to the region with its Miami Beach vibe with art deco-style penthouse villas, elegantly styled by Singaporean design group Miaja. Each of the 67 contemporary whitewashed double-storey villas is equipped with a roof deck, so guests can host dinners parties, set up a private cinema, learn about astrology or take photos of the night skies, all in the privacy of their own penthouse.
The Nautilus Maldives
Looking for something new in the Maldives this season? The Nautilus Maldives is a 26-house private island offering complete sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life. Conceived as the ultimate retirement vision the island is designed to resemble an exclusive private home with each house and residence custom designed to include one, two or three bedrooms, a living room, sundeck and private pool. Ocean views, tropical backdrops and unspoiled reef are a given, while each property boasts a private House Captain to ensure guests’ needs are met.
The Merchant House, Bahrain
Set to be Bahrain’s first five-star boutique hotel, The Merchant House is part of the Campbell Gray Hotels group. Located next to the Bab el-Bahrain Souk in the heart of Manama which is currently undergoing a complete regeneration. An all-suite hotel, there are 47 suites with an open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as open plan sitting rooms. The rooftop bar and restaurant open indoor and outdoor dining options with a relaxed garden design for an unexpected escape from the hustle and bustle.
BOOK: Rates at The Merchant House start from approx. £185 per room per night including breakfast. campbellgrayhotels.com
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah
Is this the year you jump in a Cadillac and have a true Western lifestyle experience (with a splash of luxury)? Check out The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah, located on a 3,500 acre ranch in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Try fly fishing, trekking on horse back, working cattle, hiking, biking and cross country skiing. Or just check out the Auberge spa. The Lodge also offers experience the whiskey-making process at the award-winning High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870.
BOOK: Starting rates from $575 aubergeresorts.com
The Roseate Ganges, Himalayas of Rishikesh
A new star property for the Roseate Group, The Roseate Ganges is located in the foothills of the Himalayas of Rishikesh, with breathtaking views across the sacred waters below. With a transcendent view of the sacred Ganges waterway, the retreat features 16 rustic cottages perched upon the riverbanks, each with its own private balcony with panoramic views of the valley and woodlands. The Roseate Ganges will offer meditation, yoga, spiritual hiking to pilgrimage spots, as well as bespoke beachside spa therapies, private dinners, and visits to organic farms, Rajaji National Wildlife Park and also an 18m infinity outdoor pool. Talk about the ultimate de-stresser.
BOOK: Rates start from £360 per night including taxes on a half board basis. roseatehotels.com
The iconic Raffles Hotel has reopened following a complete restoration to update the hotel’s distinctive suites, with the addition of new amenities and technology. Originally opened in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore is the flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world.