Urban thrills, rural idylls, sustainable retreats and island hideaways – 2020’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. The Very Best Wellness Retreats Best New Hotel Openings 2020
In this year’s rundown of hot new hotels we run down Europe’s most exciting openings, from the UK to France (where the Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle is making waves) and Warsaw for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Elsewhere you can sleep under the stars in Namibia, check out The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai or opt for a rainforest adventure in Borneo. Our edit of 2020’s biggest hotel openings is something you must check out, before you check in…
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Photo 1 of The Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London, UK Opening: Open now
The name is synonymous with law and order, but Great Scotland Yard has now entered new territory, operating as a five-star hotel – part of The Unbound Collection By Hyatt. Robin Gill’s rustic restaurant The Yard is the hotel’s centrepiece, alongside main bar 40 Elephants, inspired by the infamous 19th century female shoplifting gang. There are 152 bedrooms, plus a standalone Georgian townhouse serving as the hotel’s version of a presidential suite.
hyatt.com Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, Paris, France Opening: Spring 2020
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle will welcome its first guests in Spring 2020. Set within the perimeter of the Palace grounds Le Grand Contrôle will offer exclusive access and experiences at Chateau de Versailles to staying guests. With 14 bedrooms in an 18th century style courtesy of architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer, guests will also have access to a private spa and a restaurant led by Alain Ducasse.
airelles.com The Harper, Norfolk, UK Opening: April 2020
Known for its green pastures and unspoilt coastline, a staycation in North Norfolk just became even more appealing. The Harper will be set in Langham’s old glass blowing factory, with bespoke glass features throughout its signature mismatched design. Each of the large bedroom designs is different, so multiple visits may be necessary.
theharper.co.uk W Ibiza Opening: April 2020
Positioned on the palm-fringed beachfront of Santa Eulalia, the chic W Ibiza is the perfect spot if you’re seeking that elusive off-the-beaten-track Ibizan escape. With signature W styling, featuring local designs and finishing touches, this is the perfect base for your While Isle pursuits whatever you’re seeking, from headspace to hedonism.
marriott.com Iniala, Malta Opening: April 2020
Located in the historic St Barbara Bastions in Valetta, Iniala will be spread across four Maltese townhouses and ancient vaults dating back to the 1600s. With 23 rooms and suites, the hotel is the latest brainchild of philanthropist, Mark Weingard and will overlook the famous Grand Harbour.
iniala.com/malta The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Cruises When? June 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection launches its ultra-luxury cruises itineraries this June with first ship Evrima. This 298-passenger ship will feature 149 all-balcony suites with journeys planned throughout the Caribbean and Europe. The yacht will house five fine dining venues, but with extended destination stays along the way the choices are set to be endless.
CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa, Crete, Greece When? Summer 2020
Situated in Crete’s Elounda, five-star CAYO holds a private spot on Plaka beach, just minutes away from Agios Nikolaos, and a short boat ride from archaeological site Spinalonga. Expect beautiful sea views, plenty of sunlight and a resort built upon the area’s natural beauty. Eco credentials include solar panelling heating 60% of the site’s water, an on-site organic garden and produce sourced from eco-farms. With menus created by Chef Lefteris Lazarou – the first Greek chef to be awarded with one Michelin Star – the culinary offering is sure to impress, while wellness offerings onsite will include yoga, pilates and detox therapies.
How? cayoresort.com MarBella Elix, Parga, Greece Opening: June 2020
The third property from the MarBella Collection group, the MarBella Elix will be situated close to Perdika village, where the mountains meet the sea. This family-orientated property offers an Adventure Club for kids and tends run by the Exploration Society and activities for all the family to enjoy include searching for hidden bays in a kayak and trekking the surrounding mountains.
marbellacollection.gr Four Seasons Hotel Madrid, Spain Opening: winter 2020
The Four Seasons Hotel Madrid will be the group’s first Spanish property in the heart of the capital. Located in Centro Canalejas where seven historic buildings have been transformed into a 200-room and 22 residence Four Seasons hotel. Rooftop dining by Spanish celebrity chef Dani García is also part of the plan, plus a four-level spa and pool terrace.
fourseasons.com/madrid The Blonde Hedgehog, Alderney, Channel Islands Opening: Early 2020
Located on the cobblestone streets of St Anne, Alderney, The Blonde Hedgehog (named after the island’s rare native species) will comprise nine rooms and suites set across two buildings, plus one detached three-bedroom cottage. The hotel’s interiors are by Charlie Horner Design featuring antiques plus pieces by British brands including OKA and Parker Howley & Co, making for a home away from home. Guests can spend their time enjoying cliff walks, rock pooling, birdwatching and exploring the WWII forts.
blondehedgehog.com Ikos Andalusia, Spain Opening: May 2020
The fifth addition to Ikos Resorts’ group of all-inclusive property, Ikos Andalusia will be the first property outside of Greece. Located on Playa de Guadalmansa, the hotel will have 411 rooms plus 21 acres of gardens and miles of sandy beach. At Ikos Resorts, all-inclusive means à la carte menus curated by Michelin starred chefs, 24-hour room service, beach waiter service, complimentary kids’ clubs and a ‘Dine Out’ offering allowing guests to dine at local restaurants as part of their stay. Guests will also have complimentary use of a MINI car to explore the area, plus museum tickets and golf passes.
ikosresorts.com Bvlgari Hotel Paris, France Opening: 2020
Located at 30 Avenue George V, the seventh hotel in Bvlgari’s portfolio was previously a 19th century Haussmannian. With 76 rooms, predominantly suites, Bvlgari Hotel Paris will also have a host of luxury facilities including a spa with a 25 metre pool. Il Ristorante – Niko Romito will also be one of the biggest culinary openings of the year, the visionary of Michelin-chef Niko Romito.
bulgarihotels.com T-Nest, Lika, Croatia Opening: May 2020
The first environmentally friendly five-star resort of its kind in Croatia, T-Nest will sit in the region of Lika, named after Nikola Tesla. Set in the heart of the forest and situated around a lake, the opening is the brainchild of Goran Strok, founder of Adriatic Luxury Hotels. With 72 lakeside, treetop and forest villas sleeping up to six, the resort will also feature two a la carte restaurants. Lake swimming (plus swimming the heated pool), forest yoga and spa treatments using forest plants and herbs are all on the agenda for guests.
Book with prestigeholidays.co.uk Nobu Hotel Barcelona, Spain Opening: February 2020
Bringing with it the city’s first Nobu Restaurant, a gym and spa, dining concept Kozara and a panoramic terrace, Nobu Hotel Barcelona is set to bring some sparkle to the city in 2020. The Nobu Restaurant and Bar will be situated on the 23rd floor with city views to accompany the famous Black Miso Cod plus some new dishes reflecting the local flavours of the city. Located in the Catalan neighbourhood of Eixample, Nobu Barcelona is a short walk from the Plaza de España and the buzzy La Rambla.
barcelona.nobuhotels.com Villa Igiea, Palermo, Italy Opening: Summer 2020
Set at the foot of Mount Pellegrino and overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Palermo, Villa Igiea is an iconic palazzo set to open in summer 2020, part of Rocco Forte Hotels. Having hosted royalty and Hollywood stars over the last century since it originally opened in 1900, Villa Igiea is one of the most distinguished properties of the era. The property’s period features will be preserved in the redesign, including the Basile room.
roccofortehotels.com Nobu Warsaw, Poland Opening: Early 2020
With 2020 marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, there’s never been a better time to explore Poland and the site of the Warsaw Uprising. Set in the heart of the historic city, Nobu Hotel Warsaw is the group’s first Polish property, occupying a new building on Wilcza Street designed by Medusa Group.
nobuhotels.com Villa Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Opening: April 2020
Located next to the famous Tivoli Gardens and the Meatpacking District, Villa Copenhagen is an architectural landmark turned luxury hotel, which will offer 390 guestrooms and suites. As well as offering the highest levels of comfort and service, this Nordic Hotels & Resorts property is also continuing the group’s environmental commitments with sustainable initiatives and practices.
preferredhotels.com Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Ostuni, Italy Opening: February 2020
This elegantly restored red palace in the heart of Puglia’s white city Ostuni Paragon 700 will feature 11 rooms and suites, each curated to reflect the region’s charm.
Set to be the only hotel in the centre with a swimming pool and garden, with food courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Paulo Airaudo. The palace’s former water chamber is being transformed into a spa that will offer a Turkish bath, Himalayan salt wall, multi-sensory shower and a natural whirlpool dug into the ground.
paragon700.com Kwessi Dune, Namibia Opening: March 2020
Natural Selection’s newest property will be the Kwessi Dune Lodge in Namibia in March 2020. Set in 215,000 hectares in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the property will have easy access to Soussuvlei’s rust red sand dunes and the Deadvlei. With 10 thatch and canvas rooms, this intimate lodge will immerse guests in their wild surroundings, with the option to sleep outside under the African night sky, too.
theluxurysafaricompany.com Riggs Washington DC, USA Opening: Early 2020
From the group behind Sea Containers London and the Pulitzer Amsterdam comes Riggs Washington DC, the group’s first US property. The property was once home to Riggs National Bank (the ‘Bank of Presidents’) in the capital’s Penn Quarter neighbourhood, close to the National Portrait Gallery and The White House. The hotel will have 181 rooms including 15 suites, designed by Lore Group’s Jacu Strauss.
riggsdc.com Pendry West Hollywood, California, USA Opening: Summer 2020
If 2020 is calling for some Hollywood glamour, head to the iconic Sunset Strip and check in to Pendry West Hollywood. This Preferred Hotels opening will feature a glass front with interiors designed by Martin Budnizki Design Studio with a focus on Californian glamour. There will be 149 guestrooms including 37 suites and 40 additional residences on offer, and a culinary experience created by Wolfgang Puck. The rooftop pool is sure to be a huge pull throughout the summer launch season.
preferredhotels.com ALOFT Hotel, Puerto Rico, Caribbean Opening: Early 2020
Opening in one of our ‘
hot list’ destinations of 2020, San Juan Puerto Rico, ALOFT Hotel at the Convention Centre promises to inject the area with a ‘new sense of style, innovation and energy’. With UNESCO World Heritage-listed site Old San Juan celebrating its 500th year, there has never been a better time to visit. marriott.co.uk Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing Opening: Early 2020
Located in the hutong quarter, close to Tiananmen Square, Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will allow guests experience the charm of this traditional Beijing way of life in the luxury setting of a brand-new Mandarin Oriental. Set within the labyrinth of alleys and lanes in one of the city’s oldest quarters, Hutongs date back to the 13th century and comprise traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow lanes and alleyways.
mandarinoriental.com The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai, China Opening: 2020
Designed by Olga Polizzi and MAZUALAB, this Rocco Forte Hotels opening is set to be the new destination for luxury in Shanghai. With 219 guest rooms and suites including a Presidential Suite, the designs will draw on Chinese art and Eastern aesthetics. There will also be four dining options including an al fresco bar on the 52nd floor, making it the highest bar in the Puxi area.
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