The Best New Hotels to Try Around the World
Four Seasons Group
The storied hotelier has among the most hotly awaited launches in the next two years, with outposts opening in New York, Miami, the Maldives, and more, as well as all-new packages from the Four Seasons Private Jet experience in Toronto. We’re particularly excited, however, about three properties that we predict will make waves in their respective cities.
Located in the historic Higashiyama temple district, the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (445-3, Myohoin Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan) is a contemporary oasis nestled in a five-acre 12th-century pond garden. To acquaint guests of the hotel’s 123 rooms, suites, and residences, the hotel offers the services of an Experience Creator that can arrange bespoke tours around the ancient city by car, rickshaw, or foot.
Taking over the former location of the Port Authority of London is Four Seasons’ second establishment in the United Kingdom. Boasting proximity to a number of landmarks, including the River Thames and the Tower Bridge, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (10 Trinity Square, London, England) is one of the brand’s more intimate properties, with only 100 rooms including 11 suites. The hotel also features a restaurant by Anne-Sophie Pic, who is at present the only female French chef with a restaurant awarded three Michelin stars.
In Hawaii, the spectacular oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (92-1001 Olani Street, Kapolei, Hawaii) is a welcome addition to the island. Accessible to the often crowded Honolulu and Waikiki Beach but tucked away in the Ko Olina community, the resort offers a range of recreational activities, panoramic views of the Ko Olina white sand beach lagoons and the Waianea mountains, and four specialty suites: the Pacific Suite, Ko Olina three-bedroom suite, the Penthouse Suite, and the Presidential Suite. fourseasons.com.
The Whitby Hotel
Following the success of its chic Crosby Street Hotel in the SoHo district, Firmdale Hotels opens its second New York property with the Whitby Hotel, designed by award-winning interior designer Kit Kemp, who also happens to be the hotel’s co-owner and design director. In an effort to make guests feel truly at home, each of the 86 bedrooms and suites boasts an individual color scheme as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces overlooking midtown Manhattan. Its most premium suite occupies the hotel’s entire top floor, a two-bedroom space with furnished terraces facing both uptown and downtown. West 56th Street at Fifth Avenue, Manhattan; firmdalehotels.com.
The Duxton Club
Making its Singapore entry in the second half of the year, the Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts’ Duxton Club will debut in a pair of prewar structures redesigned by acclaimed designer Anouska Hempel and architect Jacques Garcia. Hempel, whose portfolio boasts Blakes Hotel in London as well as the flagship boutiques of Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef & Arpels, is at the helm of the Duxton House, while Garcia, who previously led the restoration of the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre, helms the refurbishment of the Duxton Terrace. Both buildings are within walking distance of each other and located in Singapore’s stylish and historic Tanjong Pagar district. 83 Duxton Road, Singapore, starwoodhotels.com.
Set to launch later this year is the Aman group’s fourth property in China, and its most ambitious. Following the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing, Amanfayun in Hangzhou, and Amandayan in the old town of Lijiang, Amanyangyun will be a village of historic dwellings inside a camphor forest. A project that spanned over a decade involved the disassembling, relocation, restoration, and rebuilding of structures from over 30 separate villages of Ming and Qing dynasty houses. Each house was assembled piece by piece, and their elaborate carvings tell the stories of families that date back more than 2,000 years. As if that weren’t impressive enough, the project also involved the replanting of 10,000 camphor trees surrounding the property. Located in close proximity to the bustling city of Shanghai, the resort hosts an Aman Spa with two pools, six dining venues, and Nan Shu Fang, a serene garden at the center of one of the villas, and new suites and villas to complement the 24 restored antique villas. aman.com.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa
This recently opened waterfront resort is the first international luxury hotel brand on Phu Quoc island, Vietnam. The 243-room property designed by Bill Bensley offers a choice of luxurious suites, lavish apartments, and grand villas. Modeled after a “mythical academy of learning,” each building is based on a particular academic department. The attention to detail is unparalleled, with no two spaces alike. Dining options include an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, a contemporary Japanese kitchen, a seafood grill, and a Cantonese dining room located inside a beachfront mansion, while the Chemistry Bar and its “chemists” offer a range of spirits and cocktails. marriot.com.
The Peninsula Beijing
After a $123 millionrenovation, The Peninsula Beijing is now open. First built in 1989 as The Palace Hotel by architect K.Y. Cheung, and rebranded as The Peninsula in 2006, the hotel now boasts the largest rooms in Beijing. From the original 525 rooms and suites, there are now only 230 spacious rooms including 61 suites, or 25 percent of the total hotel inventory. Located in central Beijing, just a short walk from Tiananmen Square and other cultural sites, the design inspiration for the hotel’s reinvention can be traced to China’s Middle Kingdom’s imperial palaces and gardens. The Peninsula Beijing worked with Michael Suh, executive director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing in partnership with designer Henry Leung, to integrate a serious art program into its new overall hotel design. With three restyled restaurants—The Lobby, Jing, and Huang Ting—each celebrating Chinese heritage and history, and new programs designed by The Peninsula Academy that extend access to Beijing’s best kept secret experiences, the Peninsula is the must-stay destination when in this historic, economic, and cultural world hub. beijing.peninsula.com.
The Rosewood Phuket
From Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, one of the most active and ambitious luxury hotel and resort world players, comes the new Rosewood Phuket. Located on the Emerald Bay beachfront in southwestern Phuket, one of the last remaining undeveloped areas on the island, the resort will be home to 71 one- and two-bedroom beach, lagoon, and pool villas and 32 two- to nine-bedroom private tropical residences. In line with Rosewood’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy, the resort will celebrate the landscape and culture of its special new home. Led by Phuket-based architectural firm PMC in partnership with the Melbourne-based consultant BAR Studio, the resort will integrate organically into the hillside forest and the contemporary architecture will highlight the landscape’s striking attributes. The property will host four restaurants, a spa, and a wedding pavilion with a private outdoor garden. Other facilities include a beachside organic-form pool, lap pool, gymnasium, yoga pavilion, and children’s club. rosewoodhotels.com.
Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed as the new management for the legendary Hôtel de Crillon. Set to reopen later this year, the famed hotel sits on the most coveted piece of real estate overlooking the Place de la
Concorde in Paris. Regarded as one of the leading ultra-luxury hotel companies in the world, Rosewood’s portfolio includes both new classics as well as historic properties such as Rosewood London and The Carlyle New York. The restoration by Richard Martinet and the new interiors led by Aline d’Amman with three Paris-based decorators, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol, and Tristan Auer, will add contemporary touches to the hotel originally built in 1758. Another muchanticipated addition to the historic property are the Karl Lagerfeld-designed “grand apartments.” “It was essential for us to find an operator who was able to grasp the uniqueness of this iconic property,” say Ramzi Wakim and Laurent Dusonchet, managing partners of Avangard Advisory, the owner’s representatives. “We were seduced by Rosewood’s tailor-made approach and its understanding of true luxury. We are thrilled to have them as partners and we are confident that the Hôtel de Crillon will set new standards among the palace hotels.” crillon.com