From the depths of Mexico’s jungles to the secret sandbanks of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea, these are some of the most exciting new hotel openings in 2024.
Comprising floating villas, luxury treehouses, ski-chalet designs and more than a few skyscrapers, this year’s new hotels are fun, unique and exciting.
Including a five-star safari experience in the Okavango Delta and quiet, natural luxury in the Greek islands, some of the most aspirational and coveted luxuries offered by the hotels in this list are grounded in wellness and nature, as many hoteliers turn towards more wholesome practices – in both the design and offerings at their properties.
These are the 24 new hotel openings in 2024 to have on your radar.
January 2024: Soneva Secret, Maldives
Thirty years in the making, a remote, sequestered paradise – Soneva Secret, sister hotel to loved Maldives resorts, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani – will open in the shimmering waters of the Maldives’ Haa Dhaalu Atoll this January. On a tiny, isolated and sand-covered island, this resort is the epitome of intimate luxury, with only 14 overwater and island villas – including Castaway Villa, a floating villa spread across two floors and lagoon villas accessible only by boat. No matter which you stay in, you’ll have a dedicated team of three to cater to your every whim and the level of detail across the resort is unparalleled. Bedrooms have retracting roofs allowing you to stargaze, zip lines lead to an elevated wine cellar terrace, and all guests have access to a private chef to personalise their dining experience. Accessible via a one hour and 15 minute private seaplane charter, or a day’s cruise from Soneva Fushi, this is the kind of secret island resort that has, until now, only been found in books.
January 2024: Boca de Agua, Yucatan, Mexico
A true one-of-a kind-experience awaits at Boca de Agua in the Yucatan region of Mexico; the hotel comprises of secluded, serene and spacious treehouses, each fashioned from local FSC certified tropical hardwood. A sustainable and regenerative property, ninety per cent of the land owned by the hotel remains an untouched area for natural biodiversity, while on the other 10 per cent, a range of activities await; paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and swimming in a local lagoon in the heart of the Mayan jungle. This is a hotel that offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the nearby natural environment and thriving ecosystems, without disturbing them. Elsewhere, you’ll find a spa and wellness centre – designed around trees – which offers a calming landscape in which to indulge in rejuvenating treatments. There are also two restaurants that celebrate the heritage of the region and the history of the land through flavourful, local dishes. To top it all off, there’s a stargazing platform – the idyllic setting for a digestif.
January 2024: Waldorf Astoria Cairo, Egypt
At the new Waldorf Astoria Cairo, a large outdoor swimming and lounge area are the ideal spaces to unwind in between trips into busy Cairo – be they for business or pleasure, and this is a hotel aimed at serving both. Within the hotel, a glamorous jazz bar, Baa Raa, is the place to be come evening, but there’s also four further restaurants and bars serving Mediterranean bites and afternoon tea. If you’re looking for an even bigger business or personal soirée, the hotel will soon be home to five event spaces, including a lavish ballroom with a 1,600 guest capacity. Throughout, expect calming neutral tones, accented with colour-pops, and lounge areas that break up expansive views of the hotel’s built-up Cairo suburb. There’s a spa set to open soon, and the location – close to the airport – makes this an ideal stopover for a night or two in the Egyptian capital.
January 2024: Umana, Uluwatu, Bali
Five miles from the centre of Bali’s Uluwatu, 72 luxurious villas – each with a private infinity pool – perch atop staggering limestone cliffs, cascading down to meet miles upon miles of wide, sandy beaches. Umana Bali is designed with nature at the forefront; a place where the sound of nearby crashing waves is the soundtrack, and where holistic wellness rituals offer a peaceful and bespoke stay. The philosophy here – from the design to the ambience – draws from the three pillars of Balinese Tri Hita Karana: Nature, People and Spirituality. And it shows. Nature aside, local craftsmanship leads the way. This is a true Bali experience, and one you’ll want to return to again and again.
January 2024: Casa Lucia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Perched atop the historic Edificio Mihanovich – once the tallest building in Latin America and a historic landmark – lies Casa Lucia, a new five-star stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Offering a cosmopolitan-chic design, infused with a Latin American energy, here you’ll find five-star service with exuberant touches. The hotel has 142 rooms across nine floors, ranging from Deluxe Rooms to the Executive Suite, each filled with modern luxuries including white cotton bedding and wooden panelling. Cantina Restaurant serves Argentinian cuisine, while at Le Club Bacan, DJs and live music are paired with expertly-curated cocktails and Argentine wine. There’s also an indoor pool and a knowledgeable concierge on hand to share the best of Buenos Aires’ secrets with you.
January 2024: Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs, Paris, France
Paris, the city of romance, is no stranger to grand gestures of old-world charm and elegance, and the latest hotel on the scene is up to task. Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs, on the chic Left Bank, teased its opening late last year before throwing its doors wide open in January 2024 to kick start the new year in style. At once French and international, rooms have a quirky elegance while the restaurant, Grands Voyageurs – named after the first transatlantic passenger ships – offers a contemporary take on the much-love Parisian brasserie, combining American and Parisian cuisine in dishes including mussels marinière and the New York steak. Interior design gives subtle nods to Milanese designer Fabrizio Casitaghi’s unique golden-age style; look out for the four lesser-known Gustav Klimt paintings hanging on the walls, and the vinyl players in the rooms. Exclusive experiences can also be arranged on request, such as private shopping experiences at Samaritaine and private chocolate tastings in Paris’s oldest chocolate shop.
January 2024: Mollie Aspen, Colorado, USA
With close proximity to Aspen in Colorado, where museums, opera houses and bars give way to the famous mountain ranges, Mollie Aspen is an ideal stay, year round. With 68 rooms of understated luxury, this boutique hotel by Haymax and CCY Architects and with interiors fashioned by Post Company, fuses the natural world, art, design, and food. Sleek wood interiors nod to the walls of a ski chalet and contrast – in all the right ways – the modern wooden panelling (sourced from nearby forests) and sophisticated curvature in the hotel’s lobby, rooms and dining spaces. Food and drink offerings span a relaxed cafe plus a lobby bar and restaurant, and you’ll find ample outdoor space to dine too, including a rooftop pool and terrace bar by day which transforms into an intimate lounge by night, boasting unobstructed views of Aspen Mountain.
March 2024: Janu Tokyo, Japan
From Aman’s sibling brand, Janu Tokyo will soon be the newest luxury hotel in Japan’s capital city, overlooking the new neighbourhood of Azabudai Hills. In its innovative interior, the classic Japanese architecture of seclusion and serenity meets the vibrant capital’s rich culture of art and design. At the heart of Tokyo’s newly built Azabudai Hills, Janu Tokyo is set to be the meeting point. Inside the 13-floored tower are 122 spacious guest rooms, some of which have the option to merge into larger suites to suit families and groups, and many have private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, making the most of light and airflow in the busy city. Janu Tokyo also includes two Japanese restaurants, one with a sumibiyaki (Japanese barbecue) menu and the other a sushi restaurant, as well as a Chinese restaurant and a private dining space. Downstairs, the wellness centre will be one of the biggest in Tokyo’s hotel scene with yoga, pilates, golf, hydrotherapy and a thermal area.
March 2024: Nujuma, Ritz-Carlton, The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
Sixty three villas with panoramic windows, open living spaces and a sea-view swimming pool make up one of Saudi Arabia’s newest projects in The Red Sea; Nujuma, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. Structured in a cyclical shape atop shallow sea waters, and linked to isolated sandbars that peak above the blue island strip, the pod-shaped residences are designed to offer a sense of community while maintaining privacy within their domed designs. Six years in the making, this avant-garde cluster is dedicated to outdoor adventure and, unsurprisingly, given the location, water-based activities, such as diving and snorkelling in the vast sea surrounds, are central. However, much more awaits. Sleek, bright interiors reminiscent of a modern beach house merge into the expansive horizon via an indoor-outdoor living concept at the residences while a spa, conservation centre, retail area, swimming pools, and restaurants are located on the island resort.
Spring 2024: ROMEO Rome, Italy
The architectural firm of the globally-acclaimed, late Zaha Hadid – whose work has changed the face of countless global cities and landscapes – debuts its latest design project, ROMEO Rome, in spring this year. Hadid’s iconic and idiosyncratic curvature used to create buildings of mind-blowing theatrics and engineering carries over into this unique Roman haunt. The tempting medley of innovative and antique found within ROMEO Roma honours Rome’s leading status in the global art scene, as well as the city’s well-preserved architecture. The artisanal design extends to the experience of the stay, where guests will enjoy the mastery of Alain Ducasse at II Ristorante, with the choice to dine in any of the four other bars and restaurants, including rooftop La Terrazza, with views of the city. After a bustling day exploring Italy’s capital, venture downstairs in the hotel where LA SPA by Sisley Paris awaits with state of the art treatments.
Spring 2024: The Homestead, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The Homestead is set to become one of the eco-conscious, luxury haunts to stay at when you’re seeking the Big Five. This eco-lodge lies on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa, known for rolling green hills and fertile lands, and home to vast sugar cane and banana plantations as well as wetland ecosystems. The safari here is impressive, but you don’t need to be looking for your next safari adventure for this wilderness retreat to pique your interests; The Homestead will also boast a welcoming indoor-outdoor retreat with large patios, a swimming pool and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with extended views towards the horizon. Twelve suites are designed in an Art Deco-inspired modern comfort, while the private deck spaces become amphitheatres for nature’s sundown display before a night of unobstructed stargazing commences. Constructed from local ironstone and indigenous grasses, the property sources its energy from the sun and its safari vehicles are electric, reducing CO2 emissions and noise disturbance. African-inspired dishes will be whipped up using local, seasonal ingredients, and tailored to suit your dietary preferences.
Spring 2024: Six Senses, Kyoto, Japan
Six Senses is opening its twenty-sixth hotel, in Japan’s old capital, Kyoto, and will offer a peaceful haven in the busy city. Located close to the colourful Gion district and nearby Myoho-in temple and Tokyokuni-Jinja shrine, simplicity, privacy and space are at the centre of the authentic design. Organised around a central courtyard, where a seasonal landscape can be watched and enjoyed throughout the year, design here offers a calming ambience. Each of the 81 guest rooms celebrate Japanese traditions and include futon beds, folded screens and plenty of greenery. As in other Six Senses properties, the hotel will also boast Earth Lab, a dedicated space for environmental engagement research. A luxury wellness spa with comprehensive facilities will be open to guests, as well as Ryokan-style tea ceremonies and traditional spa treatments, ensuring an experience rooted in zen that is sure to instil mindfulness throughout any stay.
April 2024: Santo Mine, Santorini, Greece
Delicately etched into the volcanic surrounds that form the popular Greek island of Santorini, sustainably-minded Santo Mine from the Santo Collection, prepares to open its doors. Welcome spring in the heart of the Cycladic village of Oía at the new five-star, 37-suite luxury resort, where a considered, earth-like minimalism in the architecture foregrounds an indoor-outdoor style of living. Despite the summer crowds, this is an island believed to have a natural, spiritual energy and the resort’s outdoor pools and dining spaces will invite you to explore it. In tune with the circadian rhythms of the island, the property is designed to enhance this feeling, boasting a landscaped garden and veranda with panoramic views over the Aegean, indoor and outdoor kitchens, jacuzzis, swimming pools, and saunas.
April 2024: The Emory, London, UK
Opening in April, The Emory will be Knightsbridge’s newest neighbourhood addition, from the hotel group behind London’s legendary Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley. While upholding a similar elegance to these era-defining hotels, The Emory offers a modern concept, with architecture by the late Richard Rogers featuring tall ‘sail’ structures. This will be the first all-suite hotel in London with 60 suites to choose from – sleeping between two and four people – across nine floors. Each floor offers a different aesthetic, individually thought up by world-class interior designers such as André Fu, Pierre Yves Rochon, Champalimaud Design and Patricia Urquiola, and topped off by a show-stopping penthouse with Hyde Park views, designed by Rigby & Rigby. Each guest at The Emory will receive a two-way transfer from London’s private airfields and airports or St Pancras International, as well as daily breakfast served in-suite or at Jean-Georges’ kitchens, exclusive access to a private rooftop bar, and a complimentary membership to private members wellness and longevity club, Surrenne, for the duration of their stay.
May 2024: Atzaro Okavango, Botswana
At Atzaró Okavango Camp in Botswana, a five-star safari adventure awaits. Located in the Okavango Delta, this thoughtful, wildlife-rich retreat with beautiful lagoon views, will offer an unbeatable display of nature’s most magnificent species, from giraffes to cheetahs. No expense has been spared in the design which includes African art, a boma (traditional campfire), suites with private decks and pools, and outdoor beds to sleep under the stars. Likewise, the amenities will be something to write home about, too. Expect a wine cellar and sommelier, a high-tea room with an observation deck, a spa and gym, and a 20-meter pool, all with views across Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, an impressive private concession. Make the most of it all with candle-lit dinners, mokoro canoe expeditions, or helicopter tours.
May 2024: Gundari, Folegandros, Greece
The clear waters and white stone and sand beaches of the Cyclades in Greece are no stranger to luxury villas, many of them boasting rolling vistas and quiet luxury. Folegandros, a lesser-known Cycladic island, is where Gundari is set to open this May, across 80 acres of secluded island space. Here, raw luxury leads the way; the hotel’s stone-like façade blends into the rugged charm of the cliffs, hiding behind them a lush greenery and feature pools. Inside, Lefteris Lazarou – the first Greek chef to receive a Michelin-star back in 2002, leading the way for others – serves up traditional Greek cuisine sourced from the nearby land and sea. No two suites here are the same, each accommodating between two and eight guests, with amenities including private jacuzzis and pools. Holistic wellness will also be on offer at the Gundari spa, with Ancient Greek rituals and treatments using herbs native to Folegandros taking precedence.
May 2024: Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, UK
In central London’s prestigious Hanover Square, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will be reborn this spring. Sister property to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and in addition to its impressive rooms and suites with butler services, the hotel will feature: a 25-metre indoor swimming pool lit by soothing gold-toned lights within dark stone surrounds; a vitality pool and experience shower; plus a gym and wellness centre. Dining is varied, too; guests and visitors will be able to opt for creative Japanese and Korean dishes at Akira Back as well as contemporary Korean at DOSA, relaxed aperitifs at ABar Lounge and cocktails with a city view at ABar rooftop.
May 2024: Andronis Minois, Paros, Greece
Paros in Greece is an Aegean island of traditional white-washed villages peppered with small swimming coves. In May it will welcome the (long anticipated) Adronis Minois. Typical to the Cycladic region of Greece, Adronis Minois resort will consist of a cluster of traditionally-Cycladic, cube-shaped residences, centred around a swimming pool: opt for a pool-view room, or choose a sea view suite for sweeping coastal vistas. Similar to Adronis’ five hotels in Santorini, here, a stay will ooze a Mediterranean-style of living with elegant wood-detailed interiors and light-filled rooms. Cuisine, as to be expected on a Mediterranean island, is set to be a fresh variety including the catch-of-the-day and homegrown vegetables, paired with a local extra virgin olive oil. Find it at Olvo restaurant, where the only competition to the taste is the romantic setting overlooking Parasporos beach.
Summer 2024: Populus, Colorado, USA
In downtown Denver, next to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Populus will be the first carbon-positive hotel in the USA. Designed by Studio Gang, the milestone hotel’s success lies in the architecture, where nature’s own Aspen tree is the inspiration for its innovative structure. The hotel plans to offset its carbon footprint by minimising consumption through eco-choices, as well as offsetting any remaining pollutants with forest and agricultural collaborations. Setting the standard for hotel design, Populus will offer all the amenities of a modern hotel – including 265 modern guest rooms, event spaces, a coffee bar, a rooftop bar and a ground floor restaurant – while maintaining its green credentials.
Summer 2024: The Surrey, New York, USA
Once a New York legend; a place where JFK, Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert were known to frequent, The Surrey is set to re-open bigger and better than ever before, under hotel group Corinthia Hotels, and while staying true to the city it calls home. The iconic five-star hotel will reclaim its former status this summer, as it merges historic grandeur with a new-found modernity. Originally built in 1926 as a residence hotel, The Surrey will reopen with 70 guest rooms, 30 suites and 14 residences, including four signature suites inspired by the bridges of Central Park. In the lobby, Casa Tua, the Miami Beach hotspot loved by celebrities, will make its New York debut, serving its much-loved menu of grand Italian dishes. An Upper East Side favourite is back.
Winter 2024: Rosewood Doha, Qatar
With an impressive 155 guest rooms and suites, a 1,500 square-meter ballroom, and eight meeting rooms, Rosewood Doha in Qatar certainly boasts generous facilities. But perhaps the most impressive thing about Qatar’s newest hotel is its exterior design. Inspired by the coral reefs found in the seas it overlooks, this two-towered, glass structure is clad with white, woven metal structures, an unmissable addition to the city’s already impressive coastal skyline. Inside, of-the-minute technology will meet all the comfort you’d expect from the brand, including Asaya, an onsite wellness and personal training concept. The Rosewood Doha is part of the 45-billion dollar Lusail City expansion which aims to house 450,000 residents, too. While a luxury residence for guests, the Rosewood Doha will therefore also play a significant role in the city, and is set to become a dynamic culinary destination with restaurants and bars, plus the hotel brand’s signature Manor Club executive lounge.
Winter 2024: The Newman, London, UK
Located in Fitzrovia, The Newman is the debut project by Kinsfolk & Co, namely the alumni from Corbin & King, Firmdale, and The Beaumont, among others. With a nothing-short-of-prestigious portfolio, the group is fusing the findings of the world’s most-loved luxury hotels with the exclusive design of Lind + Almond, the creative duo behind Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen. But, regardless of the global outlook, a love for London will encapsulate this new boutique hotel; the townhouse-style remains in tune with its neighbourhood, a London borough known for its Victorian streets plus rich artistic and literary history. With delicate artistic nods in each room and ample public spaces downstairs, The Newman is set to be London’s newest social hotspot, opening just in time for this year’s winter party season.
Winter 2024: Waldorf Astoria, New York, USA
With a foyer of decorum and elegance, where dark marbled floors meet panelled walls, and a mahogany grand piano sits idle in the centre, the Waldorf Astoria is New York’s new glamorous getaway. This one-time favourite with New Yorkers and visitors alike closed its doors to guests in 2017, but is set to reopen at the end of 2024 – just in time for New York’s magical winters. The property previously boasted more than 1,400 guest rooms but in its new guise will be home to 375, making it a more private affair. The multi-million dollar, revamped ballroom space is likely to become one of the city’s preferred event spaces but, if you’re looking for something more relaxed, there will also be a more intimate bar space ideal to sit back at, as you take in the New York nights.
Winter 2024: Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, UAE
Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah, a private, five star resort, is coming to the golden sand peninsulas of Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. A quieter emirate to its Dubai and Abu Dhabi sisters, this is a place where turquoise lagoons are surrounded by environmentally-protected mangroves; and the resort will offer guests all the idylls of the natural world while remaining within easy reach of a day’s shopping in Dubai. Accommodation – 174 rooms, suites and overwater pool villas – will be scattered across small buildings throughout the resort, with Asian and Mediterranean restaurants at their heart. The location may be more serene than others in the UAE but here, an exciting medley of water sports, bars and wellness facilities are being conceptualised to make sure even the most energetic guests stay entertained.
Lead Image: Nujuma, Ritz-Carlton, The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
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