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The World’s Hottest Hotel Openings Of 2020

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By Phil Clarke | 6th January 2020

A constellation of new five star hotels is due to hit planet earth over the next few months, from nests afloat in Arctic rivers to the Belize eco resort Jack off of Titanic drifted to on his door. And with so many to choose from we’ve whittled out list down to ten of our favourites outside the UK.

Arctic Bath, Sweden

And to start our ‘hot list’, let’s head to the cold! Set in Swedish Lapland, the first thing you’ll twig is that Arctic Bath has the appearance of a nest floating on the ice-cold water. The January opening brings with it rooms (on land and water), restaurant and, the centrepiece, a health and wellness spa. Treatments are accompanied by an open-air cold bath under the stars (you can keep the complimentary trunks when you’re done!). The floating rooms have wooden decks outdoors, and the restaurant will serve local arctic fare.

Opens January 2020

Where: Ramdalsvägen 10, 960 24 Harads, Sweden
Website: www.arcticbath.se

Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, France

When we reported that Versailles was opening as a hotel back in October we were excited. Now we’re really excited. Coming this spring (still date TBC, annoyingly) is Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle. The hotel is in the actual Palace of Versailles, so you can live like an 18th century French aristo, strolling round the finely manicured gardens, being waited on hand-and-foot in one of just 14 bedrooms or eating delicious food at the Alain Ducasse restaurant.

Opens Spring 2020

Where: Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles, France
Website: www.airelles.com

Villa Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen’s grand former Central Post and Telegraph Head Office has been painstakingly converted into one of the city’s biggest luxury hotels, and we’re expecting they’ll be something to write home about. Right in the centre, adjacent to the main station and Tivoli Gardens, the 390 room hotel offers five star luxury, including a rooftop pool (and you know how much we love a rooftop pool!).

Opens January 2020

Where: Tietgensgade 35-39, 1704 København V, Denmark
Website: www.villacopenhagen.com

Six Senses Shaharut in the Negev Desert, Israel

Six Senses isn’t lying when it describes its Shaharut opening in Israel’s Negev Desert as a ‘hotel of biblical proportions’, because it’s located slap bang in the middle of the Holy Land. Moses may not be on hand to part the Red Sea, but that could get irritating in your room’s personal swimming pool anyway. Look out at where history was made, explore the desert or just enjoy the luxury you’d expect from a Six Senses property. The sustainable eco hotel recommends you arrive by helicopter for a real entry…

Opens ‘early 2020’

Website: www.sixsenses.com

Raffles Udaipur

A byword in luxury terms, Raffles Hotel has gone on the rampage recently. As well as a rejuvenated hotel at the original Raffles in Singapore, they’re plans for further hotels in Bali, Boston, Jeddah, Bahrain and, in 2020, Udaipur. The stunning Western Indian city is Raffles first venture in the country and they’ve chosen a stunner. Often referred to as the Venice of the East, the lakeside city’s latest addition will sit on its own island. Quite literally a palace with its 101 luxury rooms, the hotel will include the Raffles Long Bar and Writers Bar, a 1,100m2 spa, rooftop restaurant, swimming pool and extensive gardens.

Opens mid 2020 (originally slated for December 2019)

Website: www.raffles.com

ME Dubai

Dubai’s reputation as a place where brave design (coupled with silly money) can thrive is proven all the more with the arrival this year of ME Dubai. The 93 room hotel by renowned architect Zaha Hadid is located in the Burj Khalifa District and will feature ‘Suite ME’, a 200 square metre suite that will reset the parameters of luxury. The hotel will also feature a third branch of The Maine restaurant, in the form of the Maine Land Brasserie as well as Japanese robatayaki specialist, Roka.

Opens in spring 2020

Website: www.mebymelia.com

Riggs Washington DC, USA

For everyone staying in Washington DC who isn’t trying to rig US policy by taking out floors at Trump International Hotel, there’s Riggs. Occupying the old Riggs Bank building (the bank was once known as the “Bank of Presidents”) the opening will have 181 rooms and suites, a European brasserie restaurant and, excitingly, an international outpost for London cocktail expert Mr Lyan (AKA Ryan Chetiyawardana). Silver Lyan, will explore the rich history of cultural exchange in America, making it somewhat timely. The suave hotel opens this spring and brings a level of refinement that DC could well reflect on.

Opens spring 2020

Where: 900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Website: www.riggsdc.com

One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the world’s hottest destinations right now and luxury hoteliers are falling over themselves to provide accommodation to the increasingly affluent visitors as Russian, European and international elites set their yacht coordinates in the direction of this relatively new country. And so it’s only natural that One & Only would want a presence and, with the development of Portonovi. Their first European opening, One & Only have selected well, the resort lies on the Boka Bay, a World Heritage location, and the hotel promises 113 rooms and 10 branded villas at the very pinnacle of luxury.

Opens Spring 2020

Where: Boka Bay, Herceg - Novi 85340, Montenegro
Website: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/portonovi

Leo's Eco Resort (Name TBA), Belize

True story: I once went to Leonardo DiCaprio’s house and it was incredible, although oddly he has a stainless steel urinal in his main ensuite. That aside, though, the guy has incredible taste, and there are few celebrities I’d trust to deliver a luxury hotel project. Leo, who is also on an eco mission, has plans to open his as-yet-unnamed Belize beach resort in 2020. Located on Blackadore Caye island (the Titanic star is an avid scuba diver and it’s noted for bio diversity) there are plans for 36 resort bungalows and a further 36 estate villas. Each home will be energy efficient, with solar panels and ‘circadian lighting’. Expect incredible luxury, palms, infinity pools, open air buildings and an eye on the environment.

Opens ‘some time in 2020’ (hmm)

 

Where: Blackadore Caye, Belize

Elang, Bawah Reserve, Indonesia

Indonesia’s Bawah Reserve originally opened in 2018 as one of the world’s most exclusive getaways (you arrive by seaplane from Singapore). Now the resort is opening a second island, Elang, and this promises to be even more exclusive. The adults-only island (which can be rented whole or piecemeal), or not, and will include a clubhouse, spa, restaurant and pool. Plus all the amenities from its little sister just a short boat-ride away. It’s all designed, as at Bawah Reserve, by Singapore architect Sim Boon Yang in a sustainable, bamboo-ey, kind of way.

Where: Bawah Island, Pulau Bawah, Kiabu, South Siantan, Kepulauan Anambas Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia
Website: www.bawahreserve.com