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10 of the most anticipated hotel openings in 2018

While we travel to discover various destinations and soak in different cultures, another important aspect most travellers take into consideration is the accommodation. Besides, a hotel is the sanctuary we retreat into to relax after a day of exploring. So it is no wonder then that some people choose where to go depending on the selection of luxury hotels in the destination. In fact, some people have a bucket list of iconic hotels around the world to stay in.

Last was an exciting year in the hospitality industry, seeing dramatic hotel mergers (think Starwood and Marriott), along with some of the best hotel and resort openings all around the world. In Paris, the iconic Hôtel de Crillon opened its doors after a four-year restoration. The timeless Parisian hotel is located at the foot of Champs-Élysées at the iconic Place de la Concorde. Closer to home is Bawah Island, an untouched paradise located just three hours from Singapore.

This year is set to be no different, with various hotel openings taking place all around the globe. From Raffles Hotels’ latest venture to a nature resort located in the remote foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Mountains home to wild mountain gorillas, check out these luxury hotel openings in 2018 to inspire your next vacation.

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Viceroy Prince's Islands Istanbul

Turkey’s first hotel under the Viceroy brand is set to open on the coast of Büyükada. Set on a hillside sanctuary, Viceroy Princes’ Islands Istanbul will feature 77 rooms — with six located in a renovated 21,000-square-foot restored Ottoman mansion that will have a private pool boasting views of the Marmara Sea and Istanbul.

Opening: Early 2018



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Amanyangyun, Shanghai

An ambitious conservation project by Aman and Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong, Amanyangyun is a 25-acre retreat on the outskirts of Shanghai, boasting 24 suites and 13 multi-bedroom villas featuring spacious courtyards.

The resort’s main pavilion doubles as a cultural complex where guests can enjoy activities such as tea and incense ceremonies, calligraphy and Kunqu Opera performances.

Opening: January 2018


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Alila Villas Koh Russey, Bamboo Island

Cambodia’s newest luxury residential development is set on the stunning island of Koh Russey, also known as Bamboo Island located in the Gulf of Siam. The idyllic hotel is located just 10 minutes by boat off the coast of Cambodia. Alila Villas Koh Russey will offer a mix of elegant pavilions and pool villas.

The suites boast design inspired by the Krama, a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life, merging clean lines and geometric forms with the use of local materials and craftsmanship.

Opening: September 2018


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Raffles Europejski, Warsaw

An icon since its inception in 1857, Raffles Europejski is located in a historical building situated along the Royal Route next to the Presidential Palace in Old Town. The building, now managed by Raffles Hotels, has been carefully restored to preserve its heritage and will reopen next year.

One of the largest in the city, the hotel will feature 106 accommodations, all decorated with bespoke furniture and lighting commissioned from local craftsmen and designers. The property’s restaurant will serve Polish cuisine, and there will be a patisserie along with a bar and cigar lounge.

Opening: Early 2018


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Six Senses Bhutan

One of Asia’s most anticipated openings, Six Senses Bhutan is a unique collection of five resorts spread throughout different locations — namely Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro. The concept aims to encourage guests to experience the ancient kingdom as they embark on a ‘Six Senses Journey’ between each lodge, immersing in the culture along multiple stops.

Opening: August 2018


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Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

It is no secret that Luang Prabang has been recognised as an emerging destination, especially with the entry of world-class luxury hotels such as Rosewood. Rosewood Luang Prabang will launch in early 2018 as a luxury tent and villa encampment set within a lush forested setting — located a 10-minute drive from the historic city of Luang Prabang.

The resort boasts 22 spacious deluxe villas, garden villas, private pool villas and luxury tents with features such as open-air showers, tubs and living rooms. The 100-square-metre luxury tents, each with their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks, will be a first of its kind for Rosewood. Dining options include a bar and a bistro serving French and Laotian cuisine.

Opening: Early 2018


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COMO Uma Canggu, Bali

Following the success of COMO Uma Ubud and COMO Shambhala Estate, COMO Hotels and Resorts is set to launch its third hotel on the Island of the Gods. Located in Canggu, a coastal village known for its great surf, a major highlight of the resort is the spectacular surf opportunities that abound.

COMO Uma Canggu will introduce a luxury surfing concept in partnership with Tropicsurf — which will appeal to beginners as well as those with experience. The 119 accommodation spaces are a marvel too, boasting modern Asian and Italian touches designed by designers Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone.

Opening: February 2018


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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, boasting stunning blue waters, is a coveted attraction in Iceland. This April, The Retreat will open next to the landmark, offering its own mineral-rich lagoon carved into an 800-year-old lava flow — providing a more private alternative to its public counterpart. Accommodation comes in the form of 62 luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and either a balcony or patio — built into the volcanic frontier and encircled by the Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich geothermal waters.

Opening: April 2018


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Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton brings a rare resort experience to the coast of San José del Cabo with Zadún, the fourth addition to its prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio. The resort features 115 suites and villas, many with their own private plunge pools, two championship golf courses and a desert botanical park.

Opening: Early 2018


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One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

One&Only’s venture into nature resorts continues at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located in the remote foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Mountains, boasting majestic views of Rwandan Hills and the Volcanoes National Park.

Indulge in local African cuisine with ingredients sourced from the resort’s own vegetable garden. One of the highlights will be daytime treks to observe the wild mountain gorillas living in the region, which includes intense conservation efforts to protect the endangered primates.

Opening: Early 2018


Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
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