All India: The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a collection of independent, luxury hotels, introduced its highly anticipated new builds and recently renovated member hotels making their debut in 2019.
This year, Leading Hotels is slated to introduce more than 20 outstanding new builds located around the globe. Post-renovation re-openings will also be prevalent, with six properties recently opening their doors for curious travellers to enjoy in 2019 and seven scheduled to reopen and welcome guests this year.
“We look forward to an exciting year ahead, following a strong 2018 where Leading Hotels welcomed more than 50 remarkable hotels to our portfolio,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Membership, The Leading Hotels of the World. “The new additions demonstrate notable growth in countries such as Spain, Japan, the United States, and the Maldives. Our more than 20 anticipated openings and numerous renovations will provide travellers with diverse luxury accommodations in popular and emerging destinations, and a fresh perspective on their respective locales. Collectively, the hotels offer innovative design, thoughtfully curated amenities and local experiences, as well as attentive high-touch service, defining contemporary elegance and comfort.”
The Most Anticipated Openings of the Year
BLESS Hotel Madrid (Madrid, Spain) – Opening January 2019
Located in the Salamanca district, BLESS Hotel Madrid stands out for its unique style and timeless design within the most exclusive neighbourhood in the center of the city. The property’s modern design is equipped with the most advanced technology and features 111 rooms and suites.
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa (Beijing, China) – Opening February 2019
Minutes from the Forbidden City, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa reflects a guest-centric culture of Hostmanship™. The property’s 116 rooms, world class dining venues and signature UR SPA connect guests to an authentic local experience in an urban resort setting.
Britannia Hotel (Trondheim, Norway) – Opening April 2019
Built in 1870, Norway’s Britannia Hotel will embark on a new phase when it reopens following a three-year, $150 million refurbishment. The 257-room property and spa will be refreshed with essential 21st century enhancements, including six F&B concepts, one of which will be led by world champion chef and Bocuse d´Or silver winner, Christopher Davidsen.
Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa (Opatija, Croatia) – Opening April 2019
Located near the coastal town of Opatija with views of the Riviera, the intimate Ikador Hotel will welcome guests to 14 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. This exclusive property will also feature the Nobilion restaurant, a spa, private beach, heated outdoor pool, and only the fourth Riva Lounge in the world.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico) – Opening April 2019
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features 200 rooms and suites that seamlessly blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced, Mexican materials and finishes, making it the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laid-back luxury. It is the first property in Mexico from the dining and hospitality empire helmed by Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
The Houghton (Johannesburg, South Africa) – Opening April 2019
Defining lifestyle and resort living, The Houghton is centrally located near all business districts in Johannesburg. With a Signature Jack Nicklaus Golf course on 168 acres of parkland, a spa and wellness center, two-level gym with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor and outdoor heated pools, an international deli, sky bar and personalized cuisine restaurant, the hotel will be a true landmark.
Mr. C Coconut Grove (Coconut Grove, FL, USA) – Opening Spring 2019
An oasis within bustling South Florida, Mr. C Coconut Grove will feature 100 rooms and suites with private terraces, a new Italian dining concept and rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar. It will provide guests with the attentive and celebrated European service synonymous with the Cipriani family.
ĀNANTI Resort, Residences & Beach Club (Rezevici, Budva) – Opening June 2019
Perched on a hillside overlooking the Adriatic, the resort is a bright newcomer to the Montenegro coast. The hotel is comprised of 8 villas and 14 suites and complete with an exclusive beach, signature Asian-fusion restaurant and kids club. The property will open a fully-equipped fitness centre and spa in 2020.
Baglioni Resort Maldives (Maagau, Maldives) – Opening June 2019
Located on the island of Maagau in the Dhaalu Atoll, this exclusive resort offers a bespoke stay in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The property features 96 rooms and villas, a relaxing Baglioni Spa, a sporting activity every day, and four gourmet eateries to satisfy the epicure.
BLESS Hotel Ibiza (Ibiza, Spain) – Opening June 2019
BLESS Hotel Ibiza is situated on Es Canar’s Cala Nova cove. The 151-room property, with views of the Mediterranean Sea, presents unique experiences and services in a paradise complete with hidden coves, hundred-year-old pine forests, and enchanting villages.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa (Raa Atoll, Maldives) – Opening June 2019
Amid crystalline blue waters in the middle of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by pristine white beach, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa offers a collection of 120 private beach and overwater villas. The resort’s four restaurants, as well as the Emerald Spa, diving centre, and sports facility invite guests to relax and recharge in full indulgence.
J.K. Place Paris (Paris, France) – Opening June 2019
The intimate 30-room J.K. Place Paris will be the J.K. Place brand’s first venture outside of Italy. The stunning property, located on the left bank in a former embassy building, will feature a Sisley spa and pool, Italian eatery by Casa Tua, and unique accommodations with Italian and French design influences.
Katikies Garden (Santorini, Greece) – Opening June 2019
Katikies Garden provides an authentic Santorinian experience. The rooms are outfitted with a sophisticated design complete with private pools, gardens, and verandas. Guests can also enjoy an underground cave wine cellar, rooftop pool, the De Paul Restaurant, and renowned A. Spa.
Lily of the Valley (Gigaro Beach, La Croix Valmer, South of France) – Opening June 2019
Set on coastline of Saint-Tropez, Lily of the Valley will welcome guests to a year-round wellness sanctuary. Complete with 44 rooms and suites and one prestigious villa, the Philippe Starck-designed property features everything from a private beach to personalized wellness programs.
Savoy Palace (Funchal, Portugal) – Opening June 2019
The Savoy Palace offers a modern take on island hospitality. Designed by an award-winning team, the bold, curved structure is home to 306 chic rooms and 43 suites, some with plunge pool and all featuring balconies to take in the ocean views.
Capella Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand) – Opening Q2 2019
Capella Bangkok is inspired by the soul of riverfront life and features 101 suites and villas with views of the Chao Phraya River. Instilled with the personality of a boutique pied à terre, this philosophy extends across all hotel elements, from contemporary dining to the renowned Auriga spa.
Halekulani Okinawa (Okinawa, Japan) – Opening July 2019
Halekulani Okinawa is set on the main island of Okinawa facing a mile of coastline within the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The property features 360 rooms with a view of the emerald sea, noteworthy culinary options, a luxury spa featuring a heat facility using natural hot spring waters, and an abundance of natural splendor.
The Legian Sire, Lombok (Lombok, Indonesia) – Opening July 2019
Nestled on a pristine beach just a 40-minute flight from Bali, The Legian Sire, Lombok boasts 61 spacious suites and villas. With bespoke spa treatments, three local and international dining venues and everything from surfing to sunset cruises, the boutique resort is an oceanside oasis.
The Okura Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) – Opening September 2019
Tokyo’s 1960’s icon was partially demolished in 2015 and will reopen with two new towers – The Okura Heritage Wing and The Okura Prestige Tower. Following the $979 million renovation, the property will debut 508 rooms, 18 stories of office space and more, adding to its celebrated grandeur.
HALL Arts Hotel (Dallas, Texas) – Opening Fall 2019
HALL Arts Hotel presents the perfect blend of art and modern luxury in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. With surrounding views of downtown Pritzker-prize winning architecture, such as the Winspear Opera House, the property provides a unique opportunity to stay in the prestigious cultural center of Dallas.
Nobu Hotel Riyadh (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – Opening 2019
Designed by Rockwell Group, Nobu Hotel Riyadh is located in the heart of the city’s downtown. The 134-room property blends Japanese and regional influences and features the signature Nobu restaurant, a tea house, spa facilities and more, each contributing to the property’s dynamic identity.