The Top Ten New Hotels of 2020

Here’s a look at the new year’s best openings from the Palais de Versaille to Melbourne

By Natasha Dragun 14/01/2020

Aman New York, US

The Big Apple has its share of gasp-worthy hotels, but few will wow quite as much as this new Aman. Occupying the historic Crown Building (Fifth Avenue and 57th Street), its 83 rooms survey the world’s most recognisable skyline. Tear yourself away to bliss out in the triple-storied spa – with a pool, firepits and daybeds – or settle in for live music in the subterranean Jazz Club.

Four Seasons Napa Valley, US

From 85 rooms and villas with vine views to hands-on grape harvesting experiences, there’s no forgetting where you are at this forthcoming retreat. America’s premier wine region is known for cabernet sauvignon, and the organic vineyard surrounding the Four Seasons produces some of its tastiest drops. Sip vintages over dinner in the barrel room, or take a bottle back to your farmhouse-chic accommodation.

Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

Botswana’s first Red Carnation hotel will sport just 12 safari-style suites, each with commissioned artworks, 100% solar power and endless floodplain views. There’s a spa and enormous restful “nests”, but the real reason you’re here is the wildlife – expect intimate encounters exploring the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve.

Arctic Bath, Sweden

Not the most likely country for an overwater hotel, Sweden’s imminent lodging proves you don’t need tropical seas to make the most of your natural assets. Arctic Bath’s eco-sensitive circular lodge floats (or freezes, depending on the season) in the middle

of a Lapland lake – you can take the plunge via a pool cut into the floor, opt for warmer nooks in spas and saunas, or explore outdoors with hiking, skiing or Aurora spotting.

Awakening, Mexico

This retreat is dedicated to the pursuit of happiness; from the moment you arrive in the Yucatan’s San Manuel, you won’t stop smiling. The barefoot-luxe ethos will extend from your jaw-dropping bedtime “cocoons”, to the property’s cenotes (natural pools), and to transformative wellness experiences individually curated to your energy levels.

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

The Arava Valley, surrounded by Israel’s vast Negev desert, will soon host the latest Six Senses resort, its 60 suites and villas designed to setting. Stone-built and surrounded by indigenous desert blooms, the accommodations are the ultimate base for hiking, jeep safaris, camel rides and wine tours. On-site, hammams and steam rooms pamper, and an Earth Lab showcases the hotel’s sustainability.

One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

Europe’s first One&Only resort, framed by mountains on the Adriatic’s Boka Bay, will boast 123 rooms, private beaches and six pools. Then there’s Montenegro’s only spa to employ the Chenot Method, a holistic approach to wellbeing addressing everything from detoxing and body resetting to nutrition and medical tune-ups.

Le Grand Contrôle Versailles, France

Chateau de Versailles

Many Versailles visitors never want to leave. Soon, there will be a way to linger within the well-manicured grounds of the royal residence, thanks to the opening of the opulent Le Grand Contrôle. Fourteen rooms occupy carefully remodelled 17th and 18th-century buildings, with dreamy views of gardens and water features. It’s an easy stroll to the famed Hall of Mirrors – one of the palace pavilions to which guests have VIP access.

Legian Sire, Lombok, Indonesia

Bali’s less-visited but equally pretty sister, Lombok will soon welcome an all-suite-and-villa luxury retreat overlooking the Gili Islands. Many accommodations come with private pools – the Wellness Villa also features a private treatment room – and all offer butler service. The spa itself has an apothecary room for mixing oils and scrubs, and the vegetarian restaurant (one of three eateries) reinforces the holistic approach to health.

W Melbourne, Australia

Curious Bar W Melbourne

The second Australian outpost from the achingly cool W brand delivers signature design whimsy across 294 rooms and suites, not to mention the WET Deck indoor pool area with built-in DJ booth. Located in the CBD’s new mixed-use Collins Arch ‘skyscraper centre’, the hotel (slated for a June opening) will soon reveal its plans for four bars and restaurants.


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