7 hot new hotel openings

From a duet of Nobu Hotels debuting in Warsaw and Barcelona, an adults only Rhodian escape and a heritage hotel nestled in Istria’s truffle-rich valley, these are just a few of the new hotels opening across the world this year.


Capella’s first urban Thai venture is set to open in Bangkok, there’s an all-suite retreat in Mallorca and a brand new Maldivian resort with the air of Italia. It’s officially time to start thinking about where you will holiday next!


Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


The all new, all-inclusive resort recently opened its doors to discerning travellers.  The latest addition to the Emerald Collection is located on Ra Atoll in the Northern Maldives archipelago, comprising a 20-hectare private island with wrap-around reef in walking distance of the beach.


Boasting 120 villas, divided into 60 beach villas and 60 overwater villas, each has been designed by architect Edward David Poole who brings a Singaporean and Italian influence to create modern, sleek interiors, unique to the Maldives. With sustainability front of mind, long-lasting Langhi Langhi leaves are used to build canopies and solar panels can be found on every villa, powering the island’s hot water.


It offers an array of culinary options at four concept restaurants covering cuisine from every continent, including Amazonico, the Maldives first and only South American restaurant.  The resort also comprises an Emerald spa offering a range of Balinese and Thai treatments, two large tennis courts, two paddle courts, an air-conditioned Gym & Sports Centre and a dedicated Dolphin Kids Club. With its own Diving Centre, guests can explore the greatest wonders of the Indian Ocean guided by the support of PADI qualified instructors. Situated on the beach front, the Water Sports Centre provides kayaks, windsurfs, sailing boats and jet skis to guests looking to explore the resort’s otherworldly lagoon.


Croatia’s Hottest New Opening – San Canzian Village & Hotel


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


Opening in the heart of Istria’s truffle-rich hinterland, San Canzian Village and Hotel is an authentic heritage property, where tradition meets modernity. With custom art and local design, guests can savour Istria food and wine, distinctive architecture and luxurious accommodation.


Rooms and suites have been individually styled, inspired by contemporary design and the charm of the verdant Istrian countryside; stone-washed walls and a neural palette perfectly compliment the rich country-greens and rolling countryside views. When they’re not gazing at the panorama, guests can feast on Istrian delicacies in Noel Restaurant and Bar, including the world’s best olive oils, top wines, fresh Adriatic seafood, truffles and many other dishes finessed by the Head Chef, using seasonal ingredients grow in the hotel gardens.


San Canzian’s enviable location makes it the perfect base from which to explore Istria. Renowned for its three culinary gems, truffles, olive oil and wine, guests can visit a local family and their sharp-nosed hounds, searching the forest for treasured truffles. Visit one of many local wineries – many championing bio-dynamic methods of harvesting – or an olive oil producer, before venturing into the countryside on one of the hotel’s classic car excursions. San Canzian Village and Hotel also houses an outdoor pool and sauna, and offers speedboat trips, truffle hunting and guided hikes.


Nobu Hotel Barcelona


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


Sexy, cool, fun and vibrant, Nobu Hotel Barcelona opens in February bringing with it the city’s very first Nobu Restaurant, a sophisticated gym and spa, the unique dining concept Kozara and its panoramic terrace.


Barcelona’s hottest new opening includes a Nobu Restaurant and Bar; a sky-high dining destination situated on the 23rd floor. A place sure to delight and astound, the iconic restaurant’s dishes including Black Miso Cod are on the menu, along with some new influences from Spain. Also unique to the hotel is the eclectic lobby dining spot, Kozara, which serves masterfully executed Japanese inspired Catalan tapas, paired with cocktails using the largest selection of sakes and whiskeys in town. And for those not wanting to venture too far from their rooms, guests can enjoy a wide selection of dishes from the Nobu in-room dining menu. Completing the hotel is the grand opening of the hotel’s sophisticated wellness centre complete with three spa treatment rooms, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and a 24 hour gym.


Located in the Catalan neighbourhood of Eixample, just a short stroll from the hotel is Plaza de España, Barcelona’s buzzy La Rambla and the main railway station for high speed links to Madrid, Paris, Lyon and Marseille.


Capella Bangkok


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


Set to open Q1 of 2020, Capella Bangkok is a new luxury retreat, nestled on the east bank of the legendary “River of Kings”. The 101-key property is the group’s first urban hotel in Thailand and is located within close proximity to the Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung neighbourhoods. The first  hotel on the riverbank in two decades, Capella’s opening marks the start of an exciting moment for the rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood.


Capella Bangkok’s unprecedented 350 metre riverside setting means each villa and suite will enjoy unobstructed views of the river. And raising the bar for world-class dining and wellbeing experiences in Bangkok, Capella Bangkok’s signature restaurant will be curated by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco whilst in the spa, Auriga Wellness will offer an impressive list of carefully curated Asian therapies that will combine traditional techniques with contemporary solutions.


A lifestyle hub in the heart of the hotel will be “The Capella Living Room”. A river-facing lounge filled with natural light, The Capella Living Room will be a cultural magnet hosting a carousel of local artisans, musicians and chefs, reflecting the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture.


Nobu Hotel Warsaw


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of end of World War II making it the ideal time to explore modern Poland. The site of the Warsaw Uprising, a turning point at the end of WWII, the capital is evolving as a vibrant travel destination, and with nearly a dozen hotels set to open in Warsaw in 2020, none are as highly anticipated as Nobu Hotel Warsaw.  Dynamic and distinctive, the new Nobu Hotel Warsaw is set in the heart of this historic city; it is the embodiment of the Nobu brand lifestyle and stands head and shoulders above the rest.


Nobu Hotel’s first Polish property will occupy a new building located at Wilcza Street, designed by the Polish architectural firm, Medusa Group, and will also encompass the existing Hotel Rialto. The design refurbishment will be a collaborative effort between Medusa Group and Californian-based, Studio PCH. The new building will see a transformative architectural design for Warsaw, blending with the original Rialto building.


Named one of luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands by Robb Report, Nobu Hospitality is ranked among an elite selection of global luxury brands. Nobu Hotels have been awarded an array of accolades, including Hottest New Hotels by CNN Travel, Wallpaper Best Urban Hotel, Top North America Hotel Opening by Luxury Travel Advisor, and Luxury Travel Advisor’s Award of Excellence.


Lindos Grand Resort & Spa


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


In May 2020, Rhodes is set to welcome the island’s most stylish new adults-only resort, with  the official opening of Lindos Grand Resort & Spa. Boasting breathtaking views across the sandy shores of Vlycha Bay, this chic and contemporary beachfront playground offers undisrupted ocean views with wrap around infinity pools.


The epitome of eco-chic, Lindos Grand Resort & Spa’s carefully considered design naturally blends into its serene hillside setting with locally sourced materials that collect and store rainwater  throughout the winter months. Tech-friendly and innovative, all rooms and suites will operate through a sleek smart phone system, allowing guests to control room temperature and lighting at the touch of their fingertips whilst lazing on the beach, as well as easy access to the hotel’s E-concierge services through a single click.


Located just minutes from the charming town on Lindos, the resort is the fifth property within the family-owned Lindos Hotels portfolio of properties and will also boast a healing ThalassoSpa, drawing upon natural island ingredients such as oils, herbs and botanical plants.



Zafiro Palace Andratx


The hottest hotel openings happening across the world this year


Summer 2020 will see the opening of Zafiro Palace Andratx, a new, all-suite, 5-star Palace Hotel within the Zafiro Hotels portfolio, bringing a breath of fresh air to the Mallorcan coastline.  Set in Camp de Mar, a picturesque village sheltered by mountains and full of natural charm, the hotel is steps away from a blue flag, sandy beach and 10-minutes from the ancient town of Andratx, with its quaint narrow streets, rural heritage and sprawling farmlands alive with oranges, olives and grapes.


All 304 contemporary suites are spacious and light-filled with a selection of junior suites with private pools, penthouse suites with private terraces and plunge pools, and an owner’s suite overlooking the bay of Camp de Mar. In addition to its close proximity to the beach, the resort is surrounded by a kaleidoscope of swimming pools, lush gardens and state-of-the-art amenities, including an exclusive adult’s only Oasis Pool with Bali beds.  Zafiro Palace Andratx is also located alongside the prestigious Andratx Golf Club, allowing golfers to take advantage of the expansive golf courses and facility.


At Zafiro, gourmet dining lies at the heart of all they do and guests will be given the opportunity to experience five delectable themed restaurants boasting a wide choice of selections, from local Spanish cuisine to farther afield Mediterranean and Asian specialities. All-inclusive, half board and b&b options are all on offer and the Zen, Body & Mind Spa allows visitors to find inner bliss with a selection of luxury massage cabins, a sauna, 2 spacious indoor swimming pools and a high-tech fitness centre.