VIP arrivals: hottest hotel openings in March 2024

Hotel Designs new Deputy Editor Megan Christopher takes a look at some of this month’s hottest hotel arrivals…

April showers may bring May flowers, but for the hospitality industry, this month is blooming with a different kind of beauty. From London’s highly anticipated Mandarin Oriental to Domes entrance on the island of Santorini, it’s the season for new beginnings and we can’t wait to share some exciting new openings with you.

2024 has been the year where we have seen exciting properties using their interiors not only to reflect their locations but to truly define the guest experience. From household names to smaller boutique options, this month promises a delightful juxtaposition of styles.

Domes Novos Santorini, Greece

Image Credit: Domes Novos Santorini, Greece

Last year, Greek luxury lifestyle brand Domes Resorts expanded to Halkidiki, Milos, and Mykonos. Now, they’re adding their 12th hotel on the stunning Cyclades island of Santorini. Domes Novos Santorini will feature 50 suites and two villas, each boasting a private pool and terrace to take advantage of Santorini’s famous sunsets and views across local vineyards and the Aegean Sea. Located in the Tholos region on the island’s northwestern corner, the hotel offers a tranquil escape away from the usual tourist paths. Domes aims to provide an authentic experience, allowing guests to connect with the local community and environment without the usual crowds.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London

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As the newest addition to the Group’s celebrated portfolio of award-winning properties, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair promises a distinctive blend of urban luxury in the heart of London. Nestled on Hanover Square, Mayfair’s historic and recently revitalised square, the hotel offers a serene and discreet haven for guests. Meanwhile, its public spaces buzz with a contemporary and vibrant atmosphere, drawing in the Mayfair community—a hub for fashion, media, art, and business—to experience the brand’s legendary service.

Six Senses Kyoto, Japan

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Six Senses Kyoto, making an exciting debut in Japan, offers an unparalleled experience infused with cutting-edge wellness and feel-good spa amenities. Nestled in the historic Higashiyama district, this urban sanctuary opens its doors in April. Guests can seamlessly blend relaxation with local delights, including festivals and cultural events. Notably, the Myoho-in Temple, Kyoto National Museum, and Sanjusangen-do Buddhist Temple are all within easy walking distance from the hotel.

BLINK Design Group, renowned for its visionary approach to global luxury hotels, has masterfully translated Six Senses’ brand values into elegant designs at this location. The interiors harmoniously blend authentic Japanese traditions with clean lines, an earthy colour palette, and meticulous attention to detail, creating a serene and inviting ambiance.

The Hoxton Vienna, Austria

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The Hoxton Vienna, nestled in a Carl Appel-designed modernist landmark, draws inspiration from its 1950s architecture to create a captivating design narrative. Located in the heart of Vienna’s 3rd district, the hotel boasts a striking original marble façade that conceals a world of layered aesthetics.

Mid-century Austrian design intertwines with rich textures, geometric forms, and bold, playful tiling throughout the space. The hotel features 196 guestrooms, a double-height lobby adorned with an original terrazzo floor and ridged steel columns, and a delightful Paris-meets-New York inspired bistro named Bouvier. Descend to the basement speakeasy, Salon Paradise, or ascend to the rooftop bar and pool for panoramic views of the neighbouring Stadtpark and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill, London

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Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill, London’s newest boutique guesthouse, has open its doors this month. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, it caters to inquisitive guests seeking an authentic London experience. Nestled near vibrant Camden Town, with excellent citywide transport links, Primrose Hill is a serene oasis within the bustling city.

The guesthouse boasts unique studio apartments, a lush green garden space featuring a yoga pavilion and large communal areas thoughtfully designed to evoke a personal living environment

Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill resides in four 1860s regency townhouses, artfully reimagined by award-winning architects Red Deer. With 61 private studios, this Grade II Listed gem provides all the comforts of home for both business and leisure travellers.

Main Image credit: Mandarin Oriental