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SPOTLIGHT ON: Major hotel openings for Q3 & Q4 2019

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Hotel Designs has started the New Year fresh by focusing the spotlight on significant hotel openings for 2019 that together are expected to transform the landscape of international hotel design. Following our start last week, here are our top picks of hotels that are launching in Q3 & Q4…

Last week, we brought you what we considered to be the top hotels that are planning on opening in the first half of this year. Following suit, we have identified even more significant launches of design hotels that are planning to cut their ribbons from this Summer onwards this year. From beachside resorts, to cliff-side eco hotels, here are the editorial team’s top picks.

Q3

Amare Beach Hotel, Ibiza
Opening: July 2019

Render of hotel's pool areas

Image Credit: Amare Hotels

Located just four kilometres San Antonio de Portmany, Amare Beach Hotel Ibiza will open its beachfront hotel doors this summer. Showcasing 366 contemporary-designed rooms with stunning views of The Mediterranean, the hotel will also include an infinity pool, three restaurants and direct access to Bou Cove, making it one of the island’s most anticipated openings of this year.

Website: amarehotels.com/amare-ibiza

Ruby Lucy, London Southbank
Opening: July 2019

Contemporary interiors in the lobby area of the hotel

Image credit: Ruby Hotels

Following the Munich-based hotel brand announcing UK expansion plans at the end of last year, Ruby Hotels will launch its first hotel outside of Germany this summer, taking the brand’s ‘Lean Luxury’ to London’s Southbank.

Ruby Lucy will house 76 rooms, ranging in size from cosy ‘Nest’ rooms to expansive ‘Loft’ rooms. A laid-back , contemporary design will see quirky touches such as the inclusion of a Marshall guitar amp in each room.

Website: ruby-hotels.com/en

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
Opening Summer 2019

Raw materials, with hues of cream and browns, are featured in a modern guestroom with views of the ocean

Image credit: Nobu Hotels/Studio PCH

The new 200-key Pacific beachfront luxury hotel will be the first Mexican property from Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhusa’s hotel group. Both WATG and Studio PCH have blended Japanese minimalism with locally sourced Californian raw materials, such as custom furniture pieces, wood-soaking tubs, teak and stone materials, shoji inspired closet doors and Japanese inspired lanterns, the hotel’s interiors will reflect Japanese-Mexican fusion at its best.

Website: nobuhotels.com/loscabos

Raffles, Singapore 
Opening: Summer 2019

The exterior of the rich colonial Raffles Singapore

Image credit: Raffles Hotels

With the interior design led by the award-winning Alexandra Champalimaud – not to mention the hotel’s storied history being known by many as inventing the famous Singapore Sling cocktail, Raffles Singapore is expected to open it colonial doors once more this Summer.

Website: raffles.com/singapore

Six Senses Shaharut
Opening: Summer 2019

The modern low-level hotel perched on a cliff surrounded by nothing by desert

Image credit: Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas

Following a milestone year for the hotel brand that aggressively extended its luxury portfolio with a number of significant openings around the globe, Six Senses is preparing to open its first hotel in Israel. Perched on the edge of a cliff in the south of the Negev Desert, the 58-suite hotel will have a focus on eco-living, banning cars on the property as well as all outdoor lighting to further minimise light pollution.

Website: sixsenses.com

Iniala Malta
Opening: August 2019

Wallcoverings reflecting the city of Malta and a large bed in a modern suite

Image credit: Iniala Malta

The 25-key boutique hotel is the result of the conversion of two baroque townhouses and a bank in Malta that overlook the medieval Fort St Angelo. Complete with original glazed baroque balconies and intricately painted ceilings and wallcoverings, the hotel is expected to blend old and new, paying distinct homage to its former shells.

Website: iniala.com/malta

Q4

Paramount Dubai
Opening: September 2019

Render of the four-tower building in Dubai

Image credit: Paramount Hotels

Slated to open in September of this year, the Paramount Hotel will be sheltered in a structure that consists a four-tower master development by Damac Properties. The 800-key hotel will stand at more than 270 metres in Dubai’s Burj area and its interior design will be inspired by the quintessential California lifestyle.

Website: paramounthotelsandresorts.com

Nayara Tented Camp
Opening: Autumn 2019

Luxury tent complete with intricate wallpaper and a large bed with netted mosquito net

Image credit: Nayara Tented Camp

Pushing the boundaries of ‘luxury glamping abroad’, the air-conditioned tents at Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica make the most of the views over the Arenal Volcano. The camp-themed hotel will feature 18 luxury tents; 12 of them will be mirror image tents linked together to create a spectacular two bedroom unit for families.

Website: nayaratentedcamp.com

Main image credit: Iniala Malta

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Major hotel openings for Q1 & Q2 2019

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Hotel Designs is starting the New Year fresh by focusing the spotlight on significant hotel openings for 2019 that together are expected to transform the landscape of international hotel design. Here are our top picks of hotels that are launching in Q1 & Q2…

Looking ahead, and kickstarting our Spotlight On feature on Hotel Openings, here are the most anticipated ribbon cuts that are planning to make waves in Q1 and Q2 of this year.

Q1

Hotel Bennett, USA
Opening: January 2019 

Hailed as the newest grand dame hotel to debut in the American South, Hotel Bennett is designed for travellers seeking an opulent and luxurious escape.  Overlooking Charleston’s iconic Marion Square, the hotel will comprise of 179 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant, , a stylish bar and lounge that will utilise reclaimed pink marble. In addition to a spectacular rooftop bar which stretches out to overlook the city’s famed park, the hotel will also feature a new destination spa for guests and locals to enjoy.

Website: hotelbennett.com

YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island, UK
Opening: February 2019

Exterior white building surrounded by leafy scenes

Image credit: Monkey Island Estate

The much-anticipated luxury hotel, designed by the award-winning Alexandra Champalimaud, will open in the historic village of Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire. The island, which dates back 800 years, has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals.

The private countryside escape will consist of 27 guest rooms and three deluxe suites, plus a separate barn with 11 rooms for private hire. The estate will also feature the Floating Spa – a first-of-its-kind bespoke barge, which will offer an aray of luxury treatments.

Website: monkeyislandestate.co.uk 

Santarena Hotel, Costa Rica
Opening: February 2019

Expected to be Costa Rica’s hottest new opening, Santarena Hotel will be a bohemian gem located in the town of Las Catalinas. The 45-guestroom hotel will include three suites, a rooftop lounge and swimming pool and elevated local cuisine that is focused on sustainability and farm-to-fork dishes.

Website: santarenahotel.com

The First Roma Dolce, Italy
Opening: February 2019

Modern bedroom with maroon art above white-linen bed and a white bookshelf to the right

Image credit: The First Roma Dolce

Situated on Via del Corso, The First Roma Dolce, a new patisserie-themed boutique hotel, is set to open its doors in February 2019. The Dolce will be the newest addition to the ‘First Experience’, which joins three distinctly unique hotels together and emboldens guests to truly experience the city as locals.

The hotel will be housed within a classic 19th-Century building designed by the renowned Italian architect and urban planner Giuseppe Valadier, who is known and widely celebrated for creating the elliptical design of Piazza del Popolo.

The boutique hotel will shelter 23 refined suites and guestrooms, with views overlooking the bustling Via del Corso. With particular attention being paid to the contemporary design of the guestrooms and spacious suites, the hotel encourages guests to feel as though they ‘live’ in the city during their trip. State-of-the-art amenities include in-room fitness equipment, and ensure The Dolce will become guests’ ‘home-away-from-home’, offering an elegant yet comfortable and familiar atmosphere whilst visiting the Italian capital.

Website: thefirsthotel.com/dolce

Magashi Camp, Rwanda
Opening: March, 2019

Interiors of the tented camp at the hotel

Image credit: Magashi Safaris Camp, Rwanda

Following the success of the award-winning Bisate Lodge, Rwanda, Wilderness Safaris will continue to expand its luxury arm and ecotourism footprint by opening a new camp in Akagera National Park in March 2019. In partnership with the Rwanda Development Board and conservation group African Parks, the six-tented camp called Magashi will be situated in the north-eastern part of Akagera overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga.

Website: wilderness-safaris.com

Hotel EQ, Kuala Lumpur
Opening: March 2019

Image credit: EQ Hotel

With a prime location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, Hotel EQ will be an ideal base for bleisure breaks, a trend that is expected to reach new heights this year. Set in a multi-use 52-storey building occupying floors 29-52, the hotel will feature 440 guestrooms and suites, an authentic Pan-Asian restaurant and an impressive rooftop Sky Restaurant and Lounge.

Website: eqkualalumpur.com

Q2

Lelewatu Resort Sumba, Indonesia
Opening April 2019

Exterior shot of large bed on decking overlooking majestic sea views

Image credit: Preferred Hotels

Expected to turn heads with its remote pristine beaches, Sumba Island’s latest hotel will be set on a cliffside overlooking a private lagoon and the Indian Ocean.

Scattered over 10 acres of land, the resort’s 27 luxurious villas are designed with authentic Sumbanese wooden interiors, handwoven ikat fabrics, indoor marble baths, and private pools.

Website: lelewatu.com

Ikos Aria Kos, Greece 
Opening: May 2019

White, modern and clean interiors

Image credit: Ikos Aria Kos

Ikos Aria will bring an elevated and luxury dimension to all-inclusive offerings on the popular island of Kos. Situated on the southwest coast of Kos, the five-star resort will feature 373 elegantly appointed guest rooms with chic modern interiors, all with panoramic vistas across the Aegean Sea.

Website: ikosresorts.com/resorts/ikos-aria/

Hotel Samzeo, Georgia
Opening: May 2019

The remote village of Omalo, which is where Hotel Samzeo is situated, is positioned between two mountain ranges in Geogira’s historical Tusheti region. With just 43 guestrooms and suites, the boutique hotel is entirely powered by energy efficient systems and solar power.

render of public spaces of the hotel

Image credit: VFM Leonardo

Website: preferredhotels.com

The Kitano Hotel Tokyo 
Opening: April 2019

The Kitano Hotel Tokyo nestled in Hirakawacho is currently being renovated and will open in April 2019 as a new luxury boutique hotel in Tokyo.

Website: kitanohotel.co.jp/tokyo

The Chedi Mumbai, India
Opening: June 2019

Exterior render of the towering hotel

Image credit: GHM

Breathtaking views over serene Powai Lake to Mumbai’s dramatic cityscape elegantly finish the sophisticated and thoughtful offerings of this game-changing luxury hotel in India’s City of Dreams. The Chedi Mumbai will welcome business travellers with sophisticated meeting facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and communication technology.

Seven exceptional and innovative dining options, a holistic spa and wellness facilities plus stunning venues for private events of all sizes extend our heartfelt welcome to business and leisure travellers as well as to this city’s most discerning residents. Each of the 312 generously sized guestrooms and suites will capture stunning panoramas, while tasteful interiors will reflect GHM’s legendary motto: ‘style to remember.’

Website: ghmhotels.com/en/our-hotels/

Main image credit: Magashi Safaris Camp, Rwanda

The First Roma Dolce to open in February 2019

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The 19th-Century building will shelter Rome’s first patisserie-style hotel…

Situated on Via del Corso, ‘The First Roma Dolce’, a new patisserie-themed boutique hotel, is set to open its doors in February 2019. The Dolce will be the newest addition to the ‘First Experience’, which joins three distinctly unique hotels together and emboldens guests to truly experience the city as locals.

The hotel will be housed within a classic 19th-Century building designed by the renowned Italian architect and urban planner Giuseppe Valadier, who is known and widely celebrated for creating the elliptical design of Piazza del Popolo.

“The hotel encourages guests to feel as though they ‘live’ in the city during their trip.”

The boutique hotel will shelter 23 refined suites and guestrooms, with views overlooking the bustling Via del Corso. With particular attention being paid to the contemporary design of the guestrooms and spacious suites, the hotel encourages guests to feel as though they ‘live’ in the city during their trip. State-of-the-art amenities include in-room fitness equipment, and ensure The Dolce will become guests’ ‘home-away-from-home’, offering an elegant yet comfortable and familiar atmosphere whilst visiting the Italian capital.

Image Credit: First Experience

An innovative patisserie-style restaurant will serve sweet treats from the pasticceria during the summer, whilst offering guests gourmet experiences such as chocolate tastings during the winter months.

Providing the very same award-winning hospitality as its sister property, The First Roma Arte, the two hotels are located less than five minutes walk away from each other. Guests of The First Roma Dolce will be able to enjoy the facilities at The First Roma Arte, including the Michelin-Star restaurant Acquolina and the newly redesigned panoramic rooftop terrace. The ‘home-away-from-home’ concept is threaded through both properties, with guests encouraged to enjoy the unique offerings of each hotel, for real immersion into Roman culture and the intimate ‘First Experience’.

Image Credit: First Experience

A third hotel, ‘The First Roma Sensi’, will open in late 2019, completing the ‘First Experience’ under the Pavilions Hotels & Resorts collection. The First Roma Dolce is affiliated to Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the L.V.X collection.

Top five stories of the week: New hotel openings, living coral inspires Kaboom rug and Citizenm’s award-winning Dometic Drawer minibar

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Following a swathe of new hotel openings, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn, lists this week’s top stories…

As the year comes to a close and we head into 2019, the editorial desk at Hotel Designs has witnessed a major uplift in known hotel brands expanding into yet-to-be discovered areas this week.

This also coincides with the feature for January 2019, where we will have a key focus on new hotel launches and spas. If you wish to find out more, or know of a product that we should be talking about, please contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.


1) Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Canary Wharf

Lincoln Plaza London
Located for the curious traveller looking to explore the city, Lincoln Plaza London is a short distance from iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The O2. The hotel echoes the sleek architectural cues of Canary Wharf, drawing inspiration from the area’s rich industrial heritage.

2) Illullian unveils Kaboom rug in living coral
Illulian unveil Kaboom ru
Kaboom depicts a great explosion that recalls the action painting, a highly-charged, impulsive style of abstract gestural painting during which paint is energetically splashed, spilt or dribbled onto a canvas. The outcome? A veritable work of art: Kaboom is the distinctive, irreverent sign of a splash of colour, enhanced by the use of blue & living coral.

3) Citizenm agree to use award-winning Dometic Drawer minibar

Lifestyle hotel brand CitizenM has selected Dometic to equip its rooms with stylish Noiseless Drawer Minibars and sleek in room Top Opening Safes. Dometic, a brand widely associated for providing products for use in recreational vehicles and premium car are devoted to trying to enrich people’s experiences away from home.

4) Four Seasons opens its first Greece Hotel
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel
Long a favoured playground of Athenians and international celebrities, the Astir Palace Hotel is now being transformed into the first Four Seasons experience in Greece. Following a significant renovation and reinvention, a new generation of travellers is poised to fall in love with this very special seaside enclave.

5) Longevity Wellness worldwide takes state-of-the-art Wellness Hotel to Portugal

June 2019 will witness the grand opening of the five-star Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, located in Alvor, Portugal. The state-of-the-art wellness centre is the first of its kind in the region, where it will boast modern, integrative and regenerative medicine with advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics, therapies and programmes.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Hotel Openings and Spas (January 2019)

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Kick-starting 2019 with a bang, throughout January Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On will look ahead to the most anticipated hotel openings for 2019 as well as relaxing you back into the year by shining the spotlight on Spas… 

Creating a sense of balance between anticipation and relaxation, Hotel Designs is starting next year by shining the spotlight on both hotel openings and spas.

Hotel openings

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Starting in January, we will be looking ahead to all the hottest and most-anticipated hotel openings that we should expect over the next 12 months. From modern metropolis’ to far-flung destinations that exude luxury, we will discover all the latest hotel design hotspots and all the unassuming gems that should be on your hotel design radar.

Spas

Image credit: The Gainsborough Bath & Spa

With the wellness trend showing no time of stopping any time soon, there is now arguably more attention as a consumer towards the hotel spa than there is on the guestroom. Throughout January we will be checking out the best spas from around the world and understanding what is it that makes a spa experience spectacular.

If you wish to find out more, or know of a product that we should be talking about, please contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk

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