Although the pandemic has taken its toll on the travel industry, 2021 brings a litany of hotel openings around the world, as hospitality and boutique giants debut in major cities and places. off-grid. When Covid-19 declines and tourism returns, luxury accommodation aims to attract travelers, offering idyllic settings, delicious cuisine and an abundance of culture.
One of the most anticipated properties of the year, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is scheduled for premier in the middle of the year. Located in Calistoga, California, a small town known for its hot spring history, the hotel is the first in Napa to be housed in a working cellar. The 85 rooms organized by Erin Martin have a fireplace, a private terrace and a view of the vineyard.
âThe Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley ushers in a new wine country,â said General Manager Mehdi Eftekari. âThis is an amazing destination set in the midst of a 7.4 acre organic, hand-grown vineyard run by renowned winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. “
Also open mid-2021, Four Seasons New Orleans is fast becoming a gastronomic destination. Award-winning Louisiana chefs James Beard, Alon Shaya and Donald Link will lead the food and beverage outlets at the 341-room skyscraper, the first luxury hotel to hit Crescent City in two decades. An impressive art collection will represent local talent and tell the story of New Orleans.
âOur vast art features artists from New Orleans, as well as those influenced by our great city,â says Mali Carow, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans. “This hotel will live and breathe New Orleans – our guests will eat it, drink it and be a part of it.”
Buzz kissed Aman New York, the 83-key flagship of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The billion dollar project, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, transforms the iconic Crown Building and restores the structure to its architectural grandeur. This refuge will house a swimming pool overlooking Central Park, a wellness center with hammam, banya and yoga studios, as well as three restaurants. Its opening is scheduled for spring.
For travelers looking for a remote domestic getaway, The Chatwal Lodge is on the program for the month of June. Dream Hotel Group’s mountain hideaway is nestled within The Chapin Estate, a 2,500-acre gated reserve in the New York Catskills and a peaceful haven where nature meets luxury. The 10 Adirondack-themed suites feature patios overlooking the Toronto Reservoir. âWe are committed to harnessing the region’s natural resources to create a business that truly redefines the luxury hotel experience in town and country,â said Sant Singh Chatwal, Founder and Chairman of Dream Hotel Group.
In the same way, Green O in Greenough, Mont., promises an adult-only respite at the edge of the 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch. The 12 thoughtfully designed units, or “Haus”, feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Montana wilderness. Adults can go horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and rock climbing from June.
Paradero Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico, claims to blur the line between indoor and outdoor life. âThe all-suite property is located in the last preserved farming community and agricultural area comprising more than a dozen family farms,â says co-owner Pablo Carmona. In this oasis of gentle adventure, guests will experience breathtaking views of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. âOur core belief is that amazing outdoor experiences go hand in hand with sustainability, community development and conservation,â says partner Josh Kremer. Expect 35 sanctuary-like suites, a 100,000-square-foot botanical garden with 60 endemic species, and an underground spa inspired by a secret waterhole in Todos Santos. This adults-only property opened on February 1.
A leap to the other side of the Atlantic, NoMad Hotels launches its first property outside the United States Located in Covent Garden and close to the Royal Opera House, the 91 rooms NoMad London injects its hip mark into the Old Magistrate Court, a 19th-century building redesigned by New York-based design firm Roman and Williams. The British outpost, due to debut in the spring, will house the NoMad restaurant, Side Hustle Bar, The Library and a cocktail tavern.
The EDITION hotels envisioned by Ian Shrager have seven properties that are expected to open in the lineup. “Seven is the lucky number; I can’t wait for 2021 to be our best year yet, âsaid Schrager. Reykjavik EDITION– the first of the brand’s openings in 2021 – is expected to start accepting bookings this summer. The 253-key property is located in a vibrant part of the Icelandic capital, next to the Harpa Concert Hall. This outpost will feature a variety of dining and entertainment options, including a signature restaurant, nightlife area, cafe, and rooftop.
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts will open the 76 rooms Bulgari Paris Hotel, the seventh of its real estate portfolio, this fall. The adapted 19th century building is a splash at the corner of the Golden Triangle, with its reinvented facade inspired by Haussmannian architecture, wrapped in limestone but assuming a rationalist style. Guests can swim in the spa’s 25-meter pool and dine in the Bulgari Restaurant and Bar, overlooking a lush garden.
For gourmets and wine lovers, Casa di Langa will serve the Piedmont region in Italy from June. As the region’s first sustainable five-star hotel, the 39-key retreat sits among more than 100 acres of vineyards between Barolo, Barbaresco and Alta Langa. An on-site vegetable patch and greenhouse, farm-to-table cooking classes, guided truffle hunts, artistic tours of the property’s collection, and a wine academy for tastings and WSET certification round out the offer.
âFrom our first visit to Piedmont, my wife and I were struck by the grandeur of the scenery, the unforgettable food and wine, and most importantly, the generosity of the people,â said Kyle Krause, President and CEO of Krause. Group and owner of Casa di Langa.
The unspoiled landscape of the coast and the mountains can be the attraction to One & Only Portonovi, Montenegro, sitting at the entrance to Boka Bay along the Adriatic coast. Guests will have access to a private beach and the world-famous Espace Chenot: a unique wellness concept that fuses Chinese medicine with Western technology. Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli will run Sabia, a restaurant offering local, organic and seasonal dishes from southern Italy. With around 140 homes, it is scheduled to open in May.
For travelers interested in discovering the other side of Mykonos – not the loud party destination the Greek island is known for –Kalesma should open in the spring. Along with its dreamy Aegean backdrop, the 27-room property aims to help guests explore local artist studios, private beaches, and area shops. And there is also a nod to the design. The Cycladic theme showcases whitewashed walls and earthy colors, with lobby furniture designed by designer Rick Owens.
Six Senses will debut at multiple outposts in 2021, but perhaps the most alluring is Six Senses Shaharut, about 3.5 hours drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Situated on top of a hill in Israel’s Negev Desert, this secluded five-star resort could be the ultimate in off-grid vacations, with its sunrise yoga, late night stargazing, adventure in the desert and its 360 degree views. âOne of the greatest assets of the complex is the abundant space, essential to set new benchmarks for today’s highest security and hospitality standards,â said Thomas Fehlbier, Managing Director of Six Senses Shaharut. The 46-acre property is expected to start accepting guests in August.
The St. Regis Cairo, Michael Graves’ Creation of 39 floors overlooking the Nile at the northern end of the Corniche, open on January 7. All 286 guest rooms and suites include the St. Regis’ signature butler service. This notable debut lines up with the highly anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), cutting its ribbon later this year.
Patina Maldives, Island of Fari offers tourists the opportunity to have a positive impact on people and place. Zero-waste kitchens, recycling marine plastic and a plant-based restaurant are some of the sustainability initiatives championed by the property, which will offer 110 rooms and open in the second quarter of 2021. One percent of gross profits from Operating the hotel will fund charitable causes to support Maldivian women and children and local communities affected by climate change.