From Sweden to Rwanda, here are the 13 ultimate luxury gateway hotel opening in 2018

6 – The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Opening: April

The Retreat is built into an 800-year-old lava flow and boasts its own mineral-rich lagoon, providing guests with a truly private experience. The hotel is finishing 62 luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and either a balcony or patio; first-floor accommodations will have direct access to the steamy waters. An underground spa will foster relaxation and an on-site restaurant will serve Icelandic cuisine.

5 – Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Opening: November

58 suites and villas and the Six Senses Spa Shaharut are set to open South of Israel’s Negev Desert. The extraordinary setting will allow unique activities from overnight camel camping to hiking, jeep safaris, and wine tours. Designed to integrate into the desert and with preservation in mind, the structures are built from, and inspired by, local landscapes and materials.

4 – Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Opening: Mid 2018

This luxury camping experience in Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom National Park features 16 custom designed tents elevated on stilts over swift-moving waters and waterfalls. When returning from exploration, guests can enjoy locally inspired menus from the property’s bar and restaurant. A true luxury safari experience in South East Asia providing unparalleled views and experiences.

3 – Fingal Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, UK
Opening: Spring 2018

The Royal Yacht Britannia’s new life is that of a luxurious floating hotel, permanently berthed by The Shore restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland. Its 23 beautifully-styled cabins are named after iconic lighthouses of the United Kingdom. The hotel is a stroll away from two Michelin-starred restaurants and vivacious Leith neighborhood.

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2 – Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece
Opening: Mid 2018

With 3 pools and 2 private beaches, the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens will offer a laid-back seaside escape, just 30 minutes from the wonders of the Acropolis. Settle in one of the 303 guestrooms, suites, and bungalows, gaze at the vivid blue Aegean, and relax in expert hands at the spa, inspired by the ancient teachings of Hippocrates. 8 restaurants, lounges and bars will be created in the resort.

1 – One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda
Opening: Late 2018

Set in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano is this exciting new base for face-to-face encounters with the world’s last mountain gorillas – only some 780 left. Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees, unpretentious guestrooms have rustic furnishings and natural elements. The restaurant will use produce grown in the lodge’s garden to create local African cuisine, and the One&Only spa promises to draw on African traditions for its treatment menu.

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