From Tokyo to New York – Here are 13 luxury hotel openings for 2020 that we are excited about



Relax luxe: Rosewood Little Dix Bay
After four years to rest and rejuvenate, the refreshed Rosewood Little Dix Bay opens this month on Virgin Gorda, the third largest of the British Virgin Islands. This timeless retreat has been reimagined for today’s ultra-luxury traveller by New York-based design team Meyer Davis. A relaxed yet refined vibe defines the 80 guestrooms, suites and villas, including Tree House Suites and One-Bedroom Pool Suites. Located within a 500-acre area on half a mile of beach the resort also offers four options for luxury dining, two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis courts and the Rosewood’s Sense Spa that’s dramatically located on a cliff’s edge. Guests will also enjoy the luxe approach to organised activities such as water sports and hiking trails at this family-friendly property. An escape so exclusive, only the piña coladas can find you.


A touch of the traditional: Zulal Wellness Resort
For more than two decades, the very chic Chiva-Som has been one of the world leaders when it comes to luxury wellness. Their latest Zulal Wellness Resort in Khasooma, an exclusive and exquisite coastal paradise in northern Qatar, promises to be the ‘it’ wellness destination in the Middle East. A full-immersion wellness resort, Zulal is going to also have the first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM) opening later this year. And, unlike the ‘grown-ups only’ premise of the other Chiva-Som properties, this one will be about family wellness. Spanning 280,000 square metres, the resort will be split into a Family Wellness Resort with 120 beautifully appointed family-friendly guestrooms and suites and a separate Wellness Resort with 60 suites and villas to cater to the needs of individuals, couples and groups of adult wellness travellers. Both boast a specially developed menu of Arabic and Mediterranean wellness cuisine, cutting-edge architecture and services inspired by local heritage and hospitality.

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Wow Suite

Swag for the sophisticates: W Chengdu
Even if you aren’t charmed by the Giant Pandas in the breeding centre here, Chengdu’s trademark tea-houses and Sichuan cuisine are guaranteed to have you warming up to the place. And the W Chengdu, opening this July in the Central Gaoxin District, one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods, is designed to be a refuge from both, the ordinary and overstated. A whopping 297 rooms and WOW suites demonstrate the best of slick contemporary Chinese design and amenities that blur the line between work and play. Many are created almost like staging rooms for you to transition from your day as a traveller and prepare for the night ahead as a reveller. A state-of-the-art spa, indoor pool, two restaurants with cutting-edge décor, a buzzing al fresco rooftop bar called Spark and a Living Room lounge that is all elegance and eclectic cocktails will make it hard to get out and see the rest of this fascinating district. Go on then, put the you into W.


Stay calm and vacay on: Alila Dalit Bay
Planning a tropical getaway? Sabah in the Malaysian region of Borneo will soon have its own Alila Dalit Bay. This resort, with a design inspired by the rich Lotud culture and created by skilled local artisans, will be located on the island’s northern coast overlooking 17 acres of pure white sand. The beachfront resort will boast 152 pool villas and suites. The property is also offering 74 secluded one- and two-bedroom villas for private ownership. The design takes inspiration from Borneo’s longhouses, blending the refined and the raw, and using materials such as local woods, off-form concrete, woven rattan, painted screens and tribal artefacts. The treatments at the Alila Spa too are a mix of indigenous techniques and modern health advances. The five-hectare space also houses diverse dining options, sky lounge and bar, kid’s club, library, boutiques, swimming pools, and even an outdoor wedding chapel. Away from the typhoon belt, this one lets you breathe easy in more ways than one!

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An oasis of charm: One & Only Portonovi
A sophisticated resort that exudes an authentic Montenegro vibe, the One & Only Portonovi is in the heart of Boka Bay, framed by striking mountains and the Adriatic Sea. From medieval monasteries and forts to a gorgeous national park, this place certainly has a lot you can explore. But will you even leave the droolworthy Venetian-inspired rooms of the resort? After all, the villas come with everything including private butlers and wine cellars. Also, you have a lot of options to savour – from Asian fusion to Montenegrin delicacies to crafted cocktails at various f&b venues. And Michelin-starred Chef Giorgio Locatelli has imbued the stunning Sabia with his philosophy of wholesome – fresh, local, organic, and seasonal ingredients – be it in his mozzarella bar or his wood-fired pizza oven. We also think that the specialised Espace Chenot Health & Wellness Spa is going to be a focal point of this property, offering the Chenot Method (a transformative journey of detoxing and resetting the body). Quite the massage in a bottle, right?!