Hottest Hotel Openings 2020

From desert hideaways to urban escapes, be the first to stay at these inspiring spaces.

Urban Sanctuary

Aman New York

The highly anticipated Aman New York is set to blend the urban pulse of the Big Apple with the soul of Aman.

Located in the heart of Manhattan at the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 67th Street, Aman New York will occupy the entire iconic Crown Building and comprise 83 guest rooms and suites – each with a functioning fireplace – 19 private Aman Residences and a one-of-a-kind, five-storey penthouse. 

The three-storey spa will cover a staggering 2000 square metres while the 25-indoor swimming pool flanked by luxe daybeds will provide a soothing escape from the vibrant metropolis.

The luxury hotel’s lively communal spaces and social venues, including the 10th-floor wraparound Garden Terrace, are set to be a hit with guests and New Yorkers alike.

aman new york

City slick

W Melbourne

Marriott International’s bold, ultra-hip W Hotels brand is set to open their second Australian hotel in the beating heart of the Victorian capital in June.

Following on from the success of the Brisbane property, which opened in 2018, the contemporary W Melbourne, located in Collins Arch, is set to embody the city’s creative spirit.

Offering the W’s unique take on luxury, the hotel will have 294 guest rooms, three restaurants, a vibrant bar and the piece de resistance, an Extreme WOW Suite.

W Melbourne

Island luxe

Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection, Hawaii

Few would argue that a holiday in Hawaii is always a good idea.

Now, there’s an even better reason to visit the much-loved US destination.

After closing its doors in October 2018 after joining Auberge Resorts Collection, the former Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has undergone a $100 million makeover.

The reimagined oceanfront resort, set on 32 acres on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, is the stuff island holiday dreams are made of.

From the lush tropical gardens to the 333 contemporary guest rooms, suites and private bungalow residences, three swimming pools, Auberge Spa and five restaurants and lounges each with an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability, this property offers a luxurious island holiday in a naturally beautiful setting.

Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection, Hawaii

Desert dreaming

Camp Sarika by Amangiri

To mark the 10th birthday of Utah’s five-star Amangiri resort, Aman will open Camp Sarika by Amangiri in April this year.

This is no ordinary glamping experience, however, with the idyllic, all-seasons escape, set on 55 hectares overlooking iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations, offering just 10 luxury one or two-bedroom tented pavilions with private plunge pools, a restaurant and unique, intimate access to the surrounding desert landscape.

Guests can take part in desert and mountain hikes, wellness experiences, horse riding and storytelling and star gazing around a camp fire at night to enable a deeper immersion into Native American culture.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri

Secluded Sanctuary

Sequoia at Mount Lofty House

South Australia will be home to a luxe boutique accommodation offering when the $15 million Sequoia opens in the Adelaide Hills wine region in September.

Named after three giant Californian Redwood trees on the property, this upscale lodge, which is separate to the iconic Mount Lofty House, boasts just 14 spacious contemporary, open-plan guest suites with king-sized beds, a gas fireplace and 180-degree vistas of the patchwork Piccadilly Valley.

Offering unrivalled, personalised service from a dedicated guest services team, Sequoia guests will have access to the property’s lavish amenities such as the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

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Floating Chic

Arctic Bath

Those seeking a truly unique travel experience in 2020 shouldn’t miss a trip to this floating hotel located in Swedish Lapland.

Inspired by the timber floating era, the year-round spa and wellness hotel will float on top of the Lule River in summer and freeze into the ice in winter boasting the highest environmental standards and leaving zero impact on the environment.

Offering a luxurious overnight spa experience based on four cornerstones – proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of face and body – guests can opt to stay in one of six floating cabins or six cabins on land.

arctic bath

Lean luxury

Ruby Lucy, London

German hotel brand Ruby Hotels is set to launch its first UK property this year with the hip Ruby Lucy opening its doors in London’s creative South Bank.

Inspired by the bustling markets and theatre scene of its vibrant locale, the 76-room hotel will have a carnival theme running throughout the property with rich, dark tones and burnished brass accented with playful circus props.

There’s a 24-hour bar and all rooms will have full soundproofing and blackout curtains as well as quirky touches and a personal tablet pre-loaded with a London city guide for a truly immersive experience.

Hailed the pioneer of the ‘lean luxury’ philosophy, Ruby Hotels are set to unveil 11 new hotels, including Ruby Lucy, by 2022.

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Hollywood glamour

The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Discerning modern travellers will appreciate Los Angeles’ high-end newcomer, The Godfrey.

Designed for the contemporary jet-setting professional, the design-led boutique property, located a block south of Sunset Boulevard, will offer 220 rooms, four on-site bars, indoor-outdoor events spaces and a gastro pub-meets-steakhouse, About Last Knife.

It wouldn’t be LA without a rooftop pool and The Godfrey has one of the largest rooftop lounges in the city.

The godfrey

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