Some hotels are so luxurious, you just don’t want to leave. Of course, they’re often located in fabulous settings, perhaps on a white powdery sand beach or nestled in or near a jungle, offering incredible wildlife watching opportunities, so will probably want to venture out occasionally. Whatever type your heart desires, these luxury hotels that have only just recently opened their doors, are well worth planning your next vacation around.
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Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Surfside, Florida (Prices & Photos)
Tucked between South Beach and Bal Harbour, the classic Surfside, which first opened its doors in 1930, had fallen off the radar decades ago, but in 2017, everything changed when it got an amazing Four Seasons makeover. The name is synonymous with luxury and exceptional service, and you’ll find that here and then some. Bringing back the glamour of the Golden Era, it has the look of an elegant Mediterranean retreat while being just a short distance from South Beach. Many of the building’s original details, including that impressive Mediterranean Revival architecture, was kept intact, but it was re-imagined to meet the needs of the high-tech world. It features a restaurant overlooking the beach, beautiful outdoor heated pools, a full-service spa, and offers non-motorized sports like kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing.
Amanyangyun, Shanghai (Prices & Photos)
Luxury brand Aman recently unveiled the Amanyangyun in Shanghai, which is set within a forest of ancient camphor trees. The centrepiece of this unique property is the 26 antique stone villas from the Ming and Qing dynasty that were rescued from flooding and transported over 400 miles to this location that lies just outside Shanghai. The villas were designed to cater for families or groups of friends, each paired with a contemporary annex, providing a total of four bedrooms. Each complex includes a Chinese garden, an expansive pool and a Jacuzzi. There are also one-bedroom options for couples. The property hosts six restaurants, a cigar lounge, spa, fitness and movement center as well.
One & Only Gorilla's Nest, Rwanda (Prices & Photos)
With the world’s number of gorillas dwindling, treks to see them have been on the increase, with Rwanda one of the hottest destinations for watching the animals while enjoying more luxurious comforts. Hidden among a forest of eucalyptus trees in the foothills of Virunga volcano, the One & Only Gorilla’s Nest is opening in 2018 and is already being lauded as one of the best of the year. It offers spectacular views and the opportunity to search for mountain gorilla’s with an expert guide. A three-day stay in the traditional, grass-hatched lodge guarantees an hour-long encounter with one of the eight gorilla families in their natural habitat. The lodge will also feature a spa, 9-hole golf course and a restaurant that serves dishes using ingredients from its garden.
Seven Pines Ibiza, Spain (Prices & Photos)
The all-suite Seven Pines Ibiza enjoys an envious location atop the cliffs, overlooking the sea and the mythical rock of Es Vedra. Just unveiled, whitewashed villas ares scattered across the 13-acre site, with the beaches of Cala Codolar and Cala Conta just steps away. The ultimate in luxury, the onsite butlers offer to arrange activities like diving and yacht, or even book a private jet. The resort has its own Pershing yacht for charters and guest transfers too. It also features multiple fine dining restaurants and a sprawling spa that offers indulgent treatments as well as yoga and meditation. Book one of the four Cliff Suites and you’ll get your own private pool, garden and extraordinary sweeping vistas.
Zuri Zanzibar Resort, Tanzania (Prices & Photos)
The magnificent Zuri Zanzibar Resort is now available for bookings as the first of the Design Hotels properties on the Tanzanian archipelago. It enjoys the ultimate location on the main island of Unguja, along a gorgeous stretch of private beach that’s framed by the dazzling turquoise hues of the Indian ocean. The suites and villas offer particularly breathtaking views, while its west-facing location guarantees jaw-dropping sunsets that cast a peachy glow over the sea. The property’s spice garden brings the aroma of the island’s exotic flora, while the expansive terraces and outdoor showers offer fabulous indoor and outdoor living. An infinity pool and a diving center is hosted as well.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andaman Islands (Prices & Photos)
One of the world’s few remaining truly unspoiled beach destinations, the Andaman Islands are an archipelago between Thailand and Indian in the Bay of Bengal, which is now home to the luxury Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. It lies on Havelock Island and boasts beautiful crescent white beaches, set among twisted mangroves while the jungle provides a lush backdrop. The hotel was built on stilts, inspired by thatched-roof tribal, with rooms boasting billowy white linens and private plunge pools while its spa floats on a lake.
Ila Experience Hotel, Quito, Ecuador (Prices & Photos)
The Illa Experience Hotel is a colonial house that dates back to the 1700s, renovated and opened at the end of 2017 with some of the finest details made by local artisans. Set in the historic San Marcos neighborhood, it aims to immerse its guests in Quito’s rich culture through daily activities like lessons in making homemade ice cream and local sweets, coffee tastings and watercolor painting classes in local art studios. The 10-room hotel showcases key periods in the capital’s history, with rooms and suites decorated in colonial, republican and contemporary styles.
Hotel Cartesiano Puebla, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Hotel Cartesiano Puebla is a stunning property set within an old ceramics factory in the heart of Puebla, sandwiched between vibrantly painted colonial homes and storefronts. Spectacularly restored into a luxurious hotel, it blends the old and new, preserving some of the most beautiful details while offering plenty of modern features. The annex has entire walls that are impressed with colorfully hand-painted ceramic tiles that were made in the old factory, while the rooftop pool and deck provides expansive views over the historic church domes. Each room is unique, providing a different experience while its onsite restaurant, Centena 4 serves a modern take on regional Mexican cuisine. Its spa is already considered one of the best in town, and you’ll find an indoor/outdoor feel throughout, with the two buildings linked by a large plant-filled walkway.