Whether it’s a new hotel in the trendy West Loop of Chicago or a secret gem in Shanghai, new hotels are popping up around the world, offering guests the chance to experience luxury in a more relaxing way.
This year, there is no shortage of hotel openings across the world that have us booking a first-class flight to experience luscious amenities, prime relaxation, and an unmatched cultural experience. Trust us, you’ll be all-in after taking a look at this year’s most exclusive and luxurious resorts.
Mondrian Doha, Qatar
The Qatari capital is welcoming a brand-new hotel, complete with 24-karat gold elevators, floating staircases and vibrant murals. The hotel boasts 360-degree views of the capital, overlooking the man-made Qatar Pearl Island in the city’s West Lagoon neighborhood. Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders is credited for bringing life and vibrancy to the hotel, which boasts 270 rooms and suites. Upon first glance, the hotel is an Alice in Wonderland fantasy mixed with traditional Qatari design and architecture. Complete with seven restaurants and bars, guests can enjoy gourmet dishes from Wolfgang Pucks’ CUT or at Walima, the Qatari-inspired restaurant. Other amenities include the 20,000 square-foot Espa, which houses 11 treatment rooms, a traditional Turkish Hammam and heated garden experience. One thing’s for certain: there is no lack of luxury at this opulent palace. Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar, +974 4045 5555, morganshotelgroup.com
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
No need for an international flight when it comes to the Ritz-Carlton’s latest lavish retreat in Santa Barbara. Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains, the 78-acre estate is the ultimate getaway that will have you basking in luxury. Once the Bacara Resort (an iconic celebrity hideaway) has transformed into the Ritz-Carlton Bacara with a multi-million-dollar transformation. There’s plenty of room for guests, with 358 rooms and suites that boast a mixture of classic Californian design with Spanish architecture and Mediterranean influences. Guests can relax in the 42,000-square-foot spa or walk along the two beaches surrounding the resort. Choose from six restaurants come mealtime, which range from casual to sophisticated depending on your preference. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, 8301 Hollister Ave., 805-968-0100, ritzcarlton.com
Marking the high-end hoteliers first foray into Southeast Asia, Rosewood Phuket in Thailand is the latest luxury hotel to grace the pristine travel destination. Located near Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket is nestled along a 2,000-foot stretch of private beaches bordering the Andaman sea. Guests have the ultimate luxury experience with a choice of 71 spacious pavilions and villas feature a neutral color palette, floor-to-ceiling windows and a private infinity pool overlooking the jungle. While you’ll feel zen anywhere in the resort, the hotel offers a holistic spa experience at the Asaya spa. Also take in all that Phuket has to offer with private helicopters, yachting experiences and exploring the historical temples of Phuket. Rosewood Phuket, 88/28 Muen-Ngern Road Patong Kathu Chang Wat Phuket, +66 76 365 888, rosewoodhotels.com
Bulgari Hotel Beijing
Bulgari Hotels just landed in Beijing, China, marking its fourth luxe location. Mimicking its flagship property in Milan, the Italian-inspired hotel features fine materials and minimalistic design in the heart of the city. Located along the Liangma River, the hotel is near high-end shopping, galleries and businesses for those traveling for work and pleasure. Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, which also designed Bulgari’s hotels in Milan, London and Bali, also designed the latest Beijing outpost. The Italian touch features furnishings from B&B and Maxalto, along with Italian-sourced Travertine marble. The Bulgari Suite is one of the biggest in the city, with over 4,300-square-feet of space to appreciate the city’s skyline. What’s more? Maserati limousines and Michelin-star dining is offered at the hotel, so you won’t even have to leave in order to get a well-rounded luxury experience. Watch out for Dubai, Shanghai and Moscow coming soon from Bulgari Hotels. Bulgari Hotel Beijing, Building 2 Courtyard No. 8 Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, +86 10 8555 8555, bulgarihotels.com