To welcome 2024, here’s a round-up of what to look forward to outside the country we call home.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
A haven of space and seclusion among lush coastal surroundings, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos, has reopened after a seasonal closure as a reimagined sanctuary following renovations of the communal spaces and select villas. Set on the shores of a 7,200-hectare nature reserve on the island of Providenciales, the resort’s reopening unveils a complete refurbishment of its communal spaces, including its reception, restaurants and the Beach Club. Also opening this year is the state-of-the-art and kosher-accredited preparation areas will enable skilled chefs to create kosher meals. Amanyara’s 20 villas are tucked along the coast or situated slightly inland overlooking tranquil ponds, with full access to the facilities. All include a dedicated host and the three- to six-bedroom villas come with the services of a private chef.
Cheval Blanc Seychelles – Mahé Island
Opening in autumn this year, Cheval Blanc Seychelles is nestled along the southwestern coast of Mahé Island. Anse Intendance beach offers a sweeping, pristine setting that will soon be home to this sixth Cheval Blanc Maison. With 52 villas each with private pools and stunning views of the beachfront, hillside or tropical jungle, Cheval Blanc Seychelles is designed by Jean-Michel Gathy as an ode to creole traditions and paying homage to its natural surroundings. Culinary excellence takes centrestage with a five-part composition including Mizumi, the Asian restaurant by the lake; Vivamento, the vibrant Italian facing the pool; Sula, the Mediterranean beach club by the ocean. Also featured are the brand’s signature concepts: Le 1947, the emblematic French gastronomic restaurant, and Le White, with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Ultima Gstaad Promenade – Gstaad, Bern
Opening in June with a prime position right on the Promenade, Ultima Gstaad Promenade is a private sanctuary boasting an abundance of space over four floors, with eight-bedroom suites and a self-contained guest house with one bedroom, two expansive living rooms with a full wrap-around balcony and a mesmerising open fireplace. The property also counts with an entertainment area with a cinema, playroom, arcade and a bar, as well as a wellness space with a spa, a sauna, an indoor swimming pool, and Hammam that will fire the mind, body and soul.
Ultima Quai Wilson – Genéve
Opening in April on the southwest shore of Lac Leman, Ultima Quai Wilson is a unique lake-side city break featuring a modern collection of five private full-floor apartments in Genève. Blending period features and elegant contemporary design, the five residences, ranging from three to six bedrooms, each offer an absolute sense of privacy and five-star service simultaneously. Combining fine wooden flooring, rich textiles and dramatic chandelier lighting, each residence exudes sophistication and polished. Enjoy the comfort of spacious bedroom suites, with master spanning more than 26m2 and affording lake views to match those to be enjoyed from the living areas. Additionally, the property boasts an indulgent wellness area including a jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and two private treatment rooms.
The Vineta Hotel – Palm Beach, Florida
Opening in the third quarter, Oetker Collection announces its first hotel in the US, The Vineta Hotel. Situated in Palm Beach, this building heralds a new chapter in the property’s nearly 100-year history. The Vineta Hotel is a quintessential example of Mediterranean Revival architecture, complete with a top-to-bottom refurbishment in a nod to the town's distinct island lifestyle. With its distinct pale-pink façade and 41 rooms to allow for a more generous sense of space, it offers a range of accommodations including an enhanced and elevated restaurant and bar concept, intimate courtyard and former Leopard Lounge. Welcome to the Sunshine State!
Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Italy
Belmond will expand to Sardinia with Romazzino, Costa Smeralda in Italy. Sardinia’s original beach hotel will offer 100 guest rooms including suites and villas, two shimmering blue pools, an array of exceptional restaurants and new experiences that invite guests to experience villeggiatura set in the heart of Costa Smeralda’s most picturesque coastline.
Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya
Come February, the Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya will open its doors, enabling out-of-town visitors to feel at home in the heart of the lively Shibuya district.
Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka
Opening mid-year, Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka will introduce a fresh hospitality experience in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s high-energy shopping and entertainment district, combining a buzzing social atmosphere with select-service flexibility. Immerse in the local vibe and dive right into the city’s renowned food and comedy culture, within walking distance of the lively Kuromon food market and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theatre.
The Tokyo Edition, Ginza
Slated to launch early this year, The Tokyo Edition, Ginza will be situated just off Chuo Street, one of the largest upscale entertainment and shopping destinations in the city. The property will include 86 guestrooms and suites, three incredible food and beverage destinations, including a rooftop bar and private dining rooms, along with a fitness centre.
Housed in two striking towers inspired by the coral reefs in the seas surrounding Qatar, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences Doha will consist of an ultra-luxury hotel with 155 exquisite guestrooms and sumptuous suites, 162 serviced apartments for longer-term stays and 276 residences available for rent. The hotel will have eight innovative outlets, including a bistro, lobby lounge, coffee shop/deli, three specialty restaurants, cigar lounge and a lifestyle entertainment lounge. The property will showcase multiple private event venues, anchored around sleek interiors and state-of-the-art technology. It will also introduce Asaya, an urban wellness concept.
The resort’s 55 villa accommodations will feature private pools, landscaped gardens and unobstructed sea views on Okinawa in Japan. Conceived by Netherlands-based Studio Piet Boon, the architecture and interiors are seamlessly designed to immerse guests in the natural surroundings and express harmony with the island through the extensive use of local materials. Four restaurants and bars will include relaxed beachfront concepts showcasing fresh seafood, prized island-raised beef, locally distilled spirits and craft beer. On-site recreation will include a standalone Rosewood Explorer’s Club and Asaya, the integrated wellness concept.
Sircle London will open on Devonshire Square in London’s Liverpool Street, bridging the gap between the city of London and east London’s vibrant Shoreditch. Scheduled to open its doors in late autumn, Sircle London will house an 81-room hotel, The Cover members club, yoga studio and gym, outdoor botanical courtyard and Seven North restaurant by chef Eyal Shani.
The Standard, Singapore
The Standard, Singapore, is slated to open in the first quarter of the year and will be the city’s new social hub featuring 143 rooms. With its prime location on Orange Grove Road, the hotel will feature The Standard’s signature restaurant and nightlife vibrancy, and arts and cultural programming along with an infinity pool and pool bar set within a lush botanical courtyard.
Rosewood Schloss Fuschl, Austria
The legendary Hotel Schloss Fuschl will mark Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ second property in Austria when it reopens as Rosewood Schloss Fuschl, this year. Idyllically situated on the banks of Lake Fuschl, the historic property is reminiscent of a fairytale castle and has been welcoming illustrious guests for centuries. Surrounded by mountains and forests, Rosewood Schloss Fuschl is a short distance from Salzburg, and will feature 98 guest rooms, including 46 suites and six chalets, as well as be home to world-class restaurants and lounges, Asaya, Rosewood's integrative well-being concept, with indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
As Rosewood’s first property in the Netherlands and opening this year, Rosewood Amsterdam will be housed in the former Palace Of Justice, overlooking the Prinsengracht (the Prince’s Canal), one of the city’s most beautiful waterways. Rosewood Amsterdam will be ideally situated near many of the city’s finest attractions including the museum district, the high-end shopping district on P.C. Hooftstraat and the De Pijp neighborhood. The property will offer 133 guestrooms and suites, and amenities will include three restaurants and bars, an Asaya spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool.
edyn, the hybrid hospitality pioneer, will be expanding its lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke into Paris. The acquisition of a historic property in the city’s fifth arrondissement will be followed by its development into a 145 key boutique aparthotel, due to open this year. Currently an 18th century mansion located in the cosmopolitan Latin Quarter, a stone’s throw from Sorbonne University and the Panthéon, edyn will transform the property into a flagship location for Locke. The space will comprise a winter garden, a high-concept restaurant and bar set under a restored glass atrium, co-working, coffee shop, gym and laundry facilities. Accommodation will feature 145 studio apartments spread over seven storeys, which will be housed in a new building to the rear of the site.
Le Comptoir Woodward at The Woodward
A new gourmet boutique in Geneva, Le Comptoir Woodward is the latest creation of The Woodward. A collaboration with pastry chef Titouan Claudet and executive chef Olivier Jean, this new space offers a sweet and savoury menu, complemented by Stettler chocolates and Castrischer black forests. The Woodward features two restaurants Le Jardinier and the two Michelin-starred L'Atelier Robuchon. Le Comptoir Woodward will offer viennoiseries, from flaky or filled brioches to rolled pastries. Croissants and Swiss breads will also be available to accompany the selection of hot drinks and juices throughout the day. With just 10 seats available, it is a cosy, intimate space, in a contemporary design by interior architect Cécile Morel.
Céleste at Cheval Blanc Paris
Until March 31, the rooftop of Cheval Blanc Paris will see the introduction of Céleste. The menu will evolve based on rare spirits carefully selected by the Cheval Blanc Paris' sommeliers. It will be accompanied by a selection of finger-food creations such as temakis and gunkans signed by chef Takuya Watanabe. For a limited time only, Céleste lets its guests reach for the stars.
Le Bristol Paris
Le Bristol Paris is hosting the first-ever Dom Pérignon’s dining room until Feb 18. Chef Eric Frechon and Dom Pérignon’s cellar master, Vincent Chaperon bring to life a virtuosic vision to savour meticulously-crafted pairings of Dom Pérignon’s best-in-class millesimes and the very height of French gastronomy through a private aperitif and dining experience. A bespoke “bulle” or bubble, has been specially conceived for the experiential journey, divided into two sections — an immersive bar and an exclusive dining room. Inhabiting the centre of the hotel’s courtyard garden, the two avant-garde spaces are enrobed in a sensational trompe l’oeil décor wherein one-way mirrors preserve the privacy of participants. The journey begins in the private bar, where exceptional cuvées normally only offered by the bottle are served by the glass, accompanied by a tantalising selection of small bites. A brief interlude and a shift of scenery place guests around the table in the dining room for the presentation of six courses featuring caviar de Sologne paired with Dom Pérignon Vintage 2013 and pan-seared wild turbot with black truffle paired with the remarkable Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 Plénitude 2 cuvée.
Eastern & Oriental Express
Southeast Asia's legend of the rails Eastern & Oriental Express has appointed chef André Chiang as its new chef. Having worked in some of the most decorated restaurants in the world, including his two-Michelin-starred eponymous Restaurant André in Singapore, which closed its doors, chef André will elevate and devise every aspect of the dining experience including the ambience and atmosphere of the two on board restaurants, Adisorn and Malaya. The Eastern & Oriental Express is set to return in February this year with two seasonal routes out of Singapore that take in the beautiful landscapes of Malaysia.
British Pullman, England
The iconic British Pullman, England will elevate its dining offering with the launch of The Carriage Club Dinners in May, a series of immersive evening journeys combining decadent dining, fine wines and entertainment.
Hiram Bingham and Andean Explorer
In Peru, the Hiram Bingham and Andean Explorer, thecountry’s first and only luxury sleeper train, along with the Monasterio hotel in Cusco welcomes Peruvian-born Jorge Muñoz as executive chef. Muñoz will unveil new culinary creations that tell the story of an exploratory journey through the coast, highlands and jungles of Peru.
The Original FX Mayr
In Carinthia overlooking Lake Wörthersee in Austria, The Original FX Mayr stands as a leader in modern Mayr medicine, offering advanced medical diagnostics and holistic healthcare. Renowned for its famous Mayr “cure”, the clinic focuses on detoxification, strengthening intestinal health, and enhancing the immune system to restore balance and inner peace. Pioneering the Mayr cure as the first residential clinic, it believes in giving the digestive system a break to enable profound healing throughout the body.
Soneva Wellness Odyssey
Soneva introduces the Soneva Stars programme, featuring sporting legends and renowned therapists. At Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives, embark on a "lifestyle evolution”, including an ayurvedic doctor, traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, integrative medicine doctor and skilled therapists. The Soneva Soul features reatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Major Autohemotherapy.
The Residence Maldives
Until Jan 15, indulge in well-being at The Residence Maldives, Dhigurah featuring visiting practitioner Mariko Nakaki at The Spa by Clarins. Nakaki's journey has taken her from India, Japan to Thailand's esteemed Chiva-Som International Health Resort. Embrace the transformative journey with Chi Neng Tsai treatments and energising meditations. Each session provides an opportunity for guests to reconnect with their healing source, guided by her profound ability to listen to their bodies, energy, emotions, memory, and spirits.
Aman Wellness introduces an evolved well-living methodology with advanced programmes and retreats. At Aman New York, rejuvenate in the urban sanctuary, featuring a fitness centre, cryotherapy chamber and a heated pool. Aman New York provides tailored wellness solutions and immersion programmes. At Aman Japan, blend Tokyo's rich history, art and cuisine with a serene zen oasis. On the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu embraces tranquil seclusion, while Aman Kyoto offers glimpses into the imperial past of the ancient capital. The Aman Japan Journey enables guests to tailor their wellness goals. Beginning with assessments in Tokyo and followed by recommended sessions at Amanemu and Aman Kyoto, this ensures a harmonious alignment of cultural enrichment with health objectives for a revitalised return home.
Àni Sri Lanka
Àni’s wellness philosophy is one of simple truth, that wellbeing stems not from striving, but through balance in all things. This is very much in line with the principles of ayurveda, India and Sri Lanka’s ancient healing system meaning “the science of life”. Incorporating ayurvedic treatments and culinary lore, Àni Sri Lanka’s wellness offering encompasses movement, relaxation, nutrition, and nature’s life-giving presence, giving a true sense of life-enhancing equilibrium.
Maroma, Riviera Maya
The Maroma, Riviera Maya in Mexico, which opened in August last year, will welcome the first Guerlain spa in Latin America: Maroma Spa by Guerlain. The new biophilic spa will feature nine treatment rooms overlooking the jungle, a menu of nature-focused treatments and an onsite apothecary. Maroma will also launch sustainability initiatives to further protect the endangered Melipona bee in collaboration with Fundación Selva Maya, such as expanding resident hives, unveiling a new Melipona sanctuary for educational guest experiences, and the introduction of Guerlain’s Bee School and “Women for Bees” initiatives into Yucatán communities.
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
In the spring this year, Cap Juluca, Anguilla will welcome a new haven of wellness and healing to the pristine shores of Maundays Bay. Cap Juluca Spa by Guerlain will draw inspiration from Anguilla’s earliest inhabitants, the Indigenous Arawak tribe, who lived in harmony with nature and looked to each day with a spirit of hope and renewal. The spa menu will offer traditional and innovative treatments that embrace Guerlain’s multi-sensory and holistic approach, along with a selection of exclusive treatments created with the culture and lifestyle of Anguilla in mind. A sanctuary for the senses, the private treatment rooms will boast wide ocean views of Cap Juluca’s famed crescent beach paired with cerused and bleached white oak, limestone flooring and basins.
Royal Scotsman, Scotland
In homage to Christian Dior’s love for Scotland where he famously hosted his much-acclaimed fashion show in 1955, the Dior Spa Royal Scotsman is housed in one of the Royal Scotsman’s plush carriages. Dedicated to wellness, the carriage features two lacquered treatment rooms adorned with Dior’s iconic burgundy toile de Jouy motif. A cocoon of serenity on the rails, Dior Spa Royal Scotsman offers guests a tranquil space to unwind and rejuvenate as the train snakes through Scotland's awe-inspiring peaks and dramatic valleys. The bespoke wellbeing menu includes three tailor-made treatments by the French Maison’s experts, offering a truly immersive Scottish experience. The D-Travel body massage aims to purify and release tension, the D-Elements treatment combines natural beauty with hot stones for relaxation, and the D-Highlands facial draws inspiration from Kobido techniques, sculpting features with the Dior Prestige line. The collaboration of Dior and the Royal Scotsman provides guests with a holistic beauty experience, complementing outdoor wellness activities for overall well-being. The train will also see the launch of two new Grand Suites designed by Paris-based interior designer Tristan Auer in May. The brand-new Grand Suite experience on board Royal Scotsman will include a pampering spa treatment per person in the lavish Dior Spa.
For the first time in its history, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe will embark on a new journey connecting Paris in France and Portofino in Italy. The sojourn will continue at Splendido where the train’s chef Jean Imbert will host a gala dinner. The train will also add a second Paris to Istanbul return journey, in addition to its regular August itinerary. Its first alpine journey will head to the French Alps in December. Eight new suites will join the rake this year, bringing a total of 16 suites and six Grand Suites to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
In April, the Coquelicot boat will welcome guests to the latest addition to its fleet of river boats gliding across the scenic canals of France. Designed by French architects Humbert & Poyet, the intimate river boat features three cabins, an indoor salon with a bespoke Champagne bar and an extensive outdoor deck with open-air kitchen and dining area. Coquelicot will partner with Maison Ruinart to offer exclusive experiences. These include a four-hand private lunch by Maison Ruinart’s chef in residence, Valérie Radou, and Coquelicot’s head chef as well as a private guided tour of the historic Taissy vineyard.