The best new hotel openings for 2017

Looking for a boutique retreat or private beach that will set you apart from the crowd? We take a look at some of the most hotly anticipated hotels that are scheduled to open this year

Image: Bawah Private Island

Whether it’s an island escape or an urban retreat, the world’s top hotels and resorts are tailoring their luxury experiences to suit the most discerning of travellers. From a new private lagoon in the Maldives to a hotel-cum-members’ club in a former 1920s bank headquarters, here’s a selection of the most decadent hotel openings of 2017 to add to your wishlist.

Bawah Private Island, Indonesia

Located 150 nautical miles north east of Singapore, Bawah Private Island is a secluded, untouched haven of six islands for travellers wanting the ultimate escape. Opening in summer 2017, Bawah has no fewer than 13 powder-white beaches, lush jungle for trekking and a strict philosophy of environmental conservation.

With a maximum of 70 guests at any given time and only accessible by private seaplane, Bawah pretty much guarantees peace and quiet.

The Ned, London

Opening this spring, this Grade-II listed, 11-storey hotel with 1920s-inspired interiors, is set to become one of London’s most spectacular heritage hotels. Set in the former Midland Bank headquarters, it will offer some eight restaurants, a rooftop pool, spa, boxing ring and Pilates and yoga studio, so there’s really no need to ever leave.

Part of the iconic Soho House group, yet far from being a members-only affair, The Ned offers a basement cocktail den housed in the former bank vault and access to a rooftop pool.

Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills

Due to open in April 2017, the long-awaited Waldorf Astoria is the group’s first on the West Coast, paying homage to Hollywood glamour and the easy luxury of the Californian lifestyle. Guests will have access to a spa run by Swiss beauty company La Prairie, with treatments on offer that include the brand’s well-known ‘skin caviar’ range.

‘Our guests will have access to the best amenities in Los Angeles, so it’s only fitting that we partner with the one of the highest acclaimed brands to create our spa,’ says managing director, Luc Delafosse.

The 12-storey, contemporary building offers a personal concierge service and will likely be a good haunt for celebrity spotting, with VIP cabanas, a diamond boutique and an award-winning chef just some of the new destination’s features.

 

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Image: The Whitby, photographed by Simon Brown

The Whitby Hotel, New York

Nestled in the heart of Upper Midtown Manhattan, with international designer shopping, department stores, museums, galleries and restaurants on its doorstep, The Whitby is perfect for a metropolitan retreat or business stopover alike.

From the luxury boutique group that also runs New York’s Crosby Street Hotel, and London’s Ham Yard, The Whitby’s 15 floors feature Kit Kemp’s interior design, floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the city, and marble or granite bathrooms.

The entire top floor makes up The Whitby Suite – a spectacular two-bed lodging with huge terraces facing up and down town. The property also has a spacious outdoor terrace, orangery, library, gym, event space and a 130-seat cinema.

The Henrietta, London

The team behind the Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris is set to open the doors of its first London hotel, a richly designed 18-room boutique space in the heart of Covent Garden’s Theatreland. Drawing inspiration from the Italianate architectural heritage, the hotel features unique design elements such as Milanese carpentry and Carrara marble skirting.

‘We blended elements of the past in order to achieve a feeling of déjà vu that will allow the guest to savour the history of London,’ says award-winning designer and Experimental Group collaborator, Dorothée Meilichzon. The hotel will also be home to a members’ club offering a bespoke menu, impressive wine list and creative cocktail menu.

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Image: Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani, Maldives

Planning the ultimate beach getaway? This newly opened luxury resort has 24 over-water villas, 23 on-beach villas and one island cabin set on a private lagoon in the Maldives. These spacious, modern accommodations are understated, with the focus firmly on open-air living rather than swanky interiors. All have private swimming pools, and many have slides that send guests directly into the Indian Ocean.

‘The waters in the lagoon have the most vibrant shades of blue that I have not seen anywhere else in the Maldives,’ says general manager of the resort, Olivia Richli. ‘We have an extensive array of marine life, including turtles, rays and occasionally dolphins, and the lagoon is an excellent place for kayaking, sailing and swimming, as it is calm, shallow and extends for miles.’

Once you have had your fill of swimming in the crystal-clear waters, the hotel also offers a spa, an observatory with the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean and an outdoor cinema.

 

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