Travel took a break for much of the year, at least as far as we know, and many planned hotel openings were delayed for a year or more due to the pandemic and falling demand. However, as a result, 2021 will likely be full of high-end hotel launches. So we’ve rounded up 50 must-see luxury properties that will open around the world next year, and also a couple that can open in time for the New Year if plans don’t fail.
Alila Marea Beach Resort:
Built from the ground up in the seaside city just north of San Diego, this is the second US property of Hyatt’s luxury brand (the first is in Big Sur, Big Sur), and the name means “surprise” in Sanskrit. Expect simple, barefoot luxury with a focus on coastal views and a giant spa, along with natural materials such as wood and stone.
Aman New York:
The much-followed urban oasis of the ultra-luxury hotel operator is expected to finally open early next year, facing Central Park at the Crown Building on 57th Street and 5th Avenue. In addition to the retail tenants on the first floor, including Zegna and Piaget, Aman took over the entire property for a combination of an 83-room hotel and 22 residences; Guests and hosts will share access to the on-site Aman Members Club.
The sister property of the original Manhattan, this hotel aims to offer a luxurious, rustic getaway to the Catskills in northern New York – think of a rustic, more raw Berkshire riff; The 30-acre reserve has its own trout stream. The 12-room option here is undoubtedly a 1,000 square foot pine and cedar house with an open deck 25 feet above the ground.
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle:
Channel your inner Marie Antoinette by sleeping inside the confines of the palace grounds for the first time ever at this 14-room hotel, complete with an onsite Alain Ducasse restaurant and indoor pool. Don’t assume you’ll be spending much time at the hotel proper, though—guests will have exclusive private access to the palace and grounds, to roam in seclusion without the hoi polloi.
Auberge Resorts Susurros Del Corazon:
The 33-acre estate overlooking Banderas Bay is an interesting addition to the luxury hotel scene in Punta Mita, which has long dominated the Four Seasons. The Auberge will bring a distinct touch of light to the development: look for three comb-shaped pools here in the middle of the tropical forest that stretch down to the private beach, about 2,000 feet long.
Forget Ibiza’s dazzling glow – the real jet set destination in this island group is the 32 square mile boho chic sister island Formentera. This small hotel with only 14 rooms is located on the west coast, on the white sand beach of Playa Migjorn with its snack barracks. Book a few yoga sessions or a rooftop massage in between your soaking in the warm Caribbean water; Organic breakfast baskets brought to your room are a thoughtful touch.
Castello di Reschio:
Count Benedikt Bolza, the aristocratic owner of this 3,700-acre estate in the hills of Umbria, is also an architect, so he personally oversaw the reconstruction of the ruined pile (look for the castle dating back to the 10th century) in a luxury complex. Quieter alternative to Tuscan country properties. A plus for horse breeds: the on-site Equestrian Center.
The owners of this hotel managed to attract André Kretschmann as general manager and abandoned his role as supervisor of hotel openings for LVMH. And given the impressive profile of this property, it’s a 99-villa site in itself, an 800-foot coral island with a 490-foot-long pool in the middle. The spa here is also great: on a kidney-shaped islet, each of the treatment rooms faces the water.