There are many wonderful reasons why we plan trips, but experiencing the world’s best hotels is among the most delightful. We all have our preferred on-property pamperings—a cavernous clawfoot tub, with jars of scented salts; a sprawling breakfast spread, and coffee just the way you like it; a bed that envelops you into its pillowy depths; a secret garden where the mind can wander; a bustling lobby gilded in centuries of legend and lore. Whatever your aesthetics and predilections, every traveler should have a carefully curated hotel wish list for their life. The annual Adored Collection is our catalog of the icons, grande-dames, classic charmers and mind-blowing resorts that have most impressed our staff and members. But every January, we also release our list of the most-anticipated newcomers around the world—the properties that our team just can’t wait to check out.
Discover the 24 properties on our list—from the Cyclades, Nice and Florence to Japan, Kenya and the Maldives—and tell us: Which ones are at the top of yours?
BEST NEW HOTELS OF 2024
Greece—and especially its lesser-known islands—is poised to return to the spotlight this coming summer season, and central to that siren call of stone, sea and sky is a striking new resort called Gundari. Set on 80 untouched acres among the cliffs of Folegandros, an island wedged between Santorini and Milos, Gundari enjoys spectacular views over the Aegean, with a focus on wellness, gastronomy, sustainability and cultural authenticity. The design is serene and nature-inspired, emphasizing the colors and materials of the surrounding landscape—like marble, olive wood and stone. The dining program has been crafted by Lefteris Lazarou, the first chef ever to earn a Michelin star in Greece. Off-property, diversions include visits to the Bathers Beach House, scuba-diving, hiking, touring by EV Mini Moke or vintage electric bikes and exploring the picturesque Chora village. The Standout: Each of the 25 suites and the three- and four-bedroom villas have a private pool overlooking the sea. Expected opening: May 2024
London's hotel boom shows no signs of slowing down in 2024. Among several headliner openings is The Emory, the latest creation from the group behind power trio Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley (and, outside of London, The Maybourne Beverly Hills and The Maybourne Riviera). In a Modernist building overlooking Hyde Park, The Emory promises to make her mark on posh Belgravia, with just seven singular suites, designed in collaboration by some of the world's top interior designers, from Patricia Urquiola to Pierre Yves Rochon. An outpost of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's abc kitchen joins The Emory Bar, where a bright stained-glass installation by Brian Clarke will rival The Berkeley's rosy murals and Claridge's Chihuly chandelier. The Standout: Guests will also have access to Surrenne, a private, four-floor members' club within the property dedicated to longevity and wellbeing. Expected opening: April 2024
On the northern outskirts of Florence, halfway between the Four Seasons and Fiesole (a former Medici haunt, and today home to Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel), the primarily U.S.- and Mexico-based Auberge Resorts Collection will open its third European property, Collegio alla Querce, later this year. The property offers a taste of Florentine life as its nobles once enjoyed it: with space to roam—among 16th-century chapels and Baroque gardens, through groves of cypress and citrus trees and down expensively draped hallways, always with the Duomo rising in the distance and, behind her, the rolling hills and the vineyards. Indeed, Collegio alla Querce presents a portal back in time—several of its buildings are designated by UNESCO—and curios unearthed from eras past are displayed for guests' enjoyment. The Standout: The 2,250-square-foot Presidential Suite (there will be 61 guest rooms and 21 suites, total).
From cool-kid boutique hotel group Perseus (of Le Pigalle in Paris), Hôtel du Couvent will be a significant addition to the Nice scene, as the city experiences a moment of renaissance. (In 2021, Nice was named a UNESCO World Heritage City, for being the "Winter Resort Town of the Riviera," and renewed attention will only mount as it prepares to host the end of the Tour de France this July—marking the first time the race will not finish in Paris in half a century.) Located within a restored 17th-century convent, replete with Roman-style baths and gardens, the property promises to provide an idyllic and unpretentious escape into the charms of Nice's Old Town. Expected opening: Spring 2024
On the heels of its first urban openings—in Rome and Istanbul—celebrated wellness resort brand Six Senses is bringing soulful serenity to the Big Smoke—and revitalizing the historic Whiteley’s department store in West London's Bayswater area. The property will contain 110 guest rooms and 14 residences, as well as the signature Six Senses health, fitness, beauty and gastronomy programs. The Standout: Six Senses London will also launch a new social wellness membership club, Six Senses Place, which will offer a central bar, restaurant and lounge, coworking spaces and wellness and treatment rooms—all designed to encourage growth and reconnection.
Across Italy, the Rocco Forte properties are some of the country's finest—from Hotel de la Ville and Hotel de Russie in Rome to the Savoy in Florence and Masseria Torre Maizza in Puglia. And this year, the brand will make its first landing in Milan, with Rocco Forte House Via Manzoni, a collection of 11 one-to-three-bedroom private apartments, some with terraces, concealed within a 19th-century palazzo on the corner of Via della Spiga, in the Quadrilatero della Moda. The building was refurbished by Lady Olga Polizzi (who else?), in collaboration with Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen. The Standout: The apartments are perfect for visitors seeking a personalized pied-à-terre in Milan: a dedicated House Concierge is on hand to assist with any requests, and other amenities include daily housekeeping, a 24-hour gym, a central courtyard and lounge, complimentary bicycles and a roof terrace and bar (opening in 2025). Expected opening: Spring 2024
Plus: In 2025, the portfolio's Italian collection will expand even further, with the arrival of the hotel Liscia di Vacca in Porto Cervo, Sardinia and The Carlton in Milan.
Another trend we're seeing for 2024? The rising romance of travel by rail and by river—and this April, Belmond will launch a new addition to its fleet of boats, Coquelicot, for a refined exploration of France's Champagne region by water. Designed by French architects Humbert & Poyet, the vessel has just three lavishly appointed cabins and an open-air top deck. The Standout: After a day of touring, continue sipping in style on board in the Champagne Bar, or enjoy one of the culinary experiences crafted in partnership with Maison Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house in the world. Expected opening: April 2024
BEST NEW HOTELS OF 2024
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, U.S.
New York City's biggest 2024 arrivals will be The Warren Street Hotel, the latest Firmdale property from Kit Kemp—opening in Tribeca on February 1—and The Twenty Two, a hotel, restaurant, bar and members club that made a splash in London's Mayfair when it launched this past spring (read more here). Expect the same bold design and insider atmosphere, downtown.
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, U.S.
The Palm Beach scene will also receive a shake-up in the form of The Vineta, a new boutique project—and the first in the U.S.—from Oetker Collection (behind Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Le Bristol Paris, The Lanesborough, Hotel La Palma, Jumby Bay Island and Eden Rock, St Barths). Situated just two blocks off Worth Avenue, The Vineta will revive a landmark hotel, preserving its Mediterranean Revival architecture—and peachy-pink façade—in a full renovation led by Paris-based AD 100 interior designer, Tino Zervudachi. The Standout: In homage to the property's legacy of glitz and glamour, The Vineta will offer four buzzy dining outlets, including a renovation of the formerly famed Leopard Lounge, a new take on the "American Bar" (with exclusive seating), a Mediterranean-inspired poolside bar and a courtyard al fresco restaurant. Expected opening: Autumn 2024
JOHNS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.
A new way to experience the charms of the coastal south arrives this year in the form of The Dunlin, a long-awaited project from Auberge Resorts Collection. Located along the Kiawah River, the property enjoys 2,000 picturesque acres crossed by nature trails and marshlands, which welcome abundant flora and fauna (the property itself is named for the local sandpiper). The 72 cottage-style guest rooms and suites and the 19 white-washed villas were designed by Amanda Lindroth, to evoke a whimsical, nostalgic atmosphere as light as the breezes off the river. Terraces and wrap-around porches abound—especially at the main lodge—for games and golden hour juleps (or a nap in a rocking chair). The Standout: The Dunlin is ideal for families and naturalists, as the property abounds with opportunities for outdoor activity, from trekking, hiking, biking and kayaking to fly-fishing, crabbing and paddle-boarding. There will also be an outdoor pool, and access to the Kiawah River Community's riverfront swim and fitness facility. Additional amenities include a full-service spa and access to the Kiawah River Farm collective of local family-owned farms for agrotourism activities. Expected opening: June 2024
Celebrated wellness resort brand Six Senses will arrive in the Caribbean for the first time this spring on the Spice Isle. The property will encompass 38 acres that front ocean, lagoon, bluff and beach—an oasis of turquoise waters, powdery-soft sand, vibrant reefs and lush rainforests. The 56 two-level pool suites and 15 villas were designed to mimic a traditional fishing village (and each has an outdoor terrace with a plunge pool, for privacy). The Standout: Six Senses La Sagesse sits between two beaches—a protected cove with shallow water, and an undeveloped bay with ocean rollers—to suit families of varied ages and swimming abilities. Expected opening: May 2024
PETER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
After the damage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the British Virgin Islands' Peter Island Resort, which was originally built in the 1960s, closed for repairs and renovations. Now, after more than six years, the private island escape will reopen for its next chapter—on the same pristine beaches (there are five!) and 1,800 acres of lush tropical oasis. What's new? Beachfront accommodations, just steps from the ocean; a re-designed spa; two new restaurants; and a Yacht Club and marina, which can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet in length.
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BEST NEW HOTELS OF 2024
COSTA MUJERES, MEXICO
The acclaimed southern Spain wellness clinic SHA will launch this year in Mexico, just north of Cancún. As we continue to see an increase in science- and medicine-backed longevity and health retreats, SHA will offer the choice between four personalized programs, like those offered at the Alicante flagship, that range from four to 21 days, guided by renowned experts in pursuit of these goals: Rebalance and Reenergize; Detox and Optimal Weight; Well-Aging and Prevention; and Leader’s Performance. Each program is oriented around the nine disciplines of the "SHA Method": healthy nutrition, preventive and well-aging, holistic medicine, cognitive stimulation, advanced preventive diagnostics, well-being and inner balance, physical performance and healthy living academy. SHA's newest location will also channel the wisdom of ancient Maya health practices, and the perks of a sun-filled and seaside climate. Plus: While the SHA Method is the primary focus of any stay here, guests at Costa Mujeres can also enjoy the surroundings of white-sand beach and jungle, with access to a natural cenote and the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere. The 35 residences and 100 ocean-view rooms and suites are modern and peaceful in design, and each is equipped with a private balcony and pampering touches like rain showers. Expected opening: January 2024; an Emirates location is also in the works for 2025
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
On the heels of Soho House Mexico City, Soho House will open its first property in South America, in São Paulo, Brazil—within Cidade Matarazzo, a cultural heritage site that is currently being redeveloped to combine an arts center, restaurants, shops and tropical green spaces. The Soho House property will offer 36 guest rooms, a gym, spa, rooftop pool and bar, and restaurants and club spaces. Interiors will celebrate Brazilian designers and local artisans and artists, while preserving the area's unique architectural history, which combines Portuguese classicism and Brazilian modernism. Expected opening: Early 2024
The sleepy-chic Colombian town of Cartagena (and former home of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez) will welcome its first new luxury resort in several years, thanks to Four Seasons. The brand is renovating a collection of landmark buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, in the buzzy, bohemian Getsemaní neighborhood. The property will offer 131 accommodations, including 27 suites, as well as private residences, with four restaurants and lounges, as well as a spa, fitness center and two rooftop pools. Expected opening: Late 2024
BEST NEW HOTELS OF 2024
HAA DHAALU ATOLL, MALDIVES
In the Maldives' most remote atoll, celebrated Southeast Asia sustainability and wellness brand Soneva will launch a new resort concept thirty years in the making: Soneva Secret. The first Soneva Secret property will feature 14 sprawling beach and overwater villas, including lagoon villas accessible only by boat, and the Castaway, the first floating villa in the Maldives. The experience is completely oriented around privacy, access and personalization—and each villa includes the bespoke services of your own "Barefoot Guardian" and "Barefoot Assistant." Each guest will also enjoy a personal chef for the duration of their stay, who can craft dining experiences exactly to your tastes—to be enjoyed in the comfort of your villa or in secret spots around the island. In addition to a custom program of yoga, fitness and spa experiences (which can be enjoyed in your villa's dedicated wellness space), guests can spend time exploring the atoll, with activities like picnics on hidden shores, snorkeling with a marine biologist, sunset cruising over pods of dolphins and whale sharks, or guided astronomy sessions in your villa (each is outfitted with a sliding roof for star-gazing). In short—All can be designed to your liking. Expected opening: February 2024
Bangkok: A sultry city that beckons with its flashing lights, winding alleys and swollen Chao Phraya River. It's a place unlike any other—where chaos and harmony somehow coexist, vibrating at different frequencies. It's a city with an impressive hotel scene—and after the new Capella Bangkok joined Old-Guard mainstays The Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula and The Siam in 2020, Aman is ready to shake things up again. Aman Bangkok will be hidden within a high-rise building inside the eight-acre Nai Lert Park, a swath of jungle that has been preserved by the Nai Lert family since 1915, on the eastern side of the city. 52 suites will occupy nine floors, in addition to 33 private residences, a 1,500-square-meter Aman integrative wellness center and medical and holistic spas, and dining outlets ranging from an Italian resaurant to omakase and teppanyaki—and a rooftop jazz bar. Like Aman New York, Nai Lert will be designed by Jean-Michel Gathy.
History buffs and nature-lovers who have Okinawa, Japan on their travel wish list will be pleased to know that the area's limited selection of luxury hotels will count a new beachfront Rosewood resort among the offerings, by the end of the year. 55 sea-view villas with private pools, which were designed by Netherlands-based Studio Piet Boon, will immerse guests in the striking beauty of Miyako island, with its vibrant beaches and coral reefs. Four restaurants and bars, including a beachfront space, will celebrate Okinawa's spectacular fresh seafood, island-raised beef and craft whiskey and beer. Off-property highlights include snorkeling at Yabiji, the largest coral reef in Japan, visiting Yonaha Maehama (said to be the best beach in Japan) and experiencing the culture and cuisine of the area's ancient fishing villages.
As a growing number of luxury hotels set their sights on Kyoto, Japan's former capital and cultural crown jewel, Banyan Tree will arrive in the historic Gion district (famed territory of the maiko and geiko) in time for the sakura cherry blossom season. WIth 52 rooms in a protected enclave among the hills of Higashiyama, the property will stand out from the crowd with lovely views—and it will be the first and only hotel in Kyoto to have its own stage for the ancient performing art of Noh. Expected opening: Spring 2024
BEST NEW HOTELS OF 2024
GRUMETI RESERVE, TANZANIA
The Singita lodges are some of Indagare members' most favorite in Tanzania—from Sabora to Sasakwa—so the arrival of a new baby to the Grumeti Reserve group is exciting news, indeed. Designed as a private, full-takeover villa, Singita Milele offers five individual suites (each named for the area's top species: a "Journey" of giraffes, a "Pride" of lions, a "Coalition" of cheetahs, a "Dazzle" of zebras and a "Crash" of rhinos), to accommodate ten guests total (with connection options for families with children). Each suite is equipped with sprawling outdoor decks, private hot tubs and outdoor showers with views over the savannah. Lodge highlights include a boma, infinity pool and movie room—while days here will be spent on private game drives and bush walks, and enjoying wellness treatments and wine cellar tastings. Expected opening: May 2024
MAASAI MARA, KENYA
Dereck and Beverly Joubert's Great Plains Conservation group is adding a new-ish camp to its collection in Kenya's Mara North Conservancy and the Maasai Mara Reserve (which currently includes Mara Plains, Mara Nyika and Mara Expedition Camp). To creatively address annual flooding that happens in their existing Toto campsite, the new lodge will now feature four treehouse-style suites—offerings adventurous travelers a unique perspective over one of Africa's most iconic safari landscapes. Reports Dereck Joubert: "In March, when [we] were doing guide training in camp, the most extraordinary example of excellent guiding happened right in front of me. [Our guides] were walking each night to follow something odd moving through the canopy. They finally took me to see what was at first, a small bottom, way up in the trees. It was a rare nesting of melanistic bushbabies near camp (possibly even a new species). Certainly, the first I had ever seen. So, as we build, we will be sensitive to this nest and their unique local population, keen to get to their eye level in time." He adds: "Keeping our feet dry does not mean it will be a dry camp, so Mary, our waitress and mix-master, has suggested a Gin and Toto signature cocktail to celebrate. Bottoms up!" Expected opening: July 2024—just in time to catch the Great Migration
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
Wilderness Safaris's Bisate Lodge was a game-changer for travelers to Rwanda when it opened in 2017. And this coming fall, the brand will unveil a second property at the edge of Volcanoes National Park, the home of the silverback gorillas. Bisate Reserve will be even more intimate and private than the lodge, with just four, larger suites (instead of six—and two can be connected), with interiors by Caline Williams Wynn; the same architect who designed Bisate Lodge has also envisioned the Reserve. The suites will be similarly set into the hills, with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding volcanoes. Suites promise to be even more luxe, with fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs, private dining lounges and sprawling bathrooms for in-room spa treatments. Guests will also be able to continue supporting Wilderness Safaris' environmental and community projects when they stay at Bisate Reserve, with a focus on reforestation and protecting local biodiversity—especially the gorillas. The Standout: Unlike other lodges, Bisate Reserve will accept children from the age of six; childcare services are available on-property on a complimentary basis for little travelers who are too young to go trekking. Expected opening: September 2024
MAHE ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
The LVMH group's most exclusive hospitality arm, Cheval Blanc, will add a sixth property to its portfolio (which currently includes maisons in Paris, Courchevel, St. Tropez, St. Barth's and the Maldives), on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles. The resort will be designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, and there will be 52 villas, each with its own private swimming pool; other amenities include a signature Guerlain spa. Expected opening: Fall 2024
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The Indagare-adored Dorchester Collection (behind such star properties as The Dorchester in London, Hotel Eden in Rome, Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles) will bring its eye for elegance and sophistication (with Gilles & Boissier interiors) to a splashy new waterfront development in Dubai, with The Lana—marking the collection's first hotel in the Middle East. The high-rise building will contain 225 guest rooms and suites, as well as private residences. The Standout: The Lana's dining program will feature an unprecedented culinary collaboration between Martín Berasategui (one of the Spanish Basque Country's most celebrated chefs), Jean Imbert (who currently holds court—and a Michelin star—at Hôtel Plaza Athénée) and famed French pastry chef Angelo Musa. Four restaurants from the award-winning trio will join The Lana's four signature outlets (including a cigar lounge and speakeasy), for a total of eight distinct dining concepts. Expected opening: February 2024
A portion of this article was published in partnership with Gundari.
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