By Emily Gray
With the hospitality sector slowly emerging from lockdown we're excited to see all the luxury hotels lined up and ready to open! From townhouses and beach resorts to 16 storey super boutique hotels - here are the hotels in the UK and abroad that we can't wait to open.
NoMad London, London
Staying at home this summer? Why not play at being a tourist in your own city and stay at the NoMad London? Founded by New York-based hospitality company Sydell Group, (best known for helping to launch The Ned), this is the first international outpost for The NoMad Hotel brand. Sitting in what was the Bow Street Magistrates Court, a 19th century police station, (opposite the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden) the hotel is designed in collaboration with award-winning New York based firm Roman and Williams and will infuse NoMad richness with elegance, luxury and a touch of playfulness.
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As with the other NoMad properties, food and drink will play a central role. You’ll find the main restaurant in a light filled atrium, where Executive Chef Ian Coogan will also serve a shared plates menu inspired by his Mexican heritage, alongside a curated, agave-based spirits programme. Want more of a pub environment? You’ll want to visit The Side Hustle, which marries pub comfort with NoMad’s signature style. The Library will be a place for all guests to unwind with a coffee, snacks or a glass of wine. And in a NoMad first, Command Decency will be the hotel’s lounge. When the night sets, DJs will take to the decks in this lively, subterranean craft cocktail bar.
Art fans will find an art programme that explore the exchange of creative ideas and celebrates the influence of post-war American art and European avant-garde.
The PIG - in the South Downs, West Sussex
There’s a new addition coming to The PIG family! The PIG - in the South Downs is set to open this summer meaning that if you’re planning a tour of the south coast this year you can hop from PIG to PIG as there’ll now be a PIG in every south coast county. Situated in the Grade II listed Madehurst Lodge near Arundel, the new PIG will follow the other members of the family, with the kitchen gardens and restaurants at the heart of the hotel. Everything will either be grown in the garden, or if not, sourced within a 25-mile radius.
The Yard, Bath
Bath is one of our favourite cities, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to iconic landmarks such as the Royal Crescent, The Circus and the Roman Baths. The Georgian city is famed for its links to Jane Austen and has appeared in a number of period films and series including Bridgerton. And soon, you will find The Yard. The 14 bedroom boutique hotel is set around a beautiful historic courtyard in the centre of the city, making it the perfect location to reach the restaurants, bars and historic sights.
Working with local suppliers from Bath, Stroud and Gloucestershire the interiors will be design-led and inspired by the heritage of Bath. Expect to find Nespresso machines in every room, king size beds, REN toiletries, rainfall showers and Netflix! Breakfast will be served both downstairs or if you want a lazy morning in your room. Throughout the day coffee will be served on the ground floor and by night: handpicked wines, beers and cocktails.
The Londoner, London
Described as the world’s first super boutique hotel, The Londoner is the latest opening from Edwardian Hotels. Whilst the new-build delivers that charming boutique feel it is anything but boutique in size. Employing methods of sustainable luxury, the 16 storey building will open with 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower house penthouse with panoramic views as well as two private screening rooms, six concept eateries including a Japanese lounge bar with rooftop terrace and fire pit, plus a gym, spa, barber and hair salon, swimming pool, event spaces and an expansive ballroom with room for over 860 guests - as we say, not boutique in size!
The contemporary aesthetic is the work of Yabu Pushelberg, the world-renowned designers behind the Four Seasons hotel in Downtown Manhattan New York, Jean George’s The Fulton and luxury retailer Lane Crawford’s 150,000-square-foot Shanghai flagship. Taking centre stage in Leicester Square, this city resort is here to offer the capital an urban oasis.
Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico
Opening towards the end of the year is the Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo - the fourth Four Seasons destination in Mexico. Set in a 3000 acre secluded natural reserve on Mexico’s Costalegre it’s where the jungle meets the ocean. Comprising of three private beaches including a private beachfront for families, a panoramic clifftop for adults and a secluded hideaway immersed in the greenway it will have a real indoor-outdoor lifestyle, think spacious suites and natural materials of raw stone and wood.
Spend your time at the organic spa, at the championship golf course by David Fleming, perhaps you’ll go deep-sea fishing, mountain biking in the jungle or you’ll want to explore the nearby mangrove or the town of La Manzanilla and it’s Friday Street Market. At Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, you will feel fully connected to nature, without having to forgo any of the luxury.
Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh
Fans of the legendary Gleneagles hotel will be pleased to hear that this autumn, Gleneagles will be opening their first city hotel in a townhouse in Edinburgh’s St. Andrew Square - think vaulted ceilings, grand marble columns and sweeping staircases. The hotel will feature 33 bedrooms, an all day restaurant, a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the city and a members’ club which will give members priority access to hideaways, such as the wellness area and exclusive access to the social spaces and calendar of events and experiences.
Rosewood Le Guanahani, St, Barth
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth is set to open in the autumn after an extensive restoration of the original resort which first opened in 1986. Having become a destination for the chic, it has stood closed since Hurricane Irma but now it is back, fully embracing casual luxury as the only full-service resort on St. Barth. It will feature 66 renovated guest rooms and suites, many with private pools, a beachfront dining concept, Sense - a Rosewood Spa and a fitness and tennis centre.
Sitting on a private 18-acre peninsula overlooking the beautiful beaches of Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac which includes a reef-protected lagoon, and not too far from the lively downtown, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth is in the perfect place to explore all St.Barth has to offer.
LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Mauritius
How dreamy would it be to be in Mauritius right now? Lying on a pristine beach? We might not be able to yet, but when we can we’re heading straight to LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences. Contemporary architecture will blend the resort into its tropical surroundings, whilst London-based designer Kelly Hoppen has created a calming, elegant, neutral interior that allows the vibrant Mauritian surroundings to shine through. The resort is made up of 86 suites, eight two-bedroom villas and 24 luxurious residences- all with views overlooking the beach and lagoon. Get us there now! We have our eye on the signature three-bedroom Beachfrotn LUX* Villa. A tropical haven, it has direct access to the beach, a sun deck, private pool and a fully equipped kitchen with a person chef and butler on standby.
Elsewhere in the resort you’ll find an expansive rooftop, for adults only, it’ll be home to Bisou a raw restaurant and bar, a cookery school, infinity pool and an open-air wellness space for sunrise meditation and yoga classes and by night the hotel’s resident DJ will takeover. At LUX* Me Wellbeing you’ll find immersive thermal experiences including a unique hydrotherapy concept, signature spa treatments on sand and water beds and a Turkish Hammam and Tepidarium soaks. Or if you want to get active, LUX* Me Fitness will curate bespoke wellbeing programmes for guests.