Every year, upstarts and established brands go to great lengths to redefine what it means to run a luxury resort/hotel. There are dozens of hotly anticipated hotel openings for 2018 – in this article, we’ll highlight eight properties around the world that have captured our attention.
Alila Villas, Koh Russey, Cambodia
The coast of Cambodia had been an unknown quantity for years – until recently, that is. After the end of the Khmer Civil War in the 1990s, backpackers began to discover its beaches and the gorgeous islands situated offshore. In short, they found paradise.
While facilities here have mostly catered towards the adventurous, the needs of high-end travelers have begun to be met recently by the opening of luxury resorts like Alila Villas.
Located on Koh Russey (aka Bamboo Island), it consists of one, two, and four bedroom villas, each with amazing ocean views and their own private plunge pool.
Projected to be open in September, those who book now will be the first to enjoy this tropical paradise in peace.
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Travelers looking for a brand new hotel in a more developed corner of Southeast Asia will want to book at Six Senses Uluwatu. Situated in a privileged clifftop location overlooking the venerated Uluwatu temple on the isle of Bali, the atmosphere here is hard to beat.
Open in March, the first guests will have access to epic sea views, as well as to a spa that is expected to rival the best ones already in existence on the island.
Four Seasons Resort At Desroches Island, Seychelles
As an island chain in the Indian Ocean which played host to Will & Kate, it is not surprising the Seychelles is about to host the opening of yet another international luxury brand.
Set to open in the first half of 2018, the Four Seasons Resort At Desroches Island is isolated from the main isle of Mahe, providing the secluded atmosphere needed to induce a true state of relaxation in guests.
Providing 40 beach suites and 11 private villas (all with their own private pool) and almost ten miles of untouched, pristine beaches, it may just be the place for you if life has gotten too busy.
Zadun: A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Los Cabos, Mexico
Of all the Mexican resort areas, Los Cabos has become one of most favored among luxury travelers. Accordingly, the pace of high-end openings hasn’t slowed, with Zadun: A Ritz-Carlton Reserve due to open in early 2018.
With the Sea of Cortez on one side and the desert landscape of Baja California Sur on the other, you’ll have an environment that will make it easy to relax and unwind in your private villa.
With a botanic reserve and a championship golf course on the property, those looking to be active on holiday will also have options available to them without having to head into Cabo San Lucas.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg, New York, USA
Those planning a city break in NYC will have a hip new option to choose from starting this summer. The Hoxton, a top-shelf boutique hotelier, is expanding to the USA in 2018, with their Williamsburg property being the first of three openings nationwide.
With three restaurants, a bar on the roof, inspired interior design, and one of the most intriguing neighborhoods in the city at its doorstep, it is a spot that will appeal strongly to urbanites.
The Retreat At Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most mesmerizing spots in Iceland. With steaming neon blue waters and white mud that is reputedly full of medicinal properties, it draws in many thousands of visitors per year.
While a spa and a restaurant have been on site for some time, it is only in 2018 a hotel widely expected to be among the anticipated hotel openings for 2018 will open its doors. Guests will have access to their own private swimming area apart from the tourists, an on-call chef, a butler, and an underground spa where top of the line treatments will be available.
Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece
When summer arrives in Europe, residents make their way to the Mediterranean, a vast inland sea lined with amazing beaches and dotted with stunning islands. Santorini is among Greece’s top gems, with its whitewashed towns and soaring volcanic cliffs.
It is also home to numerous posh resorts – this May, Canaves Oia Epitome will be among the most anticipated hotel openings for 2018 in this part of the European Union. This property is special, as it overlooks a peaceful fishing village, and has access to its own beach, which can be hard to find on Santorini.
The hotel itself has a stunning infinity pool, a bar perfect for sunset drinks, and suites which boast their own private plunge pools, making it a leading choice for your holiday in the Greek islands.
Six Senses Fiji, Fiji
Have your eyes on the South Pacific this year? Consider heading to Fiji, where a Six Senses resort is set to open in April. Situated on a private tropical island 15 miles from the international airport, it will grant you the seclusion needed to recharge your batteries.
With airy private villas, a fully-equipped spa on-site, and empty beaches which stand in stark contrast to packed tourist beaches, it won’t be long before you’ll understand why this property is among the most anticipated hotel openings for 2018.