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Luxury Escapes 2024: Uncovering the Beauty of New Hotel Destinations

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As we step into the promising horizon of 2024, the world of luxury travel is poised for an extraordinary transformation with the highly anticipated debut of some of the most opulent hotels.

 

From the pristine shores of Seychelles to the heart of bustling cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, the stage is set for a symphony of unparalleled experiences.

 

These forthcoming openings promise not just accommodation but a fusion of art, nature, and impeccable hospitality, inviting travelers into a realm where every moment is a celebration of indulgence and sophistication.

1. One&Only One Za’abeel, Dubai

- Recently opened in January 2024

One&Only One Za’abeel, the new urban hideaway in the heart of Dubai that aims to be coolest new luxurious stay in Dubai!

Picture this: two towers connected by The Link, a crazy long walkway floating 100 meters above the streets – it’s officially the world’s longest cantilevered building.

But it’s not just about looking cool; there are tons of amazing things inside. You will find top-notch chefs in The Link, a beachclub, and the Sphere, a hotspot for nights out. The rooms are not average hotel rooms – they’re like cozy entertainment hubs with the best views of the Dubai skyline.

Designed by the pros at Nikken Sekkei, this place is not just an icon; it’s all about good vibes. There is a spa to relax, a gym to get your fitness on, and a pool on the 25th floor. Here, families could enjoy the KidsOnly Club, and an adults private club on the 53rd floor.

One&Only One Za’abeel mixes futuristic vibes, tasty food, and all the amenities you would dream in a hotel. Basically, it’s the spot to be in the heart of Dubai!

2. SHA Mexico

- Scheduled to open on 26th January 2024

Get ready for some serious wellness vibes because SHA Wellness Clinic is hitting up Costa Mujeres, Mexico. Just a quick 35-minute ride from Cancun International Airport,  for a health-centered paradise. They are packing 100 suites and 35 residences in a spot surrounded by nature and history.

 

The concept of wellness here is all about mixing science and nature for a top-notch experience. We are talking about preventive, genetic, and anti-aging medicine, providing their guests with the A-game in terms of wellness.

 

You can pick from their cool programs – 4, 7, 14, or 21 days – to focus on weight, ageing, hardcore detox treatments, getting that balance back, becoming a wellness leader, or going all in with the intense program (weight and detox combo).

 

But SHA Mexico is not just about healthy programs, they have the whole package for a perfect and luxurious stay, including two restaurants, a hydrotherapy circuit for some extra relaxation, a spa to zen out, meditation rooms, and direct beach access! And if it is not enough, SHA Mexico has a natural cenote to keep things extra unique.

 

So, get ready to book your stay and dive into wellness paradise at SHA Mexico!

3. Soneva Secret

- Scheduled to open on 10th February 2024

Get ready to dive into Soneva’s coolest spot in the Maldives – Soneva Secret! Nestled in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and surrounded by crystal-clear Maldivian waters, Soneva Secret will feature 14 awesome overwater and island villas including the Maldives’ first floating villa!

Soneva, renowned for its innovative ‘no news, no shoes’ approach to relaxation, will provide its guests with its own team of three: a Barefoot Guardian, a Barefoot Assistant, and a personal chef to give their guests a unique and fully personalized experience.

Soneva Secret is all about those nature feels, with cool design tricks like sliding roofs for stargazing.


Enjoy secret hideaways only accessible by boat to experience amazing activities such as swimming with manta rays, hanging with sea turtles, and going all out on private yachting adventures!

The cherry on top? Some wild dining options, like ziplining to a lagoon tower, while Soneva’s renowned ice cream and chocolate rooms await those seeking indulgence. A sweet tooth’s paradise!

Picture Credits to: Soneva Secret

4. Waldorf Astoria Platte Island Seychelles

- Scheduled to open on 31st January 2024

Save the date for the grand opening on 31st January, 2024! Hilton Group is gearing up for another exciting debut in Seychelles with Waldorf Astoria Platte Island. Situated just over 130 kilometers south of Mahé and nestled in a pristine atoll surrounded by palm forests, migratory seabirds, and protected turtles, this resort is set to make waves!


Waldorf Astoria’s Seychelles debut will feature 50 seafront villas, each equipped with private pools and a personal concierge service. Providing guests with full privacy and easy access to their own piece of paradise.


Now, let’s shift our focus to sustainability and the environment – a major priority at Waldorf Astoria Platte Island. The resort has taken significant steps towards sustainability, incorporating renewable energy solutions in many of its buildings.


This commitment to sustainability extends to the culinary experience, with the resort utilizing the island’s garden to source fresh fruits and veggies for a farm-to-table gastronomic delight.

Because truly enjoying paradise should also mean actively taking care of it!

5. The Lana, Dorchester Collection

- Scheduled to open on 1st February 2024

Perched above the dynamic Business Bay area and the Dubai Canal, The Lana is poised to become the Dorchester Collection’s first hotel in the Middle East.

This striking 30-story tower, envisioned by the acclaimed architects Foster + Partners, boasts thoughtful interiors crafted by the renowned Parisian design duo Gilles & Boissier. The ‘pièce de résistance‘? The Lana’s Royal Suite, a sprawling 3,822 sq. ft. sanctuary offering unrivalled 180-degree views of the city and marina.

A 225-key hotel spanning 30 levels in a purpose-built tower, The Lana embodies the cosmopolitan spirit of Dubai. Each room will feature deep-soaking bathtubs strategically positioned by the windows for an immersive experience. The 29th floor will house the spa and wellness center, while the 30th will be dedicated to the rooftop pool, transforming into a chic lounge as night falls.

The interiors will showcase sixty-nine suites among light-flooded rooms, all strategically designed to capture panoramic views from the iconic Burj Khalifa to mesmerizing sunsets through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Dining at The Lana promises to be an exploration of global culinary excellence, with options ranging from a Mediterranean restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating to the signature restaurant and lounge on the 18th floor, offering a unique experiential concept.

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Credits to: The Lana Dubai

6. AMAN, Janu Tokyo

- Scheduled to open in March 2024

In March 2024, Aman Group will launch Janu, a Tokyo venture featuring 122 rooms in the Azabudai Hills development. This flagship property boasts eight restaurants, two boutiques, and a sprawling wellness center.

 

Renowned designer Jean-Michel Gathy curated the Asian-European aesthetic interiors, including the captivating Janu suite. With private balconies, double vanities, and panoramic views, Janu Tokyo will offer luxury in every detail.

 

For those seeking a holistic wellness experience, Janu Tokyo’s 4,000-square-meter wellness center is one of the largest in the Japanese capital. With movement studios hosting group classes, simulated golf training, circuit training, and an extensive gym, it’s designed for shared social experiences and collective joy.

 

For dining options, the hotel will feature eight restaurants, including an Italian eatery, a French patisserie, and a traditional Cantonese restaurant, culinary enthusiasts will find themselves in a gastronomic wonderland. Sumi, a modern Japanese charcoal grill; Iigura, offering sashimi and small plates; and Janu Grill, with an open kitchen and two wine cellars, are set to be highlights.

 

As Aman Resorts’ new brand, Janu combines sophistication, connection, and community, targeting a younger clientele.

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Credits to: Janu Tokyo

7. Kotiyagala Luxury Villas

- Scheduled to open in March 2024

Nestled within the heart of the Yala Jungle in Sri Lanka, this newly unveiled luxury resort seamlessly blends adventure and relaxation in perfect harmony.

 

This eco-conscious haven sprawls across a seven-acre estate, featuring 12 elevated villas that hover above the forest floor. Each villa boasts a private swimming pool and a personal deck, providing an idyllic vantage point to soak in the breathtaking surroundings.

 

Crafted with a profound love for nature, this resort fuses luxury with the allure of the exotic, offering immersive safari experiences, complimentary excursions, culinary delights, and a unique Ayurveda Spa complete with a distinctive Storm Room.

 

The villas rates will include full board meals, local beverages, and a complimentary guided Safari tour to Yala National Park (Zone 1). It’s a sanctuary where nature and opulence coalesce for an unforgettable escape.

8. Kibale Lodge

- Scheduled to open May 2024

Strategically positioned for an enchanting chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale National Park, Uganda, Kibale Lodge stands as the fifth gem in the collection curated by Volcanoes Safaris. Renowned pioneers of gorilla and chimpanzee eco-tourism in Uganda and Rwanda since 1997, this lodge presents a harmonious blend of nature and luxury.

 

Featuring eight deluxe rooms, a villa, and indulgent amenities including a spa, sauna, and pool, Kibale Lodge is a mere thirty-minute drive from the chimp tracking base nestled in the Kibale Forest. This lush sanctuary is home to approximately 1,500 chimpanzees, constituting one of Africa’s largest chimpanzee communities.

 

The lodge’s design seamlessly reflects the unique attributes of its expansive 150-acre site, offering panoramic views of the Queen Elizabeth plains and the meandering Kazinga channel.

 

Definitely, Kibale Lodge is a haven where every detail is crafted to enhance the natural splendor and immerse guests in the wonders of this remarkable region.

9. Six Senses Kyoto

- Scheduled to open in Spring 2024

Nestled in the heart of Kyoto and just a stroll away from the lively Gion district, Six Senses Kyoto is set to mark the brand’s inaugural presence in Japan. Positioned in front of the Myoho-in temple and Tokyokuni-Jinja shrine, this urban sanctuary boasts 81 guest rooms enveloping a central garden courtyard that transforms with the seasons.

 

Crafted with a biophilic design capturing the essence of each season, the hotel extends its allure to spa and wellness facilities seamlessly merging traditional healing practices, Japanese Zen, and Six Senses’ innovative wellness experiences. Adding to the experience are two restaurants and two bars that promise culinary delights.

 

Strategically placed to embrace the vibrant city life, Six Senses Kyoto, designed by the visionary BLINK Design Group, presents 81 guest rooms adorned with elegant designs that optimize space, privacy, and captivating views.

 

The interiors effortlessly marry simplicity with earthy tones, paying homage to authentic local traditions. The central courtyard becomes a nature-connecting haven through biophilic design, while the spa becomes a haven that harmonizes traditional healing with Japanese Zen culture.

 

From the lively streets to the tranquil garden, the hotel unfolds a holistic journey capturing the diverse energies of city life.

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Credits to: Six Senses Kyoto

10. Jumeirah The Red Sea, Shura Island

- Scheduled to open by end of the year 2024

Spanning a seven-acre estate, the environmentally conscious resort comprises 12 elevated villas above the forest floor, ranging from spacious rooms to enticing pool and beach villas, each boasting a private swimming pool and deck for an immersive experience with nature.

Scheduled to unveil its first phase on Shura Island by the end of 2024, Jumeirah The Red Sea is poised to become a focal point in Saudi Arabia’s captivating tourism landscape.

Crafted with a profound love for the natural world, the resort offers a blend of luxury and exoticism, featuring immersive safari experiences, complimentary excursions, culinary delights, and a unique Storm Room experience at their Ayurveda Spa.

The resort is not only a sanctuary of barefoot luxury but also hosts exceptional dining experiences, featuring home-grown concepts like SAL and Kayto, alongside the celebrated Talise Spa by Jumeirah, offering both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms.

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Credits to: Red Sea Global

In the rich canvas of travel experiences unfolding in 2024, the imminent arrivals of these luxury hotels emerge as symbols of sophistication and immersive delight.

 

Whether your heart yearns for the untouched allure of Sri Lanka’s Yala Jungle or the tranquil haven of Kyoto’s urban landscape, these establishments transcend being mere stopovers; they are portals to a realm where opulence seamlessly blends with the marvels of the surroundings.

 

As we eagerly anticipate their grand unveilings, one certainty remains: 2024 is poised to redefine the very essence of luxury, establishing novel benchmarks for the discerning traveler who craves not just accommodation but an enduring odyssey.

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