The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd, a collection of independent, luxury hotels, is pleased to introduce its highly anticipated new builds and recently renovated member hotels making their debut in 2019.
This year, Leading Hotels is slated to introduce more than 20 outstanding new builds located around the globe. Post-renovation reopenings will also be prevalent, with six properties recently opening their doors for curious travelers to enjoy in 2019 and seven scheduled to reopen and welcome guests this year.
“We look forward to an exciting year ahead, following a strong 2018 where Leading Hotels welcomed more than 50 remarkable hotels to our portfolio,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Membership, The Leading Hotels of the World. “The 2019 new additions demonstrate notable growth in countries such as Spain, Japan, the United States, and the Maldives. Our more than 20 anticipated openings and numerous renovations will provide travelers with diverse luxury accommodations in popular and emerging destinations, and a fresh perspective on their respective locales. Collectively, the hotels offer innovative design, thoughtfully curated amenities and local experiences, as well as attentive high-touch service, defining contemporary elegance and comfort.”
The Most Anticipated Openings of the Year
BLESS Hotel Madrid (Madrid, Spain) – Opening January 2019 Located in the Salamanca district, BLESS Hotel Madrid stands out for its unique style and timeless design within the most exclusive neighborhood in the center of the city. The property’s modern design is equipped with the most advanced technology and features 111 rooms and suites.
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa (Beijing, China) – Opening February 2019 Minutes from the Forbidden City, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa reflects a guest-centric culture of Hostmanship. The property’s 116 rooms, world class dining venues and signature UR SPA connect guests to an authentic local experience in an urban resort setting.
Britannia Hotel (Trondheim, Norway) – Opening April 2019 Built in 1870, Norway's Britannia Hotel will embark on a new phase when it reopens following a three-year, $150 million refurbishment. The 257-room property and spa will be refreshed with essential 21st century enhancements, including six F&B concepts, one of which will be led by world champion chef and Bocuse d´Or silver winner, Christopher Davidsen.
Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa (Opatija, Croatia) – Opening April 2019 Located near the coastal town of Opatija with views of the Riviera, the intimate Ikador Hotel will welcome guests to 14 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. This exclusive property will also feature the Nobilion restaurant, a spa, private beach, heated outdoor pool, and only the fourth Riva Lounge in the world.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico) – Opening April 2019 Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features 200 rooms and suites that seamlessly blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced, Mexican materials and finishes, making it the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laid-back luxury. It is the first property in Mexico from the dining and hospitality empire helmed by Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
The Houghton (Johannesburg, South Africa) – Opening April 2019 Defining lifestyle and resort living, The Houghton is centrally located near all business districts in Johannesburg. With a Signature Jack Nicklaus Golf course on 168 acres of parkland, a spa and wellness center, two-level gym with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor and outdoor heated pools, an international deli, sky bar and personalized cuisine restaurant, the hotel will be a true landmark.
Mr. C Coconut Grove (Coconut Grove, FL, USA) – Opening Spring 2019 An oasis within bustling South Florida, Mr. C Coconut Grove will feature 100 rooms and suites with private terraces, a new Italian dining concept and rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar. It will provide guests with the attentive and celebrated European service synonymous with the Cipriani family.
ĀNANTI Resort, Residences & Beach Club (Rezevici, Budva) – Opening June 2019 Perched on a hillside overlooking the Adriatic, the resort is a bright newcomer to the Montenegro coast. The hotel is comprised of 8 villas and 14 suites and complete with an exclusive beach, signature Asian-fusion restaurant and kids club. The property will open a fully-equipped fitness center and SPA in 2020.
Baglioni Resort Maldives (Maagau, Maldives) – Opening June 2019 Located on the island of Maagau in the Dhaalu Atoll, this exclusive resort offers a bespoke stay in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The property features 96 rooms and villas, a relaxing Baglioni Spa, a sporting activity every day, and four gourmet eateries to satisfy the epicure.
BLESS Hotel Ibiza (Ibiza, Spain) – Opening June 2019 BLESS Hotel Ibiza is situated on Es Canar’s Cala Nova cove. The 151-room property, with views of the Mediterranean Sea, presents unique experiences and services in a paradise complete with hidden coves, hundred-year-old pine forests, and enchanting villages.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa (Raa Atoll, Maldives) - Opening June 2019 Amid crystalline blue waters in the middle of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by pristine white beach, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa offers a collection of 120 private beach and overwater villas. The resort’s four restaurants, as well as the Emerald Spa, diving center, and sports facility invite guests to relax and recharge in full indulgence.
J.K. Place Paris (Paris, France) – Opening June 2019 The intimate 30-room J.K. Place Paris will be the J.K. Place brand’s first venture outside of Italy. The stunning property, located on the left bank in a former embassy building, will feature a Sisley spa and pool, Italian eatery by "Casa Tua,” and unique accommodations with Italian and French design influences.
Katikies Garden (Santorini, Greece) – Opening June 2019 Katikies Garden provides an authentic Santorinian experience. The rooms are outfitted with a sophisticated design complete with private pools, gardens, and verandas. Guests can also enjoy an underground cave wine cellar, rooftop pool, the De Paul Restaurant, and renowned A. Spa.
Lily of the Valley (Gigaro Beach, La Croix Valmer, South of France) – Opening June 2019 Set on coastline of Saint-Tropez, Lily of the Valley will welcome guests to a year-round wellness sanctuary. Complete with 44 rooms and suites and one prestigious villa, the Philippe Starck-designed property features everything from a private beach to personalized wellness programs.
Savoy Palace (Funchal, Portugal) – Opening June 2019 The Savoy Palace offers a modern take on island hospitality. Designed by an award-winning team, the bold, curved structure is home to 306 chic rooms and 43 suites, some with plunge pool and all featuring balconies to take in the ocean views.
Capella Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand) – Opening Q2 2019 Capella Bangkok is inspired by the soul of riverfront life and features 101 suites and villas with views of the Chao Phraya River. Instilled with the personality of a boutique pied à terre, this philosophy extends across all hotel elements, from contemporary dining to the renowned Auriga spa.
Halekulani Okinawa (Okinawa, Japan) – Opening July 2019 Halekulani Okinawa is set on the main island of Okinawa facing a mile of coastline within the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The property features 360 rooms with a view of the emerald sea, noteworthy culinary options, a luxury spa featuring a heat facility using natural hot spring waters, and an abundance of natural splendor.
The Legian Sire, Lombok (Lombok, Indonesia) – Opening July 2019 Nestled on a pristine beach just a 40-minute flight from Bali, The Legian Sire, Lombok boasts 61 spacious suites and villas. With bespoke spa treatments, three local and international dining venues and everything from surfing to sunset cruises, the boutique resort is an oceanside oasis.
The Okura Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) – Opening September 2019 Tokyo's 1960's icon was partially demolished in 2015 and will reopen with two new towers – The Okura Heritage Wing and The Okura Prestige Tower. Following the $979 million renovation, the property will debut 508 rooms, 18 stories of office space and more, adding to its celebrated grandeur.
HALL Arts Hotel (Dallas, Texas) – Opening Fall 2019 HALL Arts Hotel presents the perfect blend of art and modern luxury in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. With surrounding views of downtown Pritzker-prize winning architecture, such as the Winspear Opera House, the property provides a unique opportunity to stay in the prestigious cultural center of Dallas.
Nobu Hotel Riyadh (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – Opening 2019 Designed by Rockwell Group, Nobu Hotel Riyadh is located in the heart of the city’s downtown. The 134-room property blends Japanese and regional influences and features the signature Nobu restaurant, a tea house, spa facilities and more, each contributing to the property’s dynamic identity.
Noteworthy Renovations to Ignite Wanderlust
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (Anguilla) – Renovation completed November 2018 The legendary CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa reopened in November 2018, redesigned and reimagined. The transformed resort now boasts redesigned interiors, enhanced golf and spa offerings, new dining venues, and 5,000 square feet of event space.
Hotel Continental (Oslo, Norway) – Renovation completed December 2018 In 2018, Hotel Continental underwent the largest renovation in the property’s history introducing a new reception, lobby lounge, BAR BOMAN, and 58 luxurious rooms and suites. The rooms now boast a classic contemporary style and the property features a new two floor, 240 square meter suite.
Hôtel De Paris Monte-Carlo (Monte Carlo, Monaco) – Renovation completed December 2018 After an unparalleled metamorphosis, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo unveils a brand-new experience of its renowned venues and the introduction of new facilities: two exceptional suites with breathtaking views, a private wellness space, a fine jewelry patio, ÔMER by Alain Ducasse and Le Grill, just awarded a Michelin star.
Le Sereno (St. Barthelemy) – Renovation completed December 2018 After a year of updates and a complete rebuild, St Barth’s iconic hotel debuts a new look from top to bottom with new guest amenities including the reimagining of Restaurant Le Sereno, an all-new beach restaurant, spacious family suites which bring the hotel’s room count to 39 rooms, spa and fitness facilities, a new on-site retail boutique, and more.
The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables (Coral Gables, Florida, USA) – Renovation completed December 2018 The storied Biltmore Miami Coral Gables recently debuted a $30 million renovation and redesign of the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, lobby and corridors. The project also included the restoration of its 18-hole golf course to the original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed layout.
The Datai Langkawi (Langkawi, Malaysia) – Renovation completed December 2018 Following a 10-month, $60 million renovation, The Datai Langkawi has unveiled its most substantial enhancement since its inception 25 years ago. The widespread project included refurbished interiors and exteriors, a new nature center, additional spa pavilions and a fitness center by the beach.
Grand Hotel Barrière Dinard (Dinard, France) – Reopening April 2019 Overlooking the Baie de la Vicomté and the sparkling emerald sea, the property will be treated to a complete makeover by interior designer Alexandre Danan. The project will re-interpret the identity of the Grand Hotel, returning it to its elegant splendor.
One Aldwych (London, England) – Reopening April 2019 Following an extensive refurbishment, One Aldwych in Covent Garden will have fresh, sophisticated interiors and upgraded technology in all 102 rooms, including four new suites. The hotel reception, iconic Lobby Bar, and Indigo restaurant will also have an exciting new look.
Bairro Alto Hotel (Lisbon, Portugal) – Reopening May 2019 In February 2016, Bairro Alto began an extension project which included the renovation and addition of the adjacent 18th-century building to add 33 rooms and suites. The new area also includes an innovative concept restaurant, four state-of-the-art meeting spaces, and an indulgent wellness area.
San Ysidro Ranch (Montecito, California, USA) – Reopening May 2019 Following a year of restorations after the Southern California mudslides, the iconic San Ysidro Ranch will be welcoming guests back in May 2019. This tranquil oasis features intimate cottages, 17 miles of hiking trails, and The Stonehouse, a restaurant highlighting herbs and vegetables harvested from the on-site chef's garden.
Grand Hotel Quellenhof, within Grand Resort Bad Ragaz (Bad Ragaz, Switzerland) – Reopening July 2019 This year, Grand Hotel Quellenhof, one of three exclusive hotels within Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with a $45 million renovation. Swiss star architect Claudio Carbone will combine historic elements with a classically elegant yet contemporary design. Two new restaurants by Top Chef Sven Wassmer will turn the resort into Switzerland’s culinary hotspot.
Le Guanahani (St. Barthelemy) – Reopening October 2019 Blending the resort’s newest features with Le Guanahani’s trademark service, the reopening following Hurricane Irma will unveil enhancements including new beachfront suites, a spectacular beach area featuring an ion-cleansed infinity pool, and a dynamic restaurant with sweeping views.
Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California, USA) – Phased renovation, completing in January 2020 Currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar phased renovation, Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto is slated to unveil the completely new hotel early 2020. The property will feature new two-story Nobu restaurant and a noteworthy 24-hour in-room Nobu dining menu.
About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels)
Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world.
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