New hotels opening in 2021

Habitas Saudi Arabia
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To keep our travel-hungry minds in the mood to make our next booking, we’ve put together a list of new hotels opening in 2021. There’s something for everyone to travel to all around the world – from luxury resorts to trains.

Middle East & Africa

Habitas, Saudi Arabia

Opening Spring 2021

Habitas Saudi Arabia
Habitas, Saudi Arabia

Habitas, AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Now, this destination may come as a bit of a surprise. Saudi Arabia announced it was opening their doors to tourists back in Autumn 2019. But, due to the pandemic, the country promptly closed them again. There are a number of luxury hotel brands that are rushing to be amongst the first to open in the northwestern desert area, but, Habitas will be the one that’s ready first. They are betting on a boom and plan to be ready for when Saudi Arabia’s doors re-open!

What makes it special: The location is stunning – Habitats AlUla is located amongst large sandstone canyons. It is also in close proximity to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire resort will be free of single-use plastics. Much of the power will be supplied by solar panels making it an ethical, sustainable resort.

When will it open: The desert camp should open in Spring 2021.

Rooms: There will be 100 luxury ‘capsules’ to choose from. A bit like IKEA, these (essentially flat-packed) capsules are made from laminated wood, aluminum, and other light-on-the-planet materials and constructed at site.

Eating: The restaurant will put Middle Eastern cuisine into the spotlight.

What else: There’s a real focus on Middle Eastern wellness so expect a large centre (complete with spa treatments and yoga sessions) as well as a large outdoor pool.

Nobu Hotel & Restaurant, Morocco

Opening: late 2021

Nobu Marrakech
Image Credit: Luxury Editor

Nobu Hotel & Restaurant, Marrakech, Morocco

Nobu is making its entry into Africa. This new hotel will be located in the Hivernage district, just steps away from the historic heart of Marrakech and it’s main square – Djemaa el-Fna.

What makes it special: Heritage meets Nobu Hospitality’s contemporary flair: you will be guaranteed impeccable service backed by Nobu’s image and reputation.

When will it open: during the latter half of 2021.

Rooms: 71 rooms and suites

Eating: A selection of dynamic dining options are promised.

What else: There are plans for a 2,000 sq. ft luxurious spa and fitness centre as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools

Kruger Shalati, South Africa

Opening Spring 2021

kruger shalati south africa
What a way to wake up!

Kruger Shalati, Skukuza, South Africa

Set to be one of the most exciting offerings coming to the Kruger National Park. This unique hotel is actually a restored vintage train. The train is permanently parked on a bridge, exactly where it would have over-nighted a century ago when the first warden of the park – James Stevenson-Hamilton – used to bring his guests out on the train for them to admire the wildlife below.

What makes it special: Apart from being on a train you mean? The glass-walled 24 carriage train has been cleverly converted giving guests the chance to tread in the footsteps of bygone days and watch wildlife roam freely.

Rooms: 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms.

What else: A bespoke deck with pool, aligned with the floor level of the train, will offer a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalo and elephants just metres below.

Xigeria Safari Lodge, Botswana

Opening: Spring 2021

Xigeria Safari Lodge Botswana
Only 24 guests can stay here at any time

Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

Pronounced KEE-jera, this boutique safari lodge is being opened by South Africa’s Red Carnation Hotels. Nestled in the foodplains of the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been built with a commitment to protect the ecology of the Delta as well as promoting the people, culture and craftmanship of the African continent.

What makes it special: Eco-friendly solutions, sustainability and conservation are at the core of this new hotel.

Rooms: There are only 12 individually designed suites, so just 24 guests will be at the lodge at any time.

Eat: Guests will be offered a unique culinary safari, blending fresh local ingredients and African inspiration. Al-fresco dining is also offered where guests can savour the flavours of Africa whilst enjoying the jaw-dropping views from the terrace.


NoMad, London

Opening: Spring 2021

NoMad Hotel, London
NoMad Restaurant & Bar

NoMad, London

This Grade II listed building is famously known as the Bow Street Magristrates’ Court and Police Station. With a brilliant location in Covent Garden and next to the Royal Opera House, this is definitely a hotel to watch.

What makes it special: Sympathetically restored that leaves guests the chance to enjoy lots of odd little quirks – like the jail cells that have been transformed into guest rooms (obviously, on a much grander scale!).

Rooms: Choice of classic, grande and superior rooms and a selection of suites.

Eat: Nomad Restaurant and Bar is set inside a landscaped atrium with glass ceiling, providing abundant natural light. Come the evening, a more intimate setting is experienced.

Side Hustle, The Library and Common Decency cocktail bar are also places guests can relax and unwind with a drink or two.

Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy

Opening: to be confirmed

Castello di Reschio
Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

Hotel Castello di Reschio, Italy

This 1000 year old Umbrian Castle, set in 1500 hectares, will open it’s doors in 2021. Extensive renovation has taken place to house a boutique hotel along with a restaurant and spa. This is a legacy project with a clear aim to protect and restore this part of Italy.

What makes it special: Design focuses on local craftmanship. Expect luxurious fabrics and bespoke furniture that beset a quirky interior.

Rooms: There will be just 36 rooms to choose from, making this a very special, intimate place to stay.

Eat: You won’t go hungry. Two restaurants will serve tantalising dishes created from the estate’s own organic kitchen, olive groves and vineyard. It truly embraces an authentic farm to table concept.

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa, Greece

Opening: Q1 2021

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa Greece
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Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa, Crete

Opening for it’s first full season in 2021, Cayo Exclusive Resort overlooks the stunning Elounda Bay and the historical Spinalonga islet.

What makes is special: The resort has a somewhat unique layout, utilising the terraced architecture at it’s maximum potential. It has been carefully designed to exist in harmony with the mountain landscape.

Rooms: 74 exclusively designed rooms, suites and villas, most of which come with private swimming pools. Suite and villa guests can access a dedicated butler service (on request).

Eat: There’s a choice of restaurants:

Ambrosia: the main buffet restaurant that’s open for breakfast and dinner

Keiari: for an a la carte gourmet dinner

Sage & Thyme: Mediterranean a la carte lunch restaurant

Stone Beach House: Authentic taverna style

What else: Two cable railways operate on a 24 hour basis to connect the entrance level with rooms up on the 5th floor.

One & Only, Montenegro

Opening: March 2021

One & Only Portonovi

One & Only Portonovi, Montenegro

One & Only makes their European debut and what an entrance! This new hotel is a sprawling resort which has a distinct feel of a Venetian Palace.

What makes it special: Located on Montenegro’s beautiful coast, sitting at the entrance of the wild Boka Bay, surrounded by spectacular mountains, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Kotor.

When will it open: March 2021

Rooms: 113 guest rooms, suites and villas

Eat: Dining from around the world which includes Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli, Tapasake Club (Asian Fusion), La Veranda (authentic Montenegrin cuisine) and Caminetti (for cocktails).

What else: Wellness is at the core with alfresco yoga, exercise classes as well as traditional spa facilities.


Aman, New York

Opening: Spring 2021

Aman hotel New York
A new hotel in New York

Opening on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, in the Crown Building (formerly the first home of the Museum of Modern Art). There are rooms and suites that overlook Central Park.

What makes it special: This landmark building was built by the same architects as the Grand Central Terminal. The hotel will also house a 3-storey spa open to hotel guests and residents.

When will it open: Spring 2021

Rooms: There are 26 floors of accommodation – with skyline and Central Park views.

Eat: An eclectic mix awaits. A subterranean Jazz Bar, wraparound Garden Terrace (overlooking Central Park), Arva Italian restaurant and Nama, the hotel’s interpretation of Japan’s washoku dining tradition. There’s a Wine Library too.

What else: If you fall in love with the place, 22 private residences are available!

Life House, Chattanooga

Opening: Spring 2021

Life House, Chattanooga
Life House, Chattanooga

Life House, Chattanooga

It’s great to see this landmark brought back to life. Famously immortalised by Glenn Miller, the Chattanooga Terminal Station opened in 1909. It became a central rail hub that connected Ohio to Florida.

What makes it special: There’s a 1970’s revival Living Room Lounge, 40-seat cinema and even a recording studio.

When will it open: Spring 2021

Rooms: 132 rooms. Historic Pullman Train Cars have also been transformed to private suites.

Eat: Choice of restaurants on offer in amongst the Terminal

What else: This hotel is set to celebrate the soul of musicians who passed through during the 1920’s.

Bishops Lodge, Santa Fe

Opening: March 2021

Bishops Lodge Santa Fe
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Bishops Lodge, Santa Fe

Situated in 317 secluded acres that border Santa Fe National Forest and minutes from downtown Santa Fe. Billed as a ‘wellness sanctuary with south-western rituals’.

When will it open: March 2021

Rooms: choice of guestrooms, suites, bunkhouse and casital

Guestrooms – cosy sanctuaries with a private terrace and traditional fireplaces.

Suites – expansive with their own seating area by the fireplace. 1 bed, 2 bed or Mountaintop Suites with plunges pools are available.

Bunkhouse – ideal for large family get-togethers as there are 12 bedrooms crafted from reclaimed barn wood.

Casitals – multi-bedroom residences with their own living, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms with private terraces.

Eat: Cuisine has been described as “elevated culinary acts” that celebrate the best of the south-western ingredients.

Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences, Florida

Opening: Spring 2021

Amrit Ocean Resort Florida
Relax and rejuvenate at Amrit Ocean

Amrit Ocean Resort, Singer Island, Florida

This oceanfront haven set on 300 feet of gorgeous beach has been designed to provide an immersive wellness experience.

What makes it special: Established to help guests enjoy mindful living and a personal path of improved physical and mental well-being.

When will it open: Spring 2021

Rooms: 155 guest rooms including 34 suites

Eat: 5 dining options

What else: This resort is centred on five pillars: mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, relaxation and sleep.

Asia & Far East

Six Senses Fort Barwara, India

Opening: Late 2021

Six Senses Fort Barwara
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Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan, India

Opulence and luxury are just two words to describe this new hotel. Six Senses has taken over a 14th century fort that once belonged to India’s Rajasthani Royal family. Carefully designed – the epitome of regal elegance of bygone years.

When will it open: sometime late 2021.

Rooms: 48 suites that are located within the original walls.

Eat: 2 restaurants and also a bar and lounge.

What else: There is a Six Senses Spa, fitness centre and 2 swimming pools. Rajasthan forms part of India’s Golden Triangle tour.

Desa Potato Head, Bali

Opening: Spring 2021

Potato Head Bali
Worth going for the name alone!

Desa Potato Head, Seminyak, Bali

Potato Head – set to be Bali’s coolest resort. This creative village is located by the ocean and brings together music, art, design and wellness.

What makes it special: Well, they say it’s going to be very cool. Who are we to argue?

When will it open: Spring 2021

Rooms: 168 rooms – Potato Head Studios and Katamama Suites. Cool features include a zero-waste kit (water bottle, bamboo cutlery and straws, biodegradable slippers, refillable essentials and natural soaps).

Eat: A choice of dining options that include Indonesian, seafood and international cuisine as well as a dedicated cocktail bar.

What else: Potato Head hosts film screenings, cultural conventions and world-famous DJs on it’s outdoor dance floors.

Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Island

Opening: May 2021

Ritz Carlton Maldives

Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Island, Maldives

This new resort is set within the integrated Fari Islands development that is home to three luxury hotels: Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Capella Maldives and Patina Maldives. Just 50 minutes by speedboat from Male’s airport.

What makes it special: This is an integrated resort which also features Fari Marina – built around Fari Beach Club, boutiques and upscale food and beverage options.

When will it open: May 2021

Rooms: 100 villas (different categories available: Ocean, Beach, Lagoon)

Eat: Seven restaurants and bars – a choice of international cuisine

What else: This is an eco-friendly resort mainly operating on solar energy.

Roku Kyoto, Japan

Opening: Autumn 2021

Roku Kyoto
Image Credit: LXR Hotels

Roku Kyoto, Japan

This property is set to be the first Asian property under Hilton’s luxury brand LXR Hotels and Resorts (three additional LXR hotels are scheduled to open in 2021, including one in Las Vegas).

What makes it special:

Found in the tranquil Takagamine district of Kyoto, it is regarded as the home of many Japanese traditions.

When will it open: Autumn 2021

Rooms: 114 bespoke rooms

Eat: Choice of five fine dining restaurants

What else: The ultra-luxe resort will aim to capture the true essence of the country’s culture.

The hotel will be part of the 28.6 acre Shozan Resort Kyoto; a luxury enclave home to a selection of the region’s most notable Japanese gardens and traditional tea houses. With the Olympics (hopefully) taking place in Tokyo this year, the interest in travelling to Japan will definitely pique.

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