The Hot Spring Hotel of Honshu is Still Open After 1,200 Years of Operation

The Hot Spring Hotel of Honshu is Still Open After 1,200 Years of Operation

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The concept of hotels has been in existence since antiquity. The ancient Greeks, for example, are recorded to have developed thermal baths so that travelers could rest and recuperate after a long day’s journey. In the Roman world, mansions which provided accommodation for travelers on government business were built. It was, however, only during the Middle Ages (in Europe at least) that the first establishments offering travelers accommodation on a more regular basis were founded. Travelers were able to seek refuge in inns, hospices and hospitals built by various Christian religious orders.

Today, most of these early forms of hotels are no longer in existence. To find the world’s oldest hotel, one would need travel to the Land of the Rising Sun. According to the Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest hotel is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan. This hotel is located on the main Japanese island of Honshu, more specifically in the Chūbu region’s Yamanashi Prefecture. This prefecture is well known for its mountains, and the highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji, has been reported to be a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel.

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Hot Spring Hotel

The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is situated amongst the mountains in a remote valley. The hotel is said to have been established in 705 AD (the second year of the Keiun era, hence the ‘Keiunkan’ part of the name) by the son of an emperor’s aid by the name of Fujiwara Mahito. Apart from its age, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is best known for being a hot spring hotel, as its name suggests (‘onsen’ being the Japanese word for ‘hot spring’). Today, the hotel has six baths, which are fed by four separate hot springs. It may be added that the hotel has been enlarged and modernized over the centuries. One of the facilities added in modern times, for example, is its karaoke bar. Nevertheless, whilst the hotel is recorded to have been last renovated in 1997, much of its traditional features have been preserved.

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The Hotel Today

As of today, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is reported to have been kept in Fujiwara Mahito’s family for a total of 52 generations. During this time, people from various walks of life have visited the hotel. It is often highlighted that the hotel was particularly popular amongst those of the military class, including samurai, military commanders and shoguns. The reason for this is said to be that the water from the hot springs have beneficial effects on the body, amongst which is the relaxation of tired and aching muscles. On the hotel’s website, for example, the water from the springs is reported to contain “sodium, calcium nitrate and chloride”. In other words, it contains “low alkaline properties”. These properties are reputed to alleviate “gastrointestinal disorders, muscle pain, (and) constipation”, as well as to whiten one’s skin.

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Apart from physical relaxation, it is likely that the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan also offered mental relaxation to its patrons. As the hotel is located in a remote area in the wilderness, its patrons were, and still are, able to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This remains true even today. Although it has been mentioned earlier that the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has been modernized over the centuries, one of the modern amenities that it does not offer its clients is access to the internet. Without Wi-Fi or access to the internet, it may be said that guests at the hotel have no choice but to relax.

Another view of the hotel. ( YouTube Screenshot )

In spite of being the world’s oldest hotel, its owners continue to seek ways to upgrade and improve the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan. Last year, for instance, it was reported that a new 888 m well was being dug. When completed, it is expected that over a thousand liters of naturally heated water would be pumped each minute, thus making it the world’s most productive hot spring.

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    The Crown Building on Fifth Avenue building is one of the most expensive, if not sought-after blocks in the world and has presided since 1921 over the midpoint of Manhattan, overlooking Central Park. The fourth through tenth floors of the building will be occupied by the new Aman hotel, while the 11th floor and above will be transformed into 20, Aman-branded residences, crowned with a five-story, near-14,000-square-foot penthouse that will be priced in excess of US$100 million. The new Aman will also encompass an extraordinary three storeys Aman Spa, with a dramatic indoor swimming pool surrounded by fire pits and daybeds as its centerpiece. Two Spa Houses will provide guests with an all-encompassing spa journey, encompassing a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms, and an outdoor terrace with cabana, daybed and fireplace. It will be Aman’s third property in the USA, after Amangani in Wyoming and Amangiri in Utah.


    Six Senses New York, the group’s first North American property, is a key element of The XI – two unique, twisting towers designed by world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels in an unparalleled location in between Manhattan’s Hudson River and The High Line. Guestrooms and suites designed by celebrated Parisian firm Gilles & Boissier will be temporary in style, offering every modern convenience wedded to a calm ambience of natural-hued fabrics and furnishings. Two restaurants will showcase the brand’s popular culinary approach to wellness by serving fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced produce and ingredients. Six Senses Spa will introduce a layered approach to wellness with treatments that are an intuitive mix of science and human awareness, where a high-tech and high-touch approach is crafted around the individual.


    With its on-site vineyard, vine-to-table restaurant, wellness spa and farmhouse-style accommodations, Four Seasons Napa Valley promises to be the perfect base for a wine country getaway. The new hotel will be located in the charming community of Calistoga, just 90 minutes and yet a world away from San Francisco, the Bay Area and Sacramento. Designed by Napa’s own Erin Martin and with just 85 accommodations, it will be an intimate retreat that invites guests to explore the natural beauty that surrounds it. Within the resort, couples and families will enjoy a full service spa, several outdoor pools, a kids club and fine dining venues.


    Within the World Trade Center, the new Four Seasons will be located next to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, financial center, French Quarter, and Warehouse District, with clear views of both the city and the Mississippi River. Following extensive renovations, the World Trade Center will be refreshed with a new podium and public spaces, as well as the 341-room Four Seasons Hotel and 92 private Four Seasons Residences on the top floors of the building. The hotel will also encompass meeting and event spaces, four food and drink outlets, retail spaces, spa facilities, and a rooftop pool. Both public and private spaces will be filled with natural light with most featuring views of the adjacent Mississippi River.


    Located downtown, The St. Regis Chicago will span a total of three towers within the sought-after Lakeshore East community. The vibrant area includes a mix of residential and corporate properties, all centrally anchored by a public park. The project is anticipated to include 191 hotel rooms – including 33 spacious suites – and 393 branded residences within the 101-story building. Previously under construction as the luxury Wanda Vista Hotel and Vista Tower, the property is being rebranded as the St. Regis Chicago and the Residences at the St. Regis Chicago. Expected to welcome its first hotel guests by July 2021, the project will serve as a key property in the neighborhood given its unique architecture and ultra-luxury experience.


    Camp Aramoni (pronounced air-uh-MOE-knee) is a new luxury campground and event space that will redefine luxury travel in the Midwest. Spanning 96 acres of lush forests on a former 19th century brickyard, Camp Aramoni will be just 90 minutes south of Chicago near the picturesque Starved Rock State Park. The resort will combine exciting camping experiences with the best of hotel amenities. Guest will be able to choose from 11 safari-style tents to enjoy the highest level of hospitality wrapped into a secluded natural landscape. The property will offer fully immersive experiences including chef-inspired cuisine and on-site activities in the lush forests along the Vermillion River. This will be social distancing at its finest.


    Nestled within Big Sky’s 3,530-acre Spanish Peaks enclave, and less than an hour’s drive from the gates of Yellowstone National Park, Montage Big Sky will offer a year-round mountain paradise for luxury adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Guests will enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 skiable acres, an onsite 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, close proximity to world-renowned fly-fishing along with an abundance of hiking, wildlife spotting, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails. Throughout the 150-room resort, a modern mountain design meets the welcoming atmosphere of a classic mountain ski lodge, featuring sweeping alpine vistas and vaulted ceilings accented by a timeless palette of regional woods and stones.


    The $110 million USD new Alila Marea Beach Resort is set to open in January 2021 on the coastal bluffs of Encinitas. San Diego-based Joseph Wong Design Associates created an “eco-friendly” design for the hotel, using natural building materials and colors that will blend into the existing bluffs. Hotel amenities will include a world class spa and wellness center, an oceanfront pool with an infinity-edge Jacuzzi and an ocean-view restaurant with a rooftop patio. The property will offer plenty of meeting and event space with six indoor-outdoor venues. The hotel plans to offer locally-inspired programming including a partnership with local surfer and environmentalist Rob Machado.


    As a part of Hyatt’s Joie de Vivre brand, the 161-key Mission Pacific Hotel will provide a laid-back yet upscale experience that invites guests and locals alike to ‘connect, live in the moment and celebrate the joy of life’. This philosophy will be expressed through 3,000 sq ft of curated retail outlets and three drinking and dining venues, including the only rooftop pool bar in northern San Diego County and a restaurant overlooking the pier from Guadalupe Valley chef Roberto Alcocer. The hotel will also reveal the restoration of the iconic 1887 ‘Top Gun’ house featured in the cult ‘80s film. The new hotel represent the largest oceanfront resort development to come to San Diego County for over half a century.


    Scheduled to open in 2021, Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza will exude a sophisticated character courtesy of acclaimed international design firm Studio Munge. This luxury hotel will feature upscale accommodations, exquisite culinary offerings, sophisticated works of art, as well as masterful attention to detail and a signature level of service offered by the Park Hyatt brand. The 184-room luxury hotel, with 34 suites, meeting and events spaces, spa and wellness facilities and a swimming pool, will connect to the 100-foot retail and amenity podium known as The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza. The retail space design will lend to experience-driven guest accommodations amid a dynamic environment for innovative retailers to showcase unique merchandising concepts and sought-after products.


    The 150-room luxury lifestyle hotel will be located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, adjacent to the vibrant Uptown Design District and walking distance to the shops, restaurant and galleries that line the famed Palm Canyon Drive. The 150-guestroom, 17-suite Andaz Palm Springs will stay true to its desert oasis destination. The hotel will comprise a collection of small buildings and guestroom bungalows surrounding two outdoor pools and garden areas on an elevated patio terrace, offering panoramic views of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and city. Andaz Palm Springs will also feature spa services, a fitness facility, a signature restaurant and lounge, as well as an expansive elevated poolside retreat and terrace bar. The first level of the hotel site will include boutique retail space and meeting facilities.


    A first of its kind in North America, Ambiente, a Landscape Hotel will be uniquely designed to blend in with the mystical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. and will give guests the opportunity to experience and embrace the natural beauty that surrounds them in one of the world’s most stunning locations. Ambiente will be comprised of 40 cubed-shaped guest Atriums that are elevated above the ground by steel piers and constructed using floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass and matte-charcoal and rusted metal. At dusk, the tinted glass will reflect the nature around it creating stunning, mirrored silhouettes. The Atriums’ sleek and contemporary design will embody elegant minimalism and the utmost in luxurious accommodation.


    The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley promises to be one of the finest resorts of its kind ever built in Arizona. Spread out over approximately 20 acres, the abundant oversized suites and detached casitas will make the resort an ideal destination for those seeking a private oasis. Guest accommodations will be connected by quiet, lush courtyard gardens and shaded walkways – evoking the sense of a village. The main pool will be one of the longest resort pools in North America. A specialty dining concept will harvest seasonal produce from the resort’s anticipated herb garden and citrus orchard and incorporate ingredients into the daily menus. Rounding out the offering will be a 16,000 square-foot spa with indoor/outdoor treatment areas, and a grand lawn with stunning views of the iconic Camelback, Mummy and McDowell mountains.


    Weaving traditions of Resorts World into the fabric of Las Vegas , the 3,500-room casino-resort will introduce a bold, fresh take on hospitality to the Las Vegas market with exciting new experiences, one-of-a-kind culture and seamless guest service. The project will house three Hilton brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR and Conrad. Resorts World and Hilton partnered on the design concepts, guest experience and service for each guestroom. In addition to three different Hilton brand concepts, the Resorts World Las Vegas project will comprise a 5,000-capacity theater, a massive amount of meeting and convention space, a enormous pool complex, a spa and fitness center, and a variety of casual and fine-dining food and beverage offerings.


    As Tampa Bay’s first five-star hotel, The Tampa EDITION will be a cultural focal point of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects with interiors inspired by Roman and Williams, the hotel will be home to 172 guestrooms and suites and six F&B outlets, including a signature restaurant, rooftop bar and terrace. The property will also have a spacious Penthouse Suite of its own, an expansive spa, fitness center and nearly 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and events space. The hotel is situated within immediate proximity to the best that Tampa has to offer in terms of cultural institutions, entertainment, recreational, dining and shopping options.


    Located on an exclusive stretch of The Palm Beaches lies the next great wellness retreat: Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences. This property will be centered on five pillars: mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, relaxation, and sleep, all of which will aid you on your own personal wellness journey. Besides an individually curated wellness experience and fabulous spa, the Preferred Hotels & Resorts property will offer five spectacular dining options, cooking classes, an array of outdoor sports, and a sleek rooftop pool for an unforgettable vacation. Residences will be available if you never want to leave.


    Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo will be located on a private peninsula along the Pacific Ocean in the state of Jalisco, between the towns of La Manzanilla and Barra de Navidad. The area, known as “Costa Alegre” or “Joy Coast” is acclaimed for its picturesque beaches, lush landscape and unique topography. Most of the resort’s 155 rooms will boast panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, enveloped by the surrounding jungle and lush golf course. The contemporary architectural and interior design will blend with the natural surroundings and showcase local materials and textures. The resort will offer four dining and beverage venues, including an ocean view bar and restaurant, beach bar and grill and golf club restaurant. The grounds will also feature three pools and a full-service spa set amid a tropical forest.


    Rising 58 stories above street level, the home of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will add a striking structure to the city’s skyline. Located on floors 36 to 47 of a brand-new skyscraper, the hotel will offer sweeping views of Chapultepec Park from each of its 153 accommodations and its private residences. Luxury amenities will include a Club Lounge, a Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant, a spa, pool, fitness center and meeting and event spaces. The hotel will be part of the Chapultepec Uno mixed use project, prominently located at the intersection of Avenida Reforma and Circuito Interior in the heart of the city’s financial center. KMD Architects and Taller GLOBAL are leading the design and architectural efforts for the project.


    Awakening will be located on the shores of the Laguna Nopalitos on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, 19 km/12 miles south of Tulum, one of Mexico’s most popular and fastest growing tourist destinations. Laguna Nopalitos looks like a Caribbean beach but actually is a “Cenote” filled with crystal clear fresh water. Fed by one of the world’s largest underground river systems, it is surrounded by extensive, uninhabited mangrove and jungle. The name itself, Awakening, promises a transformational travel experience. Guests here will not stay in hotel rooms but in “capullos” or futuristic looking cocoons. Re-connecting to this moment is what Awakening will essentially be all about.


    The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai is expected to open in winter 2021. With 180 guestrooms and suites, the hotel will be situated within the luxurious Kanai development, and home to six food and beverage outlets including a signature restaurant, pool bar and beach club, destination spa and an expansive Penthouse Suite. In addition to multiple meeting spaces, the hotel will also house an extensive outdoor deck for large scale events and parties. Located on a pristine beachfront site, EDITION Hotels’ first property in Mexico will find its home in the blissful stretch of Caribbean coastline. Riviera Maya is known for its mangroves and lagoons, ancient Mayan cities, tropical beaches, ecological reserves and the world’s second largest coral reef.


    Nestled along the coastal paradise of Riviera Maya on a pristine oceanfront site, remarkable for its lush and expansive mangrove gardens and deep white-sand beach, an extraordinary resort is taking shape: Etéreo, a new destination from Auberge Resorts Collection, will bring a compelling luxury experience where guests can escape in perfect comfort and seclusion and enjoy a deep connection with nature and with one another. Featuring 75 contemporary guesthouses, an Auberge Spa and two dining venues, the resort will be a collection of patinaed coral stone structures designed with modern Mayan references and elevated to seemingly float like islands among fields of dense tropical vegetation. The enclave, which will have a highly residential feel, will tread lightly on the land and offer stunning ocean views.


    On the Pacific coast of Mexico overlooking Banderas Bay is a pristine beach surrounded by sun-kissed bluffs and lush equatorial flora. This idyllic spot will become home to Susurros Del Corazón, an Auberge Resorts Collection. Reintroducing romance to the Punta de Mita peninsula, the property promises to captivate with unscripted luxury, authentic connection, and reverence for nature. The resort will sit on a bluff fringed by tropical jungle that tumbles down to an intimate white sand beach, where warm breezes ruffle hammocks, surfers play on the horizon and perfect sunsets end each extraordinary day. In a nod to the boho-chic culture of under-the-radar beachside towns dotting Mexico’s coastline, the resort’s accommodations will offer indoor-outdoor spaces that bow to the inherent beauty of the land.


    The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira will showcase an exclusive 120-room luxury beachfront hotel and 60 residences set within Quivira Los Cabos, a premier residential community with an enviable list of assets, from a glorious of virgin beach on the Sea of Cortes to an internationally-acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Quivira Golf Club. The hotel’s guest rooms will feature ocean views and the renowned St. Regis Butler Service. The property’s three signature dining venues will range from a specialty restaurant and a beachfront grill with all-day dining to an al fresco poolside restaurant with fresh small plates and crafted cocktails. Guests will have access to a plethora of recreational facilities, including a fitness and wellness center, swimming pools, saltwater lagoon, luxury cabanas and a destination spa.


    A haven of oceanfront elegance situated in the historic town of St. George’s, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort will be just steps from the soft white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach. The calm turquoise water and stunning views will create an iconic setting where lavishly appointed accommodations, exceptional amenities and impeccable service meets effortless luxury. Overlooking azure waters, the pool deck area will feature two swimming pools, luxuriant loungers and private cabanas for an exclusive retreat. Guests will be able to enjoy state of the art cuisine at the flavorful all-day restaurant or the renowned BLT Steak New York restaurant. Refined relaxation awaits at Iridium Spa, which will offer a comprehensive menu of unique personalized treatments using natural and precious elements.


    Rosewood has been appointed to manage St. Barth’s renowned retreat, Le Guanahani. Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the property will reopen in spring 2021 as Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth with a property-wide rebuild and refurbishment that preserves the unique spirit of the resort and perfectly embodies Rosewood’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy. With stunning architecture by David M. Schwarz Architects and unique interior design by Luis Pons Design Lab, the new Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will evoke the rich and authentic French Caribbean heritage of the island with its signature colorful style featuring vibrant design hues of turquoise inspired by the Caribbean water, yellow reflecting the tropical sun and lavender as a nod to the South of France.


    Off the Northern coast of Virgin Gorda lies a tranquil private island oasis where the emerald waters and pristine white sand beaches are a haven for relaxation and adventure. This exclusive destination is Moskito Island – a luxurious retreat in the North Sound neighborhood of the British Virgin Islands. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition (VLE), has overseen the operations and development of the island. Comprised of 10 private estate lots, refined amenities, and breathtaking topography with panoramic water views from every angle, Moskito Island will offer an array of opportunities to explore the 125 acres of natural Caribb ean paradise. Branson himself will have an estate on Moskito Island, comprised of an 11-bedroom compound made up of three separate villas.


    A hillside retreat tucked away between tropical rainforest cliffs and the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, the Kimpton Kawana Bay will offer picturesque views and instant access to the southeastern Caribbean Sea and surrounding mountains. The 146-key resort will comprise 101 luxury studio rooms and 45 suites. 12 additional penthouse apartments will also be available for sale to private owners. A number of Kawana Bay’s suites will include private pools overlooking Grand Anse Beach, largely considered to be one of the world’s best beaches, and all rooms will feature spectacular ocean views. Additional amenities will include an infinity pool, chef-driven restaurant, lounge and beach bars, fitness center, spa and water sports facilities.


    Six Senses Botanique lies in the desirable Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level and at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. Formerly known as Botanique Hotel & Spa, the hotel was born out of Fernanda Ralston Semler’s vision to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality that was completely home-grown, recognizing local traditions and culture, as well as its natural setting. When the property adopts the Six Senses brand in early 2021, it will offer seven suites in the main hotel and 13 private villas dotted in the hills around it. A further 14 villas are planned and will be constructed off-site in a modular manner using local materials. They will be sited to minimize their impact on the surrounding flora and fauna.


    Rosewood Sao Paulo will be housed in an impressively renovated building just off the city’s main boulevard Avenida Paulista and will feature 151 guest rooms and 122 residential suites, two restaurants, two swimming pools and a spa centre. Spread over 22 floors, the hotel building was originally built in 1904 and was a maternity hospital located in the center of the Cidade Matarazzo complex, which contains historic buildings in the middle of Sao Paulo. The skyscraper takes the form of a terraced tower clad in a patchwork of bronzed grids, which are inset and pulled out alternatively to form terraced gardens, a scheme which is intended to emulate the surrounding landscape and provide a physical continuation of parkland and trees in the vicinity. The hotel interiors will be designed by famed designer Philippe Starck.


    Built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of King Louis XIV, Le Grand Contrôle is imbued with French history, and found right in the heart of the Château de Versailles. From spring 2020, this building will re-open as a luxury hotel, offering guests behind-the-scenes access to the Domaine de Versailles, the palace and the Petit Trianon. There will be 14 luxury rooms and suites, featuring an authentic decor that has been painfully restored. Guests will also be able to wander freely around the French gardens, as Le Grand Contrôle will have direct access to the Orangery and the Lake of the Swiss Guard. The property will also feature a chef Alain Ducasse led fine dining venue, serving haute-French cuisine that takes inspiration from recipes of the past, mixed with creativity and modern flair.


    Cheval Blanc, the hospitality arm of LVMH, manages several ultra-luxurious resorts in glamorous spots across the globe: St. Barth’s, Courchevel, St. Tropez. This April, they finally open one in the city they call home: Paris. Architect Peter Marino will transform La Samaritaine, the iconic department store that shuttered in 2005, into a stylish getaway on the edge of the Seine. The design will be inspired by the building’s Art Deco heritage, and filled with furniture displaying the finest French craftsmanship. With only 72 rooms and suites, Cheval Blanc Paris will be a confidential haven where lovers, families and friends meet. The property is sure to become a culinary tour-de-force as well: the restaurant will be helmed by the three-star Michelin chef Arnaud Donckele.


    The Bvlgari Hotel Paris will be located at 30 Avenue George V, one of Paris’ most exclusive and distinctive areas offering a wealth of luxury shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions. The hotel will offer 76 rooms, most of them suites, and a full range of luxury facilities including a spa with a 25 m (82 ft) pool and a Bvlgari restaurant and bar opening to a charming courtyard garden. The property is being designed by the Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and the renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre. The restyling of the building has been conceived as a transition to modernity: while both the use of the typical Parisian limestone and the respect of the ‘alignment’ criteria recall the 19th century Haussmanian urban patterns, the completely renewed façade will evoke a rationalistic style that is an expression of the most contemporary architectural design.


    Mandarin Oriental will manage and re-brand an existing hotel on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. The property is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and will re-open as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern at the end of 2020. The iconic Hotel Palace Luzern first opened in 1906 and is located in the heart of the city, on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The multi-million-dollar renovation will include the restyling of all guestrooms and suites, the redesign of the public areas, as well as the landscaping of the gardens. Once reopened, the Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern will comprise 146 rooms and suites offering views of the lake and mountains. There will be a restaurant and a bar together with a variety of social and meeting facilities and a spa and fitness room.


    In spring 2021, The Oetker Collection will add The Woodward to its portfolio. The hotel sits directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc. Originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel, the hotel is currently being renovated under supervision of world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, guests will find contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary. Each of the 26-suites will have its own distinct character with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. The jewels in the crown will be the Presidential Suite, designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.


    Located in the heart of Boka Bay, One&Only Portonovi will be a secluded coastal retreat surrounded by fjord-like natural beauty. With Venetian-inspired architecture meeting state-of-the-art design, the resort will offer a wide range of accommodations, from havens for just two to family rooms and suites, and the signature Villa One that will sleep up to seven. Each space will feature generous indoor and outdoor living to savor mesmerizing views of surrounding bay, gardens and mountains. Three onsite restaurants will serve authentic Montenegrin dishes, Asian fusion cuisine in a vibrant pool club setting, and rustic Italian fair respectively. Leisure facilities will include six distinct resort pools overlooking spectacular vistas, a private sandy beach, and a high end spa.


    Situated in a 65-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades, this ultimate ultra-luxury lifestyle experience will include 75 resort villas, as well as One&Only Private Homes available for purchase. Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is accessible by ferry or speed boat from Lavrio Harbour. A post-modern Greek island, the One&Only resort on Kea will be inspired by the azure ocean waters, providing contemporary Greek elegance, celebrating the incredible natural elements of Greece and the Cyclades. The stylish resort will also be home to 3 restaurants, two bars and an indulgent destination spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, with overall wellness at its core.


    Marking the brand’s return to London, the opening will be Mondrian’s sixth hotel in the global portfolio and a European flagship. The 120-room property will be in the heart of Shoreditch, London’s creative and cultural hub, and will feature several food and beverage outlets, including a culinary experience by world-famous chef Dani García. This will be the first time Chef García will open a culinary experience in London. The property will also house the taste-making rooftop lounge Rumpus Room, a long-term fixture in London’s glamorous nightlife scene which will offer an award-winning mixology concept. The hotel will also comprise a rooftop pool and restaurant Lido, spa, screening room, plus drinking den Billy’s Bar and open music space.


    W Edinburgh will redefine the city’s hospitality landscape with its modern design, signature amenities and a full calendar of W Happenings showcasing what’s new in design, fashion and music. The hotel will offer 214 stylish guestrooms, including 20 suites and one Extreme Wow Suite (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). The rooftop will feature a buzzing destination bar and outdoor terrace, offering guests and locals 360-degree panoramic views of the historic skyline, along with a cutting-edge approach to cocktails and cuisine. Other areas will include W Lounge (the W brand’s energetic spin on the hotel lobby), a signature restaurant, FIT – the ultimate workout facility, and an AWAY Spa offering the W Hotels brand’s signature health and lifestyle experiences.


    Tucked away on the peaceful northern tip of Ibiza is crystalline Cala Xarraca Bay. Located just 30 minutes from the airport, this will become the inspiring setting for Six Senses Ibiza, to be opened in late 2021. Six Senses Ibiza will offer 134 guest accommodations across a 25-acre (10-hectare) site. Available for a handful of residential buyers will be nine captivating private villas located above the resort. Every aspect of the property’s physical design will facilitate the feeling of community and the activities and amenities offered to guests will focus on learning and experience. With unobstructed westerly sunset views, the resort, spa and residential community will dance to the beat of a new mantra: transformative wellness to nourish the body, mind and soul.


    Close to the cosmopolitan glamour of Marbella, the exclusive Ikos Andalusia will bring a new world of luxury and Mediterranean hospitality to Spain’s dazzling southern shores. Offering miles of fine sand, bathed by cooling waters, this peerless beachfront setting on the tranquil shores of Playa de Guadalmansa will offer more than 21 acres of landscaped gardens and leisure facilities. The brand’s award-winning Infinite Lifestyle will ensure virtually every element of your vacation is included in the original cost to ensure your stay is lavish, relaxed and perfectly unforgettable. Less than one hour from Malaga airport, Ikos Andalusia will be the ideal location to experience the vibrant Marbella lifestyle and the perfect destination to mark our stylish debut on the Iberian Peninsula.


    Situated in the heart of Madrid, on the revered Paseo de la Castellana, a grand boulevard lined with renowned and architecturally impressive restaurants, shops and attractions, Rosewood will welcome Villa Magna to its distinguished collection in 2021 following a thoughtful enhancement. The hotel will offer an inspired interpretation of Spain’s capital city in a central location immediately neighboring the prestigious Serrano shopping district, and other well-known nearby landmarks such as the Golden Triangle of Art, home to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums. With a refreshed contemporary sense of style and service that speaks to today’s travelers, Rosewood Villa Magna will feature 150 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms and suites, distinct dining experiences and an inspired Sense, A Rosewood Spa.


    The iconic Hotel Ritz, Madrid is set to open in 2021 as Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, following the most extensive restoration in its 110-year history. The hotel, which was designed and built under the supervision of legendary hotelier César Ritz, first opened its doors in 1910. The restoration will significantly enhance the hotel’s facilities and services, while maintaining its unique character, encapsulated in the Belle Époque style of the original building. Spanish architect, Rafael de La-Hoz, has been instrumental in providing the context for the historical restoration, while French designers Gilles & Boissier have overseen the design of the hotel interiors. The hotel has always been an integral part of society in Spain’s capital, and has been host to royalty, politicians, corporate leaders and celebrities.


    The Madrid EDITION will showcase 200 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, some with terraces and five unique food and beverage outlets including a signature restaurant, cocktail bar, and rooftop terrace, together with an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art gym and spa. Set in a tranquil square surrounded by historic buildings, The Madrid EDITION is near Puerta de Sol in the heart of the Spanish capital, one of the city’s most famous sites, and within walking distance to The Golden Triangle of Art – three of most important art museums in Madrid. Slated to open in late 2021, the hotel will manifest the people and the culture of the city and will become synonymous as a stunning microcosm of one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings, innovative design, and luxury service.


    Opening in a prime location within the downtown area of the city, The Reykjavik EDITION is anticipated to launch in summer 2021. Adjacent to the prominent Harpa Concert Hall, the hotel is situated in both a vibrant and scenic part of Iceland’s historical capital. Ian Schrager Company has collaborated with architects T.arch and designers Roman & Williams to introduce EDITION Hotels to Iceland. Poised to offer 253 rooms and suites, The Reykjavik EDITION will house a rooftop, nightlife space and ballroom. In addition, the hotel is expected to offer guests and locals a diverse culinary offering with a signature restaurant, destination bar and a café.


    Opening in fall 2021, EDITION Hotels’ first Italian property will have 95 rooms and suites. The hotel will offer a signature restaurant with outdoor dining space, a Punch Room Bar, and a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a seasonal bite, a drink overlooking the city and a private gathering with friends. In addition to customizable indoor and outdoor event spaces, the hotel will also be home to a rooftop swimming pool, a spacious gym and two treatment rooms, including a couple’s massage experience. With its central location, just a few steps from Via Veneto and Bernini’s Tritone Fountain in Piazza Barberini, The Rome EDITION is housed within a historical building designed by Cesare Pascoletti in collaboration with architect Marcello Piacentini, one of Italy’s most famed architects of Rationalism in the early 20th century.

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    W Rome will be located near the Spanish Steps and the boutiques of Via Condotti, and the property will have 159 guestrooms and suites across two 19th century properties on Via Liguria. Originally intended for residential use, the buildings previously operated as a hotel and offices for government ministries and private companies. The structures will be renovated and rebranded under the W brand while retaining its historic architecture. Set to become the buzzing centerpiece of the neighborhood, W Rome will feature an expansive rooftop with signature destination bar where style-savvy guests and local trendsetters can take in sweeping cityscape views and enjoy the brand’s playful approach to cocktail culture.


    Six Senses Rome will open at Piazza di San Marcello in Rome, just blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon, just a stroll away from the prominent luxury shopping streets of Via Condotti, Frattina and Borgognona. The property will feature 95 uniquely furnished guest rooms and suites. Protected by the Roman municipality and UNESCO listed, the main façade is being restored back to its grand origins. Located on the first floor, Six Senses Spaand Roman baths will play an integral role as a sanctuary of wellness. The crowning glory will be the large rooftop terrace with 360° panoramic views of the surrounding city and monuments, complete with an organic fruit and vegetable garden for recreating a Roman banquet or two. Studying and recreating ancient civilizations will not get much more atmospheric than this!


    Slated to open late 2021, Mandarin Oriental Moscow will have a prime riverfront location on the Sofiyskaya embankment in the heart of the city, directly facing the Kremlin. The hotel will be well located for business and leisure travelers with access to many of the city’s tourist attractions, historic sites and business districts. The boutique property will feature 65 guestrooms and suites, two restaurants, a lounge bar, and spa and wellness facilities including a 25 m (82 ft) indoor swimming pool. The project will also house 137 ‘Residences at Mandarin Oriental’, which will be the first branded luxury residential development in Moscow. Pierre-Yves Rochon Studio has been appointed as the interior designer, alongside Sergey Skuratov Architects.


    Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul will enjoy a prime waterfront location on the banks of the famed strait, in the area of Beşiktaş, one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods. The property will feature approximately 130 spacious guestrooms and suites, with expansive outdoor terraces designed to take full advantage the hotel’s panoramic vistas of the Bosphorus, the historic heart of the city and the surrounding green hills. Designed to become one of the city’s most luxurious properties, the hotel will offer guests and local clientele a wide variety of innovative restaurants and bars with al fresco waterside dining available at many of the outlets. Leisure facilities will include a spa, tea lounge, indoor swimming pool, large fitness center and a meditation room.


    Six Senses Shaharut will open in June 2020, south of Israel’s Negev Desert and featuring just 58 suites and villas with one Retreat Villa. Designed to integrate into the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain, the villas will be built from, and inspired by, local rock and pigments, and the landscaping will feature cacti and indigenous desert blooms. Six Senses Spa Shaharut will include single and double treatment rooms plus male and female steam, sauna and hammams. On-site attractions will include the fascinating Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheater. The extraordinary desert setting will present a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and wine tours.


    Alila Hinu Bay will offer serenity, exclusivity, and luxury where guests can witness untouched coastline, an incredible spectrum of marine life, and nature reserves. Located one hour drive by car from Salalah International Airport, the resort will comprise two types of guest accommodation: 46 Ridge Retreats and 90 Pool Villa. The resort will have a minimal look and feel, with hints of Omani and Arabian design. For example, at the reception building there will be marble on the facade, falaj water features and an Omani archway corridor. There are also restaurants, swimming pools and a spa as well as the chance to explore the nearby sights and experiences, such as the Samhan Mountains and Mirbat Public Garden.


    Jumeirah Muscat Bay will consist of two hotel components, one consisting of 206 rooms and the other of 106 rooms, both located in the picturesque cove of Bandar Jissah, near Qantab, nestled between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. The resort will lie 15 minutes south of the city center and 40 minutes from Seeb International Airport. The overall development will include a 1,200 m2 Talise spa, a dive center, a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids club. The resort will also include conference and banquet facilities to cater for Oman’s growing attraction as a destination for conferences, meetings and large scale events. The resort will form part of a larger development that includes high-end residential townhouses and villas, taking advantage of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt coastline in the Middle East.


    The first One&Only Urban resort – the One&Only One Za’abeel – is due to open in 2021 and will be introduced in Dubai’s latest architectural icon, One Za’abeel, a completely original destination with revolutionary design. A symbol of ambition, innovation and the pioneering spirit of Dubai, One Za’abeel stands tall and proud in the Za’abeel district in the heart of the city, strategically positioned at the crossroads of the old and new business districts of Dubai. The two-tower, high-rise mixed-use development will incorporate One&Only One Za’abeel, luxury residences, serviced apartments, and office spaces, in addition to The Gallery, an opulent retail podium, and a panoramic sky concourse, The Linx, which will connect the two towers of One Za’abeel.


    The Dubai EDITION marks a significant expansion for the brand into the Middle East’s most popular travel destination. Situated in downtown Dubai, the hotel will be located in one of the city’s most popular locations, opposite the world-famous Dubai Mall. Designed with LW Design Group LLC, the hotel will feature 210 rooms and suites. The property will also be home to three food an beverage outlets, pool, spa and fitness center, in addition to dynamic events spaces boasting multiple meeting rooms and a ballroom.


    The Palm Jumeirah St Regis will be a 289 room hotel – with the rooms spanning the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower, while the upper floors of the building will be made up of 504 luxury apartments. All rooms will boast a dedicated seating area, floor to ceiling windows, a wardrobe area with abundant closet and luggage space. Guest will be able to enjoy a tranquil night’s rest on a feather-soft mattress with Frette linen and down-filled pillows. The hotel will feature two outdoor pools, an athletic center and an exquisite IRIDIUM spa. The hotel will cater to both leisure and business travelers and will be conveniently located to discover the Dubai’s main attractions and malls.


    Located at the sacred heart of the Muslim world, Jumeirah Jabal Omar, Makkah, has been designed to create a serene, luxurious haven for guests as they experience a deeply significant life event. Playing host to guests as they embark on a life-affirming pilgrimage, the hotel is committed to making guests’ stay as smooth as possible. Jumeirah has created an atmosphere where guests can reconnect with a sense of purpose, at a gateway to one of life’s greatest journeys. Overlooking the Grand Mosque, the propery will include 1,033 guest rooms along with 93 villas and will feature a variety of food and beverage offerings, meeting facilities, executive lounge, gymnasium and over 90 retail units throughout the complex.


    The Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah, Riyadh will be located in the heart of the Central Business District of Riyadh, providing easy access to corporate offices, government buildings, shops, restaurants and cafés. It will form an integral part of the mixed-use Al Faisaliah Centre, designed by Foster & Partners. The hotel will comprises 321 guestrooms and suites, with interiors designed by Adam Tihany Design, New York. The property will include a variety of refreshed restaurants, lounges and bars, including the popular top floor venue which commands outstanding views of the city. An indoor swimming pool, male and female spa areas, and a fitness center will complete the leisure facilities.


    Conceived as the ultimate luxury retreat in Bahrain, this sumptuous oasis will feature a total of 78 luxuriously appointed villas with 56 one-bedroom desert pool villas and 22 two-bedroom royal pool villas. Capturing the essence of Arabia, each villa will be designed to incorporate an intimate fusion of traditional Middle Eastern and contemporary Asian architecture. The interior will effortlessly combine arabesque style furnishings with elegant far eastern fabrics. The resort will be home of one of Middle East’s largest spa and hydrotherapy area, including twelve deluxe and four royal spa pavilions, the world’s first garden hammam and a spa hydrothermal garden. Six different F&B outlets will be offered, such as Raffles Long bar and Raffles patisserie concept, reflecting a unique blend of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine.


    The beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture will be at the center of the experience at The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam. Landscaped gardens, 440 acres of oak forest and the renowned course at Royal Golf Dar es Salam will set the backdrop for a collection of luxury amenities. Five restaurants and lounges will offer distinct interpretations of local cuisine, and the spa will draw from ancient rituals to offer treatments including the signature hammam. The resort will benefit from 120 guest rooms, 15 one-bedroom and five, two-bedroom villas, expected to appeal to dignitaries and government delegations from around the world.


    Set to open in autumn of 2021 in Marrakech, Morocco, the new Nobu Hotel will bring a new facet of style and character to the charming and vibrant city. Where rich heritage meets Nobu Hospitality’s contemporary flair, Nobu Hotel Marrakech will be located in the Hivernage district, steps from the historic heart of the city, souks and vibrant Djemaa el-Fna. Transformed into a luxury lifestyle destination, the hotel will house 71 spacious guest rooms and suites, a selection of dynamic dining venues and rooftop spaces, a luxurious spa and fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and meeting and event space. The hotel is poised to be a true luxury lifestyle destination in the heart of the former imperial city.


    Located in the stylish epicenter of Tamuda Bay on Morocco’s northwestern coast, the St Regis Tamuda Bay will exude Moroccan charm and pay tribute to the Andalusian cultural legacy through elevated design, exceptional service and unique food and beverage offerings. Poised to become the city’s best address, the St. Regis Tamuda Bay will offer easy access to one of the world’s most magnificent beaches. The hotel will include 100 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and suites with unobstructed sea views and will feature hallmarks of the renowned brand, including the signature St. Regis Butler Service. The resort’s sophisticated culinary offerings will include a specialty restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant featuring a wide range of gourmet selections, and an iconic St. Regis Bar inspired by the King Cole Bar at the brand’s flagship in New York. Leisure facilities will include a spa, pool, and state-of-the-art fitness center.


    Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River in Kruger National Park, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned. The hotel will offer 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.


    Overlooking the Anse La Mouche bay, Mango House Seychelles in South Mahé will offer breathtaking views, intimate personalized service, and sublime dining. The property will be home to a stunning array of sea-front rooms and versatile villas, including a private nestled cluster of up to 13 rooms with elevated terrace pool for dream family vacations. Five world-class food and beverage venues will take guests on a culinary journey of exotic flavors. Mango House Seychelles will also incorporate treatment rooms overlooking the glittering Indian Ocean and personalized therapies using locally sourced, handcrafted products. Together with a well-appointed fitness center, the resort promises the ultimate sensory experience, allowing guests to conveniently relax and rejuvenate throughout their stay.


    The private island of Sainte Anne in the Republic of Seychelles will see its very first resort in February 2021. Nestled along the preserved Marine National Park, Club Med Seychelles will be the newest Exclusive Collection (5-star) resort from Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, with luxurious accommodations matched with high-touch, personalized service as guests explore the virtually untouched destination through glass-bottomed kayak rides, snorkeling experiences, and locally-inspired cuisine. The eco-certified resort will also feature a wide range of wellness treatments using products inspired by the native flora and will also offer nature conservation experiences, like marine conservation and turtle nesting.


    Opening in April 2021, the resort will offer guests a truly luxurious Maldivian experience with white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs teeming with marine life and outstanding guest services for which the Ritz-Carlton brand is known. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, is ideally located in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45-minute journey by speedboat or 10-minute journey by seaplane from the Malé International Airport.. The property will be the first Ritz-Carlton property to open in the region and is situated on Fari Islands, an archipelago that features three other luxury properties as well as Fari Marina – the archipelago’s communal beating heart with a vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and a handpicked selection of dining options.


    The 57-key Capella Maldives will be set in the Rah Falhu Huraa lagoon, located in North Male Atoll and accessible by a 45-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives’ main airport. It will be part of the same integrated luxury development which the Ritz-Carlton will call its home (cf above). Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Hong Kong based interior designer Andre Fu, all 64 Sunset Villas, Sunrise Villas, Northern Bay Villas and Southern Ocean Villas will be located on land or overwater, immersed in the beauty of the surrounding lagoon. The resort will feature a signature ocean-front restaurant inspired by modern Asian cuisine, and American steakhouse with chophouse-style dining and Californian wines, and a Michelin-starred Japanese omakase sushi bar.


    Patina Maldives, Fari Islands will be the inaugural flagship resort from Patina Hotels & Resorts, a new sophisticated lifestyle brand by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives will offer 90 exquisite beach and water pool villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, all of which will combine the harmony of sanctuary with stimulating experiences. Situated in the heart of the Fari Islands archipelago, the brand-new development in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, a 50-minute speedboat journey from Malé International Airport, Patina Maldives will offer guests the freedom to explore its two neighboring resorts (the Ritz-Carlton and Capella cf above), allowing a choice between privacy and seclusion, and embracing a vibrant social scene centered at the development’s Fari Marina Village and Beach Club.


    The Chedi on Maldives will be located on the pristine island of Kudavillingili, a quick 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé’s Velana International Airport. This mixed-use resort development will feature four different accommodation types – beach villas (with plunge pool option), water villas and double-storey villas – and all units will also be offered as residences for sale. The stunning villas will be inspired by the raw colours and textures of the natural landscape and provide the time and place to reconnect with nature and loved ones. Along with exciting food & beverage concepts, comprehensive amenities and a professional service team, The Chedi Kudavillingili’s craftsmanship and design inspiration will deliver the ultimate place to reconnect with nature, a paradise that guests can truly call home.


    This year, General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) will bring The Chedi brand to the hospitality market in India’s wealthiest city. The Chedi Mumbai will be situated in close proximity to the Powai region, an area where infrastructure developments, connectivity and social groundwork have laid the foundation for the growth of a diverse expatriate community. Visitors to India’s City of Dreams can look forward to The Chedi Mumbai’s 316 generously sized guestrooms, five outstanding restaurants that will cater to the discerning palates of the well-heeled traveler, extensive meeting facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and a holistic spa and wellness facility.


    Raffles Udaipur will be the first Raffles to open in India, in 2021. Often referred to as the “Venice of the East’ Udaipur is located in the western state of Rajasthan, famous for its rich cultural heritage, lakes, temples and palaces. Raffles Udaipur will be a truly palatial hotel, occupying its own private island in the middle of picturesque Udai Sagar Lake. With 101 luxurious suites, the property will feature the famous Raffles Long Bar and Writers Bar, an spacious Raffles Spa, a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool and sprawling gardens. With spectacular vistas of the lake, hillside and neighboring 400-year-old temple, Raffles Udaipur will quickly become one of the most distinguished addresses in India.


    Historic Rajasthan will be the setting for the 14th century fort that has been beautifully converted to become Six Senses Fort Barwara, a three-hour drive from Jaipur. Originally owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family, it will sit directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir. The sensitive conservation effort will feature 48 suites and will incorporate a palace and two temples within the walled site that reinterprets the gracious and regal ambience of a bygone era. Two restaurants will serve classic dishes and modern cuisine incorporating fresh local ingredients, together with a bar and lounge. A 30,000 square foot (2,800 square meter) Six Senses Spa and fitness center will be located in the original women’s palace and will feature an extensive Ayurveda program, meditation and Six Senses Integrated Wellness programs. There will be two swimming pools, banqueting areas, retail boutique and kid’s club.


    Alila Koggala will be an ecological escape set amid stunning views and lush serenity, where environmentally sustainable practices, the finest lifestyle experiences and beyond- expectation service infused with locally influences make for an unforgettable stay. The resort will be located in southern Sri Lanka, on Koggala Lake in Habaraduwa, just five minutes from the famed Ahangama Beach and a 20-minute drive along the coast from the city of Galle and its World Heritage-listed Galle Fort. The 35 suites and villas at Alila Koggala will offer luxurious living in naturally beautiful surroundings with exquisite views of the lake – a heavenly setting for an exclusive lifestyle experience. Environmentally conscious architecture, interior design and landscaping will immerse guests in the absolute height of contemporary comfort and thoughtful luxury.


    From a prime cliff-front location high above sea level, the Waldorf Astoria Bali will offer superb panoramic views of the Indian Ocean all around. In keeping with Waldorf Astoria’s storied history, guests will have a choice of 96 luxurious villas set on a sprawling 13-hectare estate, ranging from one-bedroom villas to six-bedroom suite villas. The master plan for the resort embraces its hilly terrain, and shapes it even further with villas laid out in concentric layers, terracing down the hill to the cliff’s edge. This will allow each villa to retain views of the majestic deep-blue horizon while logically organizing circulation paths. Waldorf Astoria Bali moreover will feature the finest dining experiences including two specialty restaurants and a destination bar. A stunning outdoor sea-facing pool with a beach club, a private beach as well as a health club and spa will be available to guests.


    Jumeirah Bali, located on the southern tip of the exclusive Jimbaran District, will look out onto the pristine sands of the renowned Dreamland surfer’s beach and is adjacent to Bali’s exclusive New Kuta Golf Course. Consisting of 80 spacious hotel suites and 25 private villas, and set amidst lush, tropical gardens, Jumeirah Bali will feature architectural designs reflective of Bali’s rich cultural heritage and will be modelled after an ancient Javanese-Hindu water palace. The resort will offer a variety of fine international and local cuisines in three restaurants. It will offer Jumeirah’s signature Talise Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The resort will also feature an exclusive cliff-top wedding venue that captures stunning sunset views.


    Andaz Bali will take its inspiration from contemporary Balinese village, inviting guests to immerse in the fascinating yet balanced mix of traditional and new. The resort is surrounded by natural Balinese garden and located in the heart of Sanur, known for its charm and beaches. Designed by international architect Tierra Design and Japanese interior design firm Spin Design Studio, the hotel will feature 144 guestrooms and villas, small intimate meeting facilities, multiple dining options, a fitness center, several outdoor swimming pools, and a spa. Andaz Bali will bring life to the brand’s mission of creating inspiring, indigenous experiences and immersing guests into the destination’s local culture with an array of unique activities.


    The first Kimpton Resort to be located in Southeast Asia, Kimpton Naranta Bali will open as the perfect gateway to the Island of the Gods with an unforgettable take on barefoot luxury. The natural beauty of the Nusa Dua coastline and lush volcanic hillsides make for a perfect backdrop to the new resort. Laid back and intimate, edgy and soulful, the luxury boutique resort will feature 50 stunning villas, which embraces freedom and discovery and blends contemporary design, rich textures and earthy tones with traditional Balinese accents. The hotel design will blend with the local Balinese culture, delivering guests a personalized experience that is both authentic and reflective of the ancient culture.


    Located in the heart of Jakarta, Park Hyatt Jakarta features a modern interpretation of Indonesia’s rich craftsmanship, traditional techniques and indigenous materials. Through contemporary art and styling elements in the interior spaces, Park Hyatt Jakarta provides a fresh perspective of modern day Indonesia. The property occupies the top 20 floors of a 37 floor mixed-use building development by MNC Land, which ensures panoramic views of the city. Featuring five premium food and beverage outlets, Park Hyatt Jakarta also brings world-class dining and entertainment options to the city.


    Ritz-Carlton plans to open this year the first all-villa property in one of China’s earliest UNESCO world heritage sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley. Located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in South West China, the property will enjoy striking views close to multi-level waterfalls, blue lakes and verdant forests for which the 72,000-hectare nature reserve and national park is famed. Juizhaigou Valley which translates as the Valley of the Nine Village Forts, is a land of Chinese legend and folklore, with stories of its creation embedded deeply in the customs of the local Qiang and Tibetan tribes. The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, will feature 87 stunning villas with panoramic views over the valley and the snow-capped Min Mountains. The three restaurants and lounges will feature stone-paved terraces with fire pits for evening relaxation.


    The Chedi Club and The Chedi Zhudong will stand together as the hospitality anchor to Eutopia, a mountain getaway development one hour by car from Taipei. Located on the border of Shei-Pa National Park in Hsinchu County with a scenic view of the Wuzhi Mountain, the development ranks as one of the largest and most ambitious, licensed hospitality projects ever undertaken in Taiwan. The Chedi Club will feature 25 villas spread throughout a maple forest, each with dedicated staff and butler service. The Chedi Zhudong will feature 92 exclusive suites, each with a view of the nearby Wuzhi Mountain. An interactive dining concept will be incorporated into the hotel’s food and beverage offering while amenities such as spa and health club facilities, and an enormous infinity pool add a touch of luxury to this development.


    Capella Hanoi is a 47-bedroom boutique hotel designed by the illustrious architect Bill Bensley. A celebration of Opera, Capella Hanoi was conceptualized to be a Petite Auberge during the halcyon days of opera. Just mere steps away from the iconic Hanoi Opera House, this coveted palace of revelry will become the rendez-vous spot for opera’s greatest artists after the final curtain call. Each suite within the spellbinding property is individually designed to reveal tales of the mischievous opera society – told through over a thousand pieces of operatic memorabilia and custom portraiture art by prolific artist Kate Spencer. Guests can expect to find a curation of set designs, opera costumes and vintage tableware decorating the hotel, including its signature restaurant, Backstage, as well as the sophisticated art-décor salon, Diva’s Lounge.


    Originally built as a Colonial villa in the early 20th century, a carefully restored lemon-colored Colonial House with wooden shutters, arched doorways and terracotta-tiled roof will serve as the hotel’s entrance, providing guests with a nostalgic arrival experience. Behind the Colonial House will stand a newly-constructed, 14-story main building, featuring 247 guestrooms, including 43 residential-style suites, all with hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. Guests staying on the 10th floor will be able to access the Regency Club Lounge with dedicated check-in and check-out services, daily breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks. The hotel’s stylish interiors will blend Khmer architectural accents with French colonial influences alongside specially commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artists.


    This new resort was developed from the concept that “beautiful things are born from a beautiful environment,” a theme that rings true for the hotel and is aligned to the LXR promise of offering authentic and meaningful experiences native to the local destination, history and tradition. When it opens, the 114-room Roku Kyoto, LXR Hotels & Resorts will offer guests a bespoke experience of the area and enable them to immerse themselves in the deep charms of a Kyoto that still holds mystery for those visiting, with countless stories of history and culture steeped in an unconventional aesthetic. The hotel will offer a soothing and refreshing stay, complete with fine cuisine that can only be experienced in Kyoto, various experiences and activities, spa treatments paired with natural hot springs, pool and fitness center facilities, and more.


    InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping, a conversion of the prestigious Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, is expected to open in 2021 and will continue its extension with full operations in 2022, and aims to set new hospitality benchmark in Chiang Mai. The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel has long been in the forefront of Chiang Mai’s hospitality scene throughout its more than 30 years of operation, welcoming many prominent guests including royal family members, heads of state and celebrities from across the world. The hotel will portray the timeless and lavish beauty of the Lanna era with a modern luxury essence. Located in downtown Chiangmai near the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the hotel will feature six food and beverage outlets and a holistic Lanna Spa.


    The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart will reside in repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square, a new design-led, urban development that is set to revitalize the neighborhood, uniting the city’s unique past with its contemporary culture. Upon opening, The Tasman will boast 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites with carefully restored features, including original windows, floor boards and fireplaces. The hotel’s corridors will showcase exclusive pieces from local artists, while an upscale restaurant, lobby lounge, and whiskey bar will offer a variety of dining experiences that reflect the spirit of the destination. The original features of the heritage buildings will be revived for today’s luxury traveler by Sydney-based hospitality interior design firm JPDC.


    In September 2020, nestled in the highlands of the glorious Adelaide Hills and afoot the iconic Mount Lofty House estate, a brand new and elegant sanctuary will open its doors for the first time: Sequoia at Mount Lofty House. The property will offer 14 contemporary, luxurious suites with breathtaking views and an impeccable, personal and deeply heartfelt service that leaves nothing to be desired. Every room within the suites will feature these views through a spacious open-plan design and brings in nature through local Basket Range sandstone-clad fireplaces and exterior walls. Sequoia guests will have access to a private lounge that offers a fantastic view from its stunning deck and heated plunge pool.

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    Nevada City, CA

    Our Managing Editor grew up in this quaint little town in the foothills of Northern California, located only about an hour and a half from Sacramento. A true Gold Rush town, Nevada City still maintains its Victorian-era charm thanks to the entire downtown being zoned a historic district. This keeps chain restaurants and shops away creating a diverse array of food, sweets and artisanal wares. Don't miss Mountain Pastimes, just off the main drag, a toy store that has been in operation since our editor was a kid, and the gift shop at Bonanza, the local market's gift shop stocked with colorful Chinese merchandise including tea, lanterns and more. Wander up one side of Broad St. and down the other, sampling wares along the way.

    Nevada CIty hosts scores of events, including the annual Victorian Christmas and the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race—closing off the streets for cars and allowing pedestrians a European-worthy promenade. In the summer, you'll find purple skies full of stars, farmers markets, camping spots and swimming. Autumn brings radiant colors and countless trails to explore. All year round, you'll find a town full of artists, aging hippies rubbing elbows with conservatives, great coffee and a new generation of forward-thinking artisans and entrepreneurs.


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    9. Clifton’s Republic

    Clifton’s Republic, originally called Clifton’s Brookdale, is an anomaly among Green Book sites across the country few have been lucky enough to undergo an almost $9-million restoration. Brookdale and Pacific Seas were just two in a string of Clifton’s, all of which were pay-as-you-wish eateries, a policy implemented in response to the Great Depression. Both the cafeteria and the original Pacific Seas hosted black modeling shows and awards in journalism banquets that featured black journalists.

    2021 Spring Dining Guide

    Profits? They’re such a pre-pandemic topic of conversation among restaurants.

    Press? Publicity remains welcome, but the No. 1 response I get when I talk to the chefs and owners of restaurants that opened in the past year or so concerns people: diners who sustained the industry by ordering takeout, buying gift cards and tipping generously, but also workers who helped keep the lights on.

    “People are why we do this,” says Tony Foreman, the veteran Baltimore restaurateur. “This time has hyper-focused it for me. We teach and lead people, cook for people, clean up for people.” The co-owner of the grand Charleston and the new Cindy Lou’s Fish House says he does not intend to get to the other side of the pandemic as the same person. “I want to be sure we prioritize people, the public health, human voices.”

    Tim Ma, co-owner of the youthful Lucky Danger, says, “Covid made us all slow down and look at life.” Was the restaurant rat race worth it? His latest restaurant, one of 22 featured in my spring dining guide, is also his most personal, an homage to the long-ago Chinese takeout opened by his uncle in New York. “I’ve come full circle,” says the chef. “There’s legacy to be left there.”

    When I penned a love letter to the trade last spring, forecasts were grim and no one was certain what recovery might look like. Through resilience and creativity — tools that chefs relied on as never before — the men and women who feed and serve us rose to the industry’s greatest challenge in such a remarkable way, I felt compelled to share their successes in a fall dining guide.

    Chef Michael Rafidi in the kitchen at Albi in Washington. (Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

    The Tripleta sandwich at La Famosa restaurant. The bento box meal at Cranes. (Photos by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

    LEFT: The Tripleta sandwich at La Famosa restaurant. RIGHT: The bento box meal at Cranes. (Photos by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

    Hurdles remain, including the ongoing problems of food supply chains. And then there’s lack of staff. Every restaurateur I’ve pulse-checked recently bemoans the shortage of the many hosts, cooks, servers, sommeliers, managers and dishwashers who left the field when they lost their jobs and haven’t returned.

    Glass half-full: A lot of businesses made it through the dark of winter. As is their inclination, hospitality types comforted diners with welcome distractions. Here’s hoping heaters, blankets, fire pits and igloos keep us warm during cold times in the years ahead.

    “We survived,” says Darren Norris of Shibuya Eatery in Adams Morgan, which opened in July. “We’ll make it to the other side.”

    Spring, the season of renewal, is a time of reflection. These days, I’m marveling at the good work I see on the dining landscape, especially among restaurants, many run by people of color or women, that opened their doors despite a global crisis. Join me as I raise a Fauci-Pouchy (what’s more reassuring a drink than one with the good doctor’s mug on it?) to 22 examples of determination and deliciousness.

    Diners on the outdoor patio overlooking the Potomac River. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

    Ada’s on the River

    Get a view of the Potomac and a taste of Randall Matthews’ polished cooking

    Entrees $19 to $32

    The surf is as good as the turf is as good as the view at the 10th and largest dining venue from Alexandria Restaurant Partners. Piloting the kitchen is Randall J. Matthews, former chef de cuisine at the beloved St. Anselm near Union Market in the District. The Maryland native delivers everything you expect of a proper steakhouse, along with dishes that are, as he playfully puts it, “against the grain.”

    Dinner can commence with a wedge salad — or a foie gras doughnut. Entrees include 75-day aged New York strip, but also ricotta gnocchi infused with the smoke of a live fire. Matthews figures 90 percent of his work touches some part of the grill before it leaves his open kitchen — salads included.

    The beef is all prime and dry-aged. Go for the signature cut: a flavorful tri-tip, which the chef rubs with powders and spices before cooking sous-vide and finishing on the grill. Like all the steaks, this one benefits from a brush with beef fat. Matthews, a pescatarian, lavishes just as much attention on seafood and vegetables. Cue the tall crab cake, framed in creamed leeks and pickled shallots. Bring on the spinach, uncut greens mixed with not too much Mornay sauce and Parmesan, meaning the spinach retains its texture and taste.

    Ada’s chocolate souffle takes 20 minutes to prepare. Use the time to admire the company’s recent expansion nearby: Barca, a Mediterranean-themed wine bar positioned on its own pier on the Potomac.

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    Grilled black bass. (Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

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