New year, new hotels to lust over – at least, that’s what we get excited about when one year rolls into the next. These openings – all slated for 2024 – are getting us seriously psyched up for the travel opportunities stretching ahead of us.
These well-appointed hotels all boast beautiful designs and feature luxe amenities such as world-class spas, exceptional gastronomy, white sand beaches and more. Whether you want to fly to Seychelles for some fun in the sun, decompress at a spa in Genéve or head to Florida for a rock-and-roll-inspired weekend, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Ahead, we list down the best luxury hotel and resort openings this year to keep on your travel radar.
Cheval Blanc Seychelles, Mahé Island
Nestled along the southwestern coast of Mahé Island, this intimate and contemporary hideaway offers the island’s lush greenery. With 52 villas each with private pools and stunning views of the beachfront, hillside and tropical jungle, Cheval Blanc Seychelles was designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy as an ode to creole traditions and paying homage to its natural surroundings.
Anticipated opening date: Autumn 2024
Ultima Gstaad Promenade, Gstaad, Bern
This newest, biggest and most luxurious private chalet in the upscale village of Gstaad boasts an abundance of space over four floors, with eight-bedroom suites and a self-contained guest house with a full wrap-around balcony and a mesmerising open fireplace. The interiors are timelessly elegant, refined yet cosy, creating a show-stopping backdrop in welcoming the finest of Alpine experiences.
Anticipated opening date: June 2024
Ultima Quai Wilson, Genéve
Ultima Quai Wilson’s private full-floor apartments represent the epitome of modern style in the heart of Genéve. It’s an ultra-luxury building that has a class of its own, blending period features and elegant contemporary design. The five residences, ranging from three to six bedrooms offer lush lake views and an absolute sense of privacy.
Anticipated opening date: April 2024
The Vineta Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida
Situated in the heart of Palm Beach, The Vineta Hotel is located within walking distance of the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, located just two blocks off Worth Avenue – famed for its designer boutiques, art galleries and coveted restaurants. The hotel features a distinctive pale-pink façade and quintessential example of Mediterranean Revival architecture for which Palm Beach is renowned.
Anticipated opening date: Second half of 2024
Banyan Tree Higashiyama, Kyoto
Tucked away in Kyoto’s Gion and Higashiyama district, this hilltop urban resort boasts fifty-two luxurious rooms with breathtaking city views. The resort stands out with a unique feature – an exclusive Noh theatre stage (a traditional Japanese theatrical stage), making it the sole hotel in Kyoto to offer this attraction. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the hotel harmoniously blends with the natural surroundings.
Anticipated opening date: Summer 2024
Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda
Hotel Romazzino on Sardinia’s glitzy Costa Smeralda combines the luxe comforts of an opulent spa hotel. It’s surrounded by gardens of fragrant herbs and flowers, with a thoughtful design throughout, reflecting the region’s Mediterranean landscape in every detail – from the clean lines and terracotta roof tiles of the exteriors to the sea-blue and gleaming white palette inside.
Anticipated opening date: May 2024
Featured image: Hotel Romazzino