Among the banks of the Thames, a boutique 92 bedroom hotel will open its doors, a second property for the team behind South Kensington’s The Ampersand Hotel. The hotel takes its name from its historic location, where fine wines and silks were traded in Vintry Ward among the guilds and livery halls. Vintry and Mercer has not yet revealed a launch date, but claims to open its doors in early 2018.
Opening in February this year is the newest addition to the COMO collection on Bali’s Echo Beach. On the south coast of the island, the thatched holistic hotel will house 46 rooms and villas with panoramic sea views as well as free daily yoga and top spa treatments to complete its mission to relax and rejuvenate guests.
The newest property from the Soho House group will open this spring in White City, taking over the former BBC premises. The private members’ club will house 47 bedrooms with views over the famous Television Centre forecourt as well as a terrace and rooftop pool.
Surrounded by pine-filled countryside and Mediterranean waters, the village-style Seven Pines Resort is set to open in West Coast Ibiza in May 2018. 186 spacious suites, a luxury spa, four dining options, various meeting rooms and tailored guest experiences are just some of what to expect at this upcoming luxury resort.
Taking over a Grade II listed building in Russell Square is The Principal, a 334 room hotel set to open in May 2018. The charming interiors pay homage to the literacy location, keeping the glamorous and indulgence charm of the venue. The Principal’s first London hotel hopes to create a hub for guests and city dwellers offering a variety of spaces for drinking, dancing and dining.
Nobu Hotels is possibly one of the most rapidly expanding brands with 6 properties scheduled to open in 2018. The first of which will partner with the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella, where Nobu opened its first Spanish restaurant last year. The adult-only five-star resort is set to follow in March to create a stylish escape with world-class service for 184 suites.
Opening in the summer is a sister hotel to London’s The Wellesley, bringing the grand level of sophistication and exclusivity of The Luxury Collection to the Buckinghamshire countryside. The Third Duke of Marlborough’s former country estate has been renovated to offer 41 exquisite rooms across the main house and a Grade II listed outbuilding, keeping many of the original features.
Relaunching this month by the Soho House Group is Kettner’s Townhouse, an iconic 150-year-old iconic French restaurant that will now open with a champagne bar and guesthouse for 33. Each room will be individually designed with original Georgian floors, replacing a collection of dining rooms.
New from the Marriott’s independent Autograph Collection is The Dixon, a 193-bedroom hotel in Tower Bridge, set to open in Autumn later this year. The boutique hotel aims to immerse guests in a community, offering a neighbourhood feel in the former Magistrates’ Court and police station; features from both of which will be restored.
The iconic Hotel Lutetia first opened in 1910 by the Boucicaut family, the founders of Paris’ first modern department store. During the last century, Lutetia was taken over by the Taittinger family who continued its palace-inspired luxury, transforming the décor into a then modern Art Deco style that began the hotel’s artistic collaboration, welcoming guests such as Picasso and Matisse. In 2015, the hotel closed for an extensive renovation, to be reopened as part of the Set Group in Spring 2018.
In the heart of Cambridge, the landmark University Arms hotel will reopen in spring, after a unique redesign from Buckingham Palace architect John Simpson and London’s Scotts interior design Martin Brudnizki. 192 ‘playfully designed’ rooms will overlook Parker’s Piece with interiors to match the city’s beautiful English style and academic spirit.
Set to open in September 2018 is Bankside, a ‘design-forward’ hotel contained in a six-storey glass structure along the Southbank. The space will work with local artists, taking inspiration from neighbouring Tate Modern to create a place for creativity with 161 ‘airy-residential’ rooms, function space, an outdoor terrace and seasonal restaurant. A zero-waste scheme has also been adopted, using various power-saving features and sustainable décor with plans for a rooftop beehive.
Opening in UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, is perhaps the most exclusive, luxurious resort in the area, a 22-bedroom boutique surrounded by thick forests, rivers and waterfalls. The accommodation is split into villas and luxury tents – a first for Rosewood which will boast 100 square metres of living space. The deluxe resort is set to open in the first quarter of 2018.
The international Hard Rock Hotel are opening their first London property this summer, with plans to transform the 900 room Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch. Live music and signature cocktails will take place in the lobby with a Hard Rock Café, speakeasy bar and spa also making an appearance.
Opening on March 9th is France’s biggest hotel for 2018 in the heart of Chambord, a boutique former farmhouse with 55 rooms looking out over the 13,000-acre grounds and adjacent Castle. 3 meetings rooms, a spa and fine-dining restaurant have also been designed with slick neutral décor.
The American brand Standard Hotels is opening their first London edition later on this year. Taking over the former Camden Town Hall annexe will be a 270-bed hotel with ten stories topped with a rooftop bar and terrace restaurant.
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