Many unique hotels are opening around the world this year. Some are brand new while some will complete extensive renovations. Some are boutique hotels while some fit the latest trend of wellness retreats. It's an exciting year for travel.
Miravel Austin will open this month in Austin, Texas. The all inclusive wellness resort sits on 220 acres of serene rolling hills overlooking Lake Travis. The resort firsts opened in 2003 and was bought by Hyatt Hotels last year and underwent a full renovation. The resort's goal is for guests to find life balance and wellness in this beautiful tranquil setting. The resort features 117 guest rooms and suite each decorated in simple yet elegant spa-like style. Miravel features its signature restaurant, 2 infinity pools, Cypress Creek Farm and Ranch, and of course, a spa and body mindfulness center. Miravel has several meditation spaces and a yoga barn.
Fingal is a brand new concept in hotels. Opening up this month in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fingal is a hotel on a ship. Resting in The Port of Leith in Edinburgh's waterfront, Fingal is housed in a 1963 supply ship turned into a luxury 5 star hotel. The ship originally made supply runs to the area's Stevenson Lighthouses. Now the ship holds several luxury guest rooms including a 2 story room with a staircase. Each room is named for a lighthouse and is adorned with the finest furnishings and amenities. There is a ballroom that seats 80, The Lighthouse Bar and an outdoor deck to enjoy the views while sipping cocktails. Staying at Fingal is certainly a unique experience.
Baker's Cay Resort
Opening this month in Key Largo, Florida, Baker's Cay Resort combines luxury and romance in a natural setting. Hilton's Baker's Cay Resort has comfortable guest rooms and suites appointed with the finest of amenities. The resort features a private beach, pool, boutique, and an Aveda salon. Restaurants include Calusa, Dry Rocks Bar and Lounge, and a pool and tiki bar. Guests of Baker's Cay Resort have access to activities including diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, parasailing, boating, fishing, sunset cruises and back country charters.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
Set to open in February, Rosewood Miramar Beach is the latest hotel in beautiful Monticeto, California. Just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Monticeto is gorgeous seaside community. The hotel sits on 16 acres of beautiful land and has 124 guest rooms and 37 suites. Each room is decorated in luxury and is light and airy. Guests can enjoy ice cream at the Scoop Shop, cocktails at The Manor Bar and a delicious meal at all-day dining venue located in the Manor House. There is a cabana lined pool and Sense Spa which hosts fitness and yoga sessions. Rosewood also has ample beautiful space for events and modern rooms for business meetings.
Discovery Eco Village - Rottnest Island, Australia
Developed by Discovery Parks and Baileys Group, Discovery Eco Village will open this spring on Rottnest Island in Australia. The $20 million project is being built with preservation of the environment and sustainability in mind in the Pinky's Beach location. The resort features 83 high quality eco friendly tents with en suite pods. Guests can enjoy the pool, bar and dining at Pinky's Beach Club which is accessed through an elevated walkway through sand dunes. Karma Lounge is an on site spa. There is also a golf course. Discovery Eco Village has space for events and business meetings.
Melia Coco Beach
Melia Coco Beach will open this spring in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The golf resort features 2 18 hole golf courses designed by PGA's Tom Kite. Guests can enjoy the Yhi Spa and pool. There are several on site dining options. Nami Asian Bistro has Asian cuisine. Tempo Steak and Pasta has contemporary cuisine. Passion by Chef Myrta features Puerto Rican cuisine. Wet Bar and Grill features Caribbean cuisine. Guests can enjoy breakfast and lunch at the poolside Café Soleil or Full Board or Half Board. Cocktails are served at the Avenue Bar and Martini Bar.
Rosewood Hong Kong
Opening this spring, Rosewood is set to be one of Hong Kong's grandest hotels. Located in the harbor of the historic Kowloon waterfront, the hotel is within the Victoria Dockside's art and design district. There are 322 guest rooms, 91 suites (18 of which are signature suites). The Rosewood Residences for extended stays provide personalized butler service and Manor Club access. Each guest room and suite at Rosewood is sophisticated and spacious. Rosewood Hong Kong is home to Asaya, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ integrative wellness offering. The hotel has spacious meeting and event rooms.
MacArthur Hotel & Spa
MacArthur Hotel & Spa in Sonoma, California was originally built in 1969. The resort has undergone a major renovation and will reopen this spring. The hotel is just blocks away from the historic Sonoma Plaza near fine dining, shops, galleries and wineries. The renovated MacArthur Hotel will feature 64 boutique style guest rooms. The grounds feature gardens with meandering paths and nooks and historic farm buildings. Guests can enjoy the pool and spa on the garden grounds. Guests can dine on Mediterranean cuisine by Chef Cole Dickenson at Layla or American Cuisine at The Bar MacArthur. Guests can enjoy coffee on the open air The Porch.
The Residence Maldives
The Residence Maldives will open to guests this spring on Falhumaafushi Island on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in Maldives. The natural beauty of the Indian Ocean and one of the largest atolls in the world are stunning. The resort features 94 private villas made with natural materials and thatched roofs. Each villa is appointed with luxury fabrics and amenities, high ceilings and French windows. Each has its own private pool and deck. Guests of The Residence can dine at The Dining Room, The Falhumaa, The Beach Bar or enjoy a private meal on the beach. The Residence features a spa by Clarins that overlooks the lagoon and coral reefs. There is space for events and business meetings.
London's One Aldwych is undergoing extensive refurbishment and will open this spring. The luxury 5 star boutique hotel is located in the cultural and fashion center of London's Covent Garden. The newly renovated and decorated boutique style guest rooms and suites are well appointed and individually decorated. Guests of One Aldwych can dine on site at Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen and Bar. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails in The Lobby Bar. There is a contemporary spa with a pool, gym and spa treatments available. There are 6 private spaces for events or business meetings and a 30 seat screening room.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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