If the miserable mornings, icy temperatures and sniffling colds associated with this time of year have got you dreaming of sun, sea and sand then you're not the only one. But pull yourself out from under that duvet, because there's no better cure for the winter blues than planning a summer getaway to an exotic luxury resort – and we've got all the inspiration you need. 2018 is shaping up to be quite the year for plush resort openings, and we've rounded up the most unmissable hotel hits right here. There's never been a better time to book a flight and flee. Read on for the best openings of 2018. >>
A strictly grown-ups only zone, this five star resort is set to be the ultimate escape for 2018, bringing a surprising touch of seductive sophistication and style to the ‘Golden Mile’ of Marbella. Overlooking the buzzing food mecca of the Plaza, Nobu boasts a chic nightclub, 'La Suite', the Nobu restaurant and lounge, the private members Owner’s Club, in-room signature treatments from the Six Senses spa, in-room dining from the Nobu restaurant, meaning plenty of opportunity to dine on all the carbs in Marbs.
Designed by world-renowned Yuji Yamasaki, this adults-only private island is set to open it's doors to an intimate 15 expansive over water villas with one or two bedrooms, complete with world class amenities. If you fancy taking a trip, it's a mere 40 minutes from Male. When it comes to wining and dining, guests can tuck in at the superb restaurant at Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi. The blissful spa reinforces the idea of a 'break' making sure you actually get to relax while away. Guests are invited to use all the amenities at the nearby Hurawalhi Island Resort too, a five minutes’ boat transfer away, including Hurawalhi’s undersea restaurant, the World’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant.Villas start at £1400 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.
Located on the northern coast of Mauritius, this paradise resort is being completely reimagined by famous British interior designer Kelly Hoppen, and brings guests a fresh-spirited luxury with an eclectic mix of colourful prints and retro chic decor that will take you straight back in time. This spectacular renovation will see the resort house 186 deluxe rooms and suites complete with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses and private sundecks guaranteeing you uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. If you’re craving a digital detox, there's also a brand new spa complete with a meditation to make sure you get that much needed break from the screen.
Further expanding its diverse range of luxury hotels and resorts, in early 2018, The AKARYN Hotel Group are adding another luxury stay to it's portfolio, launching the highly anticipated Akyra Sukhumvit. Located in the centre of buzzing Bangkok, the city boutique hotel will be made up of swanky rooms designed for admiring the city’s captivating landscape and an extensive rooftop terrace for enjoying cocktails and entertainment through the day and into the night. The 50-room akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok will offer guests stylish accommodation with incredible cityscape views only found in Bangkok.
The recently opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown elevates the Los Angeles skyline at a huge 1,100 feet and 73 stories, making it the tallest building on the West Coast of the US. The hotel occupies floors 31 to 73 of the Wilshire Grand Centre and has 889 elegant guestrooms. The property also boasts an impressive Club InterContinental Lounge, a swimming pool and five dining outlets including Spire 73 so you'll be spoilt for choice on where to eat. We suggest trying the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere on the 73rdfloor with breath taking 360-degree views of LA’s cityscape and skyline with fire pits, fountains and innovative cocktails - because no holiday is complete without a Cosmopolitan!
Another unexpected offering from Nobu comes in the form of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay which will re-open its doors in May 2018 for its first full season. Awarded ‘Best Newcomer Hotel’ in the SLH Awards 2017, The Balearic Island’s luxury five-star resort has been carefully curated to provide guests with the finest island escape possible - without even having to leave the resort. The hotel is ideally positioned on the beautiful white sand beaches of Talamanca Bay, two kilometres north of Ibiza Town (far away from the club scene) and just a fifteen minutes’ walk from trendy boutiques and clubs of Marina Botafoch. Book your flight now!
Located amongst the charming theatres, cafés and luxe boutiques of ‘The King Street Precinct’, the new InterContinental Perth City Centre is the sixth InterContinental hotel in Australia. The hotel’s 240 rooms, studios and penthouse all have a residential feel and views over Perth’s cityscape. The property also features specially commissioned sculptures, paintings, bespoke ceramics and glass works by renowned artists from Western Australia. The hotel’s stylish line up of restaurants and bars focuses on regional food producers, growers, brewers and wine-makers so there's no excuse not to completely immerse yourself in the Aussie culture.
Set amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, which is known for its variety of restaurants and art galleries, the residential-inspired InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also features a 24-hour Club InterContinental Lounge, four dining options including a 389-seat Italian restaurant & bar, Publico, five meeting and event spaces, a swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness studio so you'll certainly not be stuck fo things to do.
The stylish decor of this Thai gem was inspired by the sophistication of the 1920s. Developed by the renowned Thai conceptual architecture and interior design team at Begray, this is clear in the custom crafted furnishings, beautiful white marble coffee tables and captivating floor to ceiling windows that offer unreal view of the bustling streets of Bangkok. Just outside akyra Thonglor’s doorstep you can try some of Thailand’s famous street food dishes whilst browsing some of the world’s most influential designer shops.
You can't talk about luxury hotels without mentioning Raffles, and this twelveth newest addition to their collection is just as awe inspiring as the rest. Located in the heart of the Polish city, on the Royal Route, the hotel will sit complete with 106 timelessly elegant suites kitted out with bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and Polish art, keeping it authentic as can be. The building itself is proudly Polish; from the restored original 19th century cornicing, right up to the contemporary art that decorates it's walls. We're already booking our suite.
Located on the intimate Olhahali Picnic Island, for the first time in the Maldives, each residence will feature a roof terrace – a secluded deck, elevated five metres above the pristine water, with large penthouses home to their own spas, pools and fitness suites so there’s no need to give up the workouts for a week. Villas rates will start from €2,150 per night for a couple on All Inclusive basis including transfer. This hotel certainly puts the LUX in luxe.
Situated in the heart of the Burj Khalifa district in cosmopolitan Dubai, the newest ME hotel will open its doors at the end of 2018. One of the last hotels to be designed by architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016 – and her only complete exterior and interior project – this legacy hotel is housed in the bizarre and breathtaking Opus Building, complete with 15 restaurants including ROKA, a vertical cafe and relaxing lounges, as well as 93 rooms and suites across 19 floors, and 98 serviced apartments.