Hot new hotels for 2024
Travel has experienced a topsy-turvy few years. After a roaring start to 2020, the year saw tons of cancellations as the world shut down to outsiders, with strict Covid protocols governing travel in 2021. After a bumpy start during the Omicron wave in early 2022, the year saw travelers cross international borders at staggering rates as an understaffed hospitality industry tried to keep up. Things have been somewhat less hectic in 2023, though no less busy. While many hotels used the pandemic lull to invest in renovations, the shutdowns also delayed a lot of planned openings. Next year, the travel industry will continue to catch up and deliver more experiences, including exciting new hotel openings for 2024. These are a few of the most anticipated.
The luxury brand’s first U.S. property will be in the wilds of Montana, promising fresh air, fresh powder, and majestic wildlife. The resort sits on 8,100 acres of land and is a short drive from Yellowstone National Park, so there will be no shortage of wide-open spaces and unsurpassed views. When the weather turns warmer, fly fishing, hiking, biking, and a host of other outdoor adventures will await guests.
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Set in a 17th-century palazzo amid neoclassical columns, this will be a sumptuous addition to the Eternal City. Along with its sister hotel opening in Venice, the Minerva will welcome passengers on Orient Express’ La Dolce Vita luxury train, an 11-car throwback to the golden age of travel that whisks visitors through the beautiful landscapes that only Italy can offer. The whole experience promises to be romantic and timeless.
Rosewood’s first property in Japan is a 55-villa ultraluxe resort on Miyako Island in the Okinawan archipelago. Nearby Yabiji features Japan’s largest stretch of coral reef and undersea caverns. The villas make expansive use of local materials and blend in with their natural surroundings, which include exquisite stretches of beach in some of Japan’s southernmost territory. These picturesque spots offer some of the best sunsets in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The complex in the desert of northwest Saudi Arabia will actually contain three resorts that “offer an incomparable insight into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its magnificent unspoilt natural landscapes and archaeological sites, which have long remained undiscovered.” An oasis, AlUla traditionally played an important role along trade routes between India and Europe and the area features rock dwelling dating to Nabatean period a couple of thousand years ago.
The “futuristic showcase for sustainability” just north of the Arctic Circle in Norway is built atop the waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord at the base of a glacier. Powered by solar and geothermal energy, the resort promises to be off-grid within five years of opening and the first carbon-neutral and emission-free resort. It will consume 85% less energy than comparable resorts, and the Marketplace dining venue will be zero-waste.
The resort’s 50 suites are arranged in pods along the sea, each featuring its own terrace with garden and plunge pool. A private beach lines the water, with a pool facing the sea just behind the beach area. One of the most anticipated new hotels for 2024, the resort in La Paz was originally scheduled to open in 2021 and pushed back because of Covid. It joins Chable Maroma and Chable Yucatan in Mexico.
Inspired by luxury superyachts and complete with its own marina, the new addition to Dubai’s premier hotel scene bills itself as a ”playground for horizon seekers.” Ten restaurants, nine bars, and five pools (including adults-only and family-friendly) will greet guests of the 386 rooms and suites and four penthouses. The resort is designed by Shaun Killa, renowned for his flair for statement architecture including the Museum of the Future.
“More than ever, Covid has shown us that travel cannot be taken for granted, which has resulted in this massive surge for leisure travel we are experiencing now,” Evan Kwee, vice chairman of Capella Hotel Group, told Forbes Asia. In that spirit, Capella is opening seven hotels across Asia, the Middle East, and the Maldives through 2025, including Capella Taipei, which promises breathtaking contrasts of old and new and a sense of calm in the heart of the bustling city.
Montage has taken over this private island in the Bahamas and is investing more than $350 million in a 50-suite resort, 47-slip marina, and residences. The pristine coral reefs surrounding the 53-acre cay showcase stunning marine life. Suites will have their own gardens, lounges, and plunge pools. “Montage Cay has been designed to take advantage of the island’s natural beauty, while offering guests Montage’s signature amenities and service,” Alan J. Fuerstman, founder, chairman and CEO of Montage International, said.
Another of the exciting new hotels for 2024, Andaz Lisbon will be the second Hyatt-branded property in the Portuguese capital, this one in the bustling Baixa neighborhood. “With its distinctive local culture and vibrant history, Lisbon is the ideal location for the Andaz brand, and we know that travelers visiting Andaz Lisbon will have an unforgettable experience,” Matthias Lowin, managing director of management partner Feuring Hotel Lissabon GmbH & Co. said.