With myriad luxury hotels going on sale, it pays to offer clients a property that will suit them. TTG rounds up the latest openings
From a traditional Japanese inn surrounded by nature to a chic city hotel in Perth, there is a new luxury hotel to suit every client type.
Whether you’re looking to wow savvy gourmands or recommend a high-end property best suited to families, we round up six of the hottest new openings.
Situated in a hidden garden near the Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Aman Kyoto, which opens next month, offers 24 rooms and two villas designed in the style of a traditional ryokan inn.
The hotel comprises standalone pavilions, each with a distinct function including a check-in area, living spaces, dining rooms and a spa.
Quirky additions include bamboo hampers for clients to request to take on picnics, and the opportunity to meditate with a Zen Buddhist monk.
“We are incredibly excited to open Aman Kyoto, as the property has been 20 years in
the making,” says general manager Akira Shiota. “What sets us apart is our eight acres
of private gardens and 72 [acres] of forest.
It’s an ethereal landscape that transports you to another time, with the sound of streams, valley views and moss-covered pathways.
The hotel’s architecture, by the late Kerry Hill, has been designed so [clients] feel a connection to the outdoors, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to forest canopies or the gently flowing stream.”
Nobu Hotel Barcelona opened its doors to the public this September, serving up authentic Catalan cuisine with a Japanese twist.
Clients can sample Nobu classics such as sashimi with jalapeno and black cod with miso, and enjoy an extensive cocktail list.
“Nobu Barcelona is not only the first Nobu restaurant in the city, but it also happens to be the tallest Nobu restaurant in the world,” says general manager Laurence Dubey. “Situated on the 23rd floor, diners have a 270-degree view across Barcelona and famous sights such as La Sagrada Familia.”
Clients will also be wowed by a design inspired by the works of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, fused with the traditional Japanese craft of kintsugi – the art of repairing broken pottery with gold alloy.
“We have also introduced Kozara, a new bar concept with unique Japanese-style tapas, exceptional Japanese whiskeys and a collection of carefully selected sake rice wine,” she adds. “In 2020, we will launch the Nobu Cafe for breakfast and lunch-to-go options too.”
Inspiring Travel Company offers a three-night B&B stay at Nobu Hotel Barcelona from £435pp based on two sharing a Deluxe Room including flights and private transfers. Price based on 21 January 2020 departure.
Slated for a Q1 2020 opening, Angsana Corfu will debut as the brand’s first luxury property in Europe.
The hotel features 199 rooms, suites and bungalows, a fine-dining restaurant headed up by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini, and an Angsana Spa offering more than 50 treatments.
Anastasia Papaspyridi, senior marketing communications manager at Angsana Corfu, says the hotel should appeal to families keen to explore the surrounding area.
“We are thrilled to be bringing our renowned hospitality to the Ionian Islands, offering classic Angsana Private Pool Villas and Sea View Rooms that are open all year round, in close reach of Corfu’s Old Town and the traditional village of Benitses. There are plenty of leisure facilities for children too, including indoor and outdoor pools, water sports and a kids’ club.”
The Recreation Lounge offers a sanctuary for teens, with a pool and table tennis tables, board games and movie rental, while adults can take advantage of a rooftop lounge bar, cooking classes and private fitness lessons.
Cyplon offers seven nights at Angsana Corfu in a Grand Room King or Twin Hill View Room from £1,345pp with flights, 15kg bag allowance and private transfers included.
Offer is based on a 6 May 2020 departure.
The Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, the first five-star chain resort in Dominica, sets the bar for the ultimate luxury wellness experience in the Caribbean, says general manager Michael Schoonewagen.
“Surrounded by the lush, unspoilt landscape of Cabrits national park, the resort’s unobtrusive design honours Dominica’s serene, natural beauty, providing an ideal setting to calm the mind, body and soul.
“Clients can enjoy everything from outdoor yoga to reinvigorating spa treatments in nature, as well as sea-to-table and farm-to-table dining for an unforgettable wellness experience in one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets.”
Each of the 151 guest rooms and suites features ocean and mountain views, while the Presidential Villa offers a private spa and sauna, as well as a private chef.
For clients wishing to soak up stunning Caribbean sunsets, the Rumfire Bar offers an ideal viewing spot, where an expert mixologist will prepare classic cocktails and modern twists using local rum and dark spirits.
Clients with a penchant for urban exploration and nightlife should look to the Ritz-Carlton, Perth, which opens on 15 November.
“By the water’s edge in Elizabeth Quay, the hotel is within walking distance of the city’s iconic attractions, dining and entertainment precincts. Afterwards, weary explorers can indulge in our resort-like leisure facilities including an outdoor heated infinity pool and bespoke spa treatments,” says Dario Orsini, general manager.
For unrestricted views of the city, recommend clients head to the rooftop bar, or for those wishing to experience ultimate luxury, book the Ritz-Carlton Suite, which features an outdoor balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Swan river.
Quirky additions include more than 10,000 pieces of Kimberley sandstone throughout the hotel, a lobby recreating a journey through a Karijini gorge and pink mirror glass reminiscent of Western Australian sunsets.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, slated for a November opening, offers 21 jungle lodges and suites, each with a private deck and in-room fireplace.
As well as access to the nearby Volcanoes national park, clients have the option to liaise with the Experience team who will tailor-make an itinerary during their stay.
Activities include coffee-tasting with a local expert, visiting a local community and the chance to learn the art of basket weaving.
“From its vantage point on the foothills of the Virunga volcano range, guests will discover and explore the habitat of mountain gorillas,” says Kerry Golds, managing director at Abercrombie & Kent.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered species lives. In addition to gorilla treks, guests will also be able to see golden monkeys and visit Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre.”