Well-heeled travelers are increasingly faced with more choices than ever, as the hospitality industry continues to expand rapidly at the high end, with top tier hotels opening in many of the world’s most popular business and leisure destinations. If you are someone who enjoys creature comforts and standout service when you travel, there are a number of new hotels debuting this year that you might want to keep on your radar. These are the highlights:
Opened by the same restaurateurs behind popular addresses such as The Wolseley and The Delaunay, has been named the best new luxury hotel in 2014 for its Art Deco-inspired rooms, warm and welcoming suites and on-site restaurant The Colony Grill Room, which has become one of the hottest reservations in town this year, they said.
Featuring panoramic views of Florence and the Arno River, Portrait Firenze offers luxurious rooms with handcrafted furniture.
Loews Regency is a stylish New York hotel offering refurbished interiors, an excellent bar and restaurant, and a Julien Farel spa, close to Central Park, Madison Avenue and the galleries of Museum Mile.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is a modern replica of the legendary Hotel Moskva, originally opened in the 1930's in a landmark location adjacent to Red Square, with magical views of the Kremlin’s cathedral domes and spires. Luxurious accommodations, chic restaurants and magnificent event spaces bring warmly personalized service to the Russian capital.
The first luxury resort in the Maldives’ pristine Thaa Atoll, occupying an island in the archipelago’s southwest, Maalifushi encapsulates the spirit of an idyllic tropical life—serving the experience of a barefoot luxury and the pure escape-from-it-all.
Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, in a late 19th century classic Haussmanian building, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.
A beacon above the Bosphorus, Raffles' newest hotel is a timeless fusion of inspired architecture, ravishing luxury, gastronomical innovation and serious cultural chic: an oasis of cool overlooking the most colourful and exciting city on earth.
A green oasis perfectly located just minutes from all the pleasures and key business hubs of this open, modern city by the Arabian Gulf. Everything is right here – warm and elegant service, an astonishing array of dining temptations, an indulgent spa that is a destination unto itself, and the quiet retreat of light, airy guest rooms and suites.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is a unique 5-star hotel created by combining six monumental 17th century canal palaces. Inspired by timeless Dutch history, the hotel brings the legendary True Waldorf service to a storied and unforgettable destination.
When Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray acquired Cromlix, close to his hometown of Dunblane, it signalled not only a return to his roots but the chance to reinvent the glorious era of grand country house living. Following extensive refurbishment, the elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion is transformed into a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five-star destination.