The phrase “luxury hotel” has a wide array of connotations. But a general consensus among well-traveled guests is that properties with a true sense of place, and those that are an extension of the area’s history, are exemplars of true luxurious style. The hotels that are new and exciting for 2018 are those that are not only well-designed but that go far above and beyond brand recognition.
“People want an unpredictable luxury experience,” says Jack Ezon, president of New York–based Ovation Vacations. “They still want their Frette linens, but with a local touch,” he adds. In this aspect, independent hotels are making a strong mark.
“What increasingly distinguishes a true luxury hotel is not just the comfort and beauty of the property but rather the personal care, proactive attention, and unique experiences that each and every person on the property extends to the traveler,” says Jennifer Tombaugh, president of Connecticut-based guided tour company Tauck. “A warm, heartfelt welcome in this busy, technology driven world is rare and precious,” she adds.
Here are the top hotels to watch in 2018, chosen not only for their outstanding design but also for their commitment to hospitality and capturing that sense of place.
Bulgari Beijing, China (Fall 2017)
The Oberoi, Marrakech, Morocco (Early 2018)
The Setai Tel Aviv, Israel (January 2018)
Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos (Winter 2018)
Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland (Early 2018)
One&Only Nyungwe House, Gisakura, Rwanda (Spring 2018)
The Murray, Hong Kong, China (January 2018)
Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Banana Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis (November 2017)
Rosewood Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas (Spring 2018)
Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Summer 2018)
Ayana Komodo Resort, Flores, Indonesia (Summer 2018)
Baglioni Resort Maldives, Dhaalu Atoll (Spring 2018)
Sanders, Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2017)
Four Seasons Costa Palmas, Los Cabos, Mexico (Winter 2018)
The Ramble Hotel, Denver, Colorado (March 2018)
Nobu Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (March 2018)
Fingal Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland (Spring 2018)
Hotel Lutetia, Paris, France (Spring 2018)
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