2017 is one of the busiest years we can remember for hotel openings,
with amazing brands like Aman and Firmdale, Soho House and Cheval Blanc
readying to change the way we think of destinations like Shanghai,
Mumbai and Mexico's Costa Alegre. Established hotspots get a bit of
competition, like in New York, where Firmdale
doubles-down in February with The Whitby Hotel. The 86-room property
in burgeoning Midtown will feature its ubiquitous Kit Kemp decor and
amenities including a 130-seat cinema and Brit eatery. Aman Shanghai
will equally wow, incorporating “a village of historic dwellings
surrounded by an imported camphor forest” late this summer to create a
spectacular urban resort just outside of the city.
In London, Soho House is finishing touches on The Ned, its first collaboration with American hotelier Sydell Group as well as wrapping up properties in Mumbai and Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Four Seasons will debut its worthiest London address yet at Ten Trinity Square in January with a 100-room hotel and own private members club along one of London's most famous squares. Rosewood will alas unveil the remodel of Hotel de Crillon in Paris with two brand-new suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld. And in the German capital, Provocateur Berlin adds a burlesque-themed hotel to the city's repertoire with 59 rooms and seductive Indochine-inspired restaurant. In Cape Town, The Silo (pictured) transforms a former-grain silo along the V&A Waterfront into a destination boutique hotel that's also home to the much anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The hotel will feature a glass pool and bar with stunning views of Table Mountain opening later this summer.
In the US, Four Seasons at The Surf Club brings a worthier address to Miami within a 1930s member's club redesigned by Richard Meier. But it's in LA that you’ll find the most hotel openings from The Dream Hollywood and Freehand LA in downtown to Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills with its Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and rooftop pool. Further south on Mexico's Pacific Coast, near long-time favorite Cuixmala and Careyes, LVMH’s Cheval Blanc has broken ground on a game changing property in Chamela Bay that will alas put Costa Alegre on the luxury map and give Aman some viable competition.
Perhaps the final year for a while of ambitious South American openings, Awasi Iguazú brings a stunning eco-design resort to Argentina’s Iguazú Falls - one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Set to open by the end of 2017, each of its 14 villas features a private plunge pool and impeccable amenities. In Sao Paulo, Oetker Collection will debut Palacio Tangara in the city's Burle Marx Park. Its 141 guest rooms will overlook the park's renowned wildlife from private terraces, a poolside lounge and own Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But its perhaps Brazil's Fasano Hotel that will make the most stunning debut of 2017, with its Fasano Salvador in the Bahia capital and far more ambitious Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis. The epic, architectural resort will feature a marina, golf course and two restaurants by restaurateur Rogério Fasano opening in late-April and sure to make the it-list of most every travel magazine.