With winter on it's way we're in need of a little wanderlust; these are the new hotels we've got on our travel bucket lists for the coming year
Words Helen Brown
JABALI PRIVATE HOUSE AND JABALI RIDGE, TANZANIA
There’s a rumble in Ruaha, Tanzania’s second largest national park of heart-stopping landscapes and home to over 10% of the world’s lion population. A place for serious big cat action calls for some serious accommodation to match. Cue two new gems from Asilia Africa; Jabali Private House and Jabali Ridge. First up is Jabali Ridge, opening in September 2017 as the most stylish of safari camps. The project takes inspiration from the inspiring Ruaha landscape; baobabs, palms and rippling hills. The result is a stylish haven of sultry, earthy colours, open spaces and clean lines. It boasts a sun-soaked infinity pool and two enormous viewing decks that overlook the Mwagusi Sand River.
Jabali Private House is southern Tanzania’s first private house on the safari circuit. Built around three magnificent baobab trees, the house is available only for exclusive bookings. Sleeping up to six, the house offers a completely unrivalled experience for families or small groups of friends.
Rates for Jabali Ridge from approx. £564 per person per night.
Jabali Private House from approx. £2,541 per night based on 3 people sharing the house exclusively.
TREASURE BEACH HOTEL, BARBADOS
Set within Barbados’ west coast, adults-only Treasure Beach is the latest luxurious hotel hotspot to have on your radar this year. Open from November following a significant refurbishment, the boutique property will encompass 79 suites, elegantly adorned with Caribbean décor. With an artistic and culinary focus, the hotel will offer a chic home-away-from-home vibe, with added luxuries such as white sandy beach and outdoor pool.
HODGES BAY RESORT AND SPA, ANTIGUA
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa, a new luxury hotel by Elegant Hotels opens this December on the beautiful north shores of Antigua. The hotel promises a new spa offering, with five therapy rooms as well as a state-of-the-art Swiss technology hydro-pool. Book your stay in one of 122 guestrooms, an oceanfront town-home, villa, executive suite or penthouse. There is also a range of indoor and outdoor fitness classes and an ocean side infinity swim-up bar to blow off some serious steam.
Opening May next year, Zuri Zanzibar is a beautiful design-led beachfront eco resort with 55 bungalows, villas and suites. It sits in Kendwa, Zanzibar on the staggeringly beautiful northern west shores of Unguja. The Jestico+Whiles-designed resort will be nestled on a powder white beach with all rooms boasting views of the azure Indian Ocean. Hotel facilities include an infinity pool, a yoga and wellness sanctuary, five stylish drinking and dining outlets and a peaceful spice garden. Expect to feel totally refreshed from the minute you cross the threshold.
BABA BEACH CLUB, PHUKET
Set on a 16-acre pristine oceanfront area of Natai beach, Baba Beach Club is set to take Phuket by storm this October. Only 20 minutes from the airport yet surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, it is a place for fun and frivolity. 16 beachfront or ocean view villas and suites, each with infinity-edge private pools and balconies to relax, provide the perfect base on the island. Huge soaking tubs, spacious bathrooms and Bose sound systems with carefully selected playlists ensure this ‘music friendly hotel’ takes you from day to night and back again.
Rates from approx £415 per room per night; bababeachclub.com
SIX SENSES, INDIA
Six Senses are heading into territories yet un-ventured by the award-winning spa hotel with the Six Senses Fort Barwara. The new venue will feature 48 suites, two restaurants, fitness centre and two swimming pools, along with that all-important spa.
For more information please contact Perowne International: [email protected]
VENTANA BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
After a multi-million-dollar re-imagination, Ventana Big Sur – an Alila Resort – is reopen and promises a new immersive travel experience. Along with refreshed accommodation, the hotel offers a full-service Spa Alila, two outdoor pools, outdoor Japanese hot baths and luxury camping.
Rates will start from £517 per night. Redwood Canyon Glampsites will start at approx £249 per night.
LYGON ARMS, COTSWOLDS
For the perfect country escape, Lygon Arms, the luxury coaching inn based in the heart of the Cotswolds, is re-opening on 18th September. Renovation highlights include new classic and quirky design-led guest rooms by Anita Rosato Interior Design and a luxurious new spa. There’s also two new food and drink destinations, The Lygon Bar & Grill and The Lygon Wine Bar.
JÁVRI LODGE, FINLAND
More of an expansion than strictly a new opening but an exceptional one at that. Relax in Lapland’s most luxurious lodge in their new Northern Lights viewing rooms. Jávri Lodge was built by Finland’s longest-serving former President, Urho Kekkonen. It welcomed those who came to experience the best hospitality Lapland could offer. This December, Jávri Lodge will open a further four rooms, debut a new sauna and reveal a newly built glass viewing dining area. Each rustic rooms will feature a floor to ceiling window to invite viewings of the stunning Northern Lights during the arctic winter. Guests can enjoy Jávri Lodge’s pristine surroundings of vast lakes and forests, and take part in a range of activities including snowmobiling, cross country skiing and reindeer sledding.