Exploring exotic destinations, cultures and cuisines are all great reasons to travel. A stay in the latest luxury hotel or resort in one of those destinations is another – and there are some truly impressive new hotels opening in 2024.
From laid-back island hangouts to show-stopping architectural marvels in the most iconic cities, these upcoming hotels will allow you to discover classic destinations (or emerging ones) in fresh, unforgettable ways.
- SOHO Hotel Auckland
- SIRO Dubai
- InterContinental Auckland
- The StandardX, Melbourne
- Thompson Palm Springs, California
- The Star Grand, Brisbane
- InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort, New Caledonia
- The Eve Hotel Sydney, Surry Hills
- Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London
- The Standard Singapore
- Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Saudi Arabia
- Park Hyatt Los Cabos, Mexico
- 1 Hotel Melbourne
- Six Senses Kyoto
- Aman Nai Lert Bangkok
- Auberge Collegio alla Querce, Italy
SOHO Hotel Auckland
Opening: January 2024
Auckland, the City of Sails, is home to a concise but supremely lavish selection of luxury hotels. Come January, its ranks will swell by one as SOHO Hotel Auckland cuts the ribbon and invites first guests to sleep, dine or pamper themselves at the spa.
Inspired by the giddy Art Deco decor of the early 20th century, it’s a hotel where clean lines and gleaming metallic trims set the scene, leading through to rooms adorned in soft furnishings you just want to reach out and touch.
Of course, it’s not just about the rooms – Tiger Bar & Restaurant will dish up delicious Asian fusion fare, while Café Luxe provides a casual option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Opening: Janaury, 2024
A near-1,000 square metre gym and recovery lab (physiotherapy, acupuncture, oxygen therapy) spanning two floors is the star attraction, while rooms will also have a strong wellness focus. The views are next level also.
Rather than just leaving guests to work out solo, a team of fitness and wellbeing experts are on hand to provide guidance and coaching. Programs will focus on five experience pillars for guests: fitness, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mindfulness.
Opening: January 30, 2024
The City of Sails is gearing up to welcome the all-new InterContinental Auckland, a 244-room hotel springing up at One Queen Street and boasting direct access to the trendy Commercial Bay precinct. Oh, and its views are next level.
Overlooking Waitemata Harbour, rooms and suites all feature a warm palette with liberal use of timber and glass, along with now-essential staples like free WiFi, smart TVs with Bluetooth soundbars and casting technology.
The signature restaurant, imaginatively named Signature Restaurant, is said to “embody the multi-cultural landscape of Auckland through an amalgamation of Turkish, Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern notes.” In other words, a delicious feast.
The StandardX, Melbourne
Opening: February 2024
Melbourne has welcomed some stellar properties in the last year: The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne and Le Méridien, to name a couple. Soon, the Victorian capital will see the debut of The StandardX in Fitzroy. Not familiar with the name? You soon will be.
A new brand for The Standard – a group known for its vintage-styled hotels in Miami, Hollywood and Ibiza, to name a few – The StandardX is inspired by the artistic roots of its location and imbued with ‘the rebellious spirit of the 70s and 80s’.
Designed by architectural firm Woods Bagot, with interiors created by The Standard and Hecker Guthrie, the 125-room hotel is also home to a trio of dining options: The Roof (exclusive to guests), alongside Thai diner BANG and BOX, a go-to for snacks and drinks.
Thompson Palm Springs, California
Opening: Q1 2024
Palm Springs has long enticed many a well-heeled traveller. Living it up poolside at its mid-century modern motels is almost a rite of passage, yet there are new additions worth checking out (and into). Thompson Palm Springs is one of them.
Nestled in a prime spot amid restaurants and galleries, the hotel boasts 168 beautifully-styled rooms, many of which are located in an adults only wing, plus two gorgeous pools lined with sun lounges and cabanas.
As for the dining, that takes the form of a signature Middle Eastern restaurant, Lola Rose Grand Mezze and a wine tasting room pouring drops from Hall Napa Valley. A Mediterranean restaurant is set to join them later in the year.
The Star Grand, Brisbane
Opening: April 2024
Queen’s Wharf is arguably one of Brisbane’s most anticipated developments – it’s been in the works since mid-2019. At its core of the waterfront mecca is The Star Brisbane mixed-use hotel, casino and dining precinct.
Spanning two arc-shaped towers, The Star Grand is vast – a dazzling hotel featuring a headline restaurant from celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and 360-degree signature cocktail bar, all topped by showpiece Sky Deck.
Views to South Bank and beyond will be enjoyed from many of the hotel’s 340 rooms which, though sharing a similar DNA to its Star Grand siblings in Sydney and the Gold Coast, feature a more contemporary, coastal chic design.
InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort, New Caledonia
Opening: April 1, 2024
Less than three hours flight from Brisbane and Sydney, New Caledonia is regularly described as ‘a slice of France in the South Pacific’, yet the Melanesian Kanak culture and island beauty are also worth travelling for.
The first major hotel on Lifou island, InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort not only takes liberal design cues from its location but was created in close consultation with local tribes, giving it a strong sense of cultural connection.
On top of 50 bungalows and villas, you’ll also find an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a bar, while guests can also snorkel in the lagoon – home to turtles, fish, manta rays and other majestic species.
The Eve Hotel Sydney, Surry Hills
Sydney’s hotel scene is arguably one of the most exciting in the country – for every property that opens or is announced there are countless more waiting in the wings.
Surry Hills will soon welcome a new 102-room boutique addition: The Eve, complete with a rooftop pool framed in bougainvillaea and restaurant and bar.
Falling under the Collection by TFE Hotels banner, the same as Hotel Britomart in Auckland, the fresh hotel sits in a lifestyle precinct linking Surry Hills and Redfern is shaping up to be a stunning local addition.
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London
Opening: Q3 2024
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is arguably one of London’s most celebrated hotels – a perfect fusion of the old and new. It’ll soon be joined by a younger sibling, with Mandarin Oriental Mayfair primed to open in the northern Autumn.
In true MO style, rooms are impeccably-designed and fitted out, replete with hand-painted wallpaper, marble bathrooms and all the high-tech essentials. And The Spa? By all accounts that’s a thing of beauty too.
Visitors will also get a chance to treat their taste buds at a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Akira Black, as well as settle in for a drink or two at the chef’s vibey lounge and rooftop bar.
The Standard Singapore
Opening: Q3 2024
Singapore has no shortage of high-end hotels, from the iconic to those in prime position for the F1 but that isn’t stopping The Standard from adding The Red Dot to its growing network.
When it opens, 143-room hotel The Standard Singapore will be crowned by a stunning infinity pool, complemented by a bar set in a lush botanical courtyard, and also house a fitness centre and an array of cultural and art programmes.
Much like its counterparts in Bangkok, London and New York, decor will be outrageous in all the right ways, while its location on Orange Grove Road is well placed to visit the Orchard Road shopping strip and Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Saudi Arabia
Opening: late 2024
The Maldives may be synonymous with overwater bungalows, but Saudi Arabia could soon give the island destination a run for its money. That is, if the debut of Nujuma, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is any indication.
Part of the ambitious Red Sea project, the resort will feature 63 one- to four-bedroom water and beach villas, the latter of which fringe an impressive circular boardwalk, together with 18 branded residences.
Besides snorkelling through clear waters or losing themselves to the view, guests will be able to take a dip in the pool, swing by the spa or take their pick of several delicious dining options.
Park Hyatt Los Cabos, Mexico
Opening: late 2024
An easy 20 minute drive from Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, Park Hyatt Los Cabos is a true destination hotel. It’s somewhere people will gladly travel for, and when they do, happily while away the hours at the Beach Club or flitting from one restaurant to the next.
That said, it’s of course a perfect base to discover Cabo San Lucas’ desert-meets-ocean landscape, play a round on one of the championship golf courses, or perhaps take to the sea on a whale watching tour.
Once the adventures are done, the hotel provides everything guests could wish for, including 163 luxury ocean-view rooms and suites, 19 villas and residences, a glamorous day spa and multiple swimming pools calling you to dive right in.
1 Hotel Melbourne
Opening: December 2024
What do Paris, San Francisco and Toronto all have in common? They’re all home to a 1 Hotel – a brand where sustainability is front of mind, from its design to the facilities provided within. Melbourne will soon be added to that list.
Housed in the Seafarers development on the Yarra River, the 277-room 1 Hotel Melbourne is set to feature a distinctly local feel with multiple dining venues and a sleek lobby bar.
Beyond that, hotel guests and residents of the 114 apartments onsite can take advantage of the indoor pool and Bamford Wellness Spa, as well as access to a vast public park.
Six Senses Kyoto
Japan’s first Six Senses will make a grand entrance some time throughout the year – and the brand will no doubt be right at home in the former imperial capital of Kyoto, with its design taking inspiration from the past but with plenty of nods to the modern era.
Situated in front of the Myoho-in temple and Tokyokuni-Jinja shrine, the hotel’s 81 rooms are organised around a central courtyard. As a result, each will enjoy a view that changes with the seasons.
Beyond the chic living quarters, guests will be able to take part in tea ceremonies and spa treatments, as well as feast at the signature sushi restaurant, bar and all-day dining venue.
Aman Nai Lert Bangkok
Elegant, understated, minimalist. These are all good descriptions of luxury hotel group Aman, whose outposts in New York and Tokyo are frequently cited as touch points for the beauty of simplicity. Bangkok will soon welcome an Aman of its own
Close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will rise 36 storeys above its namesake park and house 52 tasteful suites and around 50 residences. The building itself will be a glittering addition to the city too.
Naturally, there will be a rooftop infinity pool from which to float and soak in the view (or lounge poolside, if you prefer), with plenty of additional features to be announced closer to its debut.
Auberge Collegio alla Querce, Italy
Although not yet a household name in Australia, Auberge Resorts has a lofty reputation around the globe, with exquisite high-end properties dotted across the United States and Europe.
A new addition for the group, Collegio alla Querce in Florence will be one for the history books: a reimagining of 16th-century UNESCO buildings which once housed a school, chapel and theatre, all tucked down a gorgeous cypress-lined cobblestone street.
If that didn’t already paint a picture of what to expect from the hotel’s 61 rooms and 20 suites, the five-tier terraced gardens and museum-worthy art collection, wine tasting room, cigar lounge and restaurant certainly will.
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