From a mobile safari camp to a resort on a private island, T+L rounds up the most exciting openings—plus two coming soon.
India: Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has done it again, with a 202-room property on the outskirts of New Delhi. Just 15 minutes from the airport, the Oberoi, Gurgaon (doubles from $706) features suites with private pools, 24-hour butler service, a cigar lounge, and Delhi’s first 24-hour spa—because you never know when the desire for a massage may strike.
Italy: Giorgio Armani returns to his hometown—and Italy’s fashion capital—for his second hotel venture, opening soon. Like his first property, in Dubai, the Armani Hotel Milan (rates not available at press time) promises to have as sleek a silhouette as Armani’s ready-to-wear. Sheathed in a glass box above the atelier’s flagship store, the 95-room hotel (with the city’s largest guest rooms) is just steps from La Scala Theater.
Maldives: The Viceroy Maldives (doubles from $1,600)—the group’s first Asian property—should be on every luxury seeker’s bucket list. Located on a 17-acre private island on the country’s undeveloped northern end, the resort will offer diving to rarely seen reefs; the Treehouse restaurant, serving North African small plates; and 61 thatched-roof bungalows (each with a private pool) that overlook the ocean.
Portugal: Wine is the focus at L’and Vineyard & Resort (doubles from $370), set in the burgeoning Alentejo wine region, about 60 miles east of Lisbon. In addition to an outdoor lounge where you can choose from 39 offerings by the glass, the on-site winery hosts daily classes, and the spa uses antioxidant-rich grape seeds and skins in treatments. Want a room with a sky view? Ten of the 22 villas have fully retractable ceilings.
Tanzania: Singita Grumeti Reserve recently launched Singita Explore (from $1,300 per person per night), a new “mobile” concept that allows guests to camp in remote areas of the reserve’s 340,000 acres. Spacious canvas tents and a private guide and chef mean you won’t be roughing it.
Thailand: Set among palaces and temples in the historic Dusit district, the Siam, Bangkok (doubles from $538), takes cues from its surroundings. Designed by American architect Bill Bensley, the boutique hotel—which opens in January—will be filled with antiques (opium beds; Siamese maps) and flea-market finds (velvet French cinema seating). Four of the 39 suites are actually teak houses from the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya.