Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class from Singapore to London

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java & Bali. You can read my reviews here:

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  • Review: Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)
  • Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
  • Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
  • Review: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud (Bali)
  • Review: Amanjiwo, Borobudur (Java)
  • Review: Amandari, Ubud (Bali)
  • Review: Amankila (Bali)
  • Review: Banyan Tree Ungasan, Uluwatu (Bali)
  • Review: Bulgari Bali Resort (Bali)
  • Review: Anantara Uluwatu (Bali)
  • Review: Singapore Airlines B787 Dreamliner Business Class Bali to Singapore
  • Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Singapore to London

Today (January 16, 2019): Review of Singapore Airlines’ A380 (old) Business Class from Singapore to London.

On July 28th 2018, I flew in a Singapore Airlines (SQ) A380 featuring the carrier’s old Business Class product from Singapore (SIN) to London Heathrow (LHR). When first introduced more than 13 years ago, SQ’s Business Class seat made headlines across the globe because of its extravagant dimensions (it’s the widest seat in the airline industry, too wide for comfort according to some). And while it still guarantees a superb flying experience, this seat concept starts to show its age a little, hence why SQ is currently equipping its A380 aircraft with a new Business Class seat similar to the one that is installed on the carrier’s A350 aircraft (which I reviewed here). The new Business Class product is initially fitted to five new A380s being acquired from Airbus, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that the carrier has already in service. All A380s are expected to feature the new Business Class seats by the end of 2020.

SQ features in my top 10 lists of my preferred airlines for longhaul Business Class, the best airlines for longhaul First Class, the most luxurious A380 First Class products, the world’s best airlines for in-flight meals, and the best First Class amenity kits.

Have you ever flown SQ’s Business Class? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.

  • Trip: Singapore (SIN) to London (LHR)
  • Airline: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
  • Aircraft type: Airbus A380
  • Aircraft registration number: 9V-SKN
  • Flight Number: SQ308
  • Date: July 28, 2018
  • On time departure: yes (9.30 am)
  • On time arrival: yes (3.30 pm)
  • Miles: 6760
  • Flight time: 13 hours
  • Seat: 25K
  • Class: Business Class

In this review (more information & photos below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  1. Cost of my ticket
  2. SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport
  3. Facts & figures about SQ’s longhaul fleet
  4. Business Class cabin
  5. Business Class seat (+ best & worst seats)
  6. Amenities
  7. Meals
  8. Entertainment
  9. Onboard internet
  10. Other inflight experiences (views, crew, lavatory)
  11. My verdict (score)

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1. COST OF MY TICKET

The cost of my one-way Business Class ticket on SQ from Singapore to London was 45 Singaporean Dollar + 67,500 Miles& More miles. Miles and More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa, a Star Alliance Partner of SQ. Read my review of Miles&More here.


2. SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT

SQ offers 4 different tiers of lounges for its premium passengers at its hub, Changi International Airport. This review only covers SQ’s flagship SilverKris Lounge at Terminal 3, which is located on floor above the duty-free shops in the main concourse. The SilverKris Lounge is only accessible to passengers flying out of Changi in First or Business Class on SQ or one of SQ’s partner airlines.

The SilverKris Lounge at Terminal 3 is not only the largest lounge at Changi, but also one of the largest lounges in the world. Entrance to the lounge is via a modern welcome foyer that features a customised batik design screen. The lounge itself is basically one large room, divided into different spaces for relaxing, dining, reading, and socializing, a concept which SQ says is ‘modelled after the living, dining room and kitchen of a home’. There are multiple seating areas, with a large variety of seats, including leather arm chairs, couches and bar stools, with power ports at some (but not all) seats. The lounge’s overall design is modern with tastefully selected art pieces. Unfortunately though, the space feels too dark in my opinion, since it doesn’t offer much of a view and lacks daylight: there’s only one wall featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the concourse and its shops below. The oppressive ambience is further accentuated by soft lighting and marble walls.

In the back of the lounge, there’s a separate room where a massive buffet is on display. It offers a great selection of cold and hot items, including pastas, curries, dim sums, soups, Indian style dishes and Singaporean favourites. In addition, there’s also a salad, sushi, and noodle station. The buffet area also features massive chillers where you can help yourself to beer and soft drinks, as well as coffee machines and a wide selection of teas. A small part of the dining area is reserved for communal tables and a few dining tables with 2 to 4 seats each. There are also some separate bar areas with high, communal tables inside the lounge, offering  wine, liquor, beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea.

The SQ SilverKris Lounge also features work stations, showers, and a ticketing help desk. While the lounge is definitely great, it’s not one of my favorite airport lounges, mainly because of the lack of daylight. In addition, spa treatments, a la carte dining and nap rooms are not available, which is remarkable since most of SQ’s competitors now offer these perks in their flagship lounges.

SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT
SILVERKRIS LOUNGE AT CHANGI AIRPORT

3. FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT SQ’S LONGHAUL FLEET

SQ operates an all wide body aircraft fleet. Currently, this comprises the following aircraft types:

  • 18 Airbus A330 planes (read here my review onboard a SQ A330 in Business Class)
  • 30 Airbus A350 planes (read here my review onboard a SQ A350 in Business Class)
  • 19 Airbus A380 planes
  • 7 Boeing 747 planes (cargo only)
  • 45 Boeing 777 planes
  • 7 Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes

Over the coming years, SilkAir will merge into SQ. This will see the addition of narrow body planes (mainly Boeing 737 planes) to SQ’s fleet.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380

4. BUSINESS CLASS CABIN

SQ’s A380s are equipped with different seat numbers. The A380 that flew me from Singapore to London featured the ‘old layout’ with a total of 12 First Class suites, 86 Business Class seats, 36 Premium Economy Class seats, and 245 standard Economy Class seats. First and Economy Class (including Premium Economy) were located on the lower deck, while the entire upper deck was reserved for Business Class, with the 86 lie-flat seats spread over 3 separate cabins (a smaller front and aft cabin, with the main cabin in between). SQ also operates another, higher density A380 layout with only 60 Business Cass seats and an extra 88 seats in Economy Class.

Regardless of the aircraft layout, the Business Class seats on SQ’s A380s are always arranged in a forward-facing, four-abreast (1-2-1) configuration, with direct aisle access for all passengers. Tons of seats are all you see upon entering the aircraft’s upper deck since SQ’s A380s don’t feature an onboard bar or lounge like the ones you find on the A380s of SQ’s Middle Eastern competitors Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. Although the cabin has a luxurious and elegant feel, there’s no denying that it looks less fancy and a bit dated when compared to SQ’s new A380 Business Class cabin. IMHO, that’s mainly because the only colors you observe in the old cabin are different shades of brown, with leather seat covers alternating between light beige and dark brown. Although this type of color palette is neutral and soothing, it feels a bit blend these days. On a positive note, some plush checked throw pillows on the seats add a playful, chic twist to the cabin’s look.

For a seat map of SQ’s A380s, click here.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: ECONOMY CLASS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: ECONOMY CLASS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: ECONOMY CLASS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: ECONOMY CLASS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS

5. BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (+ BEST & WORST SEATS)

I had chosen seat 25K for the 13 hour flight from Singapore to London.

The first thing you’ll notice about the (old) Business Class seat is its gigantic dimensions. The huge seat has 140 cm (55 inches) of pitch and is 76 cm (30 inches) wide, making it the widest Business Class seat to be found on any aircraft or airline. The seat is actually wider than some First Class seats and two passengers could easily fit within the seat relatively comfortably. Some may judge the seat to be a little too wide for optimal comfort, but you can always use the two seat cushions to stuff the seat on both sides (for extra lumbar support) or stack them to create an extra arm rest.

One side of the seat features a reading light on eye level and an electronic control panel on the arm rest for adjusting the seat’s position. This arm rest also holds a wired controller to navigate the inflight entertainment (more on that below). The other arm rest holds the tray table, which is released after you push a button and whose height can be tweaked up or down as needed. Window seats also feature two extra storage bins on the side of this arm rest, which can be used to store larger items like laptops and hand luggage.

In front of the seat is a 15,4 inch LCD monitor, which is actually on the small side for Business Class these days. The LCD screens are equipped with a privacy glass feature, so your neighbor cannot stare at your screen. There are two covers on each side of the TV: on the left side, the upper cover flips open to reveal a mirror, while the lower cover can be used as a small tray table for a drink; on the right side, the upper cover hides a pouch which can be used to store smaller items (e.g. smart phone, wallet, glasses) while the lower cover gives access to a panel with two USB ports and a universal power outlet.

Each seat comes with a footrest, but the size of this footrest differs from seat to seat. All bulkhead seats (in rows 11, 17 and 91) as well as the seats in the last row (96) feature seat-wide, fold-down footrests. All other seats have a much smaller foot cubby (with limited room for your feet), so I recommend to choose a bulkhead seat if available. The seat is quite comfortable in its upright position and you can choose between two seating positions; a ‘Lazy Z’ cradling seating option where your weight is centred and balanced; and the ‘Sundeck’ position that allows the base of the seat to extend so you can rest your legs on the ottoman. The seat can be converted in a full flat-bed. However, contrary to most Business Class seats on other carriers, the seat doesn’t recline into a horizontal position; instead, you need to get out of your seat after which the cabin crew folds down the seat and makes the bed on top of the seat’s backside. You also have to lie diagonally on the bed to position your feet in the small foot cubby at the end, since you cannot spread them free (only exception are the bulkhead seats, which come with much larger footrests, allowing a more comfortable sleep position).

What are the best Business Class seats on SQ’s A380 (with the old layout)? Click here for a seat map.

  • Window seats are the best option for solo travelers since they provide a little more privacy, while travel companions should go for the center seats.
  • Bulkhead seats (in rows 11, 17 and 91) as well as the seats in the last row (96) are superior to all non-bulkhead seats since they feature a full-width footrest instead of a narrow footrest, allowing a more comfortable sleeping position.

What are the worst Business Class seats on SQ’s A380 (with the old layout)? Click here for a seat map.

  • Although they come with larger footrests, the bulkhead seats in rows 11, 17 and 91 may be bothersome to some passengers due to their proximity to the galley. The noise of the galley may also disturb those in the seats in the last row of each cabin (rows 16, 27 and 96).
  • The window seats in row 11 (first row on the upper deck) are lacking a window, so I would avoid these seats if you like to look outside during the flight.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT (FLAT BED)

6. AMENITIES

SQ’s Business Class passengers traveling on one of the carrier’s longhaul routes receive the following onboard amenities:

  • Slippers, socks, and eye shades
  • Noise canceling headphones to block the noise from the engines and cabin (you cannot take them home with you as they can only be powered inside an aircraft)

Unfortunately, SQ doesn’t offer amenity kits in Business Class on any of its flights, which is a remarkable (and regretable) choice for one of the world’s best airlines. Toiletries – such as shaving kits, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand lotion and perfume – are available though in the lavatories.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: AMENITIES

7. MEALS

SQ enjoys a stellar culinary reputation, which is reflected in its collaboration with world-acclaimed chefs who own Michelin-starred restaurants, like Singaporean culinary maestro Sam Leong, Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles’ Lucques, and Matthew Moran of one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. The airline is famous for its ‘Book the Cook’ service where you can select your gourmet main course from a premium selection of dishes at least 24 hours before departure.

The menu on my flight from Singapore to London was created by Carlo Cracco of the Michelin two-star restaurant of the same name in Milan. Overall, food was plentiful and it tasted great.

Shortly after takeoff, breakfast was served, and I choose the following selection from the menu:

  • Starter: freshly squeezed orange juice with selection of sliced fresh fruit
  • Appetizer: bircher muesli rolled oat soaked in milk and natural yoghurt with berry compote
  • Main course: griddled buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries, orange mascarpone cream and honey

Lunch was served midflight, above Afghanistan. I had the following dishes:

  • Canape: Singapore chicken and beef satay, with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce
  • Appetizer: marinated scallops with pear, vegetable slaw, and yuzu pinenut dressing
  • Main course: braised beef brisket with artichoke, chestnut, and roasted pumpkin
  • Dessert: light lavender pudding with berries and fruits coulis

After lunch, the crew passed by with a fruit bowl, a trolley with cheeses, and a chocolate box, from which you could choose a selection.

You could also order delectables throughout the flight, such as chicken noodles with Chinese greens and a sandwich with roasted pumpkin, feta cheese, and sundried tomatos.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: WELCOME DRINK & HOT TOWEL
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: WELCOME DRINK & HOT TOWEL
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – BREAKFAST
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS - LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS – LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT SNACK

8. ENTERTAINMENT

As mentioned above, the seat comes with a rather small 15,4 inch LCD monitor. You can navigate through the entertainment selection (called KrisWorld) with a wired controller, which is located in the arm rest. KrisWorld features an impressive selection of 1,000 entertainment options, with tons and tons of movies, television programmes, music, games and apps.

SQ also offers a Companion App that allows you to discover what is playing on KrisWorld even before you step onboard. Via the app, you can browse content pre-flight and place movies and TV shows in a folder that you can access on board by linking your smart phone to your tv screen. You simply need to download the free SQ mobile app from Google Play or App Store to enjoy this features.

Contrary to most other airlines, and to my own great disappointment, SQ hasn’t installed tail, nose and/or belly cameras on its A380 aircraft.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

9. ONBOARD INTERNET

WiFi is available on SQ’s A380 and of reasonable speed. To access the onboard internet, you need to enable WiFi on your smart phone, tablet or laptop, and connect to the ‘KrisWorld’ or ‘OnAir’ network. SQ offers 100 MB and 30 MB of complimentary data to First and Business Class passengers respectively. Once your data have been used, you have to pay, and unfortunately, the rates are on the high side and data limited:

  • Basic (30 minutes; maximum of 30 MB data): $4.99 USD
  • Standard (3 hours; maximum of 150 MB data): $12,99 USD
  • Pro (entire flight; maximum of 500 MB data): $19.99 USD
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT WIFI
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: INFLIGHT WIFI

10. OTHER INFLIGHT EXPERIENCES

#CREW: Dressed in her signature sarong kebaya, the female SQ flight attendant is the symbol of Asian hospitality recognised the world over. But besides being an iconic eyecatcher, SQ cabin crew – both male and female – are often regarded as the best in the industry, and with good reason. They address every customer by name and do all they can to make your flight as enjoyable as possible.

# BAR: Contrary to some other airlines that operate the A380, SQ does not feature a fancy bar on its flagship plane, but you can order snacks from the menu at any time during the flight, and there’s also a walk-up bar in one of the galleys.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: WALK-UP BAR
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: WALK-UP BAR

# TOILET: There are 6 lavatories on SQ’s A380 upper deck: one in the cabin’s front section, three in the middle section, and two in the aircraft’s rear section.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380: BUSINESS CLASS LAVATORY

11. MY VERDICT
  • KrisSilver lounge (Changi): 8/10
  • Cabin design: 7/10
  • Seat comfort (upright): 9/10
  • Seat comfort (bed position): 8/10
  • Food (quality):  8/10
  • Food (quantity): 8/10
  • Inflight entertainment : 9/10
  • WiFi: 8/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Overall experience: very good: 8,2/10

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Top 10 most exciting features of the Airbus A380

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (January 14, 2019): Top 10 things I like the most about the A380.

My favorite aircraft to fly as a passenger is the double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial airplane. I am even willing to go the extra mile to fly on it instead of any other aircraft. Since the A380 completed its first (test) flight almost 15 years ago, over 120 million passengers have experienced the aircraft, and they keep coming back. Again and again. Some will even seek destinations just to fly it. And why wouldn’t they? A wonder of modern engineering, every flight on a A380 is an experience that can never be forgotten, as I experienced myself on multiple occasions:

  • Review: Qantas A380 First Class from Dubai to London
  • Review: Emirates A380 First Class from Dubai to Amsterdam
  • Review: Emirates A380 Business Class from Dubai to Sydney
  • Review: Singapore Airlines A380 First Class from London to Singapore
  • Review: Etihad Airways A380 First Apartment from London to Abu Dhabi
  • Review: British Airways A380 First Class from Johannesburg to London
  • Review: British Airways A380 Business Class from London to Vancouver
  • Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class from Frankfurt to Bangkok

Airbus has even launched a dedicated “I Fly A380” fan website, which also doubles as a booking site that puts the aircraft type as the criteria for flight selection, hereby easing access to the A380 aircraft for everybody. But despite its tremendous popularity among passengers, the A380 is too big, expensive, and inefficient for most operators. Although it will stay in production well into the next decade, its future remains uncertain. That said, the A380 remains an iconic aircraft that is unrivaled in terms of passenger experience, and I hereby share with you the 10 things which I like the most about the A380.

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10. CLEAN AIR & HIGHER CABIN PRESSURE

Air quality on board the A380 is better than on most other aircraft. The highly advanced air filters recycle cabin air every two minutes, continually renewing and humidifying it to give you the cleanest most refreshing breaths you can have at a cruising altitude of 40,000 ft (12 km). The air is also pressurized to the equivalent of being at a lower altitude than most aircraft. Typical passenger planes keep the cabin pressure at 8,000 ft (2400 m) above sea level, an altitude that lowers the amount of oxygen in the blood by about 4 percentage points. But the A380 (like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the A350) can keep the cabin pressure around 6,000 ft (1800 m). For passengers in good health, that means less fatigue and headaches, so you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fresher than usual. For those with certain cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, it reduces the risk for a potential medical emergency.

CLEAN AIR & LOWER CABIN PRESSURE


9. FEELING OF SPACIOUSNESS

The double-decker A380 achieves a level of spaciousness that is simply unparalleled, mainly because it is the widest of all passenger aircrafts. Higher ceilings on the lower deck and an Economy Class configurations that (sometimes) use fewer seats per row also contribute to a more airy feeling, with 15% more space for hand luggage storage per passenger compared to other aircraft. In addition, the A380s two wide staircases – on in the front and one in the back – are completely unique and transform the cabin with their space and elegance. Finally, the feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced by LED lighting in the cabin that changes according to the time of day, so it can mimic a morning sunrise or a sunny afternoon, and then offer a gentler light as evening falls. These special lighting effects are designed to gradually alter your natural wake/sleep cycles according to your destination and help to reduce jet lag.

FEELING OF SPACIOUSNESS


8. LESS TURBULENCE

Because the A380 is so large and heavy, you’ll get a very smooth ride without feeling much turbulence. This may sound as a paradox since – compared to smaller planes – the A380 will more frequently encounter turbulent air because of its sheer size, increased surface area, and larger wings. However, in most cases, that will not result in the passengers feeling more turbulence, since the aircraft’s weight dampens the effect of turbulence and its large wing surface is better equipped to withstand the effect of disrupted air flow. So, a column of rough air has to deliver much more energy to shake up a big airplane like the A380. That said, the A380 is not the smoothest plane in the air; that honor goes to the B787, which has a “gust suppression system” that is supposed to reduce certain types of turbulence greatly; in addition, the B787 is built with composites, which disperse shocks more before they get to your seat (compared to aluminium airframes).

LESS TURBULENCE


7. QUIET CABIN

The A380 has one of the quietest cabins ever built. It’s so quiet that even on takeoff, you almost don’t hear the aircraft accelerating, especially when you are seated on the upper deck far above the four powerful engines. The typical ambient noise level in a A380 cabin at cruising altitude is around 60 decibel, about equal to the volume of a normal conversation. The relative quietness of the A380 has been much talked about since the aircraft took to the skies more than 10 year ago, but not everyone is a fan: the A380 is so quiet that it’s stopping pilots from sleeping during rest breaks on long-haul flights. The constant buzz of engine noise usually drowns out the sounds of passengers in the crew’s rest area, but not in the A380, where some pilots says they are being kept awake by crying babies, flushing toilets and call bells.

QUIET CABIN


6. TAIL CAMERA

Cameras are being installed on more and more jets these days, either sitting on the cockpit glareshield, mounted atop the vertical stabilizer or tucked into the aircraft belly. They provide live images of the plane to the passengers via the entertainment system and help pilots to navigate airports. The tail camera is one of the A380’s most loved features, and some passengers (count me in) prefer watching the camera display over the inflight entertainment for hours on end. Located in a housing atop the vertical stabilizer, it provides a wide-angle view of the massive aircraft from above. While the A380 wasn’t the first aircraft with a tail camera (that honor goes to the A340), it has one of the highest quality tail cameras (surpassed only by the A350). Unfortunately, not all A380 operators have it installed; for example, British Airways and Singapore Airlines make the footage of the tail camera only available to the cockpit crew (not to the passengers).


5. MASSIVE FIRST CLASS BATHROOMS WITH SHOWERS

Due to the whale-like design of the A380, the upper deck’s front has a bit of extra space. Most A380 operators use this space for extra-large lavatories, available to their First Class passengers only, featuring benches, large mirrors, sinks, sit-down vanity counters, urinals, and luxurious toilets. Etihad Airways and Emirates went even further with the introduction of onboard showers in their lavatories. Emirates has two shower available to its 14 First Class passengers, while Etihad has only one shower for its 9 First Class passengers (their second shower is inside the Residence; more on that below). Both airlines allow passengers to shower with a maximum of 5 minutes of hot water. If First Class is full, you’ll want to make sure to reserve your spot early to make sure you get the shower time you want. Besides the shower, you also get the amenities you would expect from a First Class shower experience: a hair dryer, luxury bath and body products, and fluffy towels.

MASSIVE FIRST CLASS BATHROOMS WITH SHOWERS


4. DOUBLE BEDS

When Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A380 aircraft in 2007, it introduced a new, fancy feature which had never been seen before in First Class: two adjoining middle seats that could be converted into a double bed, perfect for couples traveling together. When the carrier introduced a new revamped premium A380 product last year, it expanded its double bed feature. In First Class, couples traveling together can still sleep together since the beds in the first two suites of each aisle can form a double bed by lowering a partition. And in Business Class, passengers can now also enjoy this privilege, since the middle seats 11D/F, 91D/F and 96D/F – located directly behind each of the cabin’s three bulkhead rows – can also be converted into a double bed. Etihad is the only other A380 operator that offers double beds: if you are traveling in one of the interconnecting First Class Apartments, you can lower a divider and enjoy the comfort of a (semi-)double bed.

DOUBLE BEDS


3. FANCY ONBOARD BARS

Remember the sixties and seventies when airlines lured passengers with glamorous offerings like in-flight dining rooms and onboard pianos? Neither do I. But the A380 brought back some of that glamour with the introduction of swanky onboard bars (although Virgin Atlantic was the first to install bars on all its planes, long before the A380 was launched). Onboard bars are only accessible to the lucky few that are traveling in the A380’s premium cabins and are good places for networking with other passengers, catching up on emails, or simply kicking back. Unfortunately, passengers in cattle class on the lower deck are not allowed into these onboard lounges. You only find a bar on the A380s of Emirates, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. The latter features my favorite onboard lounge – an open-flowing space with an Arabian design, curved counter, leather sofas on both side, and fresh roses.


2. FIRST CLASS APARTMENTS (INSTEAD OF REGULAR SUITES)

In 2014, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways outclassed all of its competitors by pushing luxury to a sky-high new level beyond First Class with the introduction of its ‘First Apartments’ concept on board its (small fleet of) A380 superjumbos. More than just a seat, the First Apartment has a large leather armchair and separate bed of 208 cm (6 feet and 10 inches). There is even space to walk around after closing the privacy doors. For a long time, it was the only airline to have just a single aisle on the A380 with a 1-1 seat layout. However, in 2016, Etihad’s concept was copied by Singapore Airlines, when the Asian carrier introduced a somewhat similar First Class product, which features an even more exclusive ambience (6 larger suites on Singapore Airlines compared to 9 smaller suites on Etihad) and a better suite layout (since all of Singapore Airlines’ suites face forward which is not the case with Etihad Airways, where 5 of the 9 seats are rear-facing).


1. THE RESIDENCE BY ETIHAD AIRWAYS

With a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower room, The Residence by Etihad Airways is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline, designed for two people traveling together. The living room has a luxurious leather double-seat sofa and two dining tables. Here, you can enjoy an intimate meal for two, or watch your 32-inch flat screen TV with Sennheiser noise-cancelling headsets, as you dine. A small hallway leads to a bedroom with a double bed covered in designer Italian bed linen. Here, you can get comfortable and watch a movie on a 27-inch flat screen TV or enjoy breakfast in a double bed above the clouds. Before landing, you can freshen up in your private ensuite shower room. A vanity unit with magnifying make-up mirror and hairdryer lets you complete your preparation for arrival. On board, an Etihad Butler (trained by the Savoy Hotel in London) ensures a tailored experience in The Residence from take-off to touchdown.


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The most anticipated hotel openings of 2019

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news.

Today (January 11, 2019): The most anticipated hotel openings of 2019.

Last month, I published my list of the best new luxury hotels of 2018. Today, I share with you the 90 hottest luxury hotels that are expected to open their doors in 2019. Some of these hotel openings are managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brands. Please keep in mind that hotel openings do get delayed from time to time, so to avoid disappointment, try not to book a room before the hotel effectively opened.

  • Best new hotels in Europe
  • Best new hotels in the Middle East
  • Best new hotels in Africa
  • Best new hotels in Asia
  • Best new hotels in the Americas
  • Best new hotels in Oceania

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1. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MADRID, SPAIN

Welcoming, cosmopolitan and vibrant, Madrid is a city to fall in love with, and the new Four Seasons Hotel Madrid will position you right in the heart of everything that makes it so dynamic. A historical landmark redefining elegance, sophistication and urban luxury, the Four Seasons property will be home to 200 accommodations, including 39 suites, four restaurants and bars including an expansive roof terrace, a cutting-edge spa, stylish function spaces and luxury retail. Reviving the glamour of Madrid’s golden age, Four Seasons will create a new experience of luxury for a new era in the Spanish capital.

  • Official hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening date: late 2019

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MADRID, SPAIN


2. NOBU HOTEL BARCELONA, SPAIN

Capturing the essence of Barcelona, this vibrant and lively boutique hotel will be set in a prime central location. Nobu Hotel Barcelona will embody the best of the Nobu brand’s effortless style and laid-back luxury. The Japanese art form of Kintsugi will be the main inspiration behind the design of the hotel. Reminiscent of Gaudi’s work throughout Barcelona, the interiors will see traditional Japanese broken pottery applied to the walls and ceilings. The hotel will offer 250 sleek rooms and suites, an elegant spa, thoughtfully tailored meeting and event spaces, and a world-class Nobu restaurant that will offer panoramic views of its iconic locale from the majestic heights of the 23rd floor.

  • Official hotel website: Nobu Hotel Barcelona
  • Opening date: summer 2019

NOBU HOTEL BARCELONA, SPAIN


3. FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PALACE HOTEL ATHENS, GREECE

On the sophisticated Athens Riviera, at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens will offer the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape, just 30 minutes from the historical city centre. Here, you’ll be able to discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to Four Seasons to unwind and relax. The 303 guest rooms, suites and bungalows will gaze across the brilliant blue Aegean. Three pools and two private beaches will invite you to bask in the sun, while the spa will beckon with treatments inspired by the ancient teachings of Hippocrates. Eight restaurants, lounges and bars will create a dynamic destination for entertaining.

  • Official hotel website: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
  • Opening date: spring 2019

FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PALACE HOTEL ATHENS, GREECE


4. ONE&ONLY KEA ISLAND, GREECE

Situated in a 65-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades, this ultimate ultra-luxury lifestyle experience will include 75 resort villas, as well as One&Only Private Homes available for purchase. Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is accessible by ferry or speed boat from Lavrio Harbour. A post-modern Greek island, the One&Only resort on Kea will be inspired by the azure ocean waters, providing contemporary Greek elegance, celebrating the incredible natural elements of Greece and the Cyclades. The stylish resort will also be home to 3 restaurants, two bars and an indulgent destination spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, with overall wellness at its core.

  • Official hotel website: One&Only Kea Island
  • Opening date: late 2019

ONE&ONLY KEA ISLAND, GREECE


5. CASA COOK CHANIA, CRETE, GREECE

Cocooned by a hillside on a pristine stretch of the Cretan coast, the ancient city of Chania is awash with stories and secrets. It is here, in Crete’s most evocative city, that Casa Cook Chania wil arise, a bespoke family-friendly hotel, designed with the postmodern family in mind. Set against an enchanting backdrop of deep Mediterranean blues, sandy stretches of beach and an ancient Venetian port, the modernist resort will be the perfect hideaway to rest and reinvigorate. Throughout the boutique property, a series of soulful spaces and sanctuaries will merge minimalist mid-century modernism with sustainable design in one seamless union. The 106 handcrafted rooms will feel earthy and organic, like a home away from home, opening up onto a private terrace.

  • Official website: Casa Cook Chania
  • Opening date: May 2019

CASA COOK CHANIA, CRETE, GREECE


6. CALILO, IOS ISLAND, GREECE

The island of Ios is located in the middle of one of the most successful tourist areas on earth, right in-between two world class destinations, Mykonos and Santorini. Set in 1,100 acres of atmospheric scrubland, criss-crossed with winding trails, and groves where 485 olive trees (some 700 years old) facing destruction on the mainland have been replanted, Calilo will open on the private 300 m (1000 ft) long Papas Beach. There will be 30 suites, a spa and wellness center, water sports and three restaurants with vegetables sourced from the resort’s organic garden. And if it’s all too peaceful and guests want to check in on the social scene in town, transfers will be available by boat.

  • Official website: Calilo
  • Opening date: June 2019

CALILO, IOS ISLAND, GREECE


7. IKOS ARIA, KOS ISLAND, GREECE

Basking in the enticing Dodecanese sunshine on the southwest coast of Kos island, Ikos Aria will offer a compelling mix of contemporary style and traditional hospitality. An elegant collection of more than 370 perfectly appointed suites and rooms will offer a choice of private balconies, gardens and individual pools. You’ll discover beautifully spacious bathrooms together with all the comforts you need to ensure a luxurious and truly relaxing stay. Eight delightful restaurants with Michelin-starred menus will offer a remarkable culinary experience to tempt guests with a world of flavour stretching from the Mediterranean to the Orient.

  • Official website: Ikos Aria
  • Opening date: May 2019

IKOS ARIA, KOS ISLAND, GREECE


8. BRITANNIA HOTEL, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY

Since 1870, the Britannia has served as the hub of Trondheim, a place where everyone from politicians to royalty, international stars, and arctic explorers, have gathered to meet, share stories, and enjoy elegant hospitality. Following a three-year, nearly $150 USD million top-to-toe renovation, the fjord-side city’s grande dame will relaunch in 2019. Handpicked furnishings and textiles, fine linens, and marble bathrooms will adorn the bright guestrooms, which include a number of elevated suites. Six on-site restaurants and bars will range from the majestic Palm Court for an unforgettable breakfast spread, to a wine bar that draws from a several thousand bottle-strong cellar, and modern fine dining from Bocuse d’Or-awarded chef, Christopher Davidsen.

  • Official hotel website: Britannia
  • Opening date: April 2019

BRITANNIA HOTEL, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY


9. SAVOY PALACE, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL

The site of the former Savoy Hotel, just a short, scenic walk from the heart of Funchal’s charming Old Town, will become the home of the new Savoy Palace, a modern take on island hospitality. Designed by the award-winning team of RH+ and interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, the bold, curved structure will be home to chic guestrooms, all crafted with high-end materials and featuring balconies from which to soak up ocean views. Sweeping panoramas will be enjoyed from the rooftop lounge, terraced gardens, and multiple pools. An array of stylish restaurants and bars, a world-class spa with hydrotherapy facilities, game rooms, a tea house, and more will make this both Madeira’s premier luxury lifestyle hub and an idyllic getaway.

  • Official hotel website: Savoy Palace
  • Opening date: spring 2019

SAVOY PALACE, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL


10. BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, LONDON, UK

Get ready to be spellbound by Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Standing strong since 1887, this grand building has long been central to Kensington and Chelsea’s social scene. Now undergoing careful renovation, it will  emerge in 2019 as a sumptuous sanctuary that honours its rich heritage under the Belmond umbrella. Working in tandem with Belmond and Blair Associates Architects, Cadogan Estates is funding the redevelopment, which includes the complete refurbishment of all public areas and the reconfiguration of 64 keys to 54 in order to accommodate demand from luxury travellers for larger junior suites and suites. The interior design project is being carried out by the London office of GA Design International, experts in international luxury hospitality design. Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, The Cadogan has played an integral role in the social history of the Kensington and Chelsea area.

  • Hotel website: Belmond Cadogan Hotel
  • Opening: February 2019

BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, LONDON, UK


11. ANDAZ MUNICH SCHWABINGER TOR, GERMANY

The first Andaz-branded hotel in Germany, Andaz Munich will make its mark in the Bavarian capital, increasing the brand’s presence in Europe to three hotels. Situated between Leopoldstrasse and Berlinerstrasse, Andaz Munich will be part of a mixed use site, which will include newly constructed upscale residential apartments, retail shops, offices, theaters, and restaurants. Guests at Andaz Munich will experience the personal style, comfort and sophistication for which the brand is known in the hotel’s 234 guestrooms, 36 junior suites, three executive suites, and a presidential suite. The hotel will also feature an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge and rooftop bar, as well as an extensive fitness center with spa and pool facilities.

  • Hotel website: Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor
  • Opening: March 2019

ANDAZ MUNICH SCHWABINGER TOR, GERMANY


12. ANDAZ VIENNA AM BELVEDERE, AUSTRIA

Following Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the leading developers and art collectors of his time, and the man behind Belvedere Palace, the Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere will showcase contemporary local art and design that will immerse guests in the history of Prince Eugene as well as the City of Vienna. The luxury lifestyle hotel, designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano, will offers 303 rooms and suites connected by interlocking bridges and sharing a spacious lobby on the ground floor. The breathtaking sky bar “Aurora”, located on the 16th floor at a height of 60 m (200 ft), will delight guests with its beautiful view overlooking Vienna. The restaurant Eugen 21, bar, lobby lounge as well as the eatery will be open to both hotel guests and non-residents.

  • Hotel website: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere 
  • Opening: April 2019

ANDAZ VIENNA AM BELVEDERE, AUSTRIA


13. ARCTIC BATH, LAPLAND, SWEDEN

Arctic Bath will be a year round hotel, summertime free-floating and wintertime frozen on Luleriver. Activities will include cold baths, saunas, wellness-spa treatments, reception, shop, lounge, a restaurant focusing on local ingredients, and wellness with an own arctic touch.  The circular shape of Arctic Bath will create a protected environment. The center of the bath will be great for both sunbathing, arctic baths and for those who wish to experience the northern lights or starry skies in a harmonic setting. To complete your experience you will be able to stay in one of the 6 spectacular floating hotel rooms.

  • Hotel website: Arctic Bath
  • Opening: not specified

ARCTIC BATH, LAPLAND, SWEDEN


14. THE REYKJAVIK EDITION HOTEL, ICELAND

The 250-room Reykjavik EDITION hotel will be located on the harbor waterfront in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, immediately adjacent to Harpa, the city’s award winning concert and conference hall. Edition combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott International. Marriott International will manage the hotel under a long-term agreement.

  • Official website: not available yet
  • Opening date: not specified

THE REYKJAVIK EDITION HOTEL, ICELAND


15. INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE, MALTA

The Iniala Harbour House promises to shine in the waterfront St. Barbara Bastion of Valleta, Malta’s UNESCO-listed treasure trove. Historical details will be beautifully preserved in the building’s four sleek and stylish palazzos and vaults, bursting with patterns, colors, and oodles of charm. Each palazzo will have a unique identity. While preserving the island’s rich past is the main focus, the space will be infused with contemporary elements.  The propert will feature 24 luxurious rooms and suites. A rooftop restaurant and a spa in the vaults will entice the future guests to chill after a day’s worth exploration of the beautiful capital of Malta.

  • Official website: Iniala Harbour House
  • Opening date: not specified

INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE, MALTA


16. GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ, CROATIA

On the northern Adriatic, close to the border with Slovenia, the Istrian peninsula is a star attraction; the town of Rovinj lures visitors with Croatia’s first Michelin-starred restaurant (Monte). It’s here where the Maistra Hospitality Group – which currently operates a portfolio of nine hotels and eight resorts in Istria – will be opening its new flagship hotel in spring 2019. Located across the bay from the Old Town, the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj will be privy to beautiful views of St Euphemia church and Catarina island. With 193 guestrooms and 16 suites, the five-star hotel will be on the larger scale, however a cascading construction – designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape – will camouflage the six-floor building in greenery.

  • Official website: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
  • Opening date: April 2019

GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ, CROATIA


17. J.K. PLACE PARIS, FRANCE

J.K. Place Paris is being converted from the former European Consulate at 82 Rue de Lille. On the back of the Seine opposite Boulevard Saint Germain, the location and building took the J.K. team over 5 years to find. The group’s first venture outside of Italy will feature a French twist on their signature Italian style, with a design by Michele Bonan. The property will feature an indoor pool, Sisley Spa and a J.K. food & beverage experience in partnership with Casa Tua. Some of the furniture was found in flea markets across Paris and carefully restored to form talking points in the guest rooms and public spaces.

  • Official website: J.K. Place Paris
  • Opening date: spring 2019

J.K. PLACE PARIS, FRANCE


18. NOBU HOTEL RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

State-of-the-art technology, expert craftsmanship, and thoughtful design will characterize Robert De Niro and Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s new Nobu Hotel Riyadh, the first 5-star luxury boutique hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located in the heart of downtown Riyadh, the modern 24-story skyscraper clad in glass panels created by the prestigious Rockwell Group, will be custom furnished with subtle Japanese and Saudi influences creating functionally luxurious and thoughtfully equipped spaces throughout the 134-room hotel.

  • Official website: Nobu Hotel Riyadh
  • Opening date: early 2019

NOBU HOTEL RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA


19. THE ST REGIS AMMAN, JORDAN

With design concepts by New York-based Perkins Eastman Architects, the St. Regis Amman and The Residences at St. Regis Amman will become a landmark in Jordan’s capital. Located in the affluent Abdoun district, The St. Regis Amman will feature 270 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 91 suites, four restaurants, a café, destination bar, pool and pool bar, fitness center, signature spa, and St. Regis’ iconic Butler service. The Residences at St. Regis Amman will include approximately 80 branded luxurious residences featuring two-, three-, four- and five-bedrooms as well as a dedicated lobby, pool, fitness center and lounge. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers will provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive round the clock service while anticipating guests needs and customizing each guest’s stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.

  • Official website: The St. Regis Amman
  • Opening date: June 201

THE ST REGIS AMMAN, JORDAN


20. SIX SENSES SHAHARUT, ISRAEL

Six Senses Shaharut will open in summer 2019, south of Israel’s Negev Desert and featuring just 58 suites and villas with one Retreat Villa. Designed to integrate into the desert topography and preserve the natural terrain, the villas are built from, and inspired by, local rock and pigments, and the landscaping will feature cacti and indigenous desert blooms. Six Senses Spa Shaharut will include single and double treatment rooms plus male and female steam, sauna and hammams. On-site attractions will include the fascinating Earth Lab, camel stables and an open-air amphitheater. The extraordinary desert setting will present a host of activities from overnight camel camping to extreme sports, hiking, jeep safaris and wine tours.

  • Hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening: late summer 2019

SIX SENSES SHAHARUT, ISRAEL


21. JUMEIRAH MUSCAT BAY, OMAN

Jumeirah Muscat Bay will consist of two hotel components, one consisting of 206 rooms and the other of 106 rooms, both located in the picturesque cove of Bandar Jissah, near Qantab, nestled between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. The resort will lie 15 minutes south of the city centre and 40 minutes from Seeb International Airport. The overall development will include a 1,200 m2 Talise spa, a dive centre, a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids club. The resort will also include conference and banquet facilities to cater for Oman’s growing attraction as a destination for conferences, meetings and large scale events. The resort will form part of a larger development that includes high-end residential townhouses and villas, taking advantage of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt coastline in the Middle East.

  • Hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening: not speciefied

JUMEIRAH MUSCAT BAY, OMAN


22. JUMEIRAH AL WATHBA DESERT RESORT & SPA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

A truly distinctive journey will await you here as you relive fleeting moments of a place untouched by time, attuned with the Emirati culture and with breathtaking backdrop of panoramic desert views, brought together by the understated luxury and hospitality of Jumeirah. Inspired by the natural Falaj of an oasis, water features will be interspersed throughout, leading to a spectacular pool and the true life of the resort. The five dining destinations and desert camp will infuse a perfect blend of culinary delights, including Italian, Arabic and International favourites with their very own twist. Paired with the signature Hammam treatments, a crystal salt and Cryo room within the Talise Spa will offer you an experience for the senses.

  • Hotel website: Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa
  • Opening: February 2019

JUMEIRAH AL WATHBA DESERT RESORT & SPA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


23. W DUBAI – THE PALM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The W Dubai-The Palm will be located in Dubai’s most prestigious residential, leisure and tourism hub, offering spectacular views of Dubai Marina and the waters of the Arabian Gulf. W Dubai-The Palm will feature 283 guest rooms, including 102 suites, five WOW suites and two Extreme WOW suites (W’s interpretation of a Presidential Suite). The hotel will also offer W exclusives including the brand’s signature W Lounge experience (W’s transformation of the traditional lobby), a glamorous WET pool, SWEAT (W’s state-of-the-art fitness centre) and an AWAY Spa. The hotel will feature eight contemporary dining and lounge concepts, more than 2,500 square meters of meeting and event space, and a business center. These offerings will be complemented by the W brand’s signature service promise, Whatever/Whenever, providing guests whatever they want, whenever they want it.

  • Hotel website: W Dubai-The Palm
  • Opening: January 2019

W DUBAI – THE PALM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


24. MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Overlooking both the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will be a stunning beachfront resort with an enviable Jumeirah Beach setting. Located in one of Dubai’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, the resort’s spacious rooms, suites will enjoy a luxurious, contemporary feel with stunning city or ocean views. With six restaurants and lounges, a destination spa and kids’ club, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is the UAE’s most exciting new resort opening for 2019.

  • Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai 
  • Opening: not specified

MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


25. CONRAD KUWAIT, KUWAIT

This 158-guestroom luxury property will form part of the extension of the Mall’s popular ‘Prestige’ district, which opened in 2012. The district forms Kuwait’s largest luxury shopping destination, home to 47 luxury retail units under a 23 metre dome. The hotel will feature a ballroom, multiple dining options, and an outdoor pool and spa. The hotel’s design concept will complement the Prestige district’s use of copper and rare ‘Portoro’ stone, imported from the mountains of Italy.

  • Hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening: early 2019

CONRAD KUWAIT, KUWAIT


26. CONRAD DOHA, QATAR

Conrad Doha will occupy a prime location in a rapidly evolving business area of the city and will be easily connected to the main C-Ring Road, which leads to the downtown area and the new Hamad International Airport. Comprising 295 guestrooms and 30 suites the hotel will also offer almost 1,000 square metres of events space including a Grand Ballroom for corporate events and social occasions. Guests will be able to enjoy luxurious spa and fitness facilities, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Dining options will include seven restaurants and bars, offering diners upscale culinary experiences.

  • Official website: not available yet
  • Opening date: early 2019

CONRAD DOHA, QATAR


27. MANDARIN ORIENTAL DOHA, QATAR

Blending chic, contemporary design with touches of Qatari heritage, the Mandarin Oriental, Doha hotel will bring new levels of luxury to the Qatari capital. Guests can expect an inviting ambience with personalised service, where Middle Eastern charm meets Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality. As Qatar’s premier luxury hotel, the hotel will enjoy a central setting, ideally located within close proximity to the business district, top attractions and the airport. A celebration of traditional Qatari heritage and stylish contemporary design, the 128 guestrooms, 30 suites and 91 serviced apartments will be stylishly appointed with an air of understated elegance. With nine distinct restaurants and a beautifully appointed spa, it promises to be the perfect address for business or leisure.

  • Official website: Mandarin Oriental, Doha
  • Opening date: early 2019

MANDARIN ORIENTAL DOHA, QATAR


28. ANANTARA TOZEUR, TUNISIA

Anantara Tozeur Resort will present a brand new luxury retreat in the splendid southwest Tunisian city of Tozeur. A hub for Saharan adventures, the oasis city is renowned for its architecture and vast fields of palm trees, and rose to fame as a film location for the original Star Wars movie. The stunning new-build property will epitomise Anantara’s essence of authentic luxury – from its exquisite design to rich indigenous experiences. The 93 guest rooms, villas and pool villas are designed for romance and quality time with family and friends – complemented by inspirational facilities. Travellers will be able to savour the rich flavours of the destination, or broaden their culinary horizons with exotic Thai cuisine. Lush swimming pools will offer sublime relaxation. A luxury spa will assure prestigious pampering with six massage rooms, a hammam, steam, sauna and salon beauty.

  • Hotel website: Anantara Tozeur Resort
  • Opening: early 219

ANANTARA TOZEUR, TUNISIA


29. THE OBEROI MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

Located just 20 minutes south of the city centre and the international airport, the Oberoi Marrakech will be nestled within twenty-five acres of fragrant citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. Its architecture will pay homage to the palaces of ancient Morocco. The resort will offer 84 spacious, modern accommodations, adorned with handcrafted, Moroccan design features that will evoke the romance of ancient Marrakech. All villas and suites will have a private, heated pool and magnificent views of the orchards. The resort’s highlight will be the exquisite spa, a tranquil, light-filled space, situated on a private island on a lake within fragrant orchards. Afforded verdant views and elegant, handcrafted design elements, it will offer Ayurvedic and Moroccan-inspired therapies, Moroccan hammams, a yoga room with an al fresco pavilion and a temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool.

  • Hotel website: The Oberoi Marrakech
  • Opening: not specified

THE OBEROI MARRAKECH, MOROCCO


30. THE RITZ-CARLTON RABAT, DAR ES SALAM, MOROCCO

The beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture will be at the center of the experience at The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam. Landscaped gardens, 440 acres of oak forest and the renowned course at Royal Golf Dar es Salam will set the backdrop for a collection of luxury amenities. Five restaurants and lounges will offer distinct interpretations of local cuisine, and the spa will draw from ancient rituals to offer treatments including the signature hammam. The resort will benefit from 120 guest rooms, 15 one-bedroom and five, two-bedroom villas, expected to appeal to dignitaries and government delegations from around the world.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam
  • Opening: April 2019

THE RITZ-CARLTON RABAT, DAR ES SALAM, MOROCCO


31. THE ST REGIS CAIRO, EGYPT

The St. Regis Cairo will draw guests to the heart of Egypt’s modern metropolis on the north end of Corniche Road. With sweeping views of the Nile River and proximity to fine shops, restaurants and the pyramids, the hotel will reign as Cairo’s finest address. Michael Graves’ contemporary design will embrace traditional architectural flourishes and graceful geometric lines throughout the hotel’s restaurants and lounge, pools, spa and 23,000 square feet (2.155 square meters) of meeting and conference space. Guests will be able to relax in residential style in 292 lavishly furnished rooms, including 63 suites.

  • Hotel website: St Regis Cairo
  • Opening: April 2019

THE ST REGIS CAIRO, EGYPT


32. ONE&ONLY GORILLAS NEST, RWANDA

Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will provide breath-taking views of Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. Guests will be able to discover the magical habitat of critically endangered mountain gorillas, a rare adventure. Bespoke accommodation will honour the location and natural elements will be woven throughout the resort, to inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. Local African cuisine will surround a traditional Boma, providing the perfect location to share adventures from the day and enjoy fruit and vegetables from the resort’s garden. The resort will also offer an indulgent One&Only spa.

  • Official hotel website: One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
  • Opening date: mid 2019

ONE&ONLY GORILLAS NEST, RWANDA


33. MAGASHI CAMP, RWANDA

Magashi Camp will be situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as rare sitatunga and inscrutable shoebill. Six spacious and airy tented guest rooms will offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga while Magashi’s main area will comprise a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar and pool, as well as an expansive viewing deck with convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors will pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.

  • Official hotel website: Magashi Camp
  • Opening date: mid 2019

MAGASHI CAMP, RWANDA


34. SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE & KATAZA HOUSE, RWANDA

Singita Kwitonda Lodge & Kataza House will be located on a breathtaking, isolated but contained 178-acre piece of land right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. The presence of the lodge on the park border will help to improve the function of the buffer area between agricultural plots and the habitat of the estimated 320 mountain gorillas that find sanctuary here. Set within a landscape of wetlands and lush meadows, there will be eight suites and a four-bedroom villa linked by volcanic rock pathways to a central lodge. Singita Kwitonda will be built to embody the spirit of Rwanda and offer a tribute to the lodge’s namesake – Kwitonda – a great silverback gorilla whose legend lives on in Rwanda and was known for his humility and gentleness.

  • Official hotel website: Singita Kwitonda Lodge & Kataza House
  • Opening date: August 2019

SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE & KATAZA HOUSE, RWANDA


35. SONOP, NAMIBIA

Nestled on the Southern edge of the Namibian desert in the Karas region within an extraordinary Nature Reserve, Sonop will be created in the form of a luxurious tented camp constructed on top of boulders. Ten lavish tents will invite guests to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers from the early 20thcentury. Just like those travellers who traded their beloved homes for the bare Namibian desert dunes, the guests of Sonop will get a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of their accommodation.

  • Official hotel website: Sonop
  • Opening date: summer 2019

SONOP, NAMIBIA


36. LEKKERWATER BEACH LODGE AT DE HOOP, SOUTH AFRICA

A mere three (and a bit) hour drive from Cape Town, in the eastern, most exclusive sector of De Hoop Nature Reserve, will be Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop. Undoubtedly one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa, the area is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet when Lekkerwater itself (literally meaning ‘the place of good water’) offers a homely and comfortable beach experience in a magical setting. Each of the seven rooms are located right on a long private beach, complete with stunning rock pools and fish life. Activities-wise, there are walks with experienced naturalists, an array of fynbos to be discovered, a plethora of marine life to be explored, and a rare vulture breeding colony to be spotted.

  • Official hotel website: Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop
  • Opening date: April 2019

LEKKERWATER BEACH LODGE AT DE HOOP, SOUTH AFRICA


37. THE HOUGHTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

The Houghton is a brand new hotel ideally situated in Johannesburg’s upscale Houghton Estate neighborhood. Sitting at the apex of a prestigious Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, and well-placed near all major shopping and business hubs, the hotel will be designed as a home away from home to deliver the utmost comfort and service during your stay. The property will overlook 168 acres of private secure parkland, which includes jogging paths, a fitness and health club, a spa and indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel will also provide access to extensive business meeting facilities, a restaurant and dining rooms, a cocktail lounge, delicatessen, and café culture.

  • Official hotel website: The Houghton
  • Opening date: early 2019

THE HOUGHTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA


38. PARK HYATT NISEKO, HANAZONO, JAPAN

Scheduled to open in December 2019, Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono will set a new benchmark for luxury hotels in Niseko, Japan. Showcasing international architecture and interior design, exceptional accommodations, exquisite culinary offerings, sophisticated works of art, and the legendary service of the Park Hyatt brand, Park Hyatt Niseko will offer a refined and sophisticated experience in one of Asia’s most renowned ski, golf and summer lifestyle destinations. Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono will feature meeting spaces, spa and wellness facilities, swimming pool, and priority access to the Hanazono golf course.

  • Official website: Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono
  • Opening date: December 2019

PARK HYATT NISEKO, HANAZONO, JAPAN


39. SHINTA MANI WILD, CAMBODIA

Shinta Mani Wild will be a radical new concept for a luxury camp experience in Cambodia, combining world class design, hospitality and conservation. World renowned resort designer and owner of Shinta Mani Wild, Bill Bensley, identified an unprotected wildlife corridor connecting the Bokor National Park with Kirirom National Park, and set out to protect this 350 hectares river valley from poaching, mining and logging. Fifteen custom designed tents will be perched over swift moving waters and waterfalls, providing a view and experience unlike any other resort in Asia. Each tent will be meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of what it would have been like to be on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’.

  • Official website:  Shinta Mani Wild
  • Opening date: not specified

SHINTA MANI WILD, CAMBODIA


40. SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA

Set on a private Cambodian island, Six Senses Krabey Island will comprise 40 pool villas on the naturally landscaped 30-acre isle. Guests will arrive at the mainland reception before the short water transfer to the island. Sihanouk International Airport will be less than a 10-minute drive from the mainland jetty. There will be two restaurants, with snacks, refreshments and light meals presented poolside plus a deli complete with ice cream parlor. Six Senses Spa Krabey Island will feature the Six Senses specialty menu as well as several ancient Cambodian healing traditions and multi-day rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses integrated wellness, detox, yoga and workshops.

  • Official website: Six Senses Krabey Island
  • Opening date: not specified

SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA


41. THE SINGAPORE EDITION HOTEL, SINGAPORE

Located in one of Singapore’s chicest neighborhoods, the EDITION will reinvigorate the hotel sector with its luxury-lifestyle brand that combines the personal, intimate, individualized and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott International. The EDITION Singapore’s design and services will take into account Singapore’s embrace of the future, technology and arts & culture, and will be a place where travelers and locals alike will want to congregate, to celebrate and contemplate life. The hotel will boast an enviable location in the famous Orchard district, right in the heart of the city, which offers an array of shopping and entertainment options, ranging from luxury malls to unique local finds.

  • Official website: The EDITION Singapore
  • Opening date: not specified

THE SINGAPORE EDITION HOTEL, SINGAPORE


42. THE CHEDI, MUMBAI, INDIA

This year, General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) will bring The Chedi brand to the hospitality market in India’s wealthiest city. The Chedi Mumbai will be situated in close proximity to the Powai region, an area where infrastructure developments, connectivity and social groundwork have laid the foundation for the growth of a diverse expatriate community. Visitors to India’s City of Dreams can look forward to The Chedi Mumbai’s 316 generously sized guestrooms, five outstanding restaurants that will cater to the discerning palates of the well-heeled traveller, extensive meeting facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and a holistic spa and wellness facility.

  • Hotel website: The Chedi Mumbai
  • Opening: mid 2019

THE CHEDI, MUMBAI, INDIA


43. SIX SENSES FORT BARWARA, INDIA

Historic Rajasthan is the setting for the 14th century fort that has been beautifully converted to become Six Senses Fort Barwara, a three-hour drive from Jaipur. Originally owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family, it will sit directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir. The sensitive conservation effort will feature 48 suites and will incorporate a palace and two temples within the walled site that reinterprets the gracious and regal ambience of a bygone era. Two restaurants will serve classic dishes and modern cuisine incorporating fresh local ingredients, together with a bar and lounge. A 30,000 square foot (2,800 square meter) Six Senses Spa and fitness center will be located in the original women’s palace and will feature an extensive Ayurveda program, meditation and Six Senses Integrated Wellness programs. There will be two swimming pools, banqueting areas, retail boutique and kid’s club.

  • Hotel website: Not available yet
  • Opening: mid 2019

SIX SENSES FORT BARWARA, INDIA


44. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BENGALURU AT EMBASSY ONE, INDIA

A perfect reflection of the city’s innovative and cosmopolitan spirit, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy ONE will make a big statement in the heart of “India’s Silicon Valley.” The property will feature 230 spacious guest rooms and suites with a contemporary, luxurious decor. Here, you’ll be able to host a meeting or gala event in the impressive event spaces, entertain business associates at one of our vibrant restaurants and lounges, or maintain your personal edge at our high-tech fitness centre and outdoor pool.

  • Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy ONE
  • Opening: early 2019

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BENGALURU AT EMBASSY ONE, INDIA


45. WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI, MALDIVES

Spanning three islands in South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort will have 138 beach and overwater villas, carefully positioned to guarantee exclusivity and privacy for the guests while providing them with unsurpassed views of the ocean. Each villa will be equipped with a private outdoor pool, jacuzzi and lounge deck area. The simple thatched roofed villas may appear simple on the outside, but on the inside they will be decked with luxurious interior furnishing and will come with branded amenities. Some overwater villas will also have spectacular glass flooring for breathtaking views of the lagoon below. There will be a palatial spa as well as numerous food and beverage offerings that cater to a diverse culinary palette.

  • Hotel website: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
  • Opening: not specified

WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI, MALDIVES


46. EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES

Located on one of the best atolls in the Maldives, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, a collection of 120 private beach villas and overwater bungalows, many with their own pools and Jacuzzis, will combine contemporary creature comforts with warm tropical flourishes. Just a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from the capital city, Malé, the resort will offer guests pristine white sand beaches leading to clear blue ocean water. The resort’s four restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean, to Asian and South American cuisine, as well as wellness offerings like the spa, diving center, and sports facility will invite guests to relax and recharge amid crystalline blue waters and unspoiled nature in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

  • Hotel website: Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
  • Opening: June 2019

EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES


47. LUX* NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES

A short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat, the intimate LUX* North Male Atoll resort will disrupt the Maldivian mould by replacing traditional thatched villas with over-sized, penthouse residences. A visual feast of nautical forms and tones, the resort will be elegantly styled in a scheme that blends superyacht panache with a vibrant South Beach pulse. Each of the 60 double storey residences will sit either on the beach or over water whose guests will benefit from an insane amount of living are. For the first time in the Maldives, each residence will be crowned with a fully-featured reef terrace – a magnificent private deck, elevated 5 meters (16 ft) above the giant house lagoon – from which guests will be able to marvel at a unique perspective on the planet’s flattest country.

  • Hotel website: LUX* North Malé Atoll
  • Opening: February 2019

LUX NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES


48. BAGLIONI RESORT, MALDIVES

Lose yourself in the vastness of the Indian Ocean, and find yourself again, luxuriating blissfully under a palm tree. This is just one of the unique experiences that will await you at the new Baglioni Resort Maldives. Dreamily resplendent on the island of Maagau in Dhaalu atoll, a 40-minute hop by seaplane from the capital, Malé, this remarkable resort will be awash with tropical natural beauty. Its comprehensive comforts will offer an unforgettable stay with a blend of sport, relaxation and prestigious gourmet dining to suit its exclusive international clientele. It will be the first 5 star ’Italian’ resort in the Maldives, with a low environmental impact, and with 99 villas of seven different types.

  • Hotel website: Baglione Resort, Maldives
  • Opening: april 2019

BAGLIONI RESORT, MALDIVES


49. RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO RESORT, MALDIVES

Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort will open after an extensive refurbishment of the previous Jumeirah hotel. The property will boast 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, 3 restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. These facilities will include an award winning luxury spa, over-the-water fitness centre, yoga programmes, water sports, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service, along with snorkelling and diving at its finest. The resort’s PADI-certified dive centre will offer adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world.

  • Hotel website: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort
  • Opening: early 2019

RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO RESORT, MALDIVES


50. ALILA KOGGOLA, SRI LANKA

Alila Koggala will be an ecological escape set amid stunning views and lush serenity, where environmentally sustainable practices, the finest lifestyle experiences and beyond- expectation service infused with locally influences make for an unforgettable stay. The resort will be located in southern Sri Lanka, on Koggala Lake in Habaraduwa, just five minutes from the famed Ahangama Beach and a 20-minute drive along the coast from the city of Galle and its World Heritage-listed Galle Fort. The 35 suites and villas at Alila Koggala will offer luxurious living in naturally beautiful surroundings with exquisite views of the lake – a heavenly setting for an exclusive lifestyle experience. Environmentally conscious architecture, interior design and landscaping will immerse guests in the absolute height of contemporary comfort and thoughtful luxury.

  • Hotel website: Not available yet
  • Opening: not specified

ALILA KOGGOLA, SRI LANKA


51. HARDING BOUTIQUE HOTEL, SRI LANKA

Situated in Ahangama on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, just a 30-minute drive from the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, this new hotel will feature an architecture that is inspired by the tropical modernism design pioneered by Geoffrey Bawa, the influential Sri Lankan architect. Surrounded by coconut groves, Harding Boutique Hotel will have sweeping open spaces amidst lush greenery. The six suites will be equipped with king beds, rain showers, sea-facing tubs and balconies overlooking the Indian Ocean. A hotel highlight will be the open-air roof terrace for taking in the views.

  • Hotel website: Harding Boutique Hotel
  • Opening: autumn 2019

HARDING BOUTIQUE HOTEL, SRI LANKA


52. SIX SENSES BHUTAN, BHUTAN

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has designed a project that is actually five individual satellite resorts in five separate locations, but all under the umbrella of one all-encompassing name: Six Senses Bhutan. It will be five unique experiences crafted into one enchanted journey through the Kingdom. With a total of just 82 guest suites and villas distributed between five intimate lodges, guests will visit the heritage and hospitality of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro in the colorful Kingdom known as the Happiest Place on Earth. Each of the five locations was identified with a specific and appropriate theme, so that as guests will move between them they will experience a journey through all their senses.

  • Hotel website: Not yet available
  • Opening: early 2019

SIX SENSES BHUTAN, BHUTAN


53. ONE&ONLY DESARU COAST, MALAYSIA

A 128-acre beachfront development, One&Only Desaru Coast will be located in a premium integrated destination located in the south-eastern region of Malaysia, in the state of Johor.  Inspired by the azure ocean waters and lush tropical landscape, the property will provide modern Malaysian elegance, showcasing the incredible natural elements of the region. Like all properties within the One&Only collection, the resort, designed by award-winning architectural firm, Kerry Hill Architects, will place an emphasis on privacy, providing the ultimate hideaway. There will be 42 suites, 2 luxury suites and an exclusive 4-bedroom villa. The resort will also be home to an indulgent spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies.

  • Hotel website: One&Only Desaru Coast
  • Opening: early 2019

ONE&ONLY DESARU COAST, MALAYSIA


54. JUMEIRAH BALI, INDONESIA

Jumeirah Bali, located on the southern tip of the exclusive Jimbaran District, will look out onto the pristine sands of the renowned Dreamland surfer’s beach and is adjacent to Bali’s exclusive New Kuta Golf Course. Consisting of 80 spacious hotel suites and 25 private villas, and set amidst lush, tropical gardens, Jumeirah Bali will feature architectural designs reflective of Bali’s rich cultural heritage and modelled after an ancient Javanese-Hindu water palace. The resort will offer a variety of fine international and local cuisines in three restaurants. It will offer Jumeirah’s signature Talise Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The resort will also feature an exclusive cliff-top wedding venue that captures stunning sunset views. A fully equipped business centre complete with meeting rooms and the latest communications technology will enable Jumeirah Bali to cater to both upscale corporate and leisure guests.

  • Hotel website: Not yet available
  • Opening: not specified

JUMEIRAH BALI, INDONESIA


55. PARK HYATT JAKARTA, INDONESIA

Park Hyatt Jakarta will be located in the heart of Jakarta at MNC Center, Kebon Sirih. To provide guests with a strong sense of place that complements and connects to the local culture, Park Hyatt Jakarta will feature a modern interpretation of Indonesia’s rich craftsmanship, traditional techniques and indigenous materials. Through contemporary art, architectural and styling elements in the interior spaces, Park Hyatt Jakarta will provide a fresh perspective of modern day Indonesia. The property will occupy the top 20 floors of the 37 floor mixed-use building development by MNC Land, which will ensure panoramic views of the city. Featuring five premium food and beverage outlets, Park Hyatt Jakarta will also bring world-class dining and entertainment options to the city.

  • Hotel website: Park Hyatt Jakarta
  • Opening: mid 2019

PARK HYATT JAKARTA, INDONESIA


56. LELEWATU RESORT SUMBA, INDONESIA

Set atop a secluded cliff-side overlooking the Indian Ocean, Lelewatu Resort Sumba will be a tropical island escape that is a perfect slice of paradise. The resort will feature 27 Sumbanese-style villas spread over 10 hectares of exquisite landscape in Indonesia, about an hour’s flight east of Bali. Surrounded by both the jungle and ocean, this picturesque hideaway will offer a relaxing and inspiring stay. Here, guests will unwind in luxurious settings, dine under the stars, explore cultural gems, ignite your sense of adventure, and indulge in everything this serene sanctuary will have to offer.

  • Hotel website: Lelewatu Resort Sumba
  • Opening: mid 2019

LELEWATU RESORT SUMBA, INDONESIA


57. CAPELLA BANGKOK, THAILAND

Situated along the east bank of the majestic Chao Phraya River, Asia’s most revered waterway, Capella Bangkok will be a window to the eternal source of life for Bangkok and the artery of Thailand. Sensitively designed to offer panoramic views of the river, all 101 suites and villas will allow guests to appreciate the prominence of the estate while indulging in a rejuvenated waterfront lifestyle experience. Inspired by the vibrancy and cultural significance of the River of Kings, Capella Bangkok will be a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Thai culture. Each one of the 101 ultra-luxurious suites and villas will reflect the capital’s urbane cityscape enhanced by a rich tapestry of Thai heritage and elegance. Unobstructed views of the river throughout the hotel promise to bring a sense of tranquility despite being in the heart of a bustling gateway city.

  • Official hotel website: Capella Bangkok
  • Opening date: not specified

CAPELLA BANGKOK, THAILAND


58. PARK HYATT SHENZHEN, CHINA

Opening in the second quarter of 2019, Park Hyatt Shenzhen will unveil an elegant oasis of culture, artistry and intimate experiences. The property will be housed in one spectacular landmark of accommodation, dining and entertainment in the high-tech and financial hub of southern China – Shenzhen. Crowning the apex of a 48-story building, the hotel will be situated in the heart and central business district, offering breathtaking views across the city and adjacent to the International Convention and Exhibition Center.

  • Official hotel website: Park Hyatt Shenzhen
  • Opening date: not specified

PARK HYATT SHENZHEN, CHINA


59. THE RITZ-CARLTON JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY, CHINA

Ritz-Carlton plans to open this year the first all-villa property in one of China’s earliest UNESCO world heritage sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley. Located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in South West China, the property will enjoy striking views close to multi-level waterfalls, blue lakes and verdant forests for which the 72,000-hectare nature reserve and national park is famed. Juizhaigou Valley which translates as the Valley of the Nine Village Forts, is a land of Chinese legend and folklore, with stories of its creation embedded deeply in the customs of the local Qiang and Tibetan tribes. The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, will feature 87 stunning villas with panoramic views over the valley and the snow-capped Min Mountains. The three restaurants and lounges will feature stone-paved terraces with fire pits for evening relaxation.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou
  • Opening: not specified

THE RITZ-CARLTON JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY, CHINA


60. MANDARIN ORIENTAL WANGFUJING, BEIJING, CHINA

Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing will be located on the top two floors in the new premier mixed use centre ‘WF CENTRAL’, commanding outstanding views of several famous landmarks in the capital. The hotel is designed by world-renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, and will feature garden terraces intended to capture the intimacy of a grand courtyard residence, ideal for guests to socialize, entertain and relax in. All 74 luxurious guestrooms and suites will be spacious and elegantly styled, and many will have excellent views of the Forbidden City. Mandarin Oriental’s renowned customer-centric in-room entertainment systems will be a prominent feature. Facilities will include two restaurants, an all-encompassing Spa at Mandarin Oriental providing holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene, meditative setting, an indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness centre.

  • Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing
  • Opening: March 2019

MANDARIN ORIENTAL WANGFUJING, BEIJING, CHINA


61. THE PUXUAN RESORT & SPA, BEIJING, CHINA

Only minutes from the Forbidden City and Beijing’s main commercial shopping district, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa will be a true gem in the very nerve center of the Chinese capital. The design of the hotel will not celebrate an aesthetic; rather, the city out of which it was born. Spacious and luxuriously appointed guestrooms, many with uninterrupted views of the Forbidden City, as well as two specialty restaurants, a Lobby Lounge, Tea Room, and UR SPA are sure to make this a new destination for luxury business and leisure travelers alike. The PuXuan Hotel aims to offer a guest experience that is handcrafted not only with the pinnacle of luxury and elegance in mind, but also intimate access to the hotel’s destination and culture.

  • Hotel website: The PuXuan Hotel and Spa
  • Opening: February 2019

THE PUXUAN RESORT & SPA, BEIJING, CHINA


62. THE CHEDI NINGHAI, ZHEJIANG, CHINA

The Chedi Ninghai will comprise 97 rooms in the province’s hilly coastal region, an area famous for its hot springs and lush bamboo forests. As the first hotel under this new Chedi joint-venture partnership, The Chedi Ninghai will bring the brand’s style, quality and product offerings to the luxury travellers in China. In addition to elegant accommodation, guests can look forward to excellent food and beverage options, holistic spa and wellness facilities, an infinity pool and activities that promote an understanding of the destination and culture.

  • Hotel website: Not yet available
  • Opening: not specified

THE CHEDI NINGHAI, ZHEJIANG, CHINA


63. ROSEWOOD HONG KONG, CHINA

Rosewood Hong Kong is destined to become a graceful new landmark on the city’s famous skyline when it opens this spring in a prime Victoria Harbor waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.  Occupying 27 floors of a multi-use tower, the ultra-luxury hotel will offer 398 guestrooms, eight dining options and a fitness center, swimming pool and Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept. The Manor Club executive lounge will provide an array of exclusive privileges for its guests and The Pavilion will introduce to Hong Kong Rosewood’s signature, high-end residential-style meeting and event spaces.  Rosewood Residences – 199 luxury accommodations for longer stays located on the top 19 floors of the tower – will offer a dedicated lounge, indoor swimming pool and fitness center along with special services and amenities for residents.

  • Hotel website: Rosewood Hong Kong
  • Opening: March 2019

ROSEWOOD HONG KONG, CHINA


64. ROSEWOOD GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Rosewood Guangzhou will occupy the top 16 floors and podium of the 530-meter (1,738-foot) Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre under development, which will be Guangzhou’s tallest building and amongst the 10 highest in the world. The ultra-luxury hotel, located in the heart of Tianhe District’s central business area will feature 251 guestrooms and 355 Rosewood Residences, 23 of which will be duplex apartments. Dining options will include seven food and beverage venues; a bistro, bar, lobby lounge and gourmet corner. Of the nine private dining rooms in the Chinese restaurant, three will be free-standing outdoor garden villas, combinable into one space for celebratory events. On the 107th floor, a contemporary, cosmopolitan restaurant and a sky bar with cigar humidor area and fully equipped wine corner and cellar, will incorporate both indoor and outdoor space.

  • Hotel website: Rosewood Guangzhou
  • Opening: spring 2019

ROSEWOOD GUANGZHOU, CHINA


65. ROSEWOOD YANGON, MYANMAR

Located on The Strand in the heart of the city’s historic district, it will be a perfect getaway to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture of Myanmar. The hotel will feature 205 spacious guestrooms. Boasting high ceilings and abundant natural light, most rooms will also feature patios and balconies where guests can take in views of the Yangon River or the landscaped internal courtyards. The hotel will offer five distinct dining venues including a residential-style tea lounge and patisserie, a modern Chinese restaurant, a convivial bistro, an intimate bar and cigar lounge, and a panoramic rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River.  Recreational options will include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a rooftop infinity pool and a fitness studio.

  • Hotel website: Rosewood Yangon
  • Opening: spring 2019

ROSEWOOD YANGON, MYANMAR


66. KACHI LODGE, BOLIVIA

Standing directly on the Uyuni Salt Flats, at an altitude of 3,600 m, at the foot of Tunupa volcano, Kachi Lodge’s white pods will look like a space station from a distance. Designed by Amazing Escapes, the domes will offer the comfort of a hotel room with a private bathroom, comfortable bedding, interior decoration and proper heating. Covered in soft beige carpet, the interiors will feel cozy with the double bed centrally placed for maximum view. A wooden trunk will be placed on the side of the bed to host lanterns, while light wooden stools and a small ladder will compose a minimalist set-up around the central stove. At night, a telescope will be at guest’s disposal to observe the starry night of the Altiplano.

  • Hotel website: Kachi Lodge
  • Opening: spring 2019

KACHI LODGE, BOLIVIA


67. PEARL ISLAND, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, PANAMA

As Pearl Island is renowned for its spectacular white sand deserted beaches, scuba diving, marine life and delicate ecosystems, the resort will offer a bespoke experience that is reflective of the destination.  With handcrafted curated offerings and cultural elements woven throughout their stay, guests will have an experience that is transformative, pure, rare, and refined. It will be an authentic extension of true Panamanian hospitality. The centerpiece of the Reserve will feature an open-air resort offering 86 intimate rooms, and a range of select luxury amenities and exceptional services to include a lavish spa, private beach club, swimming pools, restaurants, an 1,800-square-foot pavilion and boardroom with ocean views, and access to a world-class marina.

  • Hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening: not specified

PEARL ISLAND, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, PANAMA


68. NAYARA TENTED CAMP, COSTA RICA

Nayara Tented Camp will feature 18 luxury tents; 12 of them will be mirror image tents linked together to create a spectacular two bedroom unit that can accommodate two couples or a couple and four children. Set high on the hill and with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano, the luxury air-conditioned tents will feature plunge pools fed with natural hot springs, an outdoor shower, wooden floors, a four-posted bed with a canopy, and a spacious bathroom with an oversized tub. Other highlights of the camp will include a welcoming tent, swim-up bar, large family friendly pool, and a new gourmet restaurant with an expansive terrace to celebrate the Costa Rican rainforest.

  • Hotel website: Nayara Tented Camp
  • Opening: not specified

NAYARA TENTED CAMP, COSTA RICA


69. ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, MEXICO

Set along the dramatic coastline of San José del Cabo with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will make its debut in early 2018. This much-anticipated opening marks the fourth extraordinary resort in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, and the second in the Caribbean and Mexico region. Evoking a true sense of San José del Cabo, the resort’s buildings are placed gently along the steppes of the land, as if they are one with the landscape, rising out of the earth to create the ultimate desert luxury. Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will feature 115 elegantly appointed suites and villas, each with a personal butler and many with their own private plunge pools. The Reserve will also feature a collection of Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences.

  • Official website: Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • Opening date: spring 2019

ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, MEXICO


70. FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS, MEXICO

In 2019, Four Seasons will unveil a marina resort, nestled on 3.2 km (2 mi) of untouched private beachfront on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Clean, contemporary design will define the 145 accommodations, all with views of the Sea of Cortez. The property will feature a luxuriouis spa and four pools. Guests will have access to a golf course designed by by Robert Trent Jones II, and find adventure in the sports and activities centre (e.g. yacht cruises, snorkelling trips and excellent sport fishing).

  • Official website: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
  • Opening date: mid 2019

FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS, MEXICO


71. NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO

The first property in Mexico from the rapidly expanding dining and hospitality empire helmed by Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the beachfront Nobu Hotel Los Cabos will feature guestrooms that seamlessly blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced natural, Mexican materials and finishes. Drawing design inspiration from the sophisticated palette that alludes to the Japanese aesthetic of the Nobu brand, as well as the unique elements of Cabo San Lucas, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos will be the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laid-back luxury. Not to mention the food—guests would be remiss to visit the hotel without enjoying languorous meals at the coveted Nobu dining outlets.

  • Official website: Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
  • Opening date: April 2019

NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO


72. THE ST REGIS KANAI RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

The St. Regis Kanai Riviera Maya, which will bring the brand’s bespoke style of luxury to the resort area and represent the brand’s third hotel in Latin America, joining St. Regis Mexico City and St. Regis Punta Mita. The property, which was originally scheduled to open in 2011 but encountered massive delays, will feature 124 guestrooms and suites, 32 villas, four restaurants, a signature Remede Spa, oceanfront swimming pools and two 18-hole signature golf courses designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Faldo. The32 exclusive villas will include private swimming pools and indigenous Mexican design accents with full access to the hotel’s facilities. The resort will be located in the Riviera Maya area, 10 km (6 mi) from Playa del Carmen and 38 km (24 mi) from the Cancun airport.

  • Official hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening date: not specified

THE ST REGIS KANAI RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO


73. W KANAI RETREAT RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

There’s another major Riviera Maya hotel development waiting in the Kanai area.  The 180-room W Retreat & Spa Kanai is being designed to appear to float on a carpet of mangroves set against a backdrop of sea and sky. Guestrooms will have unobstructed views of the sea and interior spaces will merge with an exterior deck furnished with lounge seating, cocktail bar, exterior tub and shower. The decks will be enclosed by retractable privacy screens and sun shading louvers. When the resort opens late 2018, it will have W’s signature Away Spa, with more than 10,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor treatment space, and 7,500 square feet of event space.

  • Official hotel website: not available yet
  • Opening date: not specified

W KANAI RETREAT RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO


74. AWAKENING RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

Awakening will be located on the shores of the Laguna Nopalitos on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, 19 km/12 miles south of Tulum, one of Mexico’s most popular and fastest growing tourist destinations. Laguna Nopalitos looks like a Caribbean beach but actually is a “Cenote” filled with crystal clear fresh water. Fed by one of the world’s largest underground river systems, it is surrounded by extensive, uninhabited mangrove and jungle. The name itself, Awakening, promises a transformational travel experience. Guests here will not stay in hotel rooms but in “capullos” or futuristic looking cocoons. Re-connecting to this moment is what Awakening will essentially be all about.

  • Official hotel website: Awakening Riviera Maya
  • Opening date: not specified

AWAKENING RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO


75. ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay is currently undergoing a comprehensive, multi-million dollar restoration, which will be the most substantial beautification project since the resort was founded by Laurance S. Rockefeller over 50 years ago. The restoration will include the complete redesign of the resort’s guestrooms and suites, its three restaurants and overall enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping. The renewal will honor Laurance S. Rockefeller’s unique vision of a luxurious hideaway set amidst the pristine backdrop of Virgin Gorda, and bring about a new level of sophistication in keeping with the natural setting, whilst introducing brand new signature suites for the ultimate in relaxation and style.

  • Hotel website: Rosewood Little Dix Bay
  • Opening: not specified

ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS


76. CALBRITS RESORT & SPA KEMPINSKI, DOMINICA

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica will be a hideaway resort that will rank amongst the best in its class in the Caribbean. The resort will be surrounded by the Cabrits National Park, an area known for its natural beauty. Dominica is renowned for its eco-tourism initiative, being home to 365 rivers, waterfalls and boiling springs. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica will be designed to preserve a natural balance between the land and the sea, whilst ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience. Located outside Portsmouth on the northern tip of the island, the property will have 160 rooms, and a spa.

  • Hotel website: Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica
  • Opening: late 2019

CALBRITS RESORT & SPA KEMPINSKI, DOMINICA


77. SECRETS ST MARTIN, ST MARTIN

The company’s Secrets all-inclusive brand is coming to St Martin with a new resort, which has been previously operating as a Riu before Hurricane Irma. The former Riu Palace St Martin will undergo a $20 million renovation designed by Luis Pons before it reopens in 2019. The 350-room adults-only resort will be set on the beautiful Anse Marcel in St Martin, about 35 minutes from St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. The property will be set on a private enclave with views of Anguilla. The resort will have the largest pool in the Caribbean. The renovation will also add a rooftop pool with ocean views, along with swim-out suites and other enhancements.

  • Hotel website: not avialable yet
  • Opening: late 2019

SECRETS ST MARTIN, ST MARTIN


78. S HOTEL JAMAICA, JAMAICA

Overlooking Jamaica’s famed Doctor’s Cave beach, the 120-room S Hotel Jamaica will artfully combine discrete urban sophistication and a laid-back resort lifestyle punctuated by an authentic, rootsy vibe. At S Hotel Jamaica, buzzing bars, a chic café, a high-spirited pool scene, a sky deck with Bar and Lounge, an international restaurant, spa, boutique, gym and guest rooms with an elevated design aesthetic, will thoughtfully combine to create a modern and effervescent sense of place. The inspiration for the new S Hotel Jamaica will be as cosmopolitan as it comes from Miami to Mykonos, but the feeling will be notably Jamaican as the country’s soul and culture swirl together to create this new multi-experiential beachfront hotel.

  • Hotel website: S Hotel Jamaica
  • Opening: early 2019

S HOTEL JAMAICA, JAMAICA


79. HAMMOCK COVE RESORT, ANTIGUA

Located just a few hundred yards from Devil’s Bridge National Park, and overlooking stunning turquoise waters of a protected bay, Hammock Cove will provide a truly upscale and customizable holiday for discerning travelers. Set to open as The Verandah Resort & Spa’s sister property, Hammock Cove Resort Antigua features a stunning waterfront location with 40 private, freestanding villas to choose from. Each will have a large balcony area featuring a private infinity-edge plunge pool, while the resort will have a wine bar, a romantic restaurant featuring sea views plus a host of wellness and fitness classes.

  • Hotel website: Hammock Cove Resort
  • Opening: late 2019

HAMMOCK COVE RESORT, ANTIGUA


80. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MONTREAL, CANADA

In North America’s most European city, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal will form the vibrant new epicentre of the Golden Square Mile. With chic, sleekly modern style, the property will offer 169 accommodations, including 19 suites. A visionary celebrity chef will present three venues for dining and drinks, including a specialty restaurant with a sun-filled outdoor terrace. Guests will experience a state-of-the-art spa, fitness centre and skylit pool. For luxury shopping, the hotel will have a direct connection to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy – opening in 2020 – creating a true luxury ecosystem in the heart of downtown.

  • Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel Montreal 
  • Opening: mid 2019

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MONTREAL, CANADA


81. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL PHILADELPHIA, USA

High atop the skyline’s tallest tower – the 60-storey Comcast Technology Center – the brand-new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia will provide the city’s most elevated experience. Soaring above Center City at Arch Street and 19th, the Four Seasons hotel will be a landmark of innovation, envisioned by architect Lord Norman Foster. Sleekly minimalist in design, the 217 accommodations – including 38 suites – will be located on the 48th to 56th floors, providing all with unobstructed city views. Beginning with a dramatic sky lobby on the 60th floor, the hotel will aim to create a sanctuary of sophistication, and provide a breathtaking penthouse restaurant, a lively street-level café, a world-class spa, indoor pool, two ballrooms and five meeting rooms.

  • Official hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
  • Opening date: mid 2019

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL PHILADELPHIA, USA


82. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ONE DALTON STREET, BOSTON, USA

In 2019, you’ll be able to experience sleek, modern Four Seasons style in a cutting-edge, 61-storey Boston skyscraper with a prime Back Bay location. Just steps from global business, art and music, you’ll find next-generation luxury in the property’s 215 accommodations, including 41 suites. Here, you’ll be able to feel the vibrant energy of Zuma restaurant, renowned for its innovative Japanese izakaya cuisine, before retreating to the spa, fitness centre and pool for soothing relaxation. With two sunlit ballrooms and five function rooms, One Dalton Street will also be the city’s newest address for stylish meetings and events.

  • Official hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston
  • Opening date: early 2019

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ONE DALTON STREET, BOSTON, USA


83. FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA

Set among the rolling hills of Napa Valley, with a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and on-site winery, this unique resort will capture the imagination of even the most seasoned wine aficionado. Guests here will relax in the farmhouse chic of 85 villas – all with a fireplace and private terrace. Each day, they will share in the grape-to-glass experience of the organically hand-harvested vineyard operated by Thomas Rivers Brown, one of the region’s premier winemakers. With views of the vineyard and mountains, the indoor-outdoor event venues will be perfect for bringing people together for meetings, weddings and celebrations, inspiring you to raise a glass to all the best in life.

  • Official hotel website: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley
  • Opening date: mid 2019

FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA


84. ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH MONTECITO, USA

Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito will open approximately 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles within the county of Santa Barbara. Montecito is renowned for its stunning landscape, pleasant year-round climate and spectacular residential architecture. The resort will be located on the site of the former Miramar Beach Hotel, an important landmark in the local community, and will serve as a world-class destination. Spread over nearly 16 acres of prime beachfront real estate, the resort will offer 124 guestrooms and 37 suites, many of which will be located in single-story cottages and bungalows. The resort’s private beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Santa Barbara. Amenities at Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito will include an oceanfront bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and an exclusive membership-only beach club.

  • Hotel website: Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito
  • Opening: February 2019

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH MONTECITO, USA


85. ANDAZ PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, USA

Slated to open spring 2019, this 150-room hotel will be located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, within walking distance to trendy shops, restaurants and art galleries. The hotel will also conveniently be located near the convention center and just two miles from Palm Springs International Airport. Constructed as a collection of small buildings and guestroom bungalows surrounding two outdoor pools and garden areas on an elevated patio terrace, the hotel will offer panoramic views of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains. A full-service spa, a fitness facility, 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a signature Argentinian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating will be available to make the hotel a place to heighten your experience.

  • Hotel website: Andaz Palm Springs
  • Opening: spring 2019

ANDAZ PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, USA


86. CONRAD WASHINGTON DC, USA

With inspiring views of downtown across a range of event spaces and every guest room, as well as its location adjacent to premier shops and dining at CityCenterDC, Conrad Washington, DC promises to be an experience unlike any other in the city. Boasting a soaring atrium, lush outdoor terraces, and captivating art installations, the property will provide a stylish retreat in one of the world’s most influential cities. Guest and premier rooms, and suites will have designer touches of bronze and oak with sunlight welcomed through floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests will be able to enjoy fresh flavors of the Chesapeake at Estuary, a signature restaurant by the Voltaggio brothers, or relax in the open air at the rooftop bar.

  • Hotel website: Conrad Washington DC
  • Opening: February 2019

CONRAD WASHINGTON DC, USA


87. THE HOXTON CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA

The Hoxton Hotel Group has chosen the emerging Fulton Market district as the base for its Chicago outpost. Fulton Market district has an incredible sense of community and is attracting an interesting mix of technology and creative industries, making it the perfect fit for The Hoxton brand. The Hoxton, Chicago, scheduled for a spring opening, is being constructed on a site that was formerly home to a car maker and meatpacker. The Chicago property will be home to a still-unnamed restaurant and bar, a rooftop pool that’s open to the public and lively public spaces. Guests will get free Wi-Fi and one hour of free international calls.

  • Hotel website: The Hoxton, Chicago
  • Opening: February 2019

THE HOXTON CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA


88. THE LOGDE AT BLUE SKY, UTAH, USA

The Lodge at Blue Sky will be a contemporary luxury resort set on a 3,500-acre ranch near Park City, Utah. Blue Sky aims to become a stylish outdoor playground offering guests transformational Western-inspired experiences year-round. The Lodge at Blue Sky will comprise 46 rooms and suites as well as a camp with four luxury tents. Amenities will include customizable outdoor adventures, a signature restaurant, and an Auberge spa. The accommodations will be designed to mirror the unique aspects of the environment on which they are situated and offer guests another powerful opportunity to reconnect with nature.  

  • Hotel website: The Lodge at Blue Sky
  • Opening: Spring 2019

THE LOGDE AT BLUE SKY, UTAH, USA


89. THE TASMAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, HOBART, AUSTRALIA

The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart will reside in repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square, a new design-led, urban development that is set to revitalize the neighborhood, uniting the city’s unique past with its contemporary culture. Upon opening, The Tasman will boast 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites with carefully restored features, including original windows, floor boards and fireplaces. The hotel’s corridors will showcase exclusive pieces from local artists, while an upscale restaurant, lobby lounge, and whiskey bar will offer a variety of dining experiences that reflect the spirit of the destination. The original features of the heritage buildings will be revived for today’s luxury traveler by Sydney-based hospitality interior design firm JPDC.

  • Hotel website: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
  • Opening: December 2019

THE TASMAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, HOBART, AUSTRALIA


90. THE RITZ-CARLTON PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Located on the water’s edge of the Swan River and nestled between the beautiful and expansive Kings Park and Stirling Gardens, The Ritz-Carlton Perth will feature 204 luxury suites accompanied by a wide range of venues and recreational amenities. Both the hotel’s guestrooms and public spaces will embody the design philosophy of The Ritz-Carlton brand, while also incorporating the region’s natural resources through use of materials such as locally-mined stones and precious metals. Each of the hotel’s 205 guestrooms, including 18 suites and one Ritz-Carlton Suite, will be understated and refined, designed to ensure the utmost comfort and satisfaction of the most discerning guests.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton Perth
  • Opening: mid 2019

THE RITZ-CARLTON PERTH, AUSTRALIA


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Review: Anantara Uluwatu, Bali (Indonesia)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java & Bali. You can read my trip reports here:


Today (January 9, 2019): Review of Anantara Uluwatu, Bali (Indonesia)

Set on Bali’s secluded southern coast, Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is a sanctuary of modern design and rugged natural beauty that offers an affordable way to experience the Island of the Gods. Cascading down the cliffside, luxurious suites, pool villas and duplex penthouses blend innovation and indulgence with panoramic Indian Ocean views. Lazy days are spent at the cliff edge infinity pool or in the excellent Anantara Spa, where signature rituals are inspired by Indonesia’s spice islands. A surfer’s paradise, nearby Impossible Beach is renowned for its incredible waves, offering the challenge of a fast long ride along Impossible Break and the daring world-famous Padang-Padang Tube, as well as easy take-offs at the nearby surfing beaches of Bingin and Dreamland.

Have you ever stayed at Anantara Uluwatu? If so, what was your experience? Leave a comment.

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Anantara Uluwatu is a breathtaking haven of tranquillity and rugged natural beauty on the tranquil western coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The  Bukit is a magnificent peninsula that is home to the popular holiday destinations of Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. Uluwatu is by far the Bukit’s most spectacular area, with towering limestone cliffs fringing golden sand beaches along the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu is world-renowned as a surfers’ paradise and the hot spots around the Anantara hotel boast some of the greatest surf breaks, especially during the months May to September. The famous Uluwatu Temple with its stunning vistas, heart-racing Kecak dance performance and cute monkeys is only 6 km (4 mi) away. The resort is approximately 30 minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
  • Anantara Uluwatu harnesses Bali’s pristine natural beauty and spiritual charm through an awe-inspiring cliffside location. The property sits majestically atop a cliff overlooking Bali’s famed ‘Impossible Beach’, aptly named after its rolling surf, wild waves, limestone cliffs and secret caves. The resort’s buildings ripple down towards the cliff’s edge in a series of upmarket villas, penthouses, pools and restaurants, most of them revealing sensational ocean views. The unending panoramas of sky and ocean are further enhanced by spectacular romantic sunset views since the resort is one of the few hotels in the area that faces west. In comparison, the Bvlgari Bali Resort, the new Six Senses Uluwatu, Banyan Tree Ungasan and Alila Villas Uluwatu feel more luxurious, but they are in the shade long before sunset.
  • Opened in 2012, the resort features a breezy, contemporary design, created by Budiman Hendro Purnomo of Indonesia’s PT Duta Cermat Mandiri Architects. A modern interpretation of a vision to seamlessly blend in with its spectacular seaside location is achieved by inviting endless ocean views into living spaces. The property has the look of a hanging garden, with grassy-roofed suites and villas set along tiered steps that link the oceanfront swimming pool with the hilltop, black marble-floored lobby. The latter open-walled space features a minimalist decor with tree trump-alike chairs and colorful paintings, and is reached by a grand, stone staircase on both sides, flanked by large planters. The modern, white buildings and glass walls definitely feel more like Miami Beach than Indonesia, but they are visually appealing nonetheless.
  • The resort features 74 ocean view suites, private pool villas & duplex penthouses. The lobby building on top of the hill offers one-bedroom suites, while two- and three-bedroom villas tumble down the hillside towards the pool at the cliff’s edge. The pool area itself also features a couple of one bedroom suites (some of them with direct pool access). During my holiday, I stayed in an ocean front suite on the main building’s 4th floor. Providing a panoramic overview of the resort grounds and the ocean beyond, the suite featured a large bedroom with seating area and a swanky ensuite bathroom. Its interior combined touches of minimalist design with colorful accents of indigenous Balinese art. The suite took full advantage of its prime sea view setting with full-length glass windows fronting the ocean, as well as an outdoor tub set on the balcony.
  • Most guests spend much of their time at the resort in or near the magnificent free-flowing infinity pool. Encircled by gorgeous wooden decking, the split-level pool seems to dangle at the edge of the horizon, hereby merging with the azure blue of the Indian Ocean. There are several terraces around the pool, with enough loungers for all guest, as well as a poolside bar, which offers a full selection of fresh fruit shakes and juices, sandwiches, pizzas and light snacks, as well as a dazzling array of tropically inspired cocktails to help you kick back and relax. In case you don’t like to lounge around the pool, the resort also offers other leisure activities to keep you busy during the day, such as bicycle rentals, surfing, diving, snorkeling, cooking classes, dance lessons, golfing and off-resort excursions.
  • Designed to reflect a traditional Balinese rice barn, the hotel’s intimate spa is located next to main four story ocean view condominium building. It offers a tranquil sanctuary for relaxing, invigorating beauty and wellness journeys. Individual treatments and signature sequences are performed by highly trained therapists, to suit each guest’s needs and mood. The extensive treatment menu pays tribute to Indonesia’s spice islands, as well as ancient wellness secrets from across Asia and advanced western practices. The spa has four treatment rooms for single guests and one treatment room for couples. A Balinese High Priestess is on hand to help with energy cleansing in case you are in need of that. There’s also a gym, and yoga and tai chi classes are offered to complete the wellness offerings.
  • The resort has an elevator that offers access to a narrow stretch of beach at the base of the cliff below the pool area. During low tide, several tide pools become exposed, providing fun moments for the little ones. For wide swathes of white sand, the resort provides complimentary transfers to nearby Padang Padang Beach. Locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, this is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, just one km (0,6 mi) southwest of the Anantara resort. This beach – which can only be accessed by paying a small fee – features a 100 m long (300 ft) stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. A fun fact: Padang Padang Beach was featured as a romantic setting in the 2010 Hollywood adaptation of the novel ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
  • Anantara Uluwatu features three restaurants, all offering ocean views and al fresco dining:
    • Situated on the top floor of the resort’s main building, the ‘360 Rooftop’ restaurant is the resort’s all-day dining venue. This wood-trimmed loft space with open kitchen serves up a array of Balinese, Indonesian and Western dishes. 360 Rooftop is also the place where you will start your day with an energizing breakfast buffet.
    • Next to 360 Rooftop, also on the main building’s rooftop, is Sono Teppanyaki, which serves modern Japanese fare, including a live cooking demonstration, accompanied by the dramatic backdrop of the Bali sunset beyond the horizon and rolling ocean waves.
    • Spash is the resort’s specialty restaurant, located adjacent to the cliff’s edge pool area. Splash serves light lunches during the day, such as Betutu duck spring rolls or chilled gazpacho. Dinner sees exquisitely created dishes from both land and sea, such as wild mushroom tortellini, Wagyu beef, or whole lobster from the charcoal grill.
  • The resort also has a beautiful wedding venue known as the DewaDewi wedding chapel, a distinctive glass structure that projects outwards, commanding a panoramic view of the ocean. Flanked by two ponds, with water trickling from the gate stones, this modern venue is popular for weddings. A string quartet always plays in the background as the bride walks down the aisle strewn with frangipani petals, hues heightened by the setting sun.
  • You may encounter monkeys at the propery. They belong to the group of monkeys that inhabit the area around the sacred Uluwatu Temple and are a part of the natural environment in this area in Bali. However, it’s not encouraged to feed or to interact with them as though they are generally placid they can be unpredictable at times.
  • Anantara Uluwatu is one of the more affordable 5-star luxury resorts in Bali. Rates here (for the suites) are considerably less compared with what you pay at Bali’s high-end resorts.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Anantara Uluwatu enjoys a great location with terrific views, modern rooms & villas, and an intimate spa. Unfortunately, my experience at the property was mediocre and IMHO, there are much more luxurious hotels in Bali (which is a pity since the place has so much potential). Here’s what you need to know before considering a stay at the resort:

  • Whilst beautiful, the beach is very narrow (almost non-existent) during high tide; at low tide, the sea is not swimmable since it’s too rocky to enter. As mentioned above, the resort provides complimentary shuttle service to nearby Padang Padang beach, which is much better (although a small entrance fee is charged here).
  • During my stay, lift access to the beach was broken, and from what I read in other reviews of this property on the internet, it has been broken for quiet some time (at least a year). It’s still possible to access the beach though, following a steep path (with many steps) just outside the property.
  • Although not run down, there is a lot of waer and tear when you look around, so the hotel is definitely showing its age. From the broken beach elevator to rusted door handles and worn out day beds by the pool, it all looks a bit tired and is not maintained by Anantara standard quality. On a positive note, the resort is gradually undergoing refurbishment and renovation in many areas including all facilities, villas and suites.
  • The property enjoys an isolated location and if you don’t have a car, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to walk out to the local cafes and shops (note that it gets pitch black at night). The property does offer complimentary transport though twice a day to Padang Beach and in the evening to the Uluwatu Temple for the fire dancing. That said, if you want to explore some of Bali’s famous sights in the Ubud area, you’ll face long drives due to the island’s notorious traffic jams. So I suggest you first stay a few days in the Ubud area to explore Bali’s cultural highlights, before retreating to the Uluwatu area for some relaxation.
  • Due to its hillside location, the property features many steps and ramps. For example, there are 50 steps from the entrance driveway to the lobby and another 120 steps from the lobby to the pool down the hill (and there aren’t any alternatives). So if you aren’t very mobile, don’t stay here.
  • The terrace around the main pool is quite small and features only a limited number of loungers. And you need to get in early to secure a seat especially as families often try and reserve them before they go to breakfast. Also, most loungers are not in the sun until noon.
  • The bathroom towels do not have the usual freshness you experience in 5-star hotels. In fact, during my stay, the towels smelled unpleasant and I was reluctant to use them. In addition, the sunbed covers and towels at the pool are tatty with holes and rips.
  • Due to its modern architecture – with white walls and glass structures – the property lacks an authentic Balinese ambience. IMHO, the hotel design feels a bit weird and out of place. The hotel’s imposing main building doesn’t really blend with the rustic Balinese surroundings. Also, there are no undercover walkways between facilities, so if it rains (and it rains a lot in Bali) you will get wet when walking to/from the main facilities. The lobby’s marble floor looks sleek and chic but becomes very slippery in wet weather. Finally, the decor of the rooftop restaurant is rather dull and uninspiring, and doesn’t really feel compatible with a high-end dining venue.
  • On the service level, not everything is running smoothly and it’s the combination of small details that pick up on. During my stay, I noticed a complete lack of service by the pool: it was always a mission to get a towel (one day, I had to wait 30 minutes for a towel) and no one was around to take orders for drinks or food. Service was much better in other parts of the resort.
  • Food at the restaurants is generally ok, with the breakfast buffet being the highlight. Unfortunately though, on the first night of my stay, I suffered from a stomach upset and food poisoning after my dinner at the rooftop restaurant. It was a bad gastroenteritis, which only lasted one day, so nothing to worry about but inconvenient nonetheless. The wonderful hotel staff took this very seriously and was as helpful as possible, which I greatly appreciated, but the whole thing put a real damper on my stay, although I believe this is an anomaly that can happen at any 5-star resort. Never think that high-end resorts are immune from the bugs and diseases that affect tropical locale!

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 8/10
  • Design: 7/10
  • Pool: 8/10
  • Rooms: 8/10
  • Food: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 8/10
  • Spa: 9/10
  • Service: 7/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Overall experience: very good 8/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read here my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Anantara Uluwatu (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Room tip: If you are not spurging on a villa here, the ocean view pool suites are the best but if you are keen on privacy, ensure you get a suiet on the top floor.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

REVIEWS OF OTHER HOTELS IN BALI & INDONESIA

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Located close to the equator, temperatures in Bali hover at a balmy 30°C  (85°F) year-found. Temperatures in the Ubud area remain fairly constant throughout the year, although some cooler evenings can occur due to its location in the mountains. The frequency of precipitation is the only concern for travelers seeking to visit Ubud. The rainy season lasts from October to March, and the heavy humidity and torrential rainfalls make this period more unpredictable for adventures and exploration. The dry season lasts from April to September, and the weather during this time is warm and pleasant, so this is generally viewed as the optimal time to experience Bali at its finest.


HOW TO GET THERE

Anantara Uluwatu is a 30 minute drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Bali.


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Review: Anantara Uluwatu, Bali (Indonesia)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java & Bali. You can read my trip reports here:


Today (January 9, 2019): Review of Anantara Uluwatu, Bali (Indonesia)

Set on Bali’s secluded southern coast, Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is a sanctuary of modern design and rugged natural beauty that offers an affordable way to experience the Island of the Gods. Cascading down the cliffside, luxurious suites, pool villas and duplex penthouses blend innovation and indulgence with panoramic Indian Ocean views. Lazy days are spent at the cliff edge infinity pool or in the excellent Anantara Spa, where signature rituals are inspired by Indonesia’s spice islands. A surfer’s paradise, nearby Impossible Beach is renowned for its incredible waves, offering the challenge of a fast long ride along Impossible Break and the daring world-famous Padang-Padang Tube, as well as easy take-offs at the nearby surfing beaches of Bingin and Dreamland.

Have you ever stayed at Anantara Uluwatu? If so, what was your experience? Leave a comment.

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Anantara Uluwatu is a breathtaking haven of tranquillity and rugged natural beauty on the tranquil western coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The  Bukit is a magnificent peninsula that is home to the popular holiday destinations of Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. Uluwatu is by far the Bukit’s most spectacular area, with towering limestone cliffs fringing golden sand beaches along the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu is world-renowned as a surfers’ paradise and the hot spots around the Anantara hotel boast some of the greatest surf breaks, especially during the months May to September. The famous Uluwatu Temple with its stunning vistas, heart-racing Kecak dance performance and cute monkeys is only 6 km (4 mi) away. The resort is approximately 30 minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
  • Anantara Uluwatu harnesses Bali’s pristine natural beauty and spiritual charm through an awe-inspiring cliffside location. The property sits majestically atop a cliff overlooking Bali’s famed ‘Impossible Beach’, aptly named after its rolling surf, wild waves, limestone cliffs and secret caves. The resort’s buildings ripple down towards the cliff’s edge in a series of upmarket villas, penthouses, pools and restaurants, most of them revealing sensational ocean views. The unending panoramas of sky and ocean are further enhanced by spectacular romantic sunset views since the resort is one of the few hotels in the area that faces west. In comparison, the Bvlgari Bali Resort, the new Six Senses Uluwatu, Banyan Tree Ungasan and Alila Villas Uluwatu feel more luxurious, but they are in the shade long before sunset.
  • Opened in 2012, the resort features a breezy, contemporary design, created by Budiman Hendro Purnomo of Indonesia’s PT Duta Cermat Mandiri Architects. A modern interpretation of a vision to seamlessly blend in with its spectacular seaside location is achieved by inviting endless ocean views into living spaces. The property has the look of a hanging garden, with grassy-roofed suites and villas set along tiered steps that link the oceanfront swimming pool with the hilltop, black marble-floored lobby. The latter open-walled space features a minimalist decor with tree trump-alike chairs and colorful paintings, and is reached by a grand, stone staircase on both sides, flanked by large planters. The modern, white buildings and glass walls definitely feel more like Miami Beach than Indonesia, but they are visually appealing nonetheless.
  • The resort features 74 ocean view suites, private pool villas & duplex penthouses. The lobby building on top of the hill offers one-bedroom suites, while two- and three-bedroom villas tumble down the hillside towards the pool at the cliff’s edge. The pool area itself also features a couple of one bedroom suites (some of them with direct pool access). During my holiday, I stayed in an ocean front suite on the main building’s 4th floor. Providing a panoramic overview of the resort grounds and the ocean beyond, the suite featured a large bedroom with seating area and a swanky ensuite bathroom. Its interior combined touches of minimalist design with colorful accents of indigenous Balinese art. The suite took full advantage of its prime sea view setting with full-length glass windows fronting the ocean, as well as an outdoor tub set on the balcony.
  • Most guests spend much of their time at the resort in or near the magnificent free-flowing infinity pool. Encircled by gorgeous wooden decking, the split-level pool seems to dangle at the edge of the horizon, hereby merging with the azure blue of the Indian Ocean. There are several terraces around the pool, with enough loungers for all guest, as well as a poolside bar, which offers a full selection of fresh fruit shakes and juices, sandwiches, pizzas and light snacks, as well as a dazzling array of tropically inspired cocktails to help you kick back and relax. In case you don’t like to lounge around the pool, the resort also offers other leisure activities to keep you busy during the day, such as bicycle rentals, surfing, diving, snorkeling, cooking classes, dance lessons, golfing and off-resort excursions.
  • Designed to reflect a traditional Balinese rice barn, the hotel’s intimate spa is located next to main four story ocean view condominium building. It offers a tranquil sanctuary for relaxing, invigorating beauty and wellness journeys. Individual treatments and signature sequences are performed by highly trained therapists, to suit each guest’s needs and mood. The extensive treatment menu pays tribute to Indonesia’s spice islands, as well as ancient wellness secrets from across Asia and advanced western practices. The spa has four treatment rooms for single guests and one treatment room for couples. A Balinese High Priestess is on hand to help with energy cleansing in case you are in need of that. There’s also a gym, and yoga and tai chi classes are offered to complete the wellness offerings.
  • The resort has an elevator that offers access to a narrow stretch of beach at the base of the cliff below the pool area. During low tide, several tide pools become exposed, providing fun moments for the little ones. For wide swathes of white sand, the resort provides complimentary transfers to nearby Padang Padang Beach. Locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, this is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, just one km (0,6 mi) southwest of the Anantara resort. This beach – which can only be accessed by paying a small fee – features a 100 m long (300 ft) stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. A fun fact: Padang Padang Beach was featured as a romantic setting in the 2010 Hollywood adaptation of the novel ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
  • Anantara Uluwatu features three restaurants, all offering ocean views and al fresco dining:
    • Situated on the top floor of the resort’s main building, the ‘360 Rooftop’ restaurant is the resort’s all-day dining venue. This wood-trimmed loft space with open kitchen serves up a array of Balinese, Indonesian and Western dishes. 360 Rooftop is also the place where you will start your day with an energizing breakfast buffet.
    • Next to 360 Rooftop, also on the main building’s rooftop, is Sono Teppanyaki, which serves modern Japanese fare, including a live cooking demonstration, accompanied by the dramatic backdrop of the Bali sunset beyond the horizon and rolling ocean waves.
    • Spash is the resort’s specialty restaurant, located adjacent to the cliff’s edge pool area. Splash serves light lunches during the day, such as Betutu duck spring rolls or chilled gazpacho. Dinner sees exquisitely created dishes from both land and sea, such as wild mushroom tortellini, Wagyu beef, or whole lobster from the charcoal grill.
  • The resort also has a beautiful wedding venue known as the DewaDewi wedding chapel, a distinctive glass structure that projects outwards, commanding a panoramic view of the ocean. Flanked by two ponds, with water trickling from the gate stones, this modern venue is popular for weddings. A string quartet always plays in the background as the bride walks down the aisle strewn with frangipani petals, hues heightened by the setting sun.
  • You may encounter monkeys at the propery. They belong to the group of monkeys that inhabit the area around the sacred Uluwatu Temple and are a part of the natural environment in this area in Bali. However, it’s not encouraged to feed or to interact with them as though they are generally placid they can be unpredictable at times.
  • Anantara Uluwatu is one of the more affordable 5-star luxury resorts in Bali. Rates here (for the suites) are considerably less compared with what you pay at Bali’s high-end resorts.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Anantara Uluwatu enjoys a great location with terrific views, modern rooms & villas, and an intimate spa. Unfortunately, my experience at the property was mediocre and IMHO, there are much more luxurious hotels in Bali (which is a pity since the place has so much potential). Here’s what you need to know before considering a stay at the resort:

  • Whilst beautiful, the beach is very narrow (almost non-existent) during high tide; at low tide, the sea is not swimmable since it’s too rocky to enter. As mentioned above, the resort provides complimentary shuttle service to nearby Padang Padang beach, which is much better (although a small entrance fee is charged here).
  • During my stay, lift access to the beach was broken, and from what I read in other reviews of this property on the internet, it has been broken for quiet some time (at least a year). It’s still possible to access the beach though, following a steep path (with many steps) just outside the property.
  • Although not run down, there is a lot of waer and tear when you look around, so the hotel is definitely showing its age. From the broken beach elevator to rusted door handles and worn out day beds by the pool, it all looks a bit tired and is not maintained by Anantara standard quality. On a positive note, the resort is gradually undergoing refurbishment and renovation in many areas including all facilities, villas and suites.
  • The property enjoys an isolated location and if you don’t have a car, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to walk out to the local cafes and shops (note that it gets pitch black at night). The property does offer complimentary transport though twice a day to Padang Beach and in the evening to the Uluwatu Temple for the fire dancing. That said, if you want to explore some of Bali’s famous sights in the Ubud area, you’ll face long drives due to the island’s notorious traffic jams. So I suggest you first stay a few days in the Ubud area to explore Bali’s cultural highlights, before retreating to the Uluwatu area for some relaxation.
  • Due to its hillside location, the property features many steps and ramps. For example, there are 50 steps from the entrance driveway to the lobby and another 120 steps from the lobby to the pool down the hill (and there aren’t any alternatives). So if you aren’t very mobile, don’t stay here.
  • The terrace around the main pool is quite small and features only a limited number of loungers. And you need to get in early to secure a seat especially as families often try and reserve them before they go to breakfast. Also, most loungers are not in the sun until noon.
  • The bathroom towels do not have the usual freshness you experience in 5-star hotels. In fact, during my stay, the towels smelled unpleasant and I was reluctant to use them. In addition, the sunbed covers and towels at the pool are tatty with holes and rips.
  • Due to its modern architecture – with white walls and glass structures – the property lacks an authentic Balinese ambience. IMHO, the hotel design feels a bit weird and out of place. The hotel’s imposing main building doesn’t really blend with the rustic Balinese surroundings. Also, there are no undercover walkways between facilities, so if it rains (and it rains a lot in Bali) you will get wet when walking to/from the main facilities. The lobby’s marble floor looks sleek and chic but becomes very slippery in wet weather. Finally, the decor of the rooftop restaurant is rather dull and uninspiring, and doesn’t really feel compatible with a high-end dining venue.
  • On the service level, not everything is running smoothly and it’s the combination of small details that pick up on. During my stay, I noticed a complete lack of service by the pool: it was always a mission to get a towel (one day, I had to wait 30 minutes for a towel) and no one was around to take orders for drinks or food. Service was much better in other parts of the resort.
  • Food at the restaurants is generally ok, with the breakfast buffet being the highlight. Unfortunately though, on the first night of my stay, I suffered from a stomach upset and food poisoning after my dinner at the rooftop restaurant. It was a bad gastroenteritis, which only lasted one day, so nothing to worry about but inconvenient nonetheless. The wonderful hotel staff took this very seriously and was as helpful as possible, which I greatly appreciated, but the whole thing put a real damper on my stay, although I believe this is an anomaly that can happen at any 5-star resort. Never think that high-end resorts are immune from the bugs and diseases that affect tropical locale!

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 8/10
  • Design: 7/10
  • Pool: 8/10
  • Rooms: 8/10
  • Food: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 8/10
  • Spa: 9/10
  • Service: 7/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Overall experience: very good 8/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read here my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Anantara Uluwatu (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Room tip: If you are not spurging on a villa here, the ocean view pool suites are the best but if you are keen on privacy, ensure you get a suiet on the top floor.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

REVIEWS OF OTHER HOTELS IN BALI & INDONESIA

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Located close to the equator, temperatures in Bali hover at a balmy 30°C  (85°F) year-found. Temperatures in the Ubud area remain fairly constant throughout the year, although some cooler evenings can occur due to its location in the mountains. The frequency of precipitation is the only concern for travelers seeking to visit Ubud. The rainy season lasts from October to March, and the heavy humidity and torrential rainfalls make this period more unpredictable for adventures and exploration. The dry season lasts from April to September, and the weather during this time is warm and pleasant, so this is generally viewed as the optimal time to experience Bali at its finest.


HOW TO GET THERE

Anantara Uluwatu is a 30 minute drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Bali.


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