Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings in 2021

It’s so much fun to send our clients to the latest and greatest hotels around the world. And with 2020 offering almost no travel at all, we can’t help being over the moon about the top luxury hotel openings around the globe in 2021!  Not that we don’t get excited every year, but this feels more special than ever. I’m incredibly optimistic that we will soon get back to traveling to luxury hotels and resorts in faraway destinations.  I couldn’t be more excited to announce Beyond Boutique’s picks for the top 10 most anticipated hotel openings of 2021.

Versailles, France

Versailles, France

Airelles Le Grand Controle – Versailles, France

Imagine staying right on the grounds of the famous Château de Versailles, with the spectacular views over the parterre of the Orangerie and the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses that you never imagined could be yours. The absolutely gorgeous Le Grand Contrôle luxury hotel will bring you along on a unique journey where you feel like you fell through time to the courts of the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

This stunning new hotel is soon to open with a backdrop steeped in history and situated close to Versailles’ famous Hall of Mirrors and well-known French gardens. The hotel will be situated within three buildings; Le Grand Contrôle, Le Petit Contrôle, and the Pavillon des première cent marches, built-in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Jules-Hardouin Mansart. Why not pair it with a stay at Cheval Paris which is also opening in 2021?

DamuTau Wilderness Camp in Botswana

DamuTau Wilderness Camp in Botswana

DumaTau – Linyanti, Botswana

DumaTau is located in the private 125,000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It abuts a large lagoon ensuring that each ultra-luxurious suite has uninterrupted views over Osprey Lagoon.  As you witness herds of elephant that the Linyanti is so famous for, expect close up animal encounters. You will need to have your camera ready.

With seven tents as well as a family unit, each has its very own private plunge pool and a lounge area. This isn’t your grandmother’s tent! It features a large bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. The main dining and lounge area has spectacular views that overlook the lagoon with roaming wildlife.  This bucket-list camp has a wellness center and gym where you can enjoy a shaded deck, a lap pool, spa, snack deli, and trading store. With conservation on the top of mind, what we also love about DumaTau is that it runs on 100% solar energy. If a luxury safari experience is important to you then DamuTau should be on your must-visit list!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

EDITION Reykjavik – Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is a special destination to visit any time of year. It has become such a hot spot to vacation, that, The Reykjavik EDITION is anticipated to be one of the most anticipated openings in Iceland. It’s located in a prime location within the downtown area of the city and sits adjacent to the well-known Harpa Concert Hall. The luxury hotel is situated in both a vibrant and scenic part of Iceland’s historical capital.

It will house a rooftop, nightlife space, and a ballroom, guests will have the pleasure of a diverse culinary experience with a signature restaurant, destination bar, and a café.

Montage Big Sky - Big Sky, Montana

Montage Big Sky – Big Sky, Montana

Montage Big Sky – Big Sky, Montana

It’s impressive that Montage will be bringing the first ultra-luxury five-star resort in the entire state and will be known as the ultimate all-season mountain resort for luxury adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts visiting Montana and the nearby Yellowstone National Park. . It’s located at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, a private ski and golf course community set on more than 3,530-acres of unspoiled Montana wilderness, Montage Big Sky will offer their guests well-appointed guest rooms, suites, and residences with luxury amenities making it one of the top ski and golf resort destinations in the country.

St. Barth's

St. Barth’s

Rosewood Le Guanahani – St. Barth

Beautifully situated on a private 18-acre peninsula overlooking Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac on the island of St. Barth in the French West Indies, Rosewood Le Guanahani is a must-visit resort. Before it closed for renovations, it was fabled as one of the most iconic resorts in the world! In the spring, it will offer 66 guestrooms, suites, and villas, many with private pools,  decked out in gorgeous Caribbean colors and design.

Amenities at this only full-service resort on St. Barth include beachfront dining, a new pool, a Rosewood Explorers children’s club, fitness center, tennis court, spa, and dedicated event spaces. There is beachfront in every direction and the reef-protected lagoon is spectacular. What also makes this property special is that it is a short distance from downtown. And will offer numerous watersports, hiking, and sea and town excursions.

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Six Senses Shaharut – Israel

Located in the cavernous and historically significant Negev Desert, the quintessence of desert landscapes, Six Senses Shaharut Resort and Spa in Israel sits within a dramatic cliff. If you are looking for peace and calm, among a dramatic backdrop where orange sunsets are a dramatic contrast to sandy dunes and at night stars burn brighter than ever imagined.  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime landscape, one that I still think of often.

The hotel will feature 60 suites and pool villas on 45 acres and will include camel camping overnights, a Six Senses Spa, Earth Lab, and Israeli and Mediterranean cuisines. This is luxury beyond imagination. The journey to Shaharut is memorable as well. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, you will pass historic and religious sites you have only read about.

Tipperary, Ireland

Tipperary, Ireland

The Cashel Palace Hotel Relais & Chateaux Tipperary, Ireland

Cashel Palace, sits at foot of a hill, near one of Ireland’s most iconic medieval sites, the Rock of Cashel. It was built in 1728 and is both classic and sophisticated. As you would expect in any respectable Palace, English gardens adorn the property outside, and within are comfortable sofas warmed by the cozy fire at the bar. But this Relais & Chateaux property is so much more than typical; it is nothing short of magical. You can wander the grounds and get lost in this idyllic sanctuary or soak in Celtic history by wandering through the captivating moorland. 61 rooms will be available for the lucky guests.

Boston

Boston

The Langham Boston – Boston, Massachusetts

If you haven’t experienced the famous chocolate bar at The Langham, Boston, then you have missed out. Luckily it is scheduled to return this year. The historic Langham Boston luxury hotel, located in the Financial District, first opened in 1922 as the original Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. I love landmark buildings with cool histories! But what I also love is that it will be renovated to bring it back to the luxurious hotel it once was.

Once finished, it will be a unique blend of historic charm and urban sophistication next to the finest shopping and attractions. Don’t plan a trip to Boston without staying at the Langham!

Palermo, Italy

Palermo, Italy

Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel – Palermo, Sicily

When you visit Villa Igiea, overlooking the aqua waters of the Bay of Palermo, you are taken back to a time of majesty and serenity. The palazzo is at the edge of Palermo, the foot of Mount Pellegrino and the Gulf of Palermo. With the best of both worlds, it’s a seaside paradise near a city known for its visitors who are royalty, dignitaries, and celebrities. It’s all about the gardens that lead you to the Tyrrhenian Sea, Palermo’s lively markets, Baroque palaces, and ancient sites, yachting, and of course the famous culinary scene.  The hotel will be as magnificent as you would expect from any Rocco Forte hotel.

With 123 air-conditioned rooms, Art Nouveau décor, original furnishings married with modern comforts and state-of-the-art technology, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea is the ideal location for any kind of stay whether traveling for business, pleasure, honeymoon, or a family getaway.

Xigera Safari Lodge - Moremi Game Reserve

Xigera Safari Lodge – Moremi Game Reserve

Xigera Safari Lodge – Moremi Game Reserve

Named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home in the channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera Safari Lodge is unlike anything you could have imagined and raises the bar for Africa’s safari lodges.  With evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters, expect the unexpected.  Set in the heart of the Okavango Delta, you will be wowed by the wildlife that roams through it, as well as the natural beauty of the Moremi Game Reserve.

With just 12 suites displaying African artisans, Xigera has been innovatively designed to protect its pristine environment, and is 100% solar-powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability and eliminating single-use plastics. It was created and built for its clients and all its creature comforts, like air conditioning, but still meant to make you feel as though you are experiencing Africa as you should.

Honorable Mentions:

Cayo Exclusive Resort and Spa, Crete
Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo
The Woodward – Geneva
One&Only Portonovi
Nobu Hotel Marrekech
Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa – Crete
Hoshino Kai Kirishima, Japan
The Aurum, Catskills

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