These Luxury Hotels Look Back And Laugh At 5 Star.
There’s nothing better than blowing your budget and checking into a five-star hotel, safe in the knowledge that you are resting your head in one of the most luxurious accommodations in the entire world.
Every year, there are a plethora of high profile new openings all across the globe, offering comfort, indulgences, and stylish surroundings. We’re bringing you a list of the most exclusive hotels opening around the world in 2016, although there is no rating officially above 5 star be assured these hotels we be at the top of the range in both luxury and rates. Book your room now; there’s guaranteed to be a long waiting list.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
Situated on the edge of a canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar will be the highest altitude five-star resort in the whole of the Middle East when it opens in March. Offering mountain views, luxury surroundings and spa treatments galore, it’s conveniently located just two hours from Muscat International Airport and four hours away from Dubai.
This carefully considered destination means that it is sure to attract wealthy locals and tourists alike, offering a secluded resort away from the heat and hustle of the cities. The stylish contemporary design will reference both Western and Eastern interior ideals, including motifs imitating those on Oman’s forts and castles.
Experience is everything here, with the resort offering an infinity pool to soak in whilst admiring the view, ancient hammam massages in the spa, a restaurant perched on a platform on the edge of the canyon, and an Arabian marketplace that springs up in the courtyard once the sun sets.
The Ritz, Paris
The grand reopening of The Ritz in Paris is sure to be a celebrity-studded grand affair. Due to open its doors in March, we can expect many new features against the restoration of the much loved interiors. New York-based architect, Thierry W. Despont has paid close attention to commemorating and celebrating many of the hotel’s best loved features, whilst designing several statement changes which will complement the existing architecture.
A secret tunnel under the Place Vendome will allow for discreet arrivals for guests seeking privacy, a luxurious new Chanel skin-care oriented spa is ideal for relaxing retreats, and a retractable roof will allow the roof garden to be enjoyed all year round. The most striking addition to the building is sure to be the unveiling of the shopping gallery, featuring Chanel, Prada and Cartier boutiques.
Amanemu, Ago Bay
Opening early this year, Amanemu is designed to celebrate the abundance of natural mineral hot springs (onsen) in the Ise Shima National Park. Comprising of four villas and 24 luxury suites, the resort will adhere to a traditional Japanese aesthetic with a stylish edge, featuring organic materials and a natural colour palette.
Arrive in style by taking a short helicopter ride from Nagoya, admiring the luscious landscapes and crystal clear waters that surround the resort. The true luxury here is that each suite offers its own private onsen, where you can bathe and relax in complete privacy, an extremely rare feature of other spa hotels. If you wish to interact with the other guests, there is a full Aman spa, two larger hot spring pools and a meditating pavilion located beside a beautiful lotus pond.
Atlantis by Giardino, Zurich
Perfectly positioned for a retreat indulging in a little Swiss luxury, Atlantis by Giardino is located at the foot of the Uetilberg Mountain, just a short distance from the town centre and on the fringe of vast woodlands. The original Atlantis hotel boasted visitors including Freddie Mercury (who gave an impromptu performance in the hotel bar) and Steve McQueen, and this reboot aims to attract a similar calibre of guest with its slick contemporary interiors and restaurant duo headed up by Michelin-starred chefs. The modernist structure was originally built in the 1960’s and reopened just last month, incorporating state-of-the-art technology into the existing hotel. Luxurious materials feature throughout the corridors, rooms and communal spaces, and stylish bespoke furniture was commissioned especially for the hotel. When it comes to relaxation, the Atlantis offers a 25-meter heated outdoor pool and an indoor spa with Ayurvedic treatments; meaning you never need to leave the hotel grounds.
The Beach Samui, Thailand
For complete luxury accommodation where you can lie in bed looking over a serene shoreline, there is nowhere better than the recently opened Beach Samui. Located overlooking a marine park, complete with picturesque islands dotting the horizon, the luxury resort offers just 21 suites for an exclusive ambience.
All rooms look out onto the ocean, and feature their own private terrace, rain shower and outdoor tub. The walls can be folded back to allow guests to fully immerse themselves with the beautiful landscapes, allowing guests to lie in bed amongst the minimal white interiors feeling the sea breeze filter through the suite.
For those who are conscious of conservation, there is a strong emphasis on keeping the retreat environmentally friendly, utilising solar panels and filtered rain water, with an abundance of local organic produce available in the restaurant.
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