With so many outstanding hotels opening around the world this year, the question travellers face may not be so much ‘where to go,’ but rather, ‘where to stay’
Alila Fort Bishangarh
If you always imagined that you were a royal warlord in a past life – and, frankly, who hasn’t entertained the notion – this is the place for you. The 59-suite Alila Fort Bishangarh, opening in Jaipur, India, on Feb. 28, is centred around a historic hilltop fortress with two-metre-thick walls and views of the Rajasthani countryside. A new addition houses guest accommodations and lavish public spaces. In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, you can enjoy cigars and cognacs while nestled in a turret, or head to a bar, lounge, library, pool, fitness centre, children’s club, expansive lawns, organic garden, or spa, where the pressing of the flesh is no doubt much more enjoyable than in the old days when this space served as the dungeon. Rates from $375.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts
Facebook status: “Chillaxing with a fruity cocktail on Banana Beach. (No, that’s not a euphemism).” Yes, that could be you, when the Park Hyatt St. Kitts opens on this secluded white-sand beach on St. Kitts this summer. If the exotic Caribbean location with easy access to neighbouring Nevis isn’t enough, the resort also offers two swimming pools – one for families and another just for the grown-ups, a spa, kids’ camp, and several food and dining options, including a rum bar. The 126-room hotel features 48 suites, some of which have rooftop swimming pools, and a three-bedroom presidential villa with butler service and a private chef. Opening rates from $510 low season, $1,210 high season.
The Whitby New York
Firmdale Hotels’ husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of New York’s Crosby Street Hotel and a cadre of cozy lodgings around London, are expected to deliver once again. The couple, renowned for their colourful patterns and textures, will welcome the Whitby New York to the world on Feb. 27. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the property will feature 86 rooms (many with private terraces), an all-day dining bar and restaurant, terrace, library, orangery, gym, and 130-seat cinema. Rates from $1,060 CDN.
Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne
The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, opening this summer, combines eco-friendly style and holistic, healthy living. Nestled on a wooded ridge above Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, the 148-acre Alpine property has a 9,940-square-metre spa with three pools, 18 treatment rooms, fitness area, yoga studio, hammam, sauna, whirlpools and a Kneipp hydrotherapy bath; nine-hole golf course; three championship tennis courts; curling rink; 69 km of hiking and biking trails; and a private lido on the lake for water sports. After an active day, you won’t feel so guilty indulging at one of the 13 restaurants and bars … or catching a lift in Europe’s highest outdoor elevator, as opposed to taking the stairs. Choose from four lodgings: three-star, 12-room 19th-century Taverne ($195); 108-room, four-star superior Palace (from $575); 102-room, five-star superior Bürgenstock (from $1,050CDN); and 160-room, five-star Waldhotel Healthy Living, offering healthy meals, spa services, and facilities for medical check-ups, physical therapy, weight loss, and post-operative convalescence (from $705).