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10 Great New Luxury Hotels Opening Now

Award-winning travel advisor Jack Ezon is the founder of Embark Beyond, an experiential travel advisory, and a noted industry expert. Recently he shared his list of the 10 hotels recently opened and opening soon that he thinks should be on your “must visit” list.

1.    Singita Kwitonda, Rwanda
2.    One & Only Nyungwe House & One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda
3.    JK Paris, Paris, France
4.    Four Seasons Los Cabos
5.    Hotel Torre Mazza, Puglia, Italy
6.    Equinox, Hudson Yards, New York
7.    Auberge Blue Sky, Park City, Utah
8.    Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica
9.    Raffles Hotel, Singapore
10.  Four Seasons Philadelphia At Comcast Center

1.  Singita Kwitonda, Rwanda

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Though only nine units, Singita’s entry into Rwanda will catapult the already bourgeoning country onto the main stage of luxury destinations. While most lodges are an hour-plus away from Volcanos National Park, Singita Kwintonda is a mere low stone wall separating it from the park. That means earlier and easier exclusive access to get up close to the gorillas. In total Singita style, no comfort will be overlooked and you can expect a major focus on food and wine.

Singita Kwitonda Lodge sits on a 178-acre stretch of land right on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where more than a third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas find refuge.

Kataza House

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Four-bedroom villa, Kataza House (sleeps 8) with indoor baths and showers, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a media room, informal living and dining areas, kitchen, covered veranda, heated plunge pool, outdoor shower and indoor and outdoor massage/treatment areas is perfect for families and friends traveling together.

Two-Bedroom Suite

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A two-bedroom suite (sleeps 4) with indoor bath and shower, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a sitting/rest area, dressing room, mini bar, covered veranda, heated plunge pool, outdoor shower and indoor and outdoor massage/treatment is perfect for families. 

2.  One & Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda 

One&Only Resorts will pave the way for travelers to experience Rwanda and all its natural wonders in the modern luxury style that’s made it famous. The 22 room One&Only Nyungwe House opens on the grounds of lush working tea plantation on the footsteps of the ancient Nyungwe Forest National Park (the oldest on the planet) – famous for its chimpanzees. 

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Combine it with soon to open One&Only Gorilla’s Nest which debuts on the foothills of the acclaimed Virunga Volcano range where guests will have the opportunity to encounter one of the rarest wildlife experiences in the world (which only a few thousand people a year have access to) – interacting with gorillas in their native habitat.

Two-Bedroom Forest Suite

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Blending into the lush, mountainous landscape, families and friends can retreat to a spacious residence. A chic, lodge-inspired aesthetic weaves through two large bedrooms, each with a fireplace and picturesque private deck. 

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An elegant living and dining room offers the place to relax and share a chilled drink from the replenished mini-bar. State-of-the-art technology brings a modern edge to the environment, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know on the resort. Two spacious, en-suite bathrooms feature twin vanities, wilderness-view showers, and indulgent stand-alone baths.

3. JK Place Rive Gauche, Paris

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JK Place brings the first ultra-luxury boutique hotel to Paris’ left bank. Located in the 7th Arrondissement, Michaele Bonan’s 30 beautifully designed rooms take this coveted area of Paris to another level, literally across from Place de la Concorde, next to Musee d’Orsay on the corner with Saint Germain, set in a former embassy. Think Italian chic fused with Paris elegance.

JK Master Suite

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The 515 sq. ft. JK Master Suite features a King-size or twin beds upon availability, overlooking the patio or a typical Parisian street. It features a walk-in closet, a decorative fireplace, and a parquet wooden floor, along with a private Italian marble bathroom with a wide shower and AlmaK toiletries for your comfort. It can accommodate up to three guests with an extra bed or a crib. Wi-Fi and minibar soft drinks are complimentary and access to the Sisley spa is included.

4.  Four Seasons Los Cabos

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The Four Seasons opens up the less commercial Northern corridor of the Sea of Cortez with a dramatic coast line and enviable harbor that will surely be a magnet for mega-yachts.

Welcome to the first Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos marina resort, a showpiece of contemporary design on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Nestled on two miles of untouched beachfront on the Sea of Cortez, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palma fills your days with swimming, snorkeling, sport fishing, golf, and desert adventures.

There are four restaurants, including Estiatorio Milos, founded by acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis who has made it a culinary destination in Montreal, New York, Athens, Las Vegas, Miami, and London. International flair meets local ingredients at this chic beachside restaurant and bar.

Three-Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa

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The 3,475 sq. ft. Three-Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa provides direct beach access, a show kitchen, personal chef on request for meals, and Four Seasons Personal Assistant. Live outdoors on expansive terraces with three plunge pools. The sleekly modern interior features large living areas.

5.  Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia, Italy

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A beautiful 40 room reinvention of an ancient a Puglian farmhouse by Olga Polizzi, Masseria Torre Maizza has been flagged as a fabulous Rocco Forte resort just steps from the beach offering a boutique resort experience with a dose of RF’s famous color pops.

Torre Suite

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Found on the top floor of the masseria’s tower, the 890 sq. ft. Torre Suite is Torre Maizza’s most impressive accommodation. This two-bedroom residence is decorated in shades that evoke the dusky hues of the olive trees outside, the blue of the nearby Adriatic Sea and natural tones of earth, citrus, and stone. 

Local Trani stone has been used to craft the generous bathroom, with its large bathtub, walk-in shower, and Irene Forte Skincare products. Puglian objects d’art and hand-embroidered textiles abound, adding local color and flair while the private terrace looks out over the surrounding countryside, towards the coast. 

With its chic dining area and sleek sun loungers, the terrace is ideal both for entertaining and low-key family dinners, or simply basking in the warmth of the Italian sunshine.

Grand Suite with Terrace and Plunge Pool

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From the hand-embroidered linens and stylish cane furniture to locally sourced timber accents, the beauty of Puglia is stylishly woven throughout the décor of our serene 700-sq. ft. Grand Suite with Terrace Garden and Plunge Pool. 

Walkthrough the elegant living room with its well-appointed dining area, ideal for entertaining, past the bedroom with its sumptuous super king-sized bed, and towards the terrace doors. Step out to enjoy spectacular views of Puglia and the verdant, rolling sweep of the golf course from your private garden, perhaps sharing a meal with guests in the open air or taking a dip in your private plunge pool. Back inside, there is a spacious bathroom with freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower.

6.  Equinox, Hudson Yards, New York

Not only does this hotel represent the first hotel opening in the greatly anticipated Hudson Yards project but also the first foray of Equinox into the hotel space. 

The sleek new build promises to fuse lifestyle and luxury (Think Four Seasons meets Ace Hotel) with a strong dose of wellness, including a 60,000 sq. ft. Equinox gym is complimentary for guests, a slick new Soul Cycle and 15,000 sq. ft. spa. 

Guests can have their gym clothes cleaned daily with compliments of the house and have their personal training profile follow them at any Equinox hotel or gym around the world.

EQX One Bedroom Suite

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The 1,520 sq. ft. EQX One Bedroom Suite features a dark, quiet, cool sleep chamber with Equinox custom king-size bed, handcrafted, all-natural fibers, high-grade linen, pillows and two goose down tropical weight duvets. Total blackout window shades allows you to optimize rest, there is clinical grade filtered air, filtered water, and 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.

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For your waking hours, there are separate living and dining areas, with a dining table that seats six, so perfect for small business meetings.

7. The Lodge at Blue Sky, Park City, Utah

Set outside of Salt Lake City’s pristine mountains, The Lodge at Blue Sky from Auberge Resorts Collection will be a game-changer in offering a luxury ranch and tented camp experience within easy reach of a hub city. 

Its luxury yurts will be among the largest glamping options in the country while its bespoke approach to outdoor adventures, led by ex-Aman visionary Stuart Campbell, will redefine the way people explore the American West. 

Guests will have exclusive access to heli-skiing landing directly at Blue Sky for incredibly private off-piste adventures with over 1 million acres of private backcountry skiing within a 10-minute flight.

Signature Suites

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The two-bedroom Red Tail Suite is a corner unit situated at the north end of the Sky Lodge. This suite is ideal for families or those looking to relax with more space. 

Expansive living space offers a dining table with seating for six guests and lounge with ample seating in which to reconnect after an exhilarating day of exploration. 

Two master bedrooms each feature king beds, or two twins, private ensuite bathrooms, and outdoor terraces with mountain and valley views. The corresponding photo may not reflect the specific accessible room type.

Creek Houses

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The two-bedroom Red Tail Suite is a corner unit situated at the north end of the Sky Lodge. This suite is ideal for families or those looking to relax with more space. 

Expansive living space offers a dining table with seating for six guests and lounge with ample seating in which to reconnect after an exhilarating day of exploration. 

Two master bedrooms each feature king beds, or two twins, private ensuite bathrooms, and outdoor terraces with mountain and valley views. The corresponding photo may not reflect the specific accessible room type.

Creek Houses

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The 700 sq. ft. Creek Houses at Blue Sky are one-bedroom, free-standing suites situated along the banks of Alexander Creek, the river that runs through Blue Sky’s property. 

The soothing sounds of the wind moving through the surrounding Aspen grove and the murmuring of the creek is the ultimate soundtrack for couples looking to unwind and forge meaningful connections with nature and with each other. 

These open-concept suites are located within a three-minute walk from the Sky Lodge and Edge Spa.

8. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica

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Look for the new Kempinski to redefine luxury on the sleepy island of Dominica. Surrounded by the Cabrits National Park, home to 365 rivers, waterfalls and pristine hot springs, the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski will offer guests eco-tourism activities with world-class accommodations in a beautiful beach setting.

Presidential Villa

Stay in the largest suite in Dominica when you book the Presidential Villa. The 4,585 sq. ft. villa features two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate toilet, a spacious dining room, and living room, separate butler’s pantry and private spa room and sauna.

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Plush king-size beds can be found in each bedroom, both a standalone bathtub and powerful shower are included in each bathroom, and the large windows enable guests to look out across Douglas Bay, towards the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Outdoors, you will be able to soak up the sun’s rays on your own terrace with dining furniture and outdoor grill, or enjoy a relaxing morning swim in the villa’s private pool.

The Presidential Villa is also served by a private butler, and a private chef is also available on request. Whatever you require, no matter what time of day, the concierge team will be on-hand to assist.

9.  Raffles Hotel, Singapore

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The legendary Raffles Singapore (originally built in1887) reopens its doors after an extensive three-year renovation heralding back Singapore’s age as a colonial trading hub, and the place where VIPs all stayed and was the venue for important business deals.

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With a whole new shopping and culinary experience, reimagined rooms that embrace the past and present and a commitment to preserving the Raffle’s elegant sense of arrival, there’s never been a better time to try a Singapore Sling where it was invented.

The Sarkies Suite 

The 2,798 sq. ft. Sarkies Suite is named after the family that founded Raffles and managed it until the early 1930s. Hailing from Armenia, the Sarkies Brothers also owned the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, and The Strand in Yangon, Myanmar. There is a separate parlor, dining room, living room, dressing area, and personal pantry. Step out onto your private balcony with Palm Court views.

The Sir Stamford Raffles Suite

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Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, this suite, also 2,798 sq. ft. honors the many achievements of this great man. Much revered for his foresight and talents, this British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java and Governor-General of Bencoolen was also an avid botanist, zoologist, and historian. Amenities are the same as The Sarkies Suite, but with its own unique design.

10. Four Seasons Philadelphia At Comcast Center

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Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center marks the brand’s return to Philadelphia in the city’s tallest tower, with restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Greg Vernick, and a 57th-floor spa and pool, aiming to be the first true luxury resort in Philadelphia.

Presidential Suite

This 2,137 sq. ft. Presidential Suite (above) on the 56th floor includes two corner windows with north and south views over the city, showcasing all the best of Philadelphia. 

Entertain in the sumptuous living room complete with fireplace, then host 10 guests in the formal dining room, served from the butler’s kitchen. This suite can connect to a Premier Room and a Landmark Suite to create a three-bedroom unit.

Doug Gollanhttp://douggollandotcom.wordpress.com
I am Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons and DG Amazing Experiences, and a Contributor to Forbes.com.
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