A new year means our annual list of hotel openings is baaaack, and 2019 is set to be a corker! There are loads of openings filling this year’s calendar but we’ve whittled down the hefty list to some spectacularly luxurious lodgings in Australia as well as some notable mentions abroad.
Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor (cover image: Raffles Singapore).
Raffles Hotel, Singapore – reopening August 2019
The iconic home of the Singapore Sling, the 131-year-old Raffles Hotel is undergoing a lavish facelift. The reno, which began is 2017 is the hotel’s biggest revamp so far and is set to include: new restaurants from notable chefs, VIP day spa and deluxe suites. Five restaurants and six bars will cater for all tastebuds and the famous Long Bar will reopen with a lush new interior. You’ll find us by the rooftop pool with a Singapore Sling in hand!
Details at: rafflessingapore.com
The Legian Sire, Lombok
‘The Legian’ has long been a favourite among Aussie’s looking for stylish accommodation in Bali, and now the Legian Hotel Management are set to give us another amazing option with the Legian Sire. Idyllic Lombok island, a 25 min plane ride from Bali, is the setting for the new venture. In the mix are 55 and 75ft infinity pools, three restaurants all with ocean views, pool villas and beach access villas. We’re super excited for this one – it will be a superb escape for those looking for a vacation close to Bali but without the crowds.
Details at: lhm-hotels.com
Ritz-Carlton Perth, June 2019
Perth has been abuzz in recent years with a smattering of luxury hotel openings, and the new Ritz Carlton will be the icing on the cake. Perthians have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the 500 million dollar hotel – its two colossal towers take up a significant footprint at the ever-changing Elizabeth Quay precinct. Boasting 204 luxury suites, the six star hotel will include four world-class restaurants and bars, and an open air venue that will be open to the public. Kings Park, Perth City and the cultural hub of Northbridge are a hop-step and jump away but we won’t blame you if you don’t want to venture outside of the hotel itself – it’s set to be a jaw-dropper.
Details at: www.ritzcarlton.com/perth
Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi – opening February 2019
Off the beaten track in Abu Dhabi at this swanky, new resort you’ll be privy to panoramic desert views and the opportunity for a gobsmacking nomadic dining experience among the sand dunes. The oasis-inspired facade and interior are a refreshing change to ‘the norm’ with understated luxury throughout – a nod to Emirati culture. The stunning digs include 103 rooms and suites, five options for dining out plus an incredibly insta-worthy desert camp.
Details at: jumeirah.com
MGallery at Chadstone – second half 2019
As if Chadstone’s title as the epicentre of Australian fashion retail wasn’t enough, the bar will be set even higher with the luxury Chadstone Hotel to accompany the centre’s 600 retail outlets. Along with an exceptional shopping precinct at their doorstep, hotel guests can unwind in the rooftop infinity pool, dine at two restaurants or sip a cocktail at the lounge bar. The new build, which is part of the MGallery by Sofitel Hotels, will look to make the area even more appealing for interstate and international tourists, and hopes to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating.
Details at: chadstone.com.au/development
J.K. Place Paris – opening first half 2019
Small, boutique hotels mean luxury accommodation that doesn’t need to be shared among many. We love em! J.K. Place is renowned for it’s opulent properties that resemble private guest houses rather than hotels. The attention to detail and style across the brand is exceptional, and the new Paris hotel will undoubtedly be equally as elegant as the rest. If the J.K. Florence (pictured below) is anything to go by, you may as well book us in for a Parisian holiday ASAP.
Details at: jkplaces.com/it/jkparis. Images of Florence JK Place from JK Places.
W Hotel, Sydney – opening early 2020
Sydney’s Darling Harbour is one of Australia’s most iconic views…and fancy getting THAT view from an infinity pool. Wowsers. Well, that is what’s in store for guests at the luxury W Hotel – set to open in 2020, which will also feature 593 rooms (inc serviced apartments), a restaurant, two bars, and a revitalised IMAX theatre. Originally intended to open in 2019, the $700 million dollar build is part of Marriott International’s big plans for Aus in 2020 – they’re also opening a W Hotel on Melbourne’s Flinders Lane.
Details at: marriott.com.au