As we welcome a new decade, Small Luxury Hotels of the World unveils its most anticipated luxury hotel openings for 2020. From a boutique hotel in Miami which allegedly inspired the Conga dance to a blissful resort nestled within The Himalayas, here is a sneak peek of the most exciting destinations and boutique hotels to look forward to in 2020.
OPENING FEBRUARY 2020
The Celino South Beach, Miami, USA
Rooms start from USD495 per night including breakfast
February 2020 will see Miami hosting the 54th Super Bowl and welcoming a new luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s Ocean Drive. The Celino South Beach has transformed three art deco buildings, including the landmark Park Central Hotel, into one luxurious boutique hotel with eclectic custom furniture, pop colours, and a rooftop pool featuring a peekaboo glass bottom that is visible from the Atrium below. Park Central Hotel, a favourite of silver screen stars like Bogart and Hayworth, was allegedly the birthplace of the conga line so guests should keep an eye out for conga-line kits with how-to guides, drums and cigars in their rooms.
KASA Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Rooms start from USD135 per night including breakfast
KASA Hotel Riviera Maya sits in the exclusive beach, marine and golf community of Puerto Aventuras. This private gated community is an emerging area on the Riviera Maya, away from the crowds in an area of lush tropical foliage, with a smart sailing community, full-service marina, golf course and uncrowded beach. The concierge at KASA Hotel Riviera Maya is skilled at arranging local adventures in the Riviera Maya including cenote diving, biking explorations of the area’s Mayan ruins, Mexican cooking classes and diving alongside sea turtles in Akumal.
OPENING APRIL 2020
Torre Del Marques, Matarraña, Spain
Rooms start from EUR377 per night including breakfast
With its sun-baked hill towns, olive groves and terraced vineyards, Matarraña is reminiscent of Tuscany’s countryside but unlike its Italian counterpart, this remote corner of Aragon is blissfully away from the tourist crowds and remains one of Spain’s undiscovered regions. Torre Del Marques is a 15th-century farmhouse turned exclusive boutique hideaway with solar panels and sustainable architecture maximising its energy efficiency. The light-filled restaurant strives to embrace an organic ‘zero-kilometre’ approach to dining, serving only food that is produced in the immediate local area including olive oil, black truffle and honey.
OPENING MAY 2020
Panoptis Escape, Mykonos, Greece
Rooms start from EUR790 per night including breakfast
On top of the hill overlooking the idyllic Elia Beach in Mykonos, Panoptis Escape is the latest addition to the Myconian Collection family. Bound by imaginative contemporary architecture, minimalist styling and artisan craftsmanship, everything about Panoptis Escape is the definition of ‘less is more’. 19 villa suites comprise the new property, each featuring their own outdoor spa Jacuzzi or private infinity pool. Unparalleled comfort and lavish amenities are provided with the help of an experienced team of staff, here to take care of guests’ every whim from personal chefs and butler services to private helicopter and yacht charters. What’s more, Jet2 will be launching summer season flights to Mykonos from Stanstead and Manchester airports on 24th May 2020, making it even easier to access the island.
OPENING JUNE 2020
Can Ferrereta, Mallorca, Spain
Located in the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferrereta will be one of Europe’s most exciting new hotel openings in summer 2020. The team behind Sant Francesc Hotel Singular has meticulously restored an historic 17th century building, comprising 32 individually designed rooms and suites, surrounded by verdant gardens. Over the years, Santanyí has attracted many international artists and today art plays a central role. Guests will stumble upon various galleries and workshops in the narrow alleys of this quiet country town. The hotel will also display one of the region’s most exciting collections of contemporary art including works from the likes of Guillem Nadal, Dominica Sanchez, Miquel Planas, Manolo Ballesteros, Riera i Aragó, Jordi Alcaraz and Jaume Plensa.
Les Sources de Cheverny, Loire Valley, France
Rooms start from EUR198 per night
Located among the beautiful vineyards of Cheverny, renowned for producing white wine such as ‘Sauvignon’ and ‘Cabernet Blanc’, Les Sources de Cheverny will open its doors with 26 rooms and 23 suites. The hotel’s spa will offer the same range of vineyard based treatments and skincare products as its Bordeaux sister property, Les Sources de Caudalie, also owned by Alice and Jerome Tourbier. The quintessential French château will host two restaurants, an organic vegetable garden as well as seven hectares of vineyards planted around the property. The wine experience will not be limited to the property’s ideal location as a real wine route will be devised to allow guests to discover the hidden wonders of the region. Close to the hotel, guests will find The Château of Cheverny which was used as a model by Hergé for Marlinspike Hall (Château de Moulinsart in French), which is featured in several Tintin stories. The château has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the most famous of cartoon reporters.
OPENING JULY 2020
Castello Di Reschio, Umbria, Italy
Rooms start from EUR795 per night
Castello di Reschio is a new boutique hotel located within a 3,700-acre pastoral estate in the Umbrian hills on Italy’s Umbria-Tuscany border. Propelling a spotlight on Italy’s forgotten heartland, the hotel houses 36 rooms and suites, a restaurant, spa, bar, library, pool and an organic farm including 5,000 olive trees. Riding lessons and excursions are available for guests and a weekly dressage event in the summer months brings equestrians together. Other activities include hiking, tennis and wild swimming in the estate lake which is available for private use, cooking lessons, olive oil making, clay pigeon shooting, truffle hunting and painting classes.
OPENING AUGUST 2020
Living Berna by Stara, Mexico City, Mexico
Living Berna by Stara is located in Mexico City’s up-and-coming Colonia Juárez neighbourhood, home to chefs, artists and designers that have brought new energy into this district,. The boutique hotel will feature fully automated luxury suites equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as a library, theatre, gym, sky bar and a rooftop garden restaurant. Close to the hotel, Café La Habana, one of Colonia Juárez’s most iconic coffee shops having first opened in 1952, is alleged to be the place where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro masterminded the Cuban Revolution.
OPENING DECEMBER 2020
Lost Horizons Resort & Spa Begnas, Pokhara, Nepal
Based on James Hilton’s classic novel Lost Horizon, Lost Horizon Resort & Spa Begnas in The Himalayas boasts a unique perspective of Begnas lake and some of the highest mountain peaks of the world. The 38-suite hotel also features a 7000 sq foot spa offering spa treatments inspired by old traditions, a pool designed to be used in all seasons, a grand bar and library lounge that overlooks Mount Manasalu. Five years after the catastrophic earthquakes where nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, the country is gearing up to celebrate 2020 as the ‘Visit Nepal’ year, with the tourism board setting a target of two million visitor arrivals.