New luxury hotels that are opening at the end of 2018
Upcoming addresses around the globe
Alcove Hotel Seoul
Opened since October
Ah, Seoul. How can we not love your buzzy metropolitan vibes and ever-trendy shopping districts? But when the hubbub gets a bit too much, you can count on making your way back to your room at Alcove Hotel Seoul for a brief respite. Located in the fashionable Gangnam district with views overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seolleung and Jeongneung (Seonjeongneung) Royal Park, this is an urban oasis that offers a spot of tranquility in the heart of the city. Have your pick between seven room types decked out in solid wood furnishings, offering a warm, cosy ambience. For a dose of pampering, you'll get luxurious French Nuxe bath amenities to boot. Free car services offer rides to COEX Mall, Asia's largest underground shopping centre which also houses the country's largest COEX aquarium, Kimchi Museum, as well as to the serene Seonjeongnueung Royal Park, where the royal tombs of the ninth King Seongjong and the 11th King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty are located. For that mandatory nightcap, wind down with panoramic views of the city at the hotel's rooftop bar, Club Limit. Unwind over creative dishes and mellow music to wrap up an unforgettable day in Seoul.
428 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Tel: +82 2-6230-8800.
Opens November 2018
Come November 2018, luxury lifestyle hotel brand SO/ is set to open its first hotel in Auckland, occupying the former Reserve Bank, which at one time housed the country's gold reserves. Instead of with your typical highbrow and fussy hotel furnishings, you'll get a luxury hotel bursting with individual character. Eclectic, dynamic and sophisticated touches adorn this hotel, courtesy of Kiwi fashion innovators. Case in point: The hotel has a bar instead of a lobby, with everything in the minibar available to guests (for free). Staff don't wear name tags, and their usual starched uniforms have been swapped for bold and colourful apparel featuring the hotel's signature emblem — designed to reflect the volcanic history of Auckland and New Zealand's natural beauty. The hotel's rooftop bar, touted as a place to see and be seen affords views of Rangitoto and of Auckland's cityscape. But if mingling with strangers isn't really your thing, head to the Harbour Society restaurant on the 15th floor. The restaurant, which offers a taste of French-inspired cuisine, is helmed by Chef Marc de Passorio, former owner of the Michelin-starred L'Esprit de la Violette.
67 Customs St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Tel: +64 9-365 0000.
Open for reservations from mid-November 2018
Located on the Southern coast of Hainan island, China's latest luxury beach resort Capella Sanya boasts contemporary comforts amid secluded and peaceful surroundings. Paying tribute to Hainan island's rich maritime history (it was an important pit stop along the Silk Road), the resort's design features an artful blend of elements from around the world to reflect a themed journey across the renowned trading route. A traditional Chinese tea house, a Moroccan hammam, spa treatments inspired by Eastern traditions, and six distinctive restaurants focusing on cuisines found along the Silk Road offer a unique experience in this idyllic seaside resort. Natural elements like water, wood, and rocks can also be found across the resort and its 190 rooms and villas. Coupled with private pools and terrace dining offering views of the South China sea, Capella Sanya is certainly set to redefine luxury beach resorts.
Tufu Resort Area, Yingzhou Town, Lingshui County Hainan Province, China 572400, Tel: +65 6887 9835.
Opens 1 December
The Caribbean gets its first contemporary resort by way of Silversands Granada. This is a breath of fresh air as compared to the usual colonial-style resorts found in the area. All 43 rooms and nine residential villas (available for rent or purchase, if you so wish) are decked out in minimalistic furnishings in neutral shades of grey, blue, and cream, complete with touches of pale marble, natural wood, stone textures, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort's 100-metre infinity pool is the perfect spot to work on your tan, but if those hours in the sun are starting to take a toll on your skin, simply head over to the spa for locally-inspired treatments from independent boutique brands. Despite the resort's contemporary front, a focus on community and culture lies at the heart of Silversands Granada. The resort's two in-house restaurants will feature a host of authentic Granadian dishes and Asian-inspired fare. Produce grown by a network of single Granadian mothers will be used, creating sustainable economic benefits for these local women. A curated cigar and rum bar will also feature rare, small-batch rums from the best Caribbean distilleries and locally-sourced Grenadian rums, with cigars sourced from around the globe.
Grand Anse Main Rd, St George's, Grenada, Tel: +1 473 533 8888