Amongst the many positive trends we’re seeing evolve within the hospitality space in recent months, the promise of dozens of new luxury hotel openings in 2021 has us plotting adventures both closer to home and abroad.
As a luxury travel advisor with SmartFlyer, we are constantly scouting properties, exploring destinations, and testing out on-the-ground operators on behalf of our clients. While this process looks different now, including precautions ranging from COVID testing prior to departure and upon return, to itineraries built around social distancing and of course, constant communication with our valued hotel partners, we haven’t been this excited about new hotel openings in quite some time. In this roundup, we’re sharing twenty-one of the most anticipated properties on our radars right now.
1. AMAN NEW YORK | NEW YORK, NEW YORK
For all of our Aman junkies out there, take a deep breath because this is big news: at the crossroads of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, Aman New York will breathe new life into the already iconic Crown Building. In fact, the opening–set for spring 2021–will coincide with the Crown Building’s 100th anniversary. In its next life, the structure will be home to Aman’s flagship wellness centre complete with a 2,300 square metre spa with seven spa treatment suites and two Banya and Hammam spa houses, the latter of which will have their own private outdoor relaxation terraces with hot and cold plunge pools.
2. AMBIENTE HOTEL | SEDONA, ARIZONA
One of the most anticipated openings to date in Sedona, Ambiente Hotel brings an exciting new concept to the luxury hotel scene by blending the architecture of the building into the red rocks of Sedona. Though there has been little released about the actual opening date, we love that the resort is focusing on sustainable travel. The property will consist of forty cube-shaped guest atriums that are built above the ground on steel frames to look as if they are floating mid-air. Even more interesting, no cars will be permitted on the three-acre property; eco-minded guests will appreciate that they can ride around the hotel’s network of wellness trails in two-person electric vehicles or take a guided hike through nearby Coconino National Forest.
3. ALILA MAREA BEACH RESORT ENCINITAS | ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA
Hyatt-loyal travelers will be thrilled to learn that its Alila brand will open its first newly built property in the U.S. this March just outside San Diego. Located in one of Southern California’s most iconic coastal towns, Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas will be a crafted luxury resort, delivering authentic and bespoke experiences in a world-class beachfront setting. The resort will be committed to locally inspired programming and also feature an oceanfront pool, signature restaurant showcasing the finest sustainably sourced ingredients, more than 28,500 square feet of expansive, distinctive indoor-outdoor meetings and event spaces, and Spa Alila, a world-class spa and wellness experience that will infuse the ocean’s healing attributes throughout.
4. BISHOP’S LODGE, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION | SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO
Settled more than 150 years ago by Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, this iconic Santa Fe landmark is steeped in history and is undergoing a sensitive restoration to preserve its distinctive Southwestern heritage for the next generation. Guests will be invited to explore vibrant culture and expression through nature-driven adventures at Bishop’s Lodge including access to visual arts, ancient healing arts, culinary arts and the art of gathering. We love that the property is a part of the Auberge Resorts Collection–one of SmartFlyer’s preferred partners–not only gaining our clients access to additional amenities, but further ensuring we can customize their experience through close contact with our on-the-ground partners.
5. FOUR SEASONS NAPA | CALISTOGA, CALIFORNIA
As one of the most anticipated openings in California wine country in recent memory, our team is eager to see Four Seasons Napa open its doors in early spring 2021. The property is nestled in the historic town of Calistoga and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards, framed by picturesque forests and majestic mountains. For a hands-on experience where you’ll learn more about the winemaking process, take a front-row seat for world-class winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown’s tasting sessions.
6. HUTTON BRICKYARDS | KINGSTON, NEW YORK
For New Yorkers seeking an escape from city life, the impending opening of Hutton Brickyards in Kingston–a quaint town upstate–promises outdoor recreation and indoor luxury. The building itself offers architecture lovers something to marvel at; the hotel will be housed in what was the region’s last architecturally intact brick manufactory. Fifty years have passed since the final bricks were fired and in 2021, Hutton Brickyards will be reborn as a rambling imaginative new hotel, spa restaurant and events retreat. The property will feature 25 guest cabins and suites, each thoughtfully designed to optimize privacy and Hudson River views.
7. MONTAGE BIG SKY | BIG SKY, MONTANA