21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant

Updated: Jan 29, 2021


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

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.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

7. MONTAGE BIG SKY | BIG SKY, MONTANA

Centrally located in the mountains of Big Sky, Montana, Montage Hotels & Resorts is constructing a masterful residence-style project set to open in late 2021. The property will feature 150 guest rooms and suites along with 39 Montage Residences. For those who are eager to hit the mountain, Montage Big Sky will offer ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 skiable acres. For those who want to hang back at the resort, there will be no shortage of activities including a locally-inspired restaurant, lobby bar, and lounge, market, pub, and recreation room with a bowling alley, indoor lap pool, family swimming pool, and signature Spa Montage.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

8. PENDRY PARK CITY | PARK CITY, UTAH

Despite being Utah’s most well-known ski town, we love that Park City remains low-key while continuing to innovate on the hotel front. Late 2021 will see the opening of Pendry Park City, a year-round mountain resort situated to offer easy access to more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. The property will feature four unique lounge, restaurant and bar experiences, a rooftop pool and bar, a full-service Spa Pendry and the brand’s signature Pinwheel Kids Club.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

9. THE GREEN O AT PAWS UP | GREENOUGH, MONTANA

You’ll find this gem under a canopy of towering pines, but only if you know precisely where to look. Nestled deep on the densely timbered southern edge of the expansive 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch, the Green O at Paws Up will be a hidden gem designed for adults searching for the perfect blend of adventure and serenity. This isn’t just a luxury resort, this is a place where breathtaking views meet thrilling outdoor adventures—a place where your soul and spirit can wander.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

10. ROSEWOOD LE GUANAHANI | ST BARTHELEMY

Upon closing after Hurricane Irma hit, the reopening of this French West Indies island staple–now under beloved Rosewood Hotels’ management–has long been on the radar of those who are in-the-know. Nestled on eighteen lush and secluded acres overlooking two stunning beaches on a private peninsula, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth is a full-service luxury resort that takes a sustainable approach to hospitality. The rooms and suites—most with an ocean view and some with private pool—feature bright, colorful exteriors and modern interior design bathed in natural sunlight. Its restaurant will offer Mediterranean cuisine, three distinct dining ambiances and two bars, all with views of the beach and ocean. Sense, A Rosewood Spa extends personal well-being, making your St. Barth vacations deeply rejuvenating.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

11. KIMPTON TULUM | TULUM, MEXICO

A sanctuary that exalts peace, energy, and inspiration, while this property technically opened at the tail end of 2020, we’re including it here because our clients have been longing for a more refined Tulum product for so long. Kimpton Aluna Tulum–operated by IHG–is mix of spirituality and cutting-edge lifestyle in a pristine design based on Mayan and Mexican influences. Privately located within the most exclusive and chic urban development in town, the resort offers the best of both worlds: secluded enough to allow an enclave of relaxation and spiritual reconnection yet at an easy ride from the white sand beaches and the energetic, vibrant atmosphere of downtown. Don’t forget to take advantage of alfresco culinary creations by the pristine pool or in the rooftop terrace.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

12. CHEVAL BLANC PARIS | PARIS, FRANCE

As they say, good things come to those who wait and this highly anticipated opening certainly fits the bill as it has been on our radar since 2019. For those unfamiliar with the Cheval Blanc brand, it’s owned by LVHM, so you can rest assured no detail goes overlooked–a peek at their properties in the Maldives, St. Barth’s, Courchevel, and more all serve as evidence. This spring, architect Peter Marino will debut his work turning La Samaritaine (a former department store) into the brand’s Art Deco flagship furnished with the finest French touches. Cheval Blanc Paris‘ Left Bank location on the edge of the Seine will be reason enough to get back to our beloved City of Lights.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

13. FOUR SEASONS MADRID | MADRID, SPAIN

Having been under construction since 2013, the opening of this Madrid has made big waves in the hospitality industry. History comes to life with vibrant modern energy at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid which resides in a complex of seven different buildings that date back to the mid-1800s. For foodies, Spanish celebrity chef Dani García’s rooftop dining is a destination in and of itself. Or, there’s always the four-level spa and a sun-splashed pool terrace to enjoy; no matter how you choose to spend your time, Four Seasons is bringing a new level of luxury and service to Madrid.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

14. ONE&ONLY PORTONOVI | PORTONOVI, MONTENEGRO

Resplendent at the entrance of Boka Bay, a fjord-like idyll on Montenegro’s Adriatic Sea, One&Only Portonovi is a year-round haven where cultural wonders and fresh-air adventures meet the glamour of Europe’s most fashionable new riviera. Feel the world melt away as you unwind on One&Only Portonovi’s secluded sandy beach and, as the Mediterranean sun washes over you, let the uplifting beats from Tapasake Club gently get under your skin. Allow your mood to dictate which of the sparkling pools you’d prefer to take a dip in, before ambling across to one of our world-class restaurants to savour an array of Montenegrin, Mediterranean and Asian flavours. For relaxation where the emphasis is on health and wellbeing, the pioneering Espace Chenot takes a 360-degree approach to your pampering and purification needs.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

15. VILLA IGIEA, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL | PALERMO, ITALY

Missing Italy? Us too. Now is the perfect time to plot your visit to Sicily to discover history, majesty and serenity at Villa Igiea: a turn-of-the-century palazzo at the perimeter of vivid Palermo, the foot of Mount Pellegrino and the Gulf of Palermo. This long-loved seaside-meets-city spot has been a sanctuary for royalty, dignitaries and Hollywood luminaries but we consider it new as it’s been revitalised by Rocco Forte. Guests will find themselves trace their paths through tiered villa gardens that sweep down to the port and out to the Tyrrhenian Sea and onto excursions uncovering Palermo’s bustling markets, Baroque palaces and ancient sites.

21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

16. THE WOODWARD | ENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Oetker Collection’s tenth masterpiece hotel, The Woodward, will open in Geneva this spring. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, guests will find classic-meets-contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain views. Each of the 26-suites has been carefully curated to possess their own distinct character and individual design details with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases wit twenty-one of the suites offering a full lake view. World-class dining experiences will be provided by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier, both recipients of Michelin stars for their New York outposts. In keeping with Oetker Collection’s commitment to wellbeing, the hotel’s 13,000 square foot spa will include a Wellness Institute by Maison Guerlain and a 21-meter indoor swimming pool – the longest in Geneva. There will be a state-of-the-art gym, two saunas, two steam rooms, two Swedish baths, and a jacuzzi.


21 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2021 by Elena Borrero, SmartFlyer Travel Consultant, Bergen County Moms

17. AQUA EXPEDITIONS: AQUA NERA | PERUVIAN AMAZON

While this may not technically qualify as a new luxury hotel opening for 2021, we couldn’t resist including one of our favorite products at sea (or in this case, river!), because Aqua Expeditions essentially offers a floating hotel experience! Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical black water lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions small-ship expeditions are known for. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Aqua Nera takes guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury and featuring an authentic Amazonia-inspired cuisine experience created by renowned chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.