BEST HOTELS OPENING IN 2016

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A list of the best hotels opening in 2016

THE FONTENAY, Hamburg 

Hotel The Fontenay, Hamburg

Hotel The Fontenay, Hamburg

In the Fontenay hotel the Hanseatic luxury is presented in a contemporary style. The structure looks like a shiny jewel on the Alster lake banks. This new hotel, designed by Matteo Thun and Störmer Murphy studio, will have three restaurants and a panoramic spa area. In the garden restaurant you can taste food on a sunny terrace, and in the infinity pool, partially indoor and outdoor, you can relax surrounded by the magical nature of the region. The hotel will have deluxe rooms, presidential suites and 20 permanent private residences, each one with a strong appeal characterized by natural materials presented in a very contemporary way. One of the best hotels opening in 2016. The opening is scheduled for autumn 2016.

Room at The Fontenay, Hamburg

Room at The Fontenay, Hamburg

Info: The Fontenay . Fontenay 10, 20354 Hamburg . Tel +49 (0)40 605 6 605-0 . Fax +49 (0)40 605 6 605-888 . E-Mail info@thefontenay.de . www.thefontenay.de

The Fontenay, Amburgo

The Fontenay, Hamburg 

AMANEMU, Japan

Amanemu, Aman Giappone

Amanemu, Aman Giappone

The elegant essence of Japan , a review of the traditional ryokan style and the unique setting of the Ago Bay, also known as “Bay of Pearls”, are the stroke points of the Amanemu resort. This hotel is the second structure in Japan of the Aman group. The resort is located in the southwest of Tokyo and it is sorrounded by the national park of Ise-Shima. Suites and villas are all characterized by a wonderful view over the Ago Bay or the gardens. The interior space results really brightned and it becomes part of a quite magical context, made of natural materials, handmade fabrics and soothing shades. Sliding doors open the space towards a large terrace.

Every room has a small traditional thermal bath, called onsen. The Spa of the resort is organized around the theme of water: it is designed around a large onsen and its waters are rich in natural minerals. The structure also has two private onsen areas, a Watsu pool, four treatment suites and a fitness center. The resort itself is a hub for travelling in the cultural and natural beauty of the bay. Nearby there is the sacred area of ​​Shinto and the path of Kumano Kodo, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The opening is scheduled for early 2016.

Info: Amanresorts International Pte Ltd1 Orchard Spring Lane, #05-01 Tourism CourtSingapore 247729. Tel (65) 6883 2555 . Fax (65) 6883 0555 . Email info@amanresorts.com . www.aman.com. 

THE RITZ IN PARIS

Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris

Restoration of the Ritz Paris

Restoration of the Ritz Paris

The famous landmark hotel of artists, poets, celebrities reopens in early 2016 after a big renovation by interior designer Thierry W. Despont. The awareness of a historic hotel is reinterpreted with a contemporary splendor, adding value to a name that has become an icon. The structure will have prestigious rooms and suites, including 13 unique suites. The new Ritz hotel will include three restaurants, edited by the talented chef Nicolas Sale, and three bars, including the famous Hemingway bar, the Bar Vendome, that looks like a fairy-tale winter garden, and the Salon Proust, where you can sip a tea in front of the fireplace. Beauty and body care will also have special attention.

Chanel will open here its first Spa in the world with characteristic treatments. The historic neo-classical pool, a sauna, a turkish bath and a fitness area integrate the wellness part of one of the best hotels opening in 2016. The opening is scheduled for March 2016.

 The Ritz Paris before restoration

The Ritz Paris before restoration

Info: The Ritz . 15 Place Vendôme 75001 Paris, France; Tel +33 1 43 16 30 30 . www.ritzparis.com

OWL AND PUSSYCAT, Sri Lanka

The Owl and the Pussycat, Thalpe, Sri Lanka

The Owl and Pussycat, Thalpe, Sri Lanka

The Owl and Pussycat, Thalpe

The Owl and Pussycat, Thalpe, Sri Lanka

Pastels and vibrant hues: there is a bohemian atmosphere in the new hotel Owl and the Pussycat in Thalpe, Sri Lanka. The structure has been opened from only a month but it is already fully immersed in an authentic Sri Lankan mood. The idea of the architect Uday Dhar was to create a sophisticated environment with strong local features. Spaces are characterized by colored textile elements and handcrafted fornitures made by artists from all over the world.

From every room and suite there is a breathtaking view on the Indian ocean: a unique experience in one of the best hotels opening in 2016. The hotel offers a restaurant, where you can taste local cuisine with a Mediterranean accent, a relaxing beach bar, a fantastic outdoor pool, and during the weekend a jazz band and local musicians.

Owl and Pussycat, Thalpe

Owl and Pussycat, Thalpe

Info: Owl and the Pussycat . n.78 8, Matara road, Thalpe, Sri Lanka; Tel +94777240077 . www.ophotel.com. Prices from 300 US$ per night

NOBU HOTEL, Shoreditch, London 

Nobu Hotel, London

Nobu Hotel, London

The Nobu hotel in Shoreditch is a perfect mix of industrial context and creative spirit in London. The purpose was to link the philosophy of the Nobu group with the features of the city. In this hotel the game of lights and colors of the structure reflects the active, young and artistic environment of the city. The horizontal volume is balanced between concrete, glass and steel, creating terraces that offer guests privacy, yet spacious and bright spaces. Of course you can find the most varied services for a unique experience. The opening is scheduled in the first half of the year.

Info: Nobu Hotel . 10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London

FAENA HOTEL, Miami Beach

Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

The new Faena Hotel grows up in a context characterized by stylish homes, art, culture and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. The new Faena Hotel, recently opened, offers Miami’s glamour surrounded by the charm of oceanic beach. Rooms and suites, designed by Alan Faena with award-winning producer and director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin, winner of four Academy Awards, are conceived to be an only one with the outside. 

The experience becomes even more magical with the Spa Tierra Santa, a wellness oasis of 1400 m2 where you can spoil yourself with a selection of treatments, characterized by ancient techniques, local ingredients and the latest anti-aging treatments. Inside the hotel there are three restaurants where you can enjoy a high standard of cuisine that celebrates the culinary traditions of Latin America and South America. Opened in November 2015.

Terraces at Faena Hotel Miami

Terraces at Faena Hotel Miami

Info: Faena Hotel. 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl. 33140, +54 11 4010 9000 . Email info@faenahotels.com . www.faena.com

ANGAMA MARA, Kenya

Angama Mara, Kenia

Angama Mara, Kenya

Angama Mara, Kenia

Angama Mara, Kenya

The location for the new Angama Mara Hotel, in the heart of the Maasai Mara reserve, is really unique. From every room you can have a sweeping view that transports you immediately in the atmosphere of the novel “Out of Africa” ​​by Karen Blixen.

The large windows will allow you to lose yourself in an uncontaminated nature, but also to be fascinated by the dramatic characteristic storms of the area. In just fifteen minutes you can walk down to the reserve, but for a more alternative experience, you can try the Hot Air Balloon ride. Inside the structure it will be possible to taste the local cuisine, made of fresh food, cooked at the moment, and presented in a simple and charming way, maybe sitting in the Lodge or in the Maasai boma, or in the library. And to keep fit or just to relax there is the infinity pool and a fitness area overlooking the Mara.

Angama Mara, Kenia

Angama Mara, Kenia

Info: Angama Mara . Transmara / Olorien ‘A’/1, Mara Triangle, Narok County, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 660 6001; e mail enquiry@angama.com ; www.angama.com . Prices from US$ 750 per night

Infinity Pool at Angama Mara, Kenia

Infinity Pool at Angama Mara, Kenya

POSEIDON UNDERSEA HOTEL, Fiji Islands

Poseidon Hotel, Fiji Islands

Poseidon Hotel, Fiji Islands

Immerse yourself in the first underwater hotel. In Poisedon Undersea Resort you can live an experience a 360 degrees in the Pacific Ocean. The property has 24 well-furnished suites with the maximum comfort, separated from the sea only by a 100 mm-thick transparent wall. Through a button you can feed the fish or turn on the outside lights for a truly striking experience. The hotel is the best solution for scuba diving lovers, enjoying the crystal clear waters of Fiji, but also for a complete relax experience, thanks to a spa with ocean inspired treatments. Other services are two restaurants, one on the surface and one submarine, swimming pool, fitness rooms and a wedding chapel. The opening is scheduled in the end of March 2016.

Restaurant at Poseidon Hotel, Fiji Islands

Restaurant at Poseidon Hotel, Fiji Islands

Info: Poseidon Undersea resort, Fiji Islands. Prices from 12.000 euro per week

LOFOTEN OPERA HOTEL, Norway

Lofoten Opera Hotel, Norway

Lofoten Opera Hotel, Norway

The silent and majestic architecture of this resort looks wild and unbelievable, suspended in a surreal atmosphere between the ocean and the rocks. The Lofoten Opera Hotel seems to be almost a living organism: a circular structure of 11,000 square meters that will include also a hotel, apartments, spa, an excursion center and an amphitheater. 

In the western part of the archipelago of Lofoten, in the town of Moskenes, the Lofoten Opera is characterized by sunny environment with significant landscape elements: an enormous potential that the architectural studio Snøhetta of Oslo was able to skillfully balance between aesthetic and functional. The Lofoten will open this year, but the opening date is still secret.

Lofoten Opera, Norway

Lofoten Opera, Norway

Info: Lofoten Opera Hotel. Lofoten Mountain. Haug I Lofoten, Nordland, Norway Tel +47 76 08 70 00 . www.snohetta.com

by Valentina Ripamonti

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