The global luxury hotel segment has been under tremendous pressure in recent years to innovate as their clientele continue to evolve—demanding more as they seek to one-up their previous resort experience. Much of that innovation is achieved through design and technology, but that alone is not enough to satisfy the discerning group of luxury seekers. Wellness, personalization, staff and security are all part of the mix and ultimately could decide the success or failure of today’s top properties. Here are three great properties to put on your radar for 2018 and beyond as luxury meets today’s consumer.
Viceroy Los Cabo
Already open for business, the Viceroy Los Cabos is the 15th property worldwide wide from the Los Angeles-based award-winning Viceroy Hotel Group. This latest addition to the Viceroy Icon Collection is located in the heart of San José del Cabo on the picturesque coast of Baja California, with great views of the Sea of Cortez.
With a dreamscape design embracing the natural beauty of water throughout every facet of the resort, the new hotel is a canvas for discovery with cinematic views and alluring experiences around every turn.
The image above is a nighttime view of the Nido Restaurant and Bar set on a miniature island surrounded by the resort’s reflecting pool.
Completely reconceptualized and brand new to the resort are a beachfront pool and bar, a refreshed and vibrant lobby and arrival experience, new dining venues, and a state-of-the-art fitness center curated by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
“The resort stands out as provocative and sensational. It furthers Viceroy’s quest to deliver highly individual, modern luxury experiences in the world’s most sought-after destinations,” says Bill Walshe, CEO of the Viceroy Group.
Water surrounds the entire 104-room masterpiece, wrapping around the pure white buildings which are connected by elevated walkways. The property features four restaurant and lounges, a rooftop bar, spa, kids club, world-class fitness center, movie theater and more.
Jumeriah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Set to open on November 11, the resort brings a breath of fresh air and understated luxury to the shores of Abu Dhabi.
Surrounded by natural beauty, this contemporary beachfront resort occupies a stunning location on Saadiyat Island, overlooking 400 metres (over 1,300 feet) of protected sand dunes lapped by turquoise waters. Just 10 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a world-class leisure, cultural and residential destination, eventually housing the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets. These will include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened last year to international acclaim.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort’s prime location on the island results in an experience where world class art and culture seamlessly cohabit with mangroves, dolphins and turtles – the original ‘guests’ of Saadiyat Island. In keeping with its location, the 293 room hotel values sustainable tourism and will be free of plastic straws and single-use plastics bottles.
Announcing the opening date, General Manager, Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort said:
“This resort is a place like no other, located footsteps from one of the most beautiful protected beaches in the Arabian Gulf.”
“Every aspect of the resort’s design and intended guest experience has been influenced by the beauty of this location. Guests can embrace sunrise yoga, find a secluded spot to watch the sunset, or relax in one of three infinity swimming pools that merge into the sand dunes, and during the turtle nesting season there will be a special opportunity to see the Hawksbill turtles on the 9km sweeping beachfront. This will be island life at its best.”
The property’s 293 rooms include eight villas with private pools, 64 suites and six panoramic suites offering floor-to-ceiling glass walls which can open-up to take advantage of the sea breeze. Guests can enjoy expansive sea views or extended patios and outdoor space from the rooms which overlook the pristine, unspoilt beach and tranquil waters. Throughout the resort the stylish contemporary architecture is decorated with marine themed touches that bring the outside world to life.
The spa is centered around a grand Moroccan Hamman, which will enrich the body and mind with a cleansing ritual that has been celebrated for centuries. 14 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools, a steam room, a salt room and a traditional Arabic Rasul room also feature, a VIP couple’s spa suite with a private entrance. Four spa villas allow guests to be pampered in their own villa.
Waldorf Astoria Cairo
Slated to debut sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, this iconic brand will be the company’s first in Africa. The property will include 247 guest rooms and suites under a customized design concept reflecting the finest traditions of Egyptian hospitality, a spacious atrium lobby area to create an iconic arrival experience and the addition of a refined destination spa. Waldorf Astoria Cairo’s Personal Concierges will ensure that each guest receives anticipatory and personalized service before, during and after their stay.
As a member of the Hilton hotel family, this Waldorf property is located next to the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis. The dual-branded complex features two Ballrooms, an amphitheater, two swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a fitness center and retail space.
Extending across both hotels, guests can enjoy an incredible 17 stylish and diverse choices of dining and entertainment options. Leonardo is a Classic Italian cuisine with subtle modern influence, while Rainbow Bar is the Lobby bar and lounge. Lan Tania specializes in Far Eastern and Asian cuisine with an open show kitchen. Al Dabke offers Lebanese favorites cooked on a charcoal grill using authentic ingredients and traditional cooking methods. The hotel also offers a wide variety of additional restaurants serving Egyptian, Chinese and Indian food, in addition to a pool bar and traditional English pub.
Heliopolis is one of the city’s prime residential areas and home to Egypt’s diplomatic and presidential offices. The hotel is also conveniently located on the main artery road leading to central Cairo and to all other districts of the city including Egypt’s most ancient and popular tourist attractions. The site’s prime location is just 8 km away from New Cairo, a new city expected to host Egypt’s Capital along with presidential HQ and ministries.
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