There is nothing like the thought of staying at an exciting new luxury hotel to bring out the travel bug in all of us. From a contemporary Dubai palace to a tented suite in Kenya, OROGOLD reviews some highly anticipated hotel openings around the world.
Angama Mara, Kenya
The Maasai Mara game reserve is known to be one of the best in Africa, and the new Angama Mara lodge benefits from a spectacular location, overlooking the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid air’, the lodge seems to float above the Maasai Mara, with suited tents that not only have luxurious sleeping quarters, but also lounge areas. The 10 meter wide floor-to-ceiling glass windows are where guests can watch hot air balloons sailing past the lodge every morning, and a swimming pool, fitness center and in-room massages are just some of the ways that guests can relax when they aren’t out on day or night safaris, taking in the African wildlife.
Palazzo Versace, Dubai
This year sees a few different hotels opening in Dubai, but the Palazzo Versace, which took 7 years to build, is one of the most anticipated hotels. Overlooking the Dubai Creek, the Palazzo Versace is surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens, and furnished with the exclusive Versace Home Collection. With signature restaurants, a grand ballroom, stone mosaic tiling and other smaller yet elaborate touches, the Palazzo Versace is set to be one of the grandest hotels that Dubai has seen.
AltaGracia, Costa Rica
AltaGracia is set on the hills of Perez Zeledon, a vastly unexplored mountainous region of Costa Rica. The hotel, set in 350 acre grounds, offers 50 estate-sized casitas for guests to stay in, furnished in leather and wood to bring about a heightened sense of exclusivity and privacy. In addition to one of the largest and finest spas in South America, AltaGracia also has a Roman pool and hot tubs for guests to enjoy, as well as a meditation trail, a botanical garden, and some excitingly creative dining options, such as a fire-pit barbecue. The hotel offers private equestrian facilities for guests to explore the region on horseback, and guests can also make use of the hotel’s private helipad.
Finest Playa Mujeres, Mexico
The Finest Playa Mujeres in Cancun is set to be one of the finest all-inclusive family resorts in Mexico, with separate areas for children and adults. In addition to private beach areas and designated hot tubs, there are 12 swimming pools to choose from, as well as private pools with each of the junior suites. With 9 dining options and 17 bars, guests will never be short of somewhere to eat and drink, and can relax at the spa’s huge hydrotherapy room, which has some state-of-the-art facilities including an ice treatment room, a bubble massage lounger, a Cuban shower and even a Scottish shower.
From the midst of the skyscrapers in Dubai, to the mountains of Costa Rica, there are some great new hotels to stay at if you’re looking for somewhere relatively undiscovered. Whether you’re travelling on your own, with a group of friends or with your family, these exciting new hotels, with world-class facilities, are guaranteed to make your vacation even more enjoyable