1. Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, Hilton’s latest luxury Conrad opening is a far cry from its urban counterparts around the globe. The blissful retreats its on a lagoon with a Mount Otemanu serving as the backdrop, along with the vast ocean and clear skies (aside from the occasional tropical storm).
In addition to its location on the longest stretch of white sand beach on the atoll, Conrad Bora Bora Nui has a range of luxuriously appointed overwater villas with lagoon views – many with private pools – and a range of dining options, including the sunset lounge, which has a glass floor for aquatic observations while you imbibe. A team of “Curators”serving as concierges can help to plan excursions that celebrate and showcase local Polynesian culture, with one,three and five-hour itineraries, based on your interests.
2. Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort
After forging an immaculate reputation in Asia and the Middle East, Anantara has finally landed in Europe, opting for the far western reaches of the Algarve. The tranquil retreat is well connected, overlooking the Arnold Palmer designed Oceânico golf course, a mere 15 minutes from Faro International Airport, close to nearby beaches, and a five-minute drive from the stunning Vilamoura.
Expect fresh produce and even fresher catches at the property’s six restaurants and bars, each exemplifying the brand’s passion for indigenous flavours and details. The hotel will also present one of the most diverse Portuguese wine collections in the Algarve, where resident “Wine Guru”António Lopes – voted Best Sommelier of Portugal in 2014 – will host tasting sessions, which can include a private visit to a local vineyard.
3. Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh is replete with five-star hotels, but this high-rise debut is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the capital. Seeking to resonate to business and leisure travellers alike, the property takes its name from its locale, Olaya, which is the city’s fast-growing financial district, close to both the international airport and the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center.
A total of 261 spacious guestrooms, including 40 suites, are spread across 28 floors, all featuring cityscape panoramas, as well as subtle local touches. Whether you’ve had a tough day of meetings, or an even tougher day at the mall, Sokoun Spahas a variety of wellness services, including relaxation massages and therapeutic body treatments, with a traditional Moroccan Hammam that invites guests to unwind with a cleansing steam or sauna.
4. The Address the BLVD
“The heart of Dubai” is a well-worn phrase, and while there is no such official location, the emirate’s Downtown area is pulsating stronger than ever – with a little help from this new Address. The 72-storey curvilinear tower self describes as a city lifestyle resort, in walking distance of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Many of the 196 spacious rooms (including 36 lavish suites) have views over The Dubai Fountain and adjacent opera house, with some higher floors commanding views of the Arabian Sea.
While the location and amenities will be a huge draw,one very distinguishing feature is the hotel’s myriad art installations; 251 pieces collated from 48 artists, including three-dimensional “maps” of Dubai, a large sculpture titled themed around wings and a 46-piece bespoke collection of chandeliers inspired by diamonds and pearls.