The Best New Hotel Openings of 2021


Opened 1st May 2021, we are so excited to welcome One & Only’s first European hotel to the hotel scene. One & Only Portonovi is a year-round haven where cultural wonders meet the glamour of Europe’s most fashionable new ‘Rivera’ in Montenegro, a 1-hour drive (or short helicopter transfer) from Dubrovnik. Set at the entrance of Boka Bay, you’re perfectly placed to explore the 300-kilometre Montenegrin coastline; 117 blush-coloured beaches and UNESCO sites that are abundant in this area. The hotel has its own private sandy beach, Chernot spa, fantastic dining options including Sabia by Giorgio Locatelli, tennis courts, bicycles, diving and yacht excursions. There’s also a fantastic complimentary Kids Club.


The NoMad hotel group has finally arrived in London! Opened in late May 2021, the impressive building takes residence in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in the heart of Covent Garden. And in keeping with the ethos that began at NoMad New York, the restaurants and bars in their London outpost celebrate the contrast between grand and intimate, setting their main restaurant in a soaring 3-storey atrium alongside their stylish cocktail lounge and the cosy Library, private to hotel guests only. The property has 70 guest rooms and 21 suites including 3 Opera Suites that boast spectacular views over London’s Royal Opera House.


Opened at the end of May 2021, Monastero Arx Vivendi brings new energy to the landscape of Lake Garda. Located in Arco, this beautiful walled monastery offers a safe refuge from the chaos of the world. Designed by award-winning noa* architecture studio with relaxing, intimate corners, heated pools and hammam, there are 40 rooms and suites over three floors, all a stone’s throw away from the shores of Lake Garda. Expect huge rooms, with some offering private balconies, free-standing bathtubs and even a private sauna.


Opened November 2020, One & Only Mandarina is set upon a rare undeveloped coastline along the Riviera Nayarit, easily accessible from LA, Cabo and Mexico City. This property has totally wowed travel industry insiders and guests from the start. Surrounded by lush jungle and 500-year-old trees, swimmable white sand beaches and the federally protected Sierra Del Vallejo mountains, the resort offers a rich biodiversity rarely found on the Pacific Coast. The 105 rooms are nestled into the treetops framing incredible coastal views and yet remain hidden amongst the landscaped resort, showing the true architectural skills of seamlessly blending a luxury hotel with the surrounding jungle and jaw-dropping coastal cliffs. Activities here are endless; take to the ocean to spot whales, go surfing, zipline, indulge in spa treatments, play tennis or golf or go horseback riding at the nearby Polo & Equestrian Club. Younger guests sill love the dedicated Kids Only club with its own treehouse and butterfly sanctuary.


Set to open in February 2022, Immerso has been in the planning for over 7 years. Set on Portugal’s north coast, handily located less than 30 minutes from Sintra and Lisbon, this fishing village is travel’s next talking point. Ericeira’s coast is one of the best places in the world to surf, located in the 2nd world surfing reserve (the only one in Europe). Realising the area was in dire need of a good hotel, Immerso was born and they set about creating a 5* hotel with 35 rooms and 2 suites that is laid back and yet sophisticated in its approach. Set in the valley by a windmill, you are less than a 25 minute walk along a path to the ocean and yet you’re surrounded by nature. With a focus on eco-sustainability and wellness, the hotel has a spa with treatment rooms, sensory bath, Turkish bath, sauna and a gym. Food-wise, their Michelin-starred Portuguese chef wil be creating Atlantic-influenced dishes that focus on the seasons and the local produce from their vegetable garden.


Nobis Hospitality Group is a Scandinavian family-owned group of first-class hotels, restaurants and bars who ventured this summer into the Balearic island beauty that is Mallorca. This exciting new Scandi cool hotel opened in June and is situated in an enviable location where the Old Town meets Santa Catalina in Palma. Set in a former soap factory, this historic building was originally built in 1576 and has been designed and updated by award-winning Swedish firm Wingårdhs. It’ll have the rarity of an outdoor pool – hard to find in central Palma – as well as a modern gym and 31 guestrooms and suites. We can’t wait to see it for ourselves!


Set on the secluded northern tip of Ibiza in Portinatx, Six Senses Ibiza opened in July and brings a touch of much-needed glamour to the island. A mere 35-minutes’ drive from Ibiza Airport, Six Senses has built 116 rooms over a 20-acre site (a mixture of townhouses, pool suites and beachfront caves with huge terraces and sea views), infinity pool, 1,200 sqm spa, state-of-the-art fitness area, juice bar and organic farm and vegetable garden. Celebrity chef and founding father of new Israeli cuisine, Eyal Shani debuts his first European outpost here with a focus on mouth-watering vegetables grown on their farm.


Set to open in early 2022, AMAN New York will bring the serenity of Aman to the centre of the western world. Situated in the heart of Manhattan at the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and overlooking Central Park, Jean-Michel Gathy has designed and completely transformed the Crown Building, combining 83 hotel rooms, private members club, a spa set over three floors with dramatic 20 metre indoor swimming pool and Jazz Club into the space. The restaurants are particularly exciting with their Garden Terrace & Bar boasting over 7,000 square feet of outdoor dining space, an exciting prospect over one of the world’s most recognisable skylines. On the upper floors, there will be 22 private AMAN residences, many with outdoor pools, whose owners will enjoy unlimited access to all hotel amenities, including the AMAN Club.


The highly anticipated arrival of Six Senses Sharahut put Israel firmly on the map of every distinguished traveller’s radar when it opened in August this year. Shaking up the typical Jersulam to Tel Aviv itinerary, now you can add in a stay at Six Senses Sharahut located in the enchantingly beautiful Negev Desert. Nestled into a dramatic cliff with panoramic views of the desert with 60 villas and suites, the property boasts a spa with 18-metre indoor pool, outdoor lap pool and yoga studio with desert views. Reconnect with the natural world in the Earth Lab, book a tented Bedouin dining experience or venture out on an early morning ride from the nearby camel stables. To enhance your stay, how about including a trip to Masada, Mount Karkom and the Dead Sea or neighbouring Jordan.

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