Hot Hotel Openings 2019

Daydreaming about this year’s summer holiday already? From Sri Lanka to Chicago, these are our favourite 14 openings of 2019. Not planning on going abroad this year? Don’t worry – we’ve also included six UK properties you’ll want to pay a visit too.

Calili, Greece 

When it launches this summer, Calilo will be an elegant five-star property located on the island of Ios, complete with 1,000-acres of land and six miles of coastline. Right between popular hotspots Mykonos and Santorini, the resort aims to offer its guests a luxury stay: the vast private retreat offers plenty of places to swim, do water sports, walk along one of the numerous seaside or island trails scattered throughout the property, or just take in the views and relax in one of the many cabanas or natural baths overlooking the Mediterranean. Alongside high-end suites, expect four restaurants and a range of bars. 

Opening: June 2019 

Calilo, Ios, Greece 


Grank Park Hotel Rovinj, Croatia 

With views over Rovinj old town, nearby islands and the sea, this forthcoming Croatian hotel offers a new hotspot to enjoy the country’s increasing popularity. Within, the hotel will have 209 luxurious rooms and suites, many of which will have views over the yachts and boats harboured in the town’s new marina. As well as neighbouring Mulini beach, guests will be able to take part in numerous up-to-date wellness programmes at the on-site spa. When it comes to dining, we like the sound of the Cap Aureo restaurant. Located on the hotel’s fifth floor, the eatery will have a terrace overlooking the marina, an open kitchen and a chef’s table. 

Opening: April 2019

Rovinj, Croatia 


Grantley Hall, Yorkshire Dales 

Grantley Hall, in the Yorkshire Dales, is currently undergoing a huge refurbishment project. Set within acres of parkland and manicured gardens, once open we envisage this being the ultimate weekend getaway (or wedding venue, for that matter). Whether located in the restored Old Hall or the newly built Fountains Wing, each spacious bedroom will feature a large seating area and views over the grounds or River Skell. All marble bathrooms will contain free-standing baths and walk-in showers so visitors can enjoy a relaxing soak or an invigorating shower (with luxury amenities). The on-site spa is dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through personalised treatments. Guests can relax next to the 18m indoor swimming pool, take a dip in the indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool or enjoy the thermal experiences available in the sauna, steam room and snow room. There’s also set to be three restaurants and two bars. 

Opening: Spring 2019 

Ripon, Yorkshire, HG4 3ES 


Harding Boutique Hotel, Sri Lanka 

The first Harding Boutique Hotel – a new venture by Sri Lankan-Australian entrepreneur Paul Harding – will open in Ahangama in late 2019. Designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, the project will channel the look of the country’s Tropical Modernism movement pioneered by Geoffrey Bawa. Comprising just six suites, each will feature a private balcony with vistas over the Indian Ocean, as well as a sea-facing private bath, rain shower and king-size bed with Egyptian cotton linens. Suites will be elevated among natural coconut groves to connect the property to its lush surroundings, and the site is close to both a number of famous surf breaks and the Unesco World Heritage site Galle Fort. 

Opening: Autumn 2019 

Ahangama, Sri Lanka 


The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury 

The SL team is most excited by the prospect of not one but three new destinations from The Pig. First up is The Pig at Bridge Place, which is set to open in May. Formerly Bridge Place Country Club, this new property is a restored 17th-century manor house just outside the historic village of Bridge, three miles south of Canterbury. Details are being kept under wraps, but we do know that, like its other destinations, the kitchen garden and restaurant will provide the beating heart of the hotel: anything that can’t be supplied by the gardens will be sourced from the best producers within a 25-mile radius. Further in the future are two more additions: The Pig Harlyn Bay near Padstow in Cornwall (due to open in autumn/winter 2019) and The South Downs Pig near Arundel, East Sussex, in 2020. 

Opening: May 2019 

Bridge, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5LF 


Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel Alvor, Portugal 

Due to open in June 2019, the newest spot from Longevity Wellness Worldwide will feature 70 bedrooms and suites, a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the bay of Alvor, world-class dedicated wellness and medical spa, and two restaurants. At the Longevity Heath & Wellness Hotel guests will be able to choose from a wide selection of programmes from ‘light’ for beginners (including ‘relax and spa’ or ‘detox') to intensive longer specialised programmes around women’s health optimisation, intense detoxes and reshaping. Located in a beautiful villa on the Algarve coast, Longevity will feature panoramic views of the bay of Alvor and its surrounding countryside. The location is known for its mild Mediterranean climate, fresh air, beautiful beaches and wild-caught fish – if it’s a detox you’re after, we can’t imagine many lovelier spots. 

Opening: June 2019 

Alvor, Algarve, Portugal 


Savoy Palace, Portugal 

Opening in spring 2019, Savoy Palace is set to be a five-star hotel aimed at those seeking relaxation and luxury alongside modern comforts. Decorated in a Belle Epoque style but with modern touches, The Savoy Palace will offer two buffet restaurants, a signature restaurant and the Galaxy sky bar and restaurant, which promises an ‘unforgettable dining experience’. In addition to the restaurants, there’ll be a lobby bar, rooftop lounge, tea house and an entertainment bar. Also on hand will be a spa, complete with 11 different treatment rooms, and a huge outdoor pool. 

Opening: Spring 2019

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 


Six Senses Bhutan, South Asia 

This is not one, not two, but five new Six Senses resorts, spread across Bhutan. And with only 82 suites across all five sites, that experience should be high on the list for anyone looking for a real escape. Each of the lodges offers something different: in the capital city of Thimphu there’s a focus on the modern, while in Punakha the accommodation is modelled on a traditional farmhouse. The Gangtey chalet will have a bird-watching bridge, Bamthang offers a forest-within-a-forest, and fifth stop Paro has been designed with its nearby old stone ruins in mind. Guests will be able to move between each of the lodges to get a varied experience of Bhutan. 
Opening: Spring 2019 

Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro, Bhutan 



The Standard, London 

With hotels in Hollywood, Downtown LA, NYC and Miami, The Standard’s forthcoming King’s Cross launch marks the first international opening for this super-cool hotel group. Taking over the historic Camden Town Annex just across the street from St Pancras Station, the ultra-modern hotel has added three brand-new floors on top of the existing building. While details on the hotel are scarce, we do know that the hotel will celebrate the building's history and neighbourhood throughout its 266 bedrooms, and there’ll be culinary offerings from chefs Adam Rawson (former head chef of Peruvian restaurant Pachamama and previous winner of Chef of the Year at the Young British Foodie Awards) and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (head chef of Bristol’s Michelin-starred Casamia and Paco Tapas). We can’t wait to hear more. 

Opening: Spring 2019. 

10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8EG 


The Dixon, London 

You’d never guess that this stylish newcomer was part of the Marriott group. Part of its Autograph Collection, The Dixon (nothing to do with interiors guru Tom) is set to open in the former London Bridge Magistrates’ Courts and police station this spring, having been pushed back a few times over the last year. Named after the 1906 building’s architect John Dixon Butler, the 193-bedroom hotel’s design is set to stay true to its history: its sweeping statement staircase in the lobby and the wood panelling in the old court chambers will remain, but will be brought bang up to date with smatterings of modern art and statement lighting. 

Opening: Spring 2019 

211 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2JX  


The Hoxton Hotel, Chicago 

Chicago is the seventh destination for The Hoxton group, whose portfolio currently covers London, Brooklyn, Amsterdam, Portland and Paris. You’ll find its forthcoming site at the centre of Lake and Green Street in Chicago's bustling West Loop district. Once an industrial area, it’s now a hub for creative types, brimming with galleries, boutiques, cocktail bars and culinary gems, many of which run along the nearby Restaurant Row. Inside, expect 182 boutique-style bedrooms, an all-day restaurant, a piano bar in the basement, a fitness studio and a rooftop pool. 

Opening: Spring 2019 

Chicago, Illinois, USA 


The Langley, Buckinghamshire 

Sitting in a former royal hunting ground, the setting of this grand country manor offers a real escape from city life. The hotel’s selection of 41 boutique bedrooms and suites are being designed by Dennis Irvine Studio, and will be divided across the main house and The Brew House, a Grade II-listed 18th-century outbuilding. Elsewhere, the Langley Spa will feature an indoor and outdoor pool, thermal area and five expansive treatment rooms. A specially designed fitness suite by leading personal trainer and author Matt Roberts will use technologically advanced systems and equipment to give guests the ultimate workout. When it comes to dining, guests will have a choice of restaurants, spanning drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.   

Opening: Spring 2019 

Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6DU 



The Merchant House, Bahrain 

Bahrain’s capital Manama is a strikingly modern city with a relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The end of this month will see the launch of The Merchant House. Located next to the vibrant Bab el-Bahrain Souk, the chic hotel is an all-suite boutique hotel with 47 suites in total, each featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining area, open-plan sitting rooms and a plethora of modern art. The verdant rooftop is where the bar and restaurant can be found, which will both offer options to eat indoors or outdoors while taking in the views of the city. The hotel’s location offers guests the perfect spot to explore Manama’s souks, which sell an array of textiles, spices, incense and perfumes.  

Opening: early 2019 

Manama, Bahrain 


Vintry & Mercer 

Opening in February 2019, Vintry & Mercer is named after the historical influences of the City – where the Vintry Guild traded wines and the Mercer Guild traded in fine fabrics. From barrel-aged cocktails to bespoke fabrics and old trading maps decorating the 92 bedrooms, hallways and dining spaces, guests will discover references to these historic trades within the hotel’s contemporary surroundings. This new property will offer three distinct dining destinations. With kitchens overseen by executive chef Chris Golding (who previously worked at Nobu, Zuma and Dinings at the Norman Hotel, Tel Aviv) guests will be able to discover Asian-inspired sharing plates at Vintry Kitchen, modern British cooking at Mercer Roof Terrace and covert cocktails paired with New York-inspired bites at Do Not Disturb (DND).  

Opening: February 2019. 

19-20 Garlick Hill, City, EC4V 2AU 


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