Five luxury properties—ranging from relaxing resorts to urban landmarks—have been identified as the world's next great upscale hotels by experiential travel network Virtuoso. These properties, all of which will open or re-open between late 2017 and late 2018, were chosen by Virtuoso and its more than 16,000 travel advisors in more than 45 countries.
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai is in the heart of the city, but in a peaceful riverside location. Featuring stunning views of the city’s skyline, it is just a few minutes from many top attractions, such as the Bund waterfront area and the museums on People’s Square. The hotel’s 82 guest rooms and suites are located on the top eight floors of a 40-story building that is also home to The Bulgari Residences. Highlights include a 21,527-square-foot spa and fitness center, rooftop Italian restaurant, fine-dining Chinese restaurant and 5,167-square-foot ballroom. Bulgari is scheduled to open in late 2017.
When Hotel Lutetia opened on the Left Bank in Paris in 1910, it included luxury at its very finest, including China from Haviland, silver from Christofle and crystal from Baccarat. The design of the hotel was a daring transition from Art Nouveau to the emerging Art Deco style. The hotel attracted hundreds of celebrities over the years. Hotel Lutetia, which will re-open in spring 2018, will offer 184 rooms, fitness facilities, a jazz bar and Lutetia Brasserie, featuring a private dining room, show kitchen, bar and terrace.
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Also scheduled to re-open in spring 2018, Raffles Europejski Warsaw in Poland immediately was acclaimed as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Russian Empire when it debuted in 1857. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II, and was re-built in stages throughout the 1950s, eventually re-opening in 1962. It now is undergoing restoration to preserve its heritage and character. Located in the historic district of Warsaw, next to the Presidential Palace, the elegant hotel will offer 106 guest rooms, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a bar and cigar lounge, a patisserie and a spa with six treatment rooms.
Montage Los Cabos
Situated on the sweeping shores of Mexico’s Santa Maria Bay, Montage Los Cabos will provide 122 expansive guest rooms, featuring a palette of natural desert tones and native materials inspired by local ambiance. The dining venues will highlight abundant seafood and artisanal dishes offering ingredients sourced from nearby organic fields. Wellness programs and treatments will be available at the signature Spa Montage, complementing an array of fitness offerings, including tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Montage, which will open in the spring of 2018, will have 6,100 sq. ft. of indoor event space and expansive oceanfront gathering areas.
Six Senses Bhutan
Six Senses Bhutan, slated to open in late 2018, will include five unique lodges, collectively providing 82 suites. The lodges will feature the signature Six Senses qualities, including eco-friendly design, world-class cuisine, wellness and personalized service. Guests will visit the heritage and hospitality of five intimate lodges—Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Par. Each of them was identified with a specific and appropriate theme, such as culture, so that as guests move between them they experience a journey through all their senses.