Luxury hotel openings in 2017
This is not a list of new luxury hotel openings for 2017, just those I am most excited about. The hotels I want to spend (at least) One Night Only in before the year is out.
The Silo, Cape Town
Opening March 1, The Silo is the newest addition to the Royal Portfolio. The story started when Liz & Phil Biden opened their family holiday home in the African Bush. Royal Malewane was quickly followed by Birkenhead House and La Residence . These three properties have become synonomous with the highest levels of service and style. The Silo is being built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). It will have 28 rooms including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse, all individually designed and decorated by Liz Biden. (Check out her One Night Only) . Other features include a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool and spa. Watch the video to find out more.
I first became aware of Miavana on meeting the architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens at another property they had designed in Kenya, Angama Mara. Since then I have followed its progress and after a slight delay it will now be opening on April 1. Located on Nosy Ankao, part of a private five-island archipelago off the coast of Madagascar, this is an ultra luxury lodge. Miavana will offer luxury one, two and three bedroom villas, a 'blue safari' experience with activities including whale watching, jet skis and deep-sea fishing. With the aim being to protect and conserve the island’s vulnerable natural resources, provide employment for people from the local communities and provide world class land and marine activities for guests, this should be an excellent addition to Madagascar.
The Whitby, New York
I was excited about this new hotel from the Firmdale Collection before it even had a name. If you have ever stayed at a Firmdale hotel, you know exactly what you are getting. Fabulous interiors from Kit Kemp (see where she chooses for her One Night Only) and top notch service is guaranteed. The Whitby Hotel is Firmdale's second hotel in New York and opens on February 27th. Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street at 5th Avenue, There are 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites, each with floor to ceiling windows, many with a private terrace and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. There is also The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, an orangery, book-lined library, private outdoor terrace as well as three beautifully designed private event rooms, a 130 seat state-of-the-art cinema and fully equipped gym.
Not just a new hotel opening but the first in a collection of luxury hotels scheduled to open summer 2017. I'm looking forward to the debut of Almanac Barcelona, located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619-621. The hotel will feature 92 luxurious accommodations and has had a complete renovation over the last two years. The hotel offers a rooftop bar and terrace, pool, mediterranean brasserie and wellness area.
Watch this space!
The Oberoi Marrakech
The highly anticipated Oberoi Marrakech is scheduled to open this year. Located just 20 minutes south of the city centre and the international airport, it is nestled within twenty five acres of fragrant citrus orchards and ancient olive groves and offers magnificent views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. I have never experienced the legendary Oberoi hospitality and this hotel looks like a good place to start. The Oberoi, Marrakech will offer 84 spacious, modern accommodations with all villas and suites having a private, heated pool. Other features include a luxury spa, a variety of dining options and a 24 hour personal butler service.