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Luxury hotels to look forward to

Virtuoso has revealed its picks for five of the hottest hotel openings around the world for this fall and beyond.  Virtuoso has deemed that these luxury hotels have met its standards of quality and has invited them to take part in its Preview Program.  As part of Preview, hotels partner with the Virtuoso network and its adverts during the pre-opening phase, receiving guidance and a head start on bookings.  In addition, guests booking with Travel Masters and The Travel Studio will receive a number of benefits any any of these new hotels.  Benefits may include complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, hotel credit and special check-in/check-out options.

The hotels are:

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017:

Bvlgari Hotel, Shanghai

Situated in a spectacular riverside location in the heart of the city, BVLGARI Hotel will set new standards of luxury accommodation in Shanghai when it makes its debut in the 2nd half of 2017. The hotel is located just 3 minutes from the iconic Bund and 8 minutes from the famous museums of People’s Square, yet enjoys a tranquil and exclusive setting among private gardens, historic buildings and art galleries. Occupying the uppermost 8 floors of a 48-story tower designed by Foster + Partners, the hotel offers stunning views of the Bund and Shanghai’s dramatic skyline. With just 82 rooms and suites, guests can look forward to an intimate ambience and highly-personalised service, yet the hotel provides some of the most extensive facilities in the city, including 8 restaurants and bars, a 2,000 square meter spa and fitness centre, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The rooftop Italian restaurant and bar is destined to become one of the most desirable venues in Shanghai. Designed by Italian maestros Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, hotel rooms will be contemporary, glamorous and exceptionally spacious, with panoramic views from every window. Magnificent suites will include the extraordinary 570 square meter BVLGARI Suite. Amenities will be luxurious and authentically Italian – from exclusive BVLGARI toiletries to Maserati limousine transfers and a complimentary Berluti shoe shine service. Adjoining the hotel tower is the historic Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, originally built in 1916 and now completely restored to evoke memories of its glorious past – the centrepiece of this magnificent heritage building will be the 480 square meter ballroom with triple-height ceilings, and a sophisticated Chinese fine dining restaurant. In keeping with Shanghai’s remarkable development as one of Asia’s capitals of art and style, BVLGARI Hotel Shanghai is set to become a true modern masterpiece that perfectly blends the contemporary glamour of BVLGARI with inspired, radiant and graceful service.

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring 2018:

Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas

This seaside resort will be located on the sweeping shores of Santa Maria Bay in Los Cabos, Mexico. Adjacent to the exclusive private residential community Maravilla Los Cabos, and perched upon the premier beachfront in all of Cabo, Montage Los Cabos will feature 122 expansive guestrooms and suites, along with 52 Montage Residences. Montage Los Cabos’ location, including 39 acres on the white sand beach and azure waters of Santa Maria Bay, will offer spectacular views and immediate, walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving and snorkelling in the region.  Montage Los Cabos will offer its guests highly-personalised, authentic experiences, including wellness programs and treatments at the signature Spa Montage, as well as an array of fitness offerings including the resort’s tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Unique in the Los Cabos region, Montage Los Cabos features remarkable walk-in access to snorkelling and diving at Santa Maria Bay. The resort will also include two pools and Montage’s signature, immersive children’s program, Paintbox. In addition, Montage Los Cabos will feature multiple dining venues where travellers can enjoy the region’s abundant seafood and innovative use of fresh, local ingredients. With 6,100 square feet of indoor meeting and event areas, as well as multiple outdoor beach side function lawns, Montage Los Cabos will also serve as an excellent venue for corporate meetings, executive retreats and destination weddings.  Here, in Baja California Sur, life moves in joyful concert with the waves and the passage of sun and moon. A jumping dolphin, spouting whales, a soaring gull, a riff of trumpet and guitar all add to the rhythm and genuine spirit of Los Cabos.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland – Reopening spring 2018:

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

Hotel Europejski originally opened in 1857, immediately stepping into the spotlight as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Russian Empire. During World War II, however, it was almost completely destroyed. The current hotel was re-built in stages throughout the 1950s, eventually re-opening in 1962. In the historic district of Warsaw, next to the Presidential Palace, this is a significant restoration of a landmark building. The restoration team has worked closely with the local conservation body and with the utmost respect to ensure the hotel’s heritage and character are preserved. The interiors have been entrusted to the acclaimed Boris Kudlicka of the WWAA. The WWAA’s notable projects include the Polish Pavilion for Expo in Shanghai and the Cultural Centre of Warsaw. Lazaro Rosa Violan of Contemporain will be spearheading the design of the hotel’s food and beverage spaces. Lazaro’s ability to re-interpret classic design icons has resulted in an impressive portfolio of luxury spaces around the world.  Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer its guests 103 elegant guestrooms and suites; a restaurant with an outdoor terrace with seasonal menus showcasing Poland’s rich produce and cuisine; a bar and cigar lounge; and a pâtisserie that will evoke Hotel Europejski’s fascinating story, tempting guests and locals with chocolates, cakes, ice-cream and other sweet delicacies. The hotel will also house a spa featuring six treatment rooms.

Hotel Lutetia, France – Reopening spring 2018:

Hotel Lutetia, Paris

When the Boucicaut family opened the first modern department store, they changed how Parisians, and then the world, do their shopping. Once they had transformed retail commerce, their decision to innovate hoteliery was almost an afterthought. Their store was such a runaway success, that their many suppliers, bringing luxuries from afar, needed a comfortable place to spend the night. Visiting customers from across Europe also needed an enticement to stay longer. The board of ‘Le Bon Marché’ decide to open a modern, palace-inspired, luxury hotel in Paris, directly across from their famous store.  To name this second Left Bank landmark, they reached back to the origins of Paris itself, and took the city’s Roman name: Lutetia. As one of the finest luxury hotels in Paris, every aspect of the Lutetia was a model for the new luxurious lifestyle. No expense was spared in crafting a masterwork. Thanks to their network of suppliers for the store, they could choose the very best: China from Haviland, silver from Christofle, and crystal from Baccarat. The design of the hotel itself is a daring transition from the Art Nouveau of the day to the emerging style of Art Deco. But their biggest innovation is leaving the usual enclaves of grand dame hotels, centred across the river, and bringing modern luxury to the Left Bank.

Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Opening late 2018:

Six Senses, Bhutan

Set jewel-like between two giants, Bhutan is an age-old culture where the population remains untainted by the outside world; a world with which they had no interaction until the 1950’s and from where their first real international visitors arrived by invitation in 1974. This amazing Kingdom coined the phrase upon which the success of the country is measured – Gross National Happiness.  Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has designed a project that is actually five individual satellite resorts in five separate locations, but all under the umbrella of one all-encompassing name: Six Senses Bhutan. It is five unique experiences crafted into one enchanted journey through the Kingdom. With a total of just 82 guest suites and villas distributed between five intimate lodges, guests will visit the heritage and hospitality of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro in the colourful Kingdom known as the Happiest Place on Earth.  Each of the five locations was identified with a specific and appropriate theme, so that as guests move between them they experience a journey through all their senses. Begin in the capital of Thimphu, where the design emphasis is on culture. As a juxtaposition to tradition, the interiors are modern with clean lines and an abundance of wood panelling, whitewashing and natural stone. Beautiful cultural items, handcrafted objects and intricate weavings are shown against this uncompromised backdrop. Old solid wood is re purposed into table and bench tops, while handcrafted rust-coloured brick is used for structures.

Reservations are open for these stunning new properties, so for more details or rates please contact Travel Masters or The Travel Studio…