As another year draws to a close and we enter a new decade, those with a passion for travel will most likely spend the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve recovering from one too many mince pies by dreaming of their 2020 trips. However, with so many hotel options and online booking companies to choose from, finding the perfect luxury getaway can sometimes be a challenge.
Here are 10 new luxury hotels we have on our 2020 travel wishlist:
Four Seasons Philadelphia
Discover the U.S. city of Philadelphia from its tallest tower. Occupying the 12 top floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, the new Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia is providing guests with breath-taking and unobstructed 360° views of the city and outstanding service. If a sky-high hotel with a sleek minimalist design and incredible views is not enough to convince you, then maybe starting a new day with a morning swim at the infinity pool on the 57th floor will! Furthermore, the spa and lobby bar atop the hotel are luckily open to the public, so you do not have to be a guest of the Four Seasons Hotel to experience the incredible views. Whether you go to the lobby, the restaurant, the infinity pool or to your bathtub, you will be able to see the city right before you in all of its glory.
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa
With a choice between five different villa categories, all of which feature private pools, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers guests unrivaled luxury in the Indian Ocean. If privacy is what you’re looking for, then you’ll be pleased to know that 29 of the 61 villas in the resort are secluded one and two bedroom beach villas, nestled amongst the island’s greenery and each with their own private beach area. What makes the new JW Marriott Maldives Resort stand out is the variety of facilities on offer to its guests, ranging from a treetop restaurant, an overwater gym and open-air yoga studio, plus an expansive wine cellar that offers over 300 types of wine.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Imagine arriving at your destination and being able to collect your bags, check into your hotel and soak in a private lagoon with a chilled glass of champagne, all within 45 minutes. If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’re wrong! The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is just a 20-minute drive from Iceland’s international airport, Keflavik, making it the perfect post-flight stop. Built within the legendary geothermal spring, The Retreat is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys, giving a new meaning to the concept of switching off. For those looking for a next-level luxury experience, the Lagoon Suite offers guests their own private lagoon that can be entered straight from their room.
Earl’s Regency, Sri Lanka
If experiencing life like royalty is on your wish list for 2020, the Earl’s Regency in Sri Lanka is the ideal choice. Transport back to the times of the country’s last and most exotic monarchy. A premier five star getaway among luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, Earl’s Regency offers the perfect hideaway, overlooking forested mountains and the nearby river. Located just four kilometres from the city centre of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka, the hotel transports guests to the times of the last and most exotic monarchy provides the perfect base for guests to venture out and explore from. The unusual property is built into a rock face and set in lush tropical gardens with tranquil views and a huge pool, perfect for enjoying a lazy afternoon in a peaceful setting.
Every cocktail connoisseur has tasted a classic Singapore Sling, but only a few have enjoyed a masterclass at the birthplace of this vibrant drink – Raffles hotel. Raffles has always been synonymous with Singapore, just like the Plaza is with New York, or the Ritz with Paris. The 132-year-old colonial hotel, which has recently reopened after a two-and-half-year restoration project, is inviting guests to rediscover what makes this hotel so special, while creating their own personal memories. As the oldest still-operating hotel in the island nation, the renovated Raffles is full of stories and still maintains the distinctive design and architectural elements of the past, while making itself attractive to a new generation.
Sonop Lodge, Namibia
Fancy living the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers? Nestled in the heart of the Namib Desert, ten lavish tents, located on the top of a group of boulders, provide guests with unparalleled views of the desert and its inhabiting wildlife. Sonop Lodge offers a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of luxury accommodation. In addition, guests who want to have an even better view can go on a hot air balloon trip, and for the ones who prefer to unwind, the property has double treatment spa rooms and an infinity pool for ultimate relaxation.
Six Senses Bhutan
Booking a stay at Six Senses Bhutan comes with a few perks. Firstly, their guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges, with each individual lodge representing the heritage and hospitality of five different locations in Bhutan – Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Guests will find the breadth of activities here extraordinary and refreshing. Those interested in birdwatching can do so from a bridge at the Gangtey lodge. Or simply admire the forest views, from the expansive windows in the Bumthang suites. If you want to discover meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn, this Himalayan Mountain Kingdom has no shortage of them.
The Jaffa, Tel Aviv
Full of designer boutiques, cocktail bars and concept stores, the historic Jaffa neighbourhood in Tel Aviv has become known for its hip vibe. It’s therefore only appropriate that the hotel bearing the same name matches the atmosphere of its surroundings. Located on a hilltop, with panoramic views of the 4,000-year old port and Mediterranean Sea, The Jaffa Hotel is a slick modern space with dramatic architecture. Renowned British designer John Pawson was tasked with the interiors of this historic former hospital and monastery. He seamlessly blended a section of the 13th century Crusaders Wall from the courtyard into the contemporary lobby. The smart restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and relaxed pool area perfectly match the overall aesthetic of the place.
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France
Uphill from the pretty village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon once lived, is the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, where Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly stayed overnight. With Michelin-star feasts on offer and a top-floor bar that has access to the cellar’s 257 champagnes, there’s plenty to savour here. But however you choose to spend your days here, make sure you don’t miss a visit to the sleek, seductive spa, which we have been told is a destination in its own right. The large bedroom terraces, indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzi all offer panoramic views of the world-famous vineyards and you can also borrow an electric bike for an effortless cycle through those same vineyards to a glass of champagne in Hautvillers, its supposed birthplace.
Awazi Iguazú, Argentina
Surrounded by Atlantic rainforest, over the Iguazú River, with blue morpho butterflies and capuchin monkeys the only neighbours, the small lodge of Awazi Iguazú awaits. The lodge has just 14 bright, airy villas built from sustainable hardwoods, and the entrance to the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, is just 20 minutes away. A personalised experience at Awasi is guaranteed, since the property provides its guests with their own private guides. Experiential travellers can expect unique adventures like kayaking on the Yacu-i stream, as well as venturing into off-radar forests. The resort’s restaurant offers some of the best gourmet meals from locally sources farms and freshwater fish, and with a maximum of 28 guests, it will never feel crowded.