Start the year off right with a visit to one of these hot, new properties around the globe.
This luxury hotel situated outside of Shanghai is the result of an ambitious conservation initiative that spanned nearly 15 years and 500 miles. Tucked away in a relocated camphor forest, the traditional village resort injects present-day comforts into scrupulously restored, 400-year-old Ming- and Qing-dynasty dwellings. The Amanyangyun, opening in January, features sun-drenched interiors, earthy hues, and locally sourced materials that echo the tranquil woodland setting. Find moments of calm contemplation in your personal courtyard, or center your mind and body with a custom-tailored healing therapy at the Aman Spa. Savor authentic Chinese cuisine at LAZHU (one of the six on-site dining venues), or try your hand at a calligraphy class. Love one-of-a-kind lodgings? Check out these utterly unique properties.
Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay, China
Most of us have heard of Beijing and Shanghai, but what about Zhuhai? This seaside gem in the Guangdong province is touted for its tropical climate, sprawling coastline stippled with 140 isles, towering palm trees, and proximity to Macau. Zhuhai is also the site of Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay opening in January. Ringed by the mountains and the South Chinese Sea, the resort is a scenic sanctuary that complements the splendor of the landscape. Each of the 202 soundproof rooms and suites is individually decorated, and appointed with beautiful artwork, exotic wood furnishings, and rainfall showers. These dazzling destinations also deserve a spot on your travel bucket list.
Downtown Camper Stockholm
Conveniently positioned in the center of Stockholm, Downtown Camper, opening in January, is the ultimate crash pad, err home base, for the urban explorer. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. From the moment you enter the lobby, you can feel the sense of community. The Nest, the aptly named rooftop area, hosts daily activities ranging from yoga classes to motivational talks. While the cozy restaurant and bar, Campfire, is the perfect place to catch up with pals, old and new. Traveling as a group? The hotel has connecting rooms with communal living and dining areas that can accommodate up to 12 people.
The Santa Maria, Panama City, Panama
Nestled within Panama City’s most sought-after country club community, The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, opening in January, is a verdant paradise for golf enthusiasts. The boutique bleisure (business + leisure) hotel offers guests access to a Nicklaus Design 18-hole, par-72 championship course. And all 182 rooms have a snooze-worthy beds, Italian marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and overlook the green’s signature water feature. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool with pergolas, two restaurants, and a 6,450-square-foot spa.
Abode Murrumbateman, Australia
Fans of cuisine and viticulture are sure to savour a visit to Murrumbateman. This idyllic region in the Yass Valley of southwest New South Wales, Australia, has evolved into a noteworthy culinary destination with cold-climate vineyards, acclaimed restaurants, and food festivals. The 50-room Abode Murrumbateman, opening in February, delights with its comfortable apartment-style accommodations, shared kitchen facilities, and on-site pantry stocked with everything from Canberra District vino and gourmet snacks to toiletries and on-the-go essentials. And you can’t beat the location, which is within walking distance of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and farmer’s markets. It’s also a short car ride from some of the region’s best boutique wineries, including Clonakilla, Helm, and Shaw Vineyard Estate. Before you go, brush on these 20 essential wine terms.