The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings for 2021

Caroline Morse Teel is the Managing Editor for SmarterTravel Media. Follow her adventures around the world on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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As 2020 comes to a close, we’re dreaming about staying anywhere that’s not our own house. What better way to celebrate traveling again than by staying in a brand-new hotel? From overwater bungalows to New York City luxury, these are the hotel openings that we’re most excited about for 2021. 

Airelles, Château de Versailles Grand Contrôle, France

It’s the closest you can get to staying at Versailles without being royalty. Luxury hotelier Airelles is opening just outside the palace gates. Guests will not only have unparalleled views of the Orangerie, but will have access to behind-the-scenes tours of the Domaine de Versailles.

One & Only Kea Island, Kea Island, Greece

Set on 160-acres of stunning beachfront property in Greece’s Kea Island, the new One & Only resort will have rooms, suites, villas, and private homes to choose from. Kea Island is quickly accessible via speedboat or ferry from Athens, so you can easily make One & Only part of a grand Greek tour in 2021.

Four Seasons Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand

Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this new Four Seasons will offer a tranquil respite from bustling Bangkok. The hotel puts an emphasis on serenity, with outdoor pools overlooking the river, green courtyards, and plenty of other calming guest spaces. 

Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort, Kawana Bay, Grenada

Set on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Grand Anse Beach, the new Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort brings five-star luxury to Kawana Bay. Rent a room at this gorgeous property, or go all-in and purchase one of the studios and suites available — which has the bonus perk of making you eligible for Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Program.

Aman New York, New York City, United States

Ultra-luxury hotel brand Aman is coming to Manhattan, with the Aman New York scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. Located in the historic Gilded Age-style Crown building, the property will feature a three-story spa complete with an indoor pool surrounded by firepits.

Montage Big Sky, Montana, United States

Five-star luxury comes to Montana with the introduction of Montage Big Sky, which will be the first five-star resort in the state. Located just under an hour from Yellowstone National Park, this hotel puts a modern spin on the classic ski lodge, offering ski-in ski-out access to Big Sky Resort, world-class hiking and mountain biking trails, and an 18-hole golf course.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands, North Male Atoll, Maldives

Now accepting reservations for May 2021, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands is the acclaimed hotel brand’s first venture into the Maldives. The hotel puts a tropical spin on the typical Ritz-Carlton glamour, with beachfront and overwater villas, private infinity pools, and personal butler service. 

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