The 39 best new luxury hotels of 2021: andBeyond Punakha River Lodge, Chedi Kudavillingi, Gleneagles Edinburgh and more


Here, we’ve curated must-see new properties opening across the globe, from California to Tasmania

Travel, at least as we knew it, was on pause for much of 2020 – and many planned hotel openings delayed by a year or more thanks to the pandemic and slump in demand. As a result, though, 2021 looks to likely to be jampacked with high-end hotel debuts. So we’ve pulled together the 39 must-see luxury properties opening this year across the world.

Riau Archipelago, Indonesia
Opens: Q1 2021
Rooms from $3,280 per night.

This private seaplane-accessible resort northeast of Singapore adds an additional standalone island early next year, with six new cliffside lodges—ideal for a family to buyout entirely. There’s a clubhouse for the 14 guests’ exclusive use, inspired by tribal communal houses in Indonesia, plus a saltwater infinity pool carved out from a natural hollow. Guests here can also access the amenities at Bawah’s main site nearby.

Bawah Reserve

Skukuza, South Africa
Opens: Q1 2021
Rooms from 7950 rand (around $466) per person per night all-inclusive.

This painstakingly restored vintage train is a nod to the first warden of what’s now become that park, James Stevenson-Hamilton, who used to bring his guests out via train to see the wildlife and party in the bush. The glass-walled, 24-carriage hotel will offer guests the chance to follow in their footsteps, permanently parked exactly where their trains would overnight a century ago; as they did, from there, guests can watch leopards wander under the bridge from their rooms, or sip sundowners in the park.

Kruger Shalati

The hotel is also home to a luxurious spa and fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and meeting and event space
Palacio de Canavezes sits on the banks of the picturesque River Tâmega
Pelorus Island is one of the islands in the Great Palm Islands group