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

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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

Nobu-Marrakech
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
Palacio de Canavezes sits on the banks of the picturesque River Tâmega
PELORUS
Pelorus Island is one of the islands in the Great Palm Islands group