Amazing hotels and resorts that have been revamped and reborn for 2019 – Daily Mail
A host of hotels around the world have been given multi-million-pound facelifts and are ready to open their doors once more in 2019.
From a cyclone-bashed island resort in Queensland to Cornwall’s hottest destination spa, here is our pick of the bunch.
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1. DAYDREAM ISLAND RESORT, AUSTRALIA
Heavenly: Daydream Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands, was devastated by 2017’s Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Best for: Nature-lovers and water babies.
Where: Part of the Whitsunday Islands, at the Great Barrier Reef’s southern end.
What’s new? Plenty. The islands were so devastated by 2017’s Tropical Cyclone Debbie that eco-friendly Daydream only reopens in April. Modernised rooms are joined by a new Asian fusion restaurant and poolside burger bar.
USP: During dives around Daydream’s restored Living Reef, a free-form coral lagoon, marine biologists will teach guests about fish, rays and invertebrates. You can also join a charity helping rescued turtles.
Majestic: See black lechwe antelope in Zambia
2. SHOEBILL ISLAND CAMP, ZAMBIA
Best for: Birdwatchers.
Where: The Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia’s Northern Province.
What’s new? Almost everything. Bangweulu is simply the best place for seeing the strange-looking shoebill, plus 400 other birds and black lechwe antelope, but guest accommodation closed years ago. Now African Parks, a philanthropic organisation specialising in resurrecting depleted wildlife reserves, has brought about the lodge’s rebirth in style.
USP: All four thatched, colonial-style suites face the shallow wetlands. Guests can see birds up close with guide Brighton, or go out canoeing. The sunsets are spectacular.
3. THE DUPONT CIRCLE, WASHINGTON DC
Best for: City slickers.
Where: Perfect location between buzzy residential districts and Washington’s political hub.
What’s new? A once-nondescript residence now has House of Cards-style chic after a serious update. Come spring, glamorous new bar-restaurant Doyle promises a mid-century vibe – think walnut panels and geometric patterns – and a cherry-blossom veranda. Next door is a coffee and chocolate bar. Upstairs are 14 rooftop suites.
USP: Luxurious enough for a break in the US capital, but it also attracts those on business.
4. JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL, DUBAI
Best for: Sun-seeking families.
Where: Resort has its own private beach and is set between the Palms and Dubai Festival City.
What’s new? Following a six-month closure, vivacious design has enlivened Jumeirah’s wave-shaped Dubai digs. Fresh art installations hang above the expanded lobby-atrium, referencing cloud silhouettes and sun glows on the neighbouring Arabian Sea, while white, gold and blue accents boldly spruce up the various restaurants. All bedrooms are now kitted out with Hypnos beds.
USP: Jumeirah Beach remains Dubai’s best hotel for children and families get access to the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark.
5. ST MICHAEL’S SPA, FALMOUTH
Cornish cream: St Michael’s Spa (above) near Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth offers more than 60 treatments
Best for: Spa-lovers.
Where: Near Gyllyngvase beach.
What’s new? They’ve unveiled the world’s first Cornish sea-salt steam room and a whopping hydrotherapy pool. And don’t miss the cedarwood hot tubs. Next door is a three-floor health club and two new sea-facing restaurants. Every blue-white bedroom features smart amenities such as Lavazza coffee machines.
USP: A vast offering of more than 60 treatments is on the menu in the spa. There are also fitness classes and tennis courts.
6. SCHWEIZERHOF, SWITZERLAND
Best for: Skiers and foodies.
What’s new? A bold transformation into a ‘modern mountain hotel’ by the architect-designers behind Paris’s cool MOB Hotels. There is a buzzy lobby with Bauhaus books and playful stag busts, an indoor pool and spa, and 95 timber-accented bedrooms.
USP: A ‘show kitchen’ allows guests to watch the chef cook organic pizzas in a wood-fired oven. Peruvian-Asian fusion food is also on offer.
7. LE BRISTOL, PARIS
Oh la la: The view from Le Bristol, which features two Michelin-starred restaurants
Best for: Romantic weekends.
Where: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, the fashionable area loved by designers and film stars.
What’s new? The ‘Palace of Paris’ has brightened up: its rooms and suites have swapped their original, 1920s dark-wood panelling for pale, pastel shades and a vibrant look encouraged by fine fabrics from swanky design houses. The venerable atmosphere remains.
USP: Eight-room Spa Le Bristol includes an unusual Russian-themed chamber where water therapy and birch-branch strokes combine. Diners must decide between three-Michelin-star Epicure and a one-star, low-lit brasserie.
8. FORTE VILLAGE, SARDINIA
Best for: Sporty families.
Where: South coast of Sardinia.
What’s new? This huge and luxurious resort has completed a four-year, £45 million update to create 11 private-pool villas and a new private thalassotherapy spa. In addition, all eight – yes, eight – on-site hotels have been spruced up.
USP: Set in tropical gardens on a white-sand beach, Forte Village has 21 restaurants, including one by Gordon Ramsay, plus a spa, medical centre, cosmetic centre and sports facilities ranging from a Chelsea football school to boxing and tennis academies.
9. CHIVA-SOM, THAILAND
Wellness warrior: Relaxing at Chiva-Som in Thailand. The ongoing renovations are currently three-quarters finished
Best for: Sanctuary-seekers.
Where: Hua Hin.
What’s new? Contemporary and comfortable – that’s the overriding aim of the ongoing renovation, which is now three-quarters complete. The latest changes have seen an expanded fitness centre, brighter and lighter pavilions with added bamboo, a pond-side Orchid Lounge and a new golf retreat.
USP: The beachfront resort uses Western and Eastern methods and philosophies to create bespoke treatment and diet programmes.
10. 54 QUEEN’S GATE, LONDON
Best for: Culture-lovers.
Where: Close to the Natural History Museum, V&A, Science Museum and Kensington Palace.
What’s new? Old plumbing, plasterwork, paint and flooring at this Edwardian townhouse have been replaced but the grand staircases and lofty ceilings remain. The 24 bedrooms now feature new print wallpaper and books honouring famous former local residents such as Alfred Hitchcock and Oscar Wilde.
USP: Great value for a smart boutique hotel.
11. MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SANTIAGO
Best for: South American sightseers.
Where: In the Chilean capital’s upmarket district of Las Condes, close to the historic centre, with glorious views of the Andes.
What’s new? The Hong Kong-based chain’s first Latin American base is a conversion of the long-standing Hotel Santiago. The pretty gardens and outdoor pool are just the job after days exploring; ditto a three-floor spa utilising Mapuche techniques, and restaurants ranging from Thai to Chile-Med fusion.
USP: A clever mix of styles reflects both local culture and Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage.
12. RAFFLES, SINGAPORE
Raffles Hotel in Singapore has been closed since December 2017 for a makeover. It is due to reopen in the summer of 2019
Best for: Lavish stopovers.
Where: Near Marina Bay.
What’s new? Dating from 1892 but closed since December 2017, Singapore’s grandest digs reopen in the summer after a makeover behind its white colonial facade. Among fresh additions are 12 suites – raising the total to 115 – and a spa. Original dark wood and intricate mirror-panelled walls in Indian restaurant Tiffin Room have, wisely, been left untouched.
USP: The new and exciting dining options: Mediterranean food by Alain Ducasse, the Asian debut of three-Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic, a single-source-meat steakhouse, and traditional but high-end Cantonese food from Jeremy Leung.
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