Openings, Revamps and the Latest Travel News


The Silo, South Africa

The Silo in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is one of 2017’s most anticipated hotel openings. Since the beginning of the Royal Portfolio, owners Liz and Phil Biden have had a dream of opening a hotel in South Africa’s ‘Mother City.’ In March 2017, with the help of Heatherwick Studios out of London, that dream will become a reality. The new 28-room luxury hotel will be located in the elevator towers of Cape Town’s historic grain silos, adjacent to the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Museum. Notable design features of the unique hotel include pillowed window bays and, of course, Liz’s impeccable interiors and attention to detail.

Franklin Hotel, London

 Annouska Hempel, one of the world’s most famed designers, has done it again! After a year-long renovation, London’s Franklin Hotel reopened in August. The Knightsbridge Hotel is an informal English Townhouse-meets-gilded romance in the form of mirrored furniture and velvet and silk drapes. Beside’s Annouska’s opulent interiors, the boutique hotel has a Champagne and martini bar, hammam, and an Italian Restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Alfred Russo. 


This fall Anantara expanded their portfolio with two new properties, making their debut in the Sultanate of Oman. The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar in northeast Oman is set 6,500 feet above sea level on the Saiq Plateau, making it the highest luxury five-star resort in the Middle East. For adrenaline junkies, there’s an abseiling excursion, but hikes through the stunning scenery of the valleys are equally exciting.

Just opened, the Al Baleed Resort Salalah is located between the beach and a freshwater lagoon in the southern province of the Dhofar region for a refreshing coastal getaway. Both resorts will boast an Anantara Spa that will draw on Arabia’s traditions and indigenous ingredients for signature spa treatments and ancient hammam rituals.

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Miavana, Madagascar

In late 2016, Tide + Time, owner of award winning Chinzombo in Zambia, and architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, are bringing their newest luxury lodge to Madagascar. The exclusive Miavana is located off the northeast coast of Madagascar on the private island of Nosy Ankao, an area untouched by tourism. Its 14 one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas will have uninterrupted views of the beach and Indian Ocean. The private island is part of a 37,000-acre protected marine area that supports incredible scuba diving and snorkeling, plus turtle, whale, and dolphin watching.

NaÏa, Belize

Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naïa Resort and Spa is an intimate, natural playground where guests can enjoy an authentic Belize experience on land and at sea. Offering barefoot luxury, Naïa extends along a mile of palm-studded beach and is home to 35 secluded Beach Houses, each one offering breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. At the heart of Naïa lies a unique destination spa with five treatment rooms and a private island couples retreat, tucked away on a series of enchanting lily-covered lagoons.

Zabola Estate, Romania

Understandably, the restoration of a 123-acre, 600-year-old estate takes many years. Built in 1400, the Zabola Estate has undergone renovations for several of their guesthouses. Their current project is restoring and establishing the castle on the estate as the main guesthouse. The castle, originally built in 15th century, sits high on the estate for beautiful views of Transylvania's countryside and the Carpathian Mountains.It will have 11 bedrooms, nine of which have their own fireplace, and social areas like a breakfast and dining room, drawing room, and bar. The renovation of the castle is scheduled to be completed in 2017, with reservations beginning late Spring. 

Six Senses, Bhutan

The award-winning Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is expanding their portfolio in 2017 with five new properties in Bhutan. Find 82 suites spread across five intimate lodges in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro, creating a fully immersive circuit experience for luxury travelers that takes in the natural beauty of Bhutan. Eighty-two suites will be spread among five intimate lodges in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro, creating a fully immersive circuit experience for luxury travelers that takes in the natural beauty of Bhutan. True to the Six Senses brand, the lodges will have an eco-friendly design and reflect the heritage and hospitality of the county, known as the “Happiest Place on Earth.” You can also expect a focus on exquisite personal service and wellness. 

HOTSPOTS: New Zealand

Just opened, beachy boutique lodge Helena Bay is an intimate, adults-only retreat on unspoiled coastline, boasting only two lush guest villas (for a max five couples) and a dining menu designed by renowned Chef Ernesto Iaccarino and Chef Michele Martino of the Amalfi Coast’s Michelin starred Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant. 

Oenophiles rejoice—The Marlborough Lodge has arrived in Blenheim, offering a swank, airy 11-suite retreat ripe for exploring New Zealand’s most famous winelands. 

Travelers to Kiwi country can sip and sample the nation’s finest vintages on the way there. In partnership with the prestigious, master sommelier-selected Fine Wines of New Zealand, Air New Zealand’s inflight Wine Consultants will pour top picks from the list—paired with items from the airline's menu, curated by acclaimed New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith—in the carrier’s Business Premier cabins.