Stepping into spring with a bounce in your step and starting to plan the rest of your holidays for the year? Here are a few hot hotel openings in 2017 for your next luxury escape.


Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

Sunset at Domes Noruz Chania Crete Luxury Hotel

Opening its doors at the end of this month, the Domes Noruz Chania is an adult-only hotel in Crete offering guests an all-out luxury experience. Finished with clean lines and a bold design, the Domes Noruz treads the fine line between understated chic with a touch of romance and relaxation.

The Domes Noruz Chania bills itself as a wellness destination, a philosophy that is ever-present in every aspect of the hotel. Along with the usual luxury hotel amenities, guests can enjoy outdoor and indoor gyms, pools and private yoga sessions to help them get into shape and take a break during their stay.

Architecturally, the hotel is breathtaking. Think large open spaces and lots of use of natural materials. It’s no wonder the Domes Noruz Chania has already received the 100% Hotel Design Award 2016 and was named Honoree for the best Interior Design award last year. Definitely something to look forward to.

Akyra Beach Club Phuket

Akyra Beach Club, Luxury Hotel in Phuket Thailand

The Akaryn Hotel Group will be opening three new hotels this year, one being the Akyra Beach Club in Phuket, Thailand. Guests will love this oceanside destination on the beautiful Natai beach . It’s the perfect location for a cheeky sundowner while taking in the snap-worthy sunsets from the hotel. Akyra Beach’s renowned sister property, Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa, is also in walking distance from this new resort.

The Akyra Beach Club Phuket maintains an aura of beachside charm.  It also provides a secluded sanctuary for guests looking for a quiet retreat in beautiful surroundings. There are 59 rooms, as well as several stand-alone villas to provide guests with a spacious and stylish living space. Each room also comes equipped with branded amenities and high-end products to make your stay that little bit more lavish.

President by Akaryn, Vientiane

President by Akaryn lobby

Laos has been an up-and-coming destination for a few years now, with travellers increasingly drawn to the lush landscapes and casual pace of life. While people have been buzzing to Luang Prabang, the capital Vientiane is fast making a name for itself too. Vientiane was formerly known as, the ‘Walled City of Sandalwood’ a fact that is evident from the number of almost perfectly preserved heritage buildings.

President by Akaryn is located in a curve of the Mekong River in Vientiane. The hotel promises to transport guests to this hidden gem of a city to showcase its timelessness and beauty.

The hotel boasts 32 luxury rooms and suites, each with its own personal butler. Akaryn hotels always excel at offering guests luxury service and a high-end experience, based on their five brand hallmarks: refined luxury, exquisite taste, adventurous spirit, cosmopolitan views and dignified bearings.

When the hotel opens, it is set to become the landmark of Vientiane, taking guests on a journey back in time.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

Ritz Carlton Langkawi Malaysia

Luxury travellers are increasingly paying attention to Malaysia, in no small thanks to the burgeoning number of luxury properties available for them to choose from. The Ritz-Carlton in Langkawi is due to open in July 2017 and promises something very special for its guests.

The hotel boasts 180-degree views of the Andaman Sea, ancient rainforests and 400m of perfect sandy beaches. The resort showcases the signature elements you’d expect from a Ritz Carlton – excellent service matched with elegant surroundings for your perfect luxury escape. The resort is designed to emulate a traditional kampong village. This means lots of airy rooms and open space for guests to truly appreciate the setting.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi will feature 90 guestrooms and 30 villas, all perfectly positioned to take in the beauty of the private alcove in which the hotel is situated. In addition to just lounging around (and I can see the temptation to do that every day), you can also choose from a range of activities. Why not do some 18th-century yoga? Or go diving in one of the nearby world-class dive sites. Those looking for something a little more laid back can indulge in one of the locally-inspired spa treatments.

The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi features dining options galore, with options to satisfy pretty much everyone. The more adventurous at heart might want to give the night squid fishing trip a try. Head off to catch some seafood and then finish the evening al fresco dinner with the catch of the day.

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