2017 promises to be another boom year for luxury travel. Those looking for new places to go will be able to choose from a host of hotels.
Among those topping my wish list for the year: The Curtain Hotel and Members Club in London's trendy Shoreditch borough and the Naia Resort and Spa on Belize's southern Placencia Peninsula.
The Curtain is the first of a brand from the Gansevoort Hotels Group, which developed one of the first luxury properties — now its flagship — in New York's Meatpacking District.
It is the first venture into the European market for Gansevoort, and one that is likened to the property credited with helping to revitalize the Meatpacking District when it opened in 2004. The Curtain will be the first luxury hotel in London's Shoreditch neighborhood, which Gansevoort described as a "melting pot of sorts for art, culture and technology."
The Curtain Hotel will feature 120 guestrooms, including six suites, with exposed brick, original art and modern amenities and designs mixed with nods to traditional England, including doors modeled after the prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing St.
The hotel, which opens in the spring, will have a rooftop swimming pool and lounge, a spa, a 24-hour fitness center. It will have more than 6,000 square feet of meetings and event space, including a ballroom and screening room, as well as restaurants and bars accessible only by hotel guests and club members.
In Belize, the Naia Resort and Spa opens in January on a 200-acre reserve situated along nearly a mile of beaches and extending through lush forests and tranquil lagoons.
The Naia Resort and Spa is set to open next month on Belize's southern Placencia Peninsula.
The Naia Resort and Spa is the vision of lead partner and Belizean television executive Stewart Krohn.
"The concept for Naia emerged from the Belizean experience and is reflected in every aspect of the resort," Krohn said. "We started with an unbelievably beautiful site, and our guiding principle was to enhance that natural environment without overwhelming it. I am confident that we have succeeded in turning that vision into reality."
Naia will feature 35 individual beachhouses designed to be private sanctuaries overlooking the Caribbean Sea. With sizes ranging from studios to three bedrooms, each will have deep soaking tubs, a private outdoor shower and a wet bar with refrigerators and coffeemakers. Larger beachhouses have full kitchens and expansive, seafront pool decks.
The resort will have three restaurants as well as a 7,000-square-foot "wellness sanctuary."
The Curtain and Naia are just a few of the many hot hotel openings on the horizon for 2017.
Virtuoso has put together its own list, based on feedback from its nearly 800 travel-agency partners around the globe. Among their choices:
The Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, which opened this month in Mexico's Riviera Maya; the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which debuts in April on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards; the Bangkok Edition, a 155-room property that will be housed in the tallest building in Thailand, MahaNakhon Tower, overlooking Bangkok's skyline; the Fontenay Hamburg in Germany, which this summer will be that city's first luxury hotel to open in 18 years; the Park Hyatt St. Kitts on Banana Bay, a secluded cove of white-sand beach overlooking the Narrows, a strait separating St. Kitts and the volcanic island of Nevis; and the Adare Manor in Ireland, a 19th Century neo-Gothic manor on the banks of the River Maigue that's surrounded by medieval ruins, which will unveil an 18-month, multimillion-dollar renovation in September 2017.