8 hotel openings to look forward to in 2018

C&IT picks some exciting new hotels coming in 2018 from a range of heavyweights on the horizon.

Principal London in Bloomsbury
Principal London in Bloomsbury

With a number of acquisitions and mergers, hotel superbrands are eyeing global domination. The emerging South American market and growing Asian market are top of the destination list for hotel debuts in 2018.

With an increased focus on health and wellness in the events industry, hotels which offer a rosta of sporting activities may be high on a planner's agenda. The new Anantara in Brazil, situated on a beautiful beachfront, will offer a range of high intensity activities. 

Anyone planning to visit Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games can get in early from next year and book into the first Pullman hotel to open in the Japanese city.

We've rounded up eight of the best global openings of next year to get excited about.

1) Anantara, Maraú Bahia Resort

As South America continues to be a popular emerging destination, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will open the Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in mid 2018.

With a  choice of 30 guest rooms, suites and bungalows, other facilities will include a swimming pool, gym, spa, tennis courts and beach volleyball. Dining will be tailored by a personal chef and butler, with a choice of venues, including an intimate table on the beach, either at sunset or under the stars.

Adrenaline junkies can indulge in local watersports such as surfing, paddle boarding, quad biking and horse riding to the Carapitangui River. Nature lovers can take a speedboat to the Tremembé Waterfall and its natural bathing pools, as well as nearby tropical islands. Taipus de Fora boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, where guests will also be able to scuba dive in seas abundant with live coral.

Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort

2) Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok

Early 2018 will see the opening of the Akyra Sukhumvit in the vibrant Sukhumvit Soi 20 - known for its green spaces and fine dining.

Event planners can host their soirees in the centre of the Thai capital on a rooftop space available for hire for 100 guests, for private dinners and a reception. Craft cocktails will be available at the pool bar while taking in panoramic views of Bangkok.

3) Mandarin Oriental, Beijing


Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will be located within the traditional Qianmen East Hutong Quarter, close to Tiananmen Square when it debuts in 2018. Hutong-style courtyards, a Chinese restaurant, traditional tea lounge and a signature Mandarin cake shop will provide an authentic Asian feel.

The hotels focus will be luxury living in traditional and authentic Beijing surroundings in the Qianmen East Hutong Quarter, alongside privately owned traditional residences, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and cultural venues.

Other facilities will include a spa, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Beijing’s major tourist attractions including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

4) Pullman, Japan

Pullman, part of AccorHotels, will open its first ever hotel in Japan, the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi in Autumn 2018 in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The hotel is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will feature 143 rooms, meeting facilities and several dining concepts.

Directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit, the property will be just one stop from JR Shinagawa station, which offers connections to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train.

Pullman Tokyo Tamachi

5) Mövenpick Sylhet, Bangladesh

Planners looking for a more unusual destination can start getting excited for the 210-room Movenpick hotel opening in Bangladesh. It's standout feature will be a rooftop infinity swimming pool and spa.

Set to open in the third quarter of 2018, it will also feature a business centre and the city’s largest meeting rooms and is located in one of Bangladesh's main commercial and tourism centres in the northeast of the country.

A fitness centre, tennis court and bowling alley complement the adjacent shopping area.

Sylhet Osmani International Airport, Pangthumai Waterfall, Jaflong hill station and the largest tea garden in the world, at Srimangal, are all in close proximity.

6) Principal London, Bloomsbury

The Principal London, a transformation of the former Hotel Russell located on Russell Square, is steeped in history, the Frederick Hotels Company having first opened its doors in 1898. It has a striking terracotta exterior - with four British Queens guarding the entrance, which will also house Neptune, a neighbourhood restaurant; Fitz’s cocktail bar, and Burr & Co- a coffeehouse by day and wine bar by night.

A Grade II listed ballroom and eight additional spaces cater for groups of up to 450 for meetings and events. A personalised events service will offer a live availability booking service and an on-site team of experts to help overcome any tech issues a client may face.

7) The Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu

Nestled in the southeast corner of Corfu, Greece in Agios Ioannis Peristeron, the hotel has been designed with Corfiot heritage in mind.

The neighbouring MarBella Corfu features two conference halls, Paxi and Achilleion, which can host events for up to 550 delegates. All guests can indulge with a cocktail from the Cascade Pool Bar or Dolphin Beach Bar before or after their meetings while taking in stunning views of the Ionian sea.

A  selection of spa therapies and treatments featuring natural Greek ingredients, ranging from aromatherapy massages to full body scrubs will be on offer.

Nido Suite Hotel and Villas

8) Tivoli Al Najada Doha Hotel

Launching in April, Tivoli Al Najada Doha Hotel will offer breathtaking views of the Doha skyline including West bay. Situated in the centre of the Qatari capital, facilities in the five-storey property will include 151 guest rooms and suites, a selection of dining options, a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a business centre.

Tivoli Al Najada will also offer an impressive ballroom, designed to host elegant social occasions and corporate meetings and events, with a capacity of 250 guests.


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