Some of the world’s most stylish hotels and resorts are opening in 2021 – they’re just waiting for guests to come and experience the plush surroundings.
From ultra-chic boutiques and vineyard resorts to former jails and steam train stays, we pick out the most luxurious places you can stay this year, starting with new properties in London and the UK.
The Londoner, London
After delays due to the pandemic, the official opening of London’s first super-boutique hotel will take place this year. The Londoner, from Edwardian Hotels London, will have 350 rooms, 35 suites and is dubbed the UK’s “deepest” hotel, with the lowest floor some 30 metres below ground, Business Traveller reports. As well as five concept restaurants and lounges and a rooftop bar, the hotel will also include a ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, two new Odeon Luxe cinemas and a unique subterranean spa. THELONDONER.COM
NoMad London, London
NoMad London “is possibly the most exciting hotel opening in London since The Ned”, says Fiona Kerr for Condé Nast Traveller. The original NoMad, in New York, is “one of the city’s moodiest, slickest stays”. Here, in London, its “cultivated cool” is transplanted to the former Bow Street magistrates’ court and police station in Covent Garden. The design brief required exploring “the artistic and cultural synergy between London and New York, with more than 1,600 works of art on show”. The “pub-like” Side Hustle restaurant will serve Mexican sharing plates and mezcal, “in place of the usual pork-scratchings and pints, while Common Decency serves serious cocktails. After our long enforced hibernation, this is the hottest ticket in town this spring”. Room rates will start from around £455.THENOMADHOTEL.COM
Bodmin Jail Hotel, Cornwall
In the heart of Cornwall you’ll find a unique hotel that “intertwines the history of an 18th century prison with creative, contemporary design”. Bodmin Jail was once used to house the Crown Jewels during the First World War, but when it reopens as a luxury hotel in 2021 you’ll find elegant bedrooms as well as dining options such as The Chapel Restaurant & Bar and The Jolly Hangman Tavern.BODMINJAILHOTEL.COM
Henry’s Townhouse, London
Located minutes from Hyde Park in Marylebone, Henry’s Townhouse had its soft opening in December and will fully reopen when lockdown restrictions are lifted. The private townhouse at the Grade II listed No.24 Upper Berkeley Street was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Henry. The building itself comprises seven elaborately designed bedrooms, each with its own unique narrative to tell. Common areas include a bespoke pantry kitchen with sharing table for breakfast, private dining and parties. This space converts into a fully equipped meeting room. Henry’s also boasts a small yet lavish carriage like cocktail “snug”, outside terrace for evening aperitifs and Jane Austen’s Reading Room, which is perfect for afternoon drinks or some quiet relaxation.HENRYSTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK
Wakeling Island 10 at Silverlake, Dorset
This stunning five-bedroom lakeside property at Silverlake in Dorset is an ideal place for a relaxing countryside break and combines modern architecture with nature. The accommodation provides spacious open-plan living on the ground level complete with a log fire; and the five bedrooms and four bathrooms across other levels means there’s plenty of space for all the family. It has a 20m outdoor pool that is heated year-round, and indoors guests will find a sauna, Technogym and treatment rooms. Habitat Escapes offers two nights at Wakeling Island 10 at Silverlake from £640. The property sleeps up to ten people.