8 hottest hotel openings of 2021

We usually release a ‘hottest hotel openings’ list early in the year covering the incredible openings to come, but given Covid-19 interruptions and the tumultous 2020, it’s understandable that many hotels that were scheduled to open were delayed (some indefinitely). Separately, lots of hotels have also undergone changes – whether it’s extensive renovations, or rebranding with another management company. So for 2021, to wrap up the year, we decided to focus on 8 incredible (newly opened) hotels that did celebrate an actual opening to wrap up the year:

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Cheval Blanc, Paris, France

Set in the south side of the compound of the historic La Samaritaine building which hosts Paris’ largest shopping mall and department store, Cheval Blanc and the LVMH hotel group finally returns home (after a delayed opening) to Paris in the hottest hotel opening of 2021.

One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

One&Only’s debut in Europe was delayed, but the property finally opened its doors in May 2021 to welcome the rush of summer guests to Monenegro, in turn becoming one of the hottest spots in the Adriatic Riviera.

Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, Versailles, France

Arguably one of the most interesting hotel openings EVER, the 14-room and suite property is set within the grounds of the Château de Versailles, offering exclusive access to the Palace.

Borgo Santandrea, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast’s first luxury hotel opening in 15 years is a family-owned affair that offers a private beach below a mid-century building that’s been delicately restored.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, California, USA

Napa Valley’s first and only resort inside a working winery, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts opened a resort and residences property in Calistoga with a focus on dining and wining.

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel

Blending raw nature with rich culture and history, Six Senses Shaharut opened in the Negev Desert, marking another stunning Middle Eastern property for the Six Senses brand that is expanding its portfolio rapidly to urban destinations, but still seeking out unique spots.

Alila Hinu Bay, Oman

Set in secluded southwestern Oman, Alila’s second property in Oman offers a beautiful beach compliment to the existing property in the canyons of Jabal Al Akhdar.


Hilton brings its LXR Hotels & Resorts boutique properties brand to Asia Pacific, opening in Kyoto, Japan, also a first for the Hilton brand.