5 new and best hotels you need to visit

hotels opening (and reopening) from Montana to Madrid, 2020 looks like a very good year to travel. Some are one entrepreneur’s passion project, while others are large-scale moves by the big brands. What they share is a painstaking attention to detail, a willingness to rewrite the rules and—in quite a few cases—genuine attention paid to sustainability. Here’s what’s on the map now.

  1. This one is located in AFRICA

return in August with a smaller sibling. Little DumaTau will be an exclusive, intimate camp with four tented suites. The area is famed for large herds of elephants and exceptional game viewing along the Savute Channel. But what’s most interesting is the intersection of conservation-led safari (using 100% solar power) and wellness sanctuary—the new lodge will have a spa and gym, a rarity in the bush.

2. This one is located in AMERICA

California is true to the brand’s values of unexpected luxury, excellent location, groovy interiors by Kelly Wearstler and site-specific features by local tastemakers. That means restaurant-bars from McGuire Moorman Hospitality, including The Peacock Mediterranean Grill and Goldie’s Sunken Bar so far (with two more on the way). Even with 244 rooms and 79 suites, it has managed to reach LEED Gold status, making it the only certified sustainable hotel in the area. There’s a gym with lake views, a yoga studio with space for pop-ups, Peloton bikes that can be delivered to guest rooms, and a spa in the works. Lady Bird Lake is a stone’s throw away, putting hiking and cycling trails in easy reach.

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3. located on 37,000 acres of land in a Blackfoot River Valley township called Greenough—pronounced “green-o”—after shepherd Paul Greenough, who once owned the land. What they call Glamping 2.0 is an adults-only, year-round retreat with 12 design-forward accommodations, from an elevated Tree Haus to a Green Haus with a living roof, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.

4. Inspired by Canada’s natural beauty, the character of King Street West and the Toronto marketplace—and entirely made with existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone.

5. Located 3,397 views|Jan 21, 2020,10:01 am2020 Vision: 20 New Hotels for the New YearAnn AbelContributorTravelI know the difference between expensive travel and the truly luxuriousMilanGalleria Vik Milano VIK RETREATSWith a slew of interesting hotels opening (and reopening) from Montana to Madrid, 2020 looks like a very good year to travel. Some are one entrepreneur’s passion project, while others are large-scale moves by the big brands. What they share is a painstaking attention to detail, a willingness to rewrite the rules and—in quite a few cases—genuine attention paid to sustainability. Here’s what’s on the map now.AfricatentDumaTau WILDERNESS SAFARISDumaTau Camp & Little DumaTau Camp, BotswanaAfter a renovation this winter, DumaTau will return in August with a smaller sibling. Little DumaTau will be an exclusive, intimate camp with four tented suites. The area is famed for large herds of elephants and exceptional game viewing along the Savute Channel. But what’s most interesting is the intersection of conservation-led safari (using 100% solar power) and wellness sanctuary—the new lodge will have a spa and gym, a rarity in the bush. The AmericasAustinThe Peacock restaurant at Austin Proper PROPER HOTELSAustin ProperNewly opened now with all the bells and whistles to come this spring, the first Proper hotel outside California is true to the brand’s values of unexpected luxury, excellent location, groovy interiors by Kelly Wearstler and site-specific features by local tastemakers. That means restaurant-bars from McGuire Moorman Hospitality, including The Peacock Mediterranean Grill and Goldie’s Sunken Bar so far (with two more on the way). Even with 244 rooms and 79 suites, it has managed to reach LEED Gold status, making it the only certified sustainable hotel in the area. There’s a gym with lake views, a yoga studio with space for pop-ups, Peloton bikes that can be delivered to guest rooms, and a spa in the works. Lady Bird Lake is a stone’s throw away, putting hiking and cycling trails in easy reach.MontanaTree_Haus at the Green O PAWS UPThe Green O by Paws Up, MontanaIf you’re like me, your first response was to raise an eyebrow at the name. Never mind what she’s having. The new camp and the resort that it’s part of are located on 37,000 acres of land in a Blackfoot River Valley township called Greenough—pronounced “green-o”—after shepherd Paul Greenough, who once owned the land. What they call Glamping 2.0 is an adults-only, year-round retreat with 12 design-forward accommodations, from an elevated Tree Haus to a Green Haus with a living roof, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.Toronto1 Hotel Toronto 1 HOTELS1 Hotel TorontoAfter opening in cities not normally associated with sustainability and nature (Midtown Manhattan, Miami Beach, Brooklyn), the progressive 1 Hotels brand is taking its sustainable philosophy north. Opening this summer, the 1 Hotel Toronto is inspired by Canada’s natural beauty, the character of King Street West and the Toronto marketplace—and entirely made with existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone.MexicoPalmaïa PALMAÏAPalmaïa, the House of AÏA, Riviera MayaIn case the dieresis—that weird umlaut-y thing—didn’t give it away, this resort marches to its own drummer. The newly constructed, 314-suite beachfront retreat is out to provide “one-of-a-kind immersive jungle and beach experiences.” That includes a lavish spa, an open-air gym, a cenote (swimming hole) and a temescal (sweat lodge). The Architect of Life program offers transformative wellness for the mind and body including sound healing, gravity control, multimusical vibration, Vipassana meditation, sungazing, yoga and mandalas, all led by the on-site shaman. With the Rituals of Sound program, the resort will host deep fusion DJs, live acoustic artists and interactive music acts daily. The founder’s commitment to sustainability includes a plant-based menu at all of the restaurants, pledges for 2021 to be carbon-neutral and to pay for the carbon offsets of guests’ flights when they book through the website. He’s clearly drunk some Burning Man Kool-Aid: The all-inclusive pricing is rebranded as a “gifting culture,” and personal butlers are called Nomadic Guides.

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