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8 Ultra Luxe International Hotel Openings in 2018

If you’re looking to travel like a total boss, then you need to have these recently opened and soon-to-be-opened properties on your radar. At these eight elite resorts and hotels nothing is too over-the-top when it comes making sure guests feel totally relaxed and pampered. From private islands—yes you can vacation on your very own…



If you’re looking to travel like a total boss, then you need to have these recently opened and soon-to-be-opened properties on your radar. At these eight elite resorts and hotels nothing is too over-the-top when it comes making sure guests feel totally relaxed and pampered. From private islands—yes you can vacation on your very own private island—to urban hideouts in energetic city centers, the next several months are going to be very exciting for those ready to vacation like royalty!

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa—Champagne, France

Imagine waking up to the vineyards that sprawl across the hills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of France’s famed Champagne wine region. In Summer 2018, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa will become the area’s first luxury wellness destination located amidst the vine-striped hills of épernay, France. This wine country retreat is situated across a Modernist Wing and 19th-Century Post House and will feature 49 rooms and a 16,000 square foot wellness center, complete with holistic spa therapies. In addition, guests can expect unparalleled gastronomy paired with sparkling wines native to the region.

Nobu Hotel Marbella—Marbella, Spain

Opened in March 2018, this luxury five-star property is the ultimate grown-ups only escape. Nobu Hotel Marbella is situated on the ‘Golden Mile’, one of Spain’s most lively areas and overlooks the buzzing food mecca of the Andalusian Plaza. With world-class amenities, guests of this 81-room resort will have VIP access to Marbella’s chic nightclub, La Suite, the Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, the private members Owner’s Club, in-room signature treatments from the Six Senses spa, Nobu branded sun loungers, in-room dining from the Nobu restaurant, as well as a private pool bar with evening DJ sets.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi—Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Set to open in Summer 2018, Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi is primed to be one of the most gorgeous openings in the Maldives this year. Designed by the world-renowned Yuji Yamasaki, the five-star private island retreat island is an adults-only property and will house just 15 super luxurious, over-water villas with one or two bedrooms, complete with top-notch amenities and service. Each ocean residence comes with a 44 square meter infinity pool, along with a contemporary villa design and a private butler. The private island also features the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, a luxe spa and experiences that include ocean sports such as diving, snorkeling and fishing.

The Royal Blue—Crete, Greece

Following a major refurbishment, The Royal Blue reopens in April 2018 as one of Crete’s most luxurious hotels. Situated on the tranquil Northern coast of Crete, Greece, the five-star property will also be adding a new outdoor gym area, gourmet restaurant exclusively for adults and new outdoor bar. The hotel has 190 elegant rooms, beautiful waterfront suites and exclusive villas. Moreover, The Royal Blue offers mesmerizing 180-degree views of the stunning coastline.

akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok—Bangkok, Thailand

Located in the heart of Thailand’s bustling capital city, Bangkok, the akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok will offer guests a re-imagined urban accommodation in Sukhumvit Soi 20, a lively neighborhood filled with nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Opening May 2018, the 50-room akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok will feature stylish accommodations with incredible cityscape views only found in Bangkok. This five-star property will offer guests swanky rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slide open onto balconies, designed for admiring the city’s captivating landscape.

Gennadi Grand Resort—Rhodes, Greece

Situated on the coastline overlooking the Aegean, Gennadi Grand Resort is geared to open in May 2018. The five-star property places its emphasis on bringing the outside in. With 266 stunning rooms and suites, many of which feature equal space outside and in, each room offers tranquil beauty and a respite from the hustle of city life. The Gennadi Grand Resort will have a sloped green roof in efforts to minimize the sunlight reflection and improve the overall microclimate. Guest will be able to indulge in authentic Greek specialties, international cuisine and cocktails at its eight restaurants and bars. Also on the property is a spa and wellness center.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi—Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Opening in April 2018, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is located in the picturesque Shaviyani Atoll. This five-star property will feature 120 luxury villas on one of the largest resort lagoons in the Maldives. This stunning new property will feature the Maldives’ first underwater sculpture museum, created by British artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, one of the world’s most celebrated ‘underwater naturalists’. Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’, is set on a pristine stretch of white-sanded beach. This all-villas resort will feature the Willows Stream Spa, as well as, three restaurants and three bars.

Cavo Spada—Kolymbari, Greece

Opened in March 2018, Cavo Spada is a 150 room, 5-star beachfront resort that features a minimalistic design and bright and airy rooms. From deluxe doubles to family suites with pools, each room offers striking views of the milky white beachfront and lapis Mediterranean Sea. Guests can look forward to learning all about Greek culture with weekly wine and olive oil tasting classes, cooking lessons and cultural concerts. The property also features a tranquil spa with hydro-massage facilities, Turkish Bath and extensive range of ‘Ultimate Facial’ treatments.

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Hilton, American Express Donate One Million Rooms to Medical Professionals



Hilton has teamed up with American Express to donate up to one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals leading the fight against coronavirus on the front lines.

Starting next week on April 13, the hotel giant will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

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To coordinate the massive effort, Hilton is teaming with 10 associations that represent more than one million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, including the American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association and more.

“During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good,” Hilton CEO Christopher J. Nassetta said in a statement. “They truly are heroes. We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”

American College of Emergency Physicians president William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, said the room donation would be welcomed relief for the thousands of medical staff enduring long hours under challenging circumstances.

A variety of Hilton brands are participating, including Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and others. Nassetta said hotel owners around the country have been “eager to support their communities and be part of the solution.”

Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Sands also lent a helping hand by donating two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to healthcare professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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