We take a look at five of the most exciting hotels opening in 2020
Arctic Bath, Sweden
Resembling something between a bird’s nest and a birthday cake, the Arctic Bath’s spa centre is one of the most striking designs we’ve seen. It either floats or is frozen in the waters of the Lule River, depending on the time of year. The hotel itself, in Swedish Lapland, draws heavily on Scandinavian design and uses sustainable materials. There are 12 cabins to stay in – either on land or in the water. You will find a 62 square metre cabin for five elevated on poles and situated among vegetation, and a 24 square metre double hotel room in a cabin connected to the shore by a floating walkway.
Artist residence, Bristol
The Artist Residence in Brighton has been one of the south-coast city’s best hotels since opening a decade ago. After openings in Penzance, Oxford and London, the boutique brand – launched by couple Justin and Charlotte Salisbury – is now heading to Bristol’s St Pauls district. They will restore a dilapidated Grade I-listed building to provide 23 bedrooms, a bar, café and the Boot Factory restaurant.
Bulgari, which has opulent hotels in London, Milan, Bali, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai, seems a good fit for Paris. Located on the beautiful Avenue George V, this hotel will feature 76 rooms, a spa, restaurant, and an 25m pool. The building has been revamped by Italian architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Parisian firm Valode & Pistre.
The Londoner, London
It’s going to be a bumper year for the London hotel scene: 65 new hotels with 8,000 rooms are due to open in the capital in 2020. We like the look of The Londoner, Leicester Square. Described as a ‘super boutique hotel’ and known as the Icebeg, the property, but Edwardian Hotels, will have 350 rooms across its 16 storeys, including subterranean levels.
Bai San Ho, Vietnam
Zannier hotels’ Bai San Ho will open in the unspoilt Phu Yen province for its first venture in Vietnam. Spread over 98 hectares of garden close to Quy Nhon, it will have a kilometre-long beach featuring 71 villas, of which more than half will have private plunge pools. The hotel will also have three restaurants and two bars.