From a regal château with VIP access to France’s most famous palace to an urban oasis in the heart of one of South America’s coolest capital cities, these new hotels are on our list.
France: Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
This spring, channel ancien régime royalty at the new, 14-room Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, opening on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Three 1681 buildings that once served as the offices of the finance ministry on King Louis XVI’s opulent estate will house the exclusive inn, which will be appointed with eighteenth-century furniture, art, artifacts, and replicas. Designer Christophe Tollemer evokes the year 1788 – when the palace was last inventoried – with parquet flooring, floral drapes, and grand chandeliers. Francophone luxuries include an Alain Ducasse restaurant and a spa from skin care brand Valmont (with a 50-foot indoor swimming pool). Residency confers insider access, from private tours of Versailles to walks at any hour in the Orangery, part of the nearly three-square-mile palace complex. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily.
Japan: Tokyo Edition, Toranomon
This summer, celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma makes his mark on two high-profile buildings in the Tokyo skyline. One, the new National Stadium, will serve as the epicenter of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The other, the 206-room Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, features Kuma’s interior designs and debuts June 30 in the Toranomon district. The hotel is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of the Roppongi district and close to attractions such as Tokyo Tower and the Kabukiza Theatre. All the glitz expected from hotelier Ian Schrager will fill the space, which occupies the top six floors of the sleek, 38-story high-rise. Guests can swim in the heated pool, work out at the fitness center, and get a massage in one of the spa’s six treatment rooms. Among its three restaurant and bar options, the hotel will include a branch of Edition’s popular Punch Room, a speakeasy-inspired bar that serves its namesake beverage in silver bowls. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
Chile: Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
The new, 310-room Mandarin Oriental, Santiago offers a convenient base in the upscale Las Condes district together with restful elements, such as extensive gardens, a free-form swimming pool, and an art collection that includes seven pieces by female artists from Chile. Coming soon: a spa with treatments influenced by indigenous Mapuche traditions. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
Hawaii: Mauna Lani, an Auberge Resorts Collection
After a $200 million, 15-month renovation, beloved Hawaii Island resort Mauna Lani is back as the Auberge Resorts Collection’s first Hawaiian property. In addition to 333 guest rooms remodeled in driftwood tones, the resort delivers new experiences across its 32-acre grounds, including lomilomi massages from Hawaiian elders in the spa, twilight storytelling sessions, and free-diving training. Three new, sustainably sourced dining options, including a barefoot-friendly beach grill, have opened alongside the resort’s iconic beachfront CanoeHouse, known for its island produce and seafood. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.