I don’t know about you but I have been missing travel intensely. We may not be out of the woods yet but when it’s safe to do so I can’t wait to start exploring our beautiful planet again. With the road to easing lockdown in the UK recently announced, we may be looking forward to some much-needed travel this year if guidelines permit. If you’re struggling to plan your first post-lockdown escape, I’ve rounded up the hottest 2021 hotel openings around Europe.
Montcalm East – Autograph Collection Hotel
Opening May 2021
Montcalm East, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is set to open in Shoreditch this Spring as part of Marriott International’s diverse and distinctive collection of passionately independent hotels that champion values of vision, design and craft. Situated in one of London’s most energetic and vibrant areas, the 288-room hotel will feature an all-day dining neighborhood restaurant from East London restaurant team, Barworks – a first of its kind partnership from the group.
Keeping guests inspired will be a series of cultural events and partnerships with a focus on local creators and talent. Montcalm East offers a unique curated experience for its guests, paying homage to the old school point-and-shoot style photography at the hotel’s own PhotoLab. Here guests can become the creators, capturing their own unique moment on film before developing it.
Destino Pacha Mykonos
Opening 1st June 2021
Destino Pacha Mykonos, a glamorous new resort from the iconic Pacha Group, will be opening on the Greek island of Mykonos on 1 June 2021. To celebrate the launch and international expansion, Pacha is also bringing its world-renowned immersive cabaret dining experience Lío to the island. The opening of Destino Pacha Mykonos and Lío Mykonos, the first Pacha openings outside of Spain, are an important step in the groups mission to bring its inimitable Ibizan experience to more people in more ways.
Designed for ultimate indulgence, the famous Pacha pool scene with its buzzy restaurant, lounge and bar is at the core of the Mykonos experience. Playing host to an intriguing array of artists and performers, guests can expect a mix of world-renowned DJs and local talent and, can soak-up the unique spirit of Ibiza, Greek island style
Casa Pacha Formentera
Opening 1st June 2021
Situated on magical Migjorn beach on Ibiza’s sister island Formentera, Casa Pacha Formentera is a new luxury design hotel from the iconic Pacha Group. Comprising just 17 spacious rooms and with sophisticated, pared back interiors, Casa Pacha Formentera is set to be the ultimate barefoot bolt hole on one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. The Casa’s guest rooms are framed by spectacular sea views and all feature private terraces. Neutral tones, polished concrete floors, and plenty of natural materials such as wood and linen combine with tropical plants and statement ceramics, for contemporary interiors that bring a sense of calm.
Aiming to stir the senses and feed the soul, Casa Pacha Formentera will host a series of cultural “happenings” throughout the season. These mindfully curated experiences will include authentic sunset rituals, fire dancing and musical performances. With an emphasis on sustainability, the hotel will be plastic free, with drinking water distilled on site, and with as much produce as possible sourced locally. Casa Formentera will also support local environmental initiatives through the Ibiza and Formentera Preservation Foundation.
Cheval Blanc Paris
Opening 2021 (TBC)
Cheval Blanc Paris will open its doors in 2021 with 72 rooms and suites designed by Peter Marino. The new Maison will be within the famous building of La Samaritaine, which has been undergoing a 15 year renovation project by LVMH to restore the historic building. The design of the new hotel is inspired by the Samaritaine building’s art deco heritage and is a tribute to French craftsmanship.
Cheval Blanc Paris will partner with the House of Dior to create the Cheval Blanc Dior Spa. Also designed by Marino, it will feature six private suites, a large swimming pool and bespoke Dior treatments. Another exciting addition announced today is the 1000sqm Cheval Blanc Paris Private Apartment. Situated within the hotel, the apartment includes two spacious suites, a private pool and a personal spa.
At the very heart of Cheval Blanc Paris will be gastronomy. There will be the first-floor gastronomic restaurant with three Michelin starred chef Arnaud Donckele at the helm, who is also the chef at the Vague d’Or in Cheval Blanc St-Tropez. On the 7th floor, adjacent to a large terrace overlooking Paris will be a contemporary brasserie, while the Table de Partage invites guests for private tastings with family and friends.
Opening Spring 2021
Nordelaia, deep in Italy’s Piedmont wine country between Milan and Genoa, opens in Spring 2021. With easy access from Milan, Genoa and Turin, this independent boutique hotel, with just 12 rooms, is set on five hectares of agricultural land, planted with vines that will produce the hotel’s own wines.
The existing farmhouse, the heart of which dates back 800 years, has been transformed by British design studio These White Walls, founded in 2017 by Rose Murray and known for the multi-award-winning interiors of HIDE restaurant in Mayfair. The studio has created beautifully crafted, bespoke interiors across the hotel. Each of the guestrooms has a distinctive aesthetic, connected with the historical context and local landscape, respecting the building’s long history.
The serene spa is set in the vaults of the building, with new glass-fronted relaxation rooms that open up views across the valley, bringing the healing power of Nature into the spa. The restaurant will be overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Andrea Ribaldone, using home-grown, local and seasonal produce and wines. The General Manager is Alfonso Spinelli, who has a deep love and understanding of Piedmont, having worked in the area for 12 years.
Nordelaia is all about natural relaxation – informal but luxurious, imbued with quality and detail. There is plenty to inspire and explore: beautiful unspoiled countryside, vineyards, ancient castles and picturesque villages, hot sulphur springs, glorious local food and wines – as well as under-the-radar Genoa, with its art, historic centre, fabulous food and the transformed Renzo Piano port. Back at the hotel, a games room, terraces with outdoor pools and a large garden, all lend themselves to further relaxation.