Posted in News on 30 November, 2018

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand announces 23 new properties scheduled to launch across the globe in 2019. From what is set to be the hottest new resort in Indonesia and a bohemian gem in Costa Rica to a stately luxury hotel in the American South and a sustainable retreat in Georgia, these new independent hotels offer travellers unparalleled world-class service and one-of-a-kind experiences that reveal the true essence of each destination.


Lelewatu Resort Sumba in Sumba Island, Indonesia – Launching April 2019

A tropical and relatively unknown paradise in Indonesia’s archipelago, Sumba Island turns heads with its remote pristine beaches, world-class surf, lush jungles, and rich local culture. In 2019, the island will welcome the debut of Lelewatu Resort Sumba, set on a cliffside overlooking a private lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Scattered over 10 acres of land, the resort’s 27 luxurious villas are designed with authentic Sumbanese wooden interiors, handwoven ikat fabrics, indoor marble baths, and private pools. Guests can sample exquisite local delicacies at two gourmet restaurants, be pampered at Maraga Spa, and experience a host of activities including yoga, horseback riding, trekking, and exploring the beautiful coastline, traditional villages, sacred lakes, and waterfalls.


Hotel Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. – Launching January 2019

Hailed as the newest grand dame hotel to debut in the American South, Hotel Bennett is perfect for travellers seeking an opulent and luxurious escape. Overlooking Charleston’s iconic Marion Square, the hotel will comprise 179 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant with stunning views of Charleston’s famed park, a stylish bar and lounge utilizing reclaimed pink marble, and a French bakery serving fine patisserie crafted onsite. The hotel’s design is informed by European and traditional South Carolinian design and includes a bar inspired by an Englishman’s lounge and local limestone, with marble and copper incorporated throughout the interior decor. In addition to a spectacular rooftop pool with cabanas and bar, the hotel’s destination spa is set to be one of the city’s finest, offering guests a range of treatments inspired by the area’s maritime surroundings.


Santarena Hotel in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica – Launching February 2019

Costa Rica, with its fantastic year-round climate, lush landscape, secluded beaches, and relaxed ‘pura vida’ lifestyle, is the ultimate introduction to Central America and a haven for adventure and eco-travel. The country’s hottest new opening, Santarena Hotel, is a bohemian gem located in the town of Las Catalinas. As a car-free destination, Las Catalinas is the organic heartland of natural diversity and wellness with a rugged coastline to one side and tropical dry forest to the other. Santarena Hotel will offer 45 guestrooms including three suites, a roof-top lounge and swimming pool, and elevated local cuisine focused on sustainability and farm-to-fork dishes. There is also a wealth of wellness and adventure activities on offer such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and scuba diving.


The First Roma Dolce in Rome, Italy – Launching February 2019

The First Roma Dolce, sister property to the award-winning The First Roma Arte, is set in a beautiful 19th century building on Via del Corso – one of Rome’s most iconic streets, just a stone’s throw from attractions such as Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and The Vatican. The boutique hotel, designed by the visionary architect Giuseppe Valadier, has 23 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, with stylish headboard libraries and Saint Laurent marble bathrooms. Many of the suites have balconies, and there are unique Prestige Fitness Rooms and Suites available that offer specialized workout equipment and an option to enjoy bespoke personal training sessions. An additional highlight is an Italian patisserie, serving a decadent selection of sweet and savoury pastries.


Hotel Samzeo in Omalo, Georgia – Launching May 2019

Omalo, a remote village located between two mountain ranges in Georgia’s historical Tusheti region, is a paradise for hikers and intrepid travellers. Hotel Samzeo will be the first hotel to launch in the region, inviting guests to experience authentic Georgian hospitality in a breathtaking location. With just 43 rooms, including 10 luxury suites and two apartments, the boutique hotel comprises a restaurant serving traditional cuisine and local wine, a lounge area with cosy wood burning stoves, and a spa. The hotel will be entirely serviced by energy efficient systems and solar power and is a haven for sustainably-minded travellers looking for an off-the-beaten track destination in one of Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming destinations.


Hotel EQ, Kuala Lumpur – Launching March 2019

With a prime location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, Hotel EQ is ideal for guests visiting the city’s business, shopping, and entertainment districts, making it an excellent base for both business and leisure breaks. Set in a multi-use 52-story building occupying floors 29-52, the hotel comprises 440 contemporary rooms and offers stylish banquet halls, meeting rooms, and conference facilities, a variety of restaurants, bars serving authentic Pan-Asian and international cuisine, and an impressive rooftop Sky Restaurant and Bespoke Lounge with stunning panoramas of the city. Other amenities include a deluxe spa, located on level 29 and offering a 25-meter swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre, inviting guests to escape the bustle of the city following a day of meetings or sightseeing.


Other 2019 openings include:

Atelier Playa Mujeres – Playa Mujeres, Mexico – Launching January 2019

Estudio Playa Mujeres – Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Launching January 2019

Garza Blanca Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico – Launching January 2019

Mystery Hotel Budapest – Budapest, Hungary – Launching January 2019

The One Palacio de Anunciada – Lisbon, Portugal – Launching March 2019

Hotel Hendricks – New York City, U.S.A – Launching March 2019

Amerikalinjen – Oslo, Norway – Launching March 2019

The Kitano Hotel Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan – Launching April 2019

The Greystone – Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A. – Launching April 2019

Encore Boston Harbor – Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. – Launching June 2019

The Chedi, Mumbai – India – Launching June 2019

The Laszlo – Parker, Colorado, U.S.A. – Launching August 2019

The Diaoyutai Mansion – Frankfurt, Germany – Launching August 2019

Paramount Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Launching September 2019

The Daytona Beach Convention Hotel – Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A. – Launching October

Amrit Resort – Singer Island in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A. – Launching November 2019



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