From a high-end property in the “happiest place on Earth” to one of the most highly anticipated hotel restaurant openings of the year, 2019 will see a slew of new additions to the luxury hotel landscape. Here are a few highlights from around the world.

W Dubai

One of the most anticipated hotel openings in the region, the millennial-focused W Dubai at the Palm is poised to become a trendy destination for both visitors and locals alike, thanks to the culinary star power of Italian chef Massimo Bottura. Owner of Osteria Francescana, which topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking 2018, Bottura will helm the hotel’s flagship restaurant Torno Subito.

The opening marks Bottura’s first restaurant in the Middle East. The hotel itself features 350 rooms and suites, a spa and rooftop bar. Opens some time this month.

Six Senses, Bhutan

Located in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the new Six Senses is made up of five individual lodges designed to reflect the heritage and hospitality of the land known as the “happiest place on Earth”. Scattered in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, the collection of lodges – Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro – feature 82 guest suites altogether.

Amenities include spa, wellness, healthy eating, and itineraries that emphasise spirituality, self-discovery, culture and nature.Openings vary for different lodges, starting with Thimphu on Feb 1.

Rosewood Hong Kong

From the same luxury hotel group that owns properties like The Carlyle in New York and The Hotel de Crillon in Paris comes one of the most anticipated Hong Kong hotel openings of 2019.

Located on a stretch of prime real estate along the Victoria Harbour waterfront, the ultra-luxurious hotel features 413 rooms across 27 floors of a multi-use tower.

Along with eight restaurants and lounges, amenities include a holistic wellness spa, fitness centre and pool, and 186 residences for longer stays. Opening on March 17.

Baglioni Resort Maldives

Luxury Italian hotelier Baglioni is adding to its portfolio with a tropical hideaway in the Maldives. A 40-minute hop by seaplane from the capital of Male, the Baglioni Resort Maldives is set on the island of Maagau in Dhaalu. Of the 96 exclusive villas scattered about the island, the gem is the Presidential Water Villa, spanning 640sq m and featuring three bedrooms, veranda, dining area, Jacuzzi pool and waterfront views of the sun rising and setting in the Indian Ocean. It is set to open on April 1.

The Hoxton, Chicago (US)

After London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brooklyn (New York), British-based hotel group The Hoxton continues its aggressive expansion with a new opening in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the city’s West Loop neighbourhood – a hotbed of creativity, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants – the Chicago outpost pays tribute to its industrial past with its 182 rooms featuring panelled leather headboards, warehouse-style floor-to-ceiling windows, locally sourced art and mid-century furniture.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Napa Valley (US)

Gourmands and oenophiles will want to look out for the opening of the new Four Seasons hotel in the American cradle of food and wine country, Napa Valley in California.

Set near the historic town of Calistoga, the resort and residence is surrounded by rows of organic vineyards which specialise in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Along with 85 rooms and suites, the property features an on-site winery, fine dining restaurant and spa and two outdoor pools. — AFP