2017 has been a remarkably busy year in the world of hotels. Two giants – Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts – joined forces in a market-shaking merger; Ian Schrager returned to New York with Public, his first independent concept in a decade; and the legendary Hôtel de Crillon reopened its doors for a new chapter. New brands from Rosewood (Khos) and IHG (Avid), and the debut of AccorHotels’ Jo&Joe highlighted the changing psyche of market and guest alike, whilst anticipated projects such as The Ned from Soho House Group, and Thomas Heatherwick’s transformation of an historic Cape Town grain silo, pushed the boundaries of design. What, then, in this crowded sphere, to look out for in 2018? From hundreds of entries, here is Sleeper’s rundown of the most ambitious and anticipated hotels the year ahead has to offer.
AYANA KOMODO – Bali
The first – and currently only – five-star resort on Labuan Bajo’s Waecicu Beach, Ayana Komodo is set between tropical, picturesque ocean and rugged archipelago landscape, providing guests with hiking opportunities and sunset vistas in equal measure. Designed by WATG, the resort comprises 189 contemporary guestrooms and 12 exclusive suites alongside a rooftop wedding venue, an unconventional 11th floor lobby and traditional five-room resort spa.