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The New Hotels Redefining Luxury Around The World

Five new hotels in five cities, sharing one common element—all are destined to become hotels of choice for the discerning traveller.

By Vicki Williams
November 12, 2021

These five new hotels are all redefining luxury in the cities they are located: Jakarta, Paris, London, Geneva, and Los Angeles. Featuring stunning interiors by famous designers and architects, restaurants from celebrity chefs, and exceptional wellness offerings.



Photo: The Langham Jakarta

This ultra lux hotel oozes glamour, drama and contemporary urban sophistication. It is also a sensorial wonderland, from the bespoke lobby chandelier featuring 3,000 crystal butterflies and the hotel’s curated art collection to the spectacular views from Jakarta’s highest indoor infinity pool and the signature Chuan Spa treatments.

The 65-storey property also offers Michelin-quality dining including Tom’s by Tom Aikens and French brasserie Alice with its champagne bar and the city’s largest gin selection. Opening early 2022 are T’ang Court for exquisite Cantonese food, and haute Japanese restaurant Morimoto, helmed by world-renowned Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto. There is also a dazzling rooftop bar, Artesian, opening this November.

The ultimate choice from the 223 guest rooms and suites is the stunning Presidential Suite complete with outdoor terrace, a gym with an on-demand personal trainer, and of course 24-hour butler service.



Photo: Cheval Blanc Paris

Located in the heart of Paris, Cheval Blanc Paris combines historical Art Deco grandeur and contemporary interiors. Open by luxury conglomerate LVMH, the hotel offers guests a Parisian haven of convivial elegance. The property has been designed in the style of an exquisite Parisian residence by architect Edouard François, with interiors by architect Peter Marino. Indulge in the culinary arts at one of four restaurants overseen by noted chef, Arnaud Donckele, including Le Tout-Paris, a modern brasserie and cocktail bar with panoramic views of Paris.

There is also a Dior spa, offering bespoke treatments and invitation-only events, a Rossano Ferretti salon, and a calming infinity pool with handmade mosaics.

Many of its 26 rooms and 46 suites have balconies and all come with exceptional vistas. For ultimate privacy there is The Apartment, two suites combined to create a true seven-bedroom Parisian apartment, with its own elevator, entrance and parking.



Photo: The Londoner

Situated in Leicester Square the 16-storey hotel describes itself as the world's first "super boutique hotel”. The “super” describes the number of accommodation options —350 —spread across rooms, suites and a two-storey penthouse. The boutique portion is its approach to hospitality, offering guests top level luxury combined with a sustainable approach.

There are also two private screening rooms, an exclusive 24-hour residents only area, and an entire floor dedicated to wellness.

It also offers six concept eateries. This includes the fine-dining French Mediterranean restaurant Whitcomb’s with a terrace overlooking the square; 8 at the Londoner, a decadent rooftop Izakaya lounge set across three distinct spaces and also featuring an extensive selection of exceptional sake and rare Japanese whiskey; The Stage dedicated to the finest Champagnes, including a Champagne breakfast; and Refuel, a results-driven superfood clinic.



Photo: The Woodward Geneva

The building that houses The Woodward has a long, rich history. In the early 1900s it was a hotel that was frequented by royalty, then it became a bank.

Now it has been transformed into a 26 suite luxury hotel designed by world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, offering five-star hotel standards with the warmth of an ultra-chic private residence. With 21 of the gorgeous apartment-like suites having full views of Lake Geneva. The crown jewels are the Presidential Suite with panoramic views from every room, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift.

It also offers world-class dining experiences, L’Atelier Robuchon, and the plant-forward Le Jardinier, helmed by Michelin star chefs. There is also an extensive Guerlain Spa, the first in Switzerland, and the longest indoor swimming pool in Geneva.



Thompson Hollywood | Photo: Trevor Tondro

Situated in the heart of Los Angeles’ Hollywood neighbourhood, Thompson Hollywood describes itself as avant-garde iconic meets redefined luxury, with a distinct Californian vibe.

It also brings a touch of France into play with its signature restaurant Mes Amis, inspired by the bustling brasseries of Paris and Lyon, and for a glamorous insta pic, head to the the rooftop pool and its Côte d’Azur-inspired Bar Lis, serving bistro classics and inventive cocktails framed by cinematic views of the Hollywood Hills and the infamous Hollywood sign.

The hotel also recruited celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson to design the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Top picks from the 190 guest rooms and 16 suites, featuring interior designs by Tara Bernerd (who also did Hong Kong’s The Hari) are the spacious Thompson Suite, and the Terrace King Bed room, with its private terrace.