Our Hotel Openings series is a quarterly round-up of new and noteworthy debuts that are on our radar in the Americas, as well as some properties that we’ll be keeping our eye on in the coming months.
Located 10 minutes from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua’s latest offering is what its name suggests—a secluded eco-treehouse set within the tropical forest. The property’s main house and canopy suites take their design cue from indigenous materials and traditions, featuring thatched roof architecture and hand-carved furniture that blend into the jungle atmosphere. Large balconies offer views of the surrounding mountains. Daily yoga classes, a poolside bar, hiking trails, and the resort’s local, organic restaurant are additional perks. treecasaresort.com.
A short stroll from La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s house and museum, is Winebox, a luxury property constructed of decommissioned shipping containers from the nearby port of San Antonio and the first hotel in the Southern Hemisphere to produce its own wine (served solely to guests and hotel visitors). With an emphasis on sustainability, all hotel furnishings, including a hot tub made from a 160-year-old, 400-gallon Chilean wine vat, are crafted from recycled wine products. Also notable: Winebox’s rooftop bar, which opens for sunset tasting sessions hosted by local winemakers, and its location in the bohemian seaside city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Facebook page.
Like their Viceroy hotel neighbors, these luxury homes are set on a former plantation under the gaze of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each four bedroom residence features private access to rain forest and white sand beaches, as well as butler service, personal pools and multiple terraces and water features. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach/accommodations/beachfront-collection.
Built in the 1880’s, this former boarding house and once Congressional staff getaway is now a luxe waterfront property whose 54 guestrooms combine modern amenities and a seaside cottage vibe. A saltwater swimming pool, charter fishing excursions, bocce and lawn games, and two restaurants by Chef Sean Wheaton, a seven-year alum of José Andrés’ Think Food Group, are all offered on site. The hotel opens April 8, with restaurants opening mid-April and May 1. wylderhoteltilghmanisland.com.
Formerly known as Mar Adentro, Viceroy Los Cabos is a futuristic beachfront property on the Sea of Cortés in what is quickly becoming Mexico’s most popular destination–San Jose Del Cabo (not to be confused with neighboring Cabo San Lucas, which is infamous for its annual influx of college students on Spring Break). San Jose Del Cabo’s resorts are sleeker, artier, and far more grown up, and the Viceroy is no exception. Its 194-rooms are connected by elevated walkways surrounded by water, and its modern cinema room and state-of-the-art fitness center curated by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak are rare gems. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/loscabos/overview.
Vail finally has a luxury property that offers ski-in/ski-out service. It’s at the Hotel Talisa, where the classic design of a ski chalet blends seamlessly with opulent amenities and décor. Most of the hotel’s 258 rooms feature soaking tubs and balconies with forest views, and there are three restaurants and an exceptional spa on site. hoteltalisa.com.
Central America gets its first W hotel with this playful property located on the nightlife-rich Calle 50 in what locals call the “Zona Rosa” of Panama. It opened the first week of March–technically winter but what’s a few weeks here and there–to rave reviews thanks to a rooftop deck with infinity pool, a 24/7 food truck-styled snack shop, and artful design inspired by the Panama Canal. (Shipping containers and original graffiti by Oscar Melgar figure prominently.) starwoodhotels.com/whotels.
The first Canopy by Hilton to open in North America celebrates its arrival March 27, just in time to host guests for D.C.’s beloved Cherry Blossom Festival. The 175-room hotel is located in The Wharf, a new 24-acre waterfront neighborhood anchored by the D.C. Yacht Club and multiple music venues, and is within six blocks of water taxis, metro stations and the monuments and museums on the National Mall. A 24/7 fitness center and free WiFi and bike share come standard, but the hotel’s biggest selling point is its incredible rooftop bar, which looks across the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery and is ideal for sunset viewing. hilton.com.
Three beach destination hotels are joining the prolific SLH hotel group, whose 500-plus hotels across more than 80 countries are designed for the independently-minded traveler. These include the Trident Hotel in Port San Antonio, Jamaica; The Plymouth in Miami Beach, Florida; and The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla. (The latter is reopening April 1 following repair of damage caused by last year’s Hurricane Irma.)
Brazilian chef Alex Atala is opening a hotel in São Paolo. The 35-floor D.O.M. will be located in the city’s scenic Jardins neighborhood and will feature multiple restaurants when it opens in 2021.
Header image courtesy of Viceroy Los Cabos.