Staying in a brand new, luxury hotel is as indulgent as untouched snow; the beauty is all yours for the taking. Here are the most anticipated luxury hotel openings in Italy in 2021, offering visitors the chance to lose themselves in demure bedrooms, soothing spa treatments and dreamy panoramas from the edge of infinity pools or rooftop bars.
Villa Igiea in Palermo
Villa Igiea, the newest member of the Rocco Forte collection, is set to open this June with 72 rooms that are fresh, light and shimmering with coastal glamour. Designed in the Art Nouveau style, most of the suites have French doors that open out to sensational views of the Gulf of Palermo so you can wake up and feel a balmy sea breeze on your face. With views onto ancient ruins, Villa Igiea’s restaurant is a feast for the eyes and the palate, with a menu that has been carefully crafted by Fulvio Pierangelini – a chef with a talent for producing mouth-watering Sicilian seafood dishes. The hotel is located a short drive outside of Palermo’s bustling downtown so we recommend arranging a private tour to take you through the city’s colorful markets, churches and piazzas during your stay.
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Castello di Reschio in Umbria
Who said fairytales were make believe? At Hotel Reschio you can sleep in a majestic castle that dates back to 1050 and immerse yourself in history as you wander through rooms and bars filled with velvet armchairs and soaring plants. This ethereal location has long been a private wine estate and only recently inaugurated 36 suites that allow visitors to lose themselves in comfort, style and beauty – all behind the castle walls. Guests can enjoy moments to themselves in the library with an enthralling book, or sipping a tantalizing Negroni by a roaring fire in the old kitchen. Enjoy a riding lesson around the grounds before taking a dip in the swimming pool surrounded by cypress trees. We guarantee you’ll feel like a royal in every corner of this gorgeous property.
San Domenico in Taormina
Now part of the Four Seasons Collection, the San Domenico Palace in Sicily is one of Italy’s most anticipated new openings. Nestled into the rocky cliff face of Taormina, this palace was formerly a 14th century convent with cloistered courtyards that smell of sweet and delicate lemon trees. Painted in peach and pastel blues with soaring palm trees, the hotel looks like a Hollywood film set and has welcomed illustrious visitors over the years, from Oscar Wilde and Audrey Hepburn to King Edward III. Don’t miss taking a dip in the infinity pool which looks out at the spellbinding sight of Mount Etna and Taormina’s ancient Greek Theatre. Ask about the hotel’s luxury yacht and sailing experiences for a chance to snorkel with marine life in Sicily’s sapphire waters.
Ca’ di Dio in Venice
Only a short distance from Piazza San Marco, the highly refined Ca’ di Dio promises to be a refuge for the culture-lover visiting Venice this spring. Each stunning bedroom is decorated to perfection, with touches of Murano glass and travertine marble juxtaposed with mid-century furnishings. The retro Alchemia Bar offers reinterpretations of Venice’s famous cocktails and accompanied by cicchetti while the stylish VERO Restaurant offers gourmet dining al fresco with views of the nearby island of San Giorgio Maggiore – an idyllic location for a romantic date night. With a reading room and wellness centre, there is plenty of space to take some restful moments but if guests desire to get back out into the busy city, Ca’ di Dio offers gondola access via a second entrance, where the boats can dock and prepare to transport you in style.
Il Tornabuoni in Florence
Opening this September, Il Tornabuoni is a trendy new hotel located in central Florence. Located at the apex of the city’s most stylish streets, we predict this will become a favorite location for fashion lovers. The palazzo dates back to the 13th and rooms are decorated in bold colors and striking prints, giving a sense that you have stepped into the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Why not embrace the roaring twenties lifestyle further and enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail or indulgent meal in their Il Magnifico or Lucie restaurants? We also love the handsome cave, an exclusive cellar offering a spectacular selection of wines. Don’t miss the chance to sip an aperitif at the Butterfly Terrace, an enchanting rooftop with panoramic views across Firenze.
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Borgo Sant’Andrea in Amalfi
The newest hotel opening on the Amalfi Coast, Borgo Sant’Andrea offers visitors panoramic views of Conca dei Marini and the chance to sleep in luxury suites with an understated mid-century design. Lay out in the sun at the hotel’s private beach – one of the few sandy coves on the coast – or arrange a private tour sailing along the azure sea. With three restaurants and two bars, Borgo Sant’Andrea prides itself on preserving the fabulous flavors of the Campania region. Take a cooking class at the scenic Libreria Kitchen to learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine before enjoying a refreshing cocktail on terrace while gazing out to sea. Surrounded by “infinite blue” sea and skies, this is an ideal location for a honeymoon or romantic getaway on the Amalfi Coast.
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Casa di Langa in Piemonte
Italy’s luscious Langhe region has a sublime new hotel and cooking school – and we can’t wait to visit. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, Casa di Langa will soon open its doors to welcome guests to stay at their gorgeous eco-retreat. Inspired by traditional architecture, the hotel features design-led rooms constructed with local materials, including oak, terracotta, stone, leather and glass – guaranteed to provide a restful stay. With a focus on sustainability, this serene location gives guests a chance to embrace a slower pace of life. At Casa di Langa, you can enjoy truffle hunting in the nearby woods, picking fresh herbs in the organic vegetable garden or rejuvenating treatments at the spa and wellness center. The heavenly “Remedy” facial uses jade stones to detoxify and beautify sensitive skin.
Hotel Maalot in Rome
Rome is set to open a slew of new hotels in 2021 and Hotel Maalot is one of the most exciting. A stone’s throw from Via del Corso and the Trevi Fountain, this boutique hotel is located in an ideal spot to enjoy some much needed self-care after soaking up the capital’s unforgettable sights and museums. Situated within the former residence of Gaetano Donizetti, an 18th century composer, the atmosphere feels grand and cosmopolitan. The interiors are cozy and stylish, with fine fabric walls in harmonious colors, walk-in closets made with walnut wood and carpet flooring – the hotel was designed to feel like an English manor house, rather than a hotel. Filled with plants and illuminated by a large skylight, the urban restaurant has a seasonal, health-focused menu and creative cocktails for the perfect nightcap after a day exploring the capital.
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