From Star Wars to star gazing…

With so many unique and incredible hotels around the world, it’s amazing when something brand new still gets us excited. Just when it was starting to feel like the terms “boutique” or “themed” were getting redundant, the wildest hotel launches started hitting the presses. Set to open in the near future, these quirky hotels promise to offer something unique for travelers of all tastes, from beer showers to 200 acre wellness farms.

a building with a sign on the frontThe Doghouse Hotel, Scotland

BrewDog is an independent craft brewer with their headquarters in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is here that the wildly popular brewers will open The Doghouse Hotel in early 2019. We absolutely love the name. The hotel will feature first of their kind in-room beer taps, and a built in shower beer fridge. Yes, the actual shower will feature a beer fridge so no time is wasted. The 26 rooms will also overlook the brewery itself for maximum heady effect. If you’re a beer fan there’s literally no better place to stay.

a movie still of a space shipStar Wars Hotel, Florida

There’s soon going to be another reason to visit Walt Disney World and give them all of your money. An immerse Star Wars Hotel will open in 2019, where everything from check in to check out will bring you closer to your favorite movie series than ever. You’ll be sent on missions, Storm Troopers will patrol the lobby, windows will look out into virtual reality space and you can go as overboard as you wish. You are also allowed to relax, if that’s more your thing. May the force be with you, and your wallet – this one ain’t cheap.

a bed with fish in the waterConrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Conrad Rangali is hardly new, but the resorts newly unveiled penthouse design is instantly one of the most glamorous suites in the world. Yes, they’ve done it again. After bringing us the famous underwater restaurant, Ithaa, Hilton are now bringing an underwater residence. The two-level structure is set to open later this year and will have the main bedroom underwater with the main living areas above water. But this is no ordinary living area. We’re talking butlers quarters, living room, kitchen, bathroom, bar, two more bedrooms, outdoor deck and of course, your own infinity pool. Sitting 16 feet below the ocean’s surface, this is truly a one of a kind experience; although you may need to sell your house out to afford a night here. We hear it’s $30,000 per night.

a room with a bed and a fireplaceL’oscar Hotel, London

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. Set to open in May (yes, the one next month), this elegant restoration hotel may leave you feeling a bit heavenly. After all, it’s been converted from a Baptist Church. Set in London’s trendy Holborn neighborhood, L’oscar combines classic styles with modern luxury and boutique comforts in a truly opulent setting. Be sure to dine at the hotels Baptiste Grille for some top notch seasonal British cuisine. Get booking now, the first month is almost entirely sold out.

a pool with a house and trees in the backgroundMiraval Austin Hotel, USA

If wellness resorts are your thing, then this should immediately top your list when it opens. This is a customized, curated health kick at the hands of some of the worlds best professionals. It’s like a pampering spa on steroids. Set on a stunning hilltop location, this 220 acre property brings all things health and wellness to guests in an unobtrusive, yet immersive way with world class spa, bespoke fitness centre, demonstration kitchen, juice bar and plenty more. The program can be designed to suit your interests and leave you feeling fully refreshed. Well, hopefully – it’s not cheap either.

Which hotel opening are you most excited for?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. The TWA hotel in JFK is my most exciting hotel. I wish Worldport had been turned into a hotel as I’m a much bigger Pan Am fan than TWA, but I’m super happy about this nonetheless. I think that Yogi Berra was mistaken when he said that “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” This tops my list.
    My wife is nuts about the Star Wars hotel. You’re doubtless right that it’s going to be pricey, but I foresee a visit next year. I’ll probably make some effort to pretend that I’m not loving it as well.

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