Best New Hotel Openings in 2019

January 15, 2019
Written by Arpan Ghosh

Dubai provides some of the most refined hospitality experiences in the world, with premium hotels such as the Atlantis, the world’s first Armani Hotel and the spectacular Burj Al Arab. Whenever it seems like the city may have hit the peak of of its hospitality offerings, a fresh new wave of hotels crop up to raise the bar even higher, and this year is no different. Here are five of the best hotels that will open their doors in 2019.

Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

Towering over the Atlantis at the apex of Palm Jumeirah, Royal Atlantis has been generating a lot of excitement since it was first announced. The most talked about aspect of the development is its very unique architecture, defying a conventional silhouette to truly stand out from its contemporaries. It will also be a gastronomic haven, featuring the world’s third Dinner by Heston restaurant by British cooking icon Heston Blumenthal, and Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, helmed by Dubai-based Iranian-American chef Ariana Bundy. The residential component of the hotel will undoubtedly become one of the finest addresses in the city with a selection of stunning contemporary homes overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

Five Jumeirah Village

Following on from the visually stunning Five Palm Jumeirah, Five Jumeirah Village has a dynamic design concept, featuring a total of 271 swimming pools set on garden terraces that line the exterior of the 60-storey tower. The design, which was conceptualised by the Five Holdings group, is so unique in fact that it has been patented in 168 countries. With an ideal location in the centre of Dubai, Five Jumeirah Village will have the perfect mix of five-star hotel facilities, breathtaking sea views and convenient access to all of the city’s key districts.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

The very first Mandarin Oriental hotel in Dubai could not have found a better location. Set in the stylish Jumeirah district and right alongside the popular Jumeirah Beach, the hotel will bring with it a sense of style that draws from the coastal lifestyle of California. The contemporary aesthetic will be complemented by an exceptional range of services, six signature restaurants and a cutting-edge spa and wellness centre offering treatments such as the ‘Nomadic Sensory Journey’, which combines state-of-the-art technology, Asian therapeutic techniques and traditional Emirati drumming for a truly unique relaxation experience.

Taj - Palm Jumeirah & JLT

One of India’s most famous hospitality brands has already made its mark in Dubai with a hotel located a short distance from the Burj Khalifa, and now two two more properties are on the cusp of completion. The second Taj hotel will open in Jumeirah Lake Towers under the chic Vivanta brand, and the third, known as the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, will be located along the Palm Jumeirah crescent. Further details are still a bit scant, but we are eager to visit both once they open.

W Dubai - The Palm

One of the most keenly anticipated hotels in Dubai is only a few weeks away from its official opening. W Dubai - The Palm features a stunning contemporary aesthetic that uses sweeping curved shapes reminiscent of ocean waves or sand dunes contrasted against sleek, angular glass structures. Highlights include SoBe - the only rooftop bar on the Palm offering a 360-degree view, the WET Deck - the focal point of the hotel’s leisure offerings, Torno Subito - the first Dubai restaurant by world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura, and Akira Back - helmed by the former Iron Chef who is known for haute Japanese cuisine with a Korean twist.

Waldorf Astoria DIFC

Already home to a Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton, the busy commercial district of DIFC will be adding yet another exceptional hotel to its lineup with the opening of the Waldorf Astoria. The famous New York hotel will open in the Burj Daman tower, covering the 18th to 55th floors and carrying with it a design sense harkening back to the 1960’s. Neutral tones, brass fixtures and walnut finishes are just a few of the elements that will give it a feeling of warmth and classical elegance. Key amenities include a spa with four treatment rooms, an outdoor pool with rooftop bar, a library with an open kitchen and a dedicated concierge providing the exceptional levels of service that one would expect of the Waldorf.

St. Regis Dubai - The Palm

While the St. Regis brand no longer resides at Al Habtoor City, it has found a new home on Palm Jumeirah. The hotel will occupy the lower 18 levels of the stunning Palm Tower, which will have a direct link to the upcoming Nakheel Mall and be located directly along the beach. In essence, this will be a complete lifestyle offering in one architecturally beautiful package. Guests will be able to enjoy the world’s highest infinity pool on the 50th floor, topped by a viewing deck and signature restaurant on the 51st and 52nd floors. They will also have direct access to the St. Regis Beach Club, which has its own infinity pool and fitness facilities.