Looking for travel inspiration when the pandemic restrictions lift in Singapore? With the launch of the new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with Germany and Brunei, it feels like we have hope. But until then, it’s okay to daydream a little about where we’d want to travel first, and the fantastic new resorts we would book in a heartbeat.
Here are some of the newest resort openings around the world, ranging from an exclusive villa in the Croatian islands to an alpine resort in Big Sky, Montana. Word of caution: after reading this story, your wanderlust may go off the charts.
Villa Nai 3.3, Croatia
An exclusive resort hidden in the lush Dugi Otok Island, Dalmatia, Villa Nai 3.3 is a newly-opened island paradise that is every nature-lover’s dream. Built from stone harvested from an olive grove, the resort’s commitment to preserving the rustic feel of the island adds to the immersive experience here.
With just five rooms in the entire resort, you won’t notice the bustle of daily life as you have the secluded island paradise to yourself. Take a dive into the Adriatic Sea and discover the watery world beneath, or stroll down the resort’s olive grove and join an olive harvesting tour. Villa Nai is open seasonally, and closes from November to April, so book your stay before those dates to avoid disappointment.
KAI Beppu, Fukuoka, Japan
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a hot spring resort, KAI Beppu offers a relaxing stay amidst tall trees and hot springs. Centered around the traditional ryokan experience, guests can look forward to taking a dip in the resort’s special hot spring, or tour the various hot springs around the area.
The resort’s restaurant serves up intricately crafted Japanese meals, with the menu changing every day based on the Japanese seasons and dishes across the region. Using only the freshest ingredients caught straight from the sea, you’ll be assured of the resort’s commitment to quality.
For a more contemporary experience, check out the resort’s lab area, where guests can enjoy a variety of activities inspired by hot-spring culture. Take part in the making of aroma mists by blending aroma oils with the hot spring water of Beppu, and more. If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Japan, this is the place to be.
Montage Big Sky, Montana
Explore the best of Big Sky Country at this newly-opened mountain resort. Featuring stunning views of the Spanish Peaks mountain range, visitors will be surrounded by lush scenery and panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. Inspired by the natural environment, the resort’s 150 guestrooms are designed to blend into the atmosphere of the mountain range.
Enjoy a variety of exclusive experiences such as golfing at a private Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course, fly fishing at the resort’s private riverways, and skating on the resort’s ice rink. Unwind after a long day at the resort’s 10,000 sqft spa, which promises a relaxing experience that’ll leave you feeling radiant.
Montage Big Sky is set to open in late 2021, but eager guests can reserve their stay in advance.
The Aurum, Catskills, New York
Take a trip back to ancient Rome when you stay at the Aurum, a Roman-inspired mountainside getaway in a remote oasis. Set to launch this fall, the highly-anticipated opening of this exclusive resort has attracted much attention.
Being one of the few Roman hammams to exist in North America, you’ll get to experience the peak of luxury as you soak in cavernous bathing pools and meditate in the seclusion of your own private bungalow. The resort has just 36 guest rooms, with an additional 12 private bungalows if you’re seeking a more intimate experience. If the Aurum’s stunning Roman architecture is anything to go by, we’re certain this resort will definitely live up to its name.
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Ever wanted to stay in a palace? Now you can fulfill your dreams at Airelles Château de Versailles, a new luxury hotel located in the Palace of Versailles itself. Originally built by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1861, Le Grand Contrôle has hosted Europe’s elite, from ambassadors and artists to musicians, writers and scientists of the age of Enlightenment. Now restored as a luxury hotel, Le Grand Contrôle opens its gates to the public for a glimpse into the exclusive palace.
With 14 luxurious rooms and suites, each inspired by a French historical figure, you’ll get to live like royalty. Tour the Versailles palace grounds after-hours with an exclusive tour, where guests can explore the secrets of the palace. Savour a sumptuous royal feast in the hotel’s exquisite dining room, or pamper yourself at the intricately designed spa. If you feel boujee and have some spare change to splash around, you can even book the entire Le Grand Contrôle for a week to enjoy with friends or family.