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BREATHTAKING: The world's hottest new hotels for 2019

It’s time to get into the wanderlust spirit with so many wonderful new hotels, resorts and lodges popping up all over the world next year.

It’s time to get into the wanderlust spirit with so many wonderful new hotels, resorts and lodges popping up all over the world next year.

We picked a few of our favourite newcomers to give you a taste of the most magical places to stay in 2019.

Six Senses Lodges Bhutan


Six Senses Bhutan is a stunning collection of five boutique lodges that stretch across the happiest country on earth, each with its own character, environment and experiences.

Beginning in the capital, there is Six Senses Thimphu, while in the low-lying valley of Punakham you will uncover Six Senses Punakha. Further towards central Bhutan is the glacial valley of Phobjikha, home to Six Senses Gangtey. Travel further east to the Kingdom’s spiritual centre and you will uncover Six Senses Bumthang in an evergreen pine forest. The fifth and final resort is Six Senses Paro overlooking the Paro Valley.

Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Centre and immersive local experiences. All five resorts will be open to guests by the first half of 2019. Six Senses Bhutan will offer a two-week journey between all five of its properties.

The Farmstead, South Africa

This gorgeous new lodge at Royal Malewane in Kruger National Park will house its first lucky guests in May 2019 but reservations are already open.

Its elevated position offers amazing views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park while the lodge itself surrounds a watering hole popular with the local wildlife.

The three and a half bedroom private villa will have its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler.

Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with a dedicated Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate in luxury.

The large deck will feature a stunning swimming pool flowing out into the bush.

LUX* North Male Atoll, Maldives


In February 2019, a “paradise of penthouse villas” will debut in the Maldives.

Say goodbye traditional thatched-roof water villas and hello to contemporary white-washed penthouses.

A short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat, this newcomer offers 67 double storey residences, each with a private pool and sky lounge.

There will plenty of choices for dinning, an overwater spa and even private yachts to hire. Those after some adrenaline pumping activities can chose from a number of water sports as well.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, Panama

Lux north male

Scheduled to make its official debut in January 2019, the Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge will be the star of Panama’s emerging luxury tourism scene.

Located across an archipeligo of 14 private islands, the property’s nine elegant villas will blend in with the lush, natural landscape.

The lodge will also make every effort to be eco-friendly, including using solar power for 100% of its energy, 100% of water used by guests is reclaimed and 100% of food scraps are composted.

The wooden villas dotted across the resort’s main island will offer panoramic sea views, indoor and outdoor showers, expansive decks and plunge pools.

What hotels would you add to this list?