Hotel companies have been busy building out new inventory to house all the pent-up demand as business travel, conferences and incentives return.
Here are 50 of the latest properties to come online just in time for the 2021-2022 meetings season.
- Four Seasons One Dalton Street
The new 61-story Four Seasons One Dalton Street, located in Boston in the center of Back Bay, offers travelers an indoor pool, a spa, and the onsite property Zoma.Event planners can choose between two ballrooms and five function rooms, all of which offer floor-to-ceiling windows; plus, two of the meeting rooms offer outdoor terraces for a total of 10,825 square feet.For those planning incentive travel, the property’s team can put together an array of creative ideas for both onsite and off-site experiences that offer both networking and team-building opportunities. In addition, with The Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s seven gallery spaces near the hotel, the Four Seasons One Dalton Street team can help you coordinate an exclusive tour or reception at the gallery for your group.
Guests can also take in the onsite art collection and the Wellness Floor, which features a spa, an indoor lap pool and a fitness center.
2. Newbury Boston
The Newbury Boston opened earlier this year with 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space with views of the city’s famed Public Gardens. The event venues range from the 3,800-square-foot The Assembly ballroom to the intimate The Ivy Room, a private ground floor space with separate VIP entrance. The F&B offerings are curated by the Major Food Group. Space for groups to meet and relax include The Street Bar, The Library, offering literary reads curated by the Boston Public Library, and The Newbury Salon, which offers afternoon tea.
3. Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Atrium Tower
This spring, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City introduced a brand-new spa and three dining, nightlife and entertainment concepts as well as the new Atrium Tower. The new offerings opened in time for Memorial Day weekend, with the first phase of the Atrium Tower project slated for completion later in the summer. The all-new Atrium Tower is part of Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to $170 million in hotel renovations in the Atlantic City market. Offering views of the city, the Tower’s remodeled guestroom and suites range from 450-700 sf. Meanwhile, The Spa at Harrah’s Resort features 23 treatment rooms and wet zones. The Lobby Bar has doubled the size of the existing bar and will offer an extensive menu; the Baywalk at Harrah’s Resort offers live music, selections from the new Rum Point Crab House’s raw bar, and drinks along the water; and there is a new dining and nightlife experience at the resort’s Pool at Harrah’s featuring performance artists, interactive musical entertainers, aerialists and DJs.
4. Wildflower Farms
Auberge Resorts Collectionhas been appointed to manage Wildflower Farms, a new resort set on 140 secluded acres in New York’s Hudson Valley. Located 90 minutes from New York City, the resort will be focused on nature and wellness. The grounds will include orchards, animals, heirloom gardens, a namesake farm and fields of wildflowers throughout. Upon opening in Fall 2022, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection will feature guesthouses, source-origin cuisine, and outdoor experiences, as well as over 15,00 square feet of event space.Wildflower Farms will sit where the Hudson River Valley meets the foothills of the Catskill mountain range, which can be reached by car from New York and Boston. The property offers views of Shawangunk Ridge, or ‘The Gunks,’ and a flowing river along the forest’s edge. The resort will feature 65 freestanding accommodations built in nature and surrounded by white pines and native perennials.
The free-standing bungalows, cottages and suites will be outfitted with natural materials and amenities including wood-clad ceilings and floors, nubby wool fabrics, window seats, fireplaces, wood decks, private patios and fire pits.Guests will be able to participate in seasonal activities, from thrilling outdoor adventures to wellness offerings. Wildflower Farms will feature tennis courts, a pavilion-style open-air gym with a movement studio and miles of dedicated hiking trails. Plus a 9,000-sq.-ft. Auberge Spa including outdoor hot tubs and an indoor saltwater pool. The resort also offers nearby access to the Mohonk Preserve, a private reserve known for hiking, biking and world-class rock climbing.
The on-site restaurant will feature a bar, an open kitchen and farm-based cuisine. Guests will be able to have hands-on experiences such as foraging, organic vegetable farming, cooking classes and picnics around the property.
5. The Opus
Located in White Plains, N.Y., The Opus, Westchester, an Autograph Collection Hotel, celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony in May. The Opus will feature 146 guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites.The property’s lobby bar will offer cocktails and small bites. For fine dining, guests can check out the rooftop restaurant Kanopi, located on the 42nd floor with floor-to-ceiling views of the New York skyline, Hudson Valley, and the Long Island Sound. Here, guests will experience tasting menus, wine parings and a farm-to-table dining experience featuring influences from Portugal. In addition, the hotel’s rooftop pool area offers 360-degree views and will offer guided water fitness and poolside mediation. Guests can also enjoy various wellness options such as the Opus signature sound baths, plus the on-site gym will feature two Peloton bikes.The property offers 10,000 square feet of meetings and events space.
6. Fifth Avenue Hotel
Located on West 28thStreet and Fifth Avenue, the Fifth Avenue Hotel is expected to open in the fall. The 24-story, new-built tower will offer 24 guest rooms in the previous existing 6-story landmarked building and an additional 153 rooms in the new tower.The older building will also house a multi-level restaurant with a spiral staircase leading to the former bank vaults. Other features include an indoor/outdoor atrium, the Library Bar and a 5,000-square-foot ballroom with a conservatory terrace.
7. M Social Times Square
Earlier this year, M Social Times Square New York opened, marking the brand’s first property in the U.S.The 480-guest room hotel is located in Times Square in New York City, walking distance to attractions such as Broadway, the Theater District, Central Park and Fifth Avenue. The property offers guests various spaces to gather, including outdoor venues with views of the city. Home to the bar and lounge, Beast & Butterflies, this 7,500-sq.-ft. wrap-around terrace, adjacent to an indoor glass perch, is located above Times Square offering views of the city, a cocktail menu and light bites.M Social New York features an art collection, and the lobby showcases a digital art installation, which combines architecture, contemporary art and technology on 32 digital screens that continuously display a curated library of digital art.
8. Grand Adirondack Hotel
Located on Lake Placid’s Main Street, the historic Hotel North Woods will reopen this fall, after undergoing a renovation, under a new name, Grand Adirondack Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.The redesigned 92-room property also features a redesigned lobby, new food and drink concepts, a rooftop bar with views of Mirror Lake, Whiteface Mountain, the High Peaks, and five Olympic venues. The Grand Adirondack Hotel will offer several new dining options including Marcy, a brasserie-style restaurant featuring locally sourced and farm-procured ingredients; Marcy Bar will feature small plates, craft beers, cocktails and live music. Private dining will also be available for corporate meetings and events.In addition, the property will feature artwork from celebrated and local artists. Pieces from James Prosek, whose first book “Trout: An Illustrated History” will be displayed in guestrooms, while works from award-winning watercolorist Sarah Yeoman are featured on stationery and other guest amenities.
9. Virgin Hotels New York City
Expected to open this year, a new build, Virgin Hotels New York City will feature 500 guest rooms, meeting spaces and multiple F&B venues, including the brand’s flagship space, Commons Club. For meetings, Virgin Hotels embraces outside-the-box thinking with ping-pong meeting tables, fitness video games, hallway mini golf and life-sized Jenga. Additionally, this unique brand offers common lounge areas, personalized catering, and customizable meeting spaces.
10. Hutton Brickyards
Newly opened this year is the Hutton Brickyards, which offers luxury cabins or cottage options, a spa, outdoor activities and plenty of waterfront vistas as well as a variety of meeting venues and corporate retreat options in New York’s Hudson Valley. Attendees can take part in various activities as the property is home to an archery range and a croquet lawn as well as bikes, places to hike and go kayaking, paddleboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and running. There’s also outdoor yoga, Pilates and a beekeeping activity. In addition, attendees can take part in more creative activities such as an architectural floral design class or a sip and paint experience. To wind down, the onsite spa features riverview saunas and there are plenty of dining options including open-air River Pavilion, which offers wood-fired and grilled options.
11. The Ven at Embassy RowRecently opened in Washington, D.C., is The Ven at Embassy Row, located on Dupont Circle overlooking Embassy Row’s mansions.The Ven offers three meeting spaces, and will soon offer an on-demand tea ceremony, as well as rotating art from local, national, and international artists.
This 231-guest-room-and-suites property features a rooftop pool, personalized scented sachet bags with oils derived from the flowers and plants native to the countries of the surrounding embassies, and The Exchange gift shop that offers unique and curated items. In addition, four times daily guests will be able to take part in the experience of the Northern Lights through a digital light installation and guided meditation.
This fall, the property will be launching Fred & Stella, a restaurant in a living room setting that will offer local and fresh bites.
12. Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
Opened in May in New Orleans’ Central Business District, the 202-room Kimpton Hotel Fontenot features bold interiors throughout its public areas, a range of unique guestrooms and suites, and two onsite signature dining and cocktail concepts—Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats, a neighborhood cafe serving a full range of coffee, tea and frozen cocktails as well as a collection of grab-and-go options; and the Peacock Room, featuring daily hosted social hour and performances by local musicians and artists. There’s also morning coffee and tea service for before the meetings, a 24-hour fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes, complimentary WiFi for IHG Rewards members and complimentary PUBLIC bike rentals for those who need to wind down in the afternoon. The boutique property is located near the New Orleans Earnest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring 1.1 million square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel itself offers tons of flexible space for breakout meeting needs and the Peacock Room can be used to host a working lunch or private dinner.
13. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Opening this fall near the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, the new 100,000-square-foot convention center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort features mountain views, while the lobby and exhibition hall and onsite ballrooms can be used for pre-function areas, plus there’s a 3,000 seat Event Center.. In addition, attendees can enjoy 150,000 feet of gaming with live tables including blackjack, roulette, craps, and more.The property features 1,100 guest rooms, 10 restaurants, and a 18,000-square-foot Mandara Spa, as well as nine retail shops. Attendees also have access to the Eastern Band of Cerokee Indian-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, and the resort also features the UltraStar Multi-tainmnet center, which features 24 bowliing lanes, an arcade, and three bars.
14. JW Marriott Charlotte
In May, North Carolina welcomed its first JW Marriott in Charlotte. The JW Marriott Charlotte is located across from the city’s convention center and near local landmarks like the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bank of America Stadium. On property, meeting planners have access to 14 event rooms with a total of 22,240 square feet of space. The largest event room has the capacity for 680 guests. Feauturing 381 guestrooms, including 34 luxury suites, the property also offers onsite dining including Dean’s Italian Steakhouse, Caroline’s Oyster Bar and a pub, the Aura Rooftop. There’s also the Spa by JW with six treatment rooms and a relaxation center, plus a 24-hour fitness center.
15. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
After a $64 million guestroom renovation, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center will reopen with redesigned rooms, new menus, a new rooftop venue and seasonal hotel experiences. All of the 1,996 guestrooms and suites have been updated, and the updated culinary offerings feature local food including Maryland’s blue crabs and honey harvested from the resort’s rooftop hives. Cheese is also sourced from Maryland farms.
The new Pose Rooftop Lounge will debut Replay, an 80s themed pop-up bar featuring neon lights, retro arcade games, and 80s music while offering summer beverages and PB&J milkshakes, boozy popsicle push-pops, and more.
Ranging from 8,000 to 50,000 sf the property’s ballrooms can be divided into intimate spaces and breakout rooms. The total event space at the property is 546,889 sf, 94 event rooms, and a maximum of 101 breakout rooms with a capacity for up to 10,000 in the largest space.
16. Lake Nona Wave Hotel
This fall, Lake Nona Wave Hotel is opening in Orlando within Lake Nona, known as a leading wellness center and community of the future. The new property will feature 216 guestrooms, 16 one-bedroom suites and two Penthouse Suites.
The property features 12,000 square feet of event space, which offers technology equipped for hosting hybrid events, plus complimentary WiFi 6 for meeting attendees.
Groups can go beyond the boardroom and enjoy the destination through enrichment classes from Chopra, an introduction to rock climbing or a lively evening at Boxi Park. And, event planners can also plan for social events on the roof-top pool deck or the garden setting offering a locale for gatherings under the canopy of almost 300 palm trees.
At this property, guests can experience Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Mind-Body Zone and Spa at Lake Nona Performance Club, relax in the rooftop pool deck featuring pastel-colored cabanas, or indulge in one of three dining venues and two cocktail bars. The lobby “Living Room” will feature a stadium staircase lounge within a pop-art designed space, communal workspaces, intimate seating areas, and a game room.
The hotel will debut with View Glass smart windows that tint using predictive intelligence in response to the sun and outdoor conditions, voice-automated in-room controls, TOTO Toilets, Healthe Inc. Cleanse Solutions that keep vital surfaces sanitized in-room tablets, keyless entry, and more.
Attendees who have forgotten their toothbrush, want to order food to be waiting in their room upon their arrival, or want to discover the many weekly enrichment events available to them will find this and more within the app. In addition, once guests step outside of the hotel, they’ll witness self-driving shuttles, robotic lawn mowers, super-fast free WiFi 6, Verizon 5G Innovation Hub and coming soon—an electric air ‘’taxi’’ network.
Located steps from the hotel is Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Mind-Body Zone and Spa, a first-of-its-kind for holistic wellness center. In addition, guests have access to miles of nature trails, a Technogym-powered fitness studio, and the Lake Nona Performance Club, which is a 130,000 sf center of wellbeing, as well as an indoor performance training center for golfers, and a ROX rock-climbing gym.
Within a 5-minute drive, guests can visit USTA, the largest tennis facility in the nation; Nona Adventure Park, a water-based entertainment center with an inflatable aqua-park and obstacle course; and more.
17. Hotel Effie
Located in Northern Florida’s Emerald Coast along the state’s Panhandle, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, the newly opened Hotel Effie features 250 guestrooms, a spa, a fitness center, and the area’s only rooftop pool as well as 20,000 sf of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. This is in addition to the existing 30,000 square feet of function space located at the Baytowne Conference Center (part of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Hotel Effie’s sister property). Onsite dining venues include Ovide, Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge and Sweetbay Coffee, a coffee marketplace. Meeting attendees have full access to the amenities at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, including four golf courses, 15 tennis courts and a 123-slip marina.
18. Sable at Navy PierViews of Sable at Navy Pier—Curio Collection by HiltonLocated on Chicago’s Navy Pier, the 223-room and -suite Sable at Navy Pier—Curio Collection by Hilton’s 100th property—has swung open its doors. The new property overlooks Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, and features a nautical theme incorporating the history of the city’s famous pier as well as the USS Sable, which during WWII was homeported at the Navy Pier while serving as a training center for U.S. Navy recruits. Sable at Navy Pier has 4,300 sf of meeting and event space, plus it’s home to what the hotel says is the world’s largest rooftop bar and restaurant, the Offshore Rooftop & Bar. Take note: The property was designed to have three separate towers so there’s the option of renting an entire wing of the hotel for your group.
19. Hotel IndyOpening its doors in October 2021 in Indianapolis, Hotel Indy—Indiana’s first Tribute Portfolio by Marriot property—will be located at the former State Life insurance building.This 90-room hotel features six suites and more than 1,500 square feet of meeting space.Hotel Indy also features the first rooftop bar in downtown Indianapolis, plus Indy-inspired cocktails, craft brews, and locally sourced coffee as well as tasty eats. Inside, the property features a mix of gold, maroon, mint, and obsidian volcanic rock in its décor.
20. Cincinnati Marriott at River Center
Overlooking the Ohio River and the city’s skyline, the Cincinnati Marriott at River Center has just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. In addition to being connected to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, which has 100,000 sf of meeting and event space, the property itself offers nearly 13,000 sf of space for group to gather. Newly renovated and offering floor-to-ceiling windows are the Riverview ballroom, which doubled in size to 4,200 sf and features a waterfront balcony, and the Kentucky room, which expanded to 1,155 sf. Groups can also meet in the 10 breakout rooms.
Other new additions include the 1,700-sf M Club, a 24/7 lounge for Marriott Bonvoy members; and the Marriott Greatroom, which offers food & beverage, WiFi access and other tech amenities.
21. Hotel Drover
Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is now open in the Fort Worth Stockyard’s National Historic District. The property gives guests the opportunity to dive into the historic destination as they dine on Texas-inspired cuisine, experience daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue, visit the newly opened John Wayne Museum and enjoy rodeo shows and live music from local and national artists.The property offers about 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Groups can choose from five unique venues including The Barn, Legacy Hall, The Drover Boardroom, Vaquero Room and Ranchero Room. The Barn is an elegant 4,000-square-foot venue that offers vaulted ceilings, four custom Italian crystal chandeliers, a built-in bar, hand-placed Texas stone, and abundant natural lighting. The Barn has a lushly landscaped 2,500-square-foot outdoor lawn that overlooks Marine Creek and offers a custom clear tent to be utilized year-round.Hotel Drover showcases a rustic-luxe design throughout, honing in on the spirit of the West through various touch-points including its signature neon Cowboy installation by Austin’s famed Neon Jungle. On property there is also a 2-story lobby library filled with Texas-inspired books. The property features 200 guestrooms and spa suites such as the Presidential Suite, which offers an indoor and outdoor fireplace, or The Bunkhouse offering bunk suites featuring a king bed with a double overhead bunk. In addition, 26 suites offer oversized bronze soaking tubs, fireplaces, and expansive terraces.
Onsite, atendees can dine at 97 West Kitchen & Bar at Fort Worth Stockyards, which features contemporary Texas fare and Southern comfort foods such as sweet tea-marinated fried green tomatoes. The restaurant also offers an indoor Chef’s Table adjacent to the open-air kitchen, and an outdoor Chef’s Table located underneath a pergola overlooking Marine Creek. There’s also the Veranda Bar with outdoor seating overlooking Marine Creek, and the Lobby Bar for late-night drinks and snacks.
The property’s half-acre outdoor space, The Backyard, located along Marine Creek, offers attendees a heated pool and Jacuzzi, three private cabanas with hanging daybeds and custom chandeliers, fire pits, a creekside bar, and yard games—enough activities to dive into for a bleisure getaway. There will also be live music from the outdoor stage—The Backyard Unplugged. Onsite there are also retail spaces, and a fitness center complete with Peloton bikes and MIRROR.
Additional programming includes custom luggage tags that the hotel’s blacksmith can brand.
22. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock
Recognized as America’s largest indoor waterpark resort (ideal for a bleisure family trip), the $550 million Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock opened in November 2020. Featuring 975 guest rooms and a convention center with 200,000 square feet of flexible space, two ballrooms and 16 meeting rooms. There is also 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space available.Round Rock and the three other Kalahari Resorts—located in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—feature an African theme with original art, sculpture, and furniture.Kalahari’s “All under one roof experience” makes it a popular bleisure group option as well. Among the family fun amenities are 20 pools, 30 waterslides. On property, guests can also enjoy a spa, an adventure park with thrill rides, ziplines, climbing walls, mini-golf, and laser tag. There are also 20 onsite dining options including the resort’s first Redd’s Piano Bar.
“Over the past 18 months the lines between work and life have bled together, and now more than ever organizations are seeking experiences for the entire family,” says Kyra Popp, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions assistant director of corporate.
23. Austin Marriott Downtown
The 31-story Austin Marriott Downtown recently opened in Texas’ capital city within easy access to the destination’s hippest venues. It features 613 guest rooms and 25 suites, an 18,000-square-foot exhibit hall with floor-to-ceiling windows that let the outdoor light in, and two 14,000-square-foot ballrooms. The hotel’s Next Gen Meeting Space initiative is tailored around your group’s specific needs—from socially distanced setups to large gathering options, and the hotel follows Marriott’s Connect with Confidence best practices for meetings and events.When it comes to its F&B offerings, there are handcrafted options that put the spotlight on local cuisine. Ideal for networking after-hours, Zanzibar, the hotel’s rooftop bar and pool, pays homage to Africa’s Spice Islands with a menu that features tiki cocktails and island-inspired small plates.
24. The Monsaraz San Diego
Opened in June, The Monsaraz San Diego, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton, features 92 guest rooms including three suites with views of the rolling hills of Point Loma, the bay and the downtown skyline.
Each guest room features mobile desks, which allow for guests to customize their work experience. Onsite common areas include a 4,000-square-foot open-air courtyard where guests can have cocktails by the fire, enjoy a weekend workout, live music, art installations, pop-up cooking classes and more. And, on the property’s third floor “Hideaway,” guests can take in the San Diego sunset while enjoying a cocktail. The 646-square-foot “Hideaway” also functions as a meeting space and private dining room.
The Monsaraz is also home to the Westerly Public House, a 60-seat Cali-Aussie concept that showcases coastal cuisine inspired by Aussie and SoCal beach culture. The menu offers a focus on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients.
25. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa
Opening mid-2021, the Four Seasons Napa Valley will be located within a functioning winery in Calistoga, 90 minutes from San Francisco. The property will feature 85 accommodations with fireplaces and balconies overlooking the winery and the Palisades Mountains as well as the 3,400-sf Estate Villa. Amenities include two pools with vineyard views, a full-service spa, onsite dining, and a wine program curated by Thomas Rivers Brown. Groups can opt for guided bike tours that will take them along local country roads, hidden valleys and vineyards. The property offers a total of 15,234 square feet of event space that can accommodate up to 174 attendees in its largest venues, which include the Vineyard Barn, the Calistoga Ballroom and the Lakeside Terrace. There are also wine cellars that can be used for farm-to-table dining experiences.
26. The Shay
Slated to open in Fall 2021 in Los Angeles, The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, is located in Culver City and is part of the Ivy Station development, with its burgeoning tech scene. Planners will find 148 guestrooms, two onsite restaurants, including one from Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant, co-working spaces, a game room and a cocktail bar. The property offers 8,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space with both cityscape and mountain views, and it’s home to the area’s first rooftop pool and lounge, ideal for those after-meeting social hours. For the arty folks in your group: The hotel’s onsite art collection can be explored via QR codes posted throughout the property. Other experiences include pop-ups from local DJs and artists, sessions with creative professionals, fashion shows, product launches and movie nights.
27. Mission Pacific Hotel & The Seabird Resort
San Diego County welcomed the largest oceanfront hotel development in more than 50 years when the Mission Pacific Hotel, a JdV by Hyatt hotel and The Seabird Resort, a Destination by Hyatt hotel opened this year. Combined, the properties will feature 387 guestrooms and suites offering ocean views. In addition, there will be six F&B experiences—four at Mission Pacific Hotel, including Charlie’s, located at the nearby historic Graves House (seen in the 1986 film “Top Gun”), which has been transformed into a vintage dessert lounge; and two at Seabird, including Piper, which features the city’s first outdoor private dining room. Mission Pacific offers 13,000 square feet of oceanview function space, while Seabird features 20,000 square feet of oceanview meeting spaces.
28. Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
Set atop a coastal bluff in San Diego, the 130-room Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, with its eco-design and mission of offering sustainable tourism, opened this past March. Planners will find three restaurants, Spa Alilaand an onsite gym as well as myriad function spaces. The property features a 3,800-square-foot ballroom, an indoor/outdoor foyer, a terrace with coastline views and a boardroom. Attendees can also take a surf lesson at the onsite surf school, go for a bike ride along the scenic coastline with an Electra Go! bike, or go on a hike in the adjoining coastal wetland of Batiquitos Lagoon. The property also offers daily morning wellness activities including sunrise yoga; bodyfly fitness; and low-tide beach runs that take attendees along the waterline as well as through local trails and paths.
29. AC Hotel by Marriott
Sitting on three acres along the Maui’s southwestern coastline in Hawaii is the new AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea, which marks the first property in the Hawaiian Islands for the AC Hotels lifestyle brand.The property features 98 guestrooms, 12 suites, and an infinity-edge pool with a hot tub and cabanas. Guest rooms offer a neutral-palette, hardwood floors, USB outlets, a private lanai, and views of the Pacific Ocean.AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea also offers two al-fresco dining options including AC Kitchen, offering international and Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, wine, charcuterie, and cheese tastings, and KAI, a poolside tiki bar, features a lava stone fire pit and local drinks. The property is also equipped to host small group gatherings.
30. Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort, the only full-service resort on Oahu’s North Shore, is scheduled to complete a renovation this summer. It offers ample room to roam as it’s spread out over 1,300 oceanfront acres and features a farm as well as five miles of beachfront. The renovation includes an updated lobby and pool deck, the addition of locally inspired dining concepts, and 42 new Ocean Bungalows accommodations, located just steps from the water and with an exclusive pool. The lobby’s refurbishment included adding windows that offer views of the beach as well as a new lobby cafe, Ho’olana, serving locally sourced coffee and bites, and the space now displays pieces by local artists. On the pool deck, guests will find a new adults-only pool as well as a redesigned family-friendly pool plus new cabanas and a new pool bar. The resort’s main dining venue, Alaia, will incorporate the North Shore’s sustainable agriculture throughout the menu, including produce from the resort’s own farm. Attendees will also find a new gathering place, the Surf House, as well as a new lounge, The Club, overlooking the pool deck. For meetings, the property features 25,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.
31. Mar Monte Hotel
The Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar renovation earlier this year.
The Mar Monte Hotel features 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space offering oceanfront views for up to 220 guests. Indoor, outdoor, and beach venues include two ballrooms within The Cabrillo Pavillion, The Yard, and The Living Room and Oceanfront Terrace.
As part of the Hyatt brand’s The Unbound Collection, the updated property features all 200 new guestrooms offering ocean or mountain views, plus the opening of costa Kitchen & Bar, offering a modern take on coastal Mediterranean cuisine. While Café Lido offers guests a relaxed setting for all-day dining by the pool with light plates, coffees teas, smoothies and cocktails. The property also features a library, which opens onto the courtyard, and is the spot where a variety of activities featuring local artists, winemaker, and other locals from around the region will be hosted. Other on-site activities include: rosé and oyster brunch; Mar Monte Moments featuring live music poolside on Saturdays; access to local tours and activities with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Coastal Concierge, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and more; and rotating chef dinners at costa, which will launch later this year. Guests can also take part in wellness programs on site, including yoga classes, or use the in-room yoga mats and custom maps for running or walking.
32. W Rome
Set to open this September, the first W Hotel property in Italy and one of two of the bran’s new luxury hotels in Europe, W Rome will be located near the Spanish Steps and the city’s famed Via Condotti boutiques. Spanning two adjacent 19th century properties on Via Liguria, the property will offer 159 rooms and suites and a rooftop bar with views across Rome. In addition, the property will feature culinary offerings spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano.
33. W Algarve
Also set to open this year is W Algarve, the brand’s first incentive entry in Portugal. Located on the Algarve coast with direct access to three beaches, the 134-room and -suite oceanview property features duplex apartments with private plunge pools, ideal for incentive guests looking for an exclusive experience. The best place to catch the sunset? The hotel’s sky deck, Sea Sky, facing the golden bay of Armacao de Pera. Another spectacular spot for those stunning views is the Wind Studio, for events up to 200, and Air, the hotel’s exclusive outdoor clifftop spot.
34, 35 and 36. AMResorts’ Dreams Crete, Dreams Corcyra and Alua Soul Plagos Beach
AMResorts has expanded its European footprint, with plans to manage three new luxury hotels on the Greek islands of Crete, Corfu and Zante. Offering a total of 845 accommodations, all three properties will be located beachfront. Dreams Crete will grace Malame Beach and encompass 357 luxury suites, while Dreams Corcyra, on Corfu, will offer 327 rooms. The Alua Soul Plagos Beach on Zante will have 161 rooms. With the addition of these Greece resorts, AMResorts’ Europe portfolio will include 22 properties and 7,205 rooms. Management under the AMResorts brands will begin in the summer of 2022, following a major renovation. Dreams Crete and Dreams Corcyra will offer the brand’s signature Unlimited-Luxury vacation concept, with unlimited access to gourmet dining options and premium beverages, concierge services, a daily refreshed mini-bar and the brand’s Preferred Club option. The adults-only Alua Soul Plagos Beach will feature an all-inclusive concept.
37. Kempinski Palace Engelberg
Slated to open this summer, the Kempinski Palace Engelberg has been flagged as the first international five-star-superior hotel in Central Switzerland. Located in the center of the Engelberg village, just a few minutes from the railway station, the Engelberg monastery and the funiculars, the property features 129 guestrooms and suites with panoramic mountain views. For an exclusive experience, the Belle Epoque accommodations feature light-flooded bedrooms, a balcony and a unique circular shape. Kempinki The Spa features an infinity pool and a relaxation room with open Himalayan salt-stone fireplace. Onsite venues include the Cattani Restaurant, and the Palace Bar and Cigar Lounge, with its 1920s vibe, and adjacent to the lobby is the Wintergarden with a terrace and serving afternoon tea.
38. Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid
Opened this spring after completing a three-year renovation of the 110-year-old property, the Ritz Madrid has reopened as the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid. It now boasts 153 guestrooms, including 53 suites and five restaurants and bars, which have been designed and developed by celebrated Spanish chef Quique Dacosta. For idyllic events that celebrate incentive guests, the property features newly renovated spaces with large windows overlooking the Prado Museum.
39. Mandarin Oriental Lake Como — Italy
Offering five-star lakefront views, the Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como is located amidst picturesque surroundings, between a botanical park and famous Lake Como.
When it comes to stunning incentive events, a lakefront setting provides the perfect backdrop, with the option for setting up right along the lake for views that will take one’s breath away. There are two onsite restaurants—L’Aria serving Mediterranean cuisine on a lakefront setting, and the CO.MO Bar & Bistrot, set in an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake.
40. La Reserve Eden du Lac—Switzerland
Set on Lake Zurich, the La Reserve Eden du Lac—near the city’s various museums as well as the Old Town and Burkliplatz Market—features 40 guestrooms and suites across eight categories, including the Eden Suite, with five openings to the outside, including four charming ironwork balconies. The suite’s vast lounge area overlooks the lake on the south side and allows guests to admire the Alps in the distance. Incentive groups can enjoy Eden Kitchen & Bar located next to the lobby and featuring an open kitchen as well as the Eden Cigar Lounge, and La Muna, a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the city and the Alps. This luxe hotel also has an onsite fitness room, which offers personalized sessions with a coach or yoga instructor upon request.
41. Galleria Vik Milano
Art takes center stage at the new 89-room and -suite property Galleria Vik Milano, located in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. Each accommodation showcases art installations by Italian and international artists. Onsite, guests will find the V Bart & Restaurant, which showcases a DJ, wines from the VIK vineyards, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. At I Dodici Gatti Pizzeria, attendees dine on traditional wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and can enjoy the outdoor terrace overlooking the Galleria rooftops and views of the Milan skyline.
42. NoMad London—UK
Located in Covent Garden and near the Royal Opera House, NoMad London—formerly the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station—is a 91-room property recently opened within walking distance of SoHo, the River Thames, and Leicester Square. Accommodations at this luxe hotel—the first NoMad property outside the U.S.—feature hardwood floors, Carrara marble mosaic bathrooms and Aragan bath amenities. For exclusive incentive events, the Magistrates’ Ballroom—once the Magistrates’ Courtroom—features a formal space with two adjacent private dining rooms, a separate bar, and its own entrance from the street by using the original courtroom’s entrance. Delightful features include a landscaped, glass-ceilinged atrium where attendees can find the Nomad Restaurant & Bar; Side Hustle, a British pub; and The Library—reserved only for hotel guests—offering light fare through breakfast and lunch, plus small plates and cocktails in the evening. And for a late night encounter, Common Decency is the onsite craft cocktail bar and lounge.
43. Bulgari Paris
Opening this fall for incentive groups is Bulgari Paris located on the city’s Triangle d’Or, home to the world’s finest haute couture shops. One of the most awaited new luxury hotels in Europe, it will feature 76 guestrooms, most of which will be suites. Onsite, attendees will have access to an 82-foot pool, a spa and the onsite Bulgari restaurant and bar, which will overlook a courtyard garden.
44. Hotel Xcaret Arte, Cancun
The first of Grupo Xcaret’s hotels exclusively for adults, Hotel Xcaret Arte opened this July featuring 900 suites, nine culinary experiences, 10 bars, the Muluk Spa, immersive cultural experiences, and multiple pools, as well as two convention centers and an entertainment stage.
The property features five distinct Casas, each inspired by Mexican traditions. The Casas include Casa del Diseno, a textile workshop offering weaving lessons; Casa de la Musica with dance instruction; Casa de los Artistas, which will inspire guests to paint; Casa de la Piramide, which will explore Mexico’s diverse pottery traditions, and Casa de la Paz, offering cooking workshops specializing in vegan cuisine. Additionally, Casa del Patron will serve as the resort’s main event and convention space. The property will also feature Grupo Xcaret’s All-Fun Inclusive concept, offering groups access to Grupo Xcaret’s seven eco-adventure parks—Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco and Xenses, as well as its Xenotes and Xichen tours. Attendees have access to roundtrip transportation to the parks, hotel, and Cancun International Airport (CUN).
45. Conrad Punta de Mita
Conrad Punta de Mita—Hilton’s first-ever Conrad brand resort in Mexico—opened last September.
The 324-room property features three pools, a long stretch of sandy beach, access to the Litibu Golf Course, an outdoor fitness lawn for yoga, four restaurants and three bars, plus visits to a local fish market to witness the local lifestyle. There are nine meeting rooms, a 9,900-square-foot ballroom, 41,200 square feet of outdoor beach and lawn space, and the property is able to host up to 1,120 guests in a group meeting, theater style set-up.
Additionally, your meeting attendees will want to know that the Conrad SPA, which is spread across 10,000 square feet, offers an indoor/outdoor design complete with seven treatment cabanas set among the vegetation and connected by a tunnel of plants and flowers. It’s also home to the first-ever traditional Temazcal in a Hilton property.
For those seeking an even greater sense of seclusion and exclusivity, villa-like Casas house a combination of guest rooms and suites, some featuring large patios, plunge pools, freestanding soaking tubs and outdoor showers.
46. Wayam Mundo Imperial, Yucatan, Mexico
Located in Merida, Wayman Mundo Imperial is 20 minutes from Merida International Airport and steps from the Yucatan International Congress Center. Plus, the property offers 1400 square feet of event space.The LEED-certified property’s 52 suites offer complimentary WiFi, 55-inch TVs, a coffee machine, private balconies, and room service. Onsite, guests can stop at Cuna Cafe for grab-and-go options, and the onsite Cuna restaurant offers attendees breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also enjoy the onsite rooftop pool and bar with views of the Merida skyline.
47. Two New Posadas Properties in Tulkal, Riviera Maya
Two new Posadas properties are opening in Tulkal this year—Live Aqua Beach Resort Riviera Maya Tulkal is expected to open in July 2021 and Fiesta Americana Riviera Maya Tulkal in November 2021. Located only 35 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 20 minutes from Tulum, the two properties will offer attendees access to the new Tulkal Convention Center, which will feature a ballroom with a capacity to host up to 3,000 guests, a terrace that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and a 400-seat theater.
48. Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun opened January 2021 in Costa Mujeres with an array of amenities and services. The property features 898 suites, restaurants, and wellness offerings, plus curated entertainment-themed experiences and authentic Hollywood memorabilia. The property also features a convention center with a capacity of up to 1,300 guests.
On property, groups can enjoy an array of amenities including four swimming pools, a lazy river, and FlowRider surf simulator, plus a labyrinth, a mini-golf course, and the first-of-its-kind Planet Play Adventure Park.
Other onsite experiences include the resort’s “Crave – World of Flavors” program with a selection of 11 restaurants and culinary offerings spanning the globe, from Mexico to India. Groups can also enjoy a Chef’s Table experience featuring a personal chef and custom crafted menu of dishes catered to each person’s unique tastes. And the PH Spa, inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, offers attendees immersive therapies, massages, showers, a steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy pool and an ice fountain.
49. Aloft Tulum, Mexico
Aloft Tulum opened in February near Tulum’s downtown district. The four-floor property features 140 loft-style guest rooms and suites, a variety of lively spaces for socialization and music, and the destination’s only venue for corporate meetings. Aloft Tulum is Marriott International’s first property to debut in Tulum.
Aloft Tulum features three multi-functional meeting conference spaces totaling 2,761 square feet. Meeting rooms can accommodate up to 240 people and are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology, plasma screen TVs, and complimentary WiFi. The property provides several high-tech features including a Mobile Key program for keyless entry into guests rooms and a concierge tablet.
Each guest room includes complimentary high-speed WiFi, 55-inch LCD TVs, free signature coffee, Aloft custom toiletries from Bliss Spa and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. For mingling, Aloft Tulum offers several spaces including its Atico Rooftop Bar & Lounge. At this hangout spot, groups can take a dip in the infinity pool, experience local cuisine and sip on seasonal cocktails all while taking in views of Tulum. The urban hotel is also home to a Re:fuel by Aloft, filled with fresh grab-and-go options; Re:mix lounge, the perfect place to mix, mingle and play a game of pool; and the W XYZ bar where emerging artists and local bands provide entertainment.
50. Sensira Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya
Sensira Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya opened its doors this past February. This oceanfront all-inclusive 359-guestroom resort is tucked away on Mexico’s Petempich Bay. The resort is located 12 miles south of Cancun International Airport and 18 miles from Cancun’s hub of activity. The resort has a convention center with capacity for up to 650 guests, as well as a Grand Foyer with terraces.There are two tennis courts, a theater, a nightclub, mini-golf, gymnasium, zipline, three swimming pools, and 13 restaurants and bars. It also features the Sensira Club, an adults-only area featuring specialized concierge service, a lounge and accommodations with whirlpool bathtubs.