So many staycations, so little time…

With the start of a new year comes a brand new list of exciting upcoming projects all set to open their doors in 2020. Among them are a seriously wow-worthy array of luxury hotels, complete with a range of exciting dining concepts, lavish pool facilities, and incredible citywide views.

From the super-luxury, to the colourful and creative, here are the best hotel openings expected in 2020.

ME Dubai

Opening: Q1 2020

Taking residence in the stunning 95 metre, Opus building, ME Dubai is set to become somewhat of a legacy hotel when it opens. It is the only hotel project where the late Zaha Hadid personally designed all of the interiors and exteriors. ME Dubai will occupy six floors in the lower half of the building and consist of 93 rooms and suites as well as 96 serviced apartments. The jewel in the crown is set to be the ultra-luxurious ‘Suite ME’, which will occupy 200 square metres. Inside you’ll find the third branch of The Maine, called the Maine Land Brasserie as well as Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka.

Sofitel Dubai Wafi

Opening: Spring 2020

Accor is due to launch Sofitel Dubai Wafi, connected to Wafi Mall, in the new year. The 595-room property will be the largest Sofitel hotel in the Middle East, inclusive of 97 luxury serviced apartments. The hotel plans to open Amsterdam-born Asian restaurant Taiko, created by executive chef, Schilo van Coevorden, British gastro pub The Nine, a modern brasserie at the helm of a French celebrity chef, as well as a French patisserie in the lobby and a pool bar.

Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah

Opening: July 2020

The first Marriott resort in Dubai, set to open on Palm Jumeirah, will include eight food and beverage outlets, including Korean, Italian, Japanese and Mexican cuisines. There will also be a rooftop bar called ‘Above Eleven’ which will serve Peruvian cuisine and will feature a garden maze in the entrance. All of the rooms and suites will come with a private balcony overlooking the Arabian Gulf, when the resort opens in July 2020.

The Royal Atlantis

Opening: Q3 2020

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is on track to open in the third quarter of 2020. The Dhs5.15 billion property will be made up of 231 luxury apartments, 693 hotel rooms and 102 suites. The 43-storey hotel will also feature 90 swimming pools, including a stunning rooftop infinity pool suspended 96 meters above The Palm on level 22. The hotel will exclusively host restaurants helmed by international celebrity chefs, including Gastón AcurioCostas SpiliadisAriana BundyHeston Blumenthal and Jose Andres.

SLS

Opening: Q3 2020

The five-star SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences will be one of the tallest hotels in the city when it opens in the third quarter of 2020, and will boast 254 expertly designed hotel rooms, 371 residential units and 321 hotel apartments. For dining, guests will be able to choose between Italian restaurant Fi’lia (which will also serve as the all day dining restaurant) on level 70 and Carna, a steakhouse by award-winning Italian butcher Dario Cecchoni found on the 74th floor. For relaxation, Ciel Spa, located on the 69th floor will feature 7 treatment rooms, steam rooms, experience showers, plunge pools, a salon and gym. In addition, the property’s nightlife venue, Privilege, will be located on the rooftop featuring expansive interior lounge space that opens up directly onto the roof terraces and infinity pools.

St Regis The Palm

Opening: Q4 2020

The Palm Jumeirah St Regis will be a 289 room hotel – with the rooms spanning the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower. The upper floors of the building will be made up of 504 luxury apartments, a viewing deck and of course the St Regis pool on the top floor. The Palm Tower, where the hotel is located, will also be home to world-famous restaurant SUSHISAMBA, located on 51st floor, serving up a mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine.

The Dorchester

Opening: Q4 2020

Located in Business Bay, this will be the most modern Dorchester property in the famed hotel chain’s collection. The futuristic design has two interlocking (Tetris style) towers, a residential section with 39 apartments and a large rooftop pool. The ultra-luxury property is expected to open at the end of 2020.

Legoland Hotel

Opening: H1 2020

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the home of Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and of course Legoland, will become home to the Middle East’s first Legoland hotel in 2020. The hotel, which is set to have 250 lego-themed rooms, will feature a castle play area and a disco elevator within the resort. Set to open in the first half of next year, a first-look render has revealed a candy-coloured exterior surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns.

Mandarin Oriental Wasl Tower

Opening: TBC 2020

The second Mandarin Oriental property to reach Dubai will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The 63 storey property will feature 257 rooms, suites and serviced apartments. It is said to have been designed to ‘reflect local culture, with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage’. According to Mandarin Oriental’s corporate website, included in the restaurant and bar offering will be ‘a lively rooftop sky bar with citywide views, a signature dining experience, an all-day dining venue, a poolside bar and restaurant, a lobby lounge, a club lounge, a cigar room and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop’.

Address Jumeirah Resort

Opening: TBC 2020

You might have noticed the unique architecture of this bespoke hotel being created on the edge of Jumeirah Beach Residence, next to Doubletree by Hilton. The two towers are 74 storeys each, connected at the top and bottom to create a frame-like structure. The property will be home to 217 rooms and suites and has private access to 100 metres of pristine sandy beach, as well as prime views of Ain Dubai. There’s even a lavish infinity pool on the rooftop where the two towers meet.

 

Dubai EDITION

Opening: TBC 2020

After the success of Abu Dhabi EDITION the stylish boutique-style property by Marriott is opening a second UAE hotel in Dubai. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai EDITION will have 258 guest rooms, 15 suites and four restaurants, set to be managed by a ‘prestigious chain’. You’ll find it in Downtown Dubai, close to Fountain Street and The Dubai Mall.

Corinthia Hotel Meydan Beach Dubai

Opening: TBC 2020

Making its mark on the popular shores of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Corinthia Hotel Meydan Beach is set to be the tallest building in JBR. Located just next door to Rixos Premium, the new property will be home to 360 rooms and suites. There’s a multi-level cascading pool area in the centre court of the hotel, leading down onto the beach.

Langham Place by Omniyat

Opening: TBC 2020

Mater developer Omniyat will be opening a luxury hotel in Burj Khalifa District, Downtown Dubai. Langham Place is the developer’s first luxury city hotel, offering 167 guests rooms plus a number of serviced residential apartments. The property promises views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Canal, when it opens its doors next year.

Riu Deira Islands

Opening: TBC 2020

Deira Islands, the offshore project by Nakheel will be home to a beachfront property by Spanish hotel chain, Riu. The 750-room hotel will be an all-inclusive resort, complete with access to the soon-to-open Deira Mall and Deira Islands Night Souk.

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