JETSET’s 2020 Haute List

Contemplating your wander list for 2020? With these posh properties and haute hotel openings, temptations abound. But don’t fret. We’ll up-level your next escape. Let your imagination take flight!


Gorilla’s Nest One&Only, Rwanda. If gorilla trekking is your travel muse, the bar simply won’t get higher than this brand new resort. The high-end hideaway is basecamp to mind-bending mountain gorilla excursions. Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcano Range, 14 luxe rooms and seven over-the-top suites are encased by trees and open onto Pyrethrum farmland, lush shambas, and Eucalyptus forest.


Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana. Opening June 2020, Xigera (say: “Kee-jera”) is one of the most anticipated (re)openings in all of Africa. Located in the Moremi Game Reserve—the pulse of the Okavango Delta—the resort prides itself on a pioneering spirit, which means just 12 suites and more than 100 staff looking after just 24 guests.



Six Senses Bumthang. Say Six Senses, and our curiosity is piqued. Add in Bumthang, Bhutan, and we are obsessive about this chic retreat. Concepted as a “forest within a forest,” everything here feels romantic, including the eight private suites and a one-bedroom villa. Located near a river and hugged by blue-forest pine, it’s primed for an unforgettable group escape.


Aman Kyoto. Ah, Aman! How we heart thee. Japan, and more specifically, Kyoto, is having a serious moment, so get there before word stretches much farther. Located on natural hot springs and near Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including the golden Kinkakuji temple), this retreat is designed like a traditional Japanese Ryokan inn and is the former home of the famed Rinpa school of painting some 400 years ago.



The Fantauzzo. Considered game-changing for Brisbane, The Fantauzzo, an art-laden gem by Art Series Hotels, opened early 2019 and is a seamless blend of architecture, nature, and art. Inspired by acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, the six-story hotel wraps guests in creativity and is located in the hip Howard Smith Warves area.



Rosewood Little Dix Bay. After the wrath of Hurricane Irma, this highly anticipated re-opening (late 2019) will have hotel snobs scrambling for ressies. Gracing the BVI’s Little Dix Bay (ICEE-blue waters, incredible star-gazing, and geological masterpieces), the property’s white-washed suites and villas live like a home away from home, albeit with 24/7 seamless service.



Cheval Blanc Paris. Making its debut Spring 2020, this long-awaited entrée, too, has the travel industry all abuzz. Set in the heart of Paris, and featuring just 72 rooms and suites, the ultra-luxe Cheval Blanc Paris is set to evoke emotion and capture the modern romance of the City of Light. Oui!


Chateau de Versailles.  Also opening Spring 2020, here you’ll roam the same halls as Marie Antoinette. This intimate 14 suite hotel by French-based Arielles company is opening inside the grand Palace of Versailles. The private access to the expansive and lavish outdoor gardens alone are worth a jet across the pond.



Midwest > Nobu Chicago. This may be one—if not the—most awaited openings in the U.S. Style hounds will lay eyes on the Japanese-inspired Chicago newcomer, which features 115 rooms and suites. We’d be remiss not to mention the food, of course. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative cuisine anchors the hotel experience. Don’t miss The Rooftop—framing indelible city skyline views.


South > Austin Proper Hotel & Residences. As if wining, dining and concert-hopping in Austin weren’t enough, there’s new reason to visit with the brand new Austin Proper. Helmed by Brad Korzen’s Kor Group and designed by the adored Kelly Wearstler, this boutique hotel is just steps from Lady Bird Lake and the legendary Austin City Limits live music venue. We’ll be staying here just as soon as doors open (any day now!).


West > Four Seasons Napa Valley. Nestled in the serene Palisades Mountains, indoor-outdoor living inspires the layout of this high-end retreat, where the “grape-to-glass” motto is infused in almost every experience. Located in the beautiful town of Calistoga, this is certainly an opening to toast.


Mexico > Amanvari Los Cabos. Los Cabos is also on the jet-setter’s radar, after the area’s rebirth post hurricanes. And now that Aman resorts are getting in on the action, its next-level properties just keep getting elevated. Kissing the Sea of Cortez, Amanvari is completely tucked away from the hustle and bustle, where wild desert and farmland intersect. Opening 2021.


Hawaii > Mauna Lani Auberge. Opening Jan 2020, kickstart the new year along the Kona Coast. Blending the ancient wisdom of Hawaiian warriors and culture with modern luxury and design, Auberge’s dip into Hawaii includes experiences like mountain biking, free diving, and cross-fit training on the beach. The top-tier, secluded Bungalows feature 4,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, two bedrooms, three baths, a private swimming pool, and spa.



Chile > Tierra Chiloé. This recently renovated boutique property by Tierra Hotels celebrates the spirit of the south. The exterior is designed to reflect Chiloé Island’s classic stilted houses, while all 24 guest rooms frame panoramic views of the coastline. The hotel’s new wing celebrates intimate spaces to revel at the sweeping vistas, with layers of tactile fabrics and textures.


Brazil > Awasi Iguazú. Opened February 2019 in the enchanting Iguazu Falls area, this all-inclusive, 14-room hotel is set along River Iguazú and is surrounded by rainforest. What’s more, you’ll have your own private guide and 4WD, which means you explore where you want, when you want.


Hotel curious? Contact your JETSET Luxury Travel Consultant to design your next getaway today!