With rainforest lodges, exclusive island retreats and ambitious urban renovations on the cards, the coming year promises to deliver a whole host of exciting new beginnings in luxury travel. We take a look at the most anticipated luxury hotel openings of 2018.
Following on from its architecturally impressive properties in Patagonia and the Atacama, Awasi is launching its third ambitious lodge, Awasi Iguazu. Taking inspiration from the rainforest it’s surrounded by, the new lodge mimics the shapes of leaves and roots in its design, with just 14 standalone villas tucked into the foliage. Made from wood and stone, each villa is then built on stilts for minimal environmental impact with contemporary interiors offering spacious living areas and jungle views. The 13 Jungle Villas come with private pools, while the one and only Master Villa comprises two bedrooms, a larger living space and plunge pool. The stilted open-sided communal areas, meanwhile, provide an atmospheric setting for dining on seasonal, locally inspired cuisine. From the lodge, set out on excursions to Iguazu Falls, trek through the wildlife-rich rainforest and meet the local Guarani tribes. As each room comes with a 4WD and private guide, guests have the freedom to explore anywhere they want to at their own pace.