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In Australia you’ll want to be seen at Jackalope on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, opening April 1. It’s the brainchild of 28-year-old Melbourne-based Chinese entrepreneur Louis Li working with leading Melbourne designers and set to include a “world class” art collection. Otherwise head west where the millennial-friendly, tech-savvy Aloft brand debuts in Australia in Perth in August.
London bound? Nobu opens a 150-room hotel in Shoreditch while the city’s original Scotland Yard police station becomes a swanky hotel thanks to the investment of an Indian billionaire. Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square in the old Port of London Authority building opens near the Tower of London this month and the famous Belmond Cadogan on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, where Lily Langtry entertained the future king, is undergoing a £28 million ($48m) renovation.
In Helsinki a sister property to the grand dame Hotel Kamp opens next to the Old Church Park in the northern summer; the Hotel St George will feature 150 guestrooms, a swimming pool and a winter garden, all housed in a handsome heritage building dating from 1840.
Meantime Rosewood Hotels relaunches Hotel de Crillon in Paris and opens a seriously luxurious camp in Luang Prabang.
In Cape Town The Silo opens on March 1 in an old grain storage facility above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which is scheduled to open in September.
Glamorous openings in China continue apace. Look for W Shanghai on the Bund and the Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, an all-villa urban resort housed in several historic shikumen buildings.
Ian Schrager’s newest hotel, the Sanya Edition, opened last month on Hainan Island just off the coast of southern China. Aman’s fourth resort in China, near Shanghai and the group’s most ambitious yet, will comprise a historic village and thousands of ancient camphor trees moved holus bolus to escape inundation during the building of a dam.
In Singapore The Duxton Club, A Luxury Collection Hotel from Starwood Hotels, opens on June 1 occupying two colonial buildings in the historic Tanjong Pagar district while the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, opening January 1, meshes heritage and contemporary buildings into an enormous complex of 634 guestrooms, two sky gardens and a restaurant by Iron Chef Akira Back.
In New Zealand the Sofitel So Auckland opens near the harbour and watch for the QT Museum Wellington slated to open in late January/early February.