Luxury Hotels and Resorts What's Ahead: 2013 Openings

Jumeirah Bligah Beach HotelA number of luxury hotel openings are scheduled for 2013. Trends to note are international luxury chains moving into emerging destinations like China and Russia as well as overseas chains slated to open properties in Europe and the Americas. Here is a quick round-up.

Baku, Azerbaijan

  • Jumeirah Bilgah Beach
    Jumeirah Group has just opened a luxury resort on the Caspian Sea in the ancient city of Baku in Azerbaijan. The 176 room property with a 300 meter private beach has 14 villas.

    Meeting facilities include 2 multi-functional rooms accommodating100 – 150 guests. The 630-square-meter Bilgah Ballroom has a capacity of 600 for receptions. For small groups, 2 executive boardrooms and a Majlis are available.

St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace
    Four Seasons is restoring a royal palace built in 1820 in the Admiralteysky, a historic district. The 177-room and 26-suite property will have great views of the Admiralty, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, and Alexandrovksy Garden.

Tianjin, China

  • Shangri-La Hotel
    On the Haihe River in the historical port city of Tianjin, Shangri-la Hotel will be opening a new luxury hotel adjacent to the Kerry Centre Mall.

Chengdu, China

  • Ritz-Carlton, Tianfu Square
    This luxury hotel will have have 353 rooms and 55 suites.

London (UK)

  • Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard
    Shangri-la will open a 202-room hotel in the spire of The Shard, one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe.

Palm Springs, California

  • Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
    This luxury 260-room desert resort is taking shape on a 650-foot bluff overlooking Palm Springs. The 12 meeting rooms will provide 20,000 square feet of function space.


  • Jumeirah Anguilla Resort
    This 140-room luxury beach resort will have extensive conference facilities and an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. There will be 12 function rooms and a 780-square-foot ballroom.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
    Opening next month on the Corniche, this 283-room luxury hotel will be located in the Nation Towers.

Jabal Akhdar, Oman

  • Alila Jabal Akhdar
    This 86-room property with a design inspired by traditional Omani houses will overlook the spectacular Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountains).

Alila Jabal Akdhar

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