What’s Hot for 2021?

As we near the end of the rollercoaster of a year that has been 2020, here at BIRD our dreams are full of wanderlust, whether it’s close to home adventures or far flung forays. We might not be able to travel as far and wide as we’d like just yet, but with so many newcomers to the scene, it can’t hurt to start plotting those 2021 journeys – a surefire way to beat the beginning of winter blues. From Britain to Bali, Italy to the Indian Ocean, here are the hottest new openings for the year ahead…

Three Mile Beach, Cornwall (Spring 2021) 

With staycations firmly on the agenda for the foreseeable future, we’re delighted that Easter 2021 will see the highly-anticipated launch of Three Mile Beach: a collection of 15 have-it-all beach houses on the northern Cornwall coast just four miles from St. Ives, evoking the carefree fun and nostalgia of childhood seaside holidays. 

Hidden among sand dunes and coastal grasses, but just a heartbeat from far-reaching golden sands, Three Mile Beach redefines the self-catering experience while offering comfort in the wilds. Perfect for couples, families, groups and and even four-legged friends, each of the three and four-bedroom beach houses has been designed to offer privacy and a haven of laid-back luxury with open plan kitchen-lounge-diners, warming log burners and wrap-around terraces complete with sunken cedar hot tubs, barrel saunas, and barbecues. Bliss.

Beaverbrook Town House, London (Summer 2021) 

In a welcome boost for Britain’s hospitality sector, Beaverbrook is to partner with Cadogan Estates, bringing the splendour of the award-winning Surrey country house hotel to the heart of Chelsea. The first Beaverbrook Town House will launch on the internationally famous Sloane Street in Summer 2021, following an extensive £25m restoration of two Georgian townhouses opposite the Grade II listed Cadogan Place Gardens. 

The new 15,000 sq. ft. boutique hotel will feature 14 luxury suites all styled and named after celebrated and much-loved London theatres. The new townhouse will also include a 60-cover contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar open to the public.   

Hotel Castello di Reschio, Umbria, Italy (1st April 2021)

Reschio is a 3,700-acre ancient pastoral estate in the Umbrian hills which is being brought back to life by three generations of the Bolza family. A legacy project with the singular aim of protecting and restoring an extraordinary corner of Italy, the current owners – London-trained architect Count Benedikt, and his wife Donna Nencia Corsini, have set about transforming the crumbling farmhouses that dot the land into one-of-a-kind private homes. 

April 1st  2021 will see Reschio’s jewel in the crown, its thousand-year-old castle, open its doors to the public as a meticulously restored and stylishly reimagined 36-room hotel, restaurant and spa. A unique design champions local craftsmanship, with terracotta-brick or wooden floors, sumptuous Italian fabrics and bespoke furniture designed by Count Benedikt himself complemented by curiosities hand-picked by the family at local markets and original oil photographs that nod to the fascinating characters who once resided within the castle walls.

Bethlen Estates, Transylvania (Spring 2021)

A multi-generational project with cultural preservation and heritage conservation at its heart, the Bethlen family has been quietly acquiring tumbledown buildings in their ancestral village of Criş since 2007. Their aim? Creating homely havens of tranquility in the heart of Transylvania, with funds raised from tourism channeled back into the local community. Spring 2021 will see Bethlen Estates Transylvania open the doors to the first three immaculately restored houses, accommodating up to 20 guests. 

Visitors can choose from the four-bedroom Caretaker’s House or two-bedroom Depner House – both available for exclusive use – or the four-bedroom Corner Barn available to rent by the room. Each building’s façade has been restored traditionally to its former glory, while interiors offer a stylish and contemporary take on rural living. A carefully curated selection of experiences will allow guests to delve into Transylvania with its historic citadels, raw and untamed countryside and spectacular wildlife – often referred to as Europe’s last true wilderness.  

Nirjhara, Bali (January 2021) 

Blending seamlessly into nature and artfully designed around the spectacular waterfall after which it is named, sustainable hideaway Nirjhara will open its doors in January 2021, in Tabanan on Bali’s southwest coast. Offering guests a secluded and environmentally conscious haven of relaxation, whilst being just a stone’s throw from the island’s volcanic sand beaches and popular towns of Canggu and Ubud, 25 suites and villas – including seven playful treehouse Canopy Suites – will afford unrivalled waterfall, river, jungle or rice paddy views.

Guests are treated to a modern take on Bali’s rich and eclectic gastronomic heritage at Ambu, where 95% of ingredients are sourced from neighbouring farms and trusted local suppliers. The Retreat at Nirjhara celebrates age-old healing practices and rituals, offering everything from sound healing and reiki, to massages, body scrubs and reflexology. 

LUX* Chongzuo, China (January 2021)

The newest opening from LUX* Resorts & Hotels, LUX* Chongzuo, in China’s Guangxi Zhuang region will be surrounded by lush greenery, mountainous rivers, famous karst formations, and just a ten minute drive from Vietnam. The new resort will feature 56 suites and villas with private terraces and plunge pools that open up to the spectacular natural surroundings. 

Other facilities will include an outdoor infinity pool, LUX* Me Spa and fitness centre, speciality restaurants and bars and an immersive Kids Club. The destination is known for its natural wonders including the Detian Waterfall, Asia’s largest transnational waterfall, and the Nongguan Nature Reserve, home to the endangered white-headed langurs – both of which are just a 30 minute drive from the resort. 

LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Mauritius (October 2021)

With 116 rooms, LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences will offer sophisticated beachside living for the upscale traveller in the popular Grand Baie nieighbourhood in the north of Mauritius. Beach Rouge – LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ signature beach club concept – will sit on the water’s edge and serve fresh, locally-sourced cuisine whilst Ai KISU (meaning ‘flame’ in Japanese) will offer best-in-class Asian cuisine. 

The adults-only rooftop will be home to a 30m infinity pool, an inventive raw restaurant and bar called Bisou and an open-air wellness space and spinning studio – all with sunset views. LUX* Me Wellbeing will offer an array of immersive thermal experiences alongside eight spacious treatment rooms, whilst the  LUX* Me Fitness concept will curate wellbeing programmes for guests tailored to their body types and fitness goals.

LUX* Tea Horse Road, China – a developing trail along the ancient trade route  

Deep in the mountainous northwest region of Yunnan, LUX* Tea Horse Road China has launched three additional retreats – LUX* Peach ValleyLUX* Sangushui and LUX* Daju Village – to complement the existing LUX* retreats in Lijiangand Benzilan along the 1,300-year old trade route. Guests travelling along the trail on a two to fourteen night programme will be accompanied by knowledgeable local guides who have grown up in the region and have a deep understanding of the age-old trade routes, traditions in Naxi and Tibetan cultures and the rich geography of the mountain range. 

The four retreats, ranging from six to 18 rooms, are located in diverse settings: Jibeike where peach orchards cover the entire valley in pink blossoms during spring; Sangushui with its lush vegetation, waterfalls and natural springs; Daju Village which is known for its majestic views of the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and is the gateway to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest canyons; and Baoshan Stone Town perched on a rocky cliff with striking views of the terraced fields and winding golden river. The retreats are all within a three and a half hour drive from LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang, centrally located in the heart of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 800 years of history; or a six-hour road trip from LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan, overlooking the Golden Sand (Jinsha) River.

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