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The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Travel Calendar highlights new luxury hotel openings, new travel products, and new travel experiences in August 2019. For the full August Luxury Calendar, click here. And for our list of the top 10 luxury travel destinations in August, click here.

the best in the world of luxury travel this August 2019

Everything old is new again: August celebrates several iconic travel greats making a return to their former glory. 

This month the long awaited renovation of Raffles Singapore will be unveiled, as well as the Hotel Chateau du Grand-Luce outside Paris. 


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On the other hand, if you’re looking for something completely new, check out the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia or take a cruise on one of the two new ships debuting, Scenic Eclipse or American Harmony.  And don’t forget the opening of Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disney World.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s go!

top news and events in luxury travel this August 2019

1. europe

The Chapter Roma in the vibrant and historical Regola neighborhood, has opened on the River Tiber.  The building, which dates back to 1880, features contemporary interiors with an industrial-chic vibe courtesy of South African based designer Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A

Hoping to feel like royalty on your next European vacation? Then you have to book a room at Hotel Chateau du Grand-Luce.  Just a short 55-minute train ride from central Paris, the property used to be the country home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay.  The Château has been returned to its 18th-century splendor after a careful private restoration under the guidance of the French government

Chapter Roma

Located in the heart of Madrid in a historical building that was the famous Casa de la Carniceria, is the new Pestana Plaza Mayor.  The hotel has two restaurants, in addition to two swimming pools – one is even on the roof, as well as a full service spa and fitness center

The new W Hotel Ibiza is in Santa Eulalia del Río, smack in the centre of the buzzing beachside neighbourhood with easy access to Ibiza’s famous beaches and nightclubs. The hotel has 162 guest rooms and a 4,000-square-foot Away Spa with seven treatment rooms

2. united states

The 120 room independent Origin Hotel Lexington has opened in Kentucky at The Summit at Fritz Farm 

Soaring above Center City in the skyline’s tallest tower, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, is opening this month.  The hotel is located atop a 60-storey landmark by architect Lord Norman Foster and will have restaurants by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and James Beard Award-winner Greg Vernickas well as a 57th-floor spa sanctuary, including an infinity pool and fitness centre

Scenic has revealed the appointment of Dame Helen Mirren as the godmother for Scenic Eclipse.  The maiden voyage of this ultra-luxury vessel will depart Reykjavik Iceland on a 13-day discovery sailing, ending in Quebec followed by a christening in New York City in September – Aug 15

Scenic Eclipse

The U.S. river cruising scene has long maintained a vintage air, synonymous with paddle wheelers chugging along the Mississippi, however, American Cruise Lines is stepping in to change all that with a new fleet of game-changing modern riverboats like the 187-passenger American Harmony that rolls out this month – Aug 17

Star Wars Galaxy Edge will open in Disney World following an earlier opening at the resort’s Disneyland location – Aug 29

3. Asia

Following an extensive renovation Raffles Singapore will reopen – Aug 1

best luxury travel and new hotel openings in August 2019

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Just a quick ferry ride from Perth, the eco-glamping resort Discovery Eco Village on Rottnest Island in Western Australia has opened.  Rottnest Island is Australia’s no-car beach city and offers experiences such as snorkeling, diving and surfing.  The hotel features 83 eco tents that range from luxury glamping to affordable family stays

The Ritz-Carlton Xi’an has opened in one of China’s most historic areas.  With a history that spans thousands of years, Xi’an is one of China’s four ancient capitals and the former home to thirteen imperial Chinese dynasties

4. middle east and Africa

One of the most highly-anticipated new luxury hotel openings in August is in the Middle East. The new Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi is a luxurious take on a Bedouin village with low-lying sand-hued tones, oriental rugs, traditional lanterns and chandeliers

Originally just a simple tented camp, Namiri Plains has relaunched having undergone a complete revamp. The new Namiri features eight guest suites that come with wooden sundeck, an outdoor bathtub and floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the Serengeti Plains

The eco-friendly Kingfisher Lodge sits overlooking the Gulf of Oman and features 25 stand-alone tents with views of both the Hajar Mountains and an endless sea blending into the sky to the other

Labotessa, a 17th-century congressional church turned lifestyle hotel, will open this month in Cape Town

best luxury travel and hotel openings in August 2019

Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

5. Latin america and Caribbean

Located in what is fondly referred to as one of the happiest countries in the world, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal is now open.

Viceroy Los Cabos, a chic oceanfront resort in the heart of San José del Cabo, has news. The property is launching new two, three and five bedroom luxury residences. They’re perfect for multi-family and multi-generational vacations.

new luxury travel products and hotel openings in August 2019

W Costa Rica

6. new luxury travel products launching in August 2019

The new book Tulum Gypset ($85) features vibrant photography and insider anecdotes about the essence of this bohemian haven – Aug 21

Off-White has dropped a new range of Carry-On Suitcases ($1,030).  The hard-case, carry-on roller bags arrive in three colorways: yellow, black, and white.  The design boasts Virgil Abloh’s signature “ARROW” design on the front. And quotation mark graphics on the reverse and zipper pulls with the words “FOR TRAVEL” and “PULLER.”

The new Off-White by Virgil Abloh Carry-on Suitcase.

the best in the world of luxury travel this August 2019

That’s the best in luxury travel, hotel openings, and new luxury travel products for August 2019. Wherever you’re going, have a great trip.

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Jillian Tangen

Jillian is a lifestyle editor at Dandelion Chandelier covering topics like fashion, travel, entertainment and on occasion, even finance. She thinks there’s no such thing as having too many sweaters.