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The Best in the World of Luxury Travel This January

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The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Travel Diary has the news headlines you need to know regarding new luxury hotel openings, new travel books, new luxury travel products, and new travel experiences in January 2020. For the full January 2020 Luxury Calendar, click here. And for our list of the top 10 luxury travel destinations in January, click here.

the best in the world of luxury travel this january 2020

Where will January take you? There are so many magical options this month.

For those seeking warmer climates you can’t go wrong with a visit to the new Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Or the Maldives’ COMO Cocoa Island.

Looking for iconic winter landscapes perfect for all kinds of snow filled adventures? Look no further than Sweden’s sleek and relaxing Arctic Bath or the new Urban Cowboy Lodge in the Catskill Mountains.

Or for something completely different, hop on the new overnight railway between Vienna and Brussels to visit a couple of Europe’s most charming cities. Adventure awaits!

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1. Europe

A hotel and wellness oasis floating in the heart of Swedish Lapland, Arctic Bath offers an experience worth travelling way out of the way for. Arctic Bath guests  are encouraged to embrace the local cold bath culture with warming and relaxing saunas.

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The best luxury travel hotel to experience in Europe during January 2020: Arctic Bath Hotel. Courtesy Photo.

Sälen-Trysil, known as the Scandinavian Mountains Airport, is a brand new airport in Dalarna, Sweden (close to the Norwegian border). The recently opened airport is the first in the  world to be built without an air traffic control tower. It uses a virtual control tower instead. The airport is the gateway to about 250 of Sweden and Norway’s most popular ski resorts.

Dolce by Wyndham Sitges Barcelona has been transformed after a €15 million investment and will reopen this month.

Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the ‘lean luxury’ philosophy, Ruby Hotels is set to launch its first UK property in London called Ruby Lucy. The 76-room hotel, inspired by the area’s bustling fairs and markets, will be located on the Southbank’s Lower Marsh. It will have a carnival theme running throughout.

Österreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB), Austria’s main rail operator, is expanding its network of overnight trains (Nightjet) to include a Brussels to Vienna overnight route that will take approximately 15 hours – Jan 20

2. United States

Designed with the intention of evoking a sense of staying in a Portuguese home, Pestana Park Avenue is opening in the heart of New York City.

Located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the new 131 room Fidi Hotel is a blend of industrial and colorful jewel box inspired design

The Urban Cowboy Lodge is a re-imagined alpine inn on the side of a mountain in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The 28-room resort (with a freestanding cabin and chalet) is a 10-minute drive to Belleayre Mountain – Jan 28

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The best luxury travel lodge to experience in the United States during January 2020: The Urban Cowboy Lodge. Courtesy Photo.

Located on the historic Whiskey Row, Hotel Distil has officially opened its doors in Louisville, Kentucky.

3. Asia

A new luxury villa called Falcon Brae has opened in the Abel Tasman region of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s located on 350 privately owned acres, and surrounded by rivers on two sides. The property includes a private forest and spectacular native bush walks, and offers complete privacy with a security gate and private helicopter access.

COMO Cocoa Island in the Maldives will re-open to guests after a substantial renovation that includes a renewed focus on the holistic wellness ethic – Jan 9

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The best luxury travel hotel to experience in Asia during January 2020: Cocoa Island (Maldives). Courtesy Photo.

4. Middle East and Africa

Starting this month, the Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites will transform into Atlantis Dubai, an ultra-all-inclusive hotel.

The new Six Senses Shaharut will take up residence in the Israeli Negev Desert. Perched on a dramatic cliff with panoramic views of the desert, the hotel will offer suites and villas. The hotel, inspired by the natural landscape, will also utilize regional cacti and indigenous desert blooms. And source furnishings from local artists.

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The best luxury travel hotel to experience during January 2020: Six Senses Shaharut. Courtesy Photo.

Paramount Pictures’ latest feature is a hotel that embodies the very essence of the Californian lifestyle. Located in Business Bay, the Paramount Hotel Dubai has 823 rooms and suites grouped into Scene and Stage Guest Rooms; Premiere Suites and Paramount Suites; and themed suites taking inspiration from the studio’s movies.

5. Latin America and Caribbean

Located in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has been re-imagined for today’s ultra-luxury traveler, following a four-year closure. The relaunch features 80 new guestrooms, suites and villas. This includes Tree House Suites and Pool Suites.The half-mile crescent bay beach is considered to be one of the finest in the world.

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The best new luxury hotel opening  in the Caribbean during January 2020: Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Courtesy Photo.

6. new luxury travel products and travel books launching in january 2020

Just in time for the new year is A Breath of Fresh Air: How to Feel Good All Year Round ($15) by Rebecca Frank. A guide to switching off from social media and finding contentment in the here and now with with lots of handy tips on where to travel to increase personal wellness – Jan 7

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The best luxury travel book in January 2020: A Breath of Fresh Air by Rebecca Frank. Courtesy Photo.

In St. Moritz Chic ($85), author Dora Lardelli takes the reader on a journey through Chanel and Hitchcock’s favorite haunts. And the hidden parties at Badrutt’s Palace where royalty goes to play. All while highlighting the natural beauty, charming village and architectural mastery that define this iconic ski resort- Jan 13

the best in the world of luxury travel this january 2020

Those are the news headlines you need to know regarding the best in luxury travel, new luxury hotel openings, new travel books, and new luxury travel products for January 2020. Wherever you’re going, have a great trip.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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