No matter which way the Dow goes, 2010 may very well be the year of the luxury getaway.
Many hotel brands are opening properties that will offer sumptuous escapes.
Here are some of the hottest hotels set to open this year:
ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Opened just three weeks ago, the ARIA Resort & Casino is the first green hotel on the Las Vegas strip (It even boasts the first-ever fleet of clean-fueled limos). The resort has 4,004 guestrooms and 568 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Room rates range from $149 to $7,500. The hotel also features seven fine dining options, including American Fish by Michael Mina and Shaboo by Masayoshi Takayama. The new Viva ELVIS show by Cirque de Soleil will be performed at ARIA. 866-359-7757, arialasvegas.com
Looking for a boutique hotel in downtown Miami? Hotel Urbano, the newest in the area, celebrates local art by displaying original artwork from several emerging artists throughout the lobby, rooms and restaurants. The hotel is in close proximity to Key Biscayne Golf Course, the shops of Key Biscayne and Miami Heat games at the American Airlines Arena. The 65 guestrooms will have rates starting at $159 per night. The hotel’s Miami Restaurant fuses South Florida and Cuban Cuisine. 888-657-3448, hotelurbano.com
Armani Hotel Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Talk about luxury. This hotel is located in the Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest building. The hotel is the first of a series of hotels, resorts and residences designed by Giorgio Armani that will open around the globe. The online bookings for the Armani Hotel Dubai will go live on late January 2010, armanihotels.com
Located 40 minutes from central London, this will be the perfect locale for a countryside vacation, when it opens during the summer of 2010. The hotel will stand on 240 acres of land and will feature two polo fields and an equestrian center with stabling for 40 horses. Guests will also have access to outdoor pursuits such as archery and pitch-and-put golf. Coworth will have 70 guestrooms, 30 in a main house and 40 in the converted stable block. The hotel will boast a luxury spa, a bar and two restaurants – one for fine dining, and the other for more casual eating. Room rates start at $378.
Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rahma
A new, exotic Mandarin Oriental hotel brand will open in 2010 in Marrakech, Morocco. The hotel, designed to look like an old palace, is located just beneath the Atlas Mountains. Each of 161 guestrooms will be decorated in oriental themes and have an outdoor sitting room with views of the Atlas Mountains. The hotel will feature a luxury pool, spa and kids club, so adults can have child-free fun. Hotel dining will include Rumi, a Moroccan cuisine restaurant with nightly entertainment, and Mantra, a fine-dining Asian locale.. 866-526-6567, mandarinoriental.com/Marrakech
W Hotel Santiago
The W Hotel brand has made a promise to triple its property footprint by 2011, and has expanded into South America for the first time with the now-open W Santiago, located in the El Golf neighborhood of the capital city of Santiago. Dining options at the hotel will include Osaka, a Peruvian-Asian locale and NoSo and Terraza, both serving French cuisine. Nightlife options will include modern bar Whiskey Blue, rooftop bar Red2 One and lobby bar W Lounge. The hotel will feature 196 guestrooms including 20 suites and 3 WOW suites, the W hotel’s vision of extreme hotel luxury with an oversized bedroom, separate living room and floor-to-ceiling windows. Room rates start at $285 a night. 888-625-5144,