New Openings and Things To Do - January 2019



It's the start of a brand new year and with that comes a fantastic list of exciting new openings and activities.

We know you love to be kept up-to-date with everything that's happening in the world, so please enjoy our specially curated list of the best new hotels, restaurants, bars and things to do. 

If you require any assistance from the A2D team in booking anything from the list, just click on the orange REQUEST buttons for immediate attention.

Best wishes

Stig Egard
Founder & CEO
A2D Travel & Concierge



  • The Machrie Hotel & Golf Course has reopened, Isle of Islay (Scotland)

  • Vintry & Mercer opens February 2019, London

  • Experimental Chalet from the group being the Experimental Cocktail Clubs has opened in Verbier. 39 midcentury-tinged suites with hot tubs and mountain views.

  • The historic Schweizerhof Zermatt hotel has re-opened in Switzerland after a major renovation overseen by Michel Reybier, the hotelier behind Europe’s Réserve, Victoria Jungfrau, and Mama Shelter properties.

  • The Hide Hotel Flims opening soon in the Eastern Swiss Alps.

  • La Folie Douce Hotel in Chamonix is now open.

  • Eleven Experience’s Sophomore Alpine Retreat sees them opening Chalet Hibou, a six-suite house available to rent room by room or exclusive use in Le Miroir.

  • Val d’Isère now has the highest hotel in the country with Le Refuge de Solaise, a transformed cable-car station at 8,300 feet.

  • Leading Hotels of the World’s Le Massif has opened in the Val d’Aosta Village of Courmayeur at the base of Mont Blanc.

  • Faloria Mountain Spa Hotel in the Tofana area of the Dolomites has just unveiled a new pool and wellness area.

  • Coeur de Megève is a 39 room, restaurant and spa recently opened by Sybille de Margerie (whose family owns Tattinger Champagne) in the haute hamlet where the Four Season Hotel Megève opened last year.


  • Four Seasons Boston opening early 2019

  • Four Seasons Napa Valley opening mid 2019

  • Four Seasons São Paulo now open

  • The Celino South Beach Hotel to open in early 2019, Miami

  • The Times Square Edition in Manhattan opens in February 2019

  • Virgin Hotel San Francisco now open

  • Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito opens February 2019, California


  • Mandarin Oriental Doha opens early 2019

  • Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah opens early 2019, Dubai


  • The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the world’s first underwater villa is now open in the Maldives



  • Clarlo Scotto, ex Babbo has opened Xier in Marylebone, London

  • Clive Watson’s Provisioners now open at Tower Bridge, London

  • Hide from Ollie Dabbous now open, London

  • Kutir, from former GM and head chef of Gymkhana, Rohit Ghai has opened in Chelsea, London

  • From Hong Hong, Din Tai Fung is now open Covent Garden, London

  • Cheyne Walk Brasserie in Chelsea has reopened, London

  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has reopened after the fire at Mandarin Oriental London

  • Jason Atherton adds some culinary luxe to St. Moritz with the opening of King’s Social House at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

  • The three-star chef-brothers René and Maxime Meilleur have opened La Bouitte restaurant at the base of the mountain in Saint Martin de Belleville.

  • Daniel Humm, the chef behind New York restaurants Eleven Madison Park and NoMad is rumoured to be taking over the restaurant in Claridge’s, London


  • Thomas Keller expands his Yountville restaurant empire with the opening of La Calenda in Napa Valley

  • Chicks Isan a brand new Thai restaurant from the Fish Cheeks now open in Brooklyn

  • Tinker Kitchen - a community space for ambitious amateurs & professionals has opened in Mission, San Francisco



  • The Experimental team have also taken over the Farm Club, Verbier’s late-night party destination.

  • Anthracite, King's Cross, London

  • Grays & Feather, Covent Garden, London

  • The White Haus, Farringdon, London


  • Starbucks Cocktail Bar & Roastery now open in NYC

  • Adas Place, New York

  • Henry at Life Hotel, New York

  • Stay Gold, New York



  • Dominique Ansel Bakery opening in spring 2019, Covent Garden, London

  • Omotesando Koffee, London’s Rathbone Square is the first European opening for this cool coffee chain which originated as a one man spot in Tokyo.

  • Boxpark Wembley with 27 food & drink stalls now open, London


  • Japan Village, a new food market and grocery now open in Brooklyn

  • The best pizza slice in New York can be found at Mama’s Too



  • Civil War Guided Tour in Barcelona 

  • Skiing in Georgia

  • Magic Pass - a regional season ticket now available at 29 Swiss ski destinations including Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, as well as France’s Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere and Austria’s Arlberg.

  • The Glacier Express that connects Zermatt (in the west) and St. Moritz (in the east) by rail has just launched its “Excellent Class”, a special train carriage offering panoramic views for every one of its 20 seats.

  • Grand Spa Thermal in Les Trois Vallèes is France’s largest thermal spa. It has a 6,500-square-foot aqua area featuring a 25-meter lap pool, Jacuzzis, fountains and water jets, plus a tea lounge and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.


  • Hiking & Excursions in Denali National Park, Alaska

  • 3 day ski school for Women in Alta, Salt Lake City

  • Ski Canada’s Power Highway in British Colombia

  • Best Day Spa in America, The Naturopathica Spa, New York

  • Ski with an Olympian, Utah

  • Heli skiing in Alaska

  • Jaguar watching in Brazil


  • Abseiling and kayaking the Zambezi, Zambia/Zimbabwe


  • Hiking at Kumano Kodo, Japan

  • Bike The Silk Road in 10 months (Beijing to Istanbul)


  • The Coast to Coast in New Zealand is the world’s longest-running adventure

  • Hire MoMA, New York

  • Hire the Guggenheim, New York

  • Hire Tate Modern, London

  • Helli skiing in Antrarctica