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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Anam Villas, VietnamAre you a trailblazer or a bargain hunter? BeTheFirst.com is an innovative travel website which gives consumers the chance to be both – at the same time. The site is aimed at anyone who enjoys being the first to stay at new or newly refurbished luxury hotels and, by offering stays during ‘soft openings’, BeTheFirst.com can also secure some great deals. Here is a selection of what’s currently on offer.

Anam Villas, Vietnam

Anam Villas (above), set on a 300m private beach close to Nha Trang, is a luxurious all-villa five-star resort due to open on December 20 2016. The resort boasts a spa, three large swimming pools and a wide range of recreational activities, from water sports to tennis and yoga. Stays before 20 December are from £127 per night for a 5* ocean view villa, complimentary breakfast, free airport transfer, early check-in/late check-out and complimentary upgrade.The Robey, ChicagoThe Robey, Chicago 

The Robey, which officially opens on 30 November, is located between two of Chicago’s hippest neighbourhoods, Wicker Park and Bucktown, and will no doubt attract a stylish and creative clientele. For the best views at this 60-room Art-Deco hotel head up to the rooftop cocktail lounge, Up & Up, which overlooks the iconic Chicago skyline. Stays before 30 November are from £108 per person.Arlo NoMad, NYCArlo NoMad, New York 

Set to open on 1 November, the Arlo is located in NYC’s NoMad area, a short walk from the Empire State Builiding and Madison Square Park. And while there's no denying that rooms are a little on the snug side at just 150 sq ft, it has some great public spaces, including an Italian restaurant and a cocktail bar on the 31st floor. Stays before 1 November are from £140 per person.CitizenM Shoreditch, LondonCitizenM Shoreditch, London 

CitizenM opened last month in London’s trendy Shoreditch, just a few minutes’ walk from Old Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets. Rooms are not large (the hotel itself describes them as “enough space to swing a cat’) but perfectly designed with ‘more tech than a Silicon Valley start-up’. Stays from £129 per night during the opening period.Hotel Midmost, BarcelonaHotel Midmost, Barcelona

Midmost opened at the end of September and is named after its great location, midway between the Ramblas, Placa Catalunya and Placa Universitat. Like all the best Barcelona hotels, it has a rooftop pool, solarium and cocktail bar which, in Midmost’s case, afford magnificient views across the centre of the historic city. Stays from £112 per night during the opening period.Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, OttawaAndaz Ottawa Byward Market, Ottawa

Opened at the end of August, this is Ottawa’s newest hotel, designed to showcase Canadian design and materials. It’s wonderfully situated for exploring Canada’s beautiful capital city, with stunning views of the Gatineau Hills from its rooftop restaurant. Stays from £120 per person during the opening period.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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