It’s important to have goals for when this period of self-isolation ends and if you’re like us the travel bug hasn’t disappeared after 20 seconds of hand-washing to Happy Birthday.
Feed your fantasies by mentally checking into these luxurious properties that are preparing to open their doors in 2020.
There’s no place like home at the moment but room service, an exotic location and incredible design is what dreams are made of. Is it too early to start packing?
Six Senses – Shaharut, Israel
If it’s an otherworldly escape you’re after, the Six Senses Shaharut in Israel’s Negev Desert should be at the top of your list when it opens in September. Nestled into a cliff, the hotel consists of 60 private suites and villas offering panoramic views across the expansive desert landscape and are designed to integrate seamlessly into their surrounds — made primarily from natural materials and furnished with pieces by local artisans. The resort includes bars and restaurants that will showcase seasonal produce, an open-air cinema, a Six Senses Spa and even an Earth Lab, where guests can learn about the hotel’s environmental initiatives and reconnect with the natural world. The Six Senses Shaharut is set to provide luxury for the new, sustainable age.
Airelles Château de Versailles – Le Grand Contrôle, France
Set on the grounds of France’s most iconic chateau, the Airelles Château de Versailles will offer its guests unprecedented access to an important slice of history. The Château de Versailles dates back to the pre-revolution reign of Louis XIV and its opulent architecture and immaculate grounds still stand today as a testament to the air of excess that underpinned his tenure as king. Now, French hotel group Airelles has teamed up with renowned chef, Alain Ducasse, to open a luxurious, 14-room hotel in converted 17th and 18th-Century buildings that are part of the palace itself. Alongside views across the orangery and out to the lake in the chateau’s gardens, the hotel will boast an Alain Ducasse restaurant, a wellness centre and an indoor pool. More details are still to be revealed but this is one opening we’re particularly excited for. Let us eat cake.
Aman – New York
Bringing its signature serenity to the Big Apple, this entry from Aman sees it venturing further into North America with a forthcoming New York outpost. Set in the iconic Crown Building on the corner of 5th Avenue and 57th Street, the new hotel will offer 83 rooms and suites and a spa set over three floors, with unprecedented tranquillity in the heart of Manhattan. Also offering a subterranean jazz bar, wraparound garden terrace (with views of Central Park), Italian and Japanese restaurants and a wine library, Aman is sure to be a welcome addition when the city that usually never sleeps wakes up.
One & Only Desaru Coast – Malaysia
With secluded luxury as its core tenet, One & Only’s forthcoming Malaysian resort will be the group’s first foray into Asia. Set on a stretch of private Desaru coastline, the hotel will offer a beach club and spa, a raft of outdoor activities (including tennis, golf, diving and watersports), three restaurants, 42 suites, two luxury suites and the pièce de résistance — a sprawling four-bedroom villa. Fifty private residences will also be available to purchase outright.
Cheval Blanc – Paris
As Cheval Blanc’s first metropolitan property, this new Parisian destination is unique in more ways than one. Located at 8 Quai du Louvre, walking distance from the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Jardins du Luxembourg (among other must-see Parisian sites), this luxurious hotel reimagined b architect Peter Marino will offer 36 rooms and 36 suites, some with floor-to-ceiling windows to frame views of the Seine. Its restaurant will be helmed by chef Arnaud Donckele of three-Michelin-starred La Vague d’Or at the hotel group’s St. Tropez location. Offering a unique sense of space from its left bank location, the new Cheval Blanc will give its guests a fresh perspective on the City of Light.
Amanvari – Los Cabos
Set on the tranquil beachfront site of what used to be a historic hacienda, Aman’s first foray into Mexico will be a luxurious affair. With 20 two-storey pavilions, a central atrium on the beach showcasing three restaurants, a library, a lounge and a large infinity pool, an all-encompassing spa, and to top it all off, 24 Aman Residences set on the property that will be available for purchase, this hotel is taking the idea of luxury to bold new heights.