2020 sees a wave of new hotel openings across the globe, and we’re already aware of a few in 2021 that we’re even more excited about, but have to remain tight-lipped. But here’s a round-up of just a few that have caught our eye.
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort
Let’s start with a hotel we’re actually just a few weeks away from visiting. The latest Accor property in the Maldives certainly is impressive. The all-inclusive resort, featuring 122 stunning villas, is situated just miles away from the equator, and one of the furthest south resorts you can find. A quick plane hop from Male, you are greeted at an airstrip just a 15 minute boat-ride away to a pristine Atoll where luxury is the catch of the day.
With a variety beach and overwater villas, including two aqua villas with underwater bedrooms (only the second Maldivian resort to offer such a treat!) and a Royal 4-bedroom villa, there’s something for everyone. But on the island comes all the bells and whistles anyone could want on a honeymoon, and being a premium all-inclusive resort, guests can enjoy 6 different dining and bar outlets including a vegetarian restaurant, Phat Chameleon. Stay tuned for our in-depth Hot Hotel review in just over a month.
Aman New York
This year sees Aman open another new urban sanctuary (with a similar ethos to AmanTokyo) bringing the serenity of Aman to the centre of the western world. Within the opulent and historic Crown Building, 83 rooms and suites and Aman’s first urban Residences “invite guests to experience the Aman way of life, in harmony with the heartbeat of the city.”
As well as stunning rooms, and dining options, there’s a huge 2,300 square metre Aman Spa that occupies three storeys, including a dramatic 20 metre indoor swimming pool surrounded by fire pits and daybeds as its centrepiece. Two Spa Houses will provide guests with an all-encompassing spa journey, encompassing a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms, and an outdoor terrace with cabana, daybed and fireplace.
The Edition Toranomon, Tokyo
Perfectly poised nearby Tokyo’s hottest districts, Ian Schrager’s Edition brand is set to open this year. Featuring 206 rooms with stunning views of the city’s skyline, including 21 suites and a penthouse. A signature restaurant, cocktail bar and wellness spa will cultivate a unique, luxurious atmosphere.
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Six Senses Shaharut is nestled into a dramatic cliff in the Negev Desert. This inspired location named Shaharut, which translates as the moment just before dawn, adds yet another dimension to the portfolio of incredible natural settings that Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas calls home. The resort is a 3.5 hour drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, or just 45 minutes transfer to the resort from new international airport, Ramon.
To the south of the Negev Desert, which covers more than half of Israel, at the Arava Valley, is the small community of Shaharut, where traditional desert hospitality is expressed by generosity of spirit. This is the site of Six Senses Shaharut, just 60 suites and villas occupying a footprint of approximately 46 acres (18 hectares) including a Six Senses Spa.