Hot new hotel openings for 2021
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The Ithaafushi Private Island by Waldorf Astoria Maldives
Nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters, the elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi (meaning The Pearl) is within close proximity to Malé International Airport, a mere 45 minutes by yacht. Set in a tropical paradise, all 119 villas situated across the three private islands enjoy expansive views, a private pool, dining gazebos, in-water lounges and swing daybeds. Launched in January, this unique hotel provides unlimited, uninhibited and unforgettable experiences for guests to partake in from the moment they arrive. The largest private island in the Maldives, the expansive Ithaafushi Private Island Estate features three elegantly designed standalone villas, accommodating up to 24 guests in estate-style living and is accessible via a direct exclusive yacht journey. Guest experiences will be taken care of by the dedicated team of personal concierges. The ultimate exclusivity is delivered in a class of its own, sense of place and connection to the location ensuring each unique experience is unforgettable for every guest.
Aman New York, USA
Aman unveils a new urban sanctuary and an architectural icon reborn in the very heart of Manhattan. Aman New York is set to launch in Spring 2021 and brings the serenity of Aman to the centre of the Big Apple. With 83 rooms and suites, Aman New York will be the first of Aman’s urban Residences. Aman New York which is 26 stories high, overlooks the hustle and bustle of New York City. The building’s windows and terraces look out over the vast sweep of parkland and survey the world’s most recognisable skyline. The Aman Spa fills three stories with a 20-metre indoor swimming pool surrounded by fire pits and daybeds. Guests can enjoy spa treatments as well as steam rooms and an outdoor terrace with cabanas, daybeds and fireplaces. On the upper floors, there will be 22 private Aman Residences, whose owners will enjoy unlimited access to all hotel amenities including the Aman Club.
Jean-Michel Gathy – Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
Award-winning architectural and interior design legend Jean-Michel Gathy has completed the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, which opened to guests on 18th December 2020. The new spectacular riverfront hotel is in the capital of Thailand. The Chao Phraya River embodies the spirit of Bangkok’s life on its banks and waters reflecting the colourful and dynamic nature of the intriguing city. Inspired by the majestic river, Jean-Michel Gathy infuses the energy, flow and movement into the design of the hotel to reflect the natural splendour of the location. The definitive interpretation to the interior and landscape design of the hotel is the dominance of water features blending successive indoor and outdoor spaces and integrating elegant touches of Thai influence throughout the hotel.
RAKxa – A Fully Integrative Wellness & Medical Retreat
Opened on 1st December 2020, RAKxa Fully Integrative Wellness & Medical Retreat brings to Thailand a new way of being well, where renowned Eastern healing disciplines blend with Western modern science to create a ground-breaking wellness experience. Located on Bang Krachao, a protected jungle-clad island on the Chao Praya River, known locally as the 'Green Lung' of Bangkok, RAKxa fully integrates advanced medical treatments with revered holistic therapies alongside renowned Thai hospitality, resulting in a world-class medical destination. The unique concept curates personalised three-to-fourteen-day programmes based on real results using cutting-edge technology and sustained in the form of lasting lifestyle changes.
RAKxa has introduced a series of post COVID wellness programmes including the Immunity Booster Programme, the Detox Programme and the Gut Health Programme all of which help the body to defend against diseases and infections while keeping the body safe and in balance. Medical doctors from VitalLife, a subsidiary of Bumrungrad International Hospital, and holistic therapists will prescribe a precise treatment plan based on each individual’s needs.
Kagi Maldives Spa Island –360° Wellness Experience in the North Male Atoll
Situated in the secluded tip of North Male’ Atoll just a fifty-minute picturesque boat transfer from Velana International Airport, the adults-only five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island opened in December 2020 with 50 villas, providing couples, friends and solo travellers with a 360° wellness experience. The five-star property offers a soulful island experience where equilibrium can be found in the iconic overwater spa or in the underwater paradise. The team takes care of every need, ensuring guests are well rested in their all-pool villas, and their experienced islanders nourish you with the culinary offerings prepared by island artisans. Kagi has partnered with esteemed architect Yuji Yamazaki on the design of the resort. At the heart of the island sits Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub. Kagi also houses a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef. Positioned next to the lagoon of the island, Kagi’s Baani Spa offers a personalised, outcome-focused wellness programme that will take guests on a journey to Release, Restore and Regain. Alternative therapies including reiki, crystal and sound-healing and integrated lifestyle and health coaching complement a comprehensive range of beauty and massage treatments at Baani Spa.
Grand Hyatt Jeju, South Korea
Opened in December 2020, Grand Hyatt Jeju features 1,600 rooms and suites, becoming the largest Grand Hyatt hotel in Asia Pacific and the second-largest Grand Hyatt hotel in the world when it opens. Situated within the new Jeju Dream Tower, which is set to become one of Asia’s leading integrated resort developments, Grand Hyatt Jeju offers guests an impressive selection of dining, leisure and entertainment experiences. This includes 14 unique restaurants and bars, a dedicated retail space showcasing some 200 Korean fashion designers and brands, the largest outdoor deck with an infinity pool on Jeju Island, two premium spas, eight residential-style meeting spaces and a foreigner-only casino.
Andaz Bali, Indonesia
Opening April 2021, Andaz Bali is located in Sanur, which is known for its old-world charm, beaches and spectacular sunrises. The resort’s contemporary design is inspired by the surrounding traditional Balinese villages. Andaz Bali will offer guests vibrant culinary experiences including grilled seafood on the beachfront alongside a myriad of leisure options including shared wellness facilities with the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali. The resort will introduce the vibrant Andaz brand to Indonesia and the “Island of Gods” through its immersive and multi-sensorial experiences that are distinctively local yet with a contemporary twist.
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