2020 has been a year of uncertainty for all, yet things are starting to take a turn for the better. With wellness retreats re-opening their doors to healthy holiday seekers and the implementation of stringent health and safety measures at every resort and hotel, the wellness industry is picking up where it left off. That of course, includes the openings of new luxury wellness resorts around the world. From high-profile urban spas to the Atolls of Maldives, Compare Retreats shares the latest on wellness resort openings this year.
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som
Thailand’s renowned spa resort Chiva-Som International Health Resort is opening a new wellness resort in Qatar, as the region’s largest wellness destination. Zulal Wellness Resort will be located in Khasooma and will be the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), a traditional healing practice which uses medicinal herbs, dietary plans, mind-body therapy and spiritual healing. The retreat will also be offering fully-integrated holistic programmes, state-of-the-art facilities and ethnic wellness cuisine which brings together Arabic and Mediterranean flavours.
Opening Date: TBC
Due to open in September 2020, the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island is situated in the picturesque Maldives’ North Male Atoll. The boutique villa property is designed to provide a 360-degree wellness experience at its fully-integrated wellness centre. Kagi’s Baani Spa is perched on the lagoon of the island, and offers personalised wellness programmes to release, restore and rejuvenate. Guests can also indulge in the outdoor bathing facilities, fully-equipped yoga and sound-healing studio, beauty salon, and juice bar. There will be a range of alternative therapies including crystal and sound healing, lifestyle and nutrition lessons, and fitness classes.
Opening Date: September 2020
Aman New York
Luxury hotelier Aman unveils its first venture to the big apple, Aman New York. Scheduled to open later this year, the hotel is situated at the historical Crowd Building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, overlooking Central Park. Guests can reside at the 2,300 square-meter Aman Spa, which spans over three floors and includes an indoor swimming pool, two spa houses, a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms, and an outdoor terrace.
Opening Date: TBC
Six Senses Shaharut
Celebrating the Biblical heritage of the Ancient Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut sits on a boundless horizon with desert panoramas. Guests can embark on sunrise yoga workshops and the spectacular hikes and camel treks of Arava Valley. Due to open in December 2020, the hotel also houses a rejuvenating spa, which includes six treatment rooms, one presidential spa suite, hammams and a nail bar.
Opening Date: December 2020
Over in Montenegro, One&Only will be opening its Portonovi resort, situated amongst jagged mountains and Adriatic waters. Sun-seekers can rejoice at the private sandy beach and pool, and indulge in the Chenot Espace, the hotel’s wellness center. Here, guests can try the tailored treatments, stress-relieving activities, nutritional menus and more.
Opening Date: October 2020
Six Senses New York
Set as the group’s first North American property, Six Senses New York is designed by the world-renowned Bjarke Ingels and is situated in between Manhattan’s Hudson River and The High line. The restaurants will showcase fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced produce and ingredients, whilst the Six Senses Spa will take a multi-layered approach to wellness, using treatments which combine science and human awareness.
Opening Date: Early 2021
ALAMAYAH, Sumba, Indonesia
Located on a remote beachside village in Southwest Sumba, ALAMAYAH is the latest in boutique luxury wellness retreats. The resort features six private suites, an Ayurvedic spa, a fitness centre, steam room and a plant-based restaurant. ALAMAYAH curates a holistic wellness journey from start to finish and its lush natural surroundings provide the opportunity to hike the jungle treks and secret caves.
Opening Date: April 2020 (Opened)