This year sees the arrival of some of our most loved brands in off-the-radar destinations, while our favourite places get a dusting of newness too. By the looks of these sensational properties, we advise planning ahead so we can secure you that sneak peek.
Six Senses, Shaharut, Israel – late summer 2019
With a new direct flight to Tel Aviv, access to this corner of the world just got a whole lot easier. And trust us, the spell-binding Negev Desert is worth putting on the wish list. It’s a raw and rugged place, totally untouched by tourism with desert landscapes that stretch to the horizon, rippled by ochre sand dunes. In typical ahead-of-the-game fashion, Six Senses have already put down roots in this biblical land: 60 luxury suites with pools and a spa are camouflaged into the cliffs making use of natural materials and local artisan furnishings.
When you arrive at Six Senses Shaharut, the views are so startling, you’ll want to drink it up. But gradually the landscape beckons and with Six Senses’ sensitive introduction to desert experiences you can walk the dunes with Bedouins, camp under pristine starry skies or take a twilight camel safari.
Aman Kyoto, Japan – opening November 2019
Visiting Japan means assimilating a new language and culture that is omni present in its architecture, food, even nature. That’s why coming to Japan is such an eye-opening adventure. Bamboos whisper, maple trees are Yamamomiji, and snow-capped mountains have lofty, powerful names such as Hidari Daimonji
Now a new Aman hotel has landed, offering a flawless celebration of Japan. Located in a peaceful forest near Kyoto, Aman Kyoto provides a smoothly- designed entry into authentic Japanese culture, taking these pillars and translating them via simple experiences that provoke the senses. Breathe in the clean sophistication of interiors reminiscent of traditional Ryokan inns, forest-bathe in the mossy glade and celebrate unique culinary customs at low tables. Don’t miss a traditional onsen bath at the spa with fresh spring water.
Mandarin Oriental Lake Como, Italy – Spring 2019
Charming Lago di Como, with its glittering water bordered by historic stone villas that peak out of the greenery has been a place of respite for royalty and well-heeled visitors since the 17th century. So it only seems fitting that Mandarin Oriental will join the exclusive lakeside living. Re-homed in a palatial hotel, formerly CastaDiva Resort & Spa, the Mandarin’s style will stay in keeping with the traditional property with the addition of sleek Oriental charm. A sublime swimming pool jutting out over the lake will take full advantage of the dreamy Alps and the navy blue lake, its reflection broken up by the zip of water taxis.
The lush, shady gardens of the hotel are landscaped around marble sculptures which clear to form stone-balustraded terraces that are a delicious spot to enjoy an aperol. Watch the colours change as the sun melts behind the peaks and the moon rises, bathing the lake in a silvery glow.
Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Rwanda – opening late 2019
A small country with a big impact, Rwanda with its rolling, mist-swirled hills, bamboo woodlands and humid cloud-forest hides some of the most intriguing creatures of the animal kingdom: gorillas.
Renowned African specialists Singita will join One & Only and Wilderness later this year, to create another opportunity for conscious luxury in Rwanda. In keeping with their reputation for sensitive conservation, Singita’s path into Rwanda is via an innovative sustainability program planting hundreds of saplings, recruiting only from the local community and interaction with the Rwandan government to increase gorilla habitats. Visitors can trek from Kwitonda Lodge directly to where the gorillas reside – and come face-to-face with these extraordinary primates that share 99% of human DNA.