Cover We are listing all the new luxury wellness hotel openings around the world to get you planning your next wellness trip for 2021 and beyond

These luxury hotels are at the top of our bucket list for planning our next wellness getaway

If your new favourite pastime has become endless scrolls through your holiday snaps or building dream travel itineraries—don’t worry, you’re not alone. While most of us have been pushing our travel plans aside throughout the year, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t really deterred luxury hospitality groups around the world from launching their most anticipated new properties to get people excited about travel again. 

From a secluded island retreat in the Maldives to a sophisticated urban sanctuary in New York, we’ve curated a list of new wellness hotel openings in 2020/2021 around the world to inspire your post-pandemic adventures. Whether you’re looking to improve wellbeing or simply want to treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering, these luxury wellness retreats will surely leave you feeling fulfilled and rejuvenated.  

1. Aman New York, United States

Nestled in the artfully restored Crown Building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th street, this property from the acclaimed luxury hotel and resort group Aman promises to be a peaceful oasis where one can feast on sweeping views of the area’s iconic skyline, refined delicacies and top-notch wellness treatments.

Renowned architect Jean-Michel Denniston is the brains behind Aman New York, who’s dedicated to paying homage to the Crown Building's striking architectural details and New York’s vibrant culture. The 26-storey property will feature 83 tastefully furnished guest rooms and suites, four stellar dining and drinking options and a 2,300 square metres Spa which comes complete with a 20-metre swimming pool and two spa houses, where guests can enjoy a comprehensive array of wellness treatments and facilities. Aman New York is set to open in spring 2021.

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2. RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat, Bangkok

Hit the reset button at RAKxa, Thailand’s first fully-integrated wellness and medical retreat that situated on Bangkok’s preserved “Green Lung” island—an emerald haven located along the Chao Phraya River.

Having just opened its doors on December 1, the retreat is most notable for its extensive range of bespoke wellness programmes designed by world-class medical doctors and traditional healing experts, which are paired with renowned Thai hospitality to offer guests a truly transformative experience. 

At RAKxa, the staffs will help guests to curate a personalised three-to-fourteen day programme, where guests can select their preferred treatments from different categories that are consistent with their wellness goals and lifestyles—including detox, weight management, destress, facial solution, immunity booster and more.

The retreat also boasts an impressive restaurant serving up speciality Asian cuisine, 60 private villas and two residences that surrounded by flourishing botanical gardens, offering guests a beautiful, natural environment to heal and relax. 

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3. Kagi Maldives Spa Island, The Maldives

Found in the secluded tip of North Malé Atoll in the Maldives, this recently-opened picturesque island feels a world away from the stresses of everyday life. Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a spectacular sanctuary of crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and island jungles, which provides a stunning setting unlike any other in the region for you to find balance and nurture inner peace.  

Step into their Baani Spa to experience a personalised wellness programme and enjoy a myriad of mind and body signature treatments—including massages, crystal and sound healing sessions and nutrition lessons—then fortify your body with delicious food and drinks offered at its in-house restaurants. After a long day of pampering, retire to one of the lavish villas and enjoy supreme relaxation in private pools or at the spacious sundecks.

To provide guests with a safe and hassle-free stay, the resort has designed an innovative mobile app that will allow guests to maintain social distancing through functions such as self-check-in, restaurant reservation, menu pre-selection, housekeeping requests and more. 

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4. Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar

A brand new wellness destination operated by award-winning luxury health resort Chiva-Som, Zulal Wellness Resort is not only expected to be the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort and Qatar’s largest wellness destination, but also the very first centre for Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine (TAIM) worldwide.  

Named after the Arabic word for purified water, “Zulal”, the resort is inspired by the locals’ historic trek to the sea in search for water and shelter, which will be tucked into Khasooma, a private coastal location in the north of Qatar, offering guests a taste of Qatari culture through exquisite architectural details, high standards of hospitality and unique healing therapies.

The resort is led by the belief that wellness is for everyone, which will feature a family wellness resort with 120 luxurious rooms and suites for all ages, as well as an adults-only wellness resort that completes with  60 suites and villas for travellers above the age of 16. Zulal also boasts a 360-degree approach to wellness, offering top-notch treatments that comprise the use of medicinal herbs, mind-body therapy and spiritual healing. Zulal Wellness Resort is set to open in spring 2021.

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5. One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

If Balkan’s enchanting coastlines and charming historic towns and tempting Mediterranean cuisine aren’t enough to attract you to visit the countries, the idea of relaxing in a private luxury retreat with views overlooking a dramatic coastline of mountains and sea should do the trick. 

Nestled between mountains and the Adriatic Sea at Boka Bay in Montenegro—one of Europe’s true hidden gems—One&Only Portonovi offers a mix of experiences to soothe your soul. Besides feasting on the photogenic surroundings, guests will also be able to unwind on the resort’s beautiful beach, indulge in some authentic Montenegrin flavours and enjoy stellar facilities and treatments offered by the world-famous spa Chenot Escape.

With a unique approach to wellness and health that combines the healing power of traditional Chinese medicine and Western technology, guests can expect to have the body and mind brought back into balance through a myriad of ancient therapies and modern healing techniques. One&Only Portonovi is set to open in March, 2021. 

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6. Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam

If you’re wanting to book in for a luxurious seaside oasis post-pandemic, keep an eye out for Regent Phu Quoc, which is set to open on Vietnam’s southwest coast.

Just a 15-minute drive away from the Phu Quoc International Airport, this serene sanctuary is a destination for a holistic wellness journey, featuring a wide selection of stunning suites and villas with immersive views, private swimming pools and direct access to the Long Beach that make for an ideal environment to unwind and reconnect with nature.

After you enjoyed enough privacy of staying in your room, fill your belly with the resort’s diverse culinary offerings, relax in the spa, lounge in one of the whirlpools or enjoy an al fresco yoga experience at the rooftop pavilion. Regent Phu Quoc is set to open in April, 2021.

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7. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort Chateau de Fiac, France

Disconnect and jet-set to France for a luxury wellness getaway at REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort Chateau de Fiac. Set to be the luxury wellness resort brand’s second resort and first in Europe after its successful Bali retreat, this property promises to be a true haven of peace and wellbeing that goes above and beyond to heal your body, mind and soul. 

As well as featuring an extensive range of excellent spa and fitness facilities, the resort will offer spiritual sessions for guests to learn how to manage stress and stay in good spirits when you head home. Unique facilities such as a restorative salt cave and a four-hectare park completes with an on-site garden and farm will be also built to enhance your wellness experience. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort Chateau de Fiac is set to open in July, 2021. 

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8. Rosewood São Paulo, Brazil

Another luxury wellness hotel that deserves a spot on your travel radar, Rosewood’s first South American property is set to be an urban oasis that located in the culturally rich city of Sãu Paulo, a complex of elegantly preserved buildings from the early 20th century. 

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, interior designer Philippe Starck and Brazilian artists Vik Muniz and Saint-Clair Cemin, Rosewood Sãu Paulo will feature 151 guestrooms and 122 owners’ suites, along with six restaurants and bars, as well as Asaya—the hotel group’s integrative wellness concept. Guests will also find two lavish swimming pools, a fitness suite and a large spa with six treatment rooms offering holistic wellness services and treatments at the hotel. We can’t wait to see what else this 2021 opening unveils.

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