The New Beach Vacations
Start planning your winter vacation at these soon-to-open properties.
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This fall’s best new hotel openings have one thing in common: They're all are looking to the beach—and the more remote and untouched, the better. Travelers willing to spend long flights in exchange for long weeks in paradise will be rewarded by gleaming new resorts on private islands and pristine sands from Indonesia to Madagascar.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
In each of the 30 private-pool villas at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, there’s a swing in the bathroom. Contemporary architecture touches like this are uncommon in the Seychelles nation of islands. Other features at the property include the restaurant Ocean Kitchen serving only the fresh catch of the day, three beaches and natural pools formed by massive granite boulders, and the signature Six Senses Spa with a focus on ancient holistic treatments. And since the resort is on Félicité, a private island a 20-minute helicopter flight away from the capital of Mahe, everything feels even more exclusive. Opening early November.
Bawah Island, Indonesia
Have you heard of the Anambas islands? Even travelers who’ve been to the nearby Maldives and Raja Ampat aren't that familiar with it...yet. This group of islands, which sits in the South China Sea but looks more like the South Pacific, is home to Bawah Private Island. A seaplane makes the 150 nautical mile journey from Singapore to land on pristine blue waters home to untouched coral reefs where neighboring islands are uninhabited. So far, Bawah wants to keep their resort under wraps, and details are being kept secret ahead of its debut later this year. Opening late 2016.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka
Travelers to Sri Lanka often come for three things: the surfing, the tea and the wildlife safaris. Yala National Park, on Sri Lanka’s southeast coast, is a good spot to find all three. It's the area's most famous wildlife park and home to wild elephants, sloths, and the world’s largest concentration of leopards. This will be the backyard at Wild Coast Tented Lodge (a private beach is the front yard), where you'll find 28 luxury glamping tents. The property comes from Resplendent Ceylon, the hotel offshoot of the tea company Dilmah that also operates a high-end lodge in Ceylon tea country and a resort on Cape Weligama. Opening late 2016.
Freedom Bay, Saint Lucia
Yes, there's a beach and pools at the villas at Freedom Bay, but you'll also find a waterfall on the 65-acre property and a spa that features treatments using rainforest water from nearby natural thermal springs. The resort’s stretch of white sand beach leads straight to the mountain Petit Piton, one of two famous mountains overlooking Soufrière Bay and one of the quintessential hikes on mountainous and Saint Lucia. Opening in November.
Private islands aren’t the norm for Madagascar, which is why the country’s first ultra-luxury lodge on the island of Nosy Ankao is such big news. Miavana, and its multi-bedroom villas, comes from Time + Tide, a portfolio of tip-top luxury safari lodges in Zambia. The focus is on showcasing the biodiversity of the area's water and promoting understanding of the region’s natural resources. Opening late October.