He’ll have lots of competition. Aman Resorts, for the first time, is introducing its city residences at the same time as it is debuting a hotel. “We’ve noticed in the last year, because people didn’t want to travel as much, they are choosing to spend their time in the Aman Villas,” says Vanessa Grout, Aman’s director of global residences. Aman Residences have always been popular, but even the company didn’t anticipate such high demand for its highest-ticket hotel rooms. “As a result, we are doubling down on the residential development program throughout the world, accelerating projects in the pipeline,” she says.
In New York, the new Aman will occupy the Crown Building on 56th Street and Fifth Avenue, with just 22 residences taking over floors 15 to 30. Grout says that about half of the homes have already been sold, with only two-to-four bedrooms, starting at $13.5 million, and a full-floor penthouse, for a cool $60 million, left for buyers. The five-floor Crown Penthouse, previously on the market for a cool $180 million, has gone into contract. The interiors of the 83 rooms and suites, as well as of the residences, were designed by Jean-Michel Gathy (Aman Venice, Amanyara) and will match the grand proportions of the original 1921 Crown Building by Warren & Wetmore. Unlike most other Manhattan hotels, outsiders won’t be permitted in most of the common areas, such as the 20-meter-long pool, the 7,000-square-foot spa, and the jazz club. “City hotels have become highly trafficked,” says Grout.
“We will not have that same effect, because this hotel, like our others, is a sanctuary. It’s a place that doesn’t feel like part of the city, while being in the most central location—a contrast that’s appealing to residents who know the city.” Two restaurants will be open to the public by reservation only, however.
Asian wellness brand Six Senses will manage a residential project coming to the XI, Bjarke Ingels’s Hudson Yards twin towers. The company’s first foray into the U.S. will include 236 condominium residences and a 60,000-square-foot wellness retreat. It’s still in the works, but rest assured there will be a wait list for this modern icon.
Meanwhile, Brazilian hotel group Fasano is working on a Fifth Avenue “members-only private building,” which should make a certain crowd happy: The city hasn’t seen a new private club open for a century. Designed by Thierry Despont, the Fasano Fifth Avenue club will have four apartments that clock in around 3,600 square feet, plus seven Clubhouse Suites, all with views of Central Park and the skyline. Expect Brazilian contemporary furnishing, fabrics by Loro Piano, bathrooms lined in floor-to-ceiling marble, and kitchens with built-in lacquered cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. A floor of amenities and a restaurant, Baretto New York, will service owners and members. Duplex Residences are something of a steal at $100,000 a month, though membership is required to rent one—and they are offered only by invitation.