A 14th-century fort-and-palace complex in northern India will soon begin welcoming guests as a luxury resort.
Fort Barwara, built more than 700 years ago by the Chauhan rulers of Rajasthan, will be the first property in India from Six Senses, a Bangkok-based brand of resorts, hotels, and spas under the InterContinental Hotels Group umbrella.
When the historic Rajasthan property opens as a resort in early 2020 (no specific date has been announced yet), it will provide the rare chance to stay overnight in one of the impressive centuries-old forts and palaces dotting this arid "land of princes."
Rajasthan encompasses the "Pink City" of Jaipur (a 2.5-hour drive from Fort Barwara) and Ranthambore National Park, known for its tigers, leopards, and water lilies. The nature reserve is only about 30 minutes by car from the resort, which will offer safaris of the park as one of the local experiences available.
The fort's thick walls enclose 48 suites, two restaurants, and a 30,000-square-foot spa—all lavishly appointed in a way that pays tribute to the complex's original design. You can expect lots of elaborate archways.
Later in 2020, Six Senses will switch lanes from the very old to the ultramodern with the autumn opening of its first North American hotel, which will be housed in a pair of twisting towers situated between the Hudson River and the High Line in New York City.
Reservations aren't open yet for that hotel or the one in India. But you can sign up for the Six Senses newsletter to get updates.