In a double first for the Thai hospitality group, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced plans for a new Six Senses New York, which will be the company’s inaugural property in North America and its first urban hotel.

Scheduled to open in 2019, it will be located in the heart of the city on Manhattan’s 10th Avenue between the High Line – a former railway turned pedestrianised walkway – and the Hudson River.

“This project is a fascinating and exciting contrast to the typical Six Senses locations where we operate resorts in settings with azure waters, UNESCO heritage listings and lush rainforests,” said the group’s CEO, Neil Jacobs. “Six Senses New York will have the same touch points and DNA, with some creative adaptation of course, but with no compromises on our commitment to community, wellness, sustainability and design.”

The hotel will cover ten floors of a new mixed-use development project called The Eleventh, encompassing the entire block between 17th and 18th streets in the trendy Chelsea neighbourhood. The development comprises two towers between 90 and 120 metres in height and includes the hotel – located in the eastern tower – approximately 240 condominium residences and high-end retail.

Some 137 keys will be available with rooms starting from 400 sq ft (37 sqm). Guestrooms, in particular, have been designed and appointed with a focus on remaining ecofriendly, part of the overall project aim of attaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.

As with the company’s resort-focused properties, the New York hotel will offer a variety of curated spa treatments, while its two restaurants will utilise fresh, locally sourced produce in line with the brand’s typical wellness approach. Plans for a private members’ club and meetings spaces are also under way.