RENDEZ-VOUS AT THE RITZ: The Ritz is officially taking reservations from next March. Prices for a room start at $985.

It’s understood that the reopening is slated for the end of 2015, but March 14, 2016 is the first date when guests can officially make reservations for and be sure to have a room.

There’s a lot of anticipation for the reopening of the mythic, five-star hotel, shuttered since July 2012 for an extensive renovation — billed as the biggest refurbishment in the history of the 117-year-old establishment.

Chanel plans to open its first spa named “Chanel au Ritz Paris,” dedicated to the brand’s skin care in the Ritz Club, as WWD reported in May.

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In addition to the spa, the project involves revamping rooms, suites, restaurants, bars, the leisure areas, the Ritz Escoffier cooking school and the hotel’s gardens.

Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Sale, who was overseeing the kitchen at the Table du Kilimandjaro and Kintessence restaurants in Courchevel in the French Alps, is to take the reins of the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant L’Espadon, replacing executive chef Michel Roth.

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