Whether you’re planning a staycation or a trip around the region, there are lots of new options in Asia for your weekend break, Chinese New Year or Easter vacation. We’ve rounded up the very best new offerings that opened their doors in 2017, plus a few to look forward to this year.
Hotels opened in 2017
Housed in a former 1960s government building in the Central district, Foster + Partners have completely redesigned and rebuilt the entrance and interiors to create a beautifully modern hotel. Part of the Marco Polo and Niccolo Hotels group, The Murray features 336 rooms and suites and five restaurants and bars, including a rooftop location on the 25th floor.
Malaysia’s first Ritz Carlton resort opened in September 2017. Housed on one of the 99 islands that make up the archipelago of Langkawi, the five-star resort offers 90 rooms and suites plus 29 villas, which have private pools. It also features an ‘over-water spa’, three swimming pools, a range of dining options and activities for kids and adults.
Taking the top two-thirds of the Central Embassy building in the upmarket area of Phleon Chit in Bangkok, the Park Hyatt opened in May 2017. With a distinctive art focus to its interior, it houses installations by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada, including a ‘Pagoda Mirage’ in the ballroom and a Naga water dragon between the pool and waterfall. It features 222 rooms, including 32 suites, a penthouse bar and grill, spa and saltwater pool on the terrace.
Bulgari Hotel’s first property in China is conveniently placed within the east section of the third ring road in Beijing, within close proximity to the main business district and the popular Sanlitun shopping, restaurant and bar area. The hotel, which describes itself as an urban resort, features riverside gardens, 119 rooms and suites, a 25-metre pool, Bulgari spa, a restaurant and a ballroom.
This brand-new luxury tented resort is inspired by the early European settlers of the 1800s. Immersed in the rainforests and paddy fields of Central Bali, the resort features just 22 ‘tents’, each with private plunge pools and decks, four-poster beds and dark wood furniture. There are also two restaurants on site, a library and a spa. This is our type of camping!
With a secluded beachfront spot in Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket is the latest addition to Thailand’s largest island. Opened in November 2017, the luxury resort offers 71 pool pavilions and villas, each with its own infinity-edged pool. It also has three restaurants, a water-side bar, a holistic wellness centre, function rooms and can host destination weddings.
Hotels coming in 2018
Due to open in February 2018, this luxury resort from Como is situated on Bali’s south coast, Canggu’s popular surfing spot Echo Beach. It features its own luxury take on a surf shack, the Como Beach Club restaurant, with live music and DJ sets. There will be 52 rooms and suites, as well as 55 one- and two-bedroom residences, and 12 three-bedroom penthouses, complete with rooftop pools. There’s also a juice bar and Como Shambhala wellness retreat.
The fourth Aman property to open in China, this is a jaw-dropping resort. Though officially opening in January 2018, it has been taking guests for a few months. The resort is made up of former Ming and Qing dynasty houses and a camphor forest that have been relocated from an area of Jiangxi, where they were due to be destroyed. The buildings have been carefully restored and fitted out with wooden interiors in a typically clean and stylish Aman way. Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, it also features a private garden and swimming pool, six dining venues and a spa.
This huge monolithic structure is the latest addition to the City of Dreams resort and is due to open later in 2018. Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the building is actually two towers connected at the podium and roof levels. As well as a generous 780 rooms, suites and villas, The Morpheus features an infinity pool on the 40th floor, a range of food and beverage outlets and high-speed panoramic lifts.
Located across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the new Sheraton Manila Hotel is due to open in June 2018. The property will have 350 rooms and suites as well as two restaurants, a lobby lounge, fitness centre, pool and spa. Part of the Resorts World Manila complex, it is close to a range of shopping and dining options and a short drive from the CBD.
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