Just in case you were making holiday plans, here are 10 of Asia’s most exciting new hotels to visit this year. Check out hideaways in the forest, beach-facing villas and hotels which take you surfing, diving and even leopard spotting!
Lavish comfort at Amanyangyun Antique Villa
On the outskirts of Shanghai, 50 houses from the Ming and Qing dynasties have been transformed into 13 villas, 24 suites and a cultural pavilion, Nan Shufang. There are elements of pure theatre, such as the carpet of mist that, at the press of a button rolls across your villa’s ornamental garden. But it’s the history that provides the real drama here. TIP: At Nan Shufang, guests can try calligraphy and gongfu cha or ‘labour-intensive tea-making’. Website
BAWAH ISLAND, INDONESIA
A wellness centre for yoga sessions, spa treatments and massages at Bawah Island, Indonesia
Its 35 villas, hidden among jungle foliage, strung along the beach or set on stilts over the water, feature muslin-draped beds and copper baths. Breakfast at the Tree Top Restaurant above the infinity pool. Then, do a forest trek, picnic on the beach or snorkel among sweetlips and butterfly fish. TIP: Daily massages are part of the deal at the spa. Website.
COMO UMA CANGGU, INDONESIA
The penthouse pool at Como Uma, Bali
Everything at the new COMO hotel in Bali seems to tilt towards the slim, central pool—its palimanan stone tiles glinting like mother of pearl – with rooms and penthouses arranged around and above it. Conveniently, all the restaurants and boutiques are a short walk up the beach. TIP: The kids’ club has board games and wicker scooters, and the shop stocks local designers at sweet prices. Website.
ROSEWOOD PHUKET, THAILAND
Why choose between the pool and the sea when you have both?
Set on a hillside forest, the resort has 71 pool pavilions and villas that come with sea views. The eco- conscious hotel is ideal for personal rejuvenation—think lifestyle coaching, mindful eating, fitness bootcamps, singing bowls and Taoist breathwork. TIP: Kids will love the Explorers Club’s pirate ship, art classes and climbing walls. Website.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SRI LANKA
Horizon Club Ocean View room
Ocean views are a key reason to book some of this Colombo hotel’s 500 rooms and suites, which come with Spa Ceylon bath products and beds with patented body-contouring technology. The restaurants are a highlight—including Shang Palace, which has a custom-made duck oven, a market-style crab kitchen and an in-house tea master. TIP: Try the local street food on Galle Face Green, which comes with a great view of colonial-era buildings. Website.
SIX SENSES DUXTON, SINGAPORE
The Six Senses Duxton in all its glory. Photo: Seth Powers
The 49-key hotel in old Chinatown is attired in tawny gold, yellow and black, with Oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper. There’s a Chinese doctor on hand, outdoor yoga, and organic mattresses and bath products in the rooms. TIP: Most of Singapore’s Michelin-starred eateries are in the neighbourhood. Website.
WELIGAMA BAY MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, SRI LANKA
Enjoy mornings at the beach and afternoons by the pool at Weligama Bay
Nestled in the fishing hamlet of Weligama, this beachfront resort features 198 rooms, each appointed with a balcony to view the deepest blues. The kids’ club offers books, craft and video games, and there’s a dedicated children’s pool with a water slide. TIP: Weligama is surfing heaven, and parents can happily join their kids on their first lessons at the property. Website.
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE, SRI LANKA
Leopard spotting at Yala National Park. Photo: Chandika Jayaratne
Its 28 silk-lined tents are luxury pods built in teak and furnished with copper baths and campaign furniture. A seawater pool runs like a Venetian canal through the restaurant, where chef Nisanka Alawatta produces exquisite seafood platters and curries. TIP: Don’t miss spotting leopards in nearby Yala National Park on twice-daily safaris with experienced wardens from the camp. Website.
THE MURRAY, HONG KONG
Luxury with a view
Set slightly above the Central Business District, it offers panoramic city views from its 336 rooms and suites. And with its vast expanse of white marble in the lobby and Andre Fu interiors in the signature restaurant, there is little proof that this was once a hive stuffed with bureaucrats. TIP: Pregame at the Murray Lane bar (order the lemongrass gin-and-tonic), before heading to Michelin-starred Guo Fu Lu for Cantonese food. Website.
TRUNK (HOTEL), JAPAN
The stylish little place in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighbourhood has 15 minimalist, highly functional bedrooms, many with big balconies over quiet alleys. The lobby and terrace with its communal tables, bar and DJ decks, attract co-working groups by day and party people by night. TIP: Owned by a wedding-event magnate, Trunk houses its own chapel should the idea strike you. Website.
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