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Asia’s Hottest Hotels Due To Open In 2018

Hotels in Asia are known for blending natural surroundings and traditional architecture with contemporary styles and cutting-edge designs. It’s always interesting then to see the new ways they’ve done so every year. And this year, particularly so.

From a resort with an eco-friendly underwater art gallery in the Maldives to a hotel with a New York-style cocktail bar that overlooks the twinkling skyline in Bangkok, these are our picks for Asia’s most anticipated accommodation openings this year.

Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali, Indonesia

Dreamland Beach on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula is said to be one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. It’s there that you’ll find 177-room resort Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali, which opened in February this year. Take your pick from seven room categories including one or two-bedroom villas with private swimming pools, spacious lounges and ocean views. The resort also has three pools, a spa, a wellness centre with a yoga studio and a lavish included buffet breakfast.

Pullman Luang Prabang, Laos

Spread across 16 hectares of lush greenery and surrounded by mountains, paddy fields and river streams, Pullman Laos in the Luang Prabang is a real treat for nature lovers. Even the resort’s 123 rooms blend seamlessly with the scenery, all built with low-rise architecture to keep with the area’s cultural heritage. For the active travellers, there are yoga sessions on its fitness studio’s rooftop and for the culturally-inclined, an UNESCO World Heritage Old Town only a 10-minute stroll away.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, Japan

Housed in a former Tokyo newspaper office, newly-opened Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is steeped in history. Despite that however the décor and ambience are still modern. Screens with art displays litter its lobby, salon-grade blow dryers can be found in every one of its 164 rooms and a full-sized teppanyaki grill sits in its top floor Namiki Suite. Its selling point by far are the hotel’s staff, all savvy travellers themselves, who were hired specifically for their local area knowledge they’re more than happy to share with you.

Atlantis Sanya, China

Only open since April, Atlantis Sanya on Hainan Island is China’s first international resort. The fact that its build took four years, $2 billion USD and involved more than 7,000 construction staff should give you an indication of its offerings. The resort features five Underwater Suites and an open-air Lost Chambers Aquarium – so massive it houses a lagoon where you can scuba dive. There’s also a cay where you can swim with dolphins and an 1800-seat theatre where you can watch shows and demonstrations.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives

The Maldives is known for its luxurious, water-surrounded accommodation, and Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, located on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, is one of the best. Each of its 120 bohemian-chic villas has a private pool and direct access to a 600-hectare lagoon, home to manta rays, turtles and pods of bottlenose and spinner dolphins. The resort, which opened in April, also features Coralarium, a semi-submerged art gallery filled with nearly 30 sculptures by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, at its centre.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand

Set to open this August, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will spread its 171 rooms across select levels of an existing 60-story building. Also on its floors will be a Waldorf Astoria Spa, a fitness studio, an outdoor pool and, best of all, limousine service from the airport. Though its spaces will be modern and sleek, subtle touches of Thai motifs will be infused throughout. A highlight is the property’s New York-inspired bar on level 56. Called The Loft, it’s accessed by a statement spiral staircase.

Wyndham Sundancer Lombok Resort, Indonesia

Also set to launch in August, Wyndham Sundancer Lombok Resort will have 66 apartments, 76 deluxe villa lots, a private beach club and a huge pool with a swim-up bar. When you tire of lounging at the resort and taking in its views of neighbouring islands and reefs, you’ll get the chance to explore Lombok Island. Though Bali and Lombok Island are similar in size, they couldn’t be more different, with the latter offering rugged hikes, stunning waterfalls and little congestion.

Published 26 July, 2018