The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings In Asia This Year
From a classic hotel that underwent a year-long renovation to a show-stopping resort with opulent French Indochine décor, these are the best new hotels in Asia 2019.
The continent is known for its attention to detail and it’s for that reason that its hospitality is up there with the best in the world. From a 25-year-old classic hotel in Malaysia that underwent a year-long renovation to a show-stopping resort with French Indochine décor set in Vietnam’s Sapa Valley, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite new hotels in Asia 2019.
Anantara Quy Nhon, Vietnam
It doesn’t get more private than Anantara Quy Nhon in Vietnam, which opened in January. The resort, comprises 26 one and two-bed villas, is surrounded by jungle and mountains on three sides and set against the sea.
Adding to its secluded feel is its focus on a personalised experience for guests. With every villa assigned its own butler, you’ll have little reason to leave your room. Should you choose to, spa treatments and guided tours of the nearby area await.
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
The Mandarin Oriental brand is known for setting the bar high when it comes to its luxury accommodation and service offering. So, when Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing opens in Beijing early this year, we’ve high hopes it’ll impress.
Despite its boutique size, the hotel boasts two restaurants, both with rooftop garden terraces, a bar designed to become a destination in itself, a spa with various wellness programmes, and a 25m indoor lap pool with sky roof.
MGallery Hotel de la Coupole, Vietnam
Vietnam’s quiet mountain town of Sapa will welcome its first luxury resort MGallery Hotel de la Coupole this year. Its interiors, created by design Bill Bensley, will feature vivid colours, patterns and textures – a mix of the region’s minority tribes with the haute couture sophistication from the 1920s and 1930s French Indochine era.
The eye-catching, glamorous décor will be in stark contrast to the building’s surroundings – the bright green Sapa Valley, filled with rice paddy fields. Conveniently, the famous Fansipan cable car station, once the world’s longest non-stop, three-rope cable car, is right nearby.
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
After a full year of renovations, The Datai Langkawi reopened in January. The 25-year-old property was originally designed by famed late Australian architect Kerry Hill, and today, his aim to preserve the resort’s 10 million-year-old rainforest setting is still very much alive.
Accommodation varies from rooms and suites to villas with their own 10-metre infinity pools. A private footpath from the resort leads to a dreamy white sand beach, voted one of the World’s Top Beaches by National Geographic.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, Maldives
This February saw the opening of the first Raffles in the Maldives, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. The 38-villa resort is located in the very-remote Gaafu Alifu Atoll, and features an all-day diner, a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and two bars: the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar and the Long Bar.
For a truly indulgent experience, book into the Raffles Royal Residence. Its private pool, spacious living areas, and lavish marble bathroom will make it difficult to check-out.
Six Senses Bhutan, Myanmar
The fact that Six Senses Bhutan will only be a collection of five boutique lodges should give you an indication of how exclusive it’ll be. The lodges – three of which will open this May – will each have their own distinct character, environment and experience.
Six Senses Thimphu will channel the grand architecture of a fortress. Six Senses Punakha will draw inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces of its valley setting. And Six Senses Gangtey will boast a large glass area overlooking a valley where sacred birds fly.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
Six Senses’ commitment to sustainability will be strongly showcased at Six Senses Krabey Island, located on a private island in Cambodia. The 40 pool villas will all be equipped with green living roofs and rain showers, and the two on-site restaurants will serve only local and seasonal produce.
For guests eager to explore the area, water activities, organic farm visits with cooking classes, and a jungle fitness circuit give you a good chance to do that.
Alila Villa Koh Russey, Cambodia
Though not technically an opening this year (it opened in November 2018), Alila Villa Koh Russey is still worth talking about. The 13-villa boutique resort is Alila’s first foray into Cambodia, and will be housed on a private island in the gorgeous Koh Rong archipelago.
The resort will stay consistent with the brand’s philosophy of innovative design, tapping into the Khmer culture and paying tribute to the local artisans. Two restaurants and a beachfront spa will complete the experience.
Premier Residences Emerald Bay, Vietnam
A whopping 745 rooms, suites and penthouses will be housed in the new Premier Residences Emerald Bay on the Pearl Island of Phuc Quoc. But despite its sheer number of guests, the hotel offers enough on-site and nearby activity options to ensure you’ll never find yourself in a crowd.
Three restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, yoga studio, and outdoor pool overlooking Khem Beach can be enjoyed at the resort. And Hon Thom Cable Car and, of course, Phu Quoc’s idyllic beaches and evergreen forests are a stone’s throw away.
(Lead image: Six Senses Krabey Island Ocean Pool Villa Suite / image: supplied)
Published 14 March, 2019