Stunning new hotels have opened around the world despite the pandemic including some in Asia. This year, we are hopeful about the future of travel. We are slowly making plans and jotting down the most talked-about hotels of the moment. From sky-high suites to wellness resorts and seaside hotels, these new luxurious properties should be visited at least once in this lifetime.
One & Only Desaru Coast
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Always found in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, it definitely makes sense that One & Only’s newest offering has taken residence at the Desaru Coast. Set to be a firm favorite for sun and sea lovers, lush rainforests and a secluded coastline of pristine golden sands are waiting to be explored. Tucked away in the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, immerse in an ultra-luxury tropical retreat at this destination. It’s been designed by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects integrating architectural heritage with a modern interpretation of the traditional Malaysian “kampung” or village. Each self-contained suite features exceptional levels of privacy, either facing the ocean or wrapped by rainforests. Choose from an intimate collection of just 42 Junior Suites, two expansive two-bedroom Grand Suites, and an exclusive four-bedroom Villa One. All accommodation includes private plunge pools, vibrant indoor and outdoor living spaces, decadent bathrooms, and Malaysian-inspired interiors.
One & Only Desaru Coast Darul Ta’zim, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast Bandar Penawar, 90, 81930, Johor, Malaysia, www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam
After a year of uncertainty and lockdown, we can all attest that individual well-being is of paramount importance now more than ever. That is why for a much-needed respite, Regent Phu Quoc offers a refuge of calm for the mind and body. Grand yet intimate, each guest room has been curated to create a serene sanctuary. Guests can choose from villas and suites ranging from one-bedroom havens to expansive seven-bedroom ultra-villas. Walk along the white sands of Long Beach to reflect or ease into a Vietnamese-inspired wellness journey at the expansive Spa. There is a multitude of unique and sensory experiences that are waiting to be discovered the moment you arrive at the property ensuring a truly customized and unforgettable vacation.
Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam Bãi Trường, Phú Quốc, Kien Giang 92509, Vietnam, www.ihg.com
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon
History serves a significant purpose and it’s awe-inspiring when a hotel property intertwines the old and new just as The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon did. Strategically located near the subway stations of Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome, and Toranomon, the hotel is steps away from Tokyo’s best neighborhoods and attractions. Designed by Kengo Kuma. the hotel showcases 206 guest rooms including 22 suites with iconic views of the Tokyo skyline. The hotel is also home to three restaurants including a specialty restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower. One of the impressive features of this location is the custom-designed spa with six treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, and 387 sqm of event space with four meeting studios. Bask in the view of Toranomon allowing a breathtaking glimpse of Tokyo skyline including views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. Indeed it is the first-of-its-kind accommodation with private terraces starting from level 31.
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon 4-1-1 Toranomon, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan, www.editionhotels.com
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
Laid-back luxury gets a new home at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok where award-winning architectural and interior design legend Jean-Michel Gathy has completed the stunning property that’s now open to guests. The magnificent new riverfront hotel is in the capital of Thailand where the Chao Phraya River plays an important role in the hotel’s overall aesthetics. Acknowledging the dynamic nature of the intriguing city, Jean-Michel Gathy infuses the energy, flow, and movement into the design of the hotel to reflect the natural splendor of the location. Indulge in a stay at the one-bedroom suite with stunning views. Relax in the spacious living room, whether it’s business or pleasure, guests are guaranteed a stylish stay at this property.
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand 300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, www.fourseasons.com
Banyan Tree Krabi
Bathed in golden light, Krabi is our refuge of choice from all the fears and worries of the world. This beachfront resort is an exact haven of peace this side of the globe. And with the Banyan Tree caliber of hospitality, guests are assured to find a world-class spa, stylish restaurants, and superior accommodation. Each of Banyan Tree Krabi’s 72 luxurious suites and villas has its own private pool, offering privacy and intimacy in a tropical rainforest setting. For couples planning a romantic holiday or families searching for a relaxing vacation, Banyan Tree Krabi is a retreat for all to unwind and immerse. Whether you like waking up to a glorious breakfast on your private balcony or stay for a suntan in your secluded pool surrounded by natural paradise, rejuvenate your body and soul at this spectacular destination.
Banyan Tree Krabi 279 Tambon Nongtalay Amphoe Muang Krabi 81180, Thailand, www.banyantree.com
Hoshinoya Okinawa is not just a seaside resort surrounded by stunning scenery. It has been designed to celebrate the rich heritage of the land of the rising sun. As guests walk through the gardens to the guest villas and two-floor guest buildings, every angle of the view is Instagram-worthy that you’ll always feel connected to the sea. Located in central Okinawa Island is the coastal village of Yomitan. Discerning guests will be able to discover artworks from the smallest details found in the bedroom colorfully depicting Okinawa’s plants, animals, and scenes of daily life. Immerse yourself in the intriguing Okinawan way of life through authentic experiences found at this property.
Hoshinoya Okinawa Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101, Japan, www.hoshinoya.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko
Sophisticated with a low-key feel, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is in fact caught between the beauty of the mountain and lake. Nestled in Japan’s northern Kanto region and set along the scenic Lake Chuzenji, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko offers a combination of nature and culture. Guests will find every nook graceful and yet minimal in style. The accommodation rooms overlook Lake Chuzenji or Mount Nantai allowing guests to appreciate the incredible scenery. It’s also vital to note that Nikko’s shrines and temples have earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The majestic history and beauty are told through the hotel rooms and suites with each space offering an engawa, or porch, a lake or mountain view, and a décor that blends minimalist and traditional touches.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko 2482, Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1661, Japan, +81 288-25-6666, www.ritzcarlton.com
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
A glamorous new addition to Tokyo’s hospitality scene is Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi. Located above the heart of the capital and offering expansive Imperial Palace views, the prime position of Four Seasons makes it the perfect place to stay when in Japan. Imagine enjoying sky-high gourmet meals and waking up to the gorgeous views of the Imperial Palace Gardens. What also sets this hotel apart is an innovative open-plan layout with suites meticulously curated for a memorable urban experience.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi 1 Chome-2-1 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan, www.fourseasons.com
Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Discreetly tucked into lush gardens just steps from the banks of the tranquil Ping River, Raya Heritage offers 33 spacious suite rooms situated on three levels. The hotel property is actually inspired by the spirit of Lanna’s life in former times. If you’re looking for a clean and contemporary take on traditional Thai design, this is the place to be for beautifully crafted and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces featured all throughout spaces in the hotel. It boasts personalized service and state-of-the-art guest comfort while also integrating the natural beauty and unique heritage of northern Thailand.
Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Thailand 157 Moo 6, Tambol Donkaew, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand, www.rayaheritage.com
W Bali – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
From the warmth of the service to the flavor of the cuisine, W Hotels have made waves around the world for being a hotspot of fun and fabulous holidays. According to Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide, “Ubud is a hidden destination like no other, where legends and nature intertwine with everyday life to create a magical sense of adventure. W Bali – Ubud will combine the brand’s boundary-breaking approach to design with the rich cultural, spiritual, and artistic influences of Ubud to show off the best of this incredible locale and all we’ve learned in the decade since W debuted in Indonesia.” Set to open this year, the destination overlooks the Tanggayuda Valley and will include ten villas with private swimming pools and an EWOW suite.
For more details, visit www.marriott.com