10 New Hotels in Asia We Can’t Wait to Visit
The future’s looking bright.
Covid-19 may have put our travel plans on hold, but it hasn’t stopped hoteliers big and small from opening new properties across Asia.
Tucked away in a beachside jungle village in Sumba, a hidden gem of an island in eastern Indonesia, Alamayah is a carefully crafted blend of tradition, sustainability and barefoot luxury. The exclusive new boutique resort—mindfully designed to invoke connection with the land, the tides and the local tribes, with an appreciation for art and craftsmanship—features just six private suites, a plant-based restaurant, fitness centre and Ayurvedic spa. The Tahik master suite provides views over the Timor Sea and a deep connection to nature thanks to a decades-old coconut tree that rises from the private terrace. Highlights of the Alamayah Spa, meanwhile, include a Turkish hammam, steam room, hot and cold hydrotherapy pools, and a range of treatments focused on balance and rejuvenation.
Find out more at alamayah.com
Capella’s first property in Thailand makes its debut along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River on October 1st, with 101 guestrooms, suites and villas as well as unique Asian therapies and traditional Thai healings at its Auriga Wellness centre. Other highlights include local experiences arranged by the Capella Curates programme and the much-awaited Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose Michelin three-star restaurant in France, Mirazur, claimed first place in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2019. Don’t miss the special opening offer, A Star is Born, of THB 17,500++ per night. Included are daily resort credits, daily breakfast and pressing of up to five pieces of clothing per stay.
Find out more at capellahotels.com
Desa Potato Head
Conceived as “a multidimensional experience that transcends hospitality”, the newly opened Desa Potato Head unites music, art, design, food, wellness and sustainability in one chic OMA-designed building. Bali’s first creative village (desa means “village” in Indonesian) features 168 rooms as well as a wide range of F&B offerings, and cultural and entertainment facilities for guests and the local community alike. Wellness offerings include yoga classes, cardio on the beach, gym facilities, Jamu health tonics bar, and spa with products created in Bali by Sensatia Botanicals. “We’d like to welcome conscious and curious minds to our visionary utopia,” says creative director Daniel Mitchell. “Visitors should leave Desa Potato Head with a more imaginative, rejuvenated mindset, and we hope they return again and again.”
Find out more at potatohead.co
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Months after what would have been a grand debut ahead of the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi finally opens today (September 1st!). Besides 190 guest rooms and suites as well as expansive views of the Imperial Palace, the dazzling new hotel features five treatment rooms, steam rooms and ofuro (Japanese baths) at its 39th-floor spa. Its signature well-being ritual takes inspiration from ancient Japanese cedars, involving a meditative ritual, body scrub and oil massage using materials harvested from fallen pieces of wood. The Zen-like sanctuary is open to in-house guests, day visitors and Tokyo residents, the latter through a lifestyle membership that allows access to the gym, pool and special privileges such as sessions with visiting experts.
Find out more at fourseasons.com
An iconic Singapore hotel chain is spreading its wings once again, with the recent opening of Raffles Bali. The highly anticipated opening is the group’s second in Indonesia (after Jakarta) and features its first Emotional Well-Being by Raffles programme. The holistic approach centres around a dedicated Well-Being Butler, who will guide each guest’s well-being throughout their stay and beyond—including mindfulness practices to promote relaxation and better sleep. The Raffles Spa, meanwhile, has two treatment rooms, a private meditation terrace and remote hillside suite known as The Sanctuary. Signature treatments take inspiration from local Balinese healing practices. Designed to be “an oasis for well-travelled connoisseurs”, the resort also offers a fitness centre, 25m infinity pool, and “endless” garden jogging paths as well as tennis courts and a private beach.
Find out more at raffles.com
One&Only Desaru Coast
A secluded coastline just two hours’ drive from Singapore is soon to be the new home of ultra-luxury resort brand One&Only’s first property in Asia. One&Only Desaru Coast opens September 6th on 128 acres of soft sand and tropical flora with 42 self-contained suites, a pair of two-bedroom suites, and a four-bedroom villa with its own private plunge pool. The modern design, by Kerry Hill Architects, takes its cue from a traditional Malaysian kampung, or village, with generous indoor and outdoor living spaces and natural hues that blend into the surrounding rainforest. Adding to the property’s exclusivity is the fact that it’s the first to feature a One&Only Spa by Chenot, which provides bespoke programmes following Chenot’s scientific approach to wellness.
Find out more at oneandonlyresorts.com
After opening a string of stunning properties in Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia, Hoshinoya has done it again in the coastal village of Yomitan. The 100-room Hoshinoya Okinawa opened July 1st, with all guest villas and buildings are placed along a pristine white beach, protected by a modernist wall modelled after the traditional Gusuku stone walls that once stood guard outside Okinawan homes and castles. The Hoshino family was particularly inspired by the local environment and culture, with Okinawan design details and even Okinawan-meets-Sicilian cuisine which can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ indoor patio. Also on site are an infinity pool, oceanfront cafe and grill, and traditional-style activity studio for lessons in Ryukyu karate and Sanshin music.
Find out more at hoshinoya.com
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Nestled among lush gardens, a lagoon and 17 kilometres of beachfront, Anantara’s first resort in Malaysia features a choice of deluxe room, standalone pool villa and three- or four-bedroom residence. The tropical escape is just 45 minutes’ drive from Senai International Airport or a two-hour drive from Singapore, with activities and experiences for the whole family that include watersports, foodie tours, and kids and teens clubs. We’ve got our eye on Balance Wellness by Anantara, which offers personalised wellness journeys for everything from anti-ageing and body toning to detoxing and de-stressing. Other nearby attractions include two Ernie Els-designed golf courses and a waterpark.
Find out more at anantara.com
Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort
Designed for the millennial-minded traveller, Avani blends contemporary design with friendly service, locally inspired cuisine and plenty of opportunities for socialising. Which makes it perfect for the southern Thai beach town of Krabi. This new resort features 178 guest rooms and villas with views of the iconic limestone formations rising from the Andaman Sea. It also has a spa, gym, a variety of dining and bar options as well as activities ranging from scuba and kitesurfing to temple tours and waterfall outings.
Find out more at avanihotels.com
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon
Another newcomer to the Tokyo scene, with plenty of time to get settled before next year’s Olympics, The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon opens its doors on September 8th. The luxury property features 206 guest rooms and suites with iconic views of Tokyo skyline including 15 rooms with outdoor terraces overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. In addition to three restaurants and a signature cocktail bar, it also has a state-of-the-art gym and a spa with six treatment rooms. All that and you’re surrounded by some of Tokyo’s biggest attractions, including Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple and Hamarikyu Gardens.
Find out more at marriott.com