13 New Hotels You’ll Want to Visit in 2018

Fabulous hotels and resorts in Asia that are worth a visit


Have you gotten around to planning your holidays for 2018? If you have not decided on a location, let this list of fabulous new hotels and resorts in Asia guide you in choosing your destination.

1. Amanyangyun (Shanghai, China)

Set in Shanghai, amidst a flourishing forest of ancient camphor trees, stands Amanyangyun, a picturesque retreat embodying the essence of Chinese spirituality, introspection, beauty, and history preserved.

Meaning ‘nourishing cloud’, yangyun is a reference to expanding the ‘cloud’ of the mind with knowledge. At its heart lies twenty six refurbished Ming and Qing Dynasty houses which have been carefully moved brick-by-brick from the legendary region of Fuzhou in Jiangxi Province.

2. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas (Bhutan)

In the colorful Kingdom known as the Happiest Place on Earth, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has designed a cultural sensory retreat. Six Senses Bhutan actually consists of five individual resorts distributed between five intimate lodges - Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro.

Each location provides a unique experience ranging from traditional farmhouses to timber chalets to old stone ruins. The design emphasis is on preserving culture while enabling guests to stay comfortably in modern interiors and even partaking in communal gatherings with fellow travellers.

3. Iraph Sui (Okinawa, Japan)

Located on an elevated headland on the southwestern coastline of Irabu, a small island in the Miyako Island group, guests will enjoy stunning sea views. One for the luxury travellers, Iraph Sui will have nine suites with private plunge pools, ten luxurious Junior suites and one Executive suite.

With their pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Miyako Islands are famous scuba diving destinations, boasting spectacular underwater rock formations resulting from volcanic activity, colossal Ryūkyū limestone arches, underwater caves and grottoes, as well as abundant coral and sea life.

4. Dusit Thani Laguna Resort (Singapore)

 Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore will have direct access to the renowned Laguna National Golf and Country Club. Located just 10 minutes by car from Changi International Airport, the resort will include a multi-ethnic cuisine restaurant and The Nest golf club restaurant, the Legends Bar (overlooking the golf course), a Dusit deli, and a Club Lounge.

Facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a swimming pool, three tennis courts, a putting green, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa. The hotel will also boast a large pillarless ballroom (seating up to 650 guests) with a pre-function area overlooking the golf course.

5. COMO Uma Canggu (Bali, Indonesia)

COMO Uma Canggu is situated on Bali's south coast with panoramic views of the soft volcanic sand and rolling waves of the Indian Ocean. The beachfront destination offers activities focused around the beach and sea, and culture around Canggu’s village life with its Hindu shrines, shops and local warungs.

Canggu still has rice paddies as part of its landscape, as well as some of Bali’s best surf breaks directly in front of the resort. COMO Uma Canggu might just be seven miles from the bustle of Seminyak, but it feels a world apart, with an authentic emphasis on active living, healthy eating, and good times with family and friends.

6. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa (Andaman Islands, India)

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans is located at the edge of the jungle and opens out to pristine white Radhanagar beach where guests can take part in a whole range of water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving.

Stay in villas inspired by the pitch-roof style of the traditional Jarawa huts in the midst of an untouched natural paradise, with rich coral reefs, and lush green mangroves. Enjoy the best of local and global flavours to tantalize every palate, and relax and rejuvenate at Jiva Spa’s signature experiences, Indian Therapies and beauty rituals using natural products.

7. Alila Villas (Koh Russey, Cambodia)

An ecological escape on the enchanting island of Koh Russey, on the Cambodian Riviera, infused with Khmer culture and charm, where privacy, nature and local hospitality take centre stage.

Explore the charm and beauty of Ream, Cambodia with the warm assistance and guidance of the Alila Leisure Concierge team. Highlights include island hopping, temple tours and amazing views enjoyed from the forested mountains of Bokor National Park.

8. X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort (Thailand)

X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort boasts a prime waterfront location and a stunning rooftop pool and bar that offers stunning views of the river and the iconic Doi Suthep mountain range. The stylish contemporary heritage design with red brick walls and arches reference Chiang Mai's famous forest temple, Was U-Mong.

The highlight? A glass-house restaurant facing the Mae Ping River serving word class cuisine and menus specially curated by a Michelin-starred chef from France. Conveniently located just 10 minutes form the historic Old Town and 20 minutes from the international airport, guests can easily head down to the famous night bazaar.

9. The Ritz-Carlton (Langkawi, Malaysia)

A secluded beach in the sparkling Andaman Sea sets the beautiful backdrop of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi. The 5-star hotel boasts the island’s only overwater spa and uninterrupted rainforest views from every angle. A perfect location for romantic getaways, couples are greeted at the entrance with a Walkway of Wishes water fountain.

During the ‘golden hours’ of sunrise and sunset, guests can enjoy a contemporary performance of an ancient tarian payang on the beach. Travelers looking to experience Langkawi’s vibrant blend of local cultures can partake in a visit to one of the local night markets, where they can sample traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian delicacies and crafts.

10. The Murray (Hong Kong)

Located along legendary Cotton Tree Drive in the heart of Hong Kong, this contemporary urban sanctuary will feature a glamorous rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views of the city, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Built in 1969, the building has won multiple awards for ground-breaking and energy efficient design. Sir Norman Foster's team at Foster+Partners have accepted the challenge to re-design the architectural and interior finishes and is now bringing this magnificent building to life as a celebration of the past and future.

11. Regent (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Regent Jakarta will take its place as one of the finest hotels in the vibrant capital city of Indonesia when it opens to public sometime this year. Due to its prime location, the hotel is ideal for tourists and business travellers looking for luxury services and amenities.

Following Regent’s tradition of innovative restaurant concepts, the hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a signature specialty restaurant and library bar. The Regent experience will be further enhanced by the luxurious Regent Spa and wellness facilities as well as comprehensive meeting rooms and function venues, including an opulent Grand Ballroom.

12. Sherwood Suites (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Ideally situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3, Sherwood Suites offers serviced apartments in studio and one- or two-bedroom configurations. Facilities in every apartment include fully equipped kitchens, designer Italian furniture, marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

All guests have access to a 24-hour gym, pool deck with cocktail bar, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Guests are also offered free hourly shuttles with stops at prominent landmarks such as the Reunification Palace and the city center’s top dining and entertainment neighborhoods.

13. The Middle House (Shanghai, China)

Launching in Shanghai’s commercial district, The Middle House boasts interiors created by Milan-based architect and furniture designer Piero Lissoni. The ultra-luxurious property incorporates an abundance of outdoor spaces. Another collaboration with New York-based Chef Gray Kunz will feature signature restaurant, Café Gray Deluxe.

For the utmost opulence, guests can reserve the sprawling penthouse. Located on the 14th floor, it overlooks fashionable Nanjing Road (West), features two bedrooms, an open bathroom with a freestanding bathtub, and an expansive private terrace with a private show kitchen, ideal for private parties.

Aditi Kashyap

12 Jan 2018, 10:00 AM

Aditi Kashyap is a lifestyle writer at VanillaLuxury.sg covering dining and entertainment beats. She loves to travel and has an obsession with rooftop bars and chasing sunsets. Follow her adventures on Instagram @heydeets.