Next year announces as another great year for exciting new hotel openings in the region: two new upscale five-star hotels in Hong Kong, luxury lodges in Bhutan and New monuments by the river in Bangkok. Here is our selection of the hottest new openings to watch in 2019.
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
The Shinta Mani Wild, a luxury tented camp, is one of the most awaited properties in the world. It is surrounded by 400 acres of lush forest covering three national parks. The famous architect Bill Bensley designed the camp taking into account local conservation projects, suspending only 15 luxurious tents above the waterfalls, thus allowing the forest’s wildlife to continue uninterrupted and offering a view breathtaking.
Location: South Cardamon National Park, Cambodia, 2-3 hours from Phnom Penh.
To open: it may have been introduced in its first guests in late December, but we call it an opening in January.
The Six Senses of Bhutan
The mountainous kingdom of Bhutan deliberately maintains small-scale, high-quality tourism development in order to limit the number of visitors and preserve its unique way of life. Six Senses Bhutan is a collection of five boutique pavilions (in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro Valley, Gangtey and Bumthang) that will open sequentially from February this year. Surrounded by unique scenic beauty, the lodges feature oversized terraces and large floor-to-ceiling windows so that all views are uninterrupted. With names such as “Palace in the Sky” and “Traditional Ornithological Bridge”, these are properties we look forward to visiting.
Opening: February 2019 / March 2019 / May 2019
Location: in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan
The PuXuan in Beijing
If you are familiar with the prestigious PuLi in Shanghai, you will be happy to know that an equally elegant younger sister, PuXuan, will soon open in Beijing.
Located in Wangfujing near the Forbidden City, the PuXuan Hotel and Spa promises to be “a new modernist masterpiece at the forefront of technology … rendering a respectful and contemporary tribute to the 39, one of the most important and distinct districts of the capital. It also comes from two new sister properties in Xiamen and Kuala Lumpur for the stylish Urban Resorts Collection.
Opening: January 2019
Location: Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Oriental Mandarin Wangfujing, Beijing
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing is located in the heart of Beijing and overlooks famous landmarks such as the Forbidden City. It combines residential style and luxury amenities with classic Chinese décor. Home to two restaurants, the Mandarin Grill, an upscale bar, a rooftop garden-terrace, a luxury spa, and a 25-meter indoor pool, this hotel will be an intimate retreat for locals and locals alike. visitors to the city.
Opening: early 2019
Location: No. 269 Wangfujing Street, Beijing, China 100006
LUX * North Male Atoll
LUX * is a revolutionary pioneer group that changes the style and nature of the resort’s experience. The new LUX * North Male Atoll is a disturbing departure from traditional thatched roofed Maldivian huts to the benefit of dazzling duplex penthouse villas with their own private Sky Lounge and reef terraces. Each of the 67 residences is located on the beach or on the surface of the water, allowing guests to enjoy an airy living space of at least 350 m². The world-class restaurants, the SONOS audio broadcast and the Beach Beach LUX * Beach Club make it an ideal retreat for the international jet-set.
Opening: February 2019
Location: North Male Atoll of Olhuhali, Maldives
Rosewood from Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, the all-new Rosewood Hong Kong is considered the flagship of one of the fastest growing and most innovative Asian hotel groups. It is located on the site of the former New World Center, next to the InterContinental Hong Kong, which will close in early 2019 for a major restructuring.
Anticipated opening: March 2019
Location: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
St Regis of Hong Kong
The St Regis Hong Kong combines architectural creativity, cultural diversity and timeless elegance. For business travelers and culture lovers, the hotel is home to renowned French and Chinese restaurants led by Michelin-starred chefs, as well as the superb St. Regis Bar, which features famous cocktails and 24-hour butler. We can not wait to see what their signature, Bloody Mary, from Hong Kong looks like.
Opening: June 2019
Location: 1 Harbor Drive, Hong Kong
Luxury resorts abound in Phuket, but newcomer InterContinental Phuket Resort aims to claim its place among the best retreats on the island. This collection of 221 rooms, suites and villas is located along the golden sandy beach of Kamala, two kilometers away, also known as Phuket’s “billionaire row”. With each room offering breathtaking views of the hill, lagoon or ocean, the enclosed bay surrounding the resort offers privacy and is one of the most serene hideaways on the island of Phuket.
Opening: April 2019
Location: Moo 3, Kamala Sub-district, Kamala Beach: Phuket, 83150, Thailand
The new flagship of the legendary Raffles brand in China, Raffles Shenzhen will be an urban oasis occupying the top floors of the new Shenzhen Emblem, a 72-story tower of the prestigious One Shenzhen Bay Building. Deluxe rooms offer spectacular views of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong. With innovative design, contemporary architecture, state-of-the-art facilities and 168 spacious guest rooms and suites, this hotel is poised to become a new icon in Shenzhen, complemented by renowned Raffles butler service.
Opening: March 2019
Location: T7, Shenzhen Bay, 3008 Zhongxin Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518054, Guangdong, China
The Chao Phraya River has recently experienced a renaissance as “place to go” in Bangkok, and Capellla Bangkok occupies a prime location by the side of a river. Its 101 suites and villas, as well as its exclusive restaurant, all overlook the beautiful river. The accommodation is designed as a pied à terre: a place both familiar and sophisticated, built around relaxation and exploration. With its award-winning Auriga spa and restaurant, designed by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, the new Capella Bangkok will surely become one of the best addresses in the city.
Opening: June 2019
Location: 300 Charoenkrung Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Originally written by Paul Hicks.