New Kids On The Block

There’s always somewhere new and exciting to stay in Asia, a region that continues to see new hotel signings and openings. By Melissa Anne Tan

Adiwana Jelita Sejuba Natuna, Indonesia
Adiwana Jelita Sejuba Natuna is the perfect place for a seaside getaway.

Located on Natuna Island, the resort has 33 rooms and villas, and guests are offered bespoke activities like snorkeling to explore the burgeoning coral reefs; island hopping; and even locally inspired cooking classes.

Enjoy spectacular views of the one-of-a-kind granite infinity pool built directly into the ocean. Couples can opt for a romantic meal by the ocean.

Other facilities include a spa, gym and floating reception area.

The resort is a 15-minute drive from Raden Sadjad Airport.

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Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, South Korea
The Fairmont Ambassador Seoul boasts one of Seoul’s most prestigious new addresses and its 326 well-appointed rooms offer panoramic views of the Yeouido skyline and the Han River.

Indulge in seasonal menus at Mariposa and Spectrum, and sip signature cocktails at M29, an elegant rooftop bar.

You can unwind with a personalized treatment at the Fairmont’s ESPA or follow your fitness routine at the all-weather gym or indoor pool.

Fairmont Ambassador Seoul is a 55-minute drive from Incheon International Airport and 30 minutes from Gimpo International Airport.

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Hilton Singapore Orchard, Singapore
Hilton Singapore Orchard has garnered a lot of attention in the market since it opened in February, as it is the brand’s largest property in Asia Pacific. Its central location in the heart of Orchard Road and its collection of 1,080 rooms, five dining concepts – the largest being Estate which can accommodate 360 ​​diners at a time, plus 16 event venues make the hotel a contender formidable in the space of leisure travel and commercial events.

The hotel made a strong debut with its accommodation for all players and their entourages taking part in the high-profile HSBC Women’s World Championship LPGA Tour, and continues to be a popular choice for weddings as well as corporate meetings and events. company.

Hilton Singapore Orchard takes over what was once Mandarin Orchard Singapore. A comprehensive 150 million Australian dollar (US$110.2 million) renovation has given the property a new look and refreshed hardware, where the hotel’s interior design pays homage to Singapore’s rich colonial history and the agricultural heritage of the region.

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Hoshinoya Okinawa, Japan
A luxury beach resort in Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture, Hoshinoya Okinawa offers beachfront villas and suites with bedrooms that open to a garden, while windows, balconies and terraces open on the sea.

The resort’s Yugafu Kitchen, a cooking studio that offers guests the opportunity to learn and enjoy the unique culinary culture of Okinawa, embraces the idea of ​​using ingredients from nature without producing waste, as well the idea that a balanced diet will prevent disease – one of the reasons for the longevity of Okinawans.

Adjacent to the studio is the vegetable garden, where you can enjoy the aroma of freshly picked herbs and vegetables. Meals can be enjoyed in Yugafu Kitchen’s private dining area after a cooking session.

There is also a Ryukyu karate stay where guests can learn the martial art at the resort’s dojo.

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Indigo Adelaide Markets Hotel, Australia
IHG Hotels & Resorts’ boutique lifestyle brand, Hotel Indigo, made its Australian debut with the opening of Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets. The hotel’s 145 boutique rooms in Adelaide’s CBD pay homage to the city’s legendary festivals and are located next to Adelaide Central Market.

The hotel’s restaurants and bars draw on the finest local produce for seasonal appeal. Head to Market & Meander for a taste of rustic, home-style modern Australian with its lunch menu of the day, then relax on the roof of the Merrymaker Bar with a fine menu featuring the best of fruit seafood and charcuterie from South Australia as well as creative cocktails.

Other facilities include an outdoor infinity pool, 24/7 fitness center, two boardroom-style meeting rooms, and the ability to host events on the mezzanine level and on the roof.

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Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Maldives
Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is nestled on the island of Thilamaafushi in the beautiful Lhaviyani Atoll and can be reached in 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport.

Boasting a white sandy beach landscape surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, Le Méridien Maldives is home to 97 overwater villas and 44 beach villas.

Guests can explore the two signature restaurants: Turquoise serves local dishes and Asian and European dishes, while Tabemasu offers varieties of Japanese dishes.

This five-star destination also includes a kids’ club, adults-only pool, water sports center and more.

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Lihim Resorts, Philippines
Lihim Resorts by Araw Hospitality Group is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Located in El Nido, Palawan, it is isolated in the forests of Calaan, next to the crystal clear waters of Bacuit Bay.

The luxurious villas are located in various environments, from lawn, forest, seaside, hilltop and more. Guests can opt for organized tours and nature walks, or simply relax by the pool all day with a cocktail.

Enjoy culinary experiences at Gana Restaurant which offers farm-to-table specialties and traditional recipes. The Bacarrat Lounge and the LangkaLounge are also
ideal for organizing intimate events, presentations and meetings.

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Melia Phuket Mai Khao, Thailand
Facing the longest stretch of sand in Phuket is the Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Just a 15-minute drive from Phuket Airport, this new resort is a tranquil getaway featuring private pool villas, wellness pool villas and suites with a Mediterranean-inspired twist.

All accommodations have outdoor tubs, outdoor showers, and outdoor decks, some of which are complemented by cabanas while others have private plunge pools. Wellness villa highlights include an open-air vitamin C shower, daily massage, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, fit ball and massager. yoga mat.

Feast on fresh Mediterranean cuisine at the Gaia Beach Club, sample Southeast Asian delights mixed with a Mediterranean flair at the all-day dining restaurant SASA, and thirst-quenching juices and liquors at the Elyxr Café. Leisure facilities include a spa, fitness center and kids’ club.

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Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence Hotel, China
Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence Hotel joins forces with the existing Pullman Shanghai Qingpu Excellence to create an ideal destination with an array of offerings for business and leisure travelers.

Functional spaces include a pillarless grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace connected to the ballroom, and 15 breakout rooms of varying configurations and sizes.

For families, the new 240-key hotel has two floors dedicated to family rooms – 25 in total – including four whimsically decorated family suites that can be connected to neighboring family rooms.

Other facilities include the InBalance Fitness Center and a range of F&B outlets.

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Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Guests looking for a serene sanctuary need look no further than Regent Phu Quoc.

Located off the southwest coast of Vietnam, next to a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve, the luxury resort’s 176 suites and 126 villas feature large windows and verandas that invite in light nature, complemented by a garden or a panoramic view of the ocean.

Sensory baths are included in every suite and villa, along with private cabanas where bespoke dining experiences can be arranged.

With six restaurants and bars, guests enjoy complimentary gourmet drinks and snacks, a breakfast buffet, dry cleaning and laundry services, and unpacking service.

Regent Phu Quoc also has agents available to arrange bespoke services for a personalized experience.

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