Asia's top 5 luxurious hotels to open in 2018

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Maria Sergeeva
January 29, 2018

The constant growth of international tourism in Asia shows no sign of slowing down. Meanwhile, new luxurious hotels and resorts in Asia are competing over new features and options, and don’t stop popping up taking luxury vacation to the next level.

Meet 15 of the most anticipated Asian hotel of 2018.

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel

Wharf Hotels’ latest property, The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, officially opened on Monday, January 15, marking a great start to 2018.

As one of eight historic landmarks under the Conserving Central initiative introduced by the Hong Kong government in 2013, The Murray is an inspiring piece of architecture holding almost 50 years of history, and a landmark building located in the heart of the city in Central, Hong Kong. A prominent preservation project converted into a luxury hotel by Foster + Partners, The Murray is celebrated as a pioneering example of sustainability.  Designed with deeply recessed square windows, its ground-breaking energy efficiency concept is still much-admired decades after it was built. These windows have been enlarged and now create a magnificent picture frame of the city skylines and garden vistas, thus allowing the hotel to continue its eco-conscious heritage. 

Designed by Foster + Partners, the hotel is a pioneering example of sustainability and showcases its ground-breaking energy efficiency concept through deeply recessed square windows. These windows have been enlarged to create a wonderful view of the city skylines and garden landscapes. There are 336 sophisticated suites and guestrooms spanning 25 floors, offering some of the city’s most spacious accommodation choices with 75 per cent of them starting from 50 square metres. Interiors are embellished with natural fabrics and stones, leathers and plush textiles creating a contemporary chic sanctuary and an ambience of understated sophistication.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of The Murray, a new hospitality icon for not only Hong Kong, but our global community, and the flagship for the Niccolo brand,” said Dr Jennifer Cronin, president of Wharf Hotels.

Amanyangyun, China

Known for its eclectic properties around the world, the luxury brand Aman unveiled the Amanyangyun in Shanghai, on January 8, 2018. It is the latest in its portfolio of lavish, historic resorts, with peaceful contemplation gardens, combining ancient culture and 21st-century pampering.

Located in a forest of ancient camphor trees outside of Shanghai, the hotel has spent a decade renovating a village complex of Ming- and Qing-dynasty homes and gardens, sensitively transforming them into a sanctuary for travelers.

Forming a true forest these 10,000 trees were transported 435 miles from Jiangxi Province – where they were threatened with destruction from the building of a reservoir.

Altogether there are 13 four-bedroom Antique Villas with swimming pools and 24 one-bedroom club suites with fireplaces and courtyards, as well as six restaurants, a 30,000 sq ft spa, a fitness and movement center, a cigar lounge and a 200-seat banquet hall in a bamboo grove.

Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, , who also worked on Japan’s Aman Tokyo and Amanemu, the 26 cottages have been modernized to balance old and new, including both antique carvings and private courtyards alongside private pools and Jacuzzis.

Following Aman general concept, there's also a soothing spa on site (offering pilates, yoga and "spa journeys") as well as nature programs, an herb garden, a tea house, five restaurants and bars and a bamboo grove.

Morpheus, Macau

Described as “an impossible building structure”, and once completed by Spring 2018, the Morpheus Hotel in the southern Chinese city of Macau will be the world’s first free-form exoskeleton steel-structured high-rise.

City of Dreams is an integrated entertainment resort that has established itself as a premier leisure and entertainment destination in Macau. Located in the heart of Cotai in Macau, it combines electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, designer brand shopping, a spacious and contemporary casino, and the spectacular The House of Dancing Water.

Morpheus is a new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams complex. The new hotel is an unprecedented combination of structural and formal challenges to resolve a highly complex and articulated variety of uses within one coherent building envelope.

Offering 780 rooms, suites and "sky villas," the hotel hides an infinity pool on the 40th floor, two sky bridges and an entire floor of food and beverage outlets from Alain Ducasse.

Six Senses Bhutan

Set to open this August, the new Six Senses Bhutan created 5 satellite resorts that provides a totally different experience than the first. With a total of just 82 guest suites and villas between five intimate lodges, guests can have the chance to visit Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. They will get to experience the history and culture of a country known as the ‘happiest place on Earth’.

With 82 guest suites and villas in total, Six Senses Bhutan is meant to be an experiential journey.

To gain the most of the resort, travelers are encouraged to stay a few nights in each destination -- Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro -- to soak up the diverse surrounds, architecture and local culture.

Each of the five locations was identified with a specific and appropriate theme, so that as guests move between them they experience a journey through all their senses. Starting with the capital of Thimphu, where the design emphasis is on culture or Punakha, where travelers can enjoy  the feeling of a traditional farmhouse in this rural region of fertile land and terraces or ending with Gangtey with its unique arm leather details into comfy armchairs and footstools, occasional tabletops and the hanging straps of nifty bottle lights have been incorporated.

Capella Ubud, Bali

Originally scheduled to open in 2017, Capella Ubud will finally debut this year along Ubud's Wos River.

Nestled between Ubud’s rainforest, rice paddy fields and the sacred Wos River, Capella Ubud brings the wonders and myths of Bali’s exotic past to life.  Inspired by the early European settlers from the 1800s, celebrated architect Bill Bensley conceptualized this ultra-luxurious tented camp as a tribute to their spirit of adventure.

Each of the 22 unique tents as well as an extravagant two-bedroom lodge are crafted with an individual inspirational theme, allowing guests to enjoy the essence of Bali’s untouched natural surroundings in personalized comfort.  All retreats boast a private salt water Jacuzzi pool lavish indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a spacious lounge and bedroom whilst two outdoor decks offer the perfect setting for an intimate candlelit dinner.

The camp’s timeless charm is balanced by modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, WiFi, complimentary smart phone inclusive of data, a refreshment trunk and an Illy espresso machine.

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