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5 Luxury New Hotels You’ll Want to Visit in Asia in 2019

By Amanda Sheppard 23 December 2018

With the new year fast approaching, a slew of seriously swanky hotels is set to join the ranks of the region’s luxury properties. And while January may not be the ideal time to travel – especially when the purse strings have been tightened after the Christmas splurge – it does make for the perfect time to plan a trip. If you’re looking for a little travel inspiration, these are the new hotels in Asia you’ll want to book a stay in.

1. Rosewood Hong Kong

Scheduled to open on March 17, the Rosewood Hong Kong will occupy 43 floors of a brand new, 65-storey harbourfront complex. The Tsim Sha Tsui hotel will boast eight restaurants, an outdoor drinks terrace, and the first Asaya Spa to be housed in an urban Rosewood property. For those looking to push the boat out for a splash-out celebration, the Harbour House and Garden House suites on the hotel’s 57th floor boast private pools and terraces, and cover over 10,000 square foot of floor space.

2. Six Senses Bhutan

Any nation that quantifies its development on the happiness of its citizens makes it high on our 'bucket list' of travel destinations. Bhutan prides itself on its natural beauty, and to ensure its preservation, the country continues to restrict the number of tourists it permits each year. For those who do manage to secure entry, the new Six Senses Bhutan offers an intimate sanctuary to experience the best of the country. Comprising 82 suites across five locations, openings will take place between January and May of 2019. Each lodge will feature its own wellness centre and spa, while immersive travellers can opt for a 15-day retreat that allows them to experience all five properties.

3. Harding Boutique Hotel, Ahangama

Harding Boutique Hotel in Ahangama is the newest addition to the spate of luxury resort offerings in up-and-coming travel destination Sri Lanka. Scheduled to open in autumn of 2019, the resort lies just a short drive from the historic town of Galle. The building’s façade has been designed to blend in with its surroundings and to exude a natural, calming presence. The hotel features just six suites, with each boasting a private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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4. Edition Hotel Singapore

The Marriott subsidiary may have only launched a few years ago, but it has its sights firmly set on an Asian expansion. Each of the brand’s hotels is curated to suit local tastes and palates, reflecting the needs of a new generation of travellers. The Bangkok and Shanghai venues have already opened, but 2019 will see new launches in Wuhan and Singapore, while 2020 promises a Bali edition, as well as two Tokyo properties. The hotel will feature 190 rooms and occupy eight floors of prime real estate on Orchard Boulevard.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

Luxury hotels in Bangkok may be a dime a dozen, but that doesn’t mean that the true gems don’t stand out. The Four Seasons’ latest property is situated on the riverfront, and is part of a new waterside development which sits atop a shopping and dining complex, and includes luxury private residences. The lavish new hotel is set among a series of calming water gardens and features, adding to the air of luxury guests have come to expect from Four Seasons properties. Announcements have been made that the hotel will open in 2019, although a specific date has yet to be confirmed.

Amanda Sheppard

Senior editor

Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong—a place she’s called home for over 18 years—to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee.