New luxury hotels across Asia

Asia is seeing a tourism and hotel boom, particularly those aimed at the rising middle class and associated surge in regional travel. From island beach resorts to slick city high-rises, visitors from the UAE can benefit from the presence of familiar brands and relatively low prices compared to other regions.

Rendering of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui seamlessly combines the brand’s legendary service with the traditional spirit of Thai hospitality and colorful Samui island life culture to create a unique melting pot of indelible new memories. (PRNewsfoto/Marriott International, Inc.)
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Ritz-Carltons for Koh Samui and Langkawi

Koh Samui, Thailand's third biggest island, made further progress from a backpacker haven to a mainstream holiday destination this month with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui in a private bay on the north-east coast.

A 15-minute drive from the airport, the hotel has 175 suites and villas, six restaurants, two beaches, a large spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a kickboxing ring, outdoor sports facilities and watersports. Rooms cost from Thb16,469 (Dh1,822) per night including taxes and breakfast.

This opening follows that of the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi in Malaysia, another resort in a private bay, surrounded by jungle, with 90 rooms and suites and 29 villas, plus three restaurants and a spa.

Rainforest Deluxe Bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi in Malaysia. Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi
A Rainforest Deluxe Bedroom at The new Ritz-Carlton Langkawi in Malaysia. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

Rooms cost from Myr1,740 (Dh1,509) per night including taxes. Other luxury outposts on Langkawi include the Four Seasons, St Regis and Datai hotels.

Bulgari Beijing and Capella Shanghai, China

Italian luxury goods brand Bulgari has opened its fourth hotel, following properties in Milan, Bali and London. A Dubai hotel will open in December and a Shanghai property is due in 2018.

Bulgari Hotel Beijing. Courtesy Bulgari Hotels and Resorts
The new Bulgari Hotel Beijing. Bulgari Hotels and Resorts

The new-build riverside tower in the Embassy District of the Chinese capital is an ‘urban resort’, is lavish inside, with 119 rooms and suites, a 1,500-square-metre Bulgari Spa, a restaurant named after its Michelin-starred chef, Niko Romito, and a private park. Rooms cost from Cny3,199 (Dh1,769) including taxes.

In Shanghai, the Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li is built into a historic 1930s shikumen complex in the Xuhui District, a cultural preservation zone.

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li in China. Courtesy The Leading Hotels of the World
The new Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li in China. The Leading Hotels of the World

The estate was originally built by a French real estate company and had lanes connecting more than 200 two-storey houses. Rooms cost from Cny4,169 (Dh2,306) per night including taxes.

Signiel hotel South Korea

Lotte Hotels and Resorts, the largest hotel group in Korea, has opened a new flagship property in Seoul. The 123-storey Lotte World Tower is currently the sixth tallest building in the world, and the 235-room luxury Signiel Seoul the second tallest hotel in the world. It features a restaurant under the Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno, a duty-free shopping mall and anti-ageing spa. Rooms from Krw520,300 (Dh1,695) per night including taxes.

79F Guest Lounge (Salon de SIGNIEL) at Signiel Seoul in South Korea. Courtesy The Leading Hotels of the World
79F Guest Lounge (Salon de SIGNIEL) at Signiel Seoul in South Korea. The Leading Hotels of the World


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