Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Heading to Asia? Here are four new hotels to put on your itinerary 

Asia continues to be an attractive continent for global travellers. If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, Kuala Lumpur or Sri Lanka then consider these new players

The Harding Boutique Hotel will open in 2019. Anarchitect
The Harding Boutique Hotel will open in 2019. Anarchitect

Check out these new properties worthy of your attention now or in the future

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand

This hotel by the city’s bustling Ratchaprasong intersection is in a great spot for those keen on immersing themselves in the culture of Bangkok. A first for the brand in South-East Asia, the hotel is located in the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard complex and is as much a destination for dining as it is for luxury accommodation. The 171-room property has three restaurants, a lounge and two bars, as well as a sizeable ballroom, outdoor infinity pool, spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre. Rates start from 15,340 Thai baht (Dh1,716) per night, including taxes. Go to www.waldorfbangkok.waldorfastoria.com


Harding Boutique Ahangama, Sri Lanka

While not due to open until next year, this six-suite luxury boutique property has been designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, founder of design and architecture firm Anarchitect, which has bases in Dubai and London. A 30-minute drive from the Unesco World Heritage Site, Galle Fort, the hotel will offer guests the perfect beach escape surrounded by coconut groves. Suites will have generous private balconies and provide uninterrupted views over the Indian Ocean, with sea-facing private baths, rain showers, double vanities and king-size beds. For more on the hotel, go to www.hardingboutiquehotels.com


Park Regis Aveda, Kumarakom, India

You’ll find this 44-room hotel on the Vembanad lake in the famed Kerala backwater. The region it sits in is renowned for its palm-lined beaches and spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Travellers can choose to stay in private cottages, villas or suites, and during their stay can enjoy the poolside restaurant-cum-lounge, Ayurvedic spa and well-equipped fitness centre. There’s also a dedicated banquet hall and 150 metre infinity pool. Rates start from 6,339 Indian rupees (Dh327) per night. Go to www.parkregisaveda.com.


W Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Due to open this month, the W Kuala Lumpur has 150 rooms across nine floors, 18 of these suites, and six dining establishments. Casual meets contemporary in Flock, while Yen serves imaginative Cantonese cuisine, and Saint Pierre has French fine-dining elegance. Ideal for a lively stay, the property has a funky vibe and offers views of the Petronas Twin Towers and city skyline, with easy access to public transport. Rates start from 953 Malaysian ringgit (Dh845) a night. Go to www.starwoodhotels.com


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