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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Ultratravel directory: Luxury hotel openings for autumn

From a new Aman in China to a tented camp in Sri Lanka, bed down in these exciting new locations

Antique Villa at Amanyangyun. Courtesy Aman
Antique Villa at Amanyangyun. Courtesy Aman

Amanyangyun opens in Shanghai

Aman will open its fourth property in China on October 27. Amanyangyun, meaning “nourishing cloud”, is a collection of 26 Ming and Qing dynasty dwellings that have been relocated from a Jiangxi village 700km away that was being threatened by a reservoir construction. Reassembled and converted into luxury villas in a camphor forest just outside downtown Shanghai, 13 of the antique rooms together with 24 modern structures make up the resort, while 12 historic homes are available to buy. There is a full spa and six dining venues.

Suites cost from Cny6,900 (Dh3,866), per night

Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

Rainforest Villa Bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi. Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi
Rainforest Villa Bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi. Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

The second Ritz-Carlton in ­Malaysia opened on October 1. The new-build Ritz-Carlton ­Langkawi is located in a private bay surrounded by rainforest on the island’s west coast and features 90 rooms and 29 pool villas, three swimming pools, a spa and three restaurants. The resort complements the hotel group’s exisiting property in Kuala Lumpur.

Double rooms cost from Myr1,730 (Dh1,500) per night, including taxes

Ventana Big Sur rebrands as Alila

Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort - Glamping. Courtesy Alila Hotels
Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort - Glamping. Courtesy Alila Hotels

The Ventana Inn at Big Sur, California, has been taken over by Alila Hotels & Resorts and will reopen on October 12 after a multi-million dollar renovation. The property is located on 243 acres of land set back from the coastal Highway 1 route, and has 59 guest rooms, a “Social House lifestyle space”, a spa and restaurant.

Double rooms cost from $638 (Dh2,343) per night including taxes

West Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

Looper bathroom at West Coast Tented Lodge
Looper bathroom at West Coast Tented Lodge

The Sri Lankan family behind Dilmah Tea and the Resplendent Ceylon collection of hotels is opening a luxury tented camp in a remote location on the coast in Yala National Park on October 16. The property has 28 “cocoon suites” and offers nature trips and a variety of lectures and workshops, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Suites cost from $384 (Dh1,400) per night including breakfast and taxes

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Where to go when: Autumn 2017

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