Book your next holiday at these 5 new luxury hotels in Asia

Updated on June 14 2016

Who doesn’t love going on vacation? It’s the perfect way to forget about work-related stress for a while, and simply relax and recharge in a new environment. For those with a thirst for adventure, the ideal holiday is probably one that brings out his or her inner Indiana Jones through exploring unfamiliar terrain or even participating in some extreme outdoor activities.

Itinerary aside, one crucial aspect of having a memorable holiday is the hotel itself. After all, a comfortable place to come home to makes all the difference. Furthermore, these exciting five luxury hotels we’ve sussed out are all absolutely decadent and beautiful, making them just as exciting as the cities they’re based in. 

From a swanky villa resort housed in converted historical buildings, to an idyllic beach property, these brand new establishments promise to make your stay a wonderful one. Get inspired to book your next holiday (some of these properties don’t open until later this year or next so at least you can start planning now) and start dreaming of some much needed time away.

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Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li

Slated to open in March 2017, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is located in the cultural enclave of Xuhui District. The all-villa urban resort is the only one of its kind to be situated in restored historical “shikumen” (stone warehouse) buildings, which feature a marriage of traditional Shanghainese and Western architectural styles. A1930s Shanghai landmark, this is the last remaining cluster of “shikumen” in the country.

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is equipped with 55 posh “shikumen” villas and 40 residences, along with other facilities such as a library, French brasserie and a spa — for some well-deserved pampering.

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, 480 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031, China, +65 6887 9835,


Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta

Formerly situated along Jakarta’s Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta has relocated to the bustling Capital Place integrated business development, where it takes pride of place in a 20-storey tower. The hotel opens later this month and features 125 neo-classical-inspired suites, which are decorated with Chinoiserie wall panels and Indonesian artwork, and boast panoramic views of the city skyline.

Its ritzy interiors are designed by New York-based Champalimaud Studio, while its façade is dressed in verdant tropical landscaping by Bangkok’s Bensley Design Studios. Other amenities at the hotel include five F&B outlets, event spaces, swimming pool, a spa and an Italian rooftop restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, Capital Place, Jalan Jend. Gatot Subroto, Kav 18, Kuningan Barat, Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 2277 1888,


The Edison George Town, Penang

Set in a blue-chip Anglo-Colonial heritage mansion, this elegant hotel features majestic architecture and cosy interiors that exude old-world glamour. It’s constructed with 35 stylish rooms which sport different designs: The Deluxe King rooms are clad in wood furnishings and earth tones, while the Deluxe Twin – Family options are more vibrantly coloured in a palette of green, red and brown.

The hotel opens middle of this year and also has a swimming pool, library and outdoor area with cabanas. Another plus point about it is that it’s conveniently located in the heart of George Town, Penang, which is a lively city packed with culture, rich heritage and scrumptious street food.

The Edison George Town, 15 Lebuh Leith, George Town, Penang 10200, Malaysia, +604 262 2990,


Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa

Bask in the sun, sand and surf at this newly opened beachfront resort, which sits on a 145-acre former coconut plantation on Sri Lanka’s southern coastline. The property faces the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by coconut trees, making it an idyllic destination for a romantic island getaway.

Upon reaching the resort, guests check-in at a rustic open-air lobby made of natural materials and adorned with local handicrafts, and are brought to their rooms via electric tuk-tuks. The establishment has 21 rooms — beautifully furnished with handwoven rugs, ocean blue-hued panels and balconies with a garden view — along with three saltwater swimming pools and a spa.

Sittrakala Estate, Chithragala, Ambalantota, Sri Lanka, +94 47 788 8888,


Sedona Hotel Yangon

It’s not exactly a new property, but the Sedona Hotel Yangon is definitely worth a visit because it has recently added 84 gorgeous new suites to its recently launched 29-storey Inya Wing. Luxurious and inviting, the rooms include the 50-sqm Prestige Suite (which is decked in soothing earth tones and plush cushions) and the Shin Sawbu Suite, a rustic space with wood finishes.

For the ultimate VIP treatment, pamper yourself with a stay in the Anawrahta Suite, which is perched on the top floor of the wing and comes with sweeping views of Inya Lake. The suite is a spacious 197-sqm and has three rooms including a private lounge and open kitchen. Guests can enjoy personal butler service too.

Sedona Hotel Yangon, No. 1 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Yankin Township, Yangon, Myanmar, +95 1 860 5377,