To be completely honest, we’re not sure how travel is going to work out in 2021.

Will the vaccine allow us to travel freely to our favourite places around the world? Will the 14-day quarantine still be imposed? More importantly, do we have to continue wearing masks and subject our skin (and our beautiful faces) to even more maskne?

The answers to these questions will probably unfurl on their own in the latter part of this year, but we can’t help but dream of all the places we want to head to.

If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a list of the most stunning new hotels in Asia we can’t wait to escape to.

Japan: Higashiyama Niseko Village

If you’re looking to hit the slopes next winter, look no further than Higashiyama Niseko Village. Situated at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Higashiyama Niseko Village is the fifth Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan. The 50-room resort follows panoramic views of Mount Yotei and its neighbouring mountain range, and adventure seekers will be able to hit the slopes to their heart’s desire: guests have extensive access to more than 2000 acres of skiable terrain.

Japan: Roku Kyoto

Slated to open during the beautiful autumn season of 2021, Roku Kyoto will be situated along the tranquil foothills of Takagamine Sanzan mountain. Here, the promise of an escape awaits: think bespoke experiences, authentic local cuisine, and relaxing spa treatments coupled with natural hot springs.

China: Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou

The latest Dusit-branded property in China finds itself in the artistic Suzhou, amongst the foliage of Shushan Ecological Village. Here, the property features 175 rooms and signature villas that offer stunning views of the lake and garden landscape, complete with facilitates like aromatic and therapeutic hot springs, as well as the brand’s iconic deluxe Thai-inspired Devarana Spa. 

Cambodia: Koh Russey Villas & Resort

50 pavilions and 13 freshwater pool villas along a private beach await at Koh Russey Villas & Resort. Nestled on Cambodia’s remote Bamboo Island, the property is a short speedboat ride from the Khmer Riviera, surrounded by palm trees and bamboo groves. Here, stay in minimalist ‘cubes’ with outdoor baths or at four-bedroom beachfront villas, while spending your days in the spa and taking culinary trips to discover the renowned pepper plantations in Kampot.

Thailand: Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

If you’ve never made it a point to explore Langsuan, the untouched reserve of lush, tranquil greenery situated within Bangkok, a stay at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is a great excuse to do so. Besides relaxing in any one of the 362 stylish design-led rooms, guests can dine on four first-class restaurants and bars, CRAFT, Ms.Jigger, Bar.Yard and Stock.Room, all helmed by critically acclaimed chefs and bartenders.

(Hero and featured image credit: Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok )

Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.