Five of the most highly anticipated luxury hotels opening in 2018

Six Senses Bhutan is due to open August 2018. Source: Six Senses Bhutan

ASIA PACIFIC is going through a major tourism boom, coming in head and shoulders above other regions for visitor numbers. And it’s showing no sign of slowing down.

The boost in numbers certainly has its advantages as tourism providers are turning the eyes East to get a slice of the very lucrative pie. This is great news for us travelers as we enjoy the swathe of new hotels, resorts and attractions that are popping up across the region.

Hotel developers are racing to keep pace with the growing numbers of middle-class, upwardly mobile travellers in the region, meaning 2018 will see some of the most beautiful, unique and highly anticipated newcomers from some of the big global brands.

Here are just a few of the hotels that are going to change how you experience your favorite destinations in 2018:

Morpheus, Macau

Morpheus, City of Dreams, Macau. Source: Morpheus

As one of the last projects of the great Zaha Hadid, before she passed away in 2016, Morpheus is worth seeing just for the architecture alone.

This futuristic masterpiece with its exposed exoskeleton, makes a striking addition to Macau’s skyline. With two sky bridges, “sky villas” complete with private pool, award-winning restaurants and an infinity pool on the 40th floor, its likely to become a firm favorite with Macau regulars.

Amanyangyun, China

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We don’t think there’s a single other hotel in the world quite like Amanyangyun. This truly unique creation has been over 15 years in the making and saw the relocation of an entire forest and ancient village to their grounds.

The 10,000-tree camphor forest was moved tree by tree from over 700km in order to preserve it in the face of encroaching development. Along with the forest came Ming- and Qing-Dynasty structures that were re-erected just as they had been 600 years earlier.

Needless to say, this makes for an impressive and humbling hotel grounds.

Amanyangyun opened on Jan 8 and its located just outside of Shanghai.

Six Senses, Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan is due to open August 2018. Source: Six Senses Bhutan

Think less “hotel”, more experiential journey when it comes to Six Senses.

Rather than just one hotel, Six Senses is made up of five individual lodges spread out across the country’s Himalayan mountains.

Travelers are encouraged to stay a few nights in each destination – Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro – to soak up the diverse surrounds, architecture and local culture.

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

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At Shinta Mani Wild, you get the best of both worlds; a back-to-nature appreciation of the wilderness, with the luxury of a world-class hotel.

Set in the Cardomom National Park, this luxury camping experience is the first tented camp inside a dedicated wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. The thinking behind this new concept is to conserve and protect threatened habitats, while creating sustainable opportunities for the indigenous people who call the forests their home.

Located on the banks of a river, you’re never more than a few steps away from the water. And the open air feel of the “tents” make you feel at one with nature.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand

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Southeast Asia welcomes its first Waldorf Astoria, and it’s coming to Bangkok.

Located on the buzzing Ratchadamri Road, this classic hotel is in the heart of Bangkok making great for anyone wanting to soak in the city.

Waldorf’s latest offering comes complete with a rooftop restaurant, outdoor infinity pool, and a champagne bar.

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