These are the best new luxury hotels in 2018
MANY destinations worldwide see the opening of new hotels annually, from the cozy three-star establishments to stylish boutique hotels, to the more lavish extensions of world-renowned hotel chain brands.
2018 was an exciting year as it welcomed more than 100 hotel openings, a nod to the sizzling hotel market, including top-tier luxury brands in the urban centers and sprawling resorts on pristine white sand beaches.
Travelers were treated to a handful of highly anticipated, spectacular properties boasting new designs, one-of-a-kind settings, historic renovations, up-to-date innovations, and impeccable service, sure to create memorable experiences.
During the past year, Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), an organization that provides digital reports for travel, research the latest properties to get an inside scoop on global luxury hotel openings.
LTI visited and evaluated 42 new hotels to come up with a list of exceptional properties.
Fancy indulging in a luxurious hotel stay somewhere in Asia? Here is LTI’s list of 10 best new luxury hotels in 2018, of which seven are located in the region:
Located atop a Maldivian aquamarine lagoon is Kudadoo Private Island, Kudadoo Private Island is an exclusive five-star deluxe resort comprising of just 15 expansive, over water Ocean Residences with 44 square meter terrace pools.
Designed by renowned architect Yuji Yamasaki, Kudadoo offers unlimited private dining, incredible spa treatments, water sports and adventures, private yoga and meditation, unlimited private excursions, and personal butlers available 24 hours a day.
With 73 private beach and water villas and residences offering expansive views of the turquoise-hued blue ocean and deep green flora and fauna surrounding the Muravandhoo island in the northern Maldives, Joali is a traveler’s dream come true.
The stunning resort, an epitome of sustainable glamour, offers everything from indulgent treatments to experiential dining choices, to snorkeling with manta rays and even an art and sculpture tour of the island in a scavenger hunt.
Utterly extraordinary from top to toe, the new Amanyangyun hotel is the culmination of architectural and ecological conservation, built out of Ming and Qing-dynasty village houses and surrounded by trees that are a century old.
Each beautiful suite and villa is light-filled with forest views, with minimalistic interiors that have been meticulously finished in wood, stone, and bamboo to create peaceful, refined spaces.
Set along 1.5 kilometers of river and waterfalls, Shinta Mani Wild is a remote and radical new concept for a luxury camp experience located in a wildlife reserve in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains.
Proudly perched over swift-moving waters and waterfalls are 15 custom-designed 100 square meter tents which provide a view and experience unlike any other resort in Asia.
Situated at one of the best-rated locations in Kendwa, a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, is the exciting and surprisingly affordable luxe beach resort Zuri Zanzibar which boasts 55 bungalows, suites, and villas overlooking the beach and the mesmerizing azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
Zuri Zanzibar’s magnificent natural setting provides the ideal backdrop to an exceptional dining experience, whether on the beach, at the swimming pool, at one of its beachfront restaurants, or in the privacy of your own accommodation – perfect for a romantic couples’ getaway.
An all-suite hotel designed for guests to reconnect with the beauty of nature on Mexico’s crystalline Caribbean coast, Chablé Maroma offers the perfect place to unwind while being surrounded by water, sun, and sand.
The suites feature private pools, outdoor living areas, terraces, sumptuous linens, and exclusive amenities, just the cherry on top of everything else that the resort boasts such as its world-class dining options and its lush, 17,000 square foot spa.
At first glance, the elegant and serene Rosewood Luang Prabang looks like it has been shrouded in ancient mystery as it is surrounded by the virgin rainforests of Laos in Southeast Asia.
Each riverside French colonial-style permanent tent and room come with WiFi access, minibars, Nespresso machines, and patios, and beyond those are a spa offering a range of unforgettable Laotian therapies and a natural pool with a gently cascading waterfall.
Explore the hidden paradise of Bali, Indonesia at Capella Ubud, a 22-tented retreat nestled at the heart of lush green forests, sitting in perfect harmony with the surrounding unspoiled nature.
Each tent, which has been furnished with eclectic Balinese-style design with arts and antiques, is accessed by its own mini suspension bridge and has its own generous seating area, saltwater pool, and private deck.
Set in Champillon and surrounded by the Champagne vineyards, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is housed in a former coaching inn dating back from the 19th century.
Privileged guests can enjoy four corner rooms which give panoramic views and extra privacy, as well as an excellent gastronomic adventures at one of its many restaurants and an exceptional spa that overlooks the vines.
Sitting on Bali’s southern coast is COMO Uma Canggu, a luxury resort which offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the soft volcanic sand and rolling waves, and embodies the surf beach spirit.
COMO Uma Canggu offers 52 rooms and suites, 55 one- and two-bedroom residences, and the star of the show: 12 impressive three-bedroom duplex penthouses, each with its own rooftop pool and large deck, and the best ocean views.