Discovering a new (or old) city is always enjoyable, but it’s also nice to be able to come back to a place that’s equally cool and inviting. Thankfully we live in a region where hotels are not just places to stay, but places to explore. The options around are extensive and many of them are cool, design-oriented and chic in their own right.
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While it might be a bit tough to book a holiday now (plus, it’s so expensive now!), here are the eight hotels we’re most looking forward to checking out in the new year.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
Newly-opened in one of the most happening areas of Bali, the new Hotel Indigo Bali is all about mixing a cool, chic vibe with the already bustling area that it sits in. The funky accommodation ranges from standard rooms to posh 2-room villas, perfect for a group of friends travelling together!
W Shanghai - The Bund
It makes sense that the super cool W Hotels would open in the equally cool city of Shanghai. Offering classic views of Pudong, the new hotel is all funky-chic with a gorgeous outdoor pool that shows off the view, as well as an AWAY Spa.
Renaissance Pattaya Resort and Spa
Pattaya’s not the first place you think about when you think “Thai getaway,” but it’s proximity to Bangkok makes it a good option. Either hit up it’s beach or relax in one of two outdoor swimming pools (there’s a separate one for kids!). There’s plenty of dining and drinking options and you can even head to their spa if you’re feeling rich.
Moxy Osaka Hommachi
Japan’s vibrant city of Osaka is a must-visit and its newest hotel opening is a destination unto itself. Moxy Osaka Hommachi is designed to be all chill compared to the city around it, where you can relax and play a game of foosball or enjoy a cocktail using unique Japanese ingredients. There’s free-flow snacks on offer and each room offers a super comfy bed and flat-screen TVs.
Le Meridien Seoul
Get closer to your favourite Kpop stars at the new Le Meridien Seoul, situated in the Gangnam district. The hotel mixes modern design with traditional Korean styles in a distinctively creative and chic manner. The rooms are all a calming green, blue and lavender with leather screens featuring the Korean pojagi pattern, giving it a vintage feel but with all the modern elements.
Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
A great way to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline, the new Kerry Hotel Hong Kong sits in Hung Hom Harbour, letting you discover a side of Kowloon that isn’t often explored. Even then, it’s easy to access Hong Kong’s more famous landmarks by public transport or on foot. 65 percent of the rooms offer harbour views, so make sure to request one when you book.
Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives
Just 20 minutes away from the main airport on Male, Grand Park Kodhipparu in the Maldives in one of the newest hotels in the archipelago and run by Singapore company Park Hotel Group. It features 120 beachfront and overwater villas including 65 with their own private pools. There are three dining outlets as well as a spa and fully-equipped dive centre and beach club. The hotel is designed to be a modern tropical paradise, with lots of raw wood and warm hues as well as state-of-the-art amenities, don’t forget to check them out while you explore the ocean around you.
Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hasyim
With a flourishing food and bar scene, Jakarta could be your new weekend getaway destination, and Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hasyim provides the perfect place to stay with 180 rooms that blend local flavour with modern design. More than just a place to stay, the hotel’s public spaces will be lots of fun, with the WXYZ Bar and re: mix Lounge where live music is played and refreshing locally-inspired cocktails are served. The hotel’s restaurant Nook will serve up authentic Indonesian favourites, while Re:fuel provides 24/7 grab-and-go light meals and snacks, perfect to take with you sightseeing.