After the United States and Europe, it’s Asia’s turn next. The world’s largest continent is no stranger to luxury or hotels. Its cultural leanings have, in fact, ensured hotel properties incorporate more than just the good ol’ luxe quotient. Take China for instance, where the greatest of luxuries come embedded in tradition. That may even be the case with the Middle East but blurring cultural boundaries with Europe, it perhaps deserves a separate list for its mention. For now, it’s the turn of other regions and their most anticipated resorts and hotels.
11) St. Regis, Chengdu- May 2014
We only just uttered China and first on our list turns out to be a Sichuan contender. Centrally positioned in Chengdu’s business district, St. Regis Chengdu is an iconic address in this ancient city. It’s the address where Remede bathroom amenities await you much as the legendary St. Regis Butler service. But most of all it’s the address within the new Chinese Estates Plaza, adjacent to a shopping podium of luxury boutiques and prestigious corporations, superb for leisure travellers as much as the business.
But besides that, the hotel poses as the epitome of uncompromising hospitality courtesy Iridium spa or bespoke oasis of pampering and elegant world-class dining experiences. The all day dining abode Social, signature restaurant Yan Ting, The Drawing Room and Decanter constitute the latter’s indulgent offerings.
The property’s 279 guest rooms and suites are meticulously ensconced in inimitable grace and style. Exquisite touches like the St. Regis signature bed with designer fittings further add comfort and convenience to the already luxurious ecosystem.
10) Hilton Zhengzhou- April 2014
Yet another contender, this time the capital of China’s Henan Province, Zhengzhou is a historically rich city that dates back to the 3,600-year old Shang Dynasty. Its latest luxurious addition, however, is yet to make history. Opening its doors this April on Zhengzhou’s main avenue, the new Hilton Zhengzhou hotel will be connected to the Manhattan Commercial Complex, providing exciting leisure options and to the explorer, easy access to old downtown Zhengzhou.
But besides that, it’ll tempt with its plethora of onsite options too. Featuring spacious, open-plan guest rooms and over 1,800 sq. m. of meeting space, including a pillar-less Grand Ballroom, it’ll also come with a luxury onsite Spa, complimentary 24-hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool with whirlpool.
Its surroundings include Shang City Ruins, prehistoric artifacts in Henan Museum and the picturesque Yellow River Scenic Area, home to lush flora, crystal clear pools and ancient statues.
9) Rosewood Beijing- Spring 2014
The first China property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts imbibes the chain’s much sought-after, ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy. Located in the central business Chaoyang District, it’ll reflect the location’s history, culture and sensibilities. From what we hear, the 22-story hotel will offer more landscaped outdoor space than any other Beijing luxury hotel, with terraces, gardens and balconies integrated into the design of many of the restaurants, spa and recreational facilities.
Coming to the rooms, their residential-style layouts and floor plans mean that guestrooms will evoke sensations of luxury apartment living and, at 538 square feet (50 square meters) they will be amongst the largest in the city.
Enhanced by window seats, natural finishes and textural overlays as well as spacious bathrooms and walk-in closets, the rooms will further possess non-traditional, residential components and accessories with subtle Oriental overtones, to complete their sophisticated yet homelike feel.