Alila Fort Bishangarh – Jaipur, India
The Alila Group is known for their unique properties that integrate seamlessly into their natural and cultural environments, and Fort Bishangarh is no exception. This stunning luxury hotel is housed in a 230-year-old fort perched on a granite hilltop overlooking the rustic Rajasthan landscape. Alila spent seven years restoring the fort and took great care to retain as many of the original walls, turrets and arched windows as possible and to use local materials to design the 59 suites, restaurants and lounges. They also built a serene spa in the former dungeon, a tranquil library carved out of stone, and a stunning swimming pool surrounded by outdoor courtyards.
Amanyangyun – Shanghai, China
As far as incredible stories go, Amanyangyun Shanghai beats them all. The seeds for the project were planted when businessman Ma Dadong found out that an ancient forest with historic dwellings was going to be flooded in his home province of Jiangxi. Together with the Aman Group, he arranged for the Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and sacred camphor trees to be transported to Minhang District of Shanghai where they were painstakingly restored and planted. The Amanyangyun luxury resort now consists of villas set in these antique homes, as well as new villas, six restaurants and a spa, all surrounded by the camphor trees and ornamental lakes.
Bawah Private Island – Anambas Archipelago, Indonesia
If playing Robinson Crusoe is your idea of an amazing holiday, than Bawah Private Island is your kind of place. The resort is located in the Anambas Archipelago, just a short ferry trip and seaplane ride from Singapore, and it consists of 35 safari-tented villas spread out over six islands with spectacular white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush jungles. The area is also a marine conservation site, so the waters are teeming with life, and the resort aims to be sustainable by only allowing 70 guests at a time and using renewable energy sources.
Hoshinoya Bali – Bali, Indonesia
Japanese and Balinese aesthetics merge at Hoshinoya Bali, a sublime property set in the lush Pakerisan River Valley just outside of Ubud. Each of the villas was built by local craftsmen who added unique touches like intricate wood carvings, tatami mats and traditional Balinese doorways that lead out to a semi-private pool separated from the neighbouring villas by water gardens. Guests can dine on Japanese and Indonesian fare at one of the many breezy gazebos scattered throughout the grounds or at the main restaurant housed in a dramatic wooden structure jutting out over the jungle.
The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia
Set between a centuries-old rainforest and a crescent-shaped white sand beach lapped by the Andaman Sea, the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi boasts 90 beautiful guest rooms and 29 private pool villas, each designed with local Malaysian architecture and artworks. There are also three gorgeous restaurants overlooking either the jungle or the sea, two beachfront bars, a cocoon-shaped spa perched over the ocean, and a resident naturalist who takes guests on nature walks to teach them about the local geology, flora and fauna.
Rosewood Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang, Laos
Get in a spot of glamping at the brand new Rosewood Luang Prabang, a collection of luxury tents and villas in a serene forest setting just 10 minutes outside the UNESCO World Heritage designated city of Luang Prabang. Here the tents and villas are bordered by rivers and streams, and they boast unique features like open-air showers, roomy living and dining areas, private pools and wrap-around decks. Also on site is a restaurant serving fine French and Laotian cuisine, a spa, and a hospitality school for local students.
Six Senses Bhutan – Various Locations, Bhutan
Talk about ambitious—the Six Senses’ new project in Bhutan is actually five different resorts spread out over five different locations, each with its own theme that pays homage to the culture and landscape of Bhutan. The properties include a modern resort in the capital of Thimphu, a minimalist farmhouse in Punakha, a chalet with a custom-built bird-watching bridge in Gangtey, a timber lodge in a forest in Bumthang, and a rustic resort set amid the old stone ruins of Paro. Although not open to the public yet, all five properties are slated to be open in early 2018.
The Warehouse Hotel – Singapore
If you’re looking for a chic place to set up out-of-town guests or a cool spot for a staycation, The Warehouse Hotel is a good bet. Set on the banks of the Singapore River, the original warehouse was built in 1895 and has been meticulously restored and transformed into a collection of contemporary rooms. You can choose between a range of sleeping options like two-level suites, river view rooms and spacious lofts, and each offers unique touches like Bluetooth speakers and custom designed fabrics. There is also a rooftop infinity pool and the restaurant Po, which serves elevated Mod-Sin cuisine.