New Resort in the Maldivian Archipelago

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands in the Maldives. It is located on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll, an area that is famous for its untouched white-sand beaches and brilliant azure waters teeming with marine life. Featuring stunning minimalist architecture, the resort invites guests to embrace the beru, or circle of island life.

Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International said “Following much anticipation surrounding its debut, we are thrilled to finally open The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, and set a new standard for luxury hospitality in the Maldives, an internationally desired destination”. “This latest addition perfectly complements the Marriott International luxury portfolio, as we continually strive to meet the increasing demand for luxury offerings and experiences from affluent international travelers. This is an extremely monumental day for us and is set to renew confidence in international travel.”

It is easily accessible via a scenic ten-minute seaplane ride, or a 45-minute luxury boat ride from Velana International Airport, and part of the picturesque Fari Marina with its vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and tempting eateries forming the archipelago’s communal heart. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is the perfect solution for families seeking a holiday of discovery or exploration for the whole family.

Elemental Design Born from the Sun and the Sea 

Designed by the multi-award winning Kerry Hill Architects, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is inspired by its natural surroundings, including the elements of swirling water and ocean breezes, which are incorporated into a design narrative that is rooted in the shape of a circle that also represents the flow of island life. The resort features 100 luxurious one- to three-bedroom villas, either set over crystal clear waters, or nestled along pristine beach coves, each offering spacious living spaces that blur the line between indoors and outdoors with panoramic sliding doors, a sun deck with a private infinity pool and breathtaking views. The resort’s minimalist design is respectful of its visual impact on the environment and draws much of its natural surroundings into the guest experience. As part of the legendary, highly personalized service of The Ritz-Carlton, and inspired by the ancient royal customs of the Maldivian royal courts, each room is assigned an ‘Aris Meeha‘ or island butler to fulfil a guest’s every wish.  

Distinct Dining Delivers the Best in Beachfront Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, with seven distinct culinary venues, strikes the perfect balance between high-end dining, beachfront luxury, and wellness-centered menus. Within a beautiful lantern-inspired overwater space, Summer Pavilion takes inspiration from The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant, showcasing contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Iwau, or ‘celebrate’ in Japanese, is an open-air restaurant with two teppanyaki grills for a multi-sensory dining experience. La Locanda serves rich espressos in the morning, while aperitifs in the setting sun preludes an evening of delightful southern Italian cuisine. The family-friendly Beach Shack is inspired by the carefree spirit and relaxed cuisines of the Mediterranean, featuring shared plates and grilled seafoods. Eau Bar welcomes guests to a laid-back glamourous setting, where guests can indulge in fresh oysters and caviar while sipping on tableside crafted cocktails, while afternoon tea gets a Maldivian twist and sunset is celebrated each evening with a captivating drums and fire ritual.

Two of the resort’s venues are located at Fari Marina, a pleasant eight-minute journey in a dhoni, a traditional wooden fishing boat, from the resort island to Fari Marina Village. Arabesque is an eye-catching tribute to a traditional Bedouin tent, inviting diners on a culinary journey from Lebanon to North India. Tum Tum is a food truck serving light Asian delights; the perfect welcome stop in the middle of a day of shopping and exploration.

Culturally Immersive Activities Inspire Wonder and Discovery

At the resort, guests can immerse themselves in the Maldivian island life and culture, with exciting adventures with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program. Activated for the first time in Asia-Pacific, this unique brand program inspires guests to connect with nature and ocean life, and to safeguard it for future generations.

The resort’s Ritz Kids program offers a total of 30 activities aimed at inspiring wonder and discovery, including a signature Ritz Kids treasure hunt, as well as a fun program for teens that includes lessons with expert drone cinematographers. The resort also caters to all levels of scuba enthusiasts and snorkelers with a dedicated dive center in partnership with Dive Butler International. Guests can also choose leisurely cruises on traditional dhonis for a chance to encounter dolphins, or swim with turtles and manta rays.

Along with curated fitness retreats, the resort features a comprehensive tennis program with coaching, as well as visiting professionals and in-resort tournaments. Guests looking to find their rhythm can take part in a boduberu drumming class, the heart of traditional Maldivian music and an integral part of island culture. By a campfire at the Beach Shack, the resort’s resident expert on the sea, or Moodhu Edhuru, evokes ancient traditions with traditional tales of life on the Maldivian archipelagos.

Natural-Sourced Serenity and Relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton Spa

For a complete luxury wellness experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, in partnership with renowned sustainable and holistic wellness brand Bamford, is a sanctuary of tranquil relaxation over the turquoise lagoon. The iconic spa offers nine treatment rooms including a spa suite with its own relaxation lounge, a salon and a boutique. Cardinal directions of each treatment room exude powerful energy, and a menu of bespoke spa treatments and healing massages also features a botanical and artisanal body and skincare collection by Bamford.

Accoding to Jennie Toh, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, “The Ritz-Carlton brand creates exceptional experiences inspired by the surrounding locales, with encounters that leave lasting impressions and meaningful memories,” “Through the impeccable hospitality of our Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, we look forward to sharing the breathtaking beauty of the Maldivian archipelago, and providing enriching experiences that truly embraces the local culture and traditions with all our guests.”

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and reservations inquiries, you can visit www.ritzcarlton.com/Maldives.

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These are the new luxury hotels opening in Asia in 2023

The year 2023 has a lot to offer when it comes to international travel. And with various countries finally opening up after the pandemic years, this is an excellent opportunity for travellers to explore new destinations in Asia. This also seems like a suitable time for travellers to live at some of the best accommodations, as the hospitality industry is gearing up to launch new hotels in Asia.
According to the travel services company Trip.com, Southeast Asia has become the world’s #1 travel hub and its most sought-after destinations include Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia, along with Macao and Hong Kong.
The company also noted that travellers will plan in advance and not shuttle spontaneously, focusing more on luxury travel. A report by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) confirmed this trend and claimed that this decade in particular would be phenomenal for the travel sector in China with the country’s new investment in hotels, transport and infrastructure.
So, travellers, the world is your oyster, and it is time to start planning for the next luxury vacation. From the pristine beaches of Maldives and watching golden sunsets in Thailand to exploring the unique terrains of the Himalayas, here are some exciting new property launches that would guarantee you the best of the luxe experiences combined with nature’s mystique. Additionally, the spectacular architectural scapes and state-of-the-art amenities offered by these hotels would leave you not just rejuvenated but inspired at the end of your vacation.
Here are some of the new hotels opening in Asia in 2023
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Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, Thailand

One of the most prominent features of this luxury hotel is that although it is a tranquil oceanfront sanctuary on Tawanron Beach, also called Sunset Beach, it is only a 90-minute drive from Bangkok. Accessible yet cut off from the humdrum of city life, this leisure luxury lifestyle hotel is spread across 6.4 hectares and is a part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor development.
The resort is perfect for a family to unwind, as it boasts some authentic dining experiences like a traditional Thai village square, a unique feature of Thai culture combining three restaurants, three magnificent swimming pools, beautiful sunset views from spacious balconies in each villa and proximity to the best tourist experiences that the area of Na Jomtien can offer.
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Address
345, Moo 3 Na Jomtien Sub-District, Pattaya City, Sattahip District, Chon Buri, Thailand
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Artyzen New Bund 31 Shanghai, China

One of the most anticipated hotel launches in the luxury space in 2023, Artyzen New Bund 31 is a luxury hotel that has been designed by the prestigious and award-winning Neri&Hu Design and Research Office in the city. It is touted to be a modern architectural classic with a unique blend of Shanghainese art and culture. Its amenities include 202 guestrooms, restaurants, al fresco bars and outdoor spaces.
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Artyzen, Singapore

Expected to be one of the best hotels in Singapore, Artyzen is right in the heart of the city on the famed Orange Grove Road at Orchard Road District. The property has direct access to city landmarks like National Gallery Singapore, National Orchid Garden, the Singapore River and Sentosa Island.
Artyzen is slated to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2023 after another famous property Hilton Singapore Orchard opened its doors the previous year in the same area. The main attraction of this hotel is its design which is conceptualised by the prestigious firm ONG&ONG Pte Ltd and interior architecture studio Nic Graham + Associates.
The experts have developed a unique concept of a roof garden, outdoor pool and a bar. The 25-metre cantilevered infinity pool will be developed on a lush green botanical patch. There will be a special sunken lounge which offers guests a chance to unwind over drinks.
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Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo, Japan

Glitzy, uber stylish and ultra-modern — Bvlgari Hotel is set to be the crowning jewel of Tokyo. This luxe property will occupy the top seven floors — 39th to 45th — of a brand-new skyscraper planned for construction in the Yaesu 2-Chome North District. Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel has carefully designed every nook and cranny of this property, aiming to give its guests breathtaking views of the city skyline.
The property’s key features include a 25-meter-long indoor pool, opulent fireplace lounges, ristorantes, boutiques and signature bars. The hotel has 98 guest rooms and an extravagant Bulgari suite along with other luxury suites.
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Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou, China

This ambitious project by the Four Seasons hotel chain is slated to open in the latter half of 2023. Situated on the nine hectares on the private island in the heart of Jinji Lake, signature amenities of this property include a luxurious spa, spacious gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a kids’ club, a fitness center and a jogging track with a breathtaking view encircling the isle. The 200 rooms include luxury suites and villas. There is a high-end Chinese resto-bar planned with a view, of course!
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Cap Karoso, Indonesia

This one is for all the nature lovers out there. Unique eco-friendly design by GFAB Architects and harmonious integration of local Sumba culture is the highlight of this quaint property located around 60 minutes by air from Bali. Along with 47 rooms, Cap Karoso also has 20 villas that feature designs heavily inspired by the local indigenous community.
One of the important hotel features is that the property will run 50 percent on solar energy and have a farm-to-table approach where guests can try Sumbanese cuisine, authentically made by the locals from the neighbouring farms. You will also be invited to partake in spiritual excursions if interested.
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Address
Pantai Karoso, Ate Dalo, Sumba Barat Daya, Sumba, Indonesia
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Innit Lombok, Indonesia

Located on a 250-metre stretch of a private beach on the private island of Ekas Bay, this property will be ideal for everyone who can’t get enough of the magic of the sun, the sea and the surf. The salient feature of this property is that its unique design will serve as a bridge between two hills overlooking an ocean.
The property will have seven beach houses, 26 villas with an ocean view and 27 residences on a hilltop. Architects Andra Martin and Gregorius Supie Yolodi have aimed at creating a natural space complete with open living rooms on the sand to give the most beach-like feel to its guests.
They have a farm-to-table facility where guests can take cooking classes too. Additionally, one can enjoy movies at an outdoor cinema or lounge on seating made with custom-made rattan furnishings.
Image credit: Innit Lombok, Indonesia

Address
Pemongkong, Jerowaru, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

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Six Senses Kanuhura Resort, Maldives

A family wellness resort, Six Senses Kanuhura is perfect for families who want to explore the captivating underwater sea world at the secluded islands of Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. Villas built over the pristine azure ocean will present an opportunity for guests to indulge in some underwater activities or visit herb gardens and tropical gardens, and be one with nature.
It is expected to open in summer 2023.
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Address
Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
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Janu, Tokyo

Janu in Tokyo is from the luxury brand Aman Residences and is marketed as one of the masterpieces in modern architecture and urban development. It is part of the Toranomon-Azabudai project and is slated to be one of the biggest landmarks in the city line. It is scheduled to open by the end of this year and is being designed by Denniston, under the renowned Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy. The hotel will boast 120 rooms and suites and its highlight is the super indulgent 3,500-metre-long Janu Spa apart from its six world-class dining options and bars.
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Regent, Hong Kong

The skyline of Hong Kong is getting a brand new appeal as the Regent is set to open in the first quarter of 2023. Celebrated Hong Kong architect Chi Wing Lo is the mastermind behind this project comprising 497 rooms and 85 suites. This opulent hotel will house Michelin-star restaurant Yan Toh Heen along with other famous fine-dining options like Steak House and NOBU Regent Hong Kong. Another attraction is the unique and opulent infinity spa pool concept. 
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Address
18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Westin Rishikesh Resort & Spa: Rishikesh, India (bonus mention)

Two words that come to mind when one talks about this property — the Himalayas and yoga.
The newly opened hotel, Westin in Rishikesh encapsulates this mood of the place and plans to elevate it to another level. UCO studio, which is the architectural firm in charge of this hotel, promises to make it a spiritual haven for its guests from all over the globe. For authenticity, they have used rocks from the beds of River Ganga, which flows through Rishikesh, and have collaborated with local artisans for beautifully carved-out screens featuring jali work.
You don’t have to forgo worldly pleasures just because you are at a spiritual retreat, as there is an infinity rooftop pool, yoga studio and wellness centre and a luxurious spa to indulge and soothe your senses.
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Address
Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India
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