Private infinity pools, floor-to-ceiling windows and hypnotic ocean views are just a few of the luxe charms set to welcome guests to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first foray into Southeast Asia. Phuket’s idyllic Emerald Bay is the crown setting for this new gem; the 71 pavilions and villas are nestled gently into the tropical landscape, creating a tantalising ‘never-want-to-leave’ hotel vibe versus an abundance of authentic, immersive experiences within easy reach, should you be able to drag yourself away (think hidden shrines and Sino-Portugese architecture in Phuket Old Town, and luxury yachts to whisk you around nearby islands). The hotel’s integrated wellness concept blends alternative therapies and healing practices with fitness and lifestyle coaching; while a beachside infinity pool, poolside lounge and restaurant, Italian eatery with expansive bay views, and Rosewood Explorers kids program round out what’s set to be a new must-do in one of South East Asia’s hottest destinations.
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE
Yala, Sri Lanka
At the meeting point of the jungle at the Indian Ocean, this new Resplendent Ceylon destination – and Relais & Chateaux member – promises to be as exceptional as its sister-properties. Adjacent to Yala National Park, known for its dense leopard population, the luxury-tented camp has been meticulously designed to blend into the surrounding nature. Local, natural materials were used to make the 28 tents, called Cocoons and Urchins, while still boasting the ultimate in luxury with four-poster king-sized beds, freestanding handmade copper bathtubs, Sonos streaming audio and some with sparkling chandeliers and plunge pools. The Family Cocoon Suite even includes an adjacent Urchin with two twin beds, so kids and adults alike can enjoy a spot of privacy. Fantastic dining and wellness facilities round out Sri Lanka’s newest must-do retreat.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
This month sees the unveiling of Shangri-La’s second Sri Lankan property, with the Colombo outpost promising a new level of luxury hospitality – with a distinct local flavour. Shangri-La’s signature Asian elegance has a prime location on Galle Face Green promenade: with soothing, plush interiors rendered in tones echoing the ocean views boasted by many of the 500 rooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments; the divine CHI Spa; stellar conferences and events venues, and top-notch dining on offer. Local flavours are also given top billing: featuring the renowned Kaema Sutra restaurant, with celeb chef Dharshan Munidasa set to continue his commitment to celebrating Sri Lanka’s beautiful, spice-driven produce. A Sri Lankan-style bar will also showcase native fruits and spices from a mixology perspective; and guests will be greeted in the lobby by a life-sized sculpture of a baby elephant, hinting at the stunning nature that beckons beyond the city.
PARK HYATT ST. KITTS
St. Kitts, Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis
Set on Banana Bay, boasting the Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary, and The Fisherman’s Village offering ocean-to-table dining…The Park Hyatt’s arrival this month on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts sounds downright delicious, and that’s just an appetiser. The newcomer boasts 78 rooms and 48 suites, all nestled at the foot of beautifully lush, rolling hills. Décor is Caribbean chic-meets-colonial heritage, and is tastefully refined to let those stunning sea views take centre stage. Premium suites step it up a notch with private rooftop pools and sundecks; while the Presidential Villa comes with all the spoils, including butler, private chef, wellness area and infinity pool. Three signature restaurants cater to every taste – from family-friendly all day dining at The Great House (modelled in the style of a grand colonial home) to date nights at the adults-only, intimate setting of the Stone Barn… and the Rum Bar sounds like just the ticket after a day spent exploring the postcard-perfect surrounds, if you ask us.