1. Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
Bình Đnh, Vietnam
Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, known for its impossibly wide beaches and emerald waters, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas – a brand new all-villa resort redefines a luxurious beachside holiday with private pools, in-room butler services and unique spa offerings plus a range of indigenous guest experiences that showcase this lesser known corner of Vietnam.
With a focus on a personalised experience, guests are treated to in-room butler services and a range of customisable luxury amenities, such as room scents ranging from exotic lemongrass to refreshing green tea, the Anantara signature soap collection and in-villa wine cellar stocked with fine vintages and deli goodies.
2. Alila Villas Koh Russey
Ong Village Prey Nup District, Cambodia
Alila’s first resort in Cambodia shares the group’s philosophy of innovative design, personalised service and unique guest experiences that has made its hotels – including Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Seminyak, Alila Yangshuo and Alila Fort Bishangarh – instant successes. Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to serve up pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, copper-sand beaches and tropical forests.
The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort has a strong Khmer influence, according to master architect Chioh-Hui Goh, of Singaporean firm Studiogoto, “Like the relevance of the Krama (a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life) to the Cambodian people, it has inspired much of the geometry in our design concept, in fusing the architecture, landscaping and interior works with the destination while paying tribute to the local artisans.”
3. Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Saraya Aqaba Al-Hashemi St., Jordan
The new Al Manara, A Luxury Collection Hotel is inspired by age-old Middle Eastern tales, embodying sophisticated luxury and a rich heritage. Nestled between Aqaba’s rose-red mountains and overlooking the pristine Gulf of Aqaba, the hotel’s unmistakable architecture features arabesque motifs, invoking the unique and colossal beauty of the country.
Samuel Creations/MMac Associates echoed the strong Arabian influence of the architecture when designing the hotel’s interiors, in particular the manor house. Each of the 207 rooms at Al Manara, including 43 suites and two villas, feature inviting balconies and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Red Sea and striking mountain ranges.
4. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi
Kudadoo Island, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
Embracing all hallmarks of exclusivity and intimacy, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi is the next big thing in terms of Indian Ocean escapism. Set on a three-hectare private coral island, the resort radiates an enchanting blend of astounding natural beauty and effortless luxury at every turn.
Kudadoo is destined to impress even the most discerning traveller, offering the epitome of luxury on a small slice of paradise where anything is available – at anytime and anywhere.
The immaculate Indian Ocean resort is due to open in December and will be an adults-only destination, welcoming guests above the age of 15. When it comes to exclusive-use private hire, however, the resort’s age policy need not apply.
5. JOALI Maldives
Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives
Located in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, Joali Maldives is the latest debutant on the archipelago nation’s packed luxury resort scene. Teeming with life and lined with blissful lagoons, there’s a heavy emphasis on art, thanks to the craftsmanship of design studio, Autoban, architecture and design studio, Atolye4n, and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt – all responsible for the design and architectural ingenuity throughout the 24-acre resort.
Guests are welcomed through a traditional Maldivian entrance featuring artisan wood, while the spirit of the property is encompassed by natural, subtle colours and smooth transitions that blend with the island’s spirit and culture. Standout accommodations include the Three Bedroom Ocean Residence where guests can expect over 4,000 square feet of lavish living space across three bedrooms, three dressing rooms featuring two walk-in closets each and two living rooms. VIP guests also have 24-hour access to a personal butler and valet service, buggy and personal driver.
6. Rixos Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
In terms of luxury hospitality Abu Dhabi has it all – but it didn’t have a spectacular all-inclusive resort destination until Rixos Saadiyat Island opened its doors last month. Styled to evoke the Ottoman Palaces of old, the fully integrated escape comprises 366 pristine rooms and suites, with 12 three- and four-bedroom villas, each boasting either shared or private pools, granting direct access to the beach and the services of a dedicated butler.
Without even leaving the resort you can discover the natural ecosystem of Saadiyat Island, with unique marine life, and families will be giddy with options, given that the island is replete with fun for all the family, offering a range of theme parks, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. Following the opening of Rixos Saadiyat Island, the Turkish-grown hospitality brand now has four hotels in the UAE; Rixos Premium Dubai, Rixos The Palm Dubai and Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah.