Viceroy Palm Jumeirah
Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah islands have been an icon since they opened up more than 10 years ago, but it seems they are not quite finished. With a beach club, 100-metre pool, children’s clubs and water sports, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai will be the latest five-star entrant to the archipelago and the brand’s first venture into the emirate, following the Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi, once opened at the latter end of March. With 477 keys and views of both Dubai Marina and the Gulf, the hotel has already bagged a bunch of architectural accolades before even opening, owing to a striking design.
The hotel also has 221 private Viceroy Residences, located in the identical wings and both sides of the main hotel building. The two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments include four spectacular, elegantly appointed penthouses, landscaped gardens, roof terraces, swimming pools and outdoor Jacuzzis. The hotel is also rumoured to be hosting the press conference for the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Khan boxing match in April. It’s fair to say the hotel will be a knockout.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Qung Nam, Vietnam
It’s family first at Four Seasons’ latest Far Eastern jewel where a total of eight newly-configured Family Villas now feature a kids’ room stocked with board games and special surprises just for children, with a sofa bed, desk, TV and gaming console, and their own private bathroom. There’s also the Chuon Kids Club, a stand-alone facility and the debut of the Four Seasons Kids for All Seasons programme in Vietnam, while there’s plenty to keep the adults entertained, with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby, world-class fine dining and the Nam Hai Vietnamese Cooking Academy, as well as unparalleled relaxation at The Heart of the Earth Spa. Until the end of March, guests can stay a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights, plus round-trip airport transfers, buffet breakfast and tapas at Beach Bar.
The St. Regis Changsha
The eighth St. Regis opening in Greater China is an indicator of the thirst for classic luxury in the Far East – with The St. Regis Shanghai Jing’an expected to debut later in the year. The new 188-room Hunan hotel sits at the lower reaches of the Xiang River, renowned for its historic bronzeware, pottery and porcelain and an exceptionally well-preserved 2,100-year-old female mummy at the nearby Hunan Provincial Museum – not to mention other ancient artifacts, archaeological finds, and the Han Dynasty tomb collection at Mawangdui. “We are thrilled to bring the iconic St. Regis experience to this important, historic destination which has seen tremendous growth in the tourism sector,” said GM Fiona Hagan, who describes the opening as “elevating the local hospitality landscape to new heights.”
Kokomo Island Fiji
Kadavu Islands, Fiji
According to The Beach Boys, Kokomo is just “off the Florida Keys”, but Brian Wilson’s imagination far exceeds his grasp of geography. This private island sits on the edge of the Kadavu Group of islands; a veritable paradise encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef, just a 25-minutes flight south from Suva Nausori Airport on mainland Fiji. The resort is an idyll for those in search of either sheer relaxation or an action-filled escape with a range of facilities and activities; from tennis and spa treatments to cycling and private island excursions. Beyond the 140-acre resort, the peaks and forests of Kokomo are also primed and ready to be explored. Your concierge will be on hand to help you navigate the island and its plethora of pathways, where you can roam around under the vast rainforest canopy or break through to the hilly summits.