Plan Your Escape to the Hottest New Hotels in Asia and AustraliaBy Dana Ter
With a new season comes a renewed sense of wanderlust, and the veteran traveler understands that the hotel is just as important as the location. These new hotels in Asia and Australia are all about immersive experiences that also deliver luxury in spades.
As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.
The Stylish Thai Beach Retreat
With steep roofs mirrored in the waters of Southeast Asia’s longest lagoon pool, plus elegant rooms and suites decked out with dark wood furnishings, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites is a hymn to traditional Thai architecture.
The resort overlooks the pristine sands of Khao Lak Beach, and 11 restaurants and bars, an aqua-playground with wave pool, as well as a full-service spa are the icing on this enchanting cake.
The Australian Waterfront Queen in Magical Melbourne
Industrial-chic meets cutting-edge style in the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, the first five-star hotel in the city’s hip Docklands waterfront dining and entertainment district.
Apart from the striking curvaceous facade with semicircular rooftop infinity pool, you’ll find that Archer’s, a sophisticated dining space offering Australian fare, along with ritzy lobby bar Ada’s cocktail menu, are two more reasons to linger here.
The Heavenly Spa Haven on the Island of the Gods
Tumbling down a lush hillside in the luxury enclave of Nusa Dua, Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort‘s four pools — which include a jungle pool with cascading waterfall — allow swimmers to gaze out over the warm shallow waters and silk-soft sands of some of Bali’s best beaches.
Away from the water, heavenly highlights include spa treatments inspired by the art of Balinese healing and six restaurants offering decadent meals.
W Osaka, Japan
A tall fortress punctuated by a bejeweled letter W sculpture in its foreground, W Osaka is unmistakable and a distinct addition to the city skyline.
While the facade is monochrome, the interior is color-splashed in typical W style with references to Japanese culture, including an origami-inspired tunnel and a reinterpretation of kokeshi dolls on the third-floor lobby.
Osaka’s characterful streetscapes inspire the 337 rooms and suites, which are also decked with artwork from pixel art group, eBoy.
Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, Australia
Melbourne’s hip harborside area will have a remarkable new addition, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands. The 8-story waterfront property takes design cues from the gentle curvature of yachts, and art installations throughout the hotel capture Melbourne’s artsy spirit.
Rounding it off is a half-circle rooftop infinity pool with 180-degree views of the CBD and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank
The design-focused AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank welcomes guests to squeeze in a workout at the AC Fitness Center, take a dip in the infinity pool while sipping expertly crafted cocktails from Bar de Buceo before gearing up for an evening in the Southbank neighborhood.