Five of the best new hotels

By Natasha Dragun

Five of the best new hotels

The world’s newest hotels range from a castle in China to a luxe retreat in Mozambique.

Aman Tokyo

Amanresorts’ first city property, Aman Tokyo, occupies the top six floors of the recently built Otemachi Tower. The 84 rooms and suites ring a peaceful inner courtyard and offer stunning city views over the Imperial Palace Gardens. Kerry Hill returned to the brand to design the accommodations and blends Japanese traditions with contemporary flair – camphor wood, washi paper and stone are used throughout, and in-room niceties include furo (deep soaking tubs). The soaring lobby was designed to resemble a paper lantern, illuminated by sunlight during the day and light installations come evening. A spa, cigar lounge and library round out the offerings.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique

Located on a private island in the jewel-like Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique, the newest Anantara resort offers 12 thatched-roof villas, each with private plunge pools only steps from the sand. Needless to say, hammocks are de rigueur and are the ideal place to while away an evening after a day of snorkelling or diving – some of the best in the world thanks to unexplored coral reefs home to an astounding diversity of marine species. Back on dry land, the resort’s spa welcomes weary guests with treatments such as the Glacial Marble Massage, combining the wellness properties of cooling stones with indigenous massage techniques.

Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Christchurch’s city centre continues to rebuild and evolve apace, with the latest addition to the dynamic destination a 25-room boutique lodging. All accommodations feature complimentary wi-fi and striking modern artworks, with private balconies overlooking large grass lawns – cocktails and croquet, anyone? The hotel’s Polo Bar, meanwhile, is inspired by the polo teams of Argentina, with the menu listing South American favourites such as ceviche, escabeche (a type of poached or fried fish) and empanadas. Or, dine alfresco by outdoor fires and enjoy platters of Argentinian meats, cooked over coals.

Castle Hotel, Dalian

It may look like it has been plucked from a fairytale, but this opulent, Bavarian-style hotel is in fact the newest property in Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio, located in Dalian in northeast China. Overlooking Xinghai Bay and the Yellow Sea from its landmark location on Lianhua Mountain, the property is just steps from Xinghai Square – the largest of its kind in Asia. Despite its sprawling grounds, the hotel is a petite 292-room, 29-suite offering. Needless to say, no expense has been spared inside, with plenty of marble and gilding throughout; British-inspired afternoon tea available daily; and cognac, whiskey and cigars poured in crystal at the Aristocrat lounge. Other restaurants are focused on Cantonese and seafood, while the Royal Cellar celebrates the hotel’s Bavarian style with a hearty German menu and a micro-brewery.

Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong

Hong Kong has its fair share of trendsetting hotels, but the newest Ovolo property stands out for its artful design and plentiful perks – think free breakfast, laundry, wi-fi, shuttle bus, drinks at happy hour, and minibar snacks. Rooms suit every budget, from the tastefully decorated mini-twins up to the spacious Long Loft, with its stunning city views. Regardless of which room you check in to you can be guaranteed plush bed with feather duvet, interactive 3D Apple TVs, rain showers and Malin+Goetz amenities. Head to the rooftop bar, Above, for creative cocktails and views over leafy Shouson Hill in Aberdeen.


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