Best Luxury Lodgings for 2023

by Anton D. Javier
05 Apr 2023

From Tokyo to Nepal, these are the new luxury properties around Asia worthy of being your home away from home on your next getaway.

To say that travel has returned is an understatement – it has flourished and has gotten travelers excited like never before. Ticket prices for flights that are higher than usual have not put people off at all. And on top of that, some are more open to staying at luxury properties as opposed to budget-friendly alternatives. For those who are planning for the rest of the year, here’s a selection of luxury properties around the region to consider, which are sure to fulfill all your travel fantasies.

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Tokyo, Japan

Aman’s sister brand, Janu, is poised to open its first hotel in Tokyo this autumn. Setting it apart is its spirited social scene, which is in stark contrast to Aman’s whisper-quiet seclusion. Once open, the hotel will boast 122 spacious guest rooms, a vibrant dining scene, one of the largest wellness facilities in the metropolis, and invigorating and restorative experiences that aim to rekindle the soul. Located at Azabudai Hills, Janu Tokyo is designed by Pelli Clarke & Partners, with interiors by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects. The rooms here feature floor-to-ceiling windows, where a majority feature private balconies that look out to a view of Tokyo Tower and its lush surroundings.

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Opened in December 2022, Miraaya Wellness & Golf Retreat is Nepal’s first boutique golf retreat destination for holistic wellness and spiritual enrichment. The property is comprised of 24 guest rooms (lagoon villas, club suites, and villas) with views of the 9-hole golf course. In addition, guests can look forward to a spa and wellness sanctuary, a yoga and meditation pavilion, as well as three new restaurants. Nestled in the Devachuli Hills, the resort is located less than an hour’s drive from Bharatpur Airport on the strategic Mahendra or East-West Highway. Miraaya promises to be a trailblazer in Nepalese hospitality as the region’s first luxury wellness, spiritual, and golf retreat that is close to Buddhist and Hindu religions centers.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Take a break from Bangkok’s frenetic energy and head to InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping instead, which will start welcoming guests in the middle of 2023. Located in Chiang Mai’s historic district, InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping blends tradition and modernity, offering a guest experience that’s steeped in true luxury and imbued with a sense of discovery. The hotel features a total of 240 rooms and suites, elegantly done up in Lanna-inspired décor that showcases traditional lacquering and metal beating. What’s more, the hotel’s central location makes it accessible to iconic landmarks, which include charming walking streets, the buzzing night bazaar, and the historic Tha-Pae Gate.

Bali, Indonesia

Located in the Uluwatu region, Jumeirah Bali is an all-villa luxury resort inspired by Hindu-Javanese culture. The property immediately impresses visitors with a series of terraced royal gardens that feature exquisite water features and a grove of ancient Bodhi trees, which add to the location’s mystique. The resort’s 123 villas (in one- and two-bedroom configurations) are perched atop limestone cliffs, boasting tropical views of the Indian Ocean and the lush greenery of Bali. Each villa comes with a private pool and outdoor living area, as well as an open pavilion overlooking the sunset horizon or a landscaped tropical garden. Jumeirah Bali also provides its guests with exclusive access to a private beach that’s framed by the natural landscape, offering a secluded enclave for pure relaxation.

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Hong Kong

The recent opening of The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong marks the brand’s debut in Hong Kong and its first resort worldwide. The 425-room hotel embraces the early history of Aberdeen, which was once a bustling trading port filled with the fragrance of incense, earning Hong Kong its Chinese moniker, “Fragrant Harbour”. With its unique seafront location, all guest rooms of the hotel enjoy panoramic sea views, while the two top-level signature suites feature a private pool, as well as an expansive outdoor terrace. As for accessibility, the urban resort is a mere 15-minute drive from the Central business district but is also worlds away from the city’s fast pace making it an ideal retreat.

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Artyzen Singapore is a fresh interpretation of luxury inspired by Singapore’s culture, colors, and flavors. Opening in Q4 of 2023 in the heart of the Orchard Road district, the contemporary hotel will be comprised of 142 rooms and a roof garden that celebrates the Strait’s Chinese heritage. In partnership with renowned architect ONG&ONG Pte Ltd and interior design studio Nic Graham + Associates, Artyzen Singapore will be a luxury vertical oasis in the heart of the famous shopping belt. The green theme of the hotel will also extend to The Roof Garden, which is a private social destination where guests can dip in the 25-meter cantilevered infinity pool and enjoy signature tipples in the sunken lounge.