A new happy place: Six Senses, Bhutan
Relatively new to tourism, Bhutan is a special destination of incredible natural scenery and a well-preserved and peaceful culture. Six Senses Bhutan reflects these elements for guests, offering five exclusive, individual lodges from which to explore ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’.
Totalling just 82 suites, the lodges pay respect to Bhutan’s heritage and hospitality. Guests can expect beautiful, well-designed suites taking in mountain views, or surrounded by woodland, and using a palette of natural materials such as timber walls, natural stone cladding, and rattan and bamboo items.
Island luxe: COMO Uma Canggu, Indonesia
Another highly anticipated launch from COMO, this new luxury resort on the popular holiday isle of Bali is located beside the rice paddies and surfer-ready beaches of Canggu. COMO Uma has 119 rooms, including one- and two-bedroom residences and three-bedroom duplex penthouses complete with individual rooftop pools.
Guests can expect a blend of Asian and Italian influences, with leading-edge hotel design by Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone. Keen and budding surfers are also catered to with excursions in partnership with Tropicsurf.
Lapland spa time: Arctic Bath, Sweden
Venture to Swedish Lapland for a river bathing experience like no other. Located on Luleriver in Harads, this unique structure is a floating bath in the summer and sits frozen in the water during winter.
The building’s unusual form is inspired by a jam of floating timber in a circular, protected shape for sunbathing and winter bathing.
As well as six separate floating hotel rooms, Arctic Bath plans to collaborate with the nearby Treehotel. The escape will also feature a cold bath, hot bath, several saunas, spa treatment room, lounge, shop, bar and restaurant.
City escape: The Murray, Hong Kong
Designed by global architecture studio Foster + Partners, The Murray is a sophisticated contemporary hotel in Central Hong Kong – set to be the city’s newest luxury hotel destination.
The hotel preserves the 1970s-era Murray building and will feature 336 oversized suites and rooms decorated with rare stones, leather, and interesting textiles to create a chic city sanctuary. With a grand, arched entrance setting the tone of this special accommodation, the building design is an award-winner for its energy efficiency.
Boutique serenity: Freycinet Lodge, Australia
Located on Tasmania’s east coast, within the scenic Freycinet National Park, the new Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge will be ready to welcome visitors in 2018.
Nine elegant pavilions are nestled within nature, and feature Tasmanian timbers and curved glass to make use of the stunning views.
There will also be a main lodge building and six rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of The Hazards mountains.
Jungle retreat: Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
A new luxury camp experience in South East Asia, this incredible project will see 16 custom-designed and well-appointed tents positioned above rivers and waterfalls in a private sanctuary bordered by national parks.
The camp will give visitors the chance to explore the untamed lands – home to the likes of wild elephants, bears, gibbons and tigers – for an unforgettable adventure with luxury design, adventure, hospitality and conservation at its core.
Designer relaunch: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
There is original mid-century modern design aplenty in this upscale hotel. Danish icon Arne Jacobsen certainly made a mark on the 1960-built hotel, designing everything from its facade to the cutlery, to the famous Egg chairs found throughout.
While being respectful of its legacy, SPACE Copenhagen is currently giving the Royal Hotel an extensive renewal and modernisation. Some of Jacobsen’s lesser-known furniture design classics will also be in the hotel, including the rare Pot chair.