Southeast Asia’s anticipated hotels in 2018

It seems a new hotel opens up every day in Asia, where big-name global brands, heritage renovation projects and ambitious architectural pursuits should contribute a major part during 2018 with the hottest hotel openings described in the below list of our The Finest Magazine.

Como Uma Canggu, Indonesia

Relaxing time by the pool deck at the Penthouse

If you’ve always wanted to learn to surf but can’t commit to a back-to-basics surf camp, then Como Uma Canggu might be just for you.

You can immerse in the beauty of sea views…

This luxury Bali address is set to open this year, featuring 119 keys, beach clubs, surf breaks just footsteps from the door, and spa sanctuary, making it as a wellness getaway with a side of adrenaline.

…or visit the holy site of Tanah Lot with the sea temple

Shinta Mani Wild – The Bensley Collection, Cambodia

Opened in August 2018, Shinta Mani Wild is a radically new concept for a luxury camp experience in Cambodia, combining world class design by Bill Bensley, hospitality and conservation.


Set along 1.5km of river and waterfalls, custom designed tents of Shinta Mani Wild are perched over the swift moving waters and waterfalls, while the “Landing Zone Bar” and “Waterfall Restaurant” stand on the edge of the sanctuary’s biggest waterfall, providing views like no other resort in Asia and locally inspired food with ingredients foraged from the surrounding forests and on occasion flown in from all corners of the globe.

In addition, guests will be able to spend a day exploring the untrammelled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem; or accompany rangers and researchers as they check camera traps and study the wild forests and their inhabitants – a unique opportunity to explore these untamed lands with the people that know them best.

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos


In 2018, Rosewood Luang Prabang opens its doors in the wilderness outside of a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Guests will have a choice of 23 suites and villas, including six luxury tented villas with private desks for those who are looking for the ultimate back-to-nature experience.

Hilltop Tents in natural settings

Besides rural charm as nature, yet it is convenient for accessing the attractions of Luang Prabang, and the mighty Mekong River that flows nearby.

From Hilltop Tent to the vast natural surroundings

Also on the grounds, there’s a Laotian-style restaurant, a bar, spa and a few waterfalls that add to the ambiance of the remote destination.

Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon, Myanmar

A corner of Raangoon Brasserie dining venue at the hotel

Designed by architect Thomas Oliphant Foster with 219 rooms and suites featuring soaring ceiling, and several restaurant, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon is about to inhabit one of colonial-era buildings from the former Myanmar capital. The hotel aims to be a hub of classy nightlife and welcome guests in 2018.

Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, Thailand

Pool Suite at Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort

Rather than going the traditional Thai route, Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort glows in the sun – all clean white decor and contemporary styles, on the sandy shores of popular Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.

Interior design of the bedroom

The modern resort was opened in January 2018 with the Oceanfront Wing, a mix of 52 pool villas, as well as a separate pool, spa, restaurant and bar.

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Vietnam

Rendering image of villas at Anantara Quy Nhon Villas

Set on a serene beach, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will welcome guests to a luxurious hideaway with 25 private pool villas inspired by the indigenous beauty of the Southern Vietnam.

A villa corner looking toward the sea

This property will have everything you need for a lazy escape or an action-packed getaway, including a gym, spa, pool, watersports and more. It is willing to welcome guests from mid-2018.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand

Rendering image of Lobby Entryway

Set in the ultra-modern Magnolias Ratchadamri Development, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is an iconic presence in the heart of Thailand’s bustling capital.

Bangkok’s skyline from the Upper Lobby of the hotel

With a wealth of amenities including a rooftop restaurant and two bars, an indulgent wellness spa, outdoor infinity pool, and elegant meeting and wedding venues, the hotel exudes a sense of charming Thai spirit, perfectly coupled with signature True Waldorf Service.

Avani Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas, Thailand

Rendering image of villa’s bedroom at Avani Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas

In September this year, Avani will unveil a pretty new property on the Southwest coast of Thailand named Avani Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas. Situated just far away enough from the hustle and bustle, this hideaway offers the perfect blend of relaxation and romance, with nightlife and entertainment just a short ride away.

Rendering image of villa’s living room at Avani Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas

The fantastic place comprises 58 keys, all featured with private pools and awash in soft white interiors, six restaurants and bars in combination with the Waldorf spa for private treatments.