Minimalist contemporary suites feature two walled courtyards offering a free-standing alfresco tub and fireplace, the perfect spot to gaze at the stars (and rather a lot of airplanes) overhead.
From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsianâ€™s annual collection of the yearâ€™s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.
Shanghaiâ€™s far-flung suburbs may not suggest resort idyll but Amanyangyunâ€”located an hourâ€™s drive from downtownâ€”is not your average resort. Sixteen years in the making, the property began life as a salvage operation to relocate 50 ancient homes and 10,000 camphor trees slated for destruction in the ownerâ€™s home village in Jiangxi, 700 kilometers away. Across the vast grounds, transplanted 500-year-old relics now mingle comfortably with sleek contemporary additions, like the lattice-cube lobby carved from golden nanmu wood, giving Amanyangyun (meaning â€śNourishing Cloudâ€ť) an ethereal feel, especially in the morning mist. Minimalist contemporary suites feature two walled courtyards offering a free-standing alfresco tub and fireplace, the perfect spot to gaze at the stars (and rather a lot of airplanes) overhead.
Thirteen four-bedroom Antique Villas have been updated with luxe furnishings and Jacuzzis beneath original interlocking ceiling beams and ornate stone carvings. An on-site organic farm services Amanâ€™s Italian, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants (donâ€™t leave without trying young Roman chef Andrea Torreâ€™s cacio e pepe ravioli with black truffle at Arva), while the Nanshufang cultural center teaches guests about Chinese calligraphy and screen painting in a 17th-century stone building that was originally a school.
86-21/8011-9999; aman.com; doubles from US$730.
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2018: Amanyangyun, Shanghaiâ€ť).