Chic minimalism now defines the public spaces and 220 teak-floored guest rooms, which have been significantly enlarged.
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 DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’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.
Reopened earlier this year following 21-month, US$100 million renovation, this landmark hotel in the Indian capital has been catapulted squarely into the 21st century courtesy of New York–based designer Adam D. Tihany. Though the foundations and facade of the 1965 building were retained, everything else has been rebuilt, reinterpreting The Oberoi’s original glamour for a new generation of guests. Chic minimalism now defines the public spaces and 220 teak-floored guest rooms, which have been significantly enlarged. The furniture and furnishings pay homage to New Delhi’s city planner and architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, known for his spider-back chair, while features like iPad controls and inset TV screens in the bathroom mirrors keep things cutting-edge.
There’s also a central purification system that ensures the air Norway-pristine. Threesixtyº has reclaimed its status as the chic crowd’s favorite dining spot, while Michelin-starred London chefs Alfred Prasad and Andrew Wong helm two remarkable new restaurants, one serving contemporary Indian cuisine and the other modern Chinese. Also new to the mix is rooftop cocktail lounge that offers some of the best views in town—it overlooks the leafy expanse of the old Delhi Golf Club and Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
91-11/2436-3030; oberoihotels.com; doubles from US$380.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: The Oberoi, New Delhi”).