Lodgings Update

Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand from its perch on the east coast of Koh Samui, the Langham Place, Samui at Lamai Beach (66-77/960-888; kohsamui.langhamplacehotels.com; doubles from US$242) comes with 77 villas and suites set in traditional Thai buildings with a modern twist, as pictured above. While some accommodations have private pools, you’ll want to take a dip in the resort’s ocean pool, located 200 meters out into the sea and surrounded by stilted salas.

The second Hong Kong address for the Swire group, East (852/ 3968-3968; east-hongkong.com; doubles from US$127) opened in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island last month. Billing itself as a “lifestyle business hotel,” the property has 345 minimal rooms and suites decked out with the latest technology, offering either harbor or city views.

At the end of March, Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima (81-997/473-488; sankarahotel-spa.com; doubles from US$434) will welcome guests on Japan’s World Heritage–listed Yakushima Island, renowned for its ancient forest and bountiful marine life. Blending in with its surrounds, the 29-villa hotel also features a French restaurant and an intimate spa.

Nestled in New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park, the Hilton Lake Taupo (64-7/378-7080; hilton.com; doubles from US$185) comes with 113 modern rooms; those in the heritage wing, a grand 1889 building once occupied by the Terraces Hotel, feature private balconies overlooking the country’s largest lake. Don’t miss a swim in the pool, which draws its water from thermal springs nearby.

Originally appeared in the February/March 2010 print issue of DestinAsian magazine ( “Lodgings Update”)

Share this Article

Related Posts

Mandarin Oriental Rolls Out Online Retail Channel

Shop M.O. promises a dose of five-star luxury delivered straight to one’s doorstep.

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Introduces New Pool Suites

Holidaymakers can look forward to extra space and lazy days spent on sun loungers beside their own p...

LUX* is Opening Resorts in Vietnam, France, and the UAE

2024 will see the launch of four properties ranging from an overwater retreat on the Gulf of Thailan...

Waldorf Astoria Plans Outpost in Sydney

Set to open in early 2025, the hotel will occupy a 28-story tower right on Circular Quay.

Waldorf Astoria is Coming to Kuala Lumpur

The ultra-luxe brand’s Malaysian debut — and its third outpost in Southeast Asia — will open i...

Kempinski Announces Upcoming Lombok Resort

The brand’s third Indonesian outpost will be a 200-room beachfront property in a previously undeve...