Hospitality on Horizon: Asia

Luxury hotels opening in Asia in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here’s a preview.



Properties Opening in 2015—Asia

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
OPENING May ROOMS 113 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ  Six Senses pampering brought to the picturesque homeland of Giant Pandas and the impressive Dujiangyan irrigation system built in 256 BC, 30 minutes outside Chengdu city. THE PERKS A Six Senses Spa located in the midst of a lush garden, dining experiences from local organic gardens, plus a Tea Lounge, honoring the art and ancient rituals of tea celebrations. 800.591.7480;

Steigenberger Resort & Spa Haitang Bay
OPENING Third quarter ROOMS 102 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ An exclusive resort from one of Europe’s premier hotel groups to set off the pristine beauty of Haitang Bay. THE PERKS A Chinese restaurant, Café Berlin, Paulaner Bräuhaus, health spa, and beach stretching 26 miles along the South China Sea. 800.590.8410;


W Retreat & Spa Goa
OPENING November 1 ROOMS 105 MEETING SPACE 14,655 square feet THE BUZZ The brilliance of setting W’s Whatever/Whenever policy on the north coast of Goa, famed since the ’60s as a party  mecca for footloose travelers. THE PERKS State-of-the-art style and comfort, swaying palms, beach, and Arabian Sea. 877.946.8357;

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
OPENING March ROOMS 60 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Ritz-Carlton pampering in the terraced rice fields outside Ubud—long known for its arts and Balinese healing traditions. THE PERKS Spa, butler service, and private riverside plunge pools for most of the villas. 800.542.8680; 

Kuala Lumpur
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
OPENING November 1 ROOMS 208 MEETING SPACE 32,280 square feet THE BUZZ The timeless sophistication of a St. Regis set in a 48-story skyscraper at the heart of KL Sentral, overlooking Malaysia’s largest and oldest park, the National Museum, and Parliament House. THE PERKS Bespoke butler service, a Remède Spa, and three fine-dining restaurants. 800.937.8461;

Le Méridien Saigon
OPENING July 1 ROOMS 350 MEETING SPACE 8,393 square feet THE BUZZ The modern wedge-shaped tower rising 22 stories from the banks of the Saigon River. THE PERKS An outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, four bars and restaurants, and the chance to see the city’s wide avenues, French colonial buildings, and eighteenth-century pagodas. 800.543.4300;

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Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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