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New hotels for summer 2017

by Philly Baines

If you wanted to include an extra special, unique element to your next summer holiday, why not consider staying in a new hotel? Here, we’re rounding up the best set to open in time. Do note that construction schedules can sometimes change and rates for rooms may not be listed yet – but this article is a good place start for inspiration. 

Six Senses, Krabey (Cambodia) – to open 2017

Comprising of 40 pool villas set on a carefully landscaped 30 acre island, Six Senses Krabey on an island off Cambodia’s south coast is hotly anticipated. To reach the island is easy, fly to Sihanoukville and take a 10 minute transfer by car to the main jetty where you can check in. From there, it’s just a short boat ride to the island itself. The pool villas will all feature plunge pools, outdoor decking for private sunbathing and beautifully designed bedrooms with canopied netting and bathtubs.

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Goatfell, Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka) – opening April/May 2017

Located on a working tea estate, just 25 minutes from Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s magnificent hill country, Goatfell, one of Teardrop Hotels’ newest hotels, consists of 4 ensuite bedrooms in the main house, 2 luxurious stand-alone chalets, living and dining rooms and a swimming pool. With a focus on outstanding cuisine and efficient yet unobtrusive service, guests will immediately feel at home whilst being able to enjoy the fresh air and stunning views from the bungalow’s beautifully manicured gardens.

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Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur (India) – opening 2017

A lovingly restored luxury resort, Alila Fort is set in Bishnagarh village and is only a 45 minute drive from the Amber Fort as well as other major sights. The views from the 59 rooms are stunning and interiors are spacious and comfortable. The open-air terrace are the perfect place for a sun-downer and with a spa to boot, it is a highly anticipated new opening. about-us-fortbishangarh

The Planter’s House, Koslanda (Sri Lanka) – recently opened

A beautiful colonial property in the original Lipton Estate, The Planter’s House is an incredibly relaxing and authentic place to stay when visiting Sri Lanka’s hill country. With the infinity pool, croquet lawn, badminton equipment, spa treatments and stunning walks through the plantations nearby, there are plenty of activities to do in the surrounding area.

Newly opened summer 2016, it’s still a hidden gem, so definitely book this beautiful property for next year sooner rather than later – before the secret gets out!

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President by Akaryn, Vientiane (Laos) – to open 2017

A beautiful new hotel in Vientiane, reminiscent of colonial architecture yet contemporary in amenities and service, it’s the luxury address for visits to the Laotian capital.  An onsite spa means you can indulge in some truly relaxing experiences away from the more busy centres of the city. The hotel is situated next to Parliament House where the Laos National assembly convenes and opposite the vast Chou Anouvong Park.


Nine Skies, Demodera (Sri Lanka) – opening April/May 2017

Just a few minutes along the tea lined estate roads from Demodera Railway Station, stands Nine Skies, a majestic former tea planter’s bungalow turned 6-bedroom luxury hotel. Set within several acres of private gardens are the hotel’s croquet lawn, swimming pool and sun deck, with wonderful views across the valley to the working tea factory and famous Demodera loop. The bungalow’s name is thanks to the nine arch viaduct, through which it is possible to see ‘nine skies’ when looking up through the arches.

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Soneva Jani, Maldives – opening late 2016

In the crystal clear waters of Doonu Lagoon lies Soneva Jani. A string over over-water villas emerge our of crystal clear waters whilst island residencies emerge from coconut tree-fringed, white-sand beaches. It’s an exclusive experience for those wanting an extra special Maldives stay.


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