HotelsFrom Singapore to Tokyo and Bangkok, landmark openings to usher in the new year.

Meet Asia's greenest, swankiest and largest hotels

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A sky bridge at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay brings guests across the atrium on level four through a tree top experience.
A sky bridge at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay brings guests across the atrium on level four through a tree top experience.

Singapore's first garden-in-a-hotel welcomes guests

One year after Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) unveiled more details on the rebranded ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay, the group's garden-in-a-hotel property has officially opened in December.

Following a S$45 million (US$33.9 million) renovation, the 21-storey hotel is part of PPHG's official launch of the new ParkRoyal Collection Hotels & Resorts brand — which touts sustainability and well-being as its two main pillars.

Guests can expect a swathe of amenities and architecture reflecting eco-friendliness, well-being and iconic design. This includes a four-storey high sky bridge amid a treetop walk experience with pavilions hidden, and a further 370sqm of lush gardens, 13m green wall, and more than 2,400 trees, scrubs and ground covers that function as natural air purifiers.

On sustainability, the hotel provides glass bottles and a filtered water system in every room, and utilises biodegradable packaging for amenities.

All-day dining restaurant, Peppermint, uses sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, with all five restaurants offering hand-harvested produce from its urban farm starting this month. In a circle of life, food waste will be responsibly handled via a food digestor that breaks down food waste into nutrient water for the garden.

Guests into wellness can head to the gym which offers fitness classes, signature St Gregory spa, or the mineral water pool fitted with 1,380 fibre optic lights turning it into an underwater galaxy of stars.

Hyatt's largest hotel in APAC opens

Some 1,600 rooms, 14 restaurants and more than 200 retail options — that's what guests can expect at Hyatt Hotels Corporation's largest hotel in South Korea. Grand Hyatt Jeju also marks the return of a Hyatt branded hotel to the southern island, known for its rich history and culture.

Built into the new twin-tower landmark Jeju Dream Tower, the integrated lifestyle destination combines accommodation, culinary, leisure and entertainment into one. This includes 14 F&B options, with menus curated in collaboration with local suppliers; HAN Collection — a space showcasing 200 Korean fashion designers and brands; Jeju's largest outdoor deck with heated infinity pool; two spas; and eight dedicated meeting and event spaces.

Outdoor events can also take place on Jeju's largest 4,290sqm pool deck.
Outdoor events can also take place on Jeju's largest 4,290sqm pool deck.

For larger events, the Grand Club — also the largest Grand Hyatt club lounge in Asia Pacific — can host up to 200 pax free to mingle in three social spaces: the Library, Dining Hall and Living Room.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Jeju International Airport, 15 minutes from the port and cruise terminals, as well as walking distance from retail and dining zones such as Jeju Dongmun Market and Nuwemaru Street. A major highway nearby also leads out towards the Seogwipo beachside district and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Mount Hallasan Natural Reserve, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System and Seongsan IIchulbong Tuff Cone.

Tokyo has a cool Edition

The Tokyo outpost which opened last year 20 October marks the first Edition hotel in Japan, with design elements by architect Kengo Kuma — the same name behind the capital's Olympic stadium.

A specialty restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower.
A specialty restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower.

At this hotel, it's about honouring Japan's traditions while injecting a good dose of cutting edge and avant-garde — a concept the city is known for. Guests can expect design inspired by Buddhist temples, much like the hotel's two-storey lobby which doubles as a communal space.

Apart from the 206 rooms including 22 suites, guests are encouraged to socialise in the more than 10 working spaces, including the picture-worthy restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. There's The Blue Room with city views, The Jade Room offering tastes of Japan flavours and an alfresco area 137m off the ground.

Dusit Thani says 'sawatdee' to Singapore

On the grounds of Laguna National Golf & Country Club lies the 198-key Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, marking Bangkok-based Dusit International's entry into the Lion City.

A 10 minutes' drive from Changi International Airport and 15 minutes to downtown, the resort soft opened on 4 December with a wellness destination focus.

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore marks Bangkok-based Dusit International's entry into the Lion City.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore marks Bangkok-based Dusit International's entry into the Lion City.

Guests can pick across a range of rooms, suites and eight pavilions with private pools, three restaurants and a bar — offering wellness menus using ingredients from the hotel's onsite garden. The Devarana Wellness programme offers traditional Thai massage and premium health and beauty therapies.

Apart from access to golf grounds, guests may utilise the 24-hour gym, three tennis courts, three pools, and a practice nine-hole putting green. Business guests will be able to book from the boardroom, three meeting rooms, three event lawns, and ballroom taking up to 520 guests.

Four Seasons returns to Bangkok

Originally slated for a February 2020 launch, the opening of the luxury brand's Bangkok property also marks its return to the Thai capital, after its original Four Seasons Bangkok property was rebranded as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Spa in 2015.

The luxury hotel offers 299 keys along the iconic Chao Phraya River.
The luxury hotel offers 299 keys along the iconic Chao Phraya River.

New features include a riverfront grand ballroom with expansive outdoor terrace; dining along the hotel's waterfront promenade address, and the massive two-story Presidential Suite which comes with three bedrooms, uninterrupted river views and soaring ceilings.

Architect Jean-Michel Gathy — the same name behind other luxe hospitality giants such as Aman Resorts, Park Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, St Regis, One&Only and Banyan Tree — has also included an art space to celebrate Thailand's legendary craftsmanship and artistry.

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