The Jakarta Post
Women walk on a rice field in the town of Ubud, Bali. (Shutterstock/CRStudio)
Southeast Asia is home to numerous rice fields, forests and islands. With its breathtaking views, warm weather and cultural diversity, Southeast Asian countries – including Indonesia – are embracing these traits by developing lodging sites that are unique in character, catering to all sorts of travelers from across the globe.
Here are five of the many hotels and resorts that will open in Southeast Asia in 2020:
Tanah Gajah by Hadiprana, Bali
First built in the 1980s as a family retreat for renowned Indonesian architect and designer Hendra Hadiprana, the 5-hectare property set among the paddy fields of Ubud will reopen as Tanah Gajah Resort on Jan. 1, after previously bearing the name The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah.
The resort’s one-bedroom suites will feature open-air bathrooms and lotus pond views, while the two-bedroom estates are equipped with a private pool. New tapas lounge Panen Padi will also open alongside The Tempayan restaurant. Furthermore, to preserve its authenticity, Tanah Gajah will be adorned with Hendra Hadiprana’s own collection of sculptures, antiques and artwork.
Fusion Suites Vung Tau, Vietnam
Located in southern Vietnam, just a short boat trip from Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Vung Tau will feature 171 ocean view suites and apartments alongside restaurants, rooftop bars, market stalls, a spa, a yoga studio and a rooftop infinity pool. Complementing the setting are interiors dressed in ocean-inspired hues.
Banyan Tree Krabi, Thailand
Set to open in mid-2020, the resort is located at Tubkaek Beach by the Andaman Sea, a 45-minute drive from Krabi Airport. Offering 72 pool suites and villas, including seven two-bedroom options and one three-bedroom villa, Banyan Tree Krabi will also keep to its holistic branding by opening a rainforest-themed spa.
Azerai Ke Ga Bay, Vietnam
The third Azerai resorts property in Vietnam, Azerai Ke Ga Bay is the first beach resort in the chain’s portfolio. It will be the successor of Princess D’Annam Resort & Spa that stood on the same site following a six-month facelift. With 5-kilometers of white sand beach on the South China Sea as its front yard, Azerai Ke Ga Bay is nestled between Hon Ba Island, renowned for its 1899-built lighthouse and tall sand dunes.
Ancient Hue, Vietnam
Previously the home of extended members of Vietnam’s imperial families, the five nha ruong (garden homes) located in former royal capital Hue will be restored by Vietnamese artists to preserve its heritage. Ancient Hue is owned by Trails of Indochina, a Southeast Asian tour operator whose founder John Tue Nguyen is originally from Hue.
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