Secret Life of Fatbacks’ monthly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements in the Asia-Pacific. Continuously updated as developments are announced throughout November 2020.


The Tokyo Edition
The Tokyo Edition. Photo Credit: Marriott

Centrally located near the metro stations of Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon, The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon is housed within the upper levels of Tokyo World Gate, a new 180m, 38-storey mixed-use skyscraper. All 206 rooms, including 22 suites and several rooms with private terraces, offer unobstructed views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. Adding to the urban resort atmosphere is a spa, a 24-hour gym, as well as a lap swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The property also showcases a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens.

Opening Date: October 2020


Regent Phu Quoc
Regent Phu Quoc. Photo Credit: IHG

Set on the waterfront, Regent Phu Quoc is situated along the pristine white sands of Long Beach with views of the calm waters in Bai Truong’s Phu Quoc Marina, off Vietnam’s southwest coast. The resort has been designed as a sublime haven, infused with the soul of the island, with suites, villas and facilities, world-class dining experiences, private beach, spa, pool and gym facilities. Nourishment is key, with six dining experiences which celebrate a world of culinary tradition – including authentic Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine; Oku, a Franco-Japanese Salon de Boeuf; and apothecary-inspired cocktails crafted with fresh botanicals and an abundance of local Vietnamese herbs at Bar Jade.

Opening Date: Q2 2021


Kimpton Naranta Bali
Kimpton Naranta Bali. Photo Credit: IHG

Kimpton Naranta Bali sits on the south eastern corner of the island, alongside Nusa Dua beach and is cradled in unspoiled nature and embraces a free-spirited design with winding paths leading adventure-seeking guests to spectacular hilltop vantage points, alive with sculptures at every turn. 50 villas blend contemporary design, rich textures and earthy tones with traditional accents and a luxurious patina.

Opening Date: Q2 2021


Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi. Photo Credit: Four Seasons

The modern Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi occupies the top six floors of a new 39-story building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, in one of Tokyo’s oldest neighborhoods within walking distance of the imposing Imperial Palace. Responsible for the interiors, the renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy, from the DENNISTON office, created comfortable and dynamic spaces inspired by Japanese aesthetics and panoramic views of Tokyo. There are 170 rooms and 20 suites, including the stunning Imperial Suite on the 38th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the skyline of the Japanese capital. The top-floor The Spa offers saunas, a hot tub, a modern gym, and an indoor pool with stunning views of the Imperial Palace and the skyline.

Opening Date: September 2020


The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike, Autograph Collection
The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike, Autograph Collection. Photo Credit: Marriott

The third Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Japan, The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike, Autograph Collection launches in northern Kyoto in the heart of Kyoto’s Rakuhoku district. The hotel is adjacent to Takaragaike Park, which offers walking trails with scenic views of spring cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Togo Murano, The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike’s 310 guestrooms come with views of Takaragaike Park and its surroundings.

Dining options are designed to create an immersive experience in local as well as international culinary traditions. For instance, guests of Ito-Zakura French restaurant are invited to visit the century-old Morita Farm in nearby Kamigano to handpick their own vegetables, which they will later enjoy in a French-inspired meal. To explore Kyoto’s dining scene, guests can request a curated list of must-visit places, such as the traditional riverside dining (kawadoko) at the nearby Kibune or Takao restaurants. Special arrangements can also be made for a dinner in a tatami room with a maiko (apprentice geisha) at the hotel.

Opening Date: October 2020


Mercure Kyoto Station
Mercure Kyoto Station. Photo Credit: Accor

Situated just minutes from JR Kyoto Station, Mercure Kyoto Station boasts 225 guestrooms, with design elements incorporating motifs from the Heian period – a nod to the ancient history for which Kyoto is renowned. Trattoria M Kyoto, a live kitchen-style bistro restaurant and bar, will offer all-day dining. Guests can also unwind in the beautiful underground lounge, which will feature original furniture from the Heian period and books providing insights into the ancient traditions of Japan.

Opening Date: September 2020


Moxy Taichung
Moxy Taichung. Photo Credit: Marriott

The experiential and next gen-focused Moxy Taichung is located near many of the city’s attractions, including the colorfully quirky Rainbow Village, Zhongshe Flower Market, as well as the street food paradise of Yizhong Street Night Market – all must-visit destinations for the young and young-at-heart.

Moxy Taichung features 262 bedrooms that are cleverly designed to maximize space and allow guests the flexibility to adapt the room to their needs. At sunset, the chic rooftop bar XOXO is buzzing with energy, and is the place to be for light bites, decadent drinks, and curated cocktails.

Opening Date: November 2020


W Chengdu
W Chengdu. Photo Credit: Marriott

W Chengdu is situated within Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, shaking up the local hospitality scene and creating a welcoming vibe for creative entrepreneurs and stylish trendsetters. Set foot inside the Living Room (the W brand’s take on the traditional hotel lobby) where the electric, creative pulse of the city can be felt through an interactive, LED virtual waterfall by world-renowned interdisciplinary art collective teamLab. Glam interiors in bright and audacious tones with local touches capture a playful yet plush ambiance in the design of W Chengdu’s 297 stylish guest rooms and suites, with customized panda cushions and teapots in each guestroom giving a nod to Chengdu’s local culture and story. W guests can also now refresh with a set of luxurious bath amenities from sustainable beauty brand DAVINES, made from natural eco-friendly ingredients in Parma, Italy.

Opening Date: November 2020


Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, A Luxury Collection Hotel. Photo Credit: Marriott

The only luxury hotel in the city center with its own natural hot spring drawn from the thermal waters deep below ground, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, A Luxury Collection Hotel resides in the heart of Kyoto. Thoughtfully designed by an international team of renowned architects and designers including Akira Kuryu, André Fu, Shunsaku Miyagi and Yohei Akao, the hotel’s 161 guest rooms and suites feature exquisite natural materials shaped by traditional artisanal skills. Each room reimagines elegance and relaxed luxury of traditional Japanese tea-rooms, and bathing areas in every room feature spacious bathtubs hewn from stone. Two Onsen Suites feature separate living rooms, private gardens and outdoor hot spring baths for a highly memorable experience of Japanese onsen traditions in complete luxury and privacy.

Opening Date: November 2020


Koh Russey Villas & Resort
Koh Russey Villas & Resort. Photo Credit: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

A blissful retreat on Cambodia’s remote Bamboo Island, Koh Russey Villas & Resort is a short speedboat ride from the Khmer Riviera. The resort offers 50 pavilions and 13 freshwater pool villas skirting 1.2km of private beach on the Gulf of Thailand. The resort has been designed inspired by the traditional geometry of Cambodian Krama fabric, and with the island little more than 1 mile wide all the buildings blend into the palm trees and bamboo groves while the restaurant and infinity pool offer wraparound ocean views. Accommodation varies from minimalist ‘cubes’ with outdoor baths to a four-bedroom beachfront villa complete with kitchen and butler pantry. Enjoy the spa or take a culinary trip to discover the world-known pepper plantations in Kampot before sampling them in action at one of two restaurants or a private table at a variety of locations around the resort.

Opening Date: December 2020


Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Photo Credit: Kempinski

Set in Sindhorn Village, the green and upscale residential expansion to Lumphini Park, Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has debuted its 285 rooms and suites, including the three-bedroom Sindhorn Royal Suite, as part of the next phase of the hotel’s opening process. Room sizes start at 66m², with each room boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, alongside its own private balcony seating.

New amenities include a 25m² infinity swimming pool; and the newest stage of Sindhorn Wellness by Resense, with the hammam and the thermal area, with its sauna, bio sauna, steam room, cold room, micro-salt inhalation room, rasul mud room, experience showers and infrared tepidarium relaxation beds. These facilities join the fitness, yoga and Pilates studios, which had opened earlier. On-site F&B venues include a bar with a cigar lounge, a lobby lounge, as well as an all-day restaurant with an open kitchen and a garden terrace.

Opening Date: August 2020 


Hilton Goa Resort
Hilton Goa Resort. Photo Credit: Hilton

Located atop the scenic, terraced slopes of Saipem Hills and overlooking the Nerul River, the opening of the full-service Hilton Goa Resort, India marks Hilton’s third property in Goa. The hilltop resort offers 104 guest rooms, four swimming pools, suites with private plunge pools and signature curated experiences.

Opening Date: November 2020 


Banyan Tree Krabi
Banyan Tree Krabi. Photo Credit: Banyan Tree

Situated on the pristine Tubkaek Beach 45 minutes away from Krabi International Airport and offering fragrant gardens, graceful water features and stunning views of the mesmerising Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Krabi comprises 72 villas and suites, each with its own private saltwater pool. Their most modest accommodation type, coming in at 99m², is the Deluxe Pool Suite, which boasts a private terrace, plunge pool and jet pool surrounding the bedroom. The centrepiece of the resort is a circular water feature in the lobby which cascades into a cavernous meeting room area below.

Opening Date: November 2020 


Oakwood Suites Yokohama
Oakwood Suites Yokohama. Photo Credit: Oakwood

Oakwood Suites Yokohama marks the debut of Oakwood’s international serviced apartment brand in the Japanese port city and its 12th property overall in Japan. Located above Bashamichi Station on the Minato-Mirai Subway line and occupying the 46th to the 51st floors of The Kitanaka Yokohama Tower, Yokohama’s tallest and largest residential complex, the 175-unit offers studios to three-bedroom residences, each fully-equipped with a kitchenette, washer and dryer. Facilities include a residents’ lounge, 24-hour fitness centre and restaurant.

Opening Date: November 2020 


Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou
Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou. Photo Credit: Dusit Thani

Located in Shushan Ecological Village, an area of natural beauty in Suzhou city’s Huqiu District, the 175-room Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou uniquely combines southern Chinese culture with Thai-inspired gracious hospitality.  The resort is situated at the side of a peaceful lake and tranquil gardens, with private balconies providing sweeping views of the idyllic landscape. The property boasts two restaurants serving Southern Chinese favourites, popular Thai dishes and international fare. In terms of wellness, the resort offers a luxurious hot springs experience, offering both aromatic and therapeutic pools.

Opening Date: November 2020 


DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort. Photo Credit: Hilton

Uniquely situated within the Weerawila Bird Sanctuary, the 78-key DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort is the third Hilton property in Sri Lanka. The property boasts five F&B concepts (with avian-inspired names) as well as wellness facilities such as a 24-hour fitness centre, a 75m-long outdoor swimming pool, yoga terrace, rooftop wellness spa and karaoke lounge.

Opening Date: November 2020 


Shawn is a full-time lawyer based in Singapore. Neither a professional critic, blogger nor photographer, Shawn is simply somebody who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. When Shawn is not premature ageing and turning his hair further grey due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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