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


Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore Exterior
Exterior (Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore).

Set in the Changi/Tanah Merah area within the grounds of the acclaimed Laguna National Golf & Country Club which has hosted legends such as Tiger Woods and Sir Nick Faldo, the 198-room Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore has the distinction of being the first in Singapore to offer direct access to award-winning golfing facilities. In terms of wellness, aside from the three swimming pools, the resort provides other health facilities such as the sprawling and well-equipped fitness centre DFiT, three outdoor tennis courts (to be opened for reservations in 2021) as well as the tranquil Devarana Spa. The property boasts lush forest-themed restaurant Greenhouse; al fresco bar and grill concept Tee Deck; intimate lounge space Legends Bar & Lounge; and sandwich and coffee concept Dusit Gourmet.

Read more about my opening day stay at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore here.

Opening Date: December 2020


Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. Photo Credit: Four Seasons

Rising above the majestic Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok’s Creative District and located along 200m of open riverfront just 40 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport along the famed Charoenkrung Road, the 299-room Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River features a myriad of destination restaurants and lounges along with an urban wellness centre. The hotel’s modern rooms and suites have a warm, residential character with Thai touches and boast high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with river or garden views as well as spa-like bathrooms. Their Terrace Suites offer the ultimate in spacious luxury with landscaped and furnished terraces large enough to host a private dinner party.

Opening Date: December 2020


Grant Hyatt Jeju
Grant Hyatt Jeju. Photo Credit: Hyatt

The opening of the 1,600-room Grand Hyatt Jeju in South Korea – the largest Hyatt hotel in Asia-Pacific – marks the return of a Hyatt hotel into Jeju Special Autonomous Province, an island on the southern end of the Korean Peninsula renowned for its rich history and cultural traditions. Part of the new Jeju Dream Tower, the island’s iconic twin-tower landmark, the property offers 14 distinct restaurants and bars, HAN Collection, a dedicated retail space showcasing over 200 Korean fashion designers and brands, the island’s largest outdoor deck with an infinity pool, two premium spas; and eight residential-style event spaces. Able to host up to 200 people, the hotel’s Grand Club is the largest Grand Hyatt club lounge in Asia-Pacific and features three social spaces – the Library, Dining Hall and Living Room.

Opening Date: December 2020


The Westin Surabaya
The Westin Surabaya. Photo Credit: Marriott

The Westin Surabaya features 204 spacious guest rooms and suites, all equipped with the brand’s iconic Heavenly® Bed. Located 24km from Surabaya Juanda International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by golf courses such as Pakuwon Golf & Family Club and Bukit Darmo Golf and offers direct access to Pakuwon Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Indonesia. As part of the brand’s signature Move Well programs, the local Run Concierge is available to provide guided group runs along a 5km trail surrounding Pakuwon Mall, The Westin Surabaya and the Pakuwon Golf area. The hotel also features a swimming pool, lagoon pool as well as a kids’ pool.

Opening Date: December 2020


Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Photo Credit: Marriott

Located in the country’s northernmost island of Hokkaido and positioned at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri in the heart of Niseko Village, the Higashiyama Niseko Village is the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel in Japan. The resort is set within the Niseko United ski area that offers 2,191 acres of skiable terrain and access to extensive backcountry skiing. Higashiyama Niseko Village features 50 guest rooms and suites, various dining concepts, a lounge bar with fireplace, a spa, fitness centre as well as a traditional Japanese onsen which makes the most of the mineral-rich waters of Niseko’s natural underground hot springs.

Opening Date: December 2020


The Hari Hong Kong
The Hari Hong Kong. Photo Credit: The Hari Hong Kong

Straddling the two vibrant districts of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai and a short walk away from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hari Hong Kong marks the second Hari property launch after the The Hari London’s opening in 2016. Designed by interior designer, Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners, the hotel conveys The Hari London’s distinctive brand of elegance and luxury across its 210 guestrooms (including three rooftop suites) and social spaces, which includes a lobby lounge; Zoku, a Japanese restaurant and terrace bar; and Lucciola, an Italian restaurant. The spacious rooms offer views of Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, The Peak and Victoria Harbour, and boast luxurious marble bathrooms with rainfall shower facilities.

Opening Date: December 2020


Waldorf Astoria Xiamen
Waldorf Astoria Xiamen. Photo Credit: Hilton

Housed within a multi-purpose complex and showcasing 245 rooms and suites, Waldorf Astoria Xiamen launches as the fourth Waldorf Astoria hotel in Greater China and the sixth in the Asia-Pacific region. Situated nine kilometres from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport in the heart of Xiamen within the Siming District, the luxury hotel taps into the rich past of the historic port city along China’s southeast coast for its inspiration and aesthetic. The grand garden mansion transports guests back to the city’s culturally rich beginnings with a neo-classical fusion of Nanyang tradition and European-style architecture.

Opening Date: December 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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