Opening across East Asia and beyond in 2021, these premium hotels have the wow factor

Undaunted by the trials and tribulations facing the hospitality and travel sectors, high-end hotel group Accor has announced an ambitious schedule of new openings for 2021, including premium properties in Southeast Asia, South Korea and beyond.  

If you’re shortlisting hotels with the wow factor to visit, it seems your bucket list is about to get a lot longer.

Notable openings include V Villas Phuket MGallery, a 24-pool villa resort, which will offer five premium dining outlets, spa and wellness centre on the island of Phuket, Thailand, and the new Admiral Hotel in Manilla, which promises to celebrate the city’s golden era with a blend of modern Spanish and Art Deco design. 

Notable openings include the V Villas Phuket, a 24-pool villa resort in Thailand, and the new art deco Admiral Hotel in Manilla…

The soon to open Admiral Hotel Manilla

Visitors to Singapore will also be able to experience the country’s first MGallery address with the opening of Orchard Hills Residences Singapore, an urban wellness retreat situated near Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Suntec Convention Centre. 

South Korea will also see two new luxury hotels opening this year from the group. The Fairmont Ambassador Seoul will debut next month, with 326 rooms and suites offering panoramic views of the city skyline, and a collection of venues for upmarket social gatherings, such as the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar (pictured top). 

The Fairmont Ambassador opening in Seoul

Seoul will also be home to the new Sofitel Ambassador, due to open in late 2021. With an outlook over Seokchon Lake Park, and 563 rooms and suites, an all day-dining restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, fitness and spa, it promises quite the escape.

The Banyan Tree Doha in Qatar

Luxury openings for 2021 include the Banyan Tree Doha in Qatar and new Raffles openings in Udaipur and Jeddah. Fairmont will see the opening of the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, along with Fairmont Windsor in England; Carton House, a Fairmont managed hotel in Dublin; Fairmont Ramla Riyadh; Fairmont Ambassador Seoul; and, Fairmont Tagazhout Bay in Morocco. Sofitel will bring French sophistication to several new destinations including Seoul, Hangzhou, and Adelaide.

Carton House, a Fairmont managed hotel scheduled to open in Dublin

“While the last 12 months have been a challenging period for our industry, we remain very confident in the future outlook for the tourism sector,” says Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Accor, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

Accor predicts the lifestyle category will become one of Accor’s most vibrant segments over the coming years, with the number of lifestyle hotel openings expected to triple by 2023. A joint venture with Ennismore, will see a range of stylish new properties opening their doors, including Mondrian Shoreditch London; JO&JOE Vienna Westbahnhof; SO/ Sotogrande Resort & Spa; SLS Dubai and 25hours Dubai.

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