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5 Eco-Luxe Accommodations to Discover in Asia

Sojourn in these new and upcoming properties in Asia that reinvent the meaning of vacation.

1. Alila Seminyak

Bali, Indonesia

(opened in October 2015)

Set on Bali’s pristine southwest beach, the Alila Seminyak is a tranquil tropical retreat from the urban bustle with the luxury of an unimpeded view of the Indian Ocean. Constructed from natural and locally sourced materials with in-built energy saving electrical and plumbing systems, each room has been designed with a view of the ocean or lush gardens. Take luxury to the next level with the hotel’s 811-sq-m Penthouse, an expansive residence complete with three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room and a private pool for the ultimate chill out stay.

2. Hoshinoya Fuji

Yamanashi, Japan

(opened in October 2015)

Fancy a glamorous camping experience in the woods? Tucked away at the base of Mt Fuji, the quintessential Hoshinoya Fuji resort offers a unique “glamping” experience amidst dense red pine forest and the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi of Japan, with activities to encourage guests’ appreciation for nature. Begin the day with an invigorating sunrise yoga followed by a horseback tour of the expansive forest, or take a walk through the Aokigahara Forest, before indulging in a bespoke Dutch oven dinner. Then retreat to your five-star comfort cabin to end off the day with a campfire experience on your private balcony.

3. Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley

Guizhong, China

(Opening in October 2016)

Cocooned amidst the mountainous region of Guizhong province, green resort Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley will span across almost 20 hectares of natural scenic land in Xingyi City. The hotel was built in partnership with the Guizhou Wanfeng Valley Ecological Cultural & Tourism Development, with apparent plans to intertwine streets, dining spots, pavilions and villages with farmland, orchards, gardens and other natural spaces. The hotel has also roped in Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who is known for integrating nature with architecture, since the unveiling of his two Vertical Forest skyscrapers in Milan in 2014. The property is also said to incorporate recycled and locally sourced materials.

4. Alila Fort Bishangarh

Bishangarh Village, Jaipur, India

(Opening in fourth quarter 2016)

Built on the majestic granite hills of Aravallis overlooking the sprawling landscape of the 230-year-old Rajasthani Fort, the historical landmark is undergoing careful ecological restoration that will preserve its 6ft thick walls and original battlements and turrets, while transforming it into an accommodation befitting of royalty. For customised heritage visits, the 59-suite Alila Fort Bishangarh offers five discovery themes covering Cultural Learning, Conscious Living (including wellness, the environment and the community), Active Spirits, Culinary Arts (cooking school & food trails) and Couple Celebration.

5. Rosewood Phuket

Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand

(Opening in first quarter 2017)

As the first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts property in Asia, the Emerald Bay beachfront hotel will rope in Phuket-based PMC and Singapore-based WOHA for its interior design, as well as Melbourne’s Bar Studio for its restaurants and hideaway homes. Rosewood Phuket has also indicated that the design will incorporate sustainable practices and indigenous materials where possible, with the ample use of stone and timber. To also preserve the 16-hectare forest, which includes 150-year-old banyan trees, Bangkok’s P-Landscape will retain or carefully transplant trees within the area. Additionally, its Sense spa will also come equipped with labyrinth garden that will provide herbs and ingredients for the spa cafe and use in specialised spa treatments.