Asian Hotels Worth Watching
When Six Senses unveils a new resort, we tend to pay attention. Its latest property recently opened in the dramatic Vietnamese archipelago of Con Dao, a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The beach resort makes an excellent base for snorkeling the coral reefs, exploring nearby islands by private boat and visiting local historic sites. But since each of the 50 villas has a private infinity pool and beautiful sea views, we suspect many guests will feel content simply to relax. Ritz-Carlton also opened a new property in Asia this year. Billed as the "highest hotel in the world," the new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong occupies floors 102-118 of the International Commerce Centre. Views, as you might expect, are spectacular regardless of which direction you face. As with most Ritz-Carltons, the most desirable accommodations allow access to the Club Lounge, which offers six food and beverage presentations daily. Bangkok has long been dominated by larger luxury hotels along the river, most notably The Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental just opposite. A new 39-suite small luxury hotel may give these venerable properties some competition. Set in almost three acres to the north of the Grand Palace, The Siam offers suites that start at an impressively spacious 830 square feet and go up. The four teakwood houses transplanted from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya should make for especially atmospheric accommodations. Slated to open on March 15, 2012, The Siam will offer a 50% savings on stays until April 15. Please note: Andrew Harper does not recommend the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.