Lap in luxury at one of these new five-star hotels popping up in far-flung destinations from Bali to Nairobi.
In September, AYANA Resort and Spa opened sister hotel RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, a 282-room property on the Karang Mas Estate, overlooking Jimbaran Bay.
The name RIMBA was derived from the Indonesian word for forest, paying tribute to the property’s forest-like setting, designed to feel like a national park, and use of sustainable materials. Since AYANA is on the ocean, guests at RIMBA will also have access to the private Kubu Beach, as well as priority access to Rock Bar, meaning they can skip the line at this hotspot perched on the rocks about 46 ft. above the Indian Ocean.
The hotel also features six swimming pools and a swim-up pool bar; the Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant, which serves dim sum and live seafood cooked-to-order; the UNIQUE rooftop pool and bar; rooftop spa rooms that are part of the Thermes Marins Spa at AYANA; a children’s pool with waterslides; the RIMBA Kids Club; a cooking school; and complimentary WiFi.
Call for rates. When you book before Dec. 22, you can receive complimentary daily buffet breakfast, a Balinese massage for two people, and a $50 resort credit per room. For more information, visit rimbajimbaran.com.
Located downtown in the modern city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong, the hotel is set within walking distance to shopping malls, the Shenzhen Museum and the Concert Hall. The contemporary tower that houses the hotel features a sixth-floor reception with panoramic views of the city, and rooms feature pillow menus, mini iPads, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, a 15-minute room service menu, contemporary art on the walls and hand-painted headboards. If you are looking for a truly decadent stay, book one of the rooms with a soaking bath with prime views of the city.
“Each design detail is unique to this hotel—but it’s our renowned Four Seasons service that truly sets us apart,” says general manager Arthur WC Ho. “Whether an international traveler arriving for the first time or a local dropping by to have a drink with friends, the warmth and hospitality they will feel will surely bring them back to Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen again and again.”
Call for rates. For more information, visit fourseasons.com/shenzhen.
Kempinski has expanded in Africa with the opening of its first hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, the Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi.
The 10-floor hotel features 200 rooms and suites, including a presidential suite on the top floor. Guests at the five-star property can enjoy dining at restaurants and experiencing lounges such as 88, a pan-Asian restaurant; Lucca, an Italian restaurant; Cafe Villa Rosa, which serves international cuisine all day long; and Tambourin, an Arabic rooftop lounge.
If you are in need of some relaxation, indulge in a treatment at Kempinski The Spa, a two-level spa with nine treatment rooms, a gym, an outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. The spa offers a seasonal menu of treatments, inspired by European seasons.
Call for rates. For more information, visit kempinski.com/en/nairobi/hotel-villa-rosa.