From standalone beachfront villas to a full-floor buyout, these newly-opened properties in the Asia-Pacific region offer a slice of seclusion ideal for private group getaways. By Cheryl Ong.
Wild wild wet
Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne is the second location of Centara Hotels & Resorts’ family-themed resort brand, after Thailand. Located a few hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the Spanish Mediterranean-themed waterpark resort has 984 keys across rooms and villas. The 603 standalone villas are ideal for groups and multigenerational holidays. The resort’s waterpark features a lazy river, water slides, splash pad, cliff jumping pool and kids’ pool. Other facilities include diverse dining, a 100m observation deck, sports club, indoor entertainment centre, teenager zone, family lounge, spa, and the kid-focused Spa Candy.
Luxury meets nature
Avana Retreat in Vietnam boasts forty-one bungalows, suites and private pool villas perched on the mountainside, backdropped by terraced rice fields, dense forest and a waterfall. Spanning 15ha, the luxury retreat also features a spa and four heated infinity pools. Each living space opens to a mountain landscape, and has been designed to ensure privacy. Inspired by ethnic stilt houses, the villas boast rattan ceilings, earth walls and thatched roofs. The 229m2 Hilltop Pool Villa, which sleeps up to eight guests, features two separate bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom; a lounge and deck; and a two-level infinity pool – the first and only private heated pool in Vietnam. F&B venues Green Chili Restaurant and Cloud Pool Bar source local, seasonal produce to create one-of-a-kind menus.
Fun for the whole family
Located on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands features 100 one- to three-bedroom villas, each offering spacious living spaces, and a sun deck with a private infinity pool. Seven culinary venues are on offer, ranging from high-end dining to wellness-centered menus; in addition to a spa, salon and boutique. Ideal for guests seeking a holiday of discovery or exploration for the whole family, the property offers an array of culturally immersive activities, including a family cooking class, a bike safari around the resort, and a Wonders of Water ocean mystery programme facilitated by a resident naturalist.
Nestled on the Bang Muang Beach, north of Phang Nga province, Pullman Khao Lak Resort features 253 rooms, suites and villas, all of which boast high-speed Wi-Fi, a sofa bed, balcony and an oversized shower. The Family Suites come complete with bunk beds, while the Beachfront Pool Villas feature private plunge pools. Resort facilities include four F&B outlets, a beach club, spa, 24-hour fitness centre, kids club, and a lagoon-style swimming pool. Beachfront platforms can be used for outdoor activities such as yoga, while cycling trails allow guests to explore their surroundings. For teambuilding activities, social soirées and weddings, the resort also has a 260m2 ballroom and two breakout rooms.
Buy out an entire hotel floor
As part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Where Next? global campaign promoting hotel buyout experiences, the 288-key Hotel Metropolitan Premier Taipei is offering a full-floor buyout option where guests can book all accommodations on a specific level of the property. Centrally located in Taiwan’s capital, the hotel offers seven F&B options, including all-day dining, a Japanese restaurant, a cigar bar and patisserie. Other facilities are a spa, fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.