The F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai
Celebrate the opening of China's first Formula One racing course with a three-night package at the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai, from $500.
Openings To Watch
The next few months will see a number of high-profile hotels debut in Asia—here's a look ahead.
THE PROPERTY Trisara, Phuket, Thailand
THE DETAILS Finished after nearly two years, the resortis densely landscaped with more than 150,000 plants cultivated on nearby fields. Each of the 33 one- and two-bedroom pavilions has a 33-foot pool and an oceanfront restaurant.
THE PROPERTY Uma Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
THE DETAILS Hotelier Christina Ong's latest venture has 29 rooms, villas, and suites—many with river views and all with plunge pools, garden terraces, and yoga mats. A Shambhala Spa and the Yoga Retreat Center deliver treatments.
OPENING This fall
THE PROPERTY Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
THE DETAILS One hundred forty-two villas and suites on 52 lush acres—this is more a village than a resort. A pair of pools, a cooking school, and a spa designed like an ancient Burmese palace will appeal to sybarites, while the spiritually inclined can meditate in the on-site temple.
OPENING Late this year
THE PROPERTY Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia
THE DETAILS Offering luxury among the sand dunes and towering palms, this resort's rooms will all have private outdoor showers and gardens. The 20 beachside villas will come with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and private pools, gardens, and spa treatment rooms.
OPENING Early 2005
East meets West at Asia's latest hotel spas. HONG KONG The Inter-Continental's I-Spa (800/327-0200 or 852/2721-1211; www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com; treatments from $45) pairs Chinese herbal tea service with a state-of-the-art Lift 6 non-surgical face-lift from France. • Grand Hyatt's sleek Plateau retreat (800/233-1234 or 852/2584-7688; hongkong.grand.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/; treatments from $48) also favors Gallic beauty secrets—notably, a Talika eye freshener—but uses sandalwood-and-incense balm during a shiatsu massage. BANGKOK At Chi in the Shangri-La Hotel (800/942-5050 or 66-2/236-7777; www.shangri-la.com; treatments from $42), Himalayan barley enhances a Tibetan mountain tsampa body rub, and a Chinese Chi Nei Tsang massage focuses on abdominal energy points. PHUKET Thai massage is performed on an outdoor patio at Evason Phuket Resort & Six Senses Spa (949/640-1198; www.sixsenses.com; treatments from $23). KO SAMUI Marma-point and ayurvedic massage are on the menu at the Anantara Resort & Spa Koh Samui (66-2/477-0795; www.anantara.com; treatments from $84), a serene bamboo-and-slate retreat on the Gulf of Thailand. NHA TRANG Later this year, Vietnam's secondSix Senses Spa will premiere at the new Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara (949/640-1198; www.sixsenses.com; treatments from $30). SINGAPORE Kriya and Pranayama breathing techniques are taught by Indian yogis at the Oriental Spa at theOriental (800/526-6566 or 65/6338-0066; www.mandarinoriental.com; treatments from $60), which also imports nourishing E'SPA mud wraps from Britain.
TOKYO Roppongi Hills (Roppongi 6-chome, Minato-ku) is the city's latest shopping center, with everything from Yohji Yamamoto's Ron Arad-designed flagship store—complete with revolving floors—to White Trash Charms, which sells gold pendants shaped like pickup trucks and lightning bolts. • Six floors of shops and galleries make up Hpgrp (6-9-16 Ginza, Chuo-Ku; 81-3/5537-2740; www.hpgrp.com), an amusing fusion of art, interior design, and shopping in the heart of Ginza. Each level showcases a variety of sculpture, flower arrangements, jewelry, housewares, lamps, and furniture.
SEOUL In the Cheongdam-dong neighborhood, sleek and urbane Boon the Shop (82-3 Cheongdam-dong, Sandos Bldg., first floor, Gangnam-gu; 82-2/542-8006) and Mue (93-6 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu; 82-2/3446-8074) are Seoul's fashion-forward boutiques for designs by Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons, and Manolo Blahnik. • The vast COEX Mall at Seoul's World Trade Center has Bandi & Luni's Bookstore, as well as a 16-screen cineplex and an aquarium.
HONG KONG In the Central district, the Landmark (12-16 Des Voeux Rd., Central) is a recently renovated luxury mall that's worth a visit, with its large, split-level Dior and Vuitton flagships. • Sino-style antiques, silk lan-terns, and other house- wares are reproduced with panache at Green Lantern (72 Peal St., Central; 852/2526-0277). • Leave time to check into G.O.D. (48 Hollywood Rd., Central; 852/2805-1876; www.god.com.hk); look for bold, multi-functional furniture, table linens, celadon ceramics, and streetwear. • Sandy Chung (Stall 413-414, Kansu St., Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon; 852/2771-0901) transforms pearls of every size, shape, and price into distinctive jewelry at her stall in the Jade Market. Be sure to phone ahead for an appointment.