Hong Kong, Bangkok and the Maldives this week's big new hotels

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This week's hotel news was dominated by the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the world's tallest hotel.

Located at the very top of Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre, the five-star property boasts 312 guest rooms with stunning views across the bay and the island's world-famous skyline.

Guests can tuck into three restaurants, offering Chinese, Italian and contemporary Asian cuisine, along with several bars and the world's highest al-fresco terrace.

There is also an enormous ESPA Spa, which offers treatment rooms with panoramic views, as well as an infinity pool on the 118th floor for one of the world's most unique swimming experiences.

Book before April 30 for introductory room rates from HKD 3,888 (€350) a night.


Another major opening this week was the St Regis Bangkok, in the heart of the Thai capital.

The 227-room property offers some fairly impressive views of its own, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, with Lumphini Park on one side and the glowing lights of Bangkok's downtown on the other.

Butlers are on hand for all guests and there are several restaurants and bars to choose from, including a poolside bar and the impressive Viu restaurant, serving cuisine from around the world.

Book before June 30 for opening weekend rates from Baht 7,300 (€170) a night


Park Hyatt landed in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean this week, relaunching an existing property as the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

Previously known as the Alila Villas Hadahaa (which won several prestigious awards from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler), the hotel offers 50 luxurious villas with private decks, 14 of which are elevated and offer stunning views over the Indian Ocean to the horizon.

The isolated resort offers two restaurants, a pool bar, several swimming and spa pools, a fitness center and a PADI diving center.