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Asia’s hot list: 22 luxurious new hotels opening in 2018

 It seems a new hotel opens up every day in Asia, where a tourism boom is expected to continue well into the next decade.

Tourism was up 9% in 2016, and by 2030 the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts the Asia-Pacific region will register 535 million arrivals annually.

Naturally, hotel developers are racing to keep pace.

The new year’s hottest hotel openings are as diverse and dynamic as the regions themselves, including big-name global brands, heritage renovation projects and ambitious architectural pursuits.

Here, we’ve rounded up 22 of the most anticipated newcomers of 2018.

Asia's hot list: 22 luxurious new hotels opening in 2018

Asia’s hot list: 22 luxurious new hotels opening in 2018

These beauties provide new ways to experience a few of our favorite destinations, from a remote beach resort in Okinawa to glamping in Cambodia, a heritage project in Hong Kong and a relaxing wellness getaway in jam-packed Jakarta.

Touching down at the beginning of 2018, The Murray is one of the most anticipated hotels of the year.

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Designed by Foster + Partners, the hotel has renovated a colonial-era heritage building in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district, right by Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens.

Built in the 1960s, the original Murray Building (designed by architect Ron Phillips) was best known for its majestic three-story archways and sustainable design, which includes angled windows to minimize direct sunlight.    Read more