New hotels: The Westin Yokohama, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, and more

TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements

The Westin Yokohama, Japan
Opened on June 13, the 373-key hotel in Yokohama’s new central business district, Minato Mirai, offers guests access to popular sightseeing spots for a good mix of business and leisure.

Designed by leading architecture and design firm G.A. Design of London, The Westin Yokohama draws inspiration from the concept of biophilia, and incorporates elements that reflect Yokohama’s history as a port city and its local culture.

The lobby on the 23rd floor offers stunning views towards Mount Fuji and features a soaring indoor garden with lighting to convey the Japanese philosophy of “shinrin yoku”, also known as forest bathing.

The Westin’s six pillars of well-being – Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well – are brought into the hotel’s guest experience, such as through Heavenly Bath rain showers in guestrooms.

Other facilities include five F&B outlets, a dedicated wellness floor, as well as indoor and outdoor event spaces.

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Indonesia
The adults-only Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is Banyan Tree Group’s newest brand and property.

Set in an off-the-beaten-track, untouched part of northern Ubud, the resort adopts a “no walls, no doors” concept. There are 16 balés (villas), and all are designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and sounds of nature through a bold taste of ‘The Naked Experience’ where only a thin veil separates guests from nature.

At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The menu concept, 70 per cent of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.

The resort’s Toja Spa adopts well-being traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, offering an “open” garden experience.

A calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events are offered to give guests a richer experience of the destination and surroundings.

Parklane Bohol Resort and Spa, the Philippines
Parklane Bohol Resort and Spa beckons travellers with a private beach cove, breathtaking views of the sea, sky and gardens, and well-appointed rooms.

Opened in May, the beachfront resort has eight rooms in each of its 11 two-storey villas. Each room has a balcony.

Facilities include three swimming pools, a restaurant, and spaces for corporate functions, team building activities and destination weddings.

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