Fresh Stops

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Innovative design unify the following coming and just-opened hotels, which are among the most promising debuts of the new year.


Amanyangyun, Shanghai

When a new reservoir threatened their destruction, an entire camphor forest and 50 Ming and Qing dynasty-era houses were moved 400 miles from the Jiangxi province to the outskirts of Shanghai and refashioned into Amanyangyun. After 15 years of conservation work, the resort was to open January 8, with 13 villas in the reconstructed houses featuring modern interiors and 24 additional suites. 


The Murray, Hong Kong

Formerly home to Hong Kong government offices, the iconic 1969 white high-rise known as the Murray Building will reopen this month as The Murray hotel. The British architectural firm Foster & Partners has undertaken its transformation to a 336-room hotel spanning 25 floors. Among five restaurants and lounges, the rooftop bar will overlook the city’s business district and Hong Kong Park. 


Hotel St. George, Helsinki

Already a member of Design Hotels, the 153-room Hotel St. George will open in the spring in a historic building largely designed by the architect Onni Tarjanne and formerly home to the Finnish Literature Society. A ground-floor gallery will exhibit a large-scale sculpture of a dragon by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and an 18-foot-long brass bird by sculptor Pekka Jyllhä will hang from the glass ceiling of the winter garden. 


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Calilo, Ios Island

The former Wall Street trader Angelos Michalopoulos has acquired about a quarter of the island of Ios in the Aegean Sea where his new 30-suite Calilo resort is expected to open next summer with solar power, geothermal cooling and building materials such as marble and granite quarried at the beachfront site. 



Capella Ubud, Bali

The designer Bill Bensley, whose extensive résumé includes the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp in Thailand, brings his romantic colonial style to the Capella Ubud in the upland rice-growing region of Bali. Opening in early 2018, its 22 tents and a two-bedroom lodge come with plunge pools on a jungle property where even the gym, library and restaurants are tented. 


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Mukan Resort, Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Quintana Roo

On Mexico’s southern Caribbean coast, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protects tropical forests, mangrove channels, lagoons and part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. To get to Mukan Resort, which opened on an islet in the preserve in December, guests of its four beachfront bungalows and five suites take a 45-minute boat ride from Tulum. Come to snorkel, paddle and fish. 


Bunga­lows at Mukan Resort in Mexico. To get to the resort, guests take a 45-minute boat ride from Tulum Mexci­o.

Text Elaine Glusac Featured photograph New York Times