Where to Stay: New hotel openings in Auckland, Koh Phi Phi and Bangkok

Metropolis AVANI Residences, Auckland 

Metropolis AVANI Residences

Location: Auckland CBD within the main shopping district and across from Albert Park, walking distance of Auckland Art Gallery and the vibrant Waterfront
Grade: Midscale
Keys: 370 one- and two-bedroom apartments with living and dining areas and kitchens
Facilities: 22-metre heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spa, steam room, sauna and cardio gym
They say: “AVANI appeals to independent travellers who seek unique experiences and great hospitality with a modern feel.”
We say: Former 40-story Metro Suites hotel to rebranded and refurbished as Metropolis AVANI Residences
Opening: October

Hillside Pool Villas, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

Hillside Pool Villas, Phi Phi Island

Location: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Grade: Upscale
Keys: Fourteen 79-sqm Beachfront Junior Suites with balconies, twelve 110-sqm Hillside Pool Villas with views of Loh Ba Gao Bay and 6 x 4 metre private pools
Facilities: All-day-dining restaurant Api, coffee shop Bean/Co, The Beach House Grill & Chill, traditional Ruan Thai restaurant, breakfast on the balcony, High Tea at the suites and villas
They say: “Phi Phi has really blossomed since its backpacker days and has even now moved beyond flash-packer status.” – Chao Treenawong, GM, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
We say: Reopening after a THB 160 million (USD 4.5 million) refurbishment
Opening: Now

Akyra Thonglor Bangkok

Akyra Thonglor Bangkok

Location: Sukhumvit 55, in the fashionable Thonglor district
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 148 studios and one- to three-bedroom suites, from 37 sqm to 154 sqm, with floor-to-ceiling windows
Facilities: Breakfast restaurant, gym, swimming pool, connected to Ei8ht Thonglor lifestyle mall
They say: “Hotel stays have become much more about the atmosphere, experience and ambiance they create. Elegance can be extravagant but understated, luxurious but expressive.” – Founder and MD of Akaryn Hotel Group, Anchalika Kijkanakorn
We say: Ongoing re-styling project by Thai conceptual architecture and interior design team BEGRAY, inspired by the 1920s
Opening: Now

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