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AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018

Winners announced for AHEAD Asia 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a warehouse-turned-hotel in Singapore and a Maldivian guest suite perched above the ocean are among the winners of this year's Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Asias.

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
The Warehouse Hotel in Singapore won a host of prizes at this year's AHEAD Asia awards

The AHEAD Awards celebrates the best hotel projects across Asia, which have been finished between October 2016 and September 2017.

All submissions were assessed by a panel of hoteliers, architects and interior designers, based on experience offered to guests, aesthetic and commercial viability. The winners were announced on 15 March 2018 at a ceremony in Singapore's luxury Andaz hotel.

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
Guestrooms in the The Warehouse Hotel were also highly commended by the judging panel

The Warehouse Hotel in Singapore was 2018's big winner. As well as being named Hotel of the Year, it collected awards in the Guestrooms, Lobby & Public Space, and Urban Hotel – Conversion categories. The project, which was designed by Asylum Creative and Zarch Collaboartives, was described by judges as having a "refined design and stunning attention to detail".

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
Formerly a sugar mill, Alila Yangshuo guest accommodation collected the Resort Hotel award

Vector Architect's Alila Yangshuo guest accommodation in China's mountainous Guangxi region won the prize for Resort Hotel, commended for the "artisanal feel" of its material palette. The building, which was formerly a sugar mill, features 40,000 hand-pressed bricks.

Alila Yangshuo also came top in the Spa & Wellness category.

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
The chapel-like interiors of the Vommuli House Nature Discovery Center earned it first place in the Event Spaces category

Vommuli House Nature Discovery Centre in the St Regis Maldives was praised in the Event Spaces category. Hosting a culinary school, yoga studio, acupuncture clinic and more, the venue was recognised for its whitewashed, chapel-like interiors that boast views of the surrounding jungle.

The St Regis Maldives also came top in the Suite category for its contemporary John Jacob Astor Estate, which sits perched above the Indian Ocean on the westernmost point of an island lagoon.

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
The Suite category was topped by the John Jacob Astor Estate, which boasts uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean

The greenery-filled spaces of Singapore's Shangri-La Hotel were also awarded in Hotel Renovation & Restoration, while the planted courtyards and rooftop bar in Beijing's VUE hotel won the prize for Landscape & Outdoor Spaces.

AHEAD Asia Award winners 2018
The planted interiors of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore earnt it the Hotel Renovation & Restoration accolade

Asia is one of the four continents covered by AHEAD, which also celebrates exceptional hospitality projects from the Americas, Europe, and Middle East & Africas. The awards will culminate in a global biennale in 2019, where winners from each region will contend for worldwide titles.

See below for the full list of Asia winners:

Bar, Club or Lounge
Red Sugar at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

Event Spaces
Vommuli House Nature Discovery Center at St. Regis Maldives

The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

Hotel Renovation & Restoration
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Landscape & Outdoor Spaces
VUE Hotel Houhai Beijing

Lobby & Public Space
The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

Resort Hotel
Alila Yangshuo, Guilin

Brasserie at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Spa & Wellness
Spa Alila at Alila Yangshuo, Guilin

John Jacob Astor Estate at St. Regis Maldives

Urban Hotel – Conversion
The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

Urban Hotel – Newbuild
Kerry Hotel Hong Kong

Visual Identity
Jackalope, Victoria

New Concept
Trunk (Hotel), Tokyo

Outstanding Contribution
Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels

The Hotel of the Year
The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore