“Preserving tradition, heightening discovery, celebrating individuality” … that was the opening punch line for Nicolas Clayton, CEO of Capella group at his 2018 Press Conference.

Clayton (pictured above) underlined the fact the Capella stands for independent leisure travellers, with a handful of hotels – now 8 in total. With the Capella Singapore making big news in 2018, thanks to the Trump – Kim summit, it created gave a big boost to Capella as a whole.

News from Capella

The group’s brand-new property in Shanghai has just received a Michelin star for its Pierre Gagnaire restaurant. The property opened last year in old French concession in Shanghai – with 55 villas.

Meanwhile, Capella Ubud opened in July with 23 luxury tents. “I call it Bohemian Luxury”, said Clayton, adding, “That’s the feeling I get when I am there, in any case.”

The four-hectare camp site is nestled between the rainforest and surrounding rice terraces along the sacred Wos River, where the local villagers of Keliki regularly gather for festive processions. In this picturesque location lies Capella Ubud, Bali, a unique collection of 22 one-bedroom retreats and a two- bedroom lodge.

Inspired by the first European explorers to settle in Bali in the early 1800s, celebrated architect and designer Bill Bensley created this stunning rainforest retreat as a tribute to their spirit of adventure, bringing the myths and legends of Bali’s exotic past to life. The retreat interiors are uniquely themed around camp life back in the days of the early settlers, using their individual skill sets as Captains, Naturalists, Cartographers, Photographers and Architects as a background design – a charming insight into the traditional way of life in the Bali of yesteryear.


The latest addition to the Capella Group is their first beach resort in China, Capella Sanya, on the southern tropical island of Hainan.

Capella Sanya is, said Clayton, one of the hospitality industry’s “most-anticipated resort openings of 2018”  – inspired by the fabled history of China’s ancient Maritime Silk Road and designed as a “collaborative art piece” by visionary ‘architects’ Jean-Michel Gathy and Bill Bensley. The private sanctuary amid lush gardens overlooking the South China Sea at Blessed Bay promises to “set a new benchmark for China’s luxury beach resorts”.

Capella Sanya features 190 of the island’s most luxurious rooms, suites and villas, from ocean-front and garden rooms to grand ocean and garden suites, one-to-four bedroom pool villas and a prestigious 440sqm chairman’s penthouse.

Styling by the two world-renowned resort designers in inspired by the fabled history of China’s ancient Maritime Silk Road through south-east Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa from the 2nd-century BCE to the 15th century.

Bangkok property – long in coming … but worth it

Capella Bangkok, which opened recently, was ten years in development. “This hotel could win a prize for the longest gestation period of any project, due to careful planning and urban development,” quipped Clayton. “We are going to be showing the best of what Bangkok has to offer – John and the team have been scouring the district looking for cool things. We want to create a great experience and hook people into Bangkok. There is not a heavy Thai theme – it is upscale residential in my view.”

Poised on the east bank of the River of Kings, Capella Bangkok is an integral part of the prestigious new development, Chao Phraya Estate. All 101 suites and villas offer unobstructed river views complemented by the exceptional hallmarks of Capella Hotels and Resorts, which was recently voted as the world’s fifth best hotel brand by readers of Travel + Leisure in the 2017 World’s Best Awards.

Capella Group also recently announced its entry to the Maldives with the planned opening in 2020 of the Capella Maldives resort. The new Maldives resort is situated about 40 minutes flight from Male.

“We understand the Maldives well and we understand what is needed to be extraordinary,” said Clayton.

Capella Maldives finds synergy between authentic island life and the contemporary elements that make up the perfect escape from the every day. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Hong Kong based interior designer André Fu, all 64 villas and mansions located on land or over water, are immersed in the beauty of the surrounding lagoon. Some residences will be for sale, which is revolutionary in the Maldives (15 unites for sale).