If you’re looking for a new holiday destination, there are so many countries in Asia now opening up to the world. There was a time when it was difficult to find a hotel that met Western standards but these days, there’s no problem finding a luxury hotel in Asia. Most Asian holidays offer plenty of choices for travellers who love luxury. Here are 10 luxury resorts you’ll love.
1-Phum Baitang, Cambodia
Opened on 1 September 2015, Phum Baitang is a luxury resort near Siem Reap in Cambodia near Angkor Wat World Heritage Site. It’s an elegant green hideaway with lush gardens and paddy fields. There are 45 timber villas with thatched roofs built on stilts and inspired by traditional Cambodian designs (20 with plunge pool).
Hop on a tuk tuk and take a ride to an ancient farmhouse, which is now a relaxing zone for guests furnished with an ambience of Cambodia’s Colonial era. The lounge has rattan wing chairs and plush oriental carpets.
The restaurant has a market vibe, allowing guests to choose their own ingredients and spices. Rice is sourced from the surrounding paddy fields. And there’s a spa temple with a tranquil yoga pavilion and an outdoor pool to unwind after exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat.
2-NUO Hotel Beijing, China
Live like an Emperor in NUO Hotel Beijing is a Ming Dynasty inspired hotel that opened on 5 June 2015.
NUO Hotel Beijing is an uber-modern palace with more than a nod to Ming Dynasty heritage. China’s Ming Dynasty was a hub of trade and culture so it’s fitting that the design incorporates famous Ming Dynasty-era figures including Wen Zhenheng, who documented a unique philosophy of interior design 500 years ago.
China’s Ming Dynasty was a hub of trade and culture so it’s fitting that the design incorporates famous Ming Dynasty-era figures including Wen Zhenheng, who documented a unique philosophy of interior design 500 years ago.
The theme follows a Zen-influenced minimalist interior design trend.
Located near Beijing’s Art Zone 798, NUO Hotel Beijing is a perfect spot for art lovers. The hotel has its own art gallery. Throughout the hotel, there are artworks by talented Chinese artists, including four artworks by renown Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi.
In the lobby is a five-metre by two-metre oil painting and a three-metre tall and 10 tall blue and white painted porcelain vases.
There are 438 guestrooms (55 are suites) and an Executive Club Lounge. A feature of the hotel is all rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of the city.
3-Alila Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Check in and chill out at Alila Seminyak, a garden retreat with spectacular views in Bali.
Relax around the resort’s four swimming pools or at the temple on the grounds.
This tranquil Bali hideaway opened on October 1, 2015 and has 240 rooms with six types to choose from, ranging from 48 sqm to an enormous penthouse with a swimming pool.
The resort has a spa, relaxed beach bar, kids centre and five pools.
There’s an all-day dining restaurant as well as an Indonesian restaurant. Or wander next door for fun and frivolity. The resort is in a great location next to Bali’s cool Potato Head Beach Club.
4-Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, China
China’s first Six Senses spa resort is located in picturesque Sichuan. Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain opened August 2015 and is a restful spot to base yourself while exploring the region.
Qing Cheng Mountains has 36 peaks and is home to Giant Pandas, Buddhist and Taoist temples and UNESCO World Heritage Dujiangyan.
The region was the start of the Silk Road and was featured in Kung Fu Panda II.
Of course, there’s a Six Senses Spa with locally-inspired treatments as well as signature therapies.
The 113 rooms offer luxurious accommodation in semi-detached suites within duplex villas as well as courtyard suites, garden and pool villas.
5-Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (opened 21 October 2015) is a French luxury resort on Sentosa Island. Located above Tanjong Beach, this super sleek clifftop resort is a great spot to watch the sunset.
Like most Sofitel hotels, the lobby is impressive.
There’s a lighting installation inspired by the Milky Way hanging from the ceiling.
The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and has views of the South China Sea.
There are 215 rooms, suites and villas. The 1,300sqm Celebrations & Events Centre has plenty of outdoor areas with sea views. So SPA has 14 indoor treatment rooms and six tranquil outdoor spa pavilions.
6-The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam
A glamorous Venetian palazzo opened in September 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City. The Reverie Saigon is decked out with luxurious Italian furnishings and is one of the most fashionable resorts in Vietnam.
From the unique ceiling installation, designed with hand-blown Murano glass and steel ‘Arabesque Egg’ chandeliers, to a five-metre long sofa of purple ostrich leather, the furnishings at The Reverie Saigon are sumptuous.
A Bechstein grand piano that dates back to 1895 has been reinterpreted by Baldi as an art installation, displayed outside the La Scala Ballroom.
Every part of the resort is decked out with handcrafted furnishings from around the world, from French fine-dining restaurant Café Cardinal, which has lamps from Brazil, to the Saigon Suite, with its Allen dining table and reproduction Frank Lloyd Wright Barrel chairs.
The hotel occupies part of the 39-storey Times Square tower.
The Spa at The Reverie Saigon has 10 treatment rooms, steam and sauna facilities and beauty rooms.
7-The Sanchaya, Bintan Indonesia
A European-style haven in Indonesia, The Sanchaya Bintan is a 21 villa/nine-suite resort right on the beach at Lagoi Bay. There’s a clubhouse, two restaurants, bar, wine cellar and cigar lounge.
There’s a clubhouse, two restaurants, bar, wine cellar and cigar lounge.
The resort was inspired by the European Salons of the 18th and 19th centuries and the décor is a fusion of Asian and European culture, with art, antiques and other stylish furnishings.
A taxi from Changi Airport to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (where the hotel has a VIP lounge) is only a 15-minute trip. Or you can fly directly to Bintan from Jakarta.
Surrounded by tropical rainforest and mangroves, The Sanchaya is a tropical island getaway.
8-Studio City, Macao
Hollywood goes to Macau at the glitzy new Studio City, which opened in December 2015.
The casino resort is a joint venture between Australian zillionaire James Packer and Melco Crown Entertainment.
Attractions include the 4D ride Batman Dark Flight, a Warner Bros fun zone with arcade games and the world’s first figure eight Ferris wheel, which is a wonder that hangs 130 meters between two of Studio City’s hotel towers.
Studio City is a mega resort complex with 1,600 rooms shared across two towers (Star Tower and Celebrity Tower).
There’s an indoor heated pool and health club in the Star Tower and the Star Club serves breakfast, snacks and drinks.
Macau is Asia’s entertainment hub but the Special Administrative Region of China is also a UNESCO World Heritage site with plenty of culture and history. For more things to do in Macau see our Best of Macau section.
9-St Regis, Macao
St. Regis Macao is a 400-room hotel in Cotai Central in Macau. Located in the vibrant entertainment Cotai Strip, St Regis is an integrated resort destination with shopping, dining and entertainment.
The hotel has five restaurants, from fine dining to bistro and the St. Regis Bar serves up a Macanese version of the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail (Did you know The Bloody Mary was invented in St Regis New York in the 1900s?)
Macau’s version is called the Maria do Leste or Mary of the East.
The cocktail is a zesty concoction of traditional ingredients with added spices (such as pink peppercorns and piri-piri) that were brought to Macau by Portuguese sailors.
High up on the 38th floor, Iridium Spa is a haven of tranquillity in the sky with bird’s eye views of the vibrant Cotai Strip. Treat yourself to a stay in a suite fit for a king.
10-Sheraton Nanchang Hotel, China
Sheraton Nanchang Hotel opened in December 2015 in Jiangxi Province.
Located by the Gan River, in the city of Nanchang, the hotel is located in a big city with a population of over five million people.
The hotel has 350 rooms and suites with city or river views and all the mod cons you’d expect in a luxury city hotel. There’s high-speed internet access, flat TV screens and comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Beds.
Nanchang is often remembered for the Nanchang Uprising in 1927 where the military banner of the People’s Liberation Army was initially raised. But it’s also rich in history and has beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes.
There’s plenty for tourists, including the Anyi Ancient Village (a national cultural site with 120 historic homes from the Ming and Qing dynasties), the Shengjin Pagoda (for views of the city) and the Tengwang, Huanghe, and Yueyang pavilions along the Gan River.
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