When it comes to uber-luxury, stylish hotels with impeccable service and delectable cuisine, Asia sets the bar pretty high. In this land of ancient cultures and fairy-tale scenery, there are an array of dazzling properties that are likely to be a highlight of any holiday, honeymoon or family getaway.
Deciding on favourites isn’t easy, but our specialists have managed come up with their top 6 luxury hotels in Asia. You could stay at the sophisticated Siam Bangkok where luxury living is taken to the next level or, if a rustic bungalow surrounded by lush rainforest is more your style, we recommend the blissfully remote Nihiwatu.
Located on the far-flung Indonesian island of Sumba, Nihiwatu offers modern day luxuries in the midst of tropical rainforests, white beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters. Staying in a bungalow or villa, you’ll have time for meditation and surfing; guided treks to stunning waterfalls; lounging on private beaches and visits to ancient villages. The ultimate escape.
With just eight spacious, luxury tents in the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, the Jawai Leopard Camp offers its guests an exclusive Indian safari experience. When you’re not in search of the elusive leopard, you could indulge in a treatment at the Spa, head out to explore the temples of Ranakpur, or enjoy a stunning private dinner on a granite kopje.
A unique experience in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, Ceylon Tea Trails will take you through the scenic landscape of the central highlands to stay at four luxurious bungalows. These beautifully restored former tea planter residences, with their elegant period furnishings and glorious mountain views, offer a unique taste of colonial-era luxury.
After exploring Japan’s bustling cities, where better to retreat to than the tranquil hills above Ago Bay – home of the Amanemu. The stylish villas and suites – with their private onsens, terraces and large windows – invite you to soak in the picturesque outdoors. You’ll have access to a water-themed restorative spa, and be within easy reach of sparkling lakes, holy shrines and World Heritage sites.
Inspired by the architecture of traditional Cambodian housing, Phum Baitang boasts superb facilities and a beautiful setting amongst eight acres of gardens, rice paddies and meadows. Accommodation includes 45 stilted villas – 20 of which have their own private plunge pools. At Phum Baitang you’ll be perfectly placed to discover the wonders of Siem Reap, including the famous temples of Angkor.
The suites and pool villas at The Siam Bangkok are amongst the most refined and spacious in the city, complete with high ceilings, walk-in showers, deep tubs and plush king-sized beds. Guests have access to a Spa, gym and library, not to mention the buzzing nightlife, shopping and historic sites of one of the world’s most exciting cities.