When people think of travelling to Asia, most think of cheap hostels, young backpackers and a wide variety of street food. This is an option for all of those who wish to experience this while in Asia. For those with deep pockets and a need for luxury while vacationing Asia is just the place.
Luxury hotels in Asia are like none other in the world, they can be found in the cities, oceanfront and up in the mountains. Excellent hospitality in Asia’s luxury scene is very important and therefore, staff will go the extra step to ensure customer satisfaction. Since life in Asian countries can be relatively cheap depending on location, you might think that a holiday in a luxury retreat is less expensive compared to those in North America and Europe, but don’t be fooled: many luxury resorts begin at $900+ a night, no cheap trip when luxury is an necessity.
10. Amanpulo Resort, Pamalican Island, Philippines – $950+/Night
Staying at the Amanpulo Resort in the Philippines is pure romance. Set on a private island in the Sulu Sea, this luxury retreat will provide anyone a holiday to never forget. Worried you will get bored, spending your days on a private island? Don’t worry, because Amanpulo has everything to keep you busy as you wish to be. Several bars and a restaurant, a spa, a tennis court and a library with magazines, books, DVDs and CDs will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Anyone who enjoys a good swim can choose for the swimming pool, surrounded by day and sun beds, or the private beach, which is footsteps away from the guest rooms. A treetop casita at the Amanpulo Resort starts at $950 per night, including breakfast.
9. Hoshinoya, Kyoto, Japan – $1,000+/Night
Hoshinoya is tucked away in the hills, alongside of a river and is considered the jewel of the area. Staying at this retreat is a mix of modern architecture and a traditional Japanese guest house. Since this retreat is only accessible by boat, guests can enjoy total tranquility, accompanied by colorful gardens and à la carte dining in the resort’s restaurant. Hoshinoya has 25 guest rooms, all overlooking the river and hills, and because tranquility is the main focus at Hoshinoya, facilities are kept simple, but exquisite with a library lounge and a drawing room. A night at the Hoshinoya starts at $1,000. Meals are included.
8. Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand – $1,000+/Night
Within tropical gardens on the coast of Hua Hin, you will find this world-renowned health resort. Chiva-Som is dedicated to wellbeing through a holistic approach. The coastal town Hua Hin used to be a holiday retreat for the Thai royal family, but is now also a favorite of Bangkok’s elite. The resort offers numerous programs, such as stress relief, weight management and detox treatments, all assembled for individuals. Although health is the main focus at Chiva-Som, it doesn’t affect the retreat’s restaurant, which has won several awards for its fine cuisine. Other amenities at Chiva-Som are plentiful and make the retreat also suitable for guests who don’t wish to participate in any of the health programs. Chiva-Som has 58 guest rooms and an ocean room starts at $1,000 per night, including breakfast.
7. Villa Yin, Phuket, Thailand – $1,100+/Night
Villa Yin is a true luxury gem on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand. The traditional Thai architecture and the dazzling collection of contemporary art, along with the amenities in this luxury retreat will leave you breathless. The spectacular half-acre property overlooks the Andaman Sea and offers privacy at its best. The villa has four bedrooms, a large marble infinity pool and some other luxury features are a wine cellar, sauna, massage room and a home cinema. Those who stay at Villa Yin have three live-in staff members at their service 24 hours per day and a private chef and babysitting is available upon request. Rates for Villa Yin start at $1,100 per night.
6. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia – $1,200+/Night
A 35-minute boat ride from beach town Sihanoukville will take you to a private island called Song Saa, where guests can enjoy untouched paradise. Tropical reefs, white beaches and rain forest will make you forget about everything in life. Song Saa, which can be translated to The Sweethearts, is made out of two small islands that are connected by a footbridge. This luxury retreat offers a large infinity swimming pool, spa treatments, a yoga and meditation center and water sports facilities. The restaurant offers a mix of traditional Cambodian and modern cuisine, focused on fresh and local ingredients. A night in one of the villas at Song Saa starts at $1,200 per night. The resort has an Always-Included policy, meaning guests have unlimited access to all facilities and all meals are included.
5. Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand – $1,350+/Night
Koh Kood is known to be the most luxurious island getaway in Thailand and is home to tropical rain forests and dramatic waterfalls. Luxury retreat Soneva Kiri has 35 villas, tucked away in a secluded bay and surrounded by palm trees. All of the villas overlook the turquoise sea and white, sandy beaches and guests are invited to have dinner at a treetop dining pod or on the retreat’s private beach, where organic Thai cuisine will be served with ingredients from the retreat’s own garden. Soneva Kiri offers a spa, swimming pool, cooking classes, fitness facilities and a tennis court. A night at Soneva Kiri starts at $1,350 per night, including breakfast.
4. Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido, Philippines – $1,500+/Night
A 25-minute boat ride from El Nido will take you to this secluded island. The Pangulasian Island Resort has 42 villas with a private balcony on the beach, a balcony overlooking the forest or a private swimming pool. The resort has a private white, sandy beach overlooking the turquoise waters and is a great starting point for diving trips in the area. Pangulasian Island Resort has many facilities, including a fine dining restaurant, wellness center, a bar and an infinity swimming pool. Although there are no fitness facilities at this retreat, the island is great for hiking and water sports. A night in a villa starts at $1,500, including breakfast.
3. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives – $1,600+/Night
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is where pure luxury is offered in an unpretentious way. Conrad Maldives was previously voted for Best Luxury Resort in the Maldives and it offers three resort experiences spread over two small islands. Once you get off of the 30-minute seaplane flight that takes you to the island, you will not have to leave until you return home. Conrad Maldives is home to 11 restaurants and bars, two spa centers and it has an extensive list of excursions and water sports facilities. The waters around Conrad Maldives are home to whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and a beautiful coral reef for divers. There are 150 units, ranging from a beach suite to deluxe villas with sea view, all offering privacy, peace and a surreal scenery. A night in a villa at Conrad Maldives starts at $1,600.
2. Akatsuki Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand – $1,180+/Night
This tranquil retreat on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand sits on the beach, facing five islands across the lagoon. Its unique design is a mix of Thai and Japanese architecture and the retreat was especially designed to make guests feel at home. Akatsuki is home to a series of infinity pools and an ocean-facing terrace where guests can enjoy a delightful dinner. Akatsuki has five suites and is able to accommodate up to 17 guests; however, to give their guests the ultimate feeling of a luxury holiday, they cater only to one booking per day. Upon arrival, guests may choose any of the suites they like and the entire resort and staff will be exclusively available. A suite at Akatsuki starts at $1,180 per night, including breakfast.
1. Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai, Thailand – $3,000/Night
We’ll admit it: those who are seeking for a luxury retreat by turquoise waters will not find it here; however, the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai is one of the most exclusive luxury experiences one could have. In Northern Thailand you will have the adventure of a lifetime by staying in the untouched jungle and by trekking on elephants through mountain trails. A tented camp is really not the right choice of words for this luxury retreat, which features a custom made hot tub on a private deck, spectacular views of the mountains, an outdoor rain shower and all the comforts you can expect from a luxury accommodation. The Four Seasons Tented Camp offers an all-inclusive stay, including meals, spa treatments and a trekking through the jungle. Of course, this retreat would not be complete without a relaxing pool, a gym and a cooking school on-site. An adventurous night at the Four Seasons Tented Camp starts at $3,000. All amenities and services are included.