Luxury Holiday Destination Asia – Relaxing on a sweet white sandy beach while staying at a luxury hotel in Asia is at the top of many travel wish lists, and for good reason. The continent’s coastline is fringed by some of the world’s most spectacular wild beaches and home to some of the most exclusive ultra-luxury resorts globally, renowned for their impeccable level of service, superb cuisine and unique design. The standard of luxury travel in this part of the world is unrivaled (with prices to match), although Asia – especially Southeast Asia – also caters to low-budget travelers. While it’s impossible to rank all beach hotels (as traveler tastes vary), I’ve made my own list of the top 10 truly outstanding Asian beach resorts that totally blew me away and left a lasting impression remember.
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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay enjoys a spectacular setting in a spectacular bay, giving the feeling of being in an exclusive private island resort. Impressive rock formations, coral reefs, golden sands and towering mountains behind all add to the luxurious feeling of being at one with nature. The spa resort showcases the authenticity of the destination, with architecture that incorporates Vietnamese traditions. The 58 superb accommodations – featuring Six Senses’ signature eco-chic design – are all private villas with private plunge pools.
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The St. Regis Langkawi is located on an idyllic bay in the south of Langkawi Island, overlooking a private white-sand beach along the Andaman Sea. It has 85 suites, including 20 pool suites and four over-water villas, each with stunning views of the Straits of Malacca. All rooms are equipped with the iconic St. Regis butler service, which provides round-the-clock customized services to meet the various needs of each guest. Resort facilities include a stunning swimming pool, gymnasium and function spaces, as well as access to extended conference facilities at the ultra-modern Langkawi International Convention Centre.
Soori Bali, on the southwestern coast of the Isle of the Gods, might just be synonymous with paradise. Close to the island’s famous Tanah Lot temple, this luxurious beachfront resort invites you to a deeper level of relaxation than ever before. Nestled between lush rice fields and an absolutely gorgeous, glistening volcanic black sand beach lapped by the thundering waves of the Indian Ocean, Soori Bali’s luxurious villas fully integrate the beach experience into their dynamic mix of spaces. The perfect balance of serenity and energy, Bali does a great job of soothing and stimulating the senses.
Despite being over 10 years old, this chic 6-star resort still offers a level of style and sophistication unrivaled in the world. Designed in the shape of a majestic octopus, One&Only Reethi Rah boasts a remarkable 6 kilometers (3, 7 miles) of coastline. Nestled on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, adorned with endless white-sand beaches and turquoise bays, all 130 spacious villas are secluded in beautiful landscapes, each with its own secluded beach or clear Saltwater lagoon on private deck. Service and catering are designed for guests accustomed to world-class standards. One&Only Reethi Rah is a favorite of royals and Hollywood A-listers.
Amanwella is nestled among mature coconut groves facing a crescent beach near the village of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. The resort takes its name from the Sanskrit word aman, or “peace,” and the Sinhala name of the beach, wella. All 30 suites at this beachfront resort feature their own private pools and terraces, and feature a contemporary design that incorporates local materials and touches, such as unique terracotta roof tiles and hand-hewn stone walls. The ocean and beach views are unobstructed, flanked by two rocky headlands. The resort is managed by Aman, the world’s most prestigious hotel brand.
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Located in the stunning Baa Atoll archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere, Soneva Fushi is a pristine deserted island hideaway in the Maldives. While it may be older than the fancier, newer Maldives resorts, it has the incredible advantage of being completely surrounded by one of the most beautiful, soft-sand, palm-fringed beaches on the planet. Large Robinson Crusoe-style multi-bedroom luxury villas and private homes are tucked away among lush tropical foliage. In keeping with the castaway theme, many of the structures were constructed to resemble treehouses. All open to their own private sugar-white sand beaches, and most have their own private saltwater pools.
With 9 overwater villas in addition to 18 garden and beach villas, this resort is sheer 5-star plus luxury that you might not expect in Cambodia. It’s certainly not cheap, and the resort offers all-inclusive packages for all guests, including extras like free laundry service, so it’s more value than it looks. The overwater villas here are huge, each with a private pool on their deck, and all the ultra-luxury amenities you could want. Since opening in 2011, Song Saa has built a reputation for impeccable service and superb food.
Aman debuted in Vietnam in 2013 with the launch of a modern beachfront resort and full-service Aman Spa. Named after the Sanskrit word for “peace” and noi meaning “place,” Amanoi is a serene retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay in Nui Chua National Park, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Amanoi is a unique modern seaside resort offering complete privacy in beautifully designed accommodations, housed in 31 Pavilions, some with private pools, and five Aman Villas, all set on the hillside with stunning views. Impressive view.
Soneva Kiri sits on Koh Kood, Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island in the Gulf of Siam, a long way from Bangkok but a 1.5-hour flight on the resort’s private jet. Dubbed Thailand’s most exclusive beach resort, its 24 spectacular private villas are built into hillsides covered in ancient rainforest. Take your own stroller to the private and stunning beach shaded by coconut trees, where your toes will dip into the powdery soft sand, where you can stroll through the pristine waters and let the sea lap your calves .
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In Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru, which is part of the uninhabited group of five islands in Noonu Atoll. The most exclusive hotel in the Maldives is surrounded by pristine beaches covered in lush tropical foliage and surrounded by a 5.6 km (3, 4 mile) lagoon with crystal clear waters and 360-degree panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Each of the 24 overwater villas has a private pool and access to its own lagoon, some with slides that slide directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villa is the master bedroom’s retractable roof, which slides back at the touch of a button so guests can lie in bed and gaze up at the stars.
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Discover Six Senses Laamu, a private island paradise where sustainability is at the heart of everything. Sophisticated and unique, Six Senses is the only resort in the southern Maldives Laamu Atoll, surrounded by a variety of marine life. Experience true luxury amidst lush greenery, or bask in the sea breeze in an overwater villa. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed a luxurious villa crafted from natural materials that complement its surroundings.
Six Senses properties offer a wealth of experiences, many of which offer educational instruction on sustainability and showcase the resort’s efforts in this area. Learn about the immensely important marine life of Laamu Atoll through marine conservation demonstrations, sea turtle hatching, and a tour with a marine biologist. Take a hands-on tour of the organic gardens led by the resident chef, and learn more about the resort’s environmental processes with the Heart of the House tour.
✓ 50% of water sold in all restaurants goes to provide clean drinking water to local communities
✓ Manta ray conservation work in partnership with Manta Trust UK. 125 resident manta rays and 400 resident sea turtles identified and protected by its marine team
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