For a decadent vacation like no other, check into one of Asia's top luxury hotels, complete with six-star villas, dazzling infinity pools and gourmet fine dining too. Swoon!
Though we love our paradise island home, sometimes we like to check out the competition and see what else Asia has to offer, especially when it comes to luxury hotels and resorts. Far more than just a playground for backpackers, adventure junkies and culture seekers, the region is home to some of the world’s most decadent stays. From the deliberately rustic resorts in Indonesia to modern and opulent hotels in Malaysia, we’ve shortlisted out Top 14 luxury hotels and resorts in Asia for you to swoon over.
LUXURY HOTELS & RESORTS IN ASIA
1. Nihiwatu, Sumba – Indonesia
The “must-visit” destination for all well-heeled travellers to Indonesia is the multi-award-winning Nihiwatu Resort in Sumba. Rated as the number one hotel in the world for two years running, it’s the best of the best in the region. It’s an all-inclusive paradise, with rustic-chic ocean-view villas, 2.5 kilometres of private beach, 567 acres of unspoilt natural reserve and six-star luxuries, like a resort movie theatre, private beach club, an oceanfront library and, since Sumba is slated as the “Africa of Asia”, there’s even safaris and wild excursions around the island.
Nihiwatu Resort, Bali office: Kuta PoLeng Complex Block C/2, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, p. +62 361 757 149, e. [email protected]
2. Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
Ah, Marina Bay Sands. This iconic hotel in Singapore boasts plush rooms and fantastic views of the city skyline, harbour and gardens. Plus, guests get free access to the famous infinity pool and SkyPark Observation Deck for panoramic vistas. Let’s not forget you’re within walking distance of fabulous exhibitions at ArtScience Museum. And you can look forward to dining at world-famous restaurants too, like db Bistro and Oyster Bar, Mott32, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, and Waku Ghin. What’s not to love? Oh, and it’s also a pretty sweet spot for evening waterfront walks…
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
2. The Sanchaya Bintan – Riau
Located in Bintan’s previously untouched Lagoi Bay, The Sanchaya harks back to a glamorous bygone era, with its colonial, monochrome exterior structure. Within its interiors, Southeast Asian heritage is celebrated with a mish-mash of historical decor including Vietnamese artefacts, Peranakan-inspired tiles and lavish Thai silks. 21 villas and nine suites are up for booking here, with upscale amenities like Bang & Olufsen TVs, Apple TVs, iPads and enormous walk-in wardrobes.
The Sanchaya Bintan, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5 Lagoi Bay, P. Bintan, Kep. Riau, p. (62) 770 692200, e. [email protected].
4. Song Saa Private Islands – Cambodia
A luxurious oceanfront sanctuary for the well-heeled, Song Saa Private Islands remain almost entirely untouched, with its lush rainforests, gorgeous reefs and pristine beaches. Like its name suggests, the biggest draw here is privacy, so immersing yourself into this serene world is effortless. Whichever sanctuary you choose from the 27 breathtaking villas, each offers unhindered landscape views, private pools and high-end comforts – think oversized sunken bath tubs, Bose surround sound systems and even a mojito-making station and direct access to the ocean.
Song Saa Private Islands, Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia.
5. Taj Lake Palace – India
We’ve seen luxury resorts on the beach, but how about a hotel in the middle of a lake? Formally known as Jag Niwas, this heritage hotel has been around since the mid-1700s. It was previously used by Mewar royal family as a summer palace. The white marble walls are adorned with precious stones and ornamented niches; when lit at night, they reflect beautifully in the deep waters, like you’re floating on a jewel. You’ll also be treated to amazing views of the nearby City Palace, Aravalli Hills, and Machla Magra Hills.
Taj Lake Palace, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
6. Soneva Kiri Koh Kood – Thailand
A place that touts itself as “Thailand as it was years ago”, Koh Kood is reminiscent of ancient Siam, with untamed forestry, untouched beaches and a lively fishermen trade. Located only an hour away from busy Bangkok, the Soneva Kiri Koh Kood resort offers 14 accommodation types, ranging from secluded one-bedroom pool villas with beach access, to sprawling six-bedroom reserves. Spend your afternoons wiling away on the private beach, snuggling up under the stars with an outdoor flick at Cinema Paradiso, or drop everything and head to the Six Senses spa for one of the most heavenly experiences around.
Soneva Kiri Koh Hood, 110 Moo 4, Koh Kood Sub-District, Koh Kood District, Trat 23000, Thailand.
7. St. Regis Langkawi – Malaysia
In true St. Regis style, The St. Regis Langkawi has raised the bar for luxury on the Malaysian isle. At this paradise on earth, guests are treated to dips in the 100,000-square metre swimmable salt-water lagoon (which, FYI, integrates seamlessly with the Andaman Sea *swoon*) and 600 metres of pure, white sand beaches. The plush confines of this lush, all-suite resort also house exquisite dining destinations, a luxe spa with decadent treatments and bespoke cocktails over at The St. Regis Bar.
The St. Regis Langkawi, Beringin, Jalan Pantai Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
8. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia – Singapore
For a room with serious views, you’ll want to check-in to the ever-luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. offers a suite escape with its range of spacious rooms built with windows flaunting a picturesque view of the Marina Bay skyline. Enjoy a bubble bath in its marble bathroom that boasts a palatial tub; we’re certain you’ll be soaking for some time. Plus, you’ve probably seen those money shots with the famous window over the tub on your Instagram feed. To top it off, have a delectable buffet breakfast at the glitzy hotel restaurant Colony. Catch the morning sun and snap away!
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
9. Six Senses Laamu – Maldives
We can’t talk about luxury hotels in Asia without mentioning this dreamy Maldives resort. Being the only hotel on Laamu Atoll, you can only reach it by plane and boat from the airport. Choose to stay in palm-thatched villas on land or be close to the Indian Ocean in overwater villas built on stilts (you might even spot local dolphins!). Despite being so remote, there are plenty of things to do here. You can surf, go on a sunset dhoni cruise, and even watch movies in the jungle. Bonus points for its sustainability initiatives that include tree reforestation and coral replanting.
Six Senses Laamu, Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll 15090, Maldives
10. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa – Philippines
Exclusivity begins the moment you arrive at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa’s welcome lounge in Caticlan. Here, you’ll be whisked away via private speedboat to the isle’s only deluxe resort. We recommend checking into the Seaview Suite for the luxury experience; the hideaway features spacious rooms, and an outdoor jacuzzi close enough to hear the sound of the crashing waves. For an activity-packed weekend, head to the ocean – there’s a myriad of sea activities on offer, like kayaking, parasailing, and deep sea diving.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan 5608, Philippines.
11. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay – Vietnam
Sitting in a dramatic bay on the East Vietnam Sea, this swanky resort boasts an array of gorgeous accommodation, with the rock pool villas (set amongst the bay’s rock formations) and the water pool villas (built on the edge of water) stealing the spotlight. If languorously lazing around in your villa simply isn’t an option, there are plenty of excursions to fill up your day, including romantic cruises, island hopping and trips to hot springs down the winding Cai River.
Six Sense Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Vân, Ninh Hòa, Ninh Vân, Vietnam.
12. The Oberoi, Lombok – Indonesia
With Bali becoming ever-popular, those looking for ultimate luxury and serenity in Indonesia are hopping over to Lombok, home to the gorgeous The Oberoi, Lombok resort. Tucked away in the enchanting Medana Bay with exclusive beach access and sunset views over Bali’s volcanic Mount Agung, The Oberoi, Lombok is seriously stunning. It spans twenty-four acres of beautifully manicured gardens abundant with indigenous trees, flaming bougainvillea and a spectacular infinity pool overlooking the water. There’s even a croquet lawn, tennis courts, its own scuba diving centre, al fresco dining and gorgeous lolling spots for ocean-view cocktails and palm-shaded brunches.
The Oberoi, Lombok, Medana beach, Tanjung, North Lombok, Indonesia, p.+62 370 6138 444 e. [email protected]
13. Rayavadee Krabi – Thailand
Think Phuket’s done-to-death? Hop over to its quieter cousin, Krabi – gorgeous beaches are aplenty here without the tourist flock. Skip the usual resort hotels and check into the Rayavadee if you’re planning to splurge. Located in the heart of Phranang Peninsula on the border of Krabi Marine National Park, the resort’s 100 two-storey pavilions are scattered throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves. The range of accommodation starts from the Deluxe Pavilion with its swish tropical decor, to the sprawling Family Pavilion with its own pool and sweeping interiors.
Rayavadee Krabi, 214 Moo 2, Tumbon Ao-Nang Amphur Muang 81000, Krabi, Thailand, e. [email protected].
14. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa – Philippines
Located at the Southernmost tip of Bohol in the Philippines, this beach-fringed, paradisiacal hideaway is the epitome of rustic luxury. Named after the only known indigenous tribe of Bohol, Eskaya exudes a village-like feel, with its 15 balais (villas) inspired by traditional Filipino architecture and constructed out of materials like bamboo and thatch. While its glittering infinity pool and swim-up bar is a magnet for cocktail-sipping sun-soakers, it’s the utterly gorgeous, crystal clear beaches adjacent to the resort that entice the international jet-setters.
Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines, e. [email protected].
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