Travel is back and we couldn’t be happier! Now it’s time to start planning the ultimate Asian getaways.
After years of daydreaming about holidays to far-flung vacations, the time has finally come to put firm travel plans in place. As we head into 2023 we’re thinking of indulging and booking those amazing and iconic hotels and resorts for a vacation you’ll be talking about for years to come!
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Soneva Jani — Maldives
The Maldives is a bucket list destination as it is, but for that extra sense of luxury you can’t go past Soneva Jani’s overwater bungalows which come complete with a waterslide into the picture-perfect turquoise waters.
Soneva Jani, www.soneva.com
Rosewood — Luang Prabang, Laos
Strolling around the quiet streets of historic Luang Prabang is a treat made that much more special by booking your stay at Rosewood Luang Prabang. Book your Hilltop Tent to wake fully immersed in the lush jungle.
Rosewood Luang Prabang, www.rosewoodhotels.com
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Song Saa Private Island — Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
If you needed an extra excuse to put a private island paradise on your hotel bucket list, the sustainable ethos that underpins Song Saa Private Island will have you feeling good about booking your stay. Its wooden overwater bungalows are built from reclaimed timber and feature up-cycled decor and repurposed furniture. Plus, the gourmet food is whipped up from locally-sourced ingredients. Spend your days snorkelling the pristine coral reefs, wandering rainforest paths or simply kick back and relax.
Song Saa Private Island, www.songsaacollective.com
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort — Chiang Rai, Thailand
What’s better than glamping in a bubble tent? Watching rescued elephants roam freely just meters from your luxury lodge. The rooms and suites of the resort overlook the misty mountains that form the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, and there are a variety of ethical elephant experiences on offer, but for a truly memorable trip, you’ll want to book a stay in your very own jungle bubble.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, www.anantara.com
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Pangulasian Island — El Nido, Philippines
The crystal clear waters, ancient limestone cliffs and lush forests surrounding the El Nido islands are the stuff of legends. The eco-luxury resort on Pangulasian Island embraces environmental sustainability and warm Filipino hospitality with all the little touches to make this a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pangulasian Island, www.elnidoresorts.com
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel — Hanoi, Vietnam
This glamorous heritage hotel is steeped in history and classic, French colonial style. Since opening in 1901 it has hosted everyone from Hollywood stars to politicians and diplomats and is sure to make your next Hanoi long weekend that extra special!
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, www.sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi.com
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Misool Resort — Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Marine lovers looking to get off the beaten path would already have Raja Ampat high on their bucket list. Getting to this remote island oasis is an adventure in itself and after your scenic journey, you’ll be rewarded with access to pristine coral reefs and unparalleled marine biodiversity right in front of this boutique eco-resort. Plus, the resort hosts only 40 guests at a time so you know you won’t be battling the crowds on this little slice of paradise.
Misool Resort, www.misool.info
Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort — Rajasthan, India
Use the Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort as your base to explore the legendary Ranthambore National Park, a designated wildlife sanctuary that is home to free-roaming tigers as well as the one thousand-year-old, UNESCO world-heritage-listed Ranthambore Fort. Your luxury tent is the perfect place to relax after an epic day of exploring!
Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, www.oberoihotels.com
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Pangkor Laut Resort — Malaysia
There’s a lot to love about Pangkor Laut Resort. Overwater bungalows set against a private island paradise make for a truly romantic getaway. But, what really sets this resort apart is its phenomenal Spa Village. We won’t spoil it, but let’s just say you’ll want to arrive early to make the most of your Bath House Experience.
Pangkor Laut Resort, www.pangkorlautresort.com
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor — Siem Reap, Cambodia
After spending your days temple hopping the ancient monuments of Angkor Wat, retire to the lovingly restored Grand Hotel d’Angkor and enjoy its legendary hospitality. From the lush tropical gardens and pools to French colonial decor, there’s a reason travellers in Indochina have been staying here since 1932.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, www.raffles.com/siem-reap/
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COMO Shambhala Estate — Bali, Indonesia
There is no shortage of luxury hotels and resorts in Bali, but we’ve got our eyes on a stay at COMO Shambala Estate in the mountains of Ubud. Relax and refresh as you explore its 23 hectares of lush jungle-covered riverfront, indulge in some wellness treatments or simply relax by the pool.
COMO Shambhala Estate, www.comohotels.com
Marina Bay Sands — Singapore
Ever since we found out the only way to gain access to the world’s largest infinity pool (perched high on the 57th floor no less!) was by booking a room at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, we’ve been itching to go!
Marina Bay Sands, www.marinabaysands.com
Main image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Soneva Jani, image 2 courtesy of Rosewood Luang Prabang, image 3 courtesy of Song Saa Private Island, image 4 courtesy of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, image 5 courtesy of El Nido Resorts, image 6 courtesy of Metropole Hanoi, image 7 courtesy of Misool, image 8 courtesy of Oberoi, image 9 courtesy of Pangkor Laut, image 10 courtesy of Raffles, image 11 courtesy of COMO Shambhala Estate, image 12 courtesy of Marina Bay Sands