Luxury Travel in Asia: When the Resort is Your Destination
12 May 2016
What do you value most in the hotels and resorts where you stay? Perhaps it’s locally inspired architecture, or cuisine that reflects a deep-rooted connection to the community; other travellers might place more weight on the available amenities. Here, the experts at Flight Centre give us their pick of Asian resorts that exemplify the uniqueness through which a holiday can be transformed, so that the accommodation becomes the very destination.
With its protruding limestone karsts and mangrove forests set between azure waters, Krabi is arguably among the most spectacular destinations anywhere in the world. At its far southern tip sits a resort that does this exceptional location great justice. Rayavadee embraces its surroundings with low-key but comfortable standalone pavilions and villas whose rounded rooftops echo the setting, offering a serene but unique getaway with a heavy focus on outdoor living.
Some seasoned Asian travellers might consider Phuket to be “done and dusted” as a location – that was until Keemala set up shop in the hills of the western region of Kamala and opened its doors in late 2015. At Keemala, you don’t stay in suites or pavilions, but rather in clay cottages, glass-fronted tent pool villas, tree houses, or even a bird’s nest pool villa – a selection of designs that are modern luxury interpretations of classic Thai dwellings and rustic homes. And we haven’t even mentioned the award-winning spa.
Pangulasian Island by El Nido Resorts, Palawan
The Philippines’ rise to fame as an international destination has been accompanied by a slew of annual “best island” awards for the region of Palawan. Here, a picturesque trail of sugar-white beaches, aquamarine waters and unique rock formations accompany world-class diving sites and a thriving underwater reef. Pangulasian by El Nido offers the definitive microcosm of Palawan; guests can look forward to a focus on eco-sustainability, a terrific house-reef for snorkelers and divers, a 750-metre long private beachfront, and a choice of 42 deluxe accommodations including pool villas.
The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Hoi An offers that rare combination of a thriving old town of cultural significance – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with unending stretches of fine beach and coastline. The suites and villas that make up The Nam Hai dot the beachfront and provide ample living space fused with interiors that draw inspiration from ancient feng shui philosophies of wind and water. Indulge in relaxation at your private pool villa, or treat yourself to a spa treatment by the koi-populated lagoon.
Four Seasons Langkawi
Set amid one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and now a UNESCO-protected site, the Four Seasons Langkawi finds its home along a coast of a stretch of white sand. The Moorish architecture here is an interesting contrast with the destination, and the sizeable accommodation offers luxurious living among lush landscapes and a flourishing and varied ecosystem. Family pools and adult-only pools make this an ideal spot both for families and those seeking a little R&R.
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