7 Eyecatching Hotels, Resorts Around Asia

Some of the most impressive accommodations the continent has to offer.
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Pair the pleasure of a private beach view or a striking city suite with astounding architecture, and you’ve got the makings of a vacation that will certainly be worth your while. The good news? You don’t have to travel too far to find the world’s most deluxe accommodations—they’re right here in Asia, just a quick flight away from Manila.

Philippines: Dedon Island Resort

Heading to one of the world’s most famous surf breaks doesn’t mean you have to rough it. The eponymous brand behind handcrafted luxury outdoor furniture has set up shop in Siargao and created a boutique island resort that will have you willingly walking barefoot all day and night. Hailed as one of Tablet’s Top 25 Coolest Hotels in the World, Dedon espouses sustainable living, masterful weaves, and the ultimate in spa therapies and surf lessons. Once you nestle in one of their signature pods, you won’t want to leave. $1,400 per night

Cambodia: Phum Baitang

Between temple runs, catching spectacular sunsets over Angkor Wat, and biking around trails in Siem Reap, rest your weary bones at this “Green Village.” With villas and private terraces surrounded by glittering rice fields and fertile landscapes, your Cambodian retreat at Phum Baitang will undoubtedly usher your mind, body, and soul into a truly a spiritual experience. The hotel’s architecture recalls the country’s famous carvings and is contrasted perfectly by modern plunge pools, rain shower baths, and state-of-the-art tech. $400 per night

India: Amanbagh

Experience India as the royals do, at this exclusive Aman property in Rajahstan, just an hour and a half away from Jaipur. A blush pink structure decked in intricate Indian embellishments, Amanbagh is set against a majestic mountain range, which only serves to highlight its elegant outdoor walkways and courtyards. For those who want to hole up at the hotel, every suite or pavilion has its own private courtyard. For more adventurous guests, the Sariska National Park which plays host to tigers, jaguars and local deer, is only a short drive away. $600 per night

Japan: Setouchi Retreat Aonagi


Renowned Osaka-born architect Tadao Ando makes his indelible mark on a small luxury mountain hotel in Japan’s northwestern prefecture of Shikoku. Ando’s brilliant and groundbreaking use of concrete plays against the soft landscape, sea views and breathtaking panoramas offered at the seven-suite Setouchi Retreat. With rooms that boast an eight-meter ceiling height, minimalist furniture and grandiose sea views, the ultimate star of the show at this elegant work of art is Japan’s lush landscape. When you’re tired of the Tokyo rush, your best bet is this quiet countryside retreat. $550 per night

Thailand: Villa Moon Shadow

If you’ve had enough of the country’s beaches, jet off to nearby Thailand’s renowned Koh Samui for an eco-friendly vacation that’s sure to stun your senses. Powered and cooled by waterfalls, you’re sure to stay comfortable all day and night in this remarkably contemporary, modern hotel. Moon Shadow’s signature arched roof shades you from the sun as you gaze at treetop jungle views, beach panoramas and clear skies. Every villa is a score with 180-degree views of the lush property. If the reclusive island life becomes too humdrum for you, you’re only a short distance away from the more bustling parts of Koh Samui. $1850 per night

Indonesia: The Layar

Wildly popular among tourists the world over, there’s no better Asian city to Eat, Pray and Love than Bali. Set alongside Seminyak’s row of nightspots, restaurants and boutiques, The Layar boasts of private villas decked in chic island architecture with slanted roofs, private pools, and cross-ventilated open plan spaces. Offering a wide range of options, from one, two, three and even four bedroom villas, every spot you reserve is an island all its own with private amenities, whether it's an ensuite courtyard, a private pool, or a garden and Jacuzzi. $450 per night


Malaysia: Four Seasons Langkawi

Foolproof vacations are synonymous to the Four Seasons brand, and their Langkawi property goes beyond the lush accommodations you would expect. Coupled with a geo-park, a stay at the Four Seasons Langkawi gives you access not just to a mile-long beach, but also to natural, geological spa treatments. The tropical Asian pavilions are decked in natural wood and consist of open-air spaces that let breeze and light run through freely. An interesting architectural detail is the juxtaposition of this familiar style with more Moorish details reminiscent of the Alhambra. If you’ve ever craved a classic tropical vacation away from the Philippines’ more populated resorts, this hotel is a sure shot. $750 per night

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