1. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam
Known for its pristine white beaches and fuchsia sunsets, Phu Quoc, Vietnam makes for a perfect idyllic island getaway and JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Winner for the ‘Luxury Design Hotel’ in the World Luxury Hotel Awards for 2017 will make your trip to Phu Quoc even more memorable.
Conceptualised by celebrated architect Bill Bensley, the resort featuers a larger-than-life design based on the narrative of a mythical academy of learning.
Each of its 244 guestrooms, suites and villas are tastefully furnished with exquisite custom furnishings in dark timber and patterned flooring that elevates a sense of luxury.
How to get there: Located 45 kilometers off the southern coast of Vietnam, Phu Quoc can be reached via a direct 40-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Guangzhou are available. The resort is a 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport.
2. Alila Yangshuo, Guilin, China
Set amongst picturesque karst mountains, rolling green hills and meandering rivers, staying at Alila Yangshuo, which was once a working sugar mill; is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Named as one of China’s 10 Best New Hotels in 2017 at the Golden-Pillow Award, the hotel combines stylish simplicity and exceptional comfort while paying homage to the traditional charms and beauty of the Yangshuo region.
Facilities includes a stunning outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and even a private pier for destination dining among others.
You can also enjoy activities such as rock climbing, river biking and sugar spinning helmed by the dedicated Alila Leisure Concierge team.
How to get there: Located in Guilin, one of the world’s most stunning landscapes and overlooking the scenic panorama of the Li River, Alila Yangshuo is a 1.5 hour drive from Guilin Liangjiang Airport and only a 30 minute car journey from the Yangshuo railway station.
3. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Located on Phang Nga Bay in Southern Thailand, Six Senses Yao Noi offers an uninterrupted view of the bay while surrounded by a natural landscape of lush vegetation that gives you a sense of privacy and adventure.
More than just another beautiful resort, the establishment – with its focus on exceptional experiences and philosophy of sustainability; has created a ‘Perfect Ten Experience’.
The 5 night stay package for two at its Ocean Panorama Pool Villa includes an extensive range of experiences – from island excursions on a long tail boat, flying yoga sessions, sunset cruises and even a sunrise breakfast at its Hilltop Reserve.
How to get there: The resort can be conveniently accessed from both Phuket International Airport (HKT) and Krabi Airport (KBV).
4. Anantara Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka
Located along the golden shorelines and azure waters of Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara Resort offers an exclusive setting for romance, with the sacred Kalu Ganga on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.
Designed by architect Geoffery Bawa, renowned for his Tropical Modernist style, the resort features 141 well-appointed guest rooms, suites and pool villas, the award-winning Anantara Spa, an on-site water sports centre and a wide range of dining options.
The island’s natural and cultural attractions are all within easy drive from the resort, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle’s Portugese and Dutch fort should not be missed.
How to get there: The resort is a 90-minute drive from downtown Colombo and the capital’s Bandaranaike International Airport.
5. The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Galle Face Hotel, which traces its heritage back to 1864, is one of Colombo’s most storied hotel and no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without staying here.
After a 2.5 year long restoration, the heritage property has been restored to its former grandeur with lofty high ceilings, grand arched doors and other regal touches that’s inspired by its rich history as one of the oldest hotels east of the Suez.
Expect to enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean as you wine and dine at any of its dining establishments where historical figures of adventurers, authors, generals and gentry have come to pass.
How to get there: Located in the heart of Colombo City, Galle Face Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Odel Shopping Mall and just 36 km from Colombo International Airport.