Luxury experiences are not measured by the distance travelled, nor should they be convoluted. Indulge in the full meditative, cultural, gourmet and outdoor experience here in your own backyard, at either one of Asia’s top five deluxe hotels.
Thailand – Lebua At State Tower
With a permanent spot on every “Best of Asia” list ever made, the Lebua at State Tower in Bangkok checks every box as the world’s first vertical destination, popularized by the academy award movie nominee, Hangover 2.
This one-stop shop for gourmands, oenophiles and hedonists, offers one-of-a-kind culinary experiences emphasized by an atmosphere of indisputable glamour. With over 10 bars situated within its compounds, Lebua features one of Thailand’s prestigious 2-Michelin star restaurants – the Mezzaluna (the nation’s first interactive French cuisine eatery) and the Sky Bar, which as the name suggests, is one of the highest rooftop bars in the world, suspended 820 feet in the air on a precipice over the city.
The hotel’s Pink Bar is another not to be missed. Specializing in “millennial pink” champagne, the bar offers a vast menu of rare and limited edition bubbly beverages, such as Flûte, A Perrier-Jouët and Lebua No. 3.
Other recreational amenities include 136 luxury suites with picturesque views of the city and the Chao Phraya River, an open-air swimming pool, and a sensational spa offering synchronized four-handed massages.
State Tower Bangkok, 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
The Maldives – Joali Maldives
Embark on the journey to one of South Asia and the Arabian Sea’s tiny island nations. Boasting some of the best beaches in the world, the Joali Maldives is a gorgeous resort surrounded by tranquil lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches, lush landscapes of coconut palm trees and translucent turquoise water.
With over 73 private beaches and over-water villas, guests are treated to private infinity pools, butler services, buggy rental, personal drivers, bicycles, curated in-villa libraries and an array of handpicked interactive and experiential art pieces.
Gaze awe-inspiringly at the exquisite marine-life and dine at Saoke, the island’s first-ever restaurant to be designed by renowned Japanese architect, Noriyoshi Muramatsu…OR dive into open water and swim amongst sea turtles with the resort’s dedicated marine biologist.
Whether you’re sipping champagne at artist Porky Hefer’s Manta Ray Tree House bar or digging into Table of Joy’s specially curated menu, Joali Maldives is the epitome of all natural and luxurious travel experiences.
Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives
Vietnam – Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Offering portals into three of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and the country’s most celebrated beach, The Nam Hai is a supremely luxurious Four Seasons property located on Vietnam’s idyllic central coast.
Featuring oceanic sights and sounds, The Nam Hai boasts private villa pools, bedside eggshell lacquer bathtubs and a 360-degree meditative, mindfulness experience. Grounded in stability and creativity, the resort is a judgement-free space with amenities such as the Heart of the Earth Spa. The spa offers guests “interbeing” in-villa wellness kits which include the small singing bowl used by Vietnamese monks known as the “bell of mindfulness”, mindful meditation tracks accessible through in-room iPods, bespoke bathing rituals for a sensory soak, prerequisite mindfulness and meditation classes, AntiGravity Yoga, plus visits from well-being experts.
Immerse yourself in the full Vietnamese experience, and indulge in liquid rejuvenation at The Bar. Serving up craft cocktails with a local twist, sip a pho cocktail with beef jerky garnish, or down a Grey Goose-based concoction straight out of an actual bird’s nest.
Block Ha My Dong B, Điện Bàn, Vietnam
Indonesia – Capella Ubud, Bali
This 22-tent retreat is Indonesia’s ultimate upscale sanctuary in Bali. The Capella Ubud, designed by Asia’s wackiest luxury hotel designer, Bill Bensley, is inspired by the nation’s early European settlers. Nestled amongst a jungle of the neighboring Keliki village’s rice paddy fields, the Capella Ubud is albeit with modern amenities – incorporating old-fashioned copper, stand-alone baths, and a plethora of handpicked antique artifacts, books, drawings and furniture, each room represents a unique theme based on the characters and professions of early explorers.
Showcasing one-of-a-kind items from Jakarta-based businessman, Suwito Gunawan’s private collection, the hotel’s other recreational facilities include an innovative spa with treatments which represent each phase of the moon, and a tented gym.
Jl. RY Dalem, Keliki, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Taiwan – Kimpton Da An
Designed by the 2015 winner of the prestigious Maison&Objet Asia design accolade, Neri & Hu, the Taipei Kimpton Da An officially opened its doors in March 2019. In a perfect East meets West, old meets new, and calm meets chaotic fusion – the Kimpton is strategically tucked away from the bustling city streets of Taipei. Offering guests an escape from the noise, the hotel features over 129 rooms with complimentary yoga-mats, fitness and wellness classes, as well as, bicycles for joy-riding around town.
Branded as a sanctuary resort and a safe haven, the hotel’s restaurant, The Tavernist, embraces organic alternatives and incorporates locally grown ingredients, in an effort to prioritize health, wellness and the community.
No. 25, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106