T R AV E L E X P E RT S ~ A S I A & I N D I A
T H E U LT I M AT E T O D O L I S T
ASIA & INDIA
Welcome... More years ago than I care to acknowledge, I traveled the world as a backpacker, and spent much of my time in Asia. Not only because it was cheaper, had better street food and was warmer than other destinations, but also because of the sheer exoticness of the various cultures and the gentle friendliness of the people. Back then, Asia was not high on the wish list of most US travelers. I would send postcards from places like Chiang Mai, that people at home had to look up in an atlas. In fact, in 1984, there were less than 2.5 million foreign visitors to Thailand; twenty years later in 2014, the count was almost 27 million. When I go to Asia now, I don’t have to stay in hostels with a communal bathroom or ride trains standing up. But what hasn’t changed are the things that delighted me as a backpacker. If anything, the food is better, the temples, stupas and palaces more accessible, the entire tourism experience richer. Partly due to my greater appreciation of history and antiquities, but mainly I think, it’s that Asia has come into its own. I hope you go see for yourself…
Kirk Demeter President & Owner
T R AV E L E X P E RT S ~ A S I A & I N D I A
Contents Map & Best time to go Japan
02 03, 84
Laos and Angkor Wat
08, 52, 58
Hong Kong and Macau
Taiwan Malaysia and Singapore Philippines and South Korea Bali
12 13, 68, 72 14 15, 60
Time of year best to go Country
Japan Northern India Southern India Myanmar Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Hong Kong & Macau
China & Tibet Taiwan Malaysia
Korea Bali Best: Ideal time to go Good: Mostly pleasant conditions Poor: Rain/Uncomfortable temperatures Note: Asia Answers can make no weather predictions or guarantees
• Hong Kong & Macau Laos
India Thailand • Angkor Wat
East Malaysia • Singapore
Japan A Perfect Week in Japan 4 star accommodation from $2,899/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $3,499/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Tokyo Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Tokyo Tour of Tokyo highlights including Meiji Shrine, Akasaka old town, Sensoji Temple and Omotesando – Japan’s Rodeo Drive . Cruise on the Sumida River. (B)
– The most distinctive of all Far Eastern countries, Japan has an original identity that is instantly engaging and delightfully full of enigma and contradiction. Throughout Japan, the visitor will find tradition and modernity, simplicity and complexity, elegance and ostentation. One can experience the adrenaline rousing rush of Tokyo in the morning, and be calmed by the timeless beauty of Kyoto in the afternoon. Japanese cuisine is now internationally revered and Tokyo has the most Michelin star restaurants in the world. In addition to enjoying some exquisite meals, add a cooking class and learn how to make some favorite dishes at home. Ask about extensions to: Nara, the first capital, full of historic treasures; Hiroshima, the site of the 1945 atomic bombing, now a city dedicated to peace.
Day 3: Tokyo At leisure. (B) Day 4: Mt Fuji & Hakone With your local guide, take the express train to beautiful Hakone, gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi and the famous ‘switchback train’ for spectacular mountain views. Spend the night at Hakone hot springs. Overnight at a traditional Japanese inn, sleeping on a futon and dining on exquisite Japanese food. (B,D) Day 5: Kyoto Ride the ‘bullet’ train to Kyoto where you will turn back the clock to the era of the geisha and samurai warrior. (B) Day 6: Kyoto Explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, including Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Market and Kiyomizu Temple. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to Kansai airport for departure. (B)
Northern India – India’s three most visited destinations; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, form what is known as the Golden Triangle. Not that there aren’t many other wonderful places to explore in India, but these three make a very good start. India is simply mesmerizing. Apart from its rich history and antiquities, modern India has become a traveler’s dream. Traditional foods have given birth to nouveau cuisine that tantalizes both the eyes and the palate. The Indian wine industry is powering, and sommeliers the world over are taking note. Shopping yields bargains of good quality. And the people, with their lyrical use of English, absolutely enchant. Ask about extensions to: Varanasi, to witness enraptured pilgrims bathing in the Ganges River, and Khajuraho, for its splendid temples.
A Perfect Week in Northern India 4 star accommodation from $699/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $899/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Delhi Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a comprehensive day tour of Delhi, both the old town and the new. Touring Delhi is like time traveling through eight centuries in one day. (B) Day 3: Agra Drive to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal, for 2 nights. Optional afternoon touring available. (B) Day 4: Agra Dawn at the Taj Mahal – the colors at first light are stunning, and make for the richest photos. In the afternoon, visit another marvel; Agra Fort. (B) Day 5: Jaipur Enroute to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the eerie deserted red sandstone palace and city. Optional afternoon Jaipur touring available, or head to the marketplace to enjoy the bustling street scene, and do some shopping. (B) Day 6: Jaipur Day tour of Jaipur, including an elephant back ride to the Amer Fort and a visit to Palace of Winds. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to Delhi or Jaipur airport for departure. (B)
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Southern India A Perfect Week in Southern India 4 star accommodation from $949/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,199/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Cochin Airport transfer to your accommodation. Afternoon tour of Cochin, evening performance of traditional Kathakali dance. Day 2: Periyar
– Southern India stands in complete contrast to the North. The South is a region of vast cultural wealth and lush beauty. It is an amalgam of exotic flora and fauna, spices, miles of ocean, sand and backwaters. On this journey, you will travel to Kerala, known as “God’s own country” for its stunning natural beauty. Explore the historic spice-trading center of Cochin, founded in 1341, a stop on the main trade route between Europe and China. Visit Periyar the ‘Land of the Spices’ Columbus was seeking when he stumbled on the New World. Spend a night aboard a houseboat in the Backwaters. Discover a tropical paradise, otherwise known as Kumarakom.
Drive through a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations to Periyar in the highlands. Afternoon spice tour. (B) Day 3: Periyar At leisure. Optional touring available. Or, join a complimentary cooking or craft class. (B) Day 4: Alleppey Drive to Alleppey, stopping at a rubber plantation enroute. Board your deluxe overnight houseboat and set off on a relaxing Backwaters cruise past waterside villages and floating houses. (B, D) Day 5: Kumarakom Drive to Kumarakom, the Venice of the East. Enjoy two days at your waterside resort where Ayurveda, yoga and cooking classes are included. (B) Day 6: Kumarakom At leisure. Optional tours available. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to Cochin airport for departure. (B)
Myanmar – ‘Burma,' wrote Rudyard Kipling almost a century ago, ‘is quite unlike any place you know about.’ This still holds true of the land we now call Myanmar. Although gradually entering the modern world, Myanmar retains much that is charming of days gone by. Men proudly wear skirt-like longyi and women the traditional make up, thanakha. Trishaws and horse and cart are still used for transport. Drinking tea, a tradition from British colonial times, is enthusiastically carried out in thousands of teahouses. Connecting with locals, who are curious about the outside world and eager to engage visitors, is a delight. Ask about extensions to: Mandalay, to see its famous moated palace, or a River Cruise from Bagan to Yangon (see page 17).
A Perfect Week in Myanmar 4 star accommodation from $1,499*/person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,679*/person sharing Day 1: Arrive Yangon Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Yangon Enjoy a day of Yangon sights. Highlights are Shwedagon Pagoda, Ngadatkyi Paya and the five story Buddha, Scott Market and the National Museum. (B) Day 3: Inle Lake Inle is a beautiful highland lake surrounded by villages built on stilts. Visit floating gardens and markets and Taung Toh Village. (B) Day 4: Inle Lake Take a cruise on Inle Lake where leg rowing Intha fishermen are a main attraction. (B) Day 5: Bagan Tour the pagodas and temples of Bagan, some dating back to the 10th century. Visit a lacquerware workshop and see how lacquerware is made. (B) Day 6: Bagan Excursion to Mount Popa, home of Myanmar’s most revered spirits, and Salay, home of the oldest surviving wooden monastery. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to Bagan airport for your onward flight. (B) * internal flights extra
Thailand A Perfect Week in Thailand 4 star accommodation from $1,239/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,599/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Bangkok Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Bangkok Visit two of Bangkok’s most impressive sights - the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po and the Grand Palace. This evening, enjoy a dinner cruise and sample Thai delicacies. (B,D)
– Thailand, the ‘Land of Smiles’ boasts tropical beaches, mountain jungles, quaint villages and bustling cities. Bordered by Malaysia, Burma, Laos and Cambodia, Thailand is a gateway. In Bangkok, a 21st-century playground, the scent of spicy street food fills the air, while the Grand Palace recalls the country’s ancient traditions. Outside Bangkok, the wonders of the countryside enchant, whether you are elephant trekking in the northern hills, exploring Ayutthaya’s splendid ruins, or bathing in the warm waters of the idyllic southern coast beaches. Ask about extensions to: Chiang Mai, nestled among forested foothills, a laid back medieval town. Chiang Rai is the gateway to trekking and soft adventure travel in the remote corners of the province.
Day 3: Bangkok Visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, then take an exhilarating ride on a “James Bond” speedboat past riverside villages. Continue to Nakorn Pathom, the oldest city in Thailand and home of the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. (B,L) Day 4: Phuket Fly to Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island, home to Thailand’s most popular beaches. (B) Day 5: Phuket Take a speedboat tour to islets Phi Phi and Phi Phi Ley. Swim, explore and snorkel. (B,L) Day 6: Phuket At leisure. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to Phuket airport for departure. (B) * internal flights extra
Angkor Wat – It is not hyperbole to say that Angkor Wat takes ones breath away. It is a sight that is matched by few other places on earth. Built between 1112-52, Angkor Wat means heaven on earth and is one of the most inspired monuments ever conceived by the human mind; the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion.
4 star accommodation from $429/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $679/ person sharing
– Everything about Laos is authentic. The friendliness of the people, the flavors of the food and the antiquities. Thrill seekers can explore river caves and ride rapids. Natural history lovers can trek through pristine forests still home to rare species. Foodies can practice clean eating to their hearts – and stomachs – content.
Day 1: Siem Reap
4 star accommodation from $569*/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $689*/ person sharing
Visit floating fishing villages on Tonle Sap Lake, and the pink sandstone jewel of classical Khmer art, Banteay Srei Temple. (B)
Day 1: Vientiane Airport transfer to your accommodation. Afternoon walk along Mekong River. Day 2: Vientiane and Luang Prabang Tour the many highlights of the city, including stupa Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos. (B) Day 3: Luang Prabang Sightseeing in Luang Prabang followed by a boat excursion to Tham Pak Ou Caves. (B) Day 4: Depart Transfer to airport for departure. (B)
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Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Angkor Wat The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. (B) Day 3: Siem Reap Surrounds
Day 4: Depart Transfer to airport for departure. (B)
Vietnam A Perfect Week in Vietnam 4 star accommodation from $999*/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,359*/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Hanoi Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Ha Long Bay
â€“ Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage. Vietnam is blessed with a pleasant climate and stunning landscapes ranging from mountains and river basins to dense forests and emerald green rice fields. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) are chaotic, invigorating cities where the delightful melding of different cultures is evident in everything from food to architecture. Hue and Hoi An, in central Vietnam, come as delightful surprises. Hue is an ancient capital picturesquely located on the Perfume River. Graceful Hoi An is reminiscent of Venice, and becomes most visitors favorite stop. Market shopping is a fun activity in Vietnam, where custom tailored clothing is a real bargain.
Cruise Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk, enjoying lunch as you pass by such iconic rock formations as Stone Dog and Incense Burner. Visit the famous cave Thien Cung. (B, L) Day 3: Hanoi and Hue Day tour and lunch in historic Hanoi including the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter. Fly to Hue in the evening. (B) Day 4: Hue Tour the former capitalâ€™s impressive Imperial Citadel, then take boat ride down the famous Perfume River, stopping at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the vast Dong Ba Market. (B) Day 5: Hoi An Drive through the mountains to Danang, and stop at China Beach. Tour and overnight in elegant Hoi An, the Venice of the East. (B) Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Fly to Saigon and tour this bustling, colonial city. See the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum before heading to famous Ben Thanh Market for shopping. (B) Day 7: Depart
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Transferred to the airport for departure. (B)
Hong Kong and Macau – A breathtaking skyline, amazing shopping, British colonial history and delectable dim sum are among Hong Kong’s features. Take the Peak tram to the top of Victoria Peak for unparalleled views of the most vertical city in the world, hone your negotiating skills at Hong Kong’s street markets, or let your credit card do the work at designer boutiques. Macau is a short ferry ride across the Pearl River from Hong Kong. A former Portuguese colony, Macau offers a rich blend of Chinese and European architecture and culture, and sublime fusion cuisine. Apart from casinos and mega malls, one of its striking landmarks is the 1,000’ high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views. Much of Macau Peninsula has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A Perfect Week in Hong Kong and Macau 4 star accommodation from $1,549/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,849/ person sharing Day 1: Hong Kong Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Hong Kong This morning tour Hong Kong Island and see Golden Bauhinia Square, Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 3: Hong Kong Day at leisure to explore on your own, or ask about optional touring. (B) Day 4: Hong Kong / Macau Take the ferry to Macau. Met and transferred to your hotel. (B) Day 5: Macau Sightseeing Enjoy your morning tour of Macau including visits to Ruins of St. Paul, Mount Fortress, Sections of the Old Wall, Leal Senado Square, Border gate of mainland China, A Ma Temple and Nam Van Lake. (B) Day 6: Macau Day at leisure to explore on your own. (B) Day 7: Depart Transferred to the ferry to Hong Kong International Airport. (B)
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China A Perfect Week in China 4 star accommodation from $1,399*/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,599*/ person sharing Day 1: Beijing Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Beijing An awe inspiring day – see many icons on this full day tour: Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City; Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. (B,L)
– One of the oldest civilizations in history, China is also the most progressive. Entire cities have sprung up where, only recently, small villages stood. Yet it is easy to visit whole regions that have been untouched by the recent surge into the 21st century. China’s vast, diverse landscape ranges from deserts and frozen steppes in the north, to subtropical rainforests in the south, embracing some of the planet’s longest rivers and most magnificent mountains. The three must-see destinations in China are Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, but there are many more fascinating places to visit. Ask about extensions to: Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang; Tibet, fabulous monasteries on the highest plateau on earth; Chengdu, to see the adorable pandas; Guilin and Li River to see the dramatic limestone karsts.
Day 3: Beijing Another day of checking off ‘bucket list’ sights – visit the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. (B,L) Day 4: Xian Fly to Xian, visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors, and enjoy a lively evening Tang Dynasty Dinner Show featuring sumptuous local cuisine and folkloric entertainment. (B,L,D) Day 5: Shanghai Fly to Shanghai, afternoon at leisure in this electric city. (B) Day 6: Shanghai Day tour of the shoppers paradise Nanjing Road, The Bund, Yu Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple. (B,L) Day 7: Depart Transfer to airport for departure. (B) * internal flights extra
Taiwan – Known for centuries as Ilha Formosa (beautiful isle) because of its towering sea cliffs, marble-sided gorges, tropical forests and beaches, Taiwan is the complete tourism package. The word among avant garde travelers seeking the next ‘it’ place is out and, as a result, Taiwan has an efficient tourist infrastructure that makes travel a breeze. The standard Taiwanese greeting translates to ‘have you eaten?’, and you’ll soon see that gastronomy is a large part of the day in Taiwan, where the vibrant street food scene is on a par with Singapore. With its history-steeped capital, diverse folk traditions, fabulous night markets and great shopping, Taiwan packs a mighty tourist punch in one small lush island.
A Perfect Week in Taiwan 4 star accommodation from $1,759/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $2,159/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Taipei Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Taipei Your half day tour of Taipei includes the impressive Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Martyrs’ Shrine, Longshan Temple and Taipei Handicraft Center. (B) Day 3: Taroko Drive to Taroko and stop at the Chingshui Cliffs. Tour Taroko National Park. Overnight Taroko. (B) Day 4: Sun Moon Lake Hot Springs Resort Scenic drive to Sun Moon Lake in the mountains of Central Taiwan. Stop enroute at Wenwu Temple, dedicated to Confucius. Enjoy natural hot springs and optional lake activities at your hot springs resort. (B) Day 5: Tainan and Kaohsiung Visit Chikan Tower and Confucius Temple. In Kaohsiung, see the Dragon and Tiger Pagoda and the Spring and Autumn Pavilion. This evening, explore the Liuhe Night Markets on your own. (B) Day 6: Taipei Return to Taipei after touring the largest monastery in Taiwan – Fouguangshan. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)
Singapore – Singapore is said to have its head in the future but its heart in the past. Visitors are struck by the dramatic contrast of charming historical buildings standing beside towering modern developments on wide, tree-lined boulevards. Investigate a little deeper to discover melting pot of enthralling Asian cultures, influences, lifestyles and cuisine. 4 star accommodation from $799/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $929/ person sharing
Day 1: Singapore
– Malaysia is dual faceted. On one side of the South China Sea are futuristic Kuala Lumpur and colonial Penang. On Borneo, find some of the most unspoiled and naturally beautiful places on earth, brimming with exotic plants and wildlife.
Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Singapore Morning tour of Singapore from the river by Bumboat. Then, drive through the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Finally, visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Evening trishaw tour of the night markets and Raffles. (B) Day 3: Singapore Enjoy a Jungle Breakfast With The Orangutans, with special appearances by the Cotton-Top tamarin and the reticulated python. (B) Day 4: Depart Transfer to airport for departure. (B)
Ask about extensions to: Penang, for old world Asia and idyllic beaches, and Borneo, for its natural history, including orangutans.
4 star accommodation from $379/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $429/ person sharing Day 1: Kuala Lumpur Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Kuala Lumpur Tour Petronas Twin Tower Handicraft Centre, King’s Palace, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, National Monument, National Museum (optional), National Mosque and Central Market. Visit a Malay village, a pewter and a batik factory, and the Batu Caves. (B) Day 3: Kuala Lumpar Day at leisure to explore… or shop! Optional touring available. (B) Day 4: Depart Transfer to airport for departure. (B)
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South Korea – Asia’s third largest economy, South Korea is a compelling place where the pursuit of technology has not eclipsed a reverence for tradition and the ways of old Asia. 4 star accommodation from $2,199/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $2,569/ person sharing
Philippines – The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, ranging from sophisticated and developed, to deserted. In Manila, the vestiges of the 350 year Spanish colonial era make for fascinating touring. The Filipino people are warm and welcoming. 4 star accommodation from $1,349/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,629/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Manila Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Manila City tour of Old Manila including the Walled City, San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Quiapo, Chinese cemetery and Makati City. (B, L) Day 3: Manila Day at leisure in Manila. Optional touring available. (B) Day 4: Boracay Fly to Boracay, repeatedly voted one of the top 5 beaches in the world. (B) Days 5 and 6: Boracay
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At leisure in Boracay. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)
Day 1: Seoul Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Seoul Day tour of Seoul, including Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, Cheongwadae Sarangchae, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Presidential Blue House and Namdaemun Market. (B) Days 3 and 4: Gyeongju Express train to Gyeongju, the ‘museum without walls’. Visit the Royal Tumuli Park, Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Anapji Pond, National Museum, Bulkuksa Temple, the Seokuram Grotto, and Arts and Crafts center. (B) Days 5 and 6: Busan Transfer to Busan, stopping at Tongdosa Temple enroute. Visit Busan Tower, the International Market and Jagalchi Fishery, Haeundae Beach, Aquarium, Memorial Cemetery, Municipal Museum and Yonggungsa Seaside Temple. (B) Day 7: Seoul Express train to Seoul , then airport transfer. (B)
Bali A Perfect Week in Bali 4 star accommodation from $899/ person sharing 5 star accommodation from $1,199/ person sharing Day 1: Arrive Bali Airport transfer to your accommodation. Day 2: Bali Day tour of the historical and cultural highlights of Bali. Gunung Kawi Tegallalang, an 11th century temple carved into a cliff face; the Kerta Gosa Royal Court House; Besakih Temple. (B,L)
â€“ The word Bali conjures up images of paradise; a lush volcanic island ringed by golden sand beaches and turquoise waters. Kuta is forever the party beach. Seminyak, Legian, Cangu, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur are preferred by honeymooners, families and those seeking relaxation. There is a beach, and accommodation, for every type of traveler. While for many Bali is all about enjoying aquatic fun, the real heart of Bali is Ubud, where the spirit and culture of the island are most accessible. Hillside temples, rice paddies, antiquities, plus the worldâ€™s highest concentration of artists! Ask about extensions to: Lombok, a less developed, neighbor island to Bali, where nature, hiking and water sports rule, or the Gili Islands, which are as lovely as Bali with more elegant and exclusive accommodation.
Day 3: Bali Afternoon tour to the wild southern beaches. Enjoy a performance of the Ramayana-inspired Kecak dance with the majestic Uluwatu temple and sunset as its background, followed by a seafood dinner. (B,D) Day 4: Bali At leisure. (B) Day 5: Ubud Drive to the mountains and Ubud. Afternoon lunch and Ubud highlights tour including Mas wood carving artisans village, Ubud Palace and an art market. (B, L) Day 6: Ubud At leisure. (B) Day 7: Depart Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)
Rail Journeys of Asia – Traveling Asia by rail allows the visitor to absorb sights and scenery effortlessly. It’s overland travel at its most comfortable. Train travel takes one through places that would otherwise be impossible to see, from bustling cities to forgotten mud hut villages, around rich monuments in locations where empires once existed. It’s not just the places and sightseeing that train travelers relish but also the fairs and festivities, the art and culture, the people and their lifestyles, the cuisines and of course, the shopping. Take a journey in pure indulgence and experience the comfort of a private suite, mouth-watering cuisine served in beautiful surrounds and a cocktail enjoyed in a sumptuous bar whilst taking in spectacular scenery. Fall in love with luxury train travel – there’s no other experience quite like it.
Itineraries Eastern and Oriental Express – 4 days from $2,690 / person sharing Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore The golden age of travel lives on aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. Winding through some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic landscapes, it voyages through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, India – 8 days from $4,375 / person sharing Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittaurgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – Delhi The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is designed in a contemporary royal style to experience the existing regal luxury. The journey is a magical experience to the land of kings, majestic forts, incredible palaces, temple towns, diverse cultures and varied landscapes, beginning at New Delhi, India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Maharaja Express, India – 4 days from $3,850 / person sharing Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi The Maharaja Express is India’s most luxurious train and takes you on a historical journey in unparalleled indulgence. Romance the Taj Mahal in Agra, follow the wildlife trail and spot the elusive tiger at the Ranthambore National Park and experience royalty in Rajasthan at Jaipur.
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River Cruises of Asia Itineraries Jewels of Halong Bay – 3 days from $342/person sharing Vietnam Discover iconic Halong Bay and Cat Ba island. In addition to sailing through these incredibly scenic waters, your cruise offers cooking lessons, hikes, Tai Chi classes, beach time, kayaking, biking, a local school visit and private cave exploration, or, by arrangement, a special cave dinner! Other itineraries: 2 days Halong Bay
– Explore timeless waterside landscapes and the architecture of ancient cultures and modern world cities from your Heritage Line boutique river cruise ship on the Mekong River in Cambodia, Halong Bay in Vietnam or Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in Myanmar. Sail past unforgettable sights. Visit places rich in history and difficult to access by road or air. Experience utterly memorable shore excursions with just the right mix of comfort, adventure and tradition, in many cases, only available to Heritage Line passengers. Learn about Heritage Line’s philanthropic projects, giving back to the very communities you visit. Onboard, enjoy sumptuous cuisine and luxurious accommodation, and the company of guests from all over the world.
Lost Civilization – 8 days from $1,914/person sharing Saigon, Vietnam – Siem Reap, Cambodia, along the Mekong River Meander from Vietnam to Cambodia, visiting ancient world heritage monuments, stilt villages, temples, floating markets, pagodas, palaces and museums. The blend of rural beauty, antiquities, shore explorations and interaction with locals is a fascinating introduction to the destination; Siem Reap, gateway to magnificent Angkor Wat. Other itineraries: 5 days Siem Reap - Phnom Penh | 4 days Siem Reap – Phnom Penh | 4 days Saigon – Phnom Penh Golden Land Voyage – 5 days from $2,891 Myanmar: Bagan – Mandalay, along the Ayeyarwady River From beautifully carved teak monasteries and traditional river-side villages to newly constructed high-rise buildings; see ancient Myanmar and ‘Brave New Burma’ side by side in a country undergoing an amazing transformation. Other itineraries: 12 days Mandalay – Homalin – Bagan | 12 days Yangon – Mandalay | 8 days Mandalay – Katha – Mandalay | 8 days Yangon - Mandalay | 7 days Bagan - Yangon | 5 days Mandalay – Bagan
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Thailand – A fascinating fusion of fast-paced modernity and traditional culture, beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery, Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular vacation destinations.
Check-in to your Bangkok hotel and compare the serenity of your flowerperfumed lobby to the bustling soundtrack of outdoors. Wander through lively streets and stop to see Buddhists in peaceful prayer while hastier tourists tick off their top ten temples. Enjoy colorful floating markets and romantic cruises, then escape the city for the hills, jungles, islands and beaches – explore by elephant, eat Pad Thai, sip cold tea and laze on soft sands, before retiring in anticipation of your next day of adventure.
Beautiful Thailand – 14 day itinerary Bangkok – 3 nights Discover the highlights of Bangkok. Gone are the days when visitors spent a night in the city and moved on – Bangkok is now very much a destination in itself. Experience a half-day trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long-tail boat; pay a visit to the Royal Grand Palace; be thrilled and thoroughly entertained with an evening show featuring live kickboxing tastefully combined with the expressive beauty of Thai culture; and before you depart, discover Bangkok’s delicious and amazing flavours in a tantalisingly tasty foodie tour. Chiang Mai – 3 nights Fly to Chiang Mai to explore its tree-lined streets, stunning temples, historic sites, bustling markets and varied nightlife. Experience an unforgettable balloon flight over the city, enjoy a glass of champagne as part of the experience; visit Doi Suthep; and become “elephant owner for a day” at Patara and learn about elephant management and health-care first-hand. Phuket – 4 nights Fly to the popular island of Phuket, which has plenty to offer the discerning traveler. Enjoy a full-day private sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center and a walking tour through Phuket Old Town. Take a few days at leisure, relaxing on the white sands. For the more adventurous, try optional activities such as a private charter helicopter tour. Krabi – 3 nights
Enjoy a private transfer to Krabi and sightsee at your leisure. You have the option during your stay here of a full-day canoeing trip to Koh Hong, one of southern Thailand’s most beautiful islands. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay. Return to Bangkok where this itinerary concludes.
Banyan Tree Bangkok The Banyan Tree Bangkok offers 327 rooms and suites which are sleek and contemporary but have sophisticated design flourishes which create a warm aesthetic. Pamper yourself with a spa session or indulge in a rejuvenating massage at the Banyan Tree Spa. Experience the luxurious dining venues offering various world cuisines as well as Bangkok's first and most famous rooftop experience, Vertigo and Moon Bar.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham to James A. Michener and Paul Theroux. Voted the world’s best hotel by readers of influential magazines, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service and facilities.
Bangkok The bustlingly beautiful city of Bangkok is full of contrasts, from its serene temples to its scurrying tuk-tuk drivers and its luxury malls to its vibrant street stalls.
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The Peninsula Bangkok – Experience timeless elegance and sophistication, perfectly married with contemporary comfort and technology in one of the world's most exciting cities With a superb location by the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok also boasts a wave-shape design affording stunning river views from each of the hotel’s 370 rooms and suites. Accommodation is among the most spacious in Bangkok – classic and comfortable, with options ranging from deluxe rooms to opulent suites with terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis. At the end of a morning’s sightseeing, retreat to a Thai pavilion by the 288-foot three-tiered swimming pool, or hide away at the magnificent Peninsula Spa. As you dine, relax riverside by candlelight, warm in the balmy night air, under the stars and Bangkok lights. And throughout the day, choose from a remarkable selection of world-class cuisines including Thai home-style dishes at Thiptara, authentic Cantonese cuisine at Mei Jiang, an extensive menu of local and international dishes at River Café and Terrace, and a wide selection of light meals, as well as traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea accompanied by live music in The Lobby.
1. The Peninsula Bangkok 2. Banyan Tree Bangkok 3. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Historic, soulful and charming, Chiang Mai is the cultural hub of Thailand. Often cited as the birthplace of Thai culture, and adorned with over 300 Buddhist temples, the city is home to a host of creative types and bursting with modern-day artistry too. Travel into the hills beyond the city, and you will find a playground of activities from temple-viewing to bamboo rafting and elephant-riding to hilltribe trekking. Journey further afield to the tranquil Chiang Rai province and discover some of Thailand’s most remote communities and scenic vistas.
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
137 Pillars House
– Discover the secluded grace of an intimate retreat in Chiang Mai
– A luxurious boutique hotel built around an 1880s colonial teak homestead
This small luxury property is a first-class representation of Chiang Mai’s rich architectural heritage – inspired by traditional Lanna design and fused with contemporary colonial styles. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from many of the top local tourist attractions, including the Wat Gade temple, the Night Bazaar, the Ping River’s shop houses, Warorot Market and the nearby flower market. A complimentary tuk tuk shuttle service will transport you to all of these sites and more.
Architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to conserve the integrity of the original 1889 structure at 137 Pillars House, creating a truly distinctive luxury hotel in Chiang Mai. This boutique accommodation is located just 15 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai International Airport in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes’ walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple and Ping River. Service is exemplary and facilities are rejuvenating. Relax at the spa and 82-foot pool, and dine at your choice of venue.
The Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel has 30 guestrooms ranging from deluxe rooms to suites, one with a private pool. All rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and wooden floors and each has its own terrace with an oversize cozy bench overlooking the hotel pool. Dining is all part of the experience. Sample decadent international cuisine as well as Thai fare at Punna Café, enjoy drinks and snacks at the Pool Lounge and savor the unique experience of Puripunn Traditional High Tea in an elegant setting reminiscent of the majestic homes of Lanna Thai nobility.
Nostalgia and quiet charm are married with modern convenience and luxury in all 30 suites. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free-standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, while modern facilities include outdoor gardens showers, flat screen TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and Wi-Fi. Living space is vast at 753 to 1,453 square feet. Choose from the Rajah Brooke Suite, the East Borneo Suite, the William Bain Terrace Suite, and the Louis Leonowens Pool Suite with private pool.
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Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
– Feel at home at Rachamankha, Chiang Mai
– A luxurious, inspiring and traditional northern Thai experience
The multi-award-winning boutique hotel, Rachamankha, unique for a city hotel, is revered for its incredible architecture and peaceful and private ambiance. Ideally located in the center of the old moated city of Chiang Mai, the property is just a minute’s walk to the city’s most important temple – Wat Phra Singh – just two minutes' walk to the city’s newest and most exciting night market – the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market – and close to galleries, museums, shops, and other amenities. The only Secret Retreats property in Northern Thailand, Rachamankha is comprised of just 22 guestrooms and two suites, and set in almost two acres of manicured gardens. The property's architecture pays homage to Chiang Mai’s golden age, the Lanna period. Enjoy a special stay in a unique hotel with a true sense of place.
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s unique design draws from the region’s rich cultural heritage that flourished during the Lanna period. Nestled across 60 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical grounds just ten minutes' drive from Chiang Mai city, this is a grand and spacious resort offering some of the world’s most exclusive experiences. The 123 luxurious villas, colonial suites and signature residences have been sympathetically crafted in keeping with traditional architectural styles. The exquisitely designed interiors seamlessly blend age-old traditions, including extensive museum-quality artifacts, sumptuous Thai silks and local hill-tribe textiles, with modern technology and conveniences. All accommodations have spacious terraces and some have private plunge pools or swimming pools. Impressive on-site dining options include one of the most acclaimed French restaurants in Thailand as well as authentic Thai dining at Le Grand Lanna. Meanwhile, facilities include the Dheva Spa – a spectacle to behold – offering a truly inspirational health and wellbeing experience.
1. Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel 2. 137 Pillars House 3. Rachamankha 4. Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Escape to the natural wonders of northern Thailand, just south of Burma and west of Laos, for an unforgettable experience. On the unique three- or four-night excursions at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, you will have the adventure of lifetime trekking elephants through lush jungle and spectacular mountain trails. Unwind in the superb luxury tented accommodations, which feature stunning views.
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dusitD2 Chiang Mai – Flowers, furnishings and smiles create an experience of heaven on earth Located just off the famous Chang Klan Road, the 131 room dusitD2 sits in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai, with the bustling night bazaar, restaurants and entertainment at its doorstep. Guests are welcomed into a warm chic interior that represents the refreshing refined face of contemporary Thai design. The deluxe, club deluxe, studio suite and D'suite accommodations have been furnished to provide sanctuaries of comfort, privacy and joy. The commitment to delighting hotel guests is clear throughout. Enjoy the contemporary menu at Moxie Restaurant, a perfectly rendered cocktail from the Mix Bar, and relax in the club lounge or around the outdoor pool.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
1. DusitD2 Chiang Mai 2. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort 3. Four Seasons Chiang Mai 4. Four Seasons Tented Camp 5. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Discover Chiang Mai's traditional culture from riverside luxury. Hidden behind a bamboo wall and opening onto the picturesque Mae Ping River in Thailand’s charming northern city, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is a luxurious sanctuary of striking contemporary style, accented by traditional Thai and colonial elements. Find tranquil seclusion at the waterfront pool or indulge in exotic spa rituals and revitalising yoga.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai In northern Thailand, secluded in the lushly beautiful Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai presents a tiny kingdom of 98 traditional Lanna-style pavilions and luxury villas gazing over terraced rice fields. Accommodations feature polished teak floors, rich Thai cotton decorations and beautiful Siamese artwork. Pleasures range from an exclusive Thai cooking school to one of the world’s most celebrated tropical spas.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort Make an exciting discovery and experience the unforgettable with an all-inclusive discovery experience package. Choose from a range of intriguing activities, either indulging in a treatment at Anantara Spa, creating flavorsome regional dishes in a Thai cooking class, learning to drive your very own elephant with a mahout training experience or taking a fascinating private tour of Golden Triangle in one day.
Koh Chang & Koh Kood Both remote and enticing Ko Chang and Ko Kood are nevertheless poles apart. Ko Chang is rugged and wild, while Ko Kood is an island paradise and unhurried by comparison.
Parama Koh Chang by Epikurean Lifestyle
Away Koh Kood Resort
– In Sanskrit "parama" means "completeness" or "excellence" and in Buddhism it means "the culmination of certain virtues"
– The epitome of island hideaway idyll
Parama Koh Chang by Epikurean Lifestyle, located at the southeastern tip of Koh Chang, is a luxurious and holistic hideaway for discerning travelers. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures – good food, good wine, relaxing sunrise yoga, and personalized activities like sunset cruises or romantic picnics on the private beach – enveloped in the stunning natural surrounds of Koh Chang. The island is located just off the mainland by Trat. From the airport it takes 15 minutes by car to the ferry terminal where you depart for a 30-minute ferry crossing to Koh Chang before your 30-minute resort transfer. Parama Koh Chang by Epikurean Lifestyle comprises 19 luxuriously appointed private accommodations ranging from superior and deluxe rooms to Parama suites – most of which command visually arresting ocean views – and all are attended by a private butler. All guests will be ferried free of charge to the resort's private island where they will find private beach butlers and picnics to delight.
Koh Kood, a pleasant boat transfer from Trat – easily accessible from Bangkok – is a still mostly untouched tropical island, with a reputation for natural beauty, peace, and tranquility. Enjoy Koh Kood’s abundance of unspoiled nature while savoring the island people's warm hospitality. Created for guests seeking refuge from a usually fast-paced lifestyle, Away Koh Kood Resort offers every opportunity to truly slow down and enjoy the island. Designed in a simple yet comfortable manner, with a distinctively tropical Polynesian theme, the resort features spacious luxury bungalow villas, with private terraces and sea views from every room. Koh Kood natural elements provide the perfect setting to partake in many outdoor activities, and the resort has the largest activity center on the island. A combination of peaceful surrounds and the numerous activities and adventures offered by the resort provide the perfect balance of a relaxing yet fun vacations.
1. Parama Koh Chang by Epikurean Lifestyle 2. Away Koh Kood Resort
Soneva Kiri – The epitome of "intelligent luxury"
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Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood. Surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation and white beaches, the resort has been designed to blend seamlessly into the island's outstanding natural beauty. Only an hour’s flight in the resort’s private plane from Bangkok, the resort is seemingly remote but easily accessible. The 25 villas and 11 private residences offer complete privacy and every possible luxury comfort and they are among the most spacious accommodations in all South East Asia. All have large wrap-around pools and generous relaxation areas. Several have private spa areas and each has its own dedicated private butler.
Each villa comes complete with its own electric buggy and bicycles. Travel to the Six Senses Spa or to the manta ray shaped The Den. Or to The Beach, a stretch of palm-fringed white sand with sumptuous dining options and vast swinging day-beds. Savor sublime dining at Treepod Dining – a restaurant built on stilts over a mangrove forest, Benz's and The View – the fine dining option. Even cooler is the Ice Cream Parlor with 60 home-made flavors, the Willy
Wonka Chocolate Room and the numerous bars with views of the Thai Gulf. After dinner, visit the Observatory or Cinema Paradiso where classic movies are shown outdoors. And all the time a sense that Thailand, the real Thailand of remote fishing villages, colorful boats, epic waterfalls for swimming and gourmet picnics, beguiling smiles and indomitable spirituality is right there, just around the bay, willing you to uncover its ancient secrets. This is barefoot intelligent luxury at its best – no news, no shoes, Thai style. Soneva Kiri is committed to the Soneva Group’s slow life philosophy: Sustainable-local-organic-wellness learninginspiring-fun-experiences.
Hua Hin & Kui Buri Visit central Thailand’s original beach resort Hua Hin for a heady assortment of activities and cosmopolitan culture or retreat to X2 Kui Buri and visit Kui Buri National Park - probably the best place in Thailand to see wildlife.
Away Hua Hin-Pranburi Boutique Resort
X2 Kui Buri
– Balance your busy life with a stay at Away Hua Hin Resort
– An oasis of serenity, intimacy, and bespoke experiences – an active vacation or relaxing retreat
With a unique collection of five luxury Asian-style villas, located on peaceful Sam Roi Yot Beach, Away Hua Hin-Pranburi Boutique Resort is designed for people who crave to escape the everyday. Positioned between the sweeping beach Pranburi and towering mountain of Khao Sam Roi Yot, the resort is set apart from the busier town center of Hua Hin so guests benefits from quieter beaches as well as a more peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The centerpiece of the resort is the original Teak Thai House that was first built as the owner’s weekend retreat. Set up high on the property overlooking the beautiful pool and across Sam Roi Yot Bay, the 60-year-old traditional twobedroom house has been converted into guest accommodation for those seeking a classic Thai experience. Other villa types at the resort include oneand two-bedroom villas, each beautifully appointed.
X2 Kui Buri is located on over four acres of virgin beachfront land away from the busy tourist spots but just a three-hour drive from Bangkok and a 30-minute drive from the famous resort town Hua Hin. The area around the resort is undeveloped beyond a small fishing community, yet X2 Kui Buri itself boasts a high level of style, design, luxury and modernity. On arrival an extravagant lobby, the signature of X2 Resorts, sets the scene for your stay. By day, kayak, sail, join cooking classes, relax with a massage, and enjoy ocean views by the resort’s 2,150 square-foot pool. By night, the resort’s restaurant boasts some truly unique fusion inventions along with some classical Thai and Western dishes, whilst the 4K Bar with its bright red color-scheme offers an equally energizing choice of wines and cocktails. Each of the property’s 23 elegantly appointed villas have their own terrace and garden, indoor-outdoor rain shower, and Wi-Fi, and most have a private pool.
1. Away Hua Hin-Pranburi Boutique Resort 2. X2 Kui Buri
Koh Phangan Secluded bays and attractive beaches envelop dense jungle on beautiful Koh Phangan. Home to the Hat Rin Full Moon Party, the island is nonetheless a sleepy and enchanting retreat much of the year.
1. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa 2. Chantaramas Resort & Spa by Epikurean
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Chantaramas Resort & Spa by Epikurean
– A traditional Thai-style luxury beach resort
– The name Chantaramas means "golden moon'"
This gem of a resort embraces the true meaning of natural beauty. Stretched over 18 acres of glorious tropical landscape, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive eco-chic natural hideaway with glorious teakwood accommodations and world-renowned service and hospitality. Only 30 minutes by speedboat from Samui Island, paradise awaits. Where beauty comes naturally and elegant designs along with eco-friendly conservation inspires all.
Chantaramas Resort & Spa is situated on a secluded bay on Koh Pha-Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, an island most famous for its celebration of phases of the moon. Fronted by more than 328 foot of private beach and shallow water with jaw-dropping views of Koh Samui, Chantaramas Resort & Spa is just ten minutes from Thong Sala Pier (the island’s main pier), seven minutes from Haad Rin Pier and 20 minutes by speed boat from neighboring island Koh Samui and Samui Airport.
Lush tropical forests, a crystal clear bay and a private beach set the perfect backdrop for splendid gourmet meals, cascading poolside waterfalls, luxurious spa treatments at Ayurvana Spa and an exciting array of outdoor water activities. Discover 99 rooms and villas of natural beauty and supreme craftsmanship. At Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa, each villa and deluxe room captures the essence of pure teakwood and treasured Thai heritage for an all-inspired island getaway. Each room is equipped with the finest amenities to cater for the most discerning guests.
The resort’s contemporary décor is anchored by lunar motifs. Crescentshaped seating curves around the reception area, and crescent moon-shaped door handles adorn every door. Even pavilions placed at outdoor walkway intersections are open at the apex to the moonlight. Each of the well-spaced 51 villas in this low density development is sensitively etched into the gently sloping terrain around a central lawn. Villas are cocooned in lush tropical foliage and more than half of the property is dedicated to tropical gardens, creating a luxurious natural sanctuary in which guests can enjoy a delicious sense of seclusion.
Belmond Napasai Set in a grove of cashew trees, this secluded hideaway nestles beside a beautiful sandy beach in lush tropical gardens on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui. Spend all day beside the infinity pool or plunge into the vibrant island scene. Sumptuous cotton and bamboo interiors create a fresh and sophisticated atmosphere, while spacious private balconies offer the perfect space to enjoy sunset.
Six Senses Samui
Pristine beaches, luxury resorts and an infrastructure developed for tourism, make Koh Samui one of Thailand’s most popular destinations by far with more than a million visitors a year.
Six Senses Samui is set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of the island. Inspired by a Thai fishing village, the villas, most with private pools, offer stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks with 270 degree vistas of the outlying islands. Butler service for all villas is designed to create an unsurpassed level of personalized service.
Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Samui Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, lies Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Samui. The 122 rooms, suites and pool villas reflect the island’s Chinese merchant heritage. Enjoy a beachfront pool, water sports and spa journeys, as well as cookery, yoga and kick boxing classes. Dine beside the beach or private treetop sala at the award-winning restaurant.
Banyan Tree Samui Banyan Tree Samui combines the best elements of a tropical getaway with seclusion and privacy synonymous with Banyan Tree. Retreat from the bustle of the outside world into a secluded haven where your days pass in a gentle flow of relaxation. Be serenaded to sleep by the deep blue swells of the Gulf of Thailand and cool sea breezes.
The Sarann, Koh Samui – An intimate oceanfront villa resort offering a distinctive level of relaxation and luxury
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This small intimate resort is nestled on the tip of Koh Samui’s pristine Chaweng Noi beach, sublimely blending luxury with its natural surrounds. The name "The Sarann" refers to a state of mind where all worries drift away and one's spirit is at peace, and this concept is at the heart of the resort. Just a 20-minute transfer from Samui International Airport, the resort offers a beautiful balance between quiet and convenience. 12 luxuriously appointed seafront pool villas all with stunning views of Chaweng beach, 24 spacious Jacuzzi villas and Jacuzzi suites with romantic interiors and outdoor spaces, and 13 oversized deluxe rooms with balconies all feature hardwood floors, air-conditioning and flat screen TVs and DVD players. Enjoy open-terrace dining, and resort facilities including the fitness room, reading room, spa and infinity-edge pool.
1. Belmond Napasai 2. Six Senses Samui 3. Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Samui 4. Banyan Tree Samui 5. The Sarann, Koh Samui
W Retreat Koh Samui – Forward-looking design for vibrant contemporary living The first W Hotel and Resort in Southeast Asia, this private pool retreat is uniquely located at the peak of the north shore of Thailand’s famed Samui Island. A modern paradise of vibrant foliage, unspoiled golden sand and warm island breezes, W Retreat Koh Samui offers panoramic sunrise and sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand from its exceptional beachfront location.
Custom-designed furniture, trademark amenities, breathtaking views and private patios and pools are all part of the experience. Each of the 74 villas are equipped with modern lifestyle innovations including a private pool, daybeds, an outdoor shower, Yamaha sound system, flat-screen TV, wine refrigerator, and the signature W bed. W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature services and amenities bring a new level of indulgence to a renowned Thai island. Exclusive experiences include W’s signature 'Whatever/Whenever®' service philosophy, providing guests and residents with whatever they want – from a Champagne brunch on a deserted beach to an intimate sunset wedding on a stretch of Koh Samui’s glistening sand to an impromptu island-hopping excursion – whenever they want it, as long as it is legal.
Sample local, regional, continental and international cuisine at The Kitchen Table. Epicurean at every turn, its original menu blends global favorites ranging from curry to gourmet pizza and salads. Or try Namu, where contemporary Japanese cuisine with a worldly twist is presented in a dramatic, creative fashion. Recline with a colorful cocktail at the W Lounge. Mix and mingle indoors and enjoy iconic views from the outdoor terrace. Or head to SIP to toast the island’s spectacular sunset. After dark, WOOBAR® alights with live DJ beats and custom concoctions. Of course, Tonic Bar offers innovative sake tonics along with health-inspired refreshments and snacks.
InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort â€“ A luxurious setting for enriching experiences Scaling along the cliffs among 22 acres of lush landscaped tropical gardens, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort rises majestically over the beautiful Taling Ngam bay below. Situated on the unspoiled west coast of Koh Samui, it is a place of luxurious seclusion, with breathtaking crimson sunsets and spectacular views of the brilliantly blue Gulf of Thailand. Within this exclusive enclave, guests can select from just 79 Thai-inspired guestrooms, suites and villas each featuring a private balcony with incredible vistas across the famous Five Islands and Angthong National Marine Park. For a romantic retreat, the secluded beachfront pool villas have their own private swimming pool, wine bar and sun-deck and sit adjacent to the talcum soft sands, while the two-bedroom villas offer spacious retreats for families or friends. The resort masterpiece is the two-story, three-bedroom Napa Reserve villa covering 6,458 luxurious square feet, complete with dedicated butler service, 50-foot private pool and personal chef. Diversions are led by two spectacular infinity swimming pools and five theme-colored pools, the holistic Baan Thai Spa, a pristine safe private beach
and world-class dining offering Thai, Asian and International flavors, as well as a range of recreational, cultural and leisure activities. For cocktail lovers the signature venue Air Bar offers the best sunsets on the island, seemingly floating above the shimmering ocean below. Gaining legendary status over the years, the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is acclaimed by the New York Times number one best seller '1,000 Places to See Before You Die'. Recent accolades include,'World's Leading Luxury Resort', 'Asia's Leading Luxury Resort', 'Asia's Leading Honeymoon Resort' and 'Thailand's Leading Resort' at the World Travel Awards 2013 and 'Best Luxury Hideaway Resort in Thailand' at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.
1. Soneva Kiri 2. InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
X2 Koh Samui
ShaSa Resort & Residences, Koh Samui
â€“ Cross to ("X2") a new dimension of designed luxury at this stylish yet relaxed boutique resort
â€“ Indulge in precious moments
With over a 328 feet of uninterrupted beachfront bordered by 50-year-old majestic trees, the natural canvas is impeccable. Add to this backdrop a design distinct from the traditional tropical concepts, and X2 Koh Samui is formed. "Designed for the spirit", X2 Koh Samui is perfectly in balance with its surroundings, offering peaceful views over the Gulf of Thailand, as well as high style. The resort caters to a cosmopolitan group of creative and stylish guests who enjoy living life while also wanting first-class private vacation accommodation. 27 villas including four deluxe garden villas and 23 pool villas and suites, are all elegantly appointed. Resort facilities include the deepest resort pool on the island, a beachfront restaurant and bar serving Thai and Western dishes, spa, and petanque court.
At Shasa Resort & Residences romantic chic blends blissfully with the beauty of nature. This exclusive luxury hotel in Koh Samui is a scenic hillside creation sloping down to the pristine Laem Sett on the Gulf of Thailand. Discover an enchanting tropical gem set among picturesque cascading pools, scented by beautifully landscaped gardens. Luxurious accommodation features a charming private beachfront villa and 32 chic suites with spacious sea-view balconies. Ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom suites to a romantic Beachfront Pool Villa with a private infinity pool, the choice is yours. For those wishing to relax and recharge, the hydrotherapy pool and spa treatments pamper and revitalise both body and mind. Guests also enjoy a variety of activities and a large swimming pool and dine in style with gracious service at the resort's "catch of the day" fresh seafood restaurant and bar.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Welcome to an exotic beach hideaway, tiny and tranquil, on the mystical Gulf of Siam. Within a secret bay, terraced down a hillside of coconut palms, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui presents an all-villa enclave with amphitheater views of sky, sea and islands. Your hillside or beachfront villa is a lavish island retreat with every modern convenience, set just steps from the beach.
Khao Lak & Phuket
Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa
Phuket has a huge personality and is pretty good-looking to boot. Just north, Khao Lak is quieter but with as many comforts and beautiful beaches.
A paradise seeker’s dream come true, Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket’s stunning western coast. Combining an escape of pure indulgence with Anantara’s renowned hospitality, couples, families and friends choose from a luxury collection of 30 rooms and suites, as well as 47 pool villas in nine uniquely impressive styles.
Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket – An ultra-luxe tropical seaside escape Just two minutes' drive to Patong Beach, Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket is set on a hilltop with stunning views across the Andaman Sea.
The Sarojin – Set on a stunning, secluded six-mile white-sand beach in Khao Lak Ideal for romantic breaks, honeymoons, weddings and adult family groups, The Sarojin is an award-winning luxurious boutique beach resort just 55 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Just 56 luxurious guest residences, many with private pools, are set amid tropical gardens. These beautiful surrounds are also the backdrop for gourmet on-site dining at Ficus and The Edge. The Sarojin's own team of personal guides ensure your stay is also an adventure. Enjoy a luxury boat ride, snorkeling or scuba diving, jungle adventures complete with champagne, rejuvenating spa massages, Thai cooking classes and lazy gourmet lunches during your stay.
The hotel’s architecture and interior design are distinctly contemporary Thai – showcasing fine natural materials and luxuriant fabrics to futuristic effect. All 150 guestrooms and suites are generously spacious with high ceilings, a wide range of modern amenities and individual balconies – some with private pools. The resort's on-site restaurant offers cuisines from around the world, a full range of dining options from Italian to Indian and Chinese, as well as exquisite local Thai cuisine. There is an atmospheric BBQ terrace where you can savor the tastes of local seafood, grilled meats and poultry. Guests can enjoy all-day dining in the restaurant itself or a light snack whilst relaxing by the pool. The resort’s rooftop bar offers stunning views of the bays and a unique drinks list. Meanwhile, the hotel spa specializes in Ayurvedic treatment, massages and wellness cuisine.
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1. X2 Koh Samui 2. ShaSa Resort & Residences 3. Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui 4. Anantara Phuket Layan Resort 5. The Sarojin 6. Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa – Nestled amid tropical gardens, this chic boutique is only 15 minutes' drive from Phuket International Airport Welcome to a resort with absolute style, inspired by nature. The vivid colors in your room are a reflection of the beautiful coral reefs outside and the roof of your private villa is inspired by the majestic leatherback turtles that visit the pristine white sand beach. Even the Quan Spa uses nature's finest ingredients – turning simple delights into memorable moments. From ultra-chic design to idyllic calmness, experience a stay like no other.
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort – The "all-new" luxury Phuket hotel on Bangtao Beach
Trisara – Often rated Phuket Island's most special resort experience Trisara, in Sanskrit "The Third Garden in Heaven", is set in a tropical forest amid exotic gardens just 15 minutes’ drive from Phuket Airport. The exquisitely designed resort features 48 spacious ocean-facing pool villas, two-bedroom villas, and three- to six-bedroom private residences, each designed with simple, rich interiors and with a wonderful sense of privacy. Each accommodation embraces the natural environment, a private bay on Phuket's north-western coastline.
Attention to detail defines the design which includes unique natural grey marble infinity pools, in all villas and suites, overflowing toward the Andaman Sea and its spectacular year-round sunsets.
A well-established property which has recently undergone a complete renovation into a luxury hotel, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is located between a tropical lagoon and the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea. The property features the finest in accommodation – all completely renovated with modern interiors subtly blended with contemporary Thai touches. After closing for six months', The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort re-opened "all new" in April 2013. It is a stunning absolute beachfront property on Bangtao Beach, Phuket and is designed as a haven for leisure guests. The resort, within Laguna Phuket, offers 255 rooms and suites with comfortable living space and views of either the sea or lagoon. An extensive range of culinary specialities are available at any one of the resort’s five food and beverage outlets. For younger guests, Koh Kids is a fully supervised indoor and outdoor entertainment area. The day spa is available for a range of relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. The Club is an exclusive lounge offering attentive service and amenities for Club level guests. All guests can experience a swimming pool with a 180-foot water slide and a wide range of activities such as tennis, water activities, squash and archery.
Avista Phuket Resort and Spa, Kata Beach – One of the most expressive and stylish resorts in Phuket Located on a verdant hill overlooking the aquamarine expanse of the Andaman Sea and the pristine white sands of Kata Beach in southern Phuket, Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach features 143 lavish and spacious guestrooms, each with its own private terrace or balcony showcasing beautiful views. Chill, indulge, and above all enjoy two generous, meandering swimming pools, and a celebrated day spa with treatments based on ancient Thai medical theory. On-site dining is at En Vogue - International Restaurant, Khantoke – authentic Thai dining and a seafood BBQ buffet accompanied by live entertainment are also extremely popular.
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The Vijitt Resort Phuket – Relax in luxury at this romantic retreat
Boathouse on Kata Beach – Personal, friendly service and outstanding food and wine in a supreme beach location Boathouse on Kata Beach is a boutique hotel with 38 rooms situated directly on the picturesque white-sand Kata Beach, southwest Phuket. The bay has a relaxed atmosphere and the hotel is easily accessible, 45 minutes’ drive from the airport. Recently extensively renovated, Boathouse on Kata Beach now offers a refreshing blend of its original elegance with modern luxuries and tropical flare. With a world-class wine cellar and delectable dining options, the resort’s restaurants have been recognized by experts such as Wine Spectator and Tatler Best Restaurant Guide.
At the The Vijitt Resort Phuket, peace and tranquility soothe the soul. Built and designed around 18 acres of breathtaking natural scenery on absolute beachfront, this is a cherished environment enhanced by swaying coconut trees and beautiful indigenous flowers. 92 luxurious stand-alone villas, built to reflect Southern Thai contemporary architecture, include spacious deluxe villas, deluxe pool villas, prime pool villas, two-bedroom pool villas, and beachfront Vijitt pool villas. Each accommodation is featured strategically amid the gently sloping forested land so all guests enjoy stunning sea views while maintaining their privacy. Dine at The Savory and Baan Vijitt Restaurant or The Beach Bar and the Wine Cellar and laze at your choice of two swimming pools. The V Spa creates experiences of relaxation, peace and tranquility, and the Rotunda houses a large kids’ club, gym, playground, Internet and library corner. Resort activities include Thai cooking classes, a botanical walk, a marine beach walk, kayaking, Thai boxing, yoga and aqua aerobics.
1. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 2. Trisara 3. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort 4. Avista Phuket Resort and Spa, Kata Beach 5. Boathouse on Kata Beach 6. The Vijitt Resort Phuket
The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection
The Village Coconut Island
– Retreat to a haven of sophistication and sublime comfort
– A small luxury island resort just off the East Coast of Phuket
Nestled among stunning beaches and lush coconut groves, with never-ending views of the emerald-green Phang Nga Bay and idyllic landscapes of the Phuket coastline, The Naka Island is an exclusive boutique resort on Naka Yai Island, just off the east coast of Phuket, requiring just a five-minute speedboat transfer.
This award-winning property offers relaxed luxury and seclusion in a unique and unforgettable location just 35 minutes from Phuket International Airport. The resort is set in lush tropical gardens with stunning views of Phang Nga Bay, and boasts 1,640 feet of private beach. The 24-hour water taxi gives guests fantastic access to Phuket’s popular tourist and cultural sights, but without the overcrowding of mainland resorts.
The resort boasts 67 luxuriously appointed private villas with private pools. Choose from two beachside restaurants including all-day dining Tonsai, and the seafood grill house My Grill. Keep fit at the 24-hour fitness center, Spa Naka, or swim in the resort’s main pool which overlooks breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay. Enjoy traditional long tail boat tours from the resort as well as activities ranging from leisurely walks and bike tours to snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Guests experience island life in luxurious accommodation, with properties including outdoor Jacuzzi suites and grand beachfront villas, perfect for couples, families and groups. Choose from two bars and three world-class restaurants serving delicious Thai and international cuisine, with private beachfront dining and in-villa barbecue also offered. Thrill-seekers enjoy activities including sailing, kayaking, water slides, tennis courts, volleyball, mountain biking, a games deck and fitness center. Alternatively, take some time to relax and unwind at the beautiful Village Spa, or souvenir shop at the Cocomart and Banana Boutique.
Six Senses Yao Noi Located between Phuket and Krabi, Six Senses Yao Noi is nestled amongst tropical landscapes offering stunning views of the dramatic limestone rock pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay. The uniquely designed villas, all with private pools, offer an atmosphere of space and light in a private setting. With excellent facilities and renowned standards of personalized service, this resort is as impressive as it is enticing.
Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai lie in the middle of Phang Nga Bay and although development is accelerating, the islands remain quiet refuges far removed from the crowds of Phuket.
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa â€“ Living up to its name, which means "beautiful nature" in Thai Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa is nestled among 38 acres of unspoiled tropical forest and boasts a long stretch of beach frontage right by the Andaman Sea. Located along a tranquil cove on Koh Yao Yai's west coast, the luxury resort is just 20 minutes by speedboat from Phuket, yet in a peaceful world of its own. The eco-luxury accommodation comprises 79 teakwood rooms and pool villas that blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. Wood shingled roofs peek out through verdant hillside that meets the water's edge and azure waves that gently lap onto a private stretch of powdery white beach. Spacious patios turn into front row seats every evening as the setting sun brings out a dramatic fiery display across the open skies. Indulge in pampering treatments at the Ayurvanna Spa, spend the day in the delightfully refreshing 16,146 square foot waterfall swimming pool, or take a stroll through the lush resorts grounds before dining at one of the resort's two restaurants.
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1. The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection 2. The Village Coconut Island 3. Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa 4. Six Senses Yao Noi
Krabi, Phi Phi Island & Beyond Fewer regions are as spectacularly picturesque as those surrounding Krabi and Phang Nga Bay. Imagine yourself basking on a bleachedblonde beach, glancing up at turquoise waters dotted with myriad sheer limestone karsts as far as your eye can see. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to take a closer look at nature’s awe-inspiring display, and sip your sundowner as changing skies set the scene for yet more photo opportunities. The Phi Phi Islands rise from the sea like a fortress. Living up to all the hype, their calm and beauty is no less than astounding.
The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
– Rejuvenate in nature’s embrace
– Your own secluded paradise
This unique resort is positioned by a romantic, secluded and beautiful white-sand beach in the picturesque province of Krabi. Directly facing an archipelago of 13 islands which rise dramatically from the calm waters of the Andaman Sea, the resort boasts a magnificent outlook and a shoreline protected from the weather.
As the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Phulay Bay embodies the attributes, philosophy and unique style and design of the Reserve brand extension. It has been designed for those who seek to escape the stresses of everyday life and immerse themselves into a completely bespoke and personally tailored vacation experience.
Villa-style accommodation combines elements of modern and local architecture in a unique and imaginative design, offering guests privacy and comfort. The latest collection of private pool villas offer added luxuries including spacious layouts, large private pools and exquisite furnishings. Guests are also delighted with the exceptional design of L’escape Spa and Di Maré Italian restaurant, situated on the beachfront. At the opposite end of the seafront, guests can also choose from the unique tantalizing menus of The Arundina, serving classic Thai cuisine. This multi-award-winning resort was chosen as a Best of Romance, Asia Hotel by TripAdvisor® in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Best of Service, Thailand in the 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards.
Set on the shores of Krabi, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a striking 54 villa and pavilion boutique hotel. Enjoy one of Thailand’s most pristine and secluded areas at the edge of virgin forest and facing the Andaman Sea with magnificent views of mountains, beaches, clear blue sea, exotic islands and incredible sunsets. World-class culinary experiences are available throughout the resort’s six intimate and carefully thought-out restaurants. With an emphasis on personalized, bespoke experiences, guests can design or tailor make their visit to perfectly suit their needs and desires and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa Experience the magic of a Si Kao vacation, just an hour south of Krabi International Airport. This beautiful destination and idyllic waterfront resort is an inviting choice for families, leisure travelers and honeymooners. Take a speedboat to the powdery white sands of Koh Kradan, home to Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa's private beach club and reefs teeming with tropical fish. Guests can also refresh in the infinity pool.
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Villa 360 Phi Phi Island â€“ Indulge in precious moments At Shasa Resort & Residences romantic chic blends blissfully with the beauty of nature. This exclusive luxury hotel in Koh Samui is a scenic hillside creation sloping down to the pristine Laem Sett on the Gulf of Thailand. Discover an enchanting tropical gem set among picturesque cascading pools, scented by beautifully landscaped gardens. Luxurious accommodation features a charming private beachfront villa and 32 chic suites with spacious sea view balconies. Ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom suites to a romantic Beachfront Pool Villa with a private infinity pool, the choice is yours. For those wishing to relax and recharge, the hydrotherapy pool and spa treatments pamper and revitalise both body and mind. Guests also enjoy a variety of activities and a large swimming pool and dine in style with gracious service at the resort's "catch of the day" fresh seafood restaurant and bar.
1. The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort 2. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve 3. Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa 4. Villa 360 Phi Phi Island
Koh Lanta Incredible beaches and plenty of good dive spots draw discerning travelers to Koh Lanta. Relaxing and less hyped than some of its neighbors, the island is flatter but enchantingly picturesque.
Pimalai Resort & Spa – Experience peace, elegance and luxury alongside genuine hospitality in Krabi 1
1. Pimalai Resort & Spa
Be it for a honeymoon, a wedding ceremony, a diving experience or simply a wellearned escape, Pimalai Resort & Spa is a undoubtedly a destination of distinction. Nestled in lush tropical forest on the south west coast of the island of Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi, the exclusive Andaman luxury beach resort combines vast natural beauty with environmental awareness, subtle comforts and friendly service. Occupying 100 acres of tropical vegetation with direct access to the 2,952-foot beach, Pimalai Resort & Spa is well-hidden from the outside world. Located far enough away from other resorts, but close to Lanta Marine National Park, guests find themselves listening only to the sound of the waves breaking slowly onto the resort's pristine sandy beach as they relax and unwind. Speaking the language of contemporary Thai design, 121 spacious deluxe rooms, suites and villas are exquisitely appointed with tropical polished wooden floors, bamboo blinds and dark wood furniture, and each accommodation offers private outdoor space, balcony or terrace. Unpretentious yet vastly spacious and elegant, the beach and pool villas offer the ultimate luxury. Of equally
interesting design, Pimalai Spa was built to imitate a Thai village, with pretty small straw-roofed salas blending seamlessly with the natural beauty of the surrounding jungle. A choice of activities and excursions are available from the resort, including water activities, island excursions, cooking classes and elephant trekking. Back on-site, enjoy two infinity pools, tennis courts, cycling and an exciting selection of eight unique restaurants and bars including the ever-popular Rak Talay Beach Bar & Restauant. The Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant offers magnificent sea views with à la carte fusion dining of equal calibre, while the Spice n’ Rice restaurant's Thai cuisine showcases authentic Thai flavors using ingredients sourced from its own farm near Chiang Mai.
Vietnam – Incredible lush landscapes, exciting cities, sensational cuisine and a resilient, warm and welcoming people, place Vietnam at the top of many tourists’ bucket lists.
Imagine the commotion of motorcycles, pushbikes, treasure-trove markets and fresh-food vendors on busy city streets; envisage green paddy fields, majestic mountains, and boat trips along mystical and meandering waterways; picture temples and pagodas, palaces and royal tombs and traditional tailors next to designer boutiques. Invigorating but tranquil, lively yet graceful, and colorfully diverse, Vietnam is a workout for your senses from its charmingly chaotic cities to its dramatic gorges and limestone bays. Discover spectacular scenery and a rich and compelling culture in beautiful Vietnam.
Vietnam – Inspiring Natural Beauty – 13 day itinerary Hanoi – 3 nights including 1 night onboard overnight train to Lao Cai Transfer to Hoa Lu and visit the ancient temples of The Dinh Dynasties before continuing to Tam Coc where you will travel by small boat to explore its beautiful waterways. Return to Hanoi and tour this unique city including a cyclo to Hanoi old Quarter. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay. Board the train to Lao Cai. Sapa – 2 nights Transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa and take a trekking tour to Muong Hoa Valley to visit the ethnic villages of Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Tavan. Enjoy the colors of the famous local fairs and experience authentic Vietnamese culture. Halong Bay – 1 night onboard Halong Bay boat Halong Bay is one of the “must see” sights in Vietnam, but its popularity makes it no less astounding. Cruise the waters watching red-sailed junks navigating through thousands of limestone karsts. Visit a magnificent cave, enjoy dinner on board and watch an incredible sunset before your overnight stay. Hoi An – 2 nights – Hue – 2 nights Fly to Danang and transfer to picturesque Hoi An for two nights, then further to Hue. Take a boat along Perfume River to visit Tu Duc tomb, visit the Royal Citadel and experience praying-time of the monks during your stay. Ho Chi Minh – 2 nights
Today, fly to the bustling city of Ho Chi Mihn for a tour of highlights including Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum and City Theatre. Enjoy a dinner cruise along Saigon River and the next day board the Mekong King luxury wooden boat for a leisurely excursion to Mekong delta. Visit local families and learn how rice crackers, popcorn, pop rice and coconut candies are made. A delicious lunch showcases a variety of Mekong’s specialties.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Hanoi, Hue & Da Nang Picturesque parks, lakes and boulevards set the scene for sightseeing in the energetic and cosmopolitan city of Hanoi. One of Vietnam’s most charming cities, Hue was the nation’s capital through the Nguyen dynasty and retains an air of regal splendor, full of history. Further south, rising star Da Nang is no longer just a gateway to Hoi An. Spend a night or two in Central Vietnam’s largest city and check out a few of its trendy new cafés, restaurants and bars as well as the wonderful Cham Museum.
The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is superbly situated on the serene waters of West Lake, the largest lake in the city. The property is conveniently located just minutes from the city center, yet an excellent retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hanoi. The hotel offers 293 stylish guestrooms and suites in a tranquil lakeside setting, with many rooms uniquely located in island pavilions on the lake.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Step back into history at Hanoï's most storied deluxe hotel. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï's French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll stately corridors and explore a dramatic past. Choose from luxury hotel rooms and suites that have welcomed many of the worlds greatest luminaries.
La Résidence Hotel & Spa Located in historical Hue, on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel, La Résidence Hotel & Spa is a grand depiction of old Indochina glamor. Endowed with opulence and warmth, 122 rooms and suites each with private terrace or balcony, are furnished in art-deco style. Food is a passion at the hotel's La Residence à la carte restaurant and private poolside dining is also recommended.
Fusion Maia Da Nang
Pampering levels are off the scale at the awardwinning, beachfront boutique hotel Fusion Maia Da Nang in Central Vietnam, where all spa treatments are included. The 87 pool-flaunting villas are set in lush gardens surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers and bamboo. The included spa treatments instil a sense of wellbeing and all massages, wraps, facials and yoga are complimentary.
Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang – Luxury, exploration, excitement and relaxation Beautifully positioned on what is often cited as one of the world’s best beaches, Non Nuoc beach, Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang offers a luxurious base from which to embrace cultural exploration of the central coast of Vietnam. Visit the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with boutique shops, charming cafés and winding streets for an amazing insight into colorful Vietnamese life. Or take a trip to Hue Citadel or My Son Sanctuary. Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang features 200 guestrooms and suites as well as 39 exclusive villas. All accommodations are equipped with modern features including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a choice of movies, as well as a pillow menu for maximum overnight comfort. On-site, guests relax by one of five expansive outdoor infinity pools, stroll along the beach, or wander in the resort gardens. Meanwhile, Vincharm Spa is an ideal place to unwind while enjoying a choice of health and beauty treatments. Dining at the reosrt is varied including both traditional flavors of Vietnam and exquisite international cuisine.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort – A luxurious and mythical setting in Danang Nestled on the rainforest slopes of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, with panoramic views of the East Sea and stunning private bay, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort redefines luxury accommodation in Vietnam. Located a spectacular 30-minute drive from the International Airport Danang, the resort is a good base for day trips — not far from the famous Danang beach, Hoi An ancient town, and other nearby World Heritage-listed sites. InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is the latest creation of one of Asia’s most celebrated resort designers, Bill Bensley. No detail was too small in the conceptualisation of the resort which, with its rich template of earthy colors and bold features, marries traditional and contemporary Vietnamese designs with the pristine surrounding landscape. Everything, down to the in-room dining cutlery, was specifically designed and selected to create an aesthetic that sets InterContinental Danang apart from any other Vietnamese resort. All 197 of the resort’s rooms, suites and beachfront villas are designed to take full advantage of their location and panoramic East Sea views. Large terraces and shuttered windows elevate private living spaces that draw in the surrounding jungle and crystal bay, and add depth to the already large rooms.
Also highly anticipated is the arrival of three-star Michelin chef, Michel Roux’s first culinary venture in South East Asia and the resort’s signature restaurant, La Maison 1888. Reminiscent of Roux’s the Waterside Inn in England, La Maison 1888, one of three restaurants and two bars spread throughout the resort, brings some of the world’s most celebrated French cuisine to Son Tra Peninsula. Guests can swim in the bay or at one of the resort’s outdoor pools, experience HARNN Heritage Spa and Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez, and use many entertainment and recreation facilities. The resort’s youngest guests will also be delighted by InterContinental’s signature kids' club, Planet Trekkers.
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1. InterContinental Hanoi Westlake 2. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi 3. La Résidence Hotel & Spa 4. Fusion Maia Da Nang 5. Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang 6. InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Hoi An & Nha Trang A cosmopolitan melting pot with oodles of character and charm, Hoi An is atmospheric, seemingly timeless and an architectural delight – this is historic Vietnam at its very best. Further south, escape to the lively city of Nha Trang for a laze on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, in one of the world’s most picturesque bays – dotted with tropical islands. Cafés, restaurants and friendly hawkers aplenty will keep you wellfed, watered and massaged and there is no shortage of high-adrenaline activity options either.
Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa – The only Nha Trang Hotel built in colonial style Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel idyllically located in the heart of Nha Trang’s tourist district, just steps away from the beach, and within walking distance to major sightseeing, shopping and tourist destinations. The property has 125 sea-facing balcony rooms with a gorgeous view of Nha Trang Bay – one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Enjoy services, amenities and facilities exceeding your expectations – this property boasts charm, ambiance and the highest standards and personalized service.
The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang – Luxury and privacy just off the coast of Nha Trang Nestled on lush Hon Tre Island and accessible from Cam Ranh International Airport by private car then speed-boat or luxury yacht transfer, you will find Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang tucked away in a private cove with a beautiful white sandy beach – a boutique island hideaway. Each of the 84 spacious private villas has a secluded garden with plunge pool, providing hours of quiet relaxation. The private villas are strategically spaced around the poolside or beachfront, or, in the case of the duplex villas, perched up on the hillside with commanding views of the gardens or out to the glistening bay.
The heavenly Vincharm Spa boasts overwater treatment rooms, spacious relaxation rooms with Jacuzzi, steam, sauna and whirlpool options, and a wellequipped gym. Enjoy access to the world-class 18-hole course at Vinpearl Nha Trang Golf and Country Club, where both beginners and pros can tee-off to stunning backdrops of the sea and rolling mountains. Guests also have unlimited complimentary access to the Vinpearl Land Amusement Park, featuring thrilling rides, a waterpark and aquarium.
The Nam Hai, Hoi An has set the benchmark for luxury accommodation in Vietnam. The awardwinning resort is spread over 86 acres of tropical gardens and along the pristine shoreline of Ha My Beach, its grounds surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and a private lagoon. The resort offers spectacular beachfront living with three sprawling swimming pools and reflects the true spirit of Indochina.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay The hidden treasure of Vietnam's colorful coast, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea. The family-friendly resort has 58 pool villas, several bars and restaurants, and a spa with yoga pavilions, a gym, hair salon and spa retail gallery.
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Mia Resort Nha Trang – Designed and built for those who demand nothing but the very best The famed and glorious coastline of south-central Vietnam is a mecca for tourists. With Nha Trang and its bustling streets close by, retreat after a day’s sightseeing to the peace and quiet of Mia Resort. "Mia" is Vietnamese for "sugar cane" and this green, tropical plant is a fitting symbol for the modern, uniquely designed buildings with grass roofs that merge effortlessly into the landscape. The resort is positioned on absolute beachfront and exclusive villas are set among manicured gardens with a lush banana plantation as a natural coolant. Each of the 50 accommodations – condos, villas and suites – have a sea view, and some have private splash pools. Comfortable rooms blend contemporary living with luxurious design. Ample space is offered in all room categories and each has its own private veranda. The garden view condos are ideally located close to all the main facilities on-site, such as the restaurants, pool and spa, while still including a superb view of the ocean and resort. The beachfront villas allow the discerning guest to wake up and step straight onto the sand. Nha Trang is known for its quality dining options with a bounty from the sea, but
you don’t need to leave the resort to enjoy exquisite cuisine. Sandals restaurant prides itself on being one of the best restaurants in Vietnam. Creative chefs bring traditional and unique culinary delights using the best possible locally sourced Pacific Rim ingredients. By day, choose to sit inside, or on the front terrace looking out to sea, and at night the restaurant transforms into a romantic retreat, with light supplied by traditional oil lamps. Other resort facilities and services include the main pool, the Xanh Spa, complimentary yoga and complimentary snorkeling equipment.
1. Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang 2. Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa 3. The Nam Hai, Hoi An 4. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay 5. Mia Resort Nha Trang
Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City boasts a busy pace as it marries old and new with energetic fervour. Wander through timeless laneways to incenseinfused temples before revisiting the present day at designer outlets set alongside shiny skyscrapers. Taste traditional dishes in Nha Hang Ngon and browse the stalls at Ben Thanh Market. Along the way, pause to indulge in a moment of contemplative people-watching, and you'll be entertained for hours. The city's war museums are exceptional and feature in most visitor itineraries, while private day tours to nearby attractions are also recommended.
PRINCESS D'ÂN-NAM Resort & Spa – Combining French chic with traditional Vietnamese hospitality Just 93 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, set on the secluded and pristine Ke Ga Bay, this is the first all-villa luxury boutique resort in Vietnam. Nestled in a unique eco-system of rivers, sand dunes and red canyons, the architectural gem was created in a majestic tropical Indochinese style with a rare refinement and serenity in mind. Wine and dine in elegant surrounds savoring gourmet delights, before retiring to your villa – intimate and exquisitely decorated with wood and embroidery. For complete relaxation with traditional and exotic treatments, visit the PRINCESS D'ÂN-NAM Spa which spans 19,375 square feet and overlooks the ocean.
Six Senses Con Dao
Park Hyatt Saigon – Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle This luxury hotel is situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City center majestically rising nine stories above District One, steps from the elegant Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, and other Saigon main tourist attractions. Ho Chi Minh International Airport, Tan Son Nhat, is just four miles away, allowing for effortless airport access in a city known for its bustling streets. Park Hyatt Saigon's 244 rooms and suites redefine urban luxury, blending sophisticated design and décor with the latest modern comforts as the leading Ho Chi Minh hotel. This Saigon hotel plays host to world-class restaurants and bars, including Italian Restaurant Opera, Square One Vietnamese Restaurant, Park Lounge, with a traditional afternoon tea, and 2 Lam Son martini bar, one of the city’s top nightlife destinations. For sheer relaxation, Park Hyatt features Xuan Spa, a tranquil urban retreat offering private therapy rooms, a fitness center and outdoor pool.
Six Senses Con Dao is set in a protected national and marine park. Comprising of 50 contemporary private pool villas it has been recognized as a top eco lodge by National Geographic Traveler. Several dining alternatives offer local flavors, seafood and world cuisine. The Six Senses Spa at Con Dao has the dramatic backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains, with classic signature treatments and specialist therapies.
Phu Quoc Island Hide away on Phu Quoc Island listening to the ocean lap at one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world – mostly untouched and alluringly pristine.
Salinda Premium Resort and Spa – Welcome to Phu Quoc Island, the pearl of Asia Surrounded by fine sand, crystal clear waters and natural landscape, Phu Quoc is becoming a well-known destination for discerning travelers from around the world. Standing proudly on six acres of grounds only two miles away from the international airport of Phu Quoc, Salinda Premium Resort and Spa is enchantingly set by the sea shore in the peaceful town of Duong Dong. The property's aesthetic was inspired by an interpretation of rustic local heritage and contemporary design. An unprecedented commitment to innovation and authentic local traditions is reflected in every feature of the 121 rooms and villas with private balconies. The accommodation embodies the essence of luxury experiential travel with its understated beauty and the enchanting spirit of the pearl of Asia. Each evening, open the doors to your balcony and find yourself inside a canopy of a mesmerizing sunset. Guests enjoy the Salinda Premium Resort and Spa's signature beachfront restaurant, lounge and bar, fitness center and the island’s finest event venue, supported by high levels of service and comfort. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet amid lush tropical gardens or immerse into a sense of tranquility while sipping a
glass of wine and listening to the soothing music of Salinda Lounge. Experience the transformation when stepping into the resort Spa, where Thai therapists enliven the senses and restore the mind to a heavenly state. Allow vibrant entertainment coupled with exciting activities to create unforgettable memories. 1
1. Park Hyatt Saigon 2. PRINCESS D’ÂN-NAM Resort & Spa 3. Six Senses Con Dao 4. Salinda Premium Resort and Spa
Cambodia – Well-known for the exquisite ruins of Angkor and a fraught history, Cambodia is also a charming and magical destination in its own right.
The cities of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Battambang are well worth a visit, and beyond these hubs Cambodia’s charming villages exude a sense of calm. Still traditional – and where most Cambodian’s live – it is in the countryside that visitors discover the depth of Cambodia, the strength of its people and its intoxicating culture. Step off the tourist trail – travel to Kratie to see the Irrawaddy River Dolphins of the Mekong, or visit the south coast to visit Cambodia’s fringing tropical islands.
Insight into the Great Khmer Civilisation – 11 day itinerary Siem Reap – 4 nights On arrival in Cambodia, visitors are most excited to visit Angkor Wat – the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture and the national symbol. Angkor is impressive in its sheer scale as well as its beautifully proportioned layout and the delicate artistry of its carvings. Visit Churning of the Ocean of Milk, Angkor Thom, South Gate, Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of The Leper King. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple and beyond on this comprehensive tour. Kampong Thom – 1 night En route to Kampong Thom, enjoy a visit to Sambor Prei Kuk – often cited as Cambodia’s most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia. Continue to Kampong Cham, a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with interesting examples of colonial-era architecture. Visit the local market and travel to the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei before your departure. Phnom Pehn – 2 nights Transfer to Phnom Penh – a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city – explore on a tour with highlights including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the elegant National Museum with its comprehensive collection of Khmer art. Learn about Cambodia’s more recent and tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (the Museum of Genocide). Before you leave, experience modern city life with a visit to one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets. Choose between the Central Market – housed in a distinctive domed Art Deco building – and the sprawling stalls of the popular Russian Market. Sihanoukville – 3 nights
Transfer to Sihanoukville for a relaxing three-night conclusion to your trip. Enjoy peaceful beaches, fresh seafood, clear blue sea and visits to nearby islands. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay in Cambodia.
Song Saa Private Island Resort In Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, made up of mostly uninhabited islands, Song Saa Private Island is only 35 to 40 minutes away from Sihanoukville by luxurious speedboat. Featuring 27 one- and two-bedroom jungle, ocean view and overwater villas, the accommodation is designed around the theme of a Cambodian fishing village but with all the luxuries and modern conveniences you would expect of a world-class resort.
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor An intimate retreat on the banks of a treelined river, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor beautifully captures the region’s rich history while offering every modern luxury. Located close to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Tonlé Sap Lake, it’s an ideal base to explore the wonders of the region. Siem Reap’s lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and nightlife scene are also just moments away.
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & Beyond Visit the nation’s capital Phnom Penh – beautifully set on the Mekong River – and continue to Siem Reap and the spectacular temples of Angkor including Angkor Wat – a mesmerizing realisation of workmanship and spiritual devotion.
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Amansara A breathtaking 24-suite sanctuary steeped in history, Amansara is the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk. Just 10 minutes away from the iconic temples of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site, this architectural gem has the ambience of a private home and is a privileged location from which to explore the sophisticated culture of the ancient Khmer civilisation.
Le Meridien Angkor – Fusing European design and the subtleties of contemporary Cambodian style Stay as near as you can to Angkor Wat. This hotel places you closer than any other to the architectural wonder you've travelled to see. You will also be conveniently located just a five-minute drive to Siem Reap city center, and its vibrant Pub Street, and eight miles from the International Airport. After exploring the ancient world of Angkor Wat, delve into gourmet delights at Le Meridien Angkor. The hotel is reputed to provide the best international and Asian cuisine in Siem Reap. Try the hotel's two restaurants, lobby lounge and bar, or relax and dine at the Angkor-inspired pool – a homage to the beauty and detail of ancient Khmer Architecture. Recline on private teak wood deck chairs on the sun-drenched terraced where butlers serve food and drinks throughout the day; or for complete relaxation, choose from a menu of traditional massages and health therapies at the hotel's multi-award-winning spa, before retreating to your comfortable guestroom or suite by night.
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Shinta Mani Resort The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated Bensley-designed boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quartier between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area. Each of the courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms and one junior suite enjoys first-floor balcony views or direct access to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.
2. Song Saa Private Island Resort 3. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor 4. Amansara 5. Shinta Mani Resort
– Responsible travel to Myanmar is now encouraged, and what a thrilling and magical adventure awaits those lucky enough to visit this enchanted land. Decades of isolation have meant Myanmar has retained its traditional cultures: Buddhism still heavily influences most of the Burmese population, traditional clothing is still often worn, and an incredible 135 ethnic groups speak over 100 languages. Meet some of the world’s most hospitable people and be introduced to Bagan’s glistening Pagodas, Inle Lake’s mesmerizing vistas, Shwedagon Paya, the Gold Rock and the beautiful Bay of Bengal. You may see fewer tourists here than you are used to, but Myanmar is nonetheless absolutely spellbinding.
– 9 day itinerary Yangon – 2 nights Explore Yangon – the capital of the “Golden Land”, with its colonial-style city center and gilded Sule Pagoda dating back 2,000 years. Stroll around Bogyoke Aung San Market with your guide and relax at Kandawgyi Park. At sunset visit the world-famous “Shwedagon Pagoda” – rising to 325 feet from its base to pierce the sky. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay in Myanmar. Bagan – 2 nights Fly to Bagan on the banks of the Ayeyrawadee River – home to more than 4,000 Buddhist temples. Sightsee local markets and the city’s most important temples and pagodas including Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple. Enjoy magnificent sunsets from open terraces. Mandalay – 2 nights Fly to Mandalay and visit the old city of Amarapura and Mahagandayon Monastery – a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue to U Bein Bridge across Thaungthaman Lake – a teak wooden bridge over 100 years old. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay’s holiest Buddha statue, head to Shwenandaw Kyaung, also known as Golden Teak Monastery and visit the fascinating “world’s largest book” – consisting of 729 large marble tablets with Buddhist scriptures inscribed on each. Inle Lake – 1 night – Yangon – 1 night
Fly to Heho and transfer via Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery to Nyaung Shwe and onwards by boat to your hotel. The famous Inle Lake is home to a particular way of life. Watch fisherman “leg rowing” to see beyond the lake’s reeds, discover floating gardens, visit the small weaving village of Inpawkhon and explore Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. The next visit the Indein Return to Yangon before your onward journey.
Belmond Governor's Residence A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor's Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar's southern states. With its fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this delightful Belmond hotel in the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon, conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure.
The Strand Yangon Opened in 1901, The Strand Yangon has since become a national landmark in Myanmar. From the beginning, it was regarded as "the finest hostelry east of the Suez" and patronized by royalty, nobility, and distinguished personages. The Strand was reopened in November 1993 after extensive refurbishing, and restored to its former glory. A three-story, Victorian-style hotel, The Strand is located in the heart of the city.
Yangon, Mandalay & Beyond The nation’s commercial center, Yangon, is also home to Shwedagon Paya which draws pilgrims from across the globe. Visit Madalay and travel inland to Inle Lake or west to Ngapali Beach.
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel
Sedona Hotel Yangon – Serenity awaits you Sitting majestically on eight acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, Sedona Hotel Yangon is a 20-minute drive away from the international airport and the bustling city center. Within close proximity to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake, this deluxe hotel in Yangon impresses with its local ethnic décor and architecture. Housed within Sedona Hotel Yangon, 366 guestsrooms are tastefully crafted. Take pleasure in the sense of peace the rooms evoke. All accommodations offer a choice of breathtaking views of the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, the romantic Inya Lake or the refreshing resort pool amid landscaped gardens. Relish the multitude of flavors at a variety of dining outlets. Savor Mediterranean fare at Orzo, Oriental Cuisine at Du Fu and international gourmet at Brasserie and be sure to allow time to simply unwind at Ice Bar during your stay.
The Kandawgyi Palace, on the shores of the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake (Royal Lake), was originally opened in 1934 as the Rangoon Rowing Club. Nowadays, gracious Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blends with the beauty of the lake, gardens and original old rainforest trees to deliver character and history.
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Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan Set amid acres of tropical landscaped gardens, the Aureum Palace Hotel offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and surrounds. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities and bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities.
1. Sedona Hotel Yangon 2. Belmond Governor’s Residence 3. The Strand Yangon 4. Kandawgyi Palace Hotel 5. Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan
Laos – Transport yourself in space and time to Laos – mostly untouched by globalisation and in many ways much the same as it was hundreds of years ago.
It is easy to see the growing appeal of Laos: mystical mountains shrouded in fog and mist, and a people, culture and way of life more traditional than almost any other country in Asia. Watch saffron-robed monks in procession, appreciate architecture and explore temples in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Contemplate the origins of the Plain of Jars, discover caves, waterfalls and wildlife, and enjoy a flavorsome cuisine. Laos is a land where traditional village life endures, agriculture sustains and ecotourism is thriving.
Laos Journey of Mystery and Intrigue – 6 day itinerary
Luang Prabang – 3 nights On arrival in Luang Prabang transfer to your hotel for the first night. The next day, explore the city with your guide. Start with Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most important temples in the country. During the 1960s, Wat Xieng Thong was completely remodelled and redecorated, becoming the splendid temple visitors see today. Walk down a few steps to the Mekong River to board a traditional slow boat, to visit the holy Pak Ou Caves and its 4,000 wooden figures of Buddha standing. Take a look at the National Museum and Lao stupa of Phou Si Hill. A highlight of your itinerary is a trip to the beautiful multi-tiered Kwang Si waterfalls, which take on a striking turquoise color in the dry season (November– April). On the way, enjoy stops at Hmong and Khamu villages where you will learn about the Lao, Khamu and Hmong cultures. Vang Vieng – 1 night Travel with your guide by road into the amazing mountains of north-central Lao People’s Democratic Republic, where you will visit Hmong villages en route to the small city of Vang Vieng, tucked in among giant limestone cliffs. This is an area of immense natural beauty, with the small Nan Song River passing through the shadows of the dramatic mountains. Vientiane – 1 night
Drive south to Vientiane – the capital and largest city of Laos situated along the Mekong River – and discover the charms of this quiet and endearing city. Visit Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Sisaket – a Siamese style Buddhist temple featuring a cloister wall with more than 2000 Buddha images. Later, see the famous goldcovered sacred That Luang Stupa – the most important national monument in Lao PDR and a national symbol. Complete your stay with a visit to the imposing Phatuxay monument “Victory Gate”. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation to help you make the most of your stay in Laos.
Settha Palace Hotel Built in the early part of the last century around 1932, and painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory, the Settha Palace Hotel serves as a testament to the long-lost era of classical elegance, gracious service and French colonial charm. Whether you are relaxing by the pool or dining at La Belle Epoque Restaurant, enjoy friendly service delivered with warm smiles and discrete attention to all your needs.
Vientiane & Luang Prabang
Belmond La Résidence
Relaxed, welcoming and steeped in legend, Vientiane is home to the Pha That Luang – a national symbol – while Luang Prabang is alive with color and culture. Don't miss the resplendent waterfalls nearby.
Positioned atop a hill, with stunning mountain views, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is an unforgettable place to stay. Its calm, tranquil ambience echoes that of the sleepy World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang. This luxury hotel is known for its wonderful Frenchinfluenced local cuisine and an open-air spa beside a water lily pool. Relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy stepping back into a more gracious era.
Victoria Xiengthong Palace An architectural masterpiece surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples, Victoria Xiengthong Palace is located in the heart of Luang Prabang. The last residence of the Laos Royal Family, this beautiful boutique property has been lovingly restored to its former glory and once more sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River.
Amantaka Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant throughout, the décor and furnishings reflect the town’s French colonial history. Situated just south of Phousi Hill, the resort is within strolling distance of the town’s main street. The Mekong River and the former Royal Palace are also near by.
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Hotel de la Paix – The art of serenity, the luxury of heritage Imagine a bastion of pure peace in one of earth’s last special places. A sanctuary for the lovers, poets and dreamers, illuminated by art, culture and community. Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang Managed by Accor, is a unique resort experience; a century-old French fort, a UNESCO World Heritage wonder, a colonial moment preserved in amber, and a showcase of award-winning contemporary design. The hotel stands upon the former Royal Capital of Laos, offering just 23 spacious and intimate suites, some with large private pools and expansive gardens.
1. Settha Palace Hotel
Capacious sofas and armchairs, opulent bed linens, rain showers and large indoor-outdoor bathtubs cosset you in comfort. Distinguished as one of "the world’s best luxury hotel interior design" by Architecture World News, enjoy the haven of your own terrace and sun-kissed courtyard.
3. Victoria Xiengthong Palace
2. Belmond La Résidence 4. Amantaka 5. Hotel de la Paix
Indonesia – An almost inconceivable 17,000 islands make up the fascinating archipelagic country of Indonesia – and the islands are as diverse as they are plentiful. Home to hundreds of ethnic-linguistic groups and innumerable landscapes – including a medley of volcanoes, lakes, jungles, mountains and beaches – Indonesia is a spellbinding expression of cultural, geographic and biological diversity. On Bali alone, the smorgasbord of experiences range from happening upon a traditional street-side dance to surfing wild waves and trekking misty mountain paths. The nearby islands of Flores and Lombok are easy to access and – along with much of north Bali and pockets of south Bali – remain alluringly off-the-beaten-track.
Charming Indonesia – 14 day itinerary Seminyak – 3 nights Start your Indonesian discovery in Bali where you will be transferred to your Seminyak hotel on arrival. Enjoy the facilities, relax on the beach or take part in some optional touring. Labuan Bajo – 2 nights Fly to Labuan Bajo – a charming little fishing village on the western tip of the island of Flores. The location is sheltered by numerous islands, giving impression of standing on the shores of a vast lake. Upon arrival, meet your representative and transfer to the port to board the Ikan Terbang to cross to the island of Kelor. Land on a white-sand beach surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. The next day, trek on the island of Rinca and see komodo dragons, monkeys, buffalo and wild horses. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling on a beautiful beach before sailing back to Labuan Bajo. Ubud – 4 nights Return to Bali and transfer to Ubud, its cultural center. Perched on the gentle slopes leading towards the central mountains, Ubud is a delightful destination of temples, ancient sites and interesting arts and crafts. In the afternoon, transfer to a secluded spot for a high tea of gourmet canapés and fresh juices followed by a foot massage amid lush greenery and tropical palms. Take part in a cycling adventure to the extinct volcano of Mount Batukaru, passing through breathtaking scenery. Enjoy some time at leisure and if you still have some energy, try an optional cooking class at the Mozaic Workshop. Lombok – 4 nights
Transfer to Lombok by speedboat and enjoy Gili Trawangan where you can enjoy snorkeling in pristine clear waters with gorgeous views of a hypnotizing underwater world with possible sightings of parrot fish, Moorish idols and puffer fish, barracuda, trumpet fish, baby cuttlefish and turtles. Return to your hotel before sunset and conclude your stay at your leisure. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay.
Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta is situated in the scenic outskirts of north-western Yogyakarta, elegantly set in 59 acres of beautifully landscaped hotel gardens. The idyllic location of the hotel affords stunning views of Mount Merapi (the sacred mountain of Java), Seribu Mountain and Java's beautiful landscape.
Jakarta & Yogyakarta
The Hermitage, Jakarta
Indonesia’s urban centres have developed at a tremendous pace. Among them, Java’s giant Jakarta contrasts the more traditional, authentic and soulful city of Yogyakarta.
In the heart of Jakarta’s most prestigious district, Menteng, The Hermitage rises above tree-lined streets and lush parks as a true haven from the bustling city. Subtle colors and precious materials adorn each of the 90 rooms and suites allowing for an unparalleled level of harmony, beauty and comfort. An intimate setting, devoted teams and bespoke services lend themselves to providing a memorable experience.
Amankila Set in East Bali overlooking the vast sweep of Lombok Strait, Amankila, meaning "peaceful hill", is a cliff-side beach resort where 34 suites enjoy sea views and connect by elevated walkways to a three-tiered swimming pool and resort facilities. The Beach Club has sail boats, water sports equipment, a 134 foot lap pool, a restaurant and eight private lounging bales set along the beach.
Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali presents guests with an experience of peace and calm. The resort, combining the therapeutic value of its beautiful location with an ancient and rich cultural heritage, is set in a landscape of great natural beauty. Explore health through the integration of healthy, whole-food cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments and movement and mindfulness practices.
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Alila Manggis – One of Bali’s best kept secrets, Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort is nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. Head away from the crowds to an unspoiled east coast hotel in Candidasa such as Alila Manggis, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design. Demonstrating creative function, elegant luxury and pure well-being, outdoors meets indoors throughout this boutique hotel. The 53 rooms and two corner suites of Alila Manggis are housed in four traditional two-story thatched Balinese pavilions reminiscent of the village wantilan or meeting hall. All interiors are designed with fabrics and furnishings to reflect the local environment making the resort unique among other east coast boutique hotels. Days at Alila Manggis are filled with activity and regeneration, pampering at the Spa Alila, and pursuits by the sea such as discovering East Bali’s legendary dive sites. This is the life, East Bali style.
1. Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta 2. The Hermitage, Jakarta 3. Amankila 4. Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali 5. Alila Manggis
Bali - Ubud & Tabanan Retreat to the rolling green landscapes of Ubud and the Tabanan regency in Central Bali and experience the tranquility of the Balinese countryside. Stroll, cycle and tour or drive the scenic mountain roads making time to visit Batukaru Temple on the imposing Mount Batukaru. Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud is often referred to as the “real” Bali, yet it is exceptionally well developed for visitors. Explore art museums, craft shops and commercial galleries and unwind with indigenous healing therapies and colorful dance performances.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
– A luxury escape in a hillside retreat "away-from-it-all"
– Discover Bali's cultural heart in the island's central highlands
Tranquil and secluded, sitting high on the edge of the rich green Ayung River Valley in Bali’s central foothills, Alila Ubud is located in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture, the secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens of this charming boutique hotel create an intimate ambiance in one of the world's most special places. 56 guestrooms and 12 villas designed to resemble a Balinese village, showcase panoramic views of the magical Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes and the setting at the on-site Plantation Restaurant is also spectacular. Enjoy Balinese cuisine as well as international fare to soaring views over the plunging valley.
Located just three miles from Bali's artistic center of Ubud – where artists, painters, writers and musicians from around the world have long found inspiration – guests visit art galleries and museums, see dramatic and opulent temple festivals and dances, and take in the magic of authentic Balinese culture during their stay.
Arriving at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a special experience in itself. Cross a wooden footbridge above a lush valley and arrive at a circular lotus pond that seems magically suspended in space. Retreat to your ultra-private accommodation – one of just 60 suites and villas. These magnificent guest abodes afford sky-high jungle vistas or river views with sumptuous living, dining and sleeping quarters and sparkling freshwater plunge pools with timber-panelled decks secluded by rainforest gardens. The resort's mountainside spa offers nurturing Balinese Ayurvedic therapies and rituals expressly designed to reflect the jungle-inspired destination and guests also relax at riverside spa gazebos and the rooftop yoga deck. Dine in an almost airborne mountaintop restaurant and bar, or by the riverside pool terrace café. Enjoy complimentary mountain walks, rice farming experiences, and cooking classes. Children are entertained Pici Pici ("little snail") Club.
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Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
Alila Villas Soori
– A haven of tranquility
– A perfectly calibrated balance of tranquility and vitality
Perched majestically between the Petanu River Valley and the rice terraces of Peliatan is a landmark of luxury and design – Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. An outstanding blend of form and function; unique in concept, scope and location. Within minutes of the heart of bustling artist’s village of Ubud, yet far enough away from the everyday world, rooms and villas are furnished with all the comforts, facilities, and conveniences to make for a pleasurable stay.
On the south-west coast of Bali, near the island's famed Tanah Lot Temple, this luxurious beachfront resort is all about relaxation, rejuvenation and the "real" Bali. Nestled between lush rice fields and glistening volcanic black sands lapped by the Indian Ocean, 48 luxury villas offer luxurious retreats. All guests enjoy private pools, dedicated villa host service and the option of in-villa dining.
Dining options include informal riverside dining and sophisticated à la carte European and Asian dining with classical interpretations, as well as innovative fusion cooking. Beside the swirling waters of Petanu River, amid the lushness of the rainforest, nestles the Spa at Maya. Private treatment pavilions provide an individual oasis in which refreshing and aromatic oils, sooth and relax. Enjoy light healthy cuisine in the adjacent River Café after a leisure morning rice field walk, a village bicycle tour or in the after-glow of a memorable massage.
From the highs of volcanic mountains down to the surf-lapped shoreline, the Tabanan Regency in Bali’s picturesque west reveals hidden gems. Enjoy the ultimate Balinese experiences by choosing from full-day and half-day bespoke "journeys by Alila" for spa and wellness, Balinese culture, arts and crafts and environmentally-conscious excursions during your stay. Authenticity and variety are also paramount at the three on-site dining venues. Experience and taste a range of dining styles, using the freshest ingredients. Sample authentic Balinese flavors and surprising twists on old favorites from an ever-changing menu.
1. Alila Ubud 2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 3. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa 4. Alila Villas Soori
Bali South Kuta, Nusa Dua & Beyond In Bali’s south the beaches are as varied as they are glorious. Picturesque sandy coves boast waters safe for swimming and renowned for surf and a host of other attractions combine to offer much more than just fun in the sun. Enjoy upmarket shopping and Bali’s most popular golf course in Nusa Dua, unwind in a secluded cove or sample homemade sambal at a seafood café on Jimbaran Beach, or experience a spectacular sunset at the clifftop Uluwatu Temple perched 230 feet above sea level.
Ketapang estate is a veritable haven of Balinese design and antiquities. The villas are traditional but luxurious giving a sense of traditional Balinese lifestyle whilst simultaneously keeping you cool in the heart of design and modern comfort. An Olympic-length infinity pool, private cinema, Jacuzzi, SPA, tennis court and helipad embrace you with the feeling of having arrived somewhere very special.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri The supremely romantic Belmond Jimbaran Puri sits on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. As the sky turns crimson, birds sing overhead, and the scent of grilling fish entices you to dinner. Relax, and let the island's spirit come to you. Enjoy a massage by the sea, then let the calm, azure waters tempt you in. Stretch out in your garden and inhale the heady aroma of frangipani flowers.
The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas Style sets the tone of these three ultra-luxurious properties positioned along 74 acres of sprawling landscape, on the dramatic coastline of Nusa Dua. Epitomizing extravagance and opulence, combined with genuine hospitality, this breathtaking property is redefining sophistication. The selection and calibre of cuisines from the eight restaurants and bars is pure delight.
Conrad Bali beckons from its beach of golden sand, a beacon of highly personalized luxury and timeless style. This award-winning luxury resort located on the coast of Nusa Dua at Tanjung Benoa offers a selection of spacious guest rooms amidst the lush gardens and meandering pools of the resort, as well as the lavish accommodation of the premium and very private Conrad Suites.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Combining understated barefoot elegance with Balinese-inspired living Situated along Nusa Dua's most exclusive white-sand beach with panoramic ocean views, The St. Regis Bali Resort is nestled in 22 acres of lush gardens, and exudes understated barefoot elegance. Captivating in every detail, the beautifully appointed 123 suites and villas welcome guests with all the comforts of a contemporary refined Balinese home with striking interiors, complimentary Wi-Fi, and The St. Regis heritage of uncompromising luxury including bespoke 24-hour butler service. The resort provides culinary excellence with three distinctive restaurant venues and two bars spread across the expansive property. From Nusa Dua’s warm ocean waves to the sapphire blue of the Strand Swim-Up Pool Bar and the hidden 39,482-square-foot crystal blue saltwater lagoon, St. Regis Bali Resort encourages you to splurge into the many pleasures of paradise. Indulge in blissful treatments at Remède Spa or unwind at the fitness center. In its own tropical park, the Children’s Learning Center features intelligent fun-filled activities.
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Alila Villas Uluwatu
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
– Surrender yourself to the enchantment of Bali's beauty and serenity at this stylish seaside resort
– A tropical haven complete with stunning views of the Indian Ocean
Located on a clifftop plateau along the southern coastline on the island's Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu is just 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and 15 minutes from Jimbaran Bay near the renowned Uluwatu Temple. Surrounded by breathtaking coastal vistas, where the ocean stretches out as far as the eye can see, merging with the sky in a seemingly unending horizon, the luxury villas offer an enchanting escape to discerning travelers.
Designed as a traditional Balinese village, this luxurious all-villa enclave spreads across 35 acres of oceanfront in Bali, giving guests direct access to the beach at sea level. Inspired by traditional Balinese architecture, the resort’s 147 villas are housed within a private stone-walled courtyard featuring separate thatchedroof pavilions. Each villa includes oversize indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private pool and a sun terrace. The resort’s nine two-story residence villas are grand-scale homes located in an adjoining enclave just steps from Jimbaran Beach – one of Bali's best beaches.
64 pool villas are all about private space, incredible comfort and views. Gorgeous interiors blend contemporary style with accents of Bali, and every view is open to the outdoors. Relax at Spa Alila where local therapists combine the latest organic nutrition and health knowledge with warm, genuine care. Indulge all your senses in the culinary delights of the signature fine-dining and traditional warung-style restaurants, or the spectacular clifftop pool and bar. For an informal treat and exclusive romantic space, dine at the cabana by the cliff edge.
Steep yourself in local island culture, unwind with holistic spa treatments and enjoy a wide range of dining options, including the new beachfront Sundara restaurant. The dramatic hilltop and ocean-side dining options, cooking school, kids' and teen club, water sports, beach, fitness and recreational facilities present a range of exciting ways to enhance experiences at the resort.
1. Ketapang Estate 2. Belmond Jimbaran Puri 3. The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas 4. Conrad Bali 5. The St. Regis Bali Resort 6. Alila Villas Uluwatu 6. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
1. The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa 2. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort at Jimbaran Bay
The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
– An iconic resort with alluring culinary and spa delights
– Experience a subtle blend of French-style living and local culture
Nestled on Bali’s finest white-sand beach with infinite Indian Ocean views, The Laguna Resort & Spa boasts 287 guestrooms, suites and villas cradling its 53,820-square-foot swimmable lagoon. The resort’s lagoon-access rooms allow guests to step from your private balcony directly into turquoise waters. Enjoy 24-hour butler service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a brand new state-of-the-art lagoon spa and fitness center carved underneath waterfalls. Relax on the beach, swim, snorkel, windsurf, kayak, boat or dive. You may also like to visit one or both of the two small islands, Nusa Bagus and Nusa Peninsula, adjacent to the beach. The Laguna delivers a wide range of dining options including pan-Asian and international cuisines at Banyubiru, beachfront coastal cuisine with fresh, live seafood, oyster and sushi bars at Arwana, and homemade treats and daily specialities at Cornerstone. Signature cocktails, wines, spirits, and light bites on offer throughout the resort at the poolside KulKul Bar, Cascade Garden Lounge, and Sapphire Lagoon Bar.
Situated in the "Island of The Gods" prestigious leisure district, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua features 415 guestrooms including 17 villas and 39 suites. Each guestroom offers spacious modern living comfort, lavish fittings, a Sofitel MyBed, broadband Internet connectivity, minibar, bathroom with luxurious French bath amenities and access to a beautiful lagoon pool. Additional hotel facilities include three restaurants, bar, and a lounge. Guests can relax in the pool and get active at So FIT; the state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with a range of innovative activities. Alternatively you can rejuvenate at So SPA, Sofitel’s spa concept offering a selection of the best and most effective treatments combined with refined French cosmetology. Thoroughly refreshed, enchant your taste buds at the restaurant, where local culinary tradition is imaginatively combined with French gastronomy. Allow the sommeliers to guide you to discover the nuances of grand cru wines.
Malaysia – From steamy streets of skyscrapers and stalls to sleepy villages, beaches, and wild jungles, uncover the vast and varied landscapes of the Malaysian Peninsular and Borneo. Arrive in Kuala Lumpur to a sparkling skyline of juxtaposed Moorish, Malayinspired and post-modern architecture and wander amid a fusion of ethnicities in Malaysia’s sultry capital. In Sabah, see orang-utans, hike jungle terrain, search for the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia – or scale mountain peaks… until it’s time to hang up your hiking boots and don your bathers: dive waters teeming with marine life off Sipadan Island or cross to the west coast’s Langkawi archipelago where a choice of luxury resorts grace pristine shores.
Malaysia Classic – 4 day itinerary
Kuala Lumpur – 1 night Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, your local representative will be waiting outside the customs area to meet you and take you to your hotel. On the way, drive along Kuala Lumpur’s wide boulevards and see the luscious greenery and parks as you enter the city. Visit Putrajaya, where you can see the majestic Prime Minister’s office building and residence. Then, visit the Putra Mosque, which is a spectacular peach-colored architectural delight. Walk on its colorful paved walkways and cross the graceful arched bridge at Putra Square before continuing to your hotel. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay in Malaysia. Malacca – 1 night See the sights of Kuala Lumpur on a morning city tour including Parliament House, Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad, Selangor Club, St. Mary Church and Istana Niagara Palace. Drive past the Petronas Twin Towers and visit a chocolate gallery to see Malaysia’s finest selections of chocolates. This afternoon transfer to Malacca for your overnight stay. Kuala Lumpur – 1 night
This morning explore Malacca. Start the day visiting Porta de Santiago, then the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church and the Dutch Square. This tour also includes guided sightseeing to Stadhuys, Christ Church, Clock Tower, the Queen Victoria Fountain and the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Drive past St. Peter’s Church, along rows of quaint pre-war shop houses. Pass over the historic Malacca River and Bukit China – also known as “Chinese Hill” – where huge ornate graves date back to the Ming Dynasty. Return to Kuala Lumpur and conclude your stay at leisure.
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Nestled in the heart of an ancient rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a captivating destination resort that blends smoothly with its natural surroundings. Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, each room, suite and villa enjoys the embrace of the lush rainforest and offers stunning views from private verandas of the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Reconnect with nature, rekindle your spirit and reignite your soul.
Set between the flowering gardens of the City Center Park and the dramatic heights of the Petronas Twin Towers, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur enjoys a wonderfully central location. Beautifully designed with elegant interiors, spacious rooms and a wealth of dining options, this property successfully combines comfort and luxury.
Kuala Lumpur & Beyond Imagine intricately adorned mosques and temples next to towering skyscrapers and trendy nightspots. Explore the cultural melting pot of Kuala Lumpur's Central Market. Take in the views from the skybridge at the sparkling Petronus Towers. Visit Imbi Market, explore Chinatown and sample the fare at Jln Alor. Shop 'til you drop at glitzy Pavilion KL and Mid Valley Megamall, to name but two of Kuala Lumpur's enticing consumer hubs. Or, beyond the capital, explore the pristine natural heritage of the Langkawi archipelago and discover Sabah’s fascinating flora and fauna.
The Datai Langkawi
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Pangkor Laut Resort
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur is an award winning luxury hotel renowned for its consistent extraordinary customer service, culinary and fine dining experience. The property is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's commercial, entertainment and shopping district with easy access to most tourist attractions and guests enjoy an excellent range of services and facilities.
Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness are woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency. Nature is respected here, almost revered, and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
With artful design and all-pervading serenity, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is a tranquil retreat in the Andaman Sea, where UNESCOprotected mangroves showcase labyrinthine adventures between land and sea. Featuring 91 villas and pavilions flanked by cliffs and rainforest, the lush garden and beachfront settings of luxurious Four Seasons Resort Langkawi incorporate natural beauty into every aspect of your experience.
Set within a nature reserve, the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort enchants endlessly with its natural magic. Each Malaysian-themed room is perched on a verdant hill, with a spectacular beachfront view, surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest. Watch the catamarans along the beach, and imagine what other activities await. Unique to the resort is the Orangutan Education Center where you will meet Sabah’s icon.
The Danna Langkawi
Gaya Island Resort
The Danna Langkawi is a colonial Mediterraneaninspired luxury hotel. Approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Langkawi International Airport, all 125 spacious rooms and suites come with a private balcony that frames a view. This hotel won multiple awards, notably TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards, over consecutive years.
Within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. The resort's 120 villas and two-bedroom suites use local materials and blend harmoniously with the natural environment.
Singapore – A young city-state with a burgeoning identity, Singapore is the “Lion City”, an “Asian Tiger”, and a slick, rich conflation of cultures that is evolving as we speak. Nowadays Singapore is as much about its colorful markets, fun parks and lazy afternoons spent lounging in picturesque gardens, as it is about its commercial prowess and colonial past. Make time for tea at Raffles and admire the swagger of the well-healed and best dressed, but keep your feelers out for top-notch contemporary art installations, funky new restaurants and menus of mouthwatering distinction which celebrate delectable Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine and Singaporean-style food fusions.
Singapore Highlights – 4 day itinerary Singapore – 3 nights Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The next morning, discover the city’s colonial heritage as you tour the Civic District past the Padang, the Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Stop at the Merlion Park for great views of Marina Bay. The tour continues with a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on the island. Next drive past Chinatown to a local handicraft center to watch Asian craftsmanship. From there the tour proceeds to the National Orchid Garden. At the final stop, Little India, you will be welcomed by the scents of joss sticks, jasmine and spices. This evening, dine by the Singapore River – Singapore’s favourite sunset haunt – then explore the night market or “pasar malam” before stopping off at Raffles Hotel. As the saying goes – “if you haven’t been to Raffles, you haven’t been to Singapore”.
The next day, enjoy a scenic cable car ride to see the beautiful landscape of the city from a unique perspective. Visit Images of Singapore – an award-winning historical museum exhibiting Singapore’s culture and heritage through fascinating displays. Enter a world of colors at the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom and discover the awe-inspiring marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium™ – the world’s largest aquarium. This evening enjoy a Night Safari Tour in 16 hectares of secondary jungle, adjoining the Singapore Zoo – unfolding the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk, to stunning effect. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation to help you make the most of your stay in Singapore.
Singapore This is a place with a vision. Not only is Singapore an aspiring “city in a garden” adorned with plants, flowers, parks and a budding biophilic culture, the metropolis boasts a built landscape that is fervently flourishing too. From some of the world’s best shopping malls to some of its swankiest hotels, design is cutting-edge – and the result is street appeal. Step out to Orchard Road, Marina Bay and beyond and you’ll be excited to call Singapore home for the duration of your stay.
Grand Hyatt Singapore – Retreat to an oasis of tranquility This Singapore luxury hotel is strategically located at the start of Orchard Road, in the center of the city's commercial and entertainment district, and just a 30-minute drive from Singapore's Changi Airport. Unwind in one of the 677 luxury rooms and suites, featuring swimming pool, or city views. Considered one of the best Singapore luxury hotels, Grand Hyatt Singapore’s spacious guestrooms and suites are fitted with every modern convenience required for a comfortable stay, such as generous work desks, luxurious beds and elegant baths.
Embark on a culinary adventure at several of Singapore's finest restaurants and bars at this Singapore Orchard Road hotel. From contemporary western and Asian cuisine at mezza9 and popular local delights at StraitsKitchen, to the poolside Oasis, hearty Italian fare at Pete's Place and cocktails at 10 SCOTTS, you will be spoilt for choice by the wide selection available. Guests can also treat themselves at the glass-enclosed martini bar, and party all night long at BRIX nightclub on Orchard Road.
Relax with a game of tennis or a dip in the pool before taking a break to fully rejuvenate at Damai, the Grand Hyatt Singapore's award-winning spa and fitness center. The in-house fitness center features all of the latest equipment to help guests keep up with their fitness regime. For sheer indulgence, treat yourself to the signature Damai Experience body treatment or the Damai Orchid Facial and be pampered into a state of lingering bliss by skilled spa therapists.
Marina Bay Sands
– Exceptional from the outset
– A spectacular hotel
Your experience at Capella Singapore begins as you approach its entrance: a private driveway meanders up to a Capella masterpiece, where old and new fuse together to create ornate luxury. The singular locale of Capella Singapore resort and spa in Singapore ensures that your stay on Sentosa Island is like none other.
Located along Marina Bay waterfront with three cascading hotel towers, 2,560 rooms and the extraordinary Sands SkyPark, stay in one of the most iconic hotels in the world. Take a rest with the view of Singapore city, ocean, or gardens through the floor-to-ceiling windows in your guestroom. All rooms feature large flat-panel TVs, DVD players, premium bedding, and complimentary wired and wireless Internet access.
With just 112 rooms, suites, villas and manors, guests are assured a personalized experience amid beautifully landscaped surroundings. Touches of Asia infused with contemporary design create an unforgettable character for each room. The villas and manors all feature private plunge pools, outdoor showers and bathtubs.
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Experience one of the world's most photographed hotel rooftop pools stretching an impressive 490 feet across Sands Skypark. Whether you want to lounge, socialise or play, Marina Bay Sands offers all the pleasures of a hotel stay well-spent.
The Patina, Capitol Singapore
Located in the heart of the Art and Cultural District of Singapore The Patina, Capitol Singapore delivers an unparalleled experience for guests. The property features well-appointed guestrooms and suites including Wellness Suites and Art Suites, a Library Club Lounge, saltwater relaxation pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and a signature restaurant and lounge.
Raffles Singapore stands where it has always stood, at the crossroads of civilisation and culture, a colonial oasis in the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities. Suites with an elegant parlor, period furnishings, a bedroom that leads to a dressing room and en suite bathroom. Luxuriate in the history, in the scent of frangipani in the evening, in the Raffles Spa, or order in room service.
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Embark on a unique and luxurious journey at Fairmont Singapore, located in the heart of the lion city. Ideally situated at the crossroads of Singapore’s central business districts and worldclass shopping and entertainment districts. 769 lavish guestrooms and suites cater to the desires of the most astute travelers, offering a wealth of amenities carefully chosen to offer you the highest degree of pampering.
InterContinental Singapore, the only worldclass hotel in Singapore to preserve Peranakan artistry in a shophouse-style setting, is located next to Bugis Junction shopping complex. The Peranakans blend Chinese art and Malay style harmoniously to create a unique architectural look. The hotel is located close to the Central Business District, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center and Marina Bay.
3. The Patina, Capitol Singapore 4. Fairmont Singapore 5. Marina Bay Sands 6. Raffles Singapore 7. InterContinental Singapore
Sri Lanka – Now is the time to discover Sri Lanka – still something of a hidden gem, the country showcases nature at its finest and a people both tireless and genteel. Distances are short but the simple act of hopping on a train opens up a world of adventure. Pass verdant panoramas and tea plantations as you head to hiking trails and eco-retreats; discover the world’s oldest planted tree in Anuradhapura, or watch herds of elephants in Minneriya. Whether you’d rather climb Adam’s Peak or surf and sunbath on golden sands, you will quickly see why Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as the finest island of its size in the world.
Sri Lanka Insights – 9 day itinerary Katugoda – 1 night Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo where you will be met by your representative and transferred to Kotugoda. The rest of the day is at leisure. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation for your stay in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya – 2 nights Take a trip to the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, visiting the inspiring Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela on the way. Enjoy a late afternoon visit to the World Heritage-listed Golden Temple Caves in Dambulla – the largest and bestpreserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The next morning, travel with your guide to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and spend the afternoon in World Heritage-listed ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Kandy – 2 nights Transfer to the World Heritage-listed Kandy. En route, visit the Spice Garden and Batik Factory at Matale. Then you will get some time for relaxing and unwinding before joining an evening of traditional Sri Lanka culture. The next day, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of The Buddha – one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world – and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. Pussellawa – 2 nights – Yala – 1 night
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Board a train to Nanu Oya where you will be met by your chauffeur who will take you to Pussellawa to enjoy a two-night stay at your leisure. Conclude your trip with a visit to Yala. Upon arrival, check into Chaaya Wild, a luxurious game lodge bordering Yala National Park. The park is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds and is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. Transfer to the airport or continue your stay at a beautiful south coast beach destination.
Saman Villas Saman Villas, an exquisite boutique hotel located on the west coast of the island is the perfect romantic escape. Only 57 miles away from the international airport, Saman Villas is a place for you to relax, unwind and rejuvenate your senses. This luxurious hideaway is perched on a rocky promontory dividing two long, seemingly endless, surf-swept beaches of golden sand.
Colombo & Beyond
Depart from Colombo – nowadays fresh from historic restoration – to the far flung corners of Sri Lanka, and discover the fascinating contrasts and natural wonders of a bountiful land.
Amangalla provides a tranquil and period styled base from which to explore the fascinating culture and tumultuous history of Galle Fort and Galle, the capital of the Southern Province. In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. A large swimming pool, surrounded by palms, is centered within the resort’s established gardens.
The Fortress Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka The Fortress, a modern resort combining the best elements of colonial Dutch and Portuguese designs, mixed with innovative Sri Lankan styles to create a unique luxury property reminiscent of Galle’s famous Dutch Fort. The property offers a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere with most rooms facing the ocean. Facilities include a swimming pool, exclusive spa and gym.
Amanwella Located in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach, Amanwella is a seaside resort offering 30 contemporary suites, each with private plunge pool and terrace. The resort’s suites are linked by pathways along a landscaped rise with beach and ocean views. Guests can relax on the expansive terrace surrounding the main pool or on the soft sand beach.
Anilana Pasikuda – A hidden gem Anilana Pasikudah is an intimate and luxurious retreat discreetly located away from the crowd on Pasikudah Bay. Surrounded by a coral reef, the resort has been carefully designed to preserve the natural beauty of the environment while providing every comfort. Each of the resort's oversized rooms have breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Laze around the pool while enjoying thoughtful and attentive service that allows you to relax and rejuvenate. Take time to enjoy the exhilarating freedom of doing whatever you want, wherever you want, in a tropical haven. The resort's chefs create tantalizing dishes to taste and its bartenders prepare tropical drinks to cool. Meanwhile, the service team work hard to personalize your experience. Whether you prefer a quite retreat or lively vacation, you will leave with a smile and fond memories of Anilana Hospitality.
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– It is impossible to overstate China’s magnificence. Incredibly ancient, vast and beautiful – this is a country that needs to be experienced to be believed. From immense landscapes of dramatic alpine backdrops and gorges, to the Great Wall of China, the Imperial City and the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, China is a place of age-old beauty. Its geography spans over 3.7 million square miles and its culture has evolved over millennia. In rural China, discover untouched scenery and traditional communities; go in search of giant pandas; meet Buddhist monks and nomads, pedal through paddy fields… no fewer than a lifetime’s worth of experiences await you.
Essence of China – 12 day itinerary Beijing – 3 nights Explore China’s capital, one of the world’s most vivacious cities. Discover the Forbidden City – the imperial palace holding the treasures of the emperors since the Ming dynasty. Visit Tiananmen Square before relaxing in the shade of the Summer Palace. Visit and hike along the Great Wall of China, one of the grandest achievements in the history of mankind. See the Temple of Heaven, a symbol of Beijing and walk through the historic neighbourhoods where imperial traditions have been kept for centuries. Xi’an – 2 nights Transfer for your short flight to Xi’An and face history at the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum where the original seven-thousand man army have been standing guard for thousands of years. Discover more about the city’s history at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. At night, experience the “Tang Dynasty” dinner show featuring a colorful array of local and classical performances. Guangxi Province – 4 nights After a short flight to Guilin, drive out to the Daxu Old Town and the next day sail out on a dreamlike cruise on the Li River surrounded by spectacular landscapes. Visit the town of Yangshuo and ride a bicycle to the Dragon River where you can take a slow bamboo raft down the banks amid more breathtaking scenery. Enjoy an evening’s entertainment with “Impression Liusanjie” – a truly epic cultural performance choreographed by the director of the 2008 Olympic opening ceremonies. Before your onward flight to Shanghai, enjoy a day in Longsheng County. Look down upon marvellous ribbon-like Longji Rice Terraces and enjoy a trip to Gaoding village where you will learn about the exotic customs of local villagers. Shanghai – 2 nights
Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai and experience an appetizing blend of east and west. The tour visits the Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Gardens before an evening of Chinese acrobatic entertainment. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation to help you make the most of your stay in China.
The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Recharge in the intimate surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing and you will discover a world of exquisite dining, unparalleled luxury and legendary service. Savor traditional afternoon tea in The Lounge, an innovative twist on classic entrées at the Italian restaurant, or experience Ku Chef’s speciality at the one-ofa-kind Chinese restaurant.
Raffles Beijing – The iconic Beijing experience Located beside the Forbidden City on the "Street of Eternal Peace", Raffles is the epitome of the best of Beijing's past yet combines all the excitement and sophistication of contemporary China. Perfectly positioned at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, this iconic landmark sits at the heart of the business and commercial districts, just moments from Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Bei Hai Park as well as the historical Lama Temple and the famous Silk Market. Rooms and suites are sumptuous and unique; celebrating the best of Beijing in beautiful style - classic French-Orient architecture and old-world charm.
Conrad Beijing Conrad Beijing is the new icon in Beijing for today’s global travelers who appreciate worldly style and sophistication with local inspirations. The hotel’s 289 spacious and contemporary guestrooms feature ten-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with picturesque views of Tuanjie Lake Park, the iconic CCTV building and the captivating Beijing skyline.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Experience the essence of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities from its very epicenter. Located along renowned Nan Jing Road in the heart of the historic Puxi neighborhood, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai is one of the region’s most revered luxury hotels. Offering an array of luxurious amenities and cultural touches, The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai will ensure your stay in Shanghai is a memorable one.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are 260 well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, a luxury spa, fully-fitted gym and complimentary Wi-Fi, all crafted onto a picture-perfect setting.
Beijing & Shanghai Beijing boasts an astounding six World Heritage-listed sites showcasing its complex and epic past, while Shanghai is an expression of modern chic where everyday life unfolds with invigorating variety.
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1. Raffles Beijing 2. Conrad Beijing 3. Waldorf Astoria Beijing 4. The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing
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Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
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Experience a signature blend of contemporary elegance, personalized service and contemporary amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Beijing; a distinctive luxury Beijing hotel in the heart of iconic Wangfujing. Feel at home in your guestroom or suite in this sophisticated and luxurious Beijing hotel, and discover a wealth of contemporary amenities and special touches.
Fairmont Peace Hotel is touted as a "luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece" brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century. Old-fashioned glamor sparkles with a new luster. The Shanghai Luxury hotel offers 270 distinctive guestrooms, including 39 luxurious suites. From the exquisite décor to the impeccable service, Fairmont Peace Hotel is a luxury lifestyle destination that offers every indulgence.
6. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund 7. Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
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Hong Kong – Both exotic and familiar, Hong Kong is a region where “East meets West” encompassing three distinct areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and The Northern Territories. Soaring up from the banks of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong’s skyline is nothing short of spectacular. Visit Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island for sweeping views, or take a scenic ferry crossing to Kowloon and stroll along the promenade overlooking the harbor. “Central” is where you’ll find the best malls and Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong’s premiere dining and entertainment district, but make time for the open spaces of Victoria Garden and Hong Kong’s nature reserves, traditional villages and tranquil beaches too.
Hong Kong Highlights – 4 day itinerary
Hong Kong – 3 nights Upon arrival in Hong Kong you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The next day, orientate yourself with a sightseeing tour stopping at Stanley Market where you can stroll through famous seaside village bazaars, and Aberdeen Fishing Village, home of boat dwellers whose lifestyle has not changed much since the days of their settlement in Hong Kong between the 7th and 9th centuries. You will finish your tour with a panoramic ride to Victoria Peak. The next day, begin with a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Silvermine Bay, Lantau. Then board a coach to the beautiful Cheung Sha Beach and continue to the unique and scenic Tai O fishing village where many homes are built on stilts. The coach then takes a winding road up the mountain to Ngong Ping Plateau where the Giant Buddha sits majestically close to the Po Lin Monastery. After lunch, visit the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village which was designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. From adjacent to the village, the Ngong Ping cable car then takes you down to Tung Chung with stunning views en route. Travelers enjoy panoramic views of the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, as well as the flora and fauna of North Lantau Country Park.
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Extend your stay and include an optional trip to Macau across the Pearl River estuary. See the historical sights of the Ruins of St. Paul Church, the Museum of Macau and the Temple of A-MA before returning to Hong Kong for your onward journey. We will recommend the most suitable accommodation to help you make the most of your stay in Hong Kong.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
– An unparalleled experience in the heart of Hong Kong
– A new level of luxury
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental provides showcases a perfect blend of sleek design, state-of-the-art facilities and Mandarin Oriental's legendary hospitality.
From the prime location on Hong Kong Island, in the heart of the central district, spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and unmatched dining options elevate Four Seasons to a new level of hotel luxury in Hong Kong. Choose between 399 guestrooms including 54 luxury suites, to enjoy wall-to-wall windows with captivating vistas of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. Accommodations feature state-of-the-art technology and vary between sleek western style with silk-panelled walls and marble-floored entry foyers, and contemporary Chinese style with sculpted furnishings, gold leaf and authentic ink paintings.
Superbly located at the premier address in Central, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has set new standards in Asia for deluxe accommodation and contemporary design. This exclusive, ultra-chic hotel is situated atop The Landmark, adjacent to most of Central's key commercial commercial buildings via air-conditioned sky bridges, offering the most extensive luxury shopping in the region.
Hong Kong “Pearl of the Orient”, Hong Kong boasts perhaps the most impressive and expansive skyline in the world. Choose from our handpicked selection of some of the city’s best hotels.
InterContinental Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong – Location and luxury In the center of Hong Kong's business district, the Conrad Hong Kong hotel infuses contemporary elegance and smart luxury. The hotel is ideally located for guests looking to experience fast-paced life in this vibrant city. Guestrooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, such as marble bathrooms and high-speed internet, with sophisticated décor. Relax at the Conrad Hong Kong in the heated outdoor swimming pool and Health Club. Unwind after a work-out in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool. Indulge in some retail therapy at the Pacific Place shopping complex, which includes an AMC cinema and top designer-name boutiques. The Conrad Hong Kong also offers a spectacular range of award-winning dining options.
InterContinental Hong Kong hotel is renowned for its dramatic location on the Kowloon waterfront, with spectacular views of the island. Ideally located near Kowloon’s business, entertainment and shopping districts, the hotel boasts over 500 luxuriously appointed rooms, each with spacious bathrooms. Internationally acclaimed, award-winning restaurants pay testament to this hotel’s impeccable credentials.
Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Towering 56 floors above Victoria Harbour, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong is centrally located in the heart of the city with direct access to the subway station and Pacific Place Mall. The rooms and suites of this luxurious hotel are among the largest in Hong Kong and offer breathtaking views of either the famous Victoria Harbour or The Peak.
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1. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong 2. Conrad Hong Kong 3. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong 4. InterContinental Hong Kong 5. Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
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Japan – With a tantalizing cuisine, a rich heritage and an events calendar like no other, Japan and its people are enchanting, enduring and effortlessly welcoming. Check-in to a Japanese inn or “ryokan”, visit castles, temples, gardens and shrines, and discover the still-influential centuries-old world of the samurai warriors and geisha. Then whizz by delightful countryside to densely populated cities in fast trains to stay in ultra-modern hotels surrounded by a daily display of technologies that are often as quirky as they are clever. Japan’s marvels are endless, as are her festivals – from cherry blossoms to autumn leaves, and ornate lanterns to Jazz, there is always something to celebrate in Japan.
– 8 day itinerary Tokyo – 3 nights Upon arrival at Narita Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred by limousine bus to the Hotel New Otani Tokyo. Enjoy a city tour to visit Tokyo Tower and Meiji Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The tour also takes you by Akasaka Guest House, the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace East Garden to Ginza where you will have plenty of time to shop at your leisure. Explore the city the following day too, or you may prefer to join an optional tour visiting the Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kirifuki Waterfall. Hakone – 1 night Embark for a tour to Hakone via Mount Fuji – one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Visit Mount Fuji 5th Station 2,300 metres (7,545 feet) above sea level before the Hakone Ropeway National Park and a Pirate Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi, surrounded by impressive mountain scenery. Nagoya – 1 night Your baggage will be transferred separately to your hotel in Nagoya while you take the famous high-speed shinkansen (“bullet”) train. Upon arrival in the busy yet friendly city of Nagoya, you will visit Toyota commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and discover the impressive Nagoya Castle. Kyoto – 2 nights
Transfer to Ise and Toba by local trains and spend the day visiting Ise Jingu Shrine and Pearl Island before your transfer to the fascinating city of Kyoto. The following day, enjoy a tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kyoto before travelling to nearby Nara to explore the Todaiji Temple, Nara Park and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Your tour concludes with a transfer to Osaka in anticipation of your onward journey.
Palace Hotel Tokyo
With an incomparable perspective on the city and a singular, moat-side setting across from the Imperial Palace gardens, Palace Hotel Tokyo is serene and refined and imbued with understated luxury throughout. Whether it’s floor-to-ceiling views or a private balcony that suit your fancy, the guestrooms and suites are comfortable living spaces for your stay in Tokyo.
Hotel Asaba submerges you in the Japan of legends where Zen takes over your five senses. Entertainment comes in the form of traditional “Noh” theater performed by the riverside. After a game of golf in picturesque surroundings, leave your kimono behind and enjoy the pleasures of an open-air bath filled with spring water. The restaurant serves traditional dishes with delightful combinations of sweet and savory flavors.
Hotel Okura Tokyo
St. Regis Osaka
Classic Japanese to its elegant core, Hotel Okura Tokyo celebrates traditional design and culture, as seen in the tranquil gardens, elegant tea ceremony room with kimono-clad hostesses and stunning ikebana (floral arrangements). Authentic details continue in the Zen-inspired rooms, which have vibrant fabrics and shoji screen–like windows.
Reside in the heart of beautiful Midosuji, the Champs Elysées of Osaka. Discover unforgettable ambience and state-of-the-art amenities in the 160 guestrooms and suites— the most spacious and elegantly appointed in Osaka. Experience the elegance of dining at Rue d’Or or La Veduta and the epitome of luxurious pampering at the exclusive IRIDIUM featuring SOTHYS Spa.
The Windsor Hotel TOYA
Imperial Hotel, Osaka
On a mountain between Lake Toya and the Pacific Ocean, The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa features spectacular views of Japan's northernmost island. A unique blend of cosmopolitan charm and traditional Japanese elegance distinguishes this luxury hotel. Completely refurbished guest accommodations and an international staff dedicated to the best in unobtrusive service await visitors to this gracious and unique destination.
Enviably located in a central downtown area overlooking a picturesque river - one of Japan's most famous spots for cherry blossoms, the Imperial Hotel, Osaka combines the traditions of century-old hospitality with modern accommodation. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center and saunas as well as an excellent range of dining options.
A stay in Gôra Kadan, the former retreat of the Imperial Family, Kanin-no-miya, in Hakone National Park, is an invitation to bring your five senses to life by immersing yourself in the ancient Japanese way of life. This calm retreat is located in an area known for its springs heated by volcanic rocks. Suites have been designed in a minimalist style, and facilities include a swimming pool, a spa, and a beauty salon.
Situated alongside a river, tucked away in the hills, HOSHINOYA Kyoto is a true jewel of Arashiyama. Take part in activities offered exclusively to guests, and excursions or unique dining experiences you can only find in Kyoto. Get to know this city, with its centuries of history, culture, and tradition. Every guestroom offers a gorgeous view of Ooi River, a delightful sight that changes along with the seasons.
Tokyo & Beyond Energy and lights – Tokyo’s cityscape is incredibly populous, colorful and eclectic. Be sure to visit the country’s cultural center too – Kyoto’s exquisite Zen rock gardens, and ornate temples and shrines are sublime. 3
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