Asia has a reputation for meshing traditional and futuristic. Our Top Ten Hotels in Asia reflect the same. These are retreats in the midst of bustling cities where guests are welcomed to discover all the benefits they have to provide. Your reason for coming may be to explore the cities yet once you arrive you will want to indulge on what these hotels have to offer. Cooking and yoga classes, camel and boat rides, spas and infinity pools are only some of the features they have to offer. All of them are world-class establishments that pride themselves on top-notch service. Here, everybody really does seem to know your name.
The Intercontinential Bangkok has become one of the finest hotels in all of Asia. Ornate is a poor descriptor for this hotel and yet none of it is overdone. Take in the spectacular views from your bedroom or feast at one of its restaurants. Enjoying your meal? You can learn how to make it right there in the hotel. Stay in shape with the complimentary yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes. Or, indulge at one of the finest spas in the world. Continuously striving to stay ahead of the times no visit to the Oriental will be the same- and yet you will enjoy it every time.
Whoever thought that putting a hotel atop of Pacific Place was ingenious. This downtown location puts you at the heart of Hong Kong. Plus, you are sitting over some of the finest shopping the world has to offer. The décor of the Marriott JW is beautifully done and the service they provide is one of the best you will ever find. The rooms take advantage of its location and show off views of the harbor, mountains or the thriving city. Not sure what time zone you are in? No worries, the health club is open 24 hours a day.
Taking full advantage of this prime real estate spot the Peninsula has been cleverly designed into a W shape. Thus, you will enjoy fantastic views of the Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok skyline. Its location is also near many of Bangkok-s popular tourist attractions. Paying close attention to the details the Peninsula provides fantastic service. Featuring a three-tiered swimming pool, spa and access to the Thai Country Club golf course also caters to those who are in need of a little rest and relaxation.
Recreating a royal ambience you will feel as though you have entered a different world. The -fort- setting guides you into peace and relaxation. The unusual set up is a welcomed treat from the typical five-star hotels of the world. The grounds are immaculate, the restaurants out of this world and the service is perfection. Depending on what room you choose you could have your own butler or private swimming pool. Each is perfectly laid out with simple, yet elegant, furnishings. India-s sights, scents and sounds will leave a lasting impression as will the Oberoi Rajvilas hotel.
Overlooking mountains, the Mae Rim Valley and working rice fields the Four Seasons prides itself on being an oasis in the middle of this lively city. Rather than being clumped together in one large building they have created pavilions that are located throughout the beautiful grounds. Indulge on the luxuries provided including the fabulous infinity pool. Work up an appetite on the tennis courts or along the trails and satisfy it dining on the amazing Thai cuisine. Of course the Four Seasons spa is reason enough to come. The treatments provided are one of a kind and definitely worth experiencing.
Sitting high above the Indian Ocean you are overwhelmed at the beauty that thrives here. What can you all do? There are restaurants, a spa, water slides, camel rides and the aptly named Jungle Club for the little tikes traveling with you. The garden view and ocean view rooms are priced quite reasonably. Or you could splurge for a pool or beachfront property and a little more for a canopy or private pool access room. Of course, the suites are, well, sweet. Ocean views and lots of extras make the Nikko Bali Resort and Spa an unbelievable choice.
-Grand- doesn-t come close to describing this world-renowned hotel. Even the most basic room at the Oberoi Udaivilas will exceed your expectations. The staff prides themselves on a job exceedingly well done and helps make this retreat worth remembering. Relearn how to relax at a yoga classes or indulge your senses at one of its restaurants. You could also take a boat ride along the lake and enjoy the fabulous views. The city of Udaipur is amazing but it might be a tad difficult to find a reason to leave the grounds of this fantastic hotel.
Spread across a garden oasis lies the Ritz Carlton Millenia hotel. Located in the popular Marina Centre you will be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive. Each room features fantastic views of the surrounding area but the artwork within the hotel is also worth remembering. There are restaurants right outside its doors or stay at the Ritz and feast at one of its five dining options. Although you are in a busy area the hotel itself has created a getaway for its guests. Gardens, waterfalls, spa and fitness center create a wonderful ambience for you to enjoy as well.
Located near Beijing-s finest attractions, the The Peninsula Beijing Hotel has become a popular choice. Although the city is busy 24/7 the hotel has set itself apart and created a wonderful ambience for its guests. Each room has been carefully designed with your needs in mind. Great views, large marble bathrooms and the most comfortable beds you have ever slept on grace each room. As with most St. Regis establishments they pride themselves on fantastic service. In fact, each floor has its own butler. This hotel even has its own bowling alley. What will they think of next?
A regular on many -best of- lists, the Banyan Tree made ours as well. First, its location along the Andaman Sea gives you plenty of white sand beaches and numerous water activities. Second, it is part of the Laguna Phuket resort and that means you have acres of perfected gardens, a fantastic golf course and more dining establishments to choose from. Third, the rooms offer everything you could need - slippers, tanning lotion, water and even incense. Last, its service is impeccable. You too will discover that the Banyan Tree lives up to the country-s -Land of Smiles- motto.