Best Luxury Vacations in Asia
The shahs of India, the emperors of Japan, and the sovereigns of China knew the pinnacle of luxury. They dined in sumptuous palaces; they meandered through ornate gardens; and they prayed at towering temples. While many Asian dynasties have fallen, their indulgent lifestyle set the standard for this continent's conception of wealth. Simply booking a flight to Asia is an extravagance for some, yet others with money to burn will find Asia to be the perfect spot to set their bank account ablaze. U.S. News Travel ranks the most lavish destinations in Asia, so get your pocket book ready.
Why Go: The Maldives screams über-luxury. The price tag of the rooms at resorts, like the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon, might even scare you. But this is the cost of complete indulgence and seclusion. Few places in the world rival the Maldives exclusivity and sumptuousness. Visiting this collection of islands in the Laccadive Sea, you'll have access to breathtaking crystal clear waters and soft sand beaches. However, you should note that the country's capital, Male', is not nearly as glamorous as the resort islands. Read More»
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Why Go: Considered to be one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, Bali caters to couples in search of extravagance. You can stay in a world-class resort, like the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, and hire a private car to get from temple to temple. You can even book at room at the Elephant Safari Park, so you have a cozy place to rest your head after riding on the back of a Sumantran elephant. In Bali, "no" is a foreign word for hospitality industry workers. Read More»
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Why Go: Singapore was made for indulgence in a number of ways. Firstly, the city's culinary scene delights the palates of both fine-diners and street-food-lovers with flavors from across Asia. Secondly, the hotels here, particularly around Marina Bay, provide travelers with lavish accommodations and easy access to Singapore's world-class attractions. Lastly, Singapore uses the island of Sentosa as its personal playground, so you can have a plush urban stay and enjoy the beach. Read More»
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Why Go: As one of the world's banking centers, Hong Kong sees a lot of money pass through its streets. A result of the city's financial role has been the rise of opulent hotels, gourmet restaurants, and designer shops. Here, you have enviable access to luxury goods. To admire the city's splendors, journey up to Victoria Peak or absorb the atmosphere along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Either way, the city's high-end accommodations and high-flying attractions are sure to leave a dent in your wallet. Read More»
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Why Go: Macau has skyrocketed to prominence in recent years. Its flourishing gambling culture has led to this resurgence. Just walk through the world's largest casino, the Venetian Macao, and you'll get a sense of this city's sumptuousness. In addition to the extravagant resorts, visitors have two convenient beaches on which to spend their days. Also, if Macau ever starts to bore you (which it shouldn't), the city is just a short ferry ride away from Hong Kong.
Why Go: While personal space is a luxury that few in Tokyo can afford, other creature comforts are readily available here. All across town, you'll find delicacies and rarities. Sushi may be an indulgence in other cities, but it is a staple in Tokyo. Go to the Tsukiji Market for the freshest rolls you'll ever taste. Fancy the latest tech gadgets? Head to Akihabara. And for the hottest fashions, peruse the stores of trendy Ginza. Read More»
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Why Go: Phuket can be visited either cheaply or lavishly. Either way, you'll get a lot for your money. Many glamorous resorts peppering Phuket's white-sand beaches pamper their guests with spa services and delectable cuisine. Just don't overlook the verdant rainforests and pristine shores beyond the resorts' boundaries: It's easy to forget about the rest of the world at these luxurious havens.
Why Go: Boasting world-renowned hotels, like the Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, and Four Seasons, booming Shanghai offers travelers deluxe accommodations in the heart of the city. Visitors from across the globe flood the downtown area, bringing their credit cards and check books in tow. Plus, with the commercial allure of Nanjing Road, you too better pack your wallet with enough dough to indulge in retail therapy. Read More»
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