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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 lifestyles have set a high bar for this continent's conception of wealth. Using expert opinions and readers' votes, U.S. News ranks the most lavish destinations in Asia. Nominate your favorite luxe locales below.

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Why go: Bali caters to couples in search of opulence. You can stay in a lavish resort, like the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, and hire a private car to get from temple to temple. You can even book a room at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge, so you have a place to unwind after riding on the back of a Sumantran elephant. Read More»

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Why go: The Maldives oozes luxury. The price tag of the rooms at resorts, like the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon, is high, but that's the cost of complete indulgence. And while visiting this remote string of islands you'll have access to breathtaking crystal clear waters and soft sands. Read More»

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Why go: Hong Kong boasts upscale hotels, gourmet restaurants, designer shops and city splendors. You won't want to miss visiting Victoria Peak or strolling along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The city's high-end hotels and high-flying attractions might put a dent in your wallet, but you won't regret the splurge. Read More»

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Why go: Singapore draws those who like to stay in the lap of luxury. The city's eclectic culinary scene delights the palates of fine diners and street food lovers alike, and Orchard Road's buzzing boulevard serves as the perfect place to shop. Plus, the hotels surrounding Marina Bay afford visitors lavish accommodations. Read More»

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Why go: Glamorous resorts pepper Phuket's white-sand beaches, pampering guests with relaxing spa treatments and delectable cuisine. Just don't overlook the verdant rainforest and pristine shores that await beyond resort boundaries. It's easy to forget about the rest of the world from your secluded hideaway.

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Why go: While personal space is a luxury that few in Tokyo can afford, other creature comforts are readily available here. Go to the Tsukiji Market for the freshest sushi 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: Luxury properties like The Plaza and The W Hotel tower over Seoul, offering impressive skyline views along with swanky amenities. What's more, visitors will find a plethora of shops and culinary hot spots in this South Korean city. Read More»

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Why go: The opulence of the Mughal Empire has not left Agra. In fact, luxury continues to flourish here. For proof, just look at the pools of the Oberoi Amarvilas resort and the palatial Taj Mahal. Here, you'll experience the contrast of Old World and New World lavishness. Read More»

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