What is your wanderlust weakness? Is it for fascinating cultures, immersive shopping or world-renowned spas? Whatever it is, the jewel that is South East Asia has them all.
From idyllic uber-luxe beach retreats to vibrant modern cities, Asia is a land rich in contrast and allure. A land where colonial masterpieces sit alongside soaring skyscrapers, and ancient temples nestle amongst remote hillside villages. Experience these sights individually and find yourself wowed by their sheer beauty. Experience them as a tailored escape, with a stay at a number of our recommended resorts, and find the holiday of your dreams.
Six Senses Samui
Craving a Thai island oasis? Look no further than Koh Samui, where fine-sand beaches are lined with palm trees and curved by glistening aquamarine waters. Wander down the caramel-shored bays and you will find laid-back bars and restaurants, serving world-class cuisine amid views that will take your breath away. Don’t be lulled completely into horizontal island life however; there is much more to discover here than just stunning natural scenery. Prise yourself from your hammock and venture out to grand Buddhist temples and Chinese shrines, or browse the lively markets on the hunt for unique handicrafts.
Six Senses Samui is located on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of the island, surrounded by lush vegetation and bordered by golden sands. Its privileged position on a verdant peninsula exudes the feeling of a romantic island, which is enhanced even further by the dreamy sunset views and a gorgeous air of seclusion. Stay here and wake up to stunning ocean views from your private rustic-luxe villa, savour exceptional cuisine at the award-winning Dining on the Rocks, and indulge your senses at the ultra-luxurious spa. Be mesmerised by the cascading waters of the nearby waterfalls, or take a trip to the Big Buddha Temple and stand in awe of its grandeur.
Welcome to the Indonesian island of Bali. A unique and mystical place, brimming with a unique, rich and vibrant culture. Observe as locals shut down major roads on route to temple ceremonies, traverse the beautiful rice fields and their rolling green paddies, and discover pristine beaches in abundance. But Bali is more than just a holiday destination; there is a special atmosphere here that fills the air and leaves all those who visit with a deep sense of balance and calm.
COMO Shambhala Estate is poised in a lush green valley just north of the inland town of Ubud. Upon your arrival here, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. A vast world of ferns and foliage, and wildlife and water, where monkeys swing from trees and the River Ayung flows right through the landscape. The villas here are truly amazing, with private pools set to the backdrop of incredible forest views. Explore the lush countryside on a guided walk, bike or trek, or depart to a nearby cultural site such as the Goa Gajah cave, originally built in the 11th century as a spiritual place for meditation. At the spa, floating treatment rooms await your return and invite you to an oasis of complete tranquillity.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
The enigmatic city of Hong Kong has almost everything at its fingertips. Look beyond its towering skyscrapers and unearth a vibrant cultural scene where you’re just as likely to find yourself at one of the countless temples as you are at a Cantonese opera. In what is considered Asia’s top culinary capital, taste the gourmet cuisine of celebrated chefs or take a trip down the hawker stall-lined streets and let the sights and smells entice you. For retail therapy there are few places better than here; find solace in high-end boutiques and vast shopping centres, antique shops and colourful markets, and everything in-between.
First built in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong adopts the title of the “Grand Dame of the Far East”. From the outset you will sense that things are done differently here. You will be picked up from the airport by one of the hotel’s 14 Rolls-Royce Phantoms; inside you’ll find a room service menu so why not select en-route and have your favourite dish awaiting you on check-in. From your contemporary room or suite, gaze out across the dazzling city and cast your eyes towards the famous harbour. With its location in the heart of Kowloon’s shopping and dining district, you will simply be spoilt for choice. After filling your boots with all that the city has to offer, find a sanctuary for the senses at the hotel’s luxury spa.
The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’. Take one look at the picture perfect beaches, limestone cliffs rising out of clear waters and the tropical marine life living below, and you can’t help but agree with that sentiment. There are many reasons why Phuket is Asia’s most popular beach destination, but there is much more to the island than that accolade. Wander from the usual path and you will find that some of the best gems lie hidden elsewhere…
Tucked away in the lush inland Kamala area on the west coast of the island, Keemala offers something out of a fairy-tale. Prepare to pinch yourself when staying in one of the quirky cottages, houses or pool villas, which hang in the treetops and take inspiration from ancient tribe dwellings. Bask in utter serenity at the spa as you welcome the holistic approach that is embraced throughout; from the home-grown cuisine to the strong eco-friendly ethos. Venture out to explore the nearby temples and give alms to the monks, saunter through the local market and take part in a non-exploitative interaction with elephants in Khao Sok National Park.