#TravelTuesday: Top luxury hotels in Asia

#TravelTuesday: Top luxury hotels in Asia

Cream of the crop

Text: Denise Kok

Round-the-clock butler service, your private villa on an island, and killer views — these properties continue to raise the bar in the luxe stakes

Each year, over 7,000 properties the world over vie for a spot on TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice ranking. If crowdsourced wisdom (culled from a year's worth of reviews) is anything to go by, these three luxury hotels in Asia are the crème de la crème that charmed travellers with remarkable service, quality, and value. Looking to spoil yourself with a luxe getaway? Read on and take notes. 


1. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi

Why go? 24-hour butler services, dolphin-spotting cruises, and 45 over-water villas that exude a hushed sense of luxury from the get-go. If you're really looking to splurge, call for the palatial Private Residence that spans over 15,000 feet. With a private spa, 1,000sq ft open-air bathroom and a whimsical waterslide situated within the compound, you'll find it difficult to pack your bags and depart paradise. 

Most affordable month to visit: September (US$1,362/night)


2. Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives

Cocoa Island

Why go? Stunning house reefs, a secluded island on the South Malé  atoll, and a minimalist aesthetic defines this luxurious abode conveniently located 40 minutes from Malé via speedboat. Check into the worldclass COMO Shambhala spa and rise daily to a spectacular breakfast spread few hotels can rival. 

Most affordable month to visit: September (US$936/night)


3. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur, India

Oberoi Hotel

Why go? If anyone knows how to pitch a luxury tent, it's these guys. Here, you can live like the maharajas of old. Sited a mere 10 minutes away from Ranthambhore National Park, you spend your morning gazing at Royal Bengal tigers before returning to your luxe cocoon for champagne at sundown. 

Most affordable month to visit: June (US$486/night)


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