The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Asia & the Pacific

  • Amanbagh
  • Minaret Station
  • Photo © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi
    Gora Kadan, External view of the chamber Photo © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi
  • Southern Ocean Lodge
  • Photo by Murray Fredericks
    The Bulgari Resort, Bali Photo by Murray Fredericks
  • Photo by No Limit Fotodesign
    Laucala Island Photo by No Limit Fotodesign
  • The Royal Estate at St. Regis Bora Bora
  • Saffire Freycinet
  • Photo by Djuna Iverigh
    Nihiwatu Photo by Djuna Iverigh
  • The Leela Palace Udaipur
  • Kauri Cliffs
  • Huvafen Fushi
  • Photo © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi
  • Photo by Murray Fredericks
  • Photo by No Limit Fotodesign
  • Photo by Djuna Iverigh


    Saffire Freycinet 
    Breathe the world’s cleanest air and swim in its most pristine water at this 20-suite retreat set within view of Freycinet National Park. The suites—and a striking, manta ray–shaped main lodge that serves some of the world’s freshest seafood—are strung along the northern shore of Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay. ($1,800–$2,800, all-inclusive)

    Southern Ocean Lodge
    Sophisticated bluff-top lodge with 21 suites perched above a long sandy beach. Serves as a base camp for encounters with koalas, fur seals, and near-extinct tammar wallabies. Island food safaris explore bee sanctuaries, vineyards, and olive groves. (From $1,050 per person, all-inclusive)

    Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa
    Owned by the conglomerate behind Emirates airlines, this 40-villa retreat is set on 4,000 acres of conservancy land near the Blue Mountains. A supremely comfortable place to rest between Aboriginal cultural tours, horseback rides to sandstone escarpments, and marsupial safaris. Expect Emirates’ first-class standard of service. ($2,050–$5,825, all-inclusive)


    Former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk’s 1962 Villa Princière reborn as 24 suites of polished concrete and lacquered teak, half with private pools. Guides confer ancient secrets of nearby jungle temples such as Angkor Wat, where sunrise yoga is among Amansara’s inspired activities. ($850–$1,100, all-inclusive)


    Laucala Island
    A resort without equal, this Eden-like isle is ringed by turquoise waters and sugarcane beaches. The 3,000-acre property features 25 villas—each a sprawling haven in its own right—plus restaurants and bars, a hilltop spa, tennis courts, and a David McLay Kidd–designed golf course for its lucky few guests to enjoy. ($3,800–$35,000, all-inclusive)


    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    South Pacific paradise overlooking a crystalline lagoon in the shadow of craggy Mount Otemanu. Butler-serviced overwater bungalows, the best restaurants in French Polynesia, a full-service spa, and a swim-up bar make for a sublimely self-contained retreat. ($1,375–$16,425)


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    The Leela Palace Udaipur
    This modern 80-room palace on the shores of Lake Pichola takes cues from nearby Udaipur City Palace. Bold chevron patterns, glittering mosaics, and elephant portraits appear at every turn. Ride a tuk-tuk to town to encounter northern India’s true colors. ($725–$5,000, including breakfast)


    Alila Villas Uluwatu
    The iconic isle’s ultimate getaway, with 84 striking wood-and-stone pool villas perched atop the windswept Bukit Peninsula. Attentive butlers arrange organic spa treatments and excursions to nearby Uluwatu Temple or Jimbaran Bay. ($675–$4,600)

    The Bulgari Resort, Bali
    Stone fortress atop a nearly 500-foot bluff, high above a white-sand beach accessible only by funicular. With an emphasis on drama, the common spaces and 59 spacious villas fuse the spirit of Bali with sophisticated Italian design. ($1,000–$7,000)

    Como Shambhala Estate
    Sanctuary on 23 rolling acres near Ubud that takes a holistic approach to wellness with goal-driven programs, treatments, and activities. Thirty accommodations range from contemporary Retreat Villas near the main spa to five themed Balinese Residences. ($500–$4,000, including breakfast)

    Tops for surfing sybarites, this laid-back resort is tucked within a 432-acre stretch of forest, beach, and rice paddies. Filled with Indonesian artifacts, the 18 rustic bungalows are set along the 1.5-mile-long beach, where prime waves break along a shell-strewn shore. ($800–$3,575)


    Gora Kadan
    Japan’s most authentically elegant ryokan, situated near Mount Fuji in the early Sh¯owa-era summer residence of the Kan’in-no-miya imperial family. Sliding glass doors in the 37 tatami rooms open onto Zen-like gardens. Other highlights include open-air, hot-spring baths and 10-course kaiseki dinners. ($625–$1,100 per person, including breakfast and dinner)


    Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
    Nestled between soaring limestone cliffs and a blindingly white beach on a mile-long stretch of the Andaman Sea, the 91-room resort’s villas and pavilions resemble a remote Malay kampong village. At the resort’s heart is a 16,100-square-foot spa. ($575–$7,525)


    Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
    Sets the Maldivian standard for luxury and service. Choose from 102 overwater and beach villas, and snorkel among giant manta rays and whale sharks in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Divers can book overnight trips aboard Four Seasons Explorer. ($900–$11,500, including breakfast)

    Huvafen Fushi
    Shoes are superfluous in the Maldives’ chicest sandbox, where 44 thatch-roofed overwater and beach villas are embellished with high-tech toys. Do not miss the underwater spa. ($950–$9,950, including breakfast)


    Huka Lodge
    A former fishing camp, this 17-acre hideaway of 25 riverside suites and cottages is a haven for anglers, who come for the trout in Lake Taupo. Also at guests’ disposal are adventures such as bungee jumping and glider flights. Five-course dinners pair with wines from a 9,000-bottle collection. (Suites from $650 per person, cottages from $3,025, both including breakfast and dinner)

    Kauri Cliffs
    With just 22 suites on 6,000 acres, this North Island resort makes it easy to discover deserted beaches of pink sand and to secure tee times at its cliff-top golf course. A spa sits in a totara forest, and the main lodge serves five-course degustation dinners. (Suites from $625 per person, Owner’s Cottage $7,100, both including breakfast and dinner)

    Minaret Station
    New Zealand’s first luxury tented camp is accessible by helicopter only. Set within a glacial valley on South Island, the four tented suites feature wall-to-wall sheepskin and serve as comfortable bases between hiking and heli-fishing excursions in the Southern Alps. ($2,875, all-inclusive)


    Capella Singapore
    Sleek modern architecture by Norman Foster wraps around former British Army barracks, where peacocks stroll the grounds. The 112-room resort atop a rolling hilltop overlooking the South China Sea feels blissfully secluded. Exceptional Chinese restaurant. ($550–$11,875)


    Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
    Fantastical reimagining of Thailand’s Lanna kingdom, with wing-tipped rooftops and hand-carved facades across 123 elegantly gilded guest rooms and villas. Visit nearby elephant camps. ($475–$7,900)

    Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
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    Scattered along more than a mile of tropical headlands, the 39 suites and villas and 20 residences present Andaman Sea views from such vantages as private infinity pools, palm-fringed decks, and cloud-like beds. The island’s classiest address. ($825–$8,650, including breakfast)

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