Asia & the Pacific

Based strictly on accessibility, Minaret Station is arguably the most exclusive resort in the world.
The well-known scotch brand Johnnie Walker has opened a four-story club in Beijing where its devoted patrons can taste and purchase rare whiskies, participate in blending sessions, host private...
By popular demand, the Four Seasons Around-the-World Tour by Private Jet ( www.fourseasons.com/aroundtheworld ) is back. Four Seasons has confirmed dates for 2013 after receiving high praise from...
The new Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou gives new meaning to the term high design . Opened in July, the property towers over China’s third-largest city from the top of its tallest building, looking down...
Guests of the Berkeley River Lodge can arrive by helicopter, dropping into a pocket-size valley of dusty buttes and emerald wetland and stirring up flocks of magpie geese and brolgas. Popping in on...
The new Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, is intimate by modern Chinese standards, with 187 guest rooms and a restaurant, Shàng-Xí, with five private dining areas. But the hotel’s spaces—including...
The Fairmont Jaipur occupies a prime 9-acre site just outside India’s Pink City, on the road to Amber Fort. Opened in August, the newly built hotel was modeled after 17th-century Mughal palaces, with...
The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort opened in June on central Vietnam’s lush Son Tra Peninsula, not far from the former R&R facility (nicknamed I&I, for Intoxication &...
Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore has unveiled two one-bedroom suites that were designed to blend in with their natural surroundings—trees. Appropriately named the Tree Top Lofts, thetwointimate...
For those who can’t get enough history and culture, TCS and Starquest Expeditions has created a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary giving travelers unrivaled access to some of the world’s greatest...
AUSTRALIA Saffire Freycinet TASMANIA 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...
In 1858, a french botanist named Henri Mouhot set off on a journey to Southeast Asia that began with a miserable four months at sea and continued with a trek beset by monsoons, floods, feverish heat...
A few tickets are still left for the maiden world cruise of Seabourn Quest , the newest addition to the Seabourn Cruise Line fleet. This 225-suite cruise ship—which features four dining venues, six...
During construction at Song Saa Private Island, Melita Hunter sent fishing boats on daily excursions through the Gulf of Thailand to gather branches, warped tree trunks, and remains of painted...
It is 5 pm, and like precision clockwork the porte cochere at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, in Kowloon hums with a dozen Ferraris: The serious business of happy hour has begun. Elevators brim to...
Hollyford Track is offering a unique opportunity to explore New Zealand’s Hollyford Valley and Milford Sound on its One-Day Guided Heli-Hike Adventure: a personal helicopter trip that transports...
Lined with 900 ginkgo trees, Midosuji Avenue in Osaka, Japan, is known as the city’s Champs-Élysées for its classic early-20th-century buildings, large department stores, and bustling sidewalks. The...
The Eco Villa at Six Senses’ Soneva Kiri resort is best identified by what it lacks: carbon emissions. This environmentally friendly accommodation—which Six Senses intends as a prototype for its...
The recent explosion of resort construction in the Maldives has been concentrated in the now-crowded central atolls, leaving the island nation’s southern reaches relatively untouched. Alila Villas...
The Peninsula Shanghai is the first new building in the city’s riverfront Bund district in more than 60 years. The 15-story Art Deco–style hotel sits across the Huangpu River from the Pudong district...
The restored British Colonial buildings that mark the entrance to Capella Singapore shield an even greater architectural treasure. After passing through the 18th-century structures, which house the...
Few experiences could be more soothing than the Sacred Water Ritual at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. The three-hour massage takes place in one of the resort’s four above-water...
At Fiji’s Laucala Island resort, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz has spared no expense in developing this private island, and his concept—to build a limited number of Accommodations , leave...
Ancient banyan trees and 17,000 swaying palms shade the trails at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives. The resident biologist at the private-island resort leads tours along the...
Two months after the Bali provincial administration placed a temporary moratorium on permits for new hotel construction, Alila Villas Uluwatu opened on the island’s Bukit Peninsula. The 35-acre...
In 2007, Emirates Hotels & Resorts purchased a 4,000-acre site in Australia’s Blue Mountains with the intention of building a resort-cum–conservation project. Two years later, the new Wolgan...
At 101 stories and 1,614 feet high, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the planet’s second-tallest building, after the slightly loftier Taipei 101. But the Shanghai structure holds top bragging...
Paratiho’s hub is a palatial main lodge with a spa, lounge, and library inside and a croquet lawn, putting green, and infinity pool outside. Flanking the lodge are the resort’s six one-bedroom suites...
A canopied boat ferries guests across the lake to the resort, which, in the style of a Rajasthani palace, features soaring pavilions, thick wooden and brass doors, and giant cupolas inlaid with lapis...
Anchored by a mansion that has been refurbished in a modern Asian style, the seven-acre estate includes a swimming pool, a pool house, and a beach and dock on the river. The River House’s five suites...

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