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The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Asia & the Pacific

<< Back to Robb Report, The World’s Top Resorts 2014

AUSTRALIA

Berkeley River Lodge

Saffire Freycinet

Qualia

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

BHUTAN

Amankora

CAMBODIA

Amansara

FIJI

Laucala Island

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

INDIA

Amanbagh

Umaid Bhawan Palace

INDONESIA

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Amanjiwo

Como Shambhala Estate

JAPAN

Gora Kadan

MALAYSIA

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

MALDIVES

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Cheval Blanc Randheli

NEW ZEALAND

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Minaret Station

PHILIPPINES

Dedon Island

THAILAND

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Trisara

VIETNAM

Amanoi, Vinh Hy Bay

 

 

Berkeley River Lodge

Kimberley, Australia

Twenty villas set on massive sand dunes above the Timor Sea deliver remote wilderness with all the trimmings. The journey to the resort, which is accessible only by air or sea, is as breathtaking as the destination, where you can fish for barramundi and spy crocodiles and rock wallabies. (Three-night packages from $3,600 per person, all inclusive) www.berkeleyriver.com.au

Saffire Freycinet

Tasmania, Australia

This polished 20-suite lodge with views out to Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards mountain range is a nature lover’s paradise. Hike, fish, or kayak among the pristine surroundings, or visit the Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm for fresh oysters plucked straight from the bay. ($1,630–$2,500, including meals) www.saffire-freycinet.com.au

Qualia

Hamilton Island, Australia

The ultimate Great Barrier Reef getaway, with 60 hillside pavilions (some with private pools) nestled among eucalyptus trees above the Coral Sea. Beyond the resort’s 30 private acres, guests can enjoy golfing, snorkeling, and sailing. ($875–$4,670) www.qualia.com.au

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Everyday encounters on Kangaroo Island range from sea-lion and fur-seal sightings on deserted beaches to kangaroo and wallaby crossings on abandoned prairie roads. Guests of the Australian island’s Southern Ocean Lodge, however, find that glimpses of fellow humans can be few and far between. Set above the shores of Hanson Bay, the adventure lodge stretches across a windswept bluff, where 21 glass-walled suites feature locally designed furnishings and spellbinding views of the Southern Ocean. No more than 46 guests at a time enjoy 250 acres of preserved land, as well as access to nearby Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Conservation Park. The island’s bounty is also on display in the main lodge, where the restaurant’s daily menu features such local ingredients as American River oysters and Ligurian honey. A sprawling terrace serves as a perfect setting for sipping sundowners and, if desired, mingling with other guests. ($950–$1,760 per person, all inclusive) www.southernoceanlodge.com.au  —Jill K. Robinson

Amankora

Bhutan

Five distinct lodges, with a total of 72 Bhutanese-style suites, set throughout the Himalayan country’s central and western valleys. For a truly immersive experience, book the Amankora Journey, an 11-night pilgrimage from Paro to Bumthang that stops at each lodge. ($775 per person) www.amanresorts.com

Amansara

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A former guest villa of the Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, the breathtaking 24-suite estate is tops for setting, service, and amenities in this “temple town” near the Angkor archaeological site. Take a journey to the nearby ruins in one of the resort’s custom remorks (motor-powered rickshaws). ($1,050–$1,350) www.amanresorts.com

Laucala Island

Fiji

Just 25 villas—each outfitted with a pool—inhabit this 3,200-acre private-island hideaway. The James Bond–worthy amenities are many, including a fleet of 14 boats, a David McLay Kidd golf course, and, debuting this year, a submarine. ($4,200–$40,000) www.laucala.com

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Set above a gin-clear lagoon, the property’s 100 thatch-roofed bungalows and seven villas accommodate everyone from honeymooners to multigenerational families. Enjoy a catamaran outing through the coral-filled Pacific, a Tahitian ritual at the spa, and French-Polynesian cuisine at Arii Moana. ($1,045–$14,930) www.fourseasons.com

Amanbagh

Jaipur, India

A lush oasis on a maharaja’s former estate, featuring traditional Moghul-style architecture and 40 opulent guest rooms adorned with Udaipur green marble and Indian silks. Explore the Sariska jungle on horseback or camelback before taking a sunset cruise on Lake Mansarovar. ($800–$1,400) www.amanresorts.com

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur, India

Built between 1928 and 1943 for the maharaja of Jodhpur, this 26-acre desert palace remains the official abode for the region’s royal family. Upon arrival, guests are showered with rose petals before checking in to one of 64 exquisite art deco–style accommodations. ($370–$12,500) www.tajhotels.com

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Bali, Indonesia

Sustainable and stylish, this modern hideaway comprising 65 pavilion-style pool villas is set among the limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula. Butler service, an Indonesian restaurant, and a holistic spa make for a sublime escape. ($650–$3,225) www.alilahotels.com

Amanjiwo

Central Java, Indonesia

An enduring favorite among Aman junkies, this monumental compound of Yogyakarta limestone offers private early-morning access to Borobudur, one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments. Return to unwind in one of 36 pavilion suites (each with a thatch-roofed terrace) or a Javanese-tiled swimming pool set among rice fields. ($950–$3,000) www.amanresorts.com

Como Shambhala Estate

Bali, Indonesia

Tucked away on 23 acres outside the cultural capital of Ubud, this holistic resort is singularly transporting, offering 30 handcrafted Balinese accommodations and a results-driven wellness spa. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, yoga, meditation, and dips in aquatherapy pools. ($400–$1,500) www.comohotels.com

Gora Kadan

Hakone, Japan

Volcanic-stone-heated spring waters fill the outdoor baths at this Shōwa–era ryokan with views of Mount Fuji. A former imperial retreat, the inn offers 38 of Japan’s most exquisite tatami rooms, plus peaceful gardens and 10- to 13-course kaiseki dinners. ($490–$870 per person, including breakfast and dinner) www.gorakadan.com

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Langkawi, Malaysia

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi employs a team of resident naturalists, who lead guests on boat safaris to explore the wildlife-rich mangrove forests, deserted islands, and Cambrian-era limestone formations of their Andaman Sea surroundings. The environs are equally enticing in the resort’s 91 Moorish-style pavilions and villas, which are outfitted with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive verandas. Set within a former fishing village, the 48-acre property abounds with lavish gardens and thick jungle forests that are home to monitor lizards, macaque monkeys, and great hornbills. The grounds also include such local delights as a Malay seafood restaurant, one of four dining options, and a spa that incorporates native herbs and oils in its treatments. The Four Seasons’ primary attraction, however, remains a natural one: the broad sandy beach that leads to the aquamarine Andaman Sea. ($600–$10,600) www.fourseasons.com  —Cynthia Rosenfeld

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Baa Atoll, Maldives

A Maldivian masterpiece with 103 overwater and beach villas. Snorkel with marine biologists at nearby Hanifaru Bay, swim in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, or gaze upon kaleidoscopic marine life through the ayurvedic spa’s glass floors. ($1,100–$21,000) www.fourseasons.com

Cheval Blanc Randheli (New Opening)

Noonu Atoll, Maldives

The second resort from the LVMH Hotel Management’s Cheval Blanc brand, this private island escape is the Maldives’ new standard-bearer, with 45 villas (each including a swimming pool and butler service), five restaurants, a spa island, and a custom Twin Otter de Havilland plane for transfers from Malé. ($1,300–$1,950, including breakfast) www.chevalblanc.com

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

This 6,000-acre working ranch on a dramatic cliff overlooking Hawke’s Bay offers 22 art-filled suites and a four-bedroom owner’s cottage. Tour New Zealand’s second-largest wine region and enjoy a round of golf at the resort’s Tom Doak–designed course. (Suites from $630 per person, owner’s cottage from $4,700, both including breakfast and dinner) www.capekidnappers.com

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Refined yet relaxed 22-suite plantation lodge (plus an owner’s cottage) situated on a cliff in the northerly Bay of Islands. Includes a championship golf course, a spa surrounded by totara trees, and a restaurant serving five-course dinners. (Suites from $650 per person, owner’s cottage from $7,465, both including breakfast and dinner) www.kauricliffs.com

Minaret Station

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

New Zealand’s most spectacular wilderness hideaway is nestled deep within the heart-stopping beauty of the Southern Alps. The four-tent resort can only be accessed by helicopter, granting guests exclusive access to the region’s snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, and towering glaciers. (From $1,620 per person, all inclusive) www.minaretstation.com

Dedon Island

Siargao, Philippines

The first resort from the furniture manufacturer Dedon, this nine-villa hideaway is a style seeker’s haven with custom woven furnishings and swinging daybeds strewn along breezy beaches. Rates include everything from meals and spa treatments to surfing excursions at the famed Cloud 9 break. ($435–$920 per person, all inclusive) www.dedonisland.com

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai, Thailand

This 15-tent camp set within a bamboo jungle near the Mekong and Ruak Rivers pairs the luxuries of Bill Bensley–designed accommodations with the adventure of exploring the surroundings by elephant. Days begin with sunrise elephant treks and end with sundowners at the Burma Bar. (Two-night packages from $2,060 per tent, all inclusive) www.fourseasons.com

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Krabi, Thailand

Implausibly luxurious tropical retreat with an Espa facility, an infinity-edge pool, and six exceptional restaurants. Choose from 54 pavilions and villas, the best of which are the Royal Andaman Sea Villas offering rain-forest showers, lotus-shaped plunge pools, and panoramic sea views. ($385–$5,090) www.ritzcarltonreserve.com

Trisara

Phuket, Thailand

This ultraexclusive retreat of nearly a decade is still Phuket’s finest, with 39 villas and suites and 20 residences strung along more than a mile of lush tropical headlands above the Andaman Sea. Enjoy signature Thai spa treatments and the island’s best chocolate truffles. ($840–$8,450) www.trisara.com

Amanoi, Vinh Hy Bay (New Opening)

Vietnam

Located within the Nui Chua National Park, Amanresorts’ first Vietnamese property is a meditative marvel surrounded by forests, mountains, and sea. The 100-acre resort features 36 minimalist accommodations, a beach club, two swimming pools, and a standout spa—even by Aman standards. ($900–$9,000) www.amanresorts.com

 

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