Despite the state of travel the last two years, the luxury travel market is posed to stay strong into 2022. This means FIT, Group and MICE travel agents will need to be prepared to offer high-end, custom experiences for their clients who have pent up aspirations and budget for travel. Asia Bespoke Tours offers accommodations, experiences and excursions that are at the peak of luxury in Southeast Asia. Many of Asia Bespoke Tour’s luxury travel packages include all the elements required for a discerning guest to enjoy days or weeks of relaxation while participating in unique and creative activities that only they will experience. Below are 7 ways to experience luxury travel in Southeast Asia.
Luxury Hotels & Resorts
Luxury means 5-star hotels and resorts for the most discerning guests. The cities of Southeast Asia are home to world-class hotels where guests can come after a long day of sightseeing to recharge. With well-appointed guest rooms, city skyline views and storied histories, these accommodations are sure to wow. But throughout the region the most spectacular resorts in the world are waiting to be visited. Water cottages hovering above crystal waters or treetop villas that make one feel a world away, the luxury resorts of Southeast Asia are iconic.
The Peninsula Manila has been the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown” for over four decades, known for its luxurious sophistication in the heart of the city. Excellent service, fine cuisine and sumptuous rooms have made this hotel a favorite of locals and overseas visitors alike. For the second year the Peninsula Manila has been awarded the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating – the only hotel in Makati and Bonifacio Global City to receive this coveted ranking.
Along the coastline of the Lombok Strait awaits Amakila, the breathtaking resort beneath sacred Mount Agung. Stilted suites connected through walkways in the treetops offer views to the sea, while the three-tier infinity pool overlooks stunning views. The Beach Club at Amakila is situated on a private black-sand beach, making it a magical luxury destination in Bali.
For adventure enthusiasts, Rinjani Lodge in Senaru is located on the borders of the Rinjani National Park in North Lombok in Bali. With stunning panoramic views of Mount Rinjani and across the lush rice paddies of the volcanic foothills down to the ocean, Rinjani Lodge is the perfect place to stay to relax, unwind and explore the beautiful North Lombok region. With a small number of gorgeously appointed rooms and two infinity pools overlooking the surrounding area, this hotel is lodge luxury at its finest.
This charming heritage hotel has a storied past but has recently undergone an extensive renovation to bring it to modern day. The ambience, service and special feeling of Raffles has been kept but newly opened bars, restaurants and boutiques make this hotel an exciting place to stay. Beautiful courtyards and relaxing social spaces round out the feel of this historic hotel. The striking, iconic architecture will make traveler feel they are somewhere special, all while being in the heart of the city.
Private Islands & Villas
There is a reason people dream of purchasing their own island; the ultimate expression of luxury is privacy. In Southeast Asia private islands await guests who want to escape and feel removed from the world.
Amanpula is located on private Pamalican island in the Cuyo Archipelago of northern Palawan in the Philippines. The white sand beach, pristine coral reefs and luxurious comforts make this a private tropical paradise. Deserted coves, jungle hikes, exhilarating water sports or quiet moments in your private villa are all available here.
Ranked among the best hotels in the Maldives, Adaaran Club Rannahli in the Maldives sits at the tip of the South Male atoll. Its unique island location offers perfect white sand beaches, excellent scuba diving and an easy-going atmosphere for complete relaxation. The Water Bungalows hover above the gentle turquoise water, offering direct access to the ocean for a swim and a private sundeck where guests can bask in peace.
In the tropical hills of north-western Phuket, in a secluded private cove on the Andaman Sea is secret hideaway nestled in a verdant, tropical paradise. Trisara is a sanctuary for the senses offering a private retreat with harmonious experiences to revive the spirit. As Phuket’s most renowned and exclusive private pool resort, Trisara’s 14 hectares are cradled in a protected nature reserve with private access to a breath-taking beach on the Andaman Sea. Its private luxury pool villas and residences enjoy panoramic sea views from a gently terraced hillside with space and privacy well considered.
With its eight villas is located on the hillside between Diniwid Beach and the world-famous White Beach, with a perfect view of the spectacular Boracay sunset. If you’re looking for your own private paradise away from the crowds, this location is perfect for you. The Villas are situated in splendid isolation surrounded by foliage, all with beautiful ocean views. In the centre of the resort, we have a swimming pool and sundeck. Take the stairs down from the Villas along our little path and you’re on Diniwid beach in less than five minutes. Once on the beach it is a ten- minute walk to the next cove which is the world-famous White Beach, with all it has to offer, including, water sports, shops, restaurants, and night life. But don’t underestimate the very quaint Diniwid Beach as it has its own charms including locally run restaurants and spots to relax and spend the day
Wellness & Spas
What is more luxurious than treating the body and mind to holistic spa and wellness experiences? In Southeast Asia traditional healing practices meet modern luxury offerings to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Signature services are often aligned with spectacular outdoor views. The wellness programs pair healthy local food, exhilarating outdoor excursions and body and spirit services that leave guests recentered and recharged.
Banjaran Hot Springs in Malaysia is a spectacular resort built into the landscape, surrounding guests with towering rock walls while they soak in the natural geothermal waters. The villas include a private outdoor rain shower, natural geothermal hot-spring fed jacuzzi and private pool. Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat offers bespoke holistic experiences for the ultimate in relaxation and restoration. The traditional Malay Urut Massage includes a distinctive massage oil recipe that has been passed down through generations and can’t be missed.
Phuket’s best kept secret is the Mangosteen Resort & Spa. Just 40 villas are surrounded by tropical gardens for private oasis that include beautiful sea views. The resort features the first Ayurveda Spa in Phuket with a certified Ayurveda Doctor on site and available for free consultations. Finally, the saltwater pool complex is the perfect area to recharge and be inspired.
The Farm at San Benito is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. Its world-class facilities and services have made it a recipient of 61 prestigious international accolades, including ‘The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World.” The Farm’s healing journey is focused around five pillars: Diagnose, Cleanse, Nourish, Repair and Sustain. The aim is for guests’ bodies to return to their ideal, balanced state and achieve holistic optimum wellness.
For die-hard golfers, Southeast Asia is a premier destination with bucket-list courses across the region. Championship courses hug white sand beaches and touch the edge of exotic jungles. With the Asian Tour making stops in Southeast Asia, professional golfers are flocking to these courses for their innovative layouts and unique terrain. These are truly unique golf experiences that players will remember for a lifetime, and Asia Bespoke Tours is able to create luxury travel packages with golf as a focus.
The Els Club Teluk Datai
This Ernie Els designed golf course is one of the world’s most unique golf projects. The course is built along a million-year-old rainforest and the waters of the Andaman Sea but the peaks of the Mat Chinchang Mountain range dominate the views. It is a golf experience unlike any other.
Just a 45 min drive from the Phnom Penh city center two contrasting Sir Nick Faldo designed championship
courses await you. Both the East and West Course provide a spectacular setting around famous cultural
expressions that include scale models of Khmer historical architectural sites.
While one of the most challenging golf courses in Bali, it’s luxurious setting and service is what makes this golf experience memorable. With three distinct playing environments on the lush Indonesian island, new and seasoned golfers alike will enjoy the play, the backdrop and the fabulous facilities.
Fine dining takes on a whole new meaning in Southeast Asia – unique locations paired with fabulous local ingredients create dining experiences like no other in this region.
Dine in the cave chamber at Jeff’s Cellar at Banjara Resort, where you can have an incredible meal inside a 260-milion-year-old candlelit cavern. While taking in the scene you can enjoy the sumptuous 7-course caviar delight alongside the highly curated wine menu. This is one of the world’s truly unique dining experiences.
Meals in a local’s home
Luxury doesn’t always mean fancy; it can also mean an experience no one else has had. That’s why the special in-home meals that you can share with a local family can be the most special at all. Recipes passed down for generations are shared in a real home, where stories can be shared and remembered for a lifetime.
Yachting: the ultimate luxury and symbol of status across the globe. Who doesn’t have a vision of sailing a private yacht across turquoise waters, taking in majestic landscaped islands in the distance, while being served a relaxing beverage or first-class meal. At Asia Bespoke Tours, we offer a variety of ways to experience this fantasy in real life.
Catamaran Douce France sailing out of Phuket
Otherwise known as ‘the gentle giant’, Douce France is one of the largest sailing catamarans in the world and her elegant profile and magnificent sails make for a truly unique yacht charter. Her vast, open deck area provides guests with the most wonderful views of exceptionally beautiful locations while they relax in sheer luxury.
A crew of 8 sail you through some of the world’s most beautiful islands and the diving instructor provides full equipment and guided diving experiences through the colourful underworld or enjoy endless fun on the full selection of water toys from wake boards to kayaks. Sailing out of Phuket a one week suggested itinerary would include the lesser visited islands of Ko Phak Bia, James Bond island, Koh Roi, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le.
Superyacht Ocean Emerald sailing in the Gulf of Thailand
A spectacular looking 41-metre superyacht for 12 guests, designed by architect Norman Foster and built by renowned Italian shipyard Rodriguez Yachts, this luxury motor yacht was conceived for smooth yachting, elegant living and modern comfort. Ideal for those looking for a fun-fueled charter, and the perfect vessel to explore the magical waters of Southeast Asia. From May to November Ocean Emerald sails out of the Gulf of Thailand and during December to April out of Phuket and Myanmar.
To cruise over terraced rice patties, jungle-covered mountains and remote villages dotted across the land from the air is a life-changing experience. For those who want to see this part of the world from this unique point of view, a private helicopter tour is the way to go.
The remoteness of this region makes traveling difficult by traditional Jeepneys, but on a private helicopter tour it’s a little over an hour. To see the majestic and rural rice terraces from above is a unique experience and far off the beaten path. To also witness distinct Infugao traditional villages and their daily activities is a special moment to take in.
Asia Bespoke Tours is the DMC of Southeast Asia for luxury travel experiences. Contact us today to see how our team of local experts can put together luxury travel packages for your clients for an experience of a lifetime.