Southeast Asia Destinations

Destinations in Southeast Asia

Luxury Yachting: The Best Way to Experience Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world, and the very best way to experience them is from the calm waters of the South Pacific ocean. From the reefs of the Raja Ampat archipelago to the pink beaches of Komodo national park, from the majestic Langkawi archipelago in Malaysia to lively Phuket, Thailand, the very best sights of Asia can be experienced from the water.

Experience the pinnacle of luxury aboard a private yacht cruise and journey from destination to destination in the utmost comfort. The diversity of culture that can be seen on a cruise in Southeast Asia is unlike anything else in the world, hopping from island to island and experiencing different traditions and practices on each. The marine leisure industry is constantly growing in Southeast Asia, as it represents one of the premier destinations for luxury travel on the water. Post-COVID, destinations are reopening and yachting is poised for rapid expansion in the next year. At Asia Bespoke Tours, we offer customized luxury experiences for our clients to allow them the very best experience in leisure or business travel that yachting can offer. There is no better time to cruise through Asia than now, and no national or international destination management company can match the service of Asia Bespoke.

Attractions

Some of the most wondrous attractions of Southeast Asia are perfect to visit from the water, with wondrous sights and experiences throughout the region. The natural wonders of the region are unmatched, and many of the greatest adventures and encounters are only possible by boat. Some of our favorites from around Southeast Asia include:

Flores Island and Komodo National Park – Indonesia – As well as being the only home of the primordial Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world, Komodo National Park also boasts crystal-clear waters and reefs perfect for diving, as well as unique pink sand beaches. Just off the coast of Flores island and Komodo National Park also lies Manta Point,  the best place in the world to see the majestic Manta Ray, the largest ray in the world, in its natural habitat. These wonders can only be accessed by boat and are perfect for luxury yacht tours.

Raja Ampat Archipelago – Indonesia – Sitting atop the equator and forming the heart of the storied Coral Triangle of reefs, the archipelago boasts more than 1,700 species of reef fish, as well as endangered and rare marine mammals, making some of the best diving in the world. There is no better way to experience the wonders of this natural marvel, for divers and non-divers alike, than on a private cruise.

Alor Archipelago – Indonesia – The volcanic islands of the Alor archipelago are some of the most beautiful and pristine volcano-formed islands in the world. With twenty islands and fifty dive spots to explore, along with diverse culture, the Alor archipelago is a hidden Indonesian gem ripe for travelers of all tastes to discover.

Spice Islands – Indonesia – Famous for their colonial history and spices, the Maluku islands of Indonesia offer deep-sea and shallow reefs, along with unique flora and fauna. These tiny islands are ideally accessed from the sea and are perfect for exploration both above and below the emerald waters.

The Islands of Thailand – The world-famous beaches of Phuket are an ideal place to visit on a luxury yachting cruise, boasting pristine white sand and sparkling waters. For snorkeling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing, and more, the best way to experience Phuket is through a private, serene yachting experience. In addition, the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Samui is an easy trip by boat to stunning scenery. For watersports, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf, Koh Samui is an ideal destination for travelers of any taste. Lastly, Thailand also has smaller islands including Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay and National Park that have unbelievable natural sites that will leave you speechless.

Langkawi Archipelago – Malaysia – Alluring and idyllic in its natural beauty, majestic and spectacular in its cultural heritage, the Langkawi archipelago was the first landmass in Southeast Asia to be formed, and today consists of forest-covered mountains and hills along with limestone ridges and stunning beaches.

Maldives – The tiny nation of the Maldives consists of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, and can only be fully explored by boat or sea plane. One of the most pristine destinations in the world, the beaches and reefs of the Maldives are perfect for exploration and relaxation alike.

At Asia Bespoke Tours, we develop customized travel packages to any destination in order to get the very best out of your visit.

Luxury Cruises

Across Southeast Asia, travelers have the opportunity to combine Luxury Cruising with Luxury Hideaways or Escapes, including boutique hotels and resorts. Across iconic destinations like Bali, Lombok, Sumba, Koh Samui, Krabi, Langkawi, Bawah Reserve and of course in the Maldives, luxury travelers are able to combine cruise and hotel stays all while exploring what these destinations have to offer.

Below are a few luxury cruises that Asia Bespoke Tours has connections, packages and partnerships with.

Mutiara Laut – Offering stops in Komodo, Papua, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Lost Island, Flores, West Timor, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Sumatra, the Mutiara Laut customizes voyages to your specifications. With seven spacious cabins, including VIP cabin, private chefs, onboard spa treatments, and adventures in watersports and diving, there is something for everyone.

Prana by Atzaro – Cruise the Spice Islands, Komodo National Park, and the Raja Ampat Archipelago aboard the largest traditional Phinisi yacht in the world. With nine luxury suites, this cruise also offers cultural discovery and world-class diving, along with fine dining and onboard spa.

Aqua Blue – With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is steeped in maritime history. The fifteen-suite ship is the ideal way to cruise the natural wonders of Indonesia in complete luxury in the vast indoor and outdoor spaces, including onboard spa.

Douc France – Perfectly equipped for charter worldwide to discover the world’s most
beautiful and unspoiled places whilst submerged in the highest standards of luxury
in the yachting industry, the Douce France is the largest schooner catamaran in the world. With fine dining, watersports, and spacious decks, this ship is the pinnacle of comfort.

Ocean Pearl – One of the newest ships available, the Ocean Pearl was constructed in 2010 with five cabins fitted to the highest standards of luxury. Watersports abound, with jet ski, waterski, wakeboards, canoes, fishing and snorkeling – and unique at-anchor stabilizers provide the highest degree of comfort for guests to explore Thailand from the water.

Ocean Emerald – Glide in style to your dream destination where you can customize your journey at every turn; from exploring remote islands and diving in the sparkling waters across Southeast Asia, to Michelin star dining onboard and sunset yoga on white sandy beaches. The flawless elegance of the Ocean Emerald is perfect for any traveler.

Alexa – Reviving the art of traditional boat building and integrating sustainability and modern technologies, Alexa’s classical wooden vessels are bringing the yachting experience to a new level of luxury. Designed for just two passengers, Alexa cruises are the ultimate romantic getaway to explore the islands of Indonesia or the Maldives.

Amandira – Explore the realm of the Komodo dragons, the storied Spice Islands, and the underwater kingdoms of Raja Ampat and the Flores Sea, all from the decks of Aman’s custom-made expedition vessel. Fully staffed and yours to command, the cruiser takes you on a journey to rarely seen wonders, with every detail tailored to personal preference.

Alila Purnama – Handcrafted in the traditional style of an Indonesian Phinisi, Alila Purnama consists of three decks, 4 double deluxe suites and 1 master suite with a private deck, large wraparound windows offering 180-degree views of the incredible landscape. Adventures for divers of all skill levels are complemented by onboard spa and fine dining.

Oracle – A custom built phinisi style yacht launching in spring 2019, Oracle was carefully designed to evoke Indonesian heritage with locally sourced wood and traditional boatbuilding methods. Oracle is ideal for couples or small families, geared towards outdoor living at its finest while reaffirming a commitment to sustainable and conscious tourism.

Yachting for MICE Travel

In addition to spectacular leisure cruises, charter yachts are perfect for corporate retreats of any size, allowing privacy and comfort for employees to work more closely together on projects both within and outside the scope of business. Changing the environment, incorporating new activities, and lowering stress allows employees to think more freely than within the office, and can lead to creative problem-solving and innovative ideas. The serenity and luxury of a yacht provide this unique environment, and is an ideal opportunity for MICE travelers.

Our destination management experts at Asia Bespoke Tours provide incomparable expertise and service through complete packages to get your yachting experience started sooner and with less hassle than any other option, including VIP and fast track services at airports and even day excursions to experience local scenery and culture. We also develop customized travel packages to suit your every need and get the very best out of your stay.

In 2022 and 2023, the best way to experience Southeast Asia is by yacht, and there is no service offered that can match our team at Asia Bespoke. To learn more about the custom luxury experiences offered by our expert destination management team, contact us or reach out directly today:

ASIA BESPOKE TOURS HEAD OFFICE
Mr. Manfred Schweizer / CEO
Ks16, Blk2, Lot18, Carrington Street, Lancaster City,
Brgy Navarro, General Trias, 4107 Cavite
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Email: info@asiabespoketours.com
Phone: +63 9610 458 479 (WhatsApp)

Reinvigorated Thailand: The Place for Business Travel in 2022

Thailand has long been known for its cultural heritage and picturesque scenery. From the lights of Bangkok to the mountains of Chiang Mai to the beaches of Phuket, the Kingdom has been a premier destination for decades. At Asia Bespoke Tours, we offer customized luxury experiences for our clients such as luxury villas, boutique hotel packages, door-to-door service, and day trips to sights throughout Thailand. We even offer a tailored luxury tour of Thailand, a nation near and dear to our team.

Thailand fully opened to foreign visitors from May 1, 2022. Since then, there has been a tremendous amount of growth in visitors from key international markets, including the United States, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia. Luxury and high-end tours, usually customized for the preferences of the clients, have been growing in popularity given the beautiful resorts, natural wonders and spas across the Kingdom. With the lifting of all COVID restrictions on travel in July 2022, Thailand has done away with their previously-stringent requirements and is poised to return to 2019 levels of tourism, and beyond, in 2022 and 2023.

The “land of the free” boasts a stunning mix of culture, nature, and adventure to experience. Travelers can explore temples such as Wat Pho with its famous reclining Buddha, relax on pristine beaches like those on Phuket island, interact with wild elephants in Khao Yai national park, or just unwind on a luxury river cruise down the Chao Phraya river. There is so much more to Thailand than backpacking and night life, with sights and experiences for travelers of all tastes.

A New Era in MICE Travel

With this reopening comes the recommitment of the Thai government to meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition travel through their “Meet the Magic” campaign. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau aims to drive development through creating localized experiences, implementing sustainability solutions, and expanding infrastructure both within and outside the capital city of Bangkok.

In 2022, Thailand is set to host numerous international conferences and welcome thousands of business travelers across the country. From Unicity 2022 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Bangkok to Travel Blog Exchange Asia 2022 in Phuket to the International Conference on Family Planning in Pattaya, Thailand is proving that cities across the country are ideal destinations for MICE travel.

The ease of travel into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, which services 110 destinations in 48 countries, as well as the ease of travel within Bangkok and to other destinations throughout the kingdom, make Thailand an ideal relaxation destination. At Asia Bespoke Tours, we specialize in streamlining your experience to get you where you need to go in the simplest, fastest, and most comfortable way possible, and provide unmatched service along the way.

Why MICE

Meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition travel can enhance any business in a variety of ways, including

Credit – attracting quality candidates and retaining employees requires recognition and appreciation of their efforts, and linking targets to a travel incentive is a surefire way to create unforgettable rewards.

Collaboration – Company retreats allow employees to work more closely together on projects both within and outside the scope of business, and incentives foster idea-sharing as a means to emulate the top-performers.

Culture – Striving for a tangible reward creates a hardworking, driven company culture across the board, and retreats allow employers to reaffirm their commitment to the company’s values and evaluate long-term goals.

Creativity – Changing the environment, incorporating new activities, lowering stress allows employees to think more freely than within the office, and can lead to creative problem-solving and innovative ideas.

At Asia Bespoke Tours, we develop customized travel packages to get the very best out of your stay. Our familiarity with all the sights in Thailand is unique, from the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok to the Thailand-Burma railway and the River Kwai Bridge to UNESCO’s Sukhothai Historic Park and everything in between, we know Thailand better than any other national or international player.

Unique Experiences

The kingdom of Thailand has dozens of unique experiences for travelers of all tastes. Adventure with elephants, experience the nightlife of Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai or journey to Thailand’s many beautiful islands and bays. Experiences in Thailand offer an ideal incentive, a perfect collaboration opportunity, and a unique opportunity for creativity. Some of our very favorites include:

Rooftop Bars in Bangkok – One of the very best ways to experience the city of Bangkok is from a rooftop bar. See the sunset over the skyline and take in the sights of the city from the air. Our favorites are Lebua Skybar, the award-winning experience that is both one of the highest and one of the oldest rooftop bars in the world, and Vertigo Banyan Tree, a fine dining bar and grille with a unique “moon bar” terrace for the best view of the city.

Ananatara Elephant Camp Jungle Bubble Experience – Spend an unforgettable night observing Thailand’s majestic elephants in their natural habitat from the comfort of your very own, fully furnished, transparent Jungle Bubble.

5 Star Marine Phuket – Experience stunning seascapes, tropical islands and limestone karsts around Phuket and Krabi in the comfort of your very own Private VIP Speedboat. 5 Star Marine offers customizable trips to James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay, featured in 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun, as well as the serene Krabi, Phi Phi, or Krai islands.

Tuk Tuk Adventure in Northern Thailand – Our very own Tuk Tuk adventure Tour takes you deep into the heart of the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai to experience stunning views and explore local culture. Camp in a remote Karen Hill Tribe village, hike in the foothills of Thailand’s tallest mountains, and learn to cook a “jungle feast” with the community. Experience Thailand at its very best from your own Tuk Tuk.

Ultra-Luxury Accomodations

Thailand is world-renowned for its dazzling and luxurious resorts, which offer unparalleled amenities and service among picturesque scenery and a unique cultural setting. Luxury is defined by Thai retreats, and at Asia Bespoke Tours we offer unique benefits and packages with resorts and villas throughout Thailand. Some examples of the distinct offerings of Thailand include:

The historic Mandarin Oriental Bangkok combines a picturesque riverfront setting with ultra-luxury amenities and easy access to shopping and entertainment, as well as the international airport.

The beautiful Siam Hotel Bangkok, a sanctuary in the city boasting world-class spa, top-rated dining, and signature experiences in history, art, or even martial arts, set amidst three acres of lush riverfront gardens.

Banyan Tree Phuket serves as a private paradise for travelers looking for a beach escape and to enjoy yoga retreats, cultural exploration in the old town, or even experiencing nature in Phuket elephant sanctuary.

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui rests on a private bay overlooking the spectacular gulf of Siam, and includes water sports, spa, and scuba diving along with world class dining on pristine beaches.

Anantara Chiang Mai sits on the Ping river in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai, and offers easy exploration of the temple-filled city along with first rate healing spa therapies and boxing and cooking classes.

Four Seasons Resort Chaing Mai is a sanctuary of wellbeing nestled among picturesque rice fields on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Explore the cultural capital of Thailand from your personal villa or pavilion, in the utmost comfort.

Private villas are also available in picturesque locations throughout Thailand with amenities such as drivers, private chefs, and concierge services, providing unmatched luxury and privacy for any retreat.

Our destination management experts at Asia Bespoke Tours provide incomparable expertise and service through complete packages including hotel and villa registrations, VIP and fast track services at airports, and even day excursions to experience local scenery and culture

In 2022 and 2023, no destination is better suited to MICE travel than Thailand, and there is no service offered that can match our Thailand team. Asia Bespoke Tours offers the most comprehensive service in finding you the perfect destination, booking, and getting your Thailand experience started as quickly and easily as possible. To learn more about the custom luxury experiences offered by our expert destination management team, contact us or reach out directly to our Thailand director today:

Mr. Manfred Schweizer
Managing Director
152, Chartered Square Building
North Sathorn Road, Silom
10500 Bangkok
THAILAND
Email: info@asiabespoketours.com
Phone: +63 9610 458 479 (WhatsApp)

Escape the monotonous pattern of travel with a luxurious experience at an award-winning beach resort destination, Vietnam.

Southeast Asia hits the sweet spot for groups of travelers who look to combine their passion for luxury and nature.

Along with the recent restrictions lifted by the Vietnamese government who no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test, Asia Bespoke Tours promises to ensure you a smooth travel planning experience in the beautiful and historical nation.

Vietnam is the go-to spot for MICE and luxury travel given its stunning facilities, adventure and nature experiences, and pristine accommodation.

Vietnam and MICE

Thanks to its natural landscapes, ultraluxe resorts, rich attractions, and accommodation facilities, Vietnam has successfully emerged as a hub for MICE tourism.

“While domestic groups will initially drive the recovery, prices should be very competitive for all clients as companies look to entice clients to our shores. Another advantage is that Vietnam has diverse locations, supporting hotels, good infrastructure, and unique activities to establish it as the MICE center for Southeast Asia,” points out Quynh Nguyen, CEO of Hanoi-based VietnamNow Travel, with both international and domestic MICE clientele.

Many new resourceful and creative MICE offering programs are and have been formulated by hotels in Vietnam.

Director of PR for Minor Hotels Vietnam Kate Jones said that Vietnam has set good regulations and has been handling MICE domestic business over the past 12 months and is ready to welcome international MICE travel.

” While we may see some different dynamics in terms of requirements from regional and international business travelers, we are well placed to adapt to changing needs and preferences in all our Anantara and Avani hotels and resorts throughout the country,” she added.

Fusion Hotel Group will be catering to events with a dedicated event planner on board in addition to its focus on health and wellness. There are conference facilities with a capacity of up to 240 people with two meeting rooms and a reception foyer at Fusion Suites Vung Tau.

Vice President of Operations at Vietnam’s Accor Xavier Cappelut mentioned that hotels in Vietnam are under development to offer state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Events with capacities as large as 1,000 can be accommodated in Novotel Dong Nai, Pullman Hai Phong, or MGallery Nghe An.

“Besides corporate events and meetings, we also see an increasing number of social activities such as marathons or boat races in emerging destinations that offer breath-taking natural beauty. Our hotels are leveraging this rising trend to partner with event organizers and offer attractive packages for event attendees,” he added. For instance, there is a stunning rooftop bar with city panoramic views that accommodates up to 150 people for events at Hôtel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection

Moreover, Chris Hallett, Director of Sales and Marketing at Intercontinental Saigon discussed how there is flexibility around bookings in hotels and how crucial it is since it had come to a realization that travel patterns may be easily disrupted.

InterContinental Saigon has partnered with the global IHG ‘Meet with Confidence’ programme which gives reassurance and confidence to our partners that flexibility is always provided.

Looking to get a feel of Vietnam before booking? Go ahead and view Vietnam’s heritage sites in 360 degrees via a Vietnamese Virtual Tour.

In addition to amazing MICE facilities, Vietnam’s luxury offerings for the corporate or leisure group are unmatched.

Why Vietnam for Luxury

Known as an S-shaped nation due to its figure on the map, Vietnam is a nation that holds a combination of historically rich culture, appetizing food, vibrant city lights, and dramatic landscapes. Vietnam offers the right balance of luxury accommodation and transport and stunning nature and adventure itineraries.
Known for its mesmerizing limestone mountains that rise from emerald waters that formed a thousand years ago, Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. At Asia Bespoke we offer a private Halong Bay Cruise that sails from Lan Ha Bay through Da Chong islet over Gia Luan Lagoon where you will find limestone karst formations rising out of the sea on a quiet island. The next step consists of a secret hideaway with pristine beaches, caves, and coves and a view of 400 limestone islands in a natural frontier between the provinces of Halong Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago. Get immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay, and dine on local delicacies with an exotic cocktail during a sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Last but not least, the trip consists of visiting dark & bright caves and islets in a private luxury vessel and immersing yourself in an experience in a World Heritage Destination.

Ambassador Cruise Ha Long Bay is one of the best ways to experience the majesty of Ha Long Bay, complete with fine dining, an outdoor infinity pool, and sunbathing deck. Also available are kayak excursions and tai chi sessions for travelers of any taste. If you are a fan of having a little adventure under some dazzling sunlight and calm tides, get in touch with us for a chance to explore the cave culture of Ha Long to enjoy the impressive sights via a private luxury vessel.

The Vietage, is a brand new luxury railway where you get to immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and breathtaking coastline of central Vietnam, rife with spectacular views and heritage charm. MICE travelers can experience exquisite rail travel all with gourmet dining while overlooking gorgeous views.

 Basket Boat Tours in Coastal Vietnam is a set itinerary for those who look to enjoy a wide range of experiences through basket boats, which is considered to be a Vietnam icon as it rose out of ingenuity during the French colonial era. Whether you were looking to learn traditional fishing techniques, experience local cultural folk music, or navigate on Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways, Vietnam has a unique experience for every traveler.

With its varied geologic landform and long coastline, Vietnam is a fast-growing golf nation with around 80 golf courses with many more being constructed. This is a great fit for meetings, incentives, and conference groups looking for a relaxing day of golf with friends. Golfing in Vietnam is an experience with spectacular scenery and high-end course offerings. A few of the best golf courses in Vietnam include:

  1. Kings Island Golf Resort, Hanoi.
  2. VinPearl Golf Club in Phu Quoc
  3. Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club, Hanoi.
  4. Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club, Hai Duong.
  5. Montgomerie Links, Danang.
  6. Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, Danang.
  7. Bana Hills Golf Club, Danang.

 

When discussing Vietnamese food, much of it can be traced to the French colonization which had a lasting effect on the country. Vietnamese cuisine includes many savory dishes that are continuously served in elite hotels all around the world, such as filled baguettes, stuffed pancakes, banana blossom salad, and fresh spring rolls. Also, the world’s cheapest, preservative-free, fresh beer is produced locally daily in the streets of Vietnam.

Coffee lovers wouldn’t want to miss this one. Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world. Whether day or night coffee in Vietnam is always served with a special mix of sweetened condensed milk. Call it a Vietnamese signature as it is considered a part of Vietnamese culture that never fails to hit all the right notes for coffee lovers.

Where to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee?

If you were looking for an aesthetic workshop atmosphere to enjoy your sip of coffee while being productive or meeting up with peers, consider Du Mien Garden Coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, the aesthetic consists of a garden paradise with waterfalls, ponds, and also a tree house hidden behind cement walls.

Socialites will enjoy a stop at Villa Royale Downtown Antiques & Tea room in Ho Chi Minh City where you will find world-class food, elite service, and excellent coffee.

The Workshop Speciality Coffee is the location to find a relaxing and bright atmosphere for a bite to eat. The space has been finely tuned to create an ambiance through long wooden tables and ample seating.

Top-notch accommodation

Intercontinental Sun Peninsula, Danang

This extravagant resort is built around lush gardens and a 700-m private beach on the Son Tra Peninsula in Vietnam and a stunning landscape to give one a hilltop village feel. Enjoy a drink within the art of Japanese bartending and sophisticated culinary delights while surrounded by delicate historic renovations and design. This hotel provides expensive room touches along with private balconies and luxury bathroom finishes. You may also book to have a room with a private dining pavilion and a spa bath, with a stunning ocean view. Take on a quick challenge at the nearby Montgomerie Links Golf Club or Danang Golf Club. Moreover, the Imperial City of Hue and The Old Town of Hoi An are popular UNESCO World Heritage sites about 28 mi from the hotel.

The Reverie Saigon

Sky-high Reverie Saigon reflects world-class hospitality with its spectacular Haute Italian artistry and craftsmanship design and marble-appareled luxury rooms. Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Reverie Saigon symbolizes Vietnam’s rapid development reflecting on the city’s hopes and ambitions with endless potential.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

The Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai has diverse accommodation including a one-bedroom ocean view villa and a five-bedroom beachfront pool villa. There are 100 private retreats in this resort that are uniquely finished with elegant Vietnamese silk that reflects the soul of Vietnam’s heartland culture and visitors. This hotel is only 30 minutes away by car from Da Nang International Airport. This stylish luxury property was inspired by a design that goes 2,500 years back, showing an authentic connection to the region through onsite activities such as the cooking academy and earth-attuned spa to exhilarating water-based sports and cultural activities.

Park Hyatt, Saigon

Enjoy an urban luxury sophistication at Park Hyatt Saigon. This hotel will provide you with an ultimate personalized luxury experience where you get to choose from the top world-class restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Famous for its high-standard concierge service offerings, along with a prime location on the city’s most famous square that is a one-minute walking distance from the Saigon Municipal Opera House, book your stay confidently and enjoy a vibrant and unique experience.

Ninh Thuan, Amanoi

This ultraluxe retreat – the Amanoi – is situated between gold sand tides and a mesmerizing view of Vinh Hy Bay in Nui Chua National Park and northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Amanoi is listed as one of the 10 best beach retreats in Asia. The hotel showcases the signature Aman sleek architecture through infinity pool edges, private beaches, and clifftop restaurants along with a full-service Elite Aman Spa.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Located steps from the opera house in Hanoi’s french quarter, the Sofitel Metropole has been a staple of luxury since 1901. With fine dining combining both French and Vietnamese influences, a luxurious spa, and a unique Path of a History tour, every traveler will find themself at home.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

The name says it all. This setting is built to ignite your six senses with its dramatic setting of a private island resort in the East Vietnam Sea and a view of coral reef and traditional architecture.

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao is a top-rated luxury beach resort in Vietnam’s archipelago islands built so that you find yourself fully immersed in the blue sapphire seas and golden sands. With a luxurious resemblance to a Vietnamese fishing village, enjoy offerings of private pool ocean view villas built from retrieved teakwood and sustainable material showcasing a unique, contemporary flair.

Our expert destination management advisors at Asia Bespoke will be happy to guide you towards a unique travel experience along with a full array of options of detailed concierge services. Whether your goal is to bring together people in one place for a one-time event, reward your employees through incentive travel or form an exhibition or conference-related travel, we work with you to provide a custom-made itinerary designed to match your travel wants and needs.

What’s New In 2022? Luxury Travel in Indonesia

There is no country in Southeast Asia with more options for luxury travelers than Indonesia. At Asia Bespoke Tours, we offer one-of-a-kind, luxury experiences for our clients with offerings such as luxury yachting, luxury villas, golf, wellness, wedding & honeymoons, and luxury and boutique hotel packages. 

 After Indonesia lifted quarantine requirements for international travelers in March 2022, Indonesia travel is rising to 2019 rates. Indonesia is a Southeast Asian country that sits between the Indian and Pacific oceans, consisting of over 17,000 islands – including Java, Sumatra, and Bali. 

 The world’s largest island country offers a blend of nature, culture, cuisine, and activities. Travelers can be amazed at The Grand Temple of Borobudur in Java, experience a blend of art and spirituality in the cultural hub of Ubud in Bali, get up close and personal with Komodo Dragons in Flores, or experience some of the best diving in the world in spots like Raja Ampat. No matter what background or travel taste is preferred, Indonesia offers it all. There is much more to Indonesia than backpacking – this is a destination with thousands of custom luxury experiences for travelers looking to indulge, relax, and unwind.

Ultra-luxe resorts
Few destinations in Southeast Asia have ultra-luxe resorts to the caliber of Indonesia with activities and excursion opportunities intertwined with the experiences. Indonesia has a few of the top resorts in the region and at Asia Bespoke Tours we offer distinct and unique packages and deals with these resorts. Here are a few examples of ultra-luxe resorts across the regions and cities of Indonesia:
  • THE OBEROI LOMBOK: The Oberoi Lombok is located in Medana Bay, with remote and private beach access and views of the volcano Mount Agung
  • ALILA PURNAMA, KOMODO ISLAND: Alila Purnama is a luxury liveaboard in Komodo Island in Indonesia and consists of three decks, 4 double deluxe suites and 1 master suite with a private deck.
  • SIX SENSES ULUWATU, BALI: The gorgeous cliff-top Uluwatu resort offers uninterrupted views of the ocean from 360 degrees and is comprised of 103 suites surrounded by nature. 
  • BAWAH PRIVATE ISLAND: Bawah Private Island has only 70 guests at any given time and is a safari-style villa resort surrounded by the natural wonder of Bawah Island, Indonesia. 
  • The Hanging Gardens of Bali: Surrounded by the chirps of wildlife and tucked away in Ubud, the Hanging Gardens provides an oasis in the rainforest. 
  • Bulgari Resort & Spa: This stunning resort is known for its starlight dinner experiences, world-famous and top-ranked Bulgari Spa, and ocean view villas.  
  • Raffles   Raffles Bali is an oasis in the natural wonders of Bali with panoramic ocean views and sunsets from each of its villas. Raffles also has a Wellness Retreat on its grounds and personalized “Wellness Butlers” to take care of guests’ every need.
  • Amankila: Amankila of Aman Resorts is known for its treetop suites, one of the only five-star resorts in Indonesia to boast this style of lodging.

Excursions

Our team at Asia Bespoke Tours is able to guide our guests through a safe and immersive journey through Indonesia. A luxury holiday does not need to be limited to laying on a hammock for the entire vacation. Indonesia is home to 17,508 islands – 6,000 of which are inhabited – and all of them are teeming with wildlife and beautiful scenery. Scuba diving and snorkeling is extremely popular in Indonesia due to the marine life, remote and private lagoons, Komodo dragon wildlife experiences, and secluded beaches. In all of these experiences, guests are not one of hundreds of travelers – the trip is often remote with either an entire island for your clients or a sprinkling of other guests – ensuring a secluded luxury vacation. 

Examples of luxury excursions include the following, all of which Asia Bespoke Tours offers:
  • Komodo National Park: Komodo Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the legendary Komodo Dragon. The park is composed of three islands – Komo, Rinca, and Padar – and the water surrounding these islands have bountiful marine life. The best way to travel this park is via a luxury private vessel – with onboard and offboard activities for intimate groups.
  • Sumba Island: Sumba Island is known for beautiful water and landscapes, but is also best known to house the top resort in the world – the Nihi in Sumba Island. Nihi Sumba Island has been ranked the world’s top hotel for two years in a row by Travel and Leisure. 
 
 
  • Raja Ampat:  Raja Ampat is an archipelago that is known as an unparalleled paradise for divers, nature-lovers and marine life enthusiasts. Raja Ampat also has a few of the top luxury resorts in the region including the Papua Paradise Eco Resort.
  • Bukit Peninsula: Located on Bali’s southern most tip, the Bukit Peninsula is a hilltop escape in Bali with villas, eco-retreats and secluded resorts overlooking mountain and ocean views. 
Within Indonesia, Asia Bespoke Tours is intimately familiar with these destinations and we understand how to set up a customized tour for your guests. From beautiful nature landscapes in Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Ubud, and Nusa Lembongan, to excursions to Labuan Bajo, Kanawa Island, and Komodo Tours, we understand the ins and outs of this luxurious destination more than any other national or international player.
 
Yachts and Cruising:
 
Indonesia is very accessible with luxury yachts and liveaboards. We organize these and develop seamless journeys, itineraries and packages for guests to Indonesia.
 
Lamima:  Lamima is a luxury charter experience through the waters of Indonesia with stunning views and serene expeditions onboard the vessel. Built in 2014, Lamima is a sturdy vessel with comfort and Indonesian hospitality.  
Rascal: Rascal has massive deck spaces (a 1,300 square foot roof deck) and a relaxation-style holiday with five en-suite cabins modeled after suburbs beach homes. 
 
Dunia Baru: Dunia Baru was hand-built using Ulin wood and is a combination of sailing techniques and expansive decks with an ancient Indonesian modern look.
 
Luxury Cruises by Aqua Expeditions: The world-renowned Aqua Expeditions takes its Aqua Blu luxury yacht around the beautiful wonders of Indonesia, including the spice islands and Raja Ampat.
 
 
 
Wellness & Spas:
 
Bali is the best known destination in the world for luxury wellness spas and sanctuaries. All of the wellness retreats are environmentally friendly and sustainable and offer world-leading transformation methods and techniques to heal guests in a luxurious environment. A few of the top wellness resorts in Indonesia include:
 
 
 
In 2022 and 2023, there is no better destination than Indonesia to relax and explore in a remote, luxurious and safe setting. To learn more about our custom luxury experiences, contact us. Contact Information for our Indonesia Team is as follows:
 
Mr. Manfred Schweizer
CEO
Phone: +63 9610 458 479 (WhatsApp)

 

 
 

Asia Bespoke Tours Completes a Successful 2022 IMEX!

Our destination management company (DMC) team at Asia Bespoke Tours was at IMEX 2022 this past month in beautiful Frankfurt, Germany. More than 9,000 planners and suppliers attended the show in order to discuss the challenges of the changing landscape of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) and the trajectory of the industry in 2022 and beyond. After two long years without attending IMEX, we had great successes in new bookings and wonderful connections. 

We shared a fantastic exhibition booth as a member of Beyond Limits. Our team had 55 appointments with buyers from all over the world and five concrete requests for 2022-2023. There was a tremendous amount of interest from buyers in South and Southeast Asia, across our destinations. The event was above our team’s expectations as we continue through a thriving 2022 in the region. Additionally, we had also a Hosted Buyer Cocktail-Dinner Event  in Frankfurts “Hunky Dory Bar” which is listed among the Top 50 Best Restaurants/Bars in the World. Asia Bespoke Tours was out and about throughout IMEX and Frankfurt!

 

In addition to the great success of the exhibition booth, we were also at IMEX to learn about upcoming developments in the South and Southeast Asian region. Here are some news updates that we are excited to share with you:

Thailand presented an exciting presentation about their new brand campaign, “Thailand MICE- Meet the Magic.” The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau highlighted how Thailand had elevated its infrastructure to provide top-of-the-line MICE products and initiatives. The President of TCEB stated that people are ready for reconnection in a non-virtual setting. Thailand is already scheduling upcoming events, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and the Travel Blog Exchange Asia 2022 in Phuket. The first large convention coming up is the 2022 Global Summit of Women between June 23-25 in the capital city Bangkok, welcoming over 1,000 participants from over 60 countries.  In addition, Thailand is prioritizing local, curated experiences, new business and professional sectors, large exhibition events and environmental practices in 2022 as those are significant trends that event professionals are looking for in a MICE destination. The recent lessening of the border restrictions are helping the momentum of business travel to Thailand, as a negative test result is no longer required and organizers are able to plan and execute any event in the future.

Maldives is keeping their success and global recognition growing by advertising themselves as a new type of MICE destination. The island wants to redefine what we currently know about business travel. In one of our most recent blogs, we’ve discussed the numerous ways the Maldives have taken the next step to become a MICE travel leader. The opportunity to present this at IMEX was the perfect timing as business travel as a whole is making a huge comeback. The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation or MMPRC also took the opportunity to promote their highly coveted leisure travel. “Through the event, we will market the four main tourism products offered by the Maldives – resorts, hotels, guesthouses, and liveaboards – and will promote why the privacy, security, and serenity offered by the Maldives provides an ideal solution for MICE travelers.” MMPRC the destination as part of the effort to show the diversity of tourism products available on the islands.MMPRC has been spearheading significant campaigns across the globe to promote MICE opportunities available in the Maldives to potential business travelers. Asia Bespoke Tours is very excited about this next chapter of Maldives Tourism!
 
MICE Tourism was on the minds of many other countries as well, including Indonesia. The capital of Jakarta is also taking on the chance to bring in more MICE tourism and tie in their leisure opportunities as part of a recovery program. Businesses such as Jakarta Convention Center, Fairmont Hotel Jakarta, Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO), Pacto Convex, and Prodigy Conference Organizer are working with the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency to actively work to regain what was lost in a post-pandemic era. 

Malaysia introduced three new campaigns during IMEX, the 3R Initiative – Reset, Restart, Responsible; Meet in Malaysia Campaign; and MySafe Business Events Planner. “Malaysia is ever ready to position itself as the powerhouse for business events. As a matter of fact, for 2022 – 2030, MyCEB has secured 149 business events to be organized in Malaysia. These events are expected to attract an estimated total of 212,386 delegates and generate up to RM1.3 billion in estimated economic impact for the country,” concludes MyCEB CEO Abdul Khani. This buzz for Malaysia has the potential to bring business and MICE travelers to Malaysia’s many nature, luxury and adventure tourism products. Malaysia already boasts numerous event spaces with enough space to hold thousands of people, and significant events – meeting, conferences, or exhibitions – should consider this destination.
 
Other interesting Asian developments included an innovative white paper by Singapore on sustainable business travel. The White Paper, written in a partnership between American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) and the Singapore Tourism Board, laid out strategies that meetings, incentives and corporate travel professionals should take in order to ensure that their events are sustainable for the environment and society around them. Meetings professionals are choosing destinations that keep the environmental impact low. Interestingly,  83% of organizations take sustainable and environmental standing of destinations into account when planning meetings and events. Singapore has made great strides in implementing green strategies in energy conversation, waste management and sustainable food in their meetings and events in 2022. 
 
During the event, there were some incredible developments in the global industry overall. For instance, the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) along with Oxford Economics announced the 2022 edition of the Inventive Travel Index (ITI), the newest joint survey of the international incentive market. The survey this year showed great demand for incentive trips for corporate groups and has demonstrated upward trends globally for the market. Additionally, the Listening Collective launched the new Listening Lab at IMEX Frankfurt where all event professionals were able to take part of a 150+ strong education program on the show floor.
 
One other area of focus for the event was the rising trend of wellness travel at events, with more and more events that are being organized prioritizing mental health, healthy food and beverage, and physical activity options for attendees. Given the incredible nature, outdoors and gastronomic tourism options across our Asia Bespoke Tours destinations, we are excited about this growing trend and the opportunity to take MICE attendees to wellness attractions and activities.
 
At Asia Bespoke Tours, we are at the forefront of bringing MICE groups to destinations in South and Southeast Asia. There is no better partner who understands the ins and outs of each of these destinations. Contact us today for more information on an experience for your MICE event attendees.