The top 10 most luxurious Asian holiday destinations
We all love to travel, but for even the most gung-ho backpackers among us, one-upping feral dreadlocked losties who’ve popped one too many malaria tablets on their never-ending gap year can become a tired rite of passage. For young (and old, we guess) travellers ready to put their backpacks behind them (with a budget that sadly does not match their lived-like-a-hoon-in-hostels been there/ done that sense of entitlement) a new website has launched in Australia that is aptly able to cater for any individual’s holiday and fiscal needs. Ladies and gentleman, meet The Luxe Nomad, a members-only site that zeros in on Asia’s most indulgent hotels, resorts and villas that hosts exclusive-to-the-site sales weekly.
As the brainchild of New Zealand-born Stephanie Chai (a now-famous Asian model) The Luxe Nomad fills a gap in the travel market, offering holiday-makers decadent hotels and villa experiences at exclusive prices. Exclusive to who, I hear you ask? Well, anyone who signs up, for free, with Facebook. Quicker than you can say “I need a holiday”.
Before you start trawling the site, Ms Chai herself wrote for TheVine exclusively, and as something of a professional on the area, shared with us – and kindly detailed, too – her top ten luxury travel destinations in Asia. Travel porn below.
10. Sri Panwa, Phuket - THAILAND
Located in the south of Phuket, this luxury resort boasts some of the greatest views on the island. I've seen some of the most amazing sunsets from Baba Nest a 360 degree bar surrounded by an infinity pool. All the villas are extremely private, perfect for both families and couples. Because the resort is located on a hill, instead of using golf buggies to get around, they offer traditional Thai tuk-tuks as a mode of transport within the resort as they have a bit more power when climbing the steep hills
9. The Upper House, Hong Kong - HONG KONG
This boutique hotel is my home away from home, or so I wish. Minimal, modern decor and excellent service is what makes this one of my favourites. Cafe Grey, the hotel restaurant and bar, offers some of the most exquisite cocktails and delicious food. And you can't beat the view! From the bar, you can feast your eyes on the wonderful skyline of this amazing city.