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Discover Asia: these 12 luxury resorts will make you want to book a flight right now

Whether you’d prefer an isolated yoga retreat or a luxurious contemporary hotel, there’s bound to be something that takes your breath away among these stunning resorts.

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Amantara Veli Maldives Resort

Anantara Veli is practically the definition of a beach paradise. This private, adults-only island has 67 ‘water bungalows’ that perch on stilts above the turquoise sea, and the resort also features a wellness spa providing Ayurvedic treatments, just in case you’re not blissed out enough just by being there. There’s even an open-air cinema.

Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia

Another private island, but this time off the coast of Cambodia – and with its own coral reef. Song Saa is entirely built from local materials, and its private villas open directly onto the ocean – or if you’d prefer, you can go for a jungle villa amid the island’s lush vegetation.

Suiran Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

Part of the Marriott Luxury Collection, Suiran provides a traditional Japanese experience, with beautifully kept gardens and washoku cuisine. The building is a restored private residence dating from the Meiji era (1868-1912), and 17 of the 39 rooms have a private onsen, or hot spring bath.

Soori Bali, Indonesia

All of the 48 villas at Soori Bali come with private pools and sweeping views of mountains or sea. The resort has its own one-kilometre stretch of beach, and the buildings were crafted from local materials to a design by renowned architect Soo K. Chan. Idyllic.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

This luxury resort in Phang Nga Bay, 45 minutes from Phuket, is set along a forested coast crowned with impressive limestone karsts that soar into the skies. The resort’s infinity pool is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the ocean, and each elevated villa is completely private.

The Middle House, Shanghai, China

Set in a formidable black skyscraper, The Middle House is one of Shanghai’s most chic and impressive hotels. It was designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, with beautiful minimalistic guest rooms juxtaposed by an ostentatiously enormous chandelier in the central lounge. And in a lovely touch, the hotel has a ‘Maxi Bar’ that provides complimentary beer and hot beverages – as well as sweets.

The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

Nestled within rainforest on the island of Langkawi lies The Datai, a tropical retreat that offers perhaps the ultimate opportunity to get away from it all. The resort was built on a forest ridge 40 metres about sea level and 300 metres inland from Datai Bay, home to one of Malaysia’s best beaches – and its only neighbours are the langurs and geckos of the jungle.

Amanoi, Vietnam

Perched above Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam lies Amanoi, part of the Aman brand of luxury resorts. The complex was built in traditional Vietnamese architectural styles and has a private beach and five-star restaurant serving fresh seafood caught in the bay itself. Meanwhile, the spa and wellness centre offers treatments based on Vietnamese ingredients, such as herbs, rice and coffee.

Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Thailand

This beautiful resort in northern Thailand aims to follow a ‘simple, elegant approach to life and art’, and accordingly the 33 suites are fashioned in a minimalist style with outdoor terraces from which to enjoy the surrounding nature. The restaurants focuses on locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine, while the luxury spa provides treatments that include ‘bamboo massage’, where lightly heated strips of bamboo are used to ease tired muscles.

Wa Ale Island Resort, Myanmar

Set on an unspoilt island in the Myeik Archipelago off the coast of Myanmar, Wa Ale’s accommodation consists of 11 tented beach villas and three beautiful tree houses. Guests can go snorkelling along the pristine reefs or explore the local mangrove forests by kayak – but if that all sounds too strenuous, you could always order a private massage or join one of the daily yoga classes.

Zaborin, Niseko, Japan

This contemporary luxury ryokan can be found high in the mountains of Nagano prefecture, surrounded by beautiful views. Each room has its own indoor and outdoor hot spring bath (or onsen), so you can soak up some minerals while enjoying the majestic vista.

SwaSwara, Karnataka, India

This wellness retreat on India’s western coast has 26 acres of lawns and gardens that provide an oasis of calm. Daily yoga and meditation sessions are offered, along with Ayurvedic treatments and local cuisine, and the resort is just a short distance from the renowned Om Beach.

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