Asia Pacific

Our definitive list of the most opulent, extravagant and decadent accommodations on the planet takes you on a journey of discovery from the hills of Bali to the shore of Lake Geneva. Exceptional amenities, stunning design and over-the-top attention to detail ensure these suites are a cut above the rest.

The Kohinoor Suite, Oberoi Amarvilas, India

To be this close to the Taj Mahal would be a dream come true for many. This Unesco World Heritage site has captivated people for centuries; its magical pull pervades the atmosphere of Oberoi Amarvilas, certainly one of India’s best hotels. But it’s not just the views of the white-marble masterpiece that should bring you here: The service is outstanding, the spa treatments wonderfully blen[...]

The Kohinoor Suite, Oberoi Udaivilas, India

A quick boat ride from the bustling city of Udaipur lies Oberoi Udaivilas, a stunning palace-hotel that offers a serene respite from India’s frenetic energy. It sits on verdant grounds on the shores of Lake Pichola with picturesque views of the 16th-century City Palace. The property celebrates Indian art and architecture, with modern amenities and world-famous Oberoi service, which is ext[...]

Shambhu Prakash Presidential Suite, Taj Lake Palace, India

Gliding across Lake Pichola to a gleaming white-marble palace that appears to float on water is a surreal experience. A former royal residence, Taj Lake Palace has one of the most unique settings on Earth. Within, it’s just as impressive as you would imagine. The restaurants and spa (it’s on a boat) are exclusive to hotel guests, ensuring an intimate environment in this island hideaway. T[...]

Sir Stamford Raffles Presidential Suite, Raffles Singapore

After a meticulous restoration and a reimagining of its culinary scene, Raffles Singapore reopened in summer 2019 to great acclaim. New dining concepts, ranging from a casual restaurant, BBR by Alain Ducasse, to an exquisite fine-dining restaurant from chef Anne-Sophie Pic, will delight even the most seasoned traveler, and surely entice Singaporeans as well. Throughout the property, Raffl[...]

The Maharaja’s Apartment, Suján Rajmahal Palace, India

There are dozens of royal palaces throughout India, many that have been converted into hotels. What makes Suján Rajmahal Palace unique is that it is still a royal residence for the Maharaja of Jaipur, as well as an intimate Relais & Châteaux property in the heart of the Pink City. This urban oasis has lush gardens, fantastic cuisine and sensational decor by Adil Ahmad. It’s a riot of [...]

Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Despite its central location in the buzzing metropolis, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai makes you feel you’ve escaped the city when you step inside. The luxe hotel occupies 25 floors and boasts views over the Huangpu River and the surrounding cityscape. There are three restaurants, an outdoor bar and a dedicated cake and pastry shop, plus a spa and wellness center. Of its 44 suites, th[...]

Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is located in the Nihonbashi district, where skyscrapers meet centuries-old traditions: stores dedicated to washi (Japanese paper), kimonos and lacquerware — there’s even a 300-year-old toothpick store. Check into the 38th-floor lobby with its views of the city through two-story windows. The hotel exudes a cool Japanese minimalist elegance that’s warmed by the hosp[...]

Oriental Two-bedroom Suite, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Few changes have been made to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s grand yet charming facade since it opened in 1876 as the city’s first luxury hotel, The Oriental. The green oasis along the Chao Phraya River is unlike anything else in the city: It’s dominated by expansive manicured lawns and towering palm trees. But within its centuries-old walls, the hotel boasts a colorful Thai aesthetic (compl[...]

The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

One of the highest hotels in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong gives new meaning to sky-high living from its perch on floors 102 to 118 of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre. Upon walking into the glossy lobby, you’re welcomed by dramatic panoramic views of Hong Kong from double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. Hotel newcomers will be keen to explore some of its other superlati[...]

Velaa Private Residence, Velaa Private Island, The Maldives

The vision of billionaire Jiri Smejc, Velaa Private Island exceeds all expectations — not an easy feat in these heavenly atolls. Enjoy superb dining, a Spa by Clarins, a snow room, golf academy and a roster of water activities. While the accommodations are all exceptional (honeymooners, opt for the Romantic Pool Residence), the Velaa Private Residence is the largest, with four ocean-facin[...]

The View, Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

With its thatched roofs and open-plan spaces, Six Senses Yao Noi feels like a luxury treehouse spread over multiple levels in the pristine jungle surroundings. Lily pad-filled ponds and pools dotted between the bars and restaurants help to immerse you in the verdant landscape. As its name suggests, The View offers glorious vistas of the Andaman Sea. The one-bedroom suite is a romantic hid[...]

Peninsula Suite, Peninsula Shanghai, China

Situated on the Bund riverfront, Peninsula Shanghai is located in one of the city’s most coveted locations, with easy access to luxury shopping, art galleries and restaurants. But there’s plenty to discover within the hotel, too, including The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge, which celebrates China’s aviation history, and a replica of a 1930s elevator that guests can use to reach the second flo[...]

Grand Sunset Residence, One&Only Reethi Rah, The Maldives

Glide through the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean via private yacht transfer and arrive at One&Only Reethi Rah, which means ‘beautiful island.’ The award-winning resort sees guests return year after year, and it caters to families, honeymooners and couples with ease. Set your watch to island time — specifically, Reethi Rah Island time — as the resort has its own time zone set o[...]

The John Jacob Astor Estate, The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Only accessible by seaplane or the resort’s 66-ft yacht, The St Regis Vommuli Resort is utterly secluded and stunning, with lush rain forest, bright white beaches and endless ocean views. The architecture is delightful, too (check out the Whale Bar; it’s shaped like, you guessed it, a whale shark, and the boutique is shaped like a conch shell). The John Jacob Astor Estate is the largest o[...]

Mandapa Three-bedroom Pool Villa, Mandapa, Bali

Situated in the heart of the Balinese rain forest, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve enhances the surrounding natural beauty through its use of locally sourced materials and its incredible indoor-outdoor spaces that overlook the nearby river, rice paddies and verdant hills. There’s a nod to the local culture at every turn, including common areas inspired by Balinese temples. Feel at one wit[...]

Beach House, Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

It’s hard to get a better location, even in the stunning Whitsundays, than at Qualia. It sits on its own peninsula at the northern tip of Hamilton Island among 30 acres of native bush and manicured gardens. With such a bewitching natural setting, it makes sense that the decor blends in with the surroundings: organic materials, earthy hues and local artworks. The one-bedroom Beach House ha[...]

Rahimoana, Eagle's Nest, Russell, New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its extraordinary landscapes, and you’ll get the most immersive experience at Eagle’s Nest. Located on a private 75-acre headland overlooking the Bay of Islands, the boutique hotel certainly makes the most of its captivating surroundings: The architecture is clean and contemporary, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows and neutral tones. Rahimoana, meaning ‘sun [...]

The Muraka Suite, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, The Maldives

It can be a challenge to create a splash in a place as ultra-luxurious as the Maldives, but the Conrad certainly achieved that with the unveiling of its newest suite. The Muraka Suite (meaning ‘coral’ in the local language) goes against the norm; most Maldives suites are overwater, but this one is underwater — the first of its kind in the world. The two-level accommodation has a master be[...]

Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island, Fiji

The vacation home of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, Laucala Island is a lush playground that provides total privacy. The island is located in the Koro Sea in Fiji and has miles of private forest, coconut groves, tumbling waterfalls and multiple pools (including one with a glass edge); a David McLay Kidd-designed golf course; tennis courts; a divine spa; and more activities than you c[...]

Mulia Mansion, Mulia Villas, Bali, Indonesia

When you arrive at the Mulia Villas, you are welcomed with a glass of Dom Pérignon champagne — which sets the tone for the rest of your stay at this opulent Balinese resort. The resort pairs beachside flair with lavish design elements, like golden silks and towering floral arrangements, at every turn. Despite the glamorous aesthetic, The Mulia still connects you to the lush landscape that[...]