Luxury Asia vacation spots are as varied as the geography of the world's largest continent, which stretches from Saudi Arabia bordering North Africa and the vast sub-continent of India to the largest portion of Russia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. You can get a taste of the kind of pampering you can obtain simply by getting there, as luxury travel to Asia often begins on one of the numerous airlines that are recognized as among the best in the world. In the ranks of the top ten airlines, you will find Asiana Airlines of South Korea, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific of China, Etihad Airways of the United Arab Republic, Emirates Airlines of Dubai, Thai Airways from Thailand, and Malaysia Airlines. In fact, you have such a wide choice, that the best luxury Asia destinations depend only on your budget and your taste.
If you're looking for luxury Asia vacation spots that feature some of the most cosmopolitan cities with the most cutting-edge and famous hotels in the world, then you might want to look at the famous and luxurious five-star hotels in the gleaming cities that line the continent's Pacific Rim. Beginning in Tokyo, you can choose the Park Hyatt Tokyo or the Peninsula Tokyo. In fact, if you prefer the kind of lavish Eastern hospitality that the Peninsula Hotel Group offers, you can also find one in several of Asia's major cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, and Bangkok. All these hotels are centrally located with easy access to all the attractions, shopping, and dining in each city. In addition to the Peninsula's trademark Spa by ESPA, the group's concierge service is legendary, providing everything from personal shoppers to private tours and VIP entry to exclusive nightlife spots.
Other best luxury Asia destinations for cosmopolitan cities include the emerging gleaming metropolises of the Middle East, especially Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Here, you will find the incredible Burj Al Arab Hotel shaped like the billowing sails of a ship on Jumeriah Beach and Atlantis the Palm set on artificial islands built in the shape of a huge palm tree—it's an unforgettable place to be for a luxury beach vacation.
If you want your luxury travel to Asia to feature more bucolic landscapes, you might want to consider river cruises, which are available in a variety of areas on intimate and luxurious small ships. In Southeast Asia, you can explore magnificent Buddhist temples and ancient Burmese culture as you glide along the Irawaddy River in Myanmar (formerly Burma) aboard the legendary Orient-Express ship The Road to Mandalay. Or you can choose a cruise from Phnom Penh in Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on the mighty Mekong River. Then there is the longest river in all of Asia, the Yangtze, which can be cruised from Chongqing all the way to Shanghai, taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
More of the best luxury Asia destinations include the thousands of miles of beaches that can be found on the mainland coasts and on idyllic islands perfect for tropical luxury vacations, where you can stay in decadent resorts with full-service spas, elegant dining options, and tropical themed accommodations. One of the most popular beach sites is Phuket Island in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand, which has the advantage of both luxury Asia vacation spots with beach resorts and access to most of the best scuba diving sites in the region.
Another way to enjoy luxury travel to Asia is aboard cruise ships that include everything from large oceangoing liners to exclusive small sailing ships. There are numerous international cruise lines offering cruises through Asian ports of call, and these are some of the best luxury vacations for variety and value. While many begin and end in an Asian city, it is possible to find luxury cruises that depart from the United States (primarily from Seattle and Los Angeles), travel across the Pacific to Asia, and then make stops in Australia and New Zealand. There are also some cruises that embark or disembark in European ports (primarily Rome and Southampton, England.