Many of us may be stuck at home right now, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming of our next luxurious getaway. Here are three of the most beautiful hotels across Asia that we can’t wait to visit once the world gets back to normal.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Hanoi, Vietnam)
With its stately grandeur and 120 years of history, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic hotels. Famous guests over the decades have ranged from Charlie Chaplin and Graham Greene to Angelina Jolie and innumerable heads of state. The hotel’s popular “Path of History” tour includes a look back at this illustrious past, as well as a visit to the underground bomb shelter that protected Joan Baez, Jane Fonda and others from air raids during the US-Vietnam War. In February, the Metropole Hanoi was awarded a Five-Star Rating, the highest level of recognition, from Forbes Travel Guide. The hotel is home to several celebrated restaurants, including Le Beaulieu (French fine dining), Spices Garden (Vietnamese), and Angelina (international), as well as venues like Le Club Bar (for afternoon tea), La Terrasse (a Parisian-style cafe) and Bamboo Bar (for bespoke cocktails).
Laguna Lang Co (Lang Co, Vietnam)
Golf courses all over Asia are often anchored by a great hotel. Few clubs can boast of having not just one, but two of the region’s highest rated resorts within a well-struck iron shot of the clubhouse. At Laguna Lang Co, one of Vietnam’s finest golf tests — Laguna Golf Lang Co — is anchored by the multi-award winning pair Angsana Lang Co and Banyan Tree Lang Co, both ranked among the top 30 resorts in Asia, as recognised by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2020. Angsana Lang Co, which commands extended beach frontage and features 229 stylish suites, more than 100 of which come with their own private pools overlooking the East Sea, was ranked at #30 on the list. Banyan Tree Lang Co, a multi-award-winning all-pool villa resort, meanwhile, was rated #9 in Asia by readers of the publication, regarded by many as the world’s leading authority on luxury travel.
Banyan Tree Samui (Koh Samui, Thailand)
Tiered into a verdant 38-acre hillside, and overlooking a secluded cove of beach, coral reefs and sapphire waters, this majestic resort is a haven of luxury and tranquility. The 88 villas, each with a private infinity pool and 24-hour butler service, are tiered into the tropical landscape to provide guests with maximum sea views and sunshine. Relax at the award-winning spa, which has its own rainforest-themed hydrotherapy facility. Or take a speedboat trip with your friends and family to do a spot of island hopping. It’s close to here that many of the scenes in the Leonardo Di Caprio movie The Beach were filmed, and oh what a paradise it truly is.