Written by Mike Johnston, Guest & Freelancer Writer
Throughout the previous year, Asia was a big no-no for international travel, for obvious reasons. Sure, we all wanted to travel more in 2020, and some of you might have already had reservations at some luxurious Asian stays and nature cabins, but until 2021 finally came, traveling across Asia was next to impossible. Now that the pandemic is slowly dying down and that most of Asia is in the “green zone” when it comes to COVID-19 hazards, you can finally start planning and organizing your big trip. Before you go, be sure to check your government travel website for any travel advisories or any protocols for the country and remember to purchase travel insurance as well.
It should go without saying that Southeast Asia in particular is filled to the brim with nature escapades and outdoor adventures, but also those bustling urban gems that you simply can’t miss. What’s more, this region is perfect for those of you looking to marry luxury with an adventurous escapade.
So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the five travel destinations in Asia that you should visit in 2021 if you’re an adventurer in need of some luxury, culture, and unabridged beauty or if you’re just dreaming of travel.
Visit the Maldives for a luxurious time
One of the perennial honeymoon destinations adored by couples and by solo travellers all around the world is, of course, the breathtaking Maldives. Situated in the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a small archipelago in South Asia famed for its white sandy beaches and climate. That said, the most appealing thing about the Maldives and its islands is the intimate, almost exclusive experience that you get when you book a stay there.
For couples looking for a romantic getaway or solo travellers with a distinct dash of luxury and plenty of privacy, there is no better place on earth. This is as close to paradise as you can get, and you can find luxe stays across the map. While there are many luxury hotels and villas on offer here, you should book one of the overwater bungalows that capture the essence of this heavenly place.
Experience the thriving culture of Kyoto
In our modern world, we can be proud of the fact that luxury is no longer portrayed just by fancy cars and mansions. Nowadays, luxury takes many forms, and the concept of luxury has become a thing of personal sensibility, unique to your desires and goals in life. Why is this important?
Because Kyoto is one of those cities in Japan that exemplifies luxury in a completely different way from what we’re used to seeing in the western cultures. Here, underneath the cherry blossoms and among the many centuries-old Buddhist temples, luxury takes on a more mindful, spiritual form. The thriving culture of Kyoto will take you on an urban escapade that combines eastern luxury with spiritual experiences that will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Don’t miss the bustling streets of Hong Kong
Across the East China Sea, the city of Hong Kong awaits with its bustling streets, its thriving modern culture, and too many luxurious experiences to live through in a single lifetime. But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this expansive urban gem.
The luxury of Hong Kong is mirrored in many different experiences, starting with the unique serviced apartments for rent in Hong Kong that combine simplicity and minimalism with luxe design and portray luxury in their amenities. In these apartments located in the top spots around the city, your needs are taken care of every step of the way so that you can truly relax and enjoy your trip.
Outside of your luxe stay, you will find VIP entertainment, luxe shopping centers and brands, and some of the most up-scale cuisine you ever had the pleasure of tasting. Before you book your trip to Hong Kong, though, make sure to research the city thoroughly and book every experience in advance in order to see and do everything that this amazing city has to offer.
Bask in the luxury of Bali
Another popular destination among couples or solo travellers is Bali, but this Indonesian island is much more than breathtaking vistas and honey-hued beaches. For one, Bali is one of the top yoga retreats in the world, allowing you to enjoy a mindful escapade like never before.
Transition between asanas while soaking in the sprawling landscapes from a high-rise balcony of your stay, or enjoy a group yoga session at the beach, listening to crashing of the waves. Bali has everything you need to enjoy a peaceful retreat in luxury, but much like Kyoto and the Maldives, luxury here has its unique look and flair.
Koh Samui, Thailand’s hidden gem
Last on our list is Koh Samui, a grand island off the coast of Thailand. This is a popular destination for relaxing business trips where people go on corporate retreats and organize business meetings, as well as romantic escapades and every other type of exotic travel.
Koh Samui is known for its luxurious look and feel nowadays, as the island is heavily oriented towards luxe travelers and those wanting an up-scale experience in nature. The luxe stays combined with the natural gems and the spiritual landmarks and temples create the perfect symbiosis of modern and traditional luxury.
Asia is a vast continent, one that you can’t hope to experience in its entirety in a single lifetime. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the best it has to offer, so be sure to include these destinations in your 2021 travel itinerary in order to travel to Asia in style.
About the Author
Mike Johnston is an avid blogging enthusiast and experienced freelance writer. He’s a regular contributor to numerous online publications, where he writes about lifestyle, travel, family, and green living.