Although long haul airfares are higher than they used to be, a trip to Asia remains great value. Top luxury hotels in Asia are generally much cheaper than in London or New York, and the service is always quite superb. Cheap dining and bargain shopping for everything from designer clothing to electronics can make a trip to the Far East not only pleasurable but it also makes good financial sense.
Here are just three cities to whet your appetite for foreign travel, and three luxury hotels in Asia you will be talking about for years to come!
Dubai is all about sun, sand and shopping. It has excellent luxury hotels and resorts right on the beach with world-class amenities, and guaranteed sunshine all year round. Take a 4WD wadi trip to see the "real" Dubai or visit some of the cultural attractions in the city. The vast Dubai Mall, the largest shopping and entertainment center in the world, is a great place to cool off in the air-conditioned stores.
Luxury Hotels in Dubai
For those who enjoy the world's best, a stay at one of the world's tallest hotels should not be missed. The iconic Burj al Arab is now the third tallest hotel building in the world. This superb structure, designed in the shape of a huge sail, is consistently placed on the Condé Nast Gold List and although pricey, a chance to stay at this top luxury hotel in Dubai is one of life's great moments.
Hong Kong is one of the most popular destinations for travelers and mixes a taste of China with a strong British influence. Cross the harbor on the Star Ferry and ride the funicular railway to the Victoria Peak for great views of Kowloon. Browse the night markets which spring up along the streets with great designer knock-offs, take a harbor cruise or go to the races while you are here.
Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong
Enjoying superb waterfront views from its location on Kowloon waterfront, the Intercontinental is one of the best located luxury hotels in Hong Kong. It is a short stroll from the Star Ferry terminal, amidst high class shops. It features the latest technology and is way ahead of most European hotels with its Insider Concierge and Global Connector services.
This compact city-state is like now somewhere else in the world. It offers visitors a host of waterfront activities as well as great shopping on Orchard Road and in colorful Chinatown. A trip to the Night Safari Zoo is highly recommended to see the nocturnal animals feeding after dark. Climb the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for great views and visit one of the beautiful orchid gardens to pick up a box of freshly cut flowers as a great souvenir.
Luxury Hotels in Singapore
In Singapore, the historical Raffles Hotel lives up to its reputation as one of the great luxury hotels of the world. Even if you do not stay here, take afternoon tea, but gentlemen will need to wear a jacket and tie. The opulent lobby, courtyard gardens and beautifully restored suites will make a lasting impression.