These Are The Best Asian Getaways To Explore In 2024

Emma Hodgson   |   09-04-2024

There has never been a better time to book a ticket and explore more of Asia. Here is our rundown of the best places to explore in 2024.

Tokyo, Japan 

Tokyo has long been one of the most sought-after destinations in Asia. Japan’s capital city seamlessly combines modernity and tradition, with a plethora of internationally-acclaimed restaurants, luxury hotels and exciting cultural hotspots to explore. In terms of places to stay, one of the best places is Aman Tokyo in the Otemachi district. The property offers stunning views of the cityscape, a serene spa, and exquisite dining options. Another excellent option in the city is the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo which comes with panoramic views of Tokyo Tower and the surrounding city, from its spot in the upscale Roppongi district. The city is famed for its fabulous sushi restaurants, and must-try spots while in the Japanese capital include the three Michelin Star restaurant Kanda; Kiki Harajuku and Isana in Hotel S. The city is a cultural melting pot, and its Mori Art Museum is considered one of its most prized jewels, showcasing a breadth of modern art exhibitions. Also be sure to make time to attend a traditional kabuki performance, a traditional style of Japanese dance which dates back to the 17th century. One of the most popular places to take in a show is at the city’s Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza.

Hanoi, Vietnam 

In recent years, the Vietnamese capital has become a must-visit destination while on a tour of Asia. There are plenty of French and Vietnamese-inspired hotels across the city to stay in, one of the best historic properties is The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The iconic property has plenty of colonial architectural charm and is situated in the heart of the city. Another popular hotel is the boutique Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, which is nestled in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. The city’s gastronomic scene has exploded in recent years, and Michelin arrived in the city for the first time in 2023. There are three properties in the capital which were tapped by the esteemed French guide – each achieving One Michelin Star. Gia (inspired by a local phrase meaning “family”) serves up Contemporary Vietnamese fare across a 12-course set menu, which changes with the seasons and is inspired by the complex culinary history of the country. Meanwhile, Tầm Vị is also a must-try restaurant while in the city. Situated in a vintage tea house, the restaurant serves up largely northern Vietnamese dishes. Also on the list is Hibana by Koki, a Teppanyaki restaurant which includes a theatrical 14-seat experience in the basement of the city’s Capella Hotel, with fresh ingredients flown in twice weekly from Japan. 

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is one of the most famous cities in the world – and for good reason. The city is home to some of the best restaurants, hotels and cultural sites in the region. From the party hub of Lan Kwai Fong to the awe-inspiring mountainous region in Victoria Peak and beyond, there is something for everyone in this buzzing metropolis. One of the most exquisite properties in the city is the Mandarin Oriental, which offers up Michelin Star fare and panoramic views of the nearby waterway. Not all of the best food in the city can be found in its (many) luxury bars and restaurants, however. Be sure to try Hong Kong’s fantastic street food while in the city. For the best views of the city take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak, and if you’re looking for a little adventure, explore some of the more unique island locations in the city. Llama Island is an easy boat ride from the city’s Central district and home to delectable local restaurants and enjoyable hiking routes. 

Bali, Indonesia 

Long before Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Loved her way to this idyllic Asia getaway, it was considered a luxury destination for those in the know. Bali is home to some of the best five-star properties on the planet. A hotel worth staying at while on the island is AYANA Resort and Spa. The sprawling resort with stunning oceanfront views, private villas, and the famous Rock Bar, located on natural rocks above the Indian Ocean. Second on our list is Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa, which is much loved for its intimate villas with private pools. Perks while staying at this resort include the property’s personalised butler service, along with its proximity to some of the island’s best seafood restaurants in Jimbaran Bay. Gastronomic delights are abound across the island. Top picks include cool nightlife spot Santanera in Canggu which brings together local ingredients with European and Latin American influences. For those who like dinner with a view, you cannot go wrong with Koral Nusa Dua, which is nestled underneath the sea, at the Kempinski property on the island. For those looking to do something a little different, embark on a sunset crust along with coastline, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. 

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is perhaps one of the most exciting cultural hubs currently in Asia and has made a name for itself recently as the darling of the fashion world, with Gucci, Chanel and Dior all choosing to open shows in the city in recent years. Jet setters are spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury properties in the city.  One of the most converted hotel stays in the South Korean capital is at The Shilla Seoul. It’s the oldest luxury property in the city, and popular with the country’s celebrities. Nestled on the slopes of the Namsan mountain, it offers panoramic views of Seoul, along with maximum privacy for its well-heeled guests. The city is packed full of historic sites and rich with culture. A must-visit is the city’s Gyeongbokgung Palace the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty and the location selected by Gucci to host its show in the city in 2023. Fashion fans should take time to explore the luxury shopping districts in Apgujeong and Cheongdam, which are home to both international boutiques and unique designers from the region. In the evening take advantage of the city’s fabulous local food scene – Mosu and Mingles have both been tapped by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, while the Gangnam district is the best place in the city to find explore nightspots and spot famous faces.


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