9 holidays to choose from in Thailand, Indonesia and Japan – South China Morning Post
Choosing a holiday destination from endless possibilities can be tough.
To help, we have picked our top places to stay in Bali, Indonesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; and Niseko, Japan.
Beautiful beaches, ancient temples, perfect surf, retail therapy, spas aplenty, and a growing community effort to keep Bali clean and green.
Plus, with the advent of hipster cafes in areas like Seminyak and Canggu, young social media users will be keen on getting Instagram shots, while indulging in great food.
It is no wonder people keep going back.
1. Villa Vedas
This five-bedroom beachfront villa has plenty of space for everyone to stretch out and really get into that Bali mood.
There are three pools – one is a smaller sky pool with a glass bottom. Your stay comes with daily breakfast.
From US$813 plus taxes per night
2. Villa Tantangan
Privacy goes hand in hand with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean at Villa Tantangan, where you can enjoy three bedrooms, daily breakfast and access to the nearby black sand beach.
The villa is not far from the famous Tanah Lot Temple, in case you are up for a little tour.
From US$520 plus taxes per night
3. Villa Suami
The five-bedroom Villa Suami is perfect for large family holidays, but is also so beautiful you will want to call it your own home.
Big open spaces, two pools, creatively decorated rooms and a kid’s playroom make it a getaway you will not forget.
From US$540 plus taxes night
On the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the chilled out, laid-back sibling of Phuket, Thailand’s party island.
In all fairness, there is still plenty of action to be had on Koh Samui, what with its many restaurants, bars and fun activities.
The villa life on Koh Samui is strong – many are built specifically for you to be able to soak in views of the ocean.
The beaches attract different kinds of tourists – for example, the party crowd sticks to Chaweng while the photographers and beach strollers flock to the Taling Ngam coast for the sunsets, which are definitely not to be missed.
4. L2 Residence
Yogis are going to love this hillside villa. Three bedrooms and plenty of space for everyone to relax is one thing – but the view is to die for.
It can be enjoyed from many places in the villa, including a yoga deck and the patio by the small plunge pool.
From US$450 plus taxes per night
5. Baan Silavaree
Baan Silavaree is in its own peaceful world. This Koh Samui villa has five bedrooms, a 12-metre swimming pool and the most incredible cliff-top views.
In the backyard, you will find a lovely garden with a waterfall, where you can chill out and read a book or enjoy a spa treatment.
From US$560 plus taxes per night
6. The View
There is a reason this villa is named so. The photos may not do it justice, so we suggest you head over there yourself to enjoy the view of the coast from the pool, patio, balconies or garden, in between family time.
The five-bedroom villa has an extra kids’ bunk bedroom and games room.
From US$1,500 plus taxes per night
7. Baan Ora Chon
If you have never thrown a garden party, now is the time to do it, at the very chic Baan Ora Chon.
The five-bedroom villa in Lipa Noi has a lovely garden for an intimate soirée with friends and family, and it is right in front of the beach, which faces west – which means cocktails by the pool at sunset.
From US$630 plus taxes night
Niseko has got the best ski-in-ski-out resorts, gorgeous powder, hot springs, and a cosy neighbourhood full of great restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine.
Plus, in winter, there are crazy views of the snowcapped Mount Yōtei from nearly wherever you are.
8. Ki Niseko
The luxury ski-in-ski-out hotel offers free valet service to guests, as well as access to private family onsens or Japanese hot springs.
Whether you are in the one-bedroom condo or the four-bedroom penthouse, the service is also top-notch.
And no wonder Ki Niseko was named Japan’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel in 2018 at the World Ski Awards.
From US$255 plus taxes per night
9. Skye Niseko
This brand-new resort is an elegant retreat for skiers who want the convenience of a ski-in-ski-out, with luxury perks like private onsens, daily breakfasts, 24-hour front desk service and in-house ski equipment rentals.
The penthouse at Skye Niseko is also an absolute stunner.
From US$212 plus taxes per night
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