Top Travel Picks as Borders Reopen Across Asia Pacific – Luxury Travel Magazine
As countries across Asia Pacific begin to welcome back international arrivals for the first time in more than two years, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand which represents 110 distinctive properties across Asia, shares its recommendation for culture-rich experiences in city and beach destinations such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, ideal for travelers seeking to reconnect with family and friends based in Asia or yearning for adventure afar.
Highlights of reopened destinations eager to welcome visitors, along with tips for independent properties from within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, include:
Thailand – Reopened May 1: Vacationers can once again enjoy a bucket-list escape to the Southeast Asian country best known for its idyllic beaches, tropical climate, iconic temples, and wellness-focused hospitality. Luxury travelers will appreciate the culture-rich offerings available to guests of The Siam, which presents 39 individually decorated suites and villas, set on the Chao Phraya River in the historical district of Bangkok. Guests can discover the city’s hidden gems aboard a private rice boat and tuk-tuk tour, commemorate their visit with a sacred Sak Yant tattoo, or learn to train as a “Muay Thai” fighter with an expert coach. Rates at The Siam start at $548 per night.
Malaysia – Reopened May 1: Vaccinated visitors are now granted quarantine-free entry to explore the country’s captivating coastlines, national parks, diverse wildlife, and city skylines in popular destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Travelers heading to Malaysia’s capital can enjoy breathtaking views of the Petronas Twin Towers from the 51-story EQ. Centrally located in the Golden Triangle, the iconic building offers 440 guestrooms and suites, seven restaurants and bar lounges, Sanctum Spa, and a 25-meter pool. Just steps away from Kuala Lumpur’s must-see attractions, guests can once again visit the National Mosque of Malaysia and legendary Batu Caves, explore the food-filled street of Jalan Alor, and shop the Taman Connaught Market at night. Rates at EQ start at $105 per night.
Singapore: Singapore’s spectacular skyline came back into view for vaccinated travelers in April. For foodie travelers planning a visit to Singapore, Royal Plaza on Scotts offers some of the island’s best hotel dining options, including the multi award-winning Carousel serving authentic pan-Asian dishes, seafood specialties, and fine French patisserie. Set on the doorstep of Singapore’s famed Orchard Road shopping district, guests of the hotel also enjoy convenient access to Asia’s premier shopping streets. Stretching for 1.3 miles, the retail and dining paradise is home to a wealth of experiences – including the futuristic ION Orchard Mall, which features an art gallery, and a 56th-floor observation deck with 360-degree views of the city. Rates at Royal Plaza on Scotts start at $142 per night.
Indonesia: Quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated visitors has been possible since the start of the year, and international visitors quickly flew in to rediscover this enticing archipelagic country. Spanning more than 17,000 magical islands between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the destination beckons travelers with its sun, surf, and spirituality – boasting some of the world’s best beaches, diving, surfing, culture, and traditions. For romantic revelers and wellness seekers, The Sanchaya (pictured above) offers a private beachfront estate situated on the white sandy shores of the island of Bintan. With 29 villas and suites, the resort entices travelers with delectable dining experiences, world-class wellness activities, an Indonesian-inspired spa, and breathtaking views of the South China Sea. Rates at The Sanchaya start at $455 per night.
Travelers planning to book a stay at these hotels, or any of the other 650 participating properties in Preferred’s global portfolio, can access exclusive member rates, earn points, and enjoy value-rich immediate benefits during every eligible stay, while also accessing exclusive members-only offers and unique partnerships through, I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the world’s largest points-based loyalty program for independent hotels with more than four million travelers currently enrolled. Complimentary to join, travelers who would like to enroll in the program are invited to visit www.IPrefer.com/enroll.
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