After your first glimpse of South-east Asia, you’ll be hooked. A little chunk of the world’s largest continent, South-east Asia destinations are festooned with gilded temples, lapped by iridescent seas and imbued with colonial heritage, a symphony of cultures and beaches that keep visitors coming back for more.
The poster girl of South-east Asia has to be Thailand, which for decades has been a top pick for luxury beach and culture holidays with its island-studded seas and tantalising cuisine. The likes of Phuket, Koh Phangan Koh Samui and Koh Yao Noi are unwavering favourites, all for good reason with their snowy-white beaches and string of luxury resorts that combine Thai hospitality with sumptuous design. Although popular, you can still enjoy your own slice of paradise in Thailand, spoiling yourself with some seriously delicious food all the while.
Just south of Thailand you’ll find Malaysia, also flaunting lip-smacking fare and exotic beaches, making it prime for sun-drenched holidays in South-east Asia. In particular, the Malaysian island of Langkawi is utterly sublime, as not only will you find milky sands and glowing waters, but also rice paddies in the shadow of soaring mountains, and rainforests interspersed with natural waterfalls. There are some seriously impressive luxury hotels in Langkawi too, sharing their shores with fairytale-like landscapes of ancient karst cliffs and emerald forests, for a truly out-of-this-world experience.
Then, across the South China Sea lies a vast ensemble of islands that make up Indonesia (around 18,000 of them, in fact). This flourishing luxury holiday destination has its own share of heavenly beaches, exquisite hotels and rich culture, all found against a backdrop of evocative volcanoes. Bali is the ace in the pack, a microcosm of Indonesia that teems with temples, jungle, rice paddies and charming villages where spirituality plays an important role in every day life. It’s no wonder then that Bali is a mecca for wellness retreats and spa holidays, with serene luxury hotels tucked away in the rainforest or on the island’s idyllic beaches, where yoga, spa treatments and nutritious cuisine seek to soothe the soul and nurture wellbeing.
There is so much more to love about luxury South-east Asia holidays. Discover this amazing destination for yourself on a bespoke trip crafted by the experts at Elite Travel Concierge – you won’t look back.