Dream spots to go this Spring
If you’re feeling inspired to travel, but you haven’t yet figured out where you want to go, Luxuo has a curated list of Asian destinations
Where to catch some sun, fun, with the stress of none
April marks the start of Spring, one of the best time for traveling – the ice is thawing, the flowers are, and in many places, you are a couple months removed from the heavy crowds that descend in the summertime. Avoid the crowd and rewind in the beauty and serenity of nature in these top picks.
An intensely culture-conscious country that harmonises ancient traditions with modern architecture, stroll through elegant gardens, magnificent palaces, charming shrines and traditional wooden houses against the delicate backdrop of spring.
Lodging: The Gyokuto Garden Terrace Suite at The Suiran
Lounge in ryokan-style bedding in a suite adorned with floor-to-ceiling shoji screens and rooms separated with opulent Kusuma sliding doors, hand-painted by renowned artist Ryo Shinagawa. Enjoy the impressive views of the mighty Arashiyama hills or take a stroll in a private traditional garden and take a bath in a secluded open-air cypress bathtub, enjoying the healing properties of the mineral-rich water cultivated from the Arashiyama hot springs.
There is truly no compromisation, as the suite boosts a 50-inch flat screen TV, Bose surround sound systems, Remède Spa products and organic soap – infused with local yuzu essences and hinoki oil.
Cost: USD 490
Size: 861 sq. ft.
Occupancy: 2 adults
Where: Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji,
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Phone: (81) 75-872-0101
Bodrum will be in the early twenties at this time of year, perfect for some exploration around the peninsula before it becomes an inferno in summer. Travel down the endless olive groves to the Aegean and witness the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Lodging: Sea-view pavilions at the Amanruya
A convenient half an hour from town centre, it occupies 60 acres of forest-covered hillside. Translating to “peaceful dream”, the place is truly beautiful, with traditional 36 stone pavilions, marble floors, mahogany ceilings and baths the size of a zeppelin.
Each pavilion has a private dining area and pool to cool off after a walk along the coast, offering a majestic view over the sea at the sea-view pavilions’ infinity pools.
Cost: SGD 1700
Size: 75 sq-metre
Occupancy: 2 adults (and up to 2 children)
Where: Bülent Ecevit Cad.,
Phone: (90) 252 311 12 12
PALATUPANA, SRI LANKA
Enjoy the gorgeous weather in the south and west of Sri Lanka in April (while raining in the north and east) in towns such as Galle, Colombo and Weligama. The area is rich in history, sights and old-world charm, with towns such as Galle dating from 1588.
Lodging: Cocoon Pool Suite at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Nested in the beautiful white-washed beaches of Yala National Park, 28 unique and dome-shaped tents dot along the beach. Bask in a lavish abundance of luxury, stunning architecture and space surrounded by the sea and jungle.
Enjoy a tan at the infinity pool, revitalising massages at their luxuriant spa, delectable Sri-Lankan cuisine at the open-air Den and Dining Pavilion, ending off with sundowner cocktails on the sand dunes.
Rates: USD 900
Size: 55 square meters
Occupancy: 2 adults (up to 2 children)
Where: Wild Coast Tented Lodge – Relais & Chateaux
Palatupana, (neighbouring to Yala National Park),
Yala 82600, Sri Lanka
Phone: (94) 117 745 730