A Feast for the Senses

The diverse countries, cultures, and continental allure of Asia

From lively megacities to tranquil tropical getaways, Asia is an expansive continent rife with exciting travel destinations. Natural wonders, world-renowned cuisine, culture, and timeless heritage offer an array of unparalleled experiences for the whole family, couples, and solo travelers. Even with so many options, deciding where to visit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The key to choosing the destination that’s just right for you is to learn more about what makes each place unique.

Japan is the birthplace of Zen, boasting an iconic combination of modern technology and ancient traditions. The capital, Tokyo, is a buzzing metropolis with towering skyscrapers, neon lights, and bustling nightlife. Sleek, modern accommodations await in the heart of the city at Hotel New Otani Tokyo, "The Main" while a luxurious sanctuary within the hotel - the Hotel New Otani Tokyo, "EXECUTIVE HOUSE ZEN" - elevates your stay even further. By contrast, in other major cities and prefectures such as Kyoto and Osaka, you'll find serene temples, lush forests, and breathtaking nature, such as the striking Mount Fuji.

Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, "The Main" - Tokyo, Japan

Though geographically tiny, the island nation of Singapore punches far above its weight in culture and entertainment factor. Its clean streets and stunning architecture make it a must-see for every traveler. See Neo-classical architecture up close at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a 1928 landmark that features a marble atrium, infinity pool, and contemporary style.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - Singapore

Singapore’s neighboring nation, Malaysia, is another top destination in Asia. Offering a melting pot of flavors and cultures and home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests and natural wonders, Malaysia features stunning beaches, exquisite cuisine, and the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur. The 52-story, ultra-modern EQ offers the pinnacle of luxury and unmatched views of the city's magnificent skyline, with an entire floor dedicated to wellness and a restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar on its highest level that take full advantage of the surrounding cityscape. To discover the incredible breadth of experiences in Malaysia that span from urban to untouched paradise, venture to the lush island of Borneo, where the Borneo Eagle Resort overlooks a secluded white sand beach with coral reefs that teem with sea life just offshore. 

EQ - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular playgrounds with its tropical islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui, where white-sand beaches are bordered by lush jungle hiding refreshing waterfalls. Nestled on a hill on the western side of Phuket, Andara Resort & Villas promotes indoor-outdoor rejuvenation with an elegant spa and intimate pools in a lush setting. Meanwhile, the country’s capital, Bangkok, is a hub of activity with sprawling markets, majestic Buddhist temples, and arguably the best street food experience in Asia.

Andara Resort & Villas
Andara Resort & Villas - Phuket, Thailand

The Philippines, on the other hand, is Asia’s gateway to the Pacific, with more 7,100 islands that offer a unique combination of Asian, Spanish, and Western influences. Experience the vibrant culture in Manila or relax on the silky beaches of world-famous islands, including Palawan and its neighbor Boracay, home to the award-winning Discovery Shores Boracay, an award-winning island paradise packed with activities for the entire family. On the nearby island of Bohol, a must-see are the Chocolate Hills, an unforgettable natural feature whose green grass turns brown in the dry season — the trait that gave rise to its sweet nickname.

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, renowned for its diverse tourist attractions including world-class beach destinations such as Bali, mountains for trekking adventures, volcanoes, temples, and museums. Jakarta, its capital city, is the economic, cultural, and political center of the country of over 280 million inhabitants.  


On the island of Borneo, along the South China Sea, the small country of Brunei is one of the richest sultanates in the world. Steeped in tradition, it offers a unique blend of Islamic culture and natural beauty, with lush rainforests and temples.

Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, is a modern metropolis with a rich history and culture, where centuries-old temples sit in the shadow of one of the world’s tallest buildings. The island city of Hong Kong offers great nightlife and entertainment, fabulous shopping, and spectacular cuisine that includes dishes that are regionally unique from that of China. On the Chinese mainland, Shanghai is renowned for its ever-growing, soaring skylines and its status as a global cultural hub. A stroll along the Bund offers a glimpse of Shanghai's colorful past and thriving present, and no visit is complete without seeing the majestic Oriental Pearl Tower, lush Yu Garden, and the vast Shanghai Museum for a well-rounded trip.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Incredible India, an immense sub-continent renowned for its ancient culture, timeless traditions, magnificent palaces, and distinctive cuisine. Home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the country is brimming with multicultural and sensory experiences, making it among the most diverse and thrilling destinations in the world to explore. Plan a stay at The Claridges, New Delhi in India’s capital, where you can enjoy old-world opulence paired with modern luxury and comfort.

The Claridges, New Delhi
The Claridges - New Delhi, India

With such varied options to discover across this incredible continent, you may find that the greatest challenge isn’t deciding which country to visit but rather how to plan to see them all.

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