DestinAsian, the region’s award-winning travel magazine, has unveiled its annual Luxe List, a roundup of some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most noteworthy properties as reviewed by the publication’s roving band of reporters.
One of the highlights in this year’s Luxe List is the newly opened Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, an all-villa urban resort located in the city’s former French Concession. The last project of the late Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim, its interiors are bespoke luxury at its finest, with their lofty ceilings, traditional redwood-framed windows, and warm golden tones.
Another standout is the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, the newest addition to the portfolio of the New York–based hotel group. Surrounded by the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, the property takes its inspiration from the creatures of the deep, with villas inspired by manta rays and a lobster-shaped spa.
Also making an appearance is a centuries-old refurbished fortress overlooking the Rajasthani landscape, now transformed into the Alila Fort Bishangarh. Perched on top of a granite rise, its 59 suites and rooms transport guests to a bygone era.
Edited by veteran travel journalist Christopher P. Hill, this is the List’s 13th edition since it was first launched in October 2004.
The Luxe List features concise firsthand reviews paired with images from the region’s leading travel photographers. Print copies of DestinAsian are available in stores all over the region such as Kinokuniya (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore) and National Bookstore (Philippines). The magazine’s digital issue is also available on Zinio and DestinAsian.com/magazine.