As the festive season's holiday period nears, some travelers seek solace and seclusion, while others crave something that keeps them close to the action. Asia makes these decisions a little easier, because a frenetic city is often nearby a peaceful idyll.
For those who need not worry about the price tag, Asia has even more options. From booking the presidential suite atop a skyscraper to renting an entire island, here are the swish hotels and resort vacation destinations favored by the region's rich and stylish.
Song Saa – Cambodia
In the Koh Rong Archipelago is what's nicknamed The Sweethearts: two mostly undeveloped islands, sitting side-by-side. The sustainability-focused Song Saa resort – its own marine reserve that protects dugongs, seahorses and fish is Cambodia's first government-recognized reserve – sprawls across both islands, joined by a footbridge. Styled like a Cambodian fishing village, visitors can kayak, dive, snorkel, enjoy the rainforests and stroll down its white sandy beaches.
The Raj Palace Hotel – India
The four-floor presidential suite at the Raj Palace Hotel is a bragging right in itself. The décor is bold with gold, the walls are tall, and the private roof terrace and swimming pool with a view of the city of Jaipur is all yours – there's even a museum within the hotel walls.