The 15 Most Romantic Hotels in Asian Cities
Planning to hop across the world for an unforgettable honeymoon? Your search for the perfect destination is officially over. In partnership with Jetsetter, we asked our readers and followers to dish on their ultimate honeymoon spots in seven regions across the globe—and nearly 9,000 of you responded. Here, we've rounded up our readers' favorite romantic cities in Asia. If you're looking for a locale where you can eat, shop, and take part in a vibrant cultural scene, Bangkok, the top winner, is the spot for you. But it's not the only city worth visiting on your post-nuptial retreat: Tokyo, Chiang Mai, Kyoto, and Singapore were all close runners-up. To help you escape to one of these metropolitan areas, we're sharing our all-time favorite accommodations.
Bangkok: The Siam
Bill Bensley helped design this riverside property, which is set on three acres and blends classic Siamese aesthetics and Art Deco-inspired interiors. Extra-large rooms come in two varieties—suites and pool villas—both with deep soaking tubs, antiques, and high ceilings. Hotel activities abound, including intimate cooking classes (during which you'll accompany the chef to the market to buy ingredients) and personal training sessions at the onsite Muay Thai boxing ring. There's also a spa and wellness center offering yoga and meditation, not to mention a Sak Yant tattoo studio—should you want a permanent memento of your honeymoon.
Bangkok: The Peninsula Bangkok
It's easy to feel like a VIP when you stay at this storied hotel: It has its own signature Peninsula-green tuk-tuk for hitting the streets and a restored rice barge for the waterways. Even the lowest-tier rooms overlook the river and skyline, and come with mood-lit marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, and Thai silk touches. Make sure to take advantage of the knowledgeable concierge, who can recommend off-the-beaten-path spots to discover.
Bangkok: U Sathorn Bangkok
The light-filled rooms here—with their white linens, country-chic accents, soothing gray walls, and lots of mirrors—are more French Colonial than Thai. The food, too, is French—and well worth the break from traditional dishes you'll be eating throughout your getaway. Its J'AIME restaurant is from chef Jean-Michel Lorain (of the Michelin-starred Côte Saint Jacques), and the menu spotlights Burgundy cuisine like sous-vide quail and wild mushroom ravioli. Make time for a drink in the Library, where you can read a book among black-and-white checkered floors and hanging lights in the shape of chess pieces.
Tokyo: Hoshinoya Tokyo
This is the first luxury high-rise ryokan (or traditional inn) in Tokyo—and it puts a modern twist on the concept without sacrificing minimalist details like tatami mat flooring and futon mattresses. Each floor has its own gathering space for sipping tea and sake, and the basement is home to an intimate restaurant. (Note: make reservations in advance.) But we especially love the onsen baths, which are fed by mineral hot springs located beneath the hotel and located on the 17th floor—which means amazing views. A Japanese breakfast is included in your stay.
Tokyo: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
This swanky hotel is located in the tallest skyscraper in the city; when the sky is clear, you can see all the way to Mount Fuji. A 2015 renovation revamped the interiors, which mix a contemporary aesthetic with classic Japanese style (like kimono pattern-inspired wallpaper and carpets that look like bamboo). Among the on-site offerings: an "aroma butler"—who can help jet-lagged travelers overcome fatigue with aromatherapy blends—and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Tokyo: Aman Tokyo
This is what every urban sanctuary should aspire to be like. The Zen and sophisticated property—set 33 stories above the bustling financial district—has 84 guest rooms that are awash in natural light and have black volcanic rock soaking tubs. Equally as soothing is the restaurant and lounge, clad in dark stone and leather; take in panoramic views of the Imperial Palace Garden while sipping a Black Rum Mojito. It's also home to the city's largest spa, a 26,900-square-foot bi-level space that includes a Pilates studio and a lap pool overlooking the skyline.
Chiang Mai: The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Set on a lush 60-acre site, this palatial property has a grand marble entrance, richly decorated interiors, orchid-filled gardens, and outdoor pools surrounded by trees. But the centerpiece is the enormous spa, which is regarded as one of the world's top ayurvedic centers. Here, you can experience such treatments as a three-hour royal foot ritual and an 80-minute kathibasti warm oil massage. The property has 10 restaurants and bars, including Fujian, styled like a 1930s Shanghai mansion (try the Peking duck) and the Cake Shop, where you can have a full afternoon tea.
Chiang Mai: Rachamankha
This residential-style 25-room hotel is set in the heart of Chiang Mai's old city, close to the famous Wat Phra Singh temple (c. 1345). Keep an eye out for antique artworks hidden among the gardens and courtyards, and get lost inside one of the library's 2,000-plus books, many on Thai history, art, and architecture. Guest accommodations feel chic yet traditional, with antique Chinese cabinets and walls made from lime plaster layered on handmade brick (a technique used in Chiang Mai's temples dating back to 1296). And an open-air massage pavilion overlooks a peaceful swimming pool.
Chiang Mai: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
This striking property sits on the grounds of the former British consulate and is located on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Its 52 rooms and 32 suites come with private balconies, there's a rooftop lounge overlooking the water, and the food is especially good: The main restaurant serves both Peruvian and Indian dishes (on two separate menus), while The Service 1921 venue is known for its Asian dishes (Szechuan, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Kyoto: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
It took almost half a decade to create this elegant property—and the patience paid off. Modern-day in-room comforts like rain showers and TVs built into bathroom mirrors pair seamlessly with waterfalls, natural wood panels, tatami walls, and stone pathways. The seven-room spa prides itself on using all-natural products, and the VIP couples' suite is ideal for side-by-side massages. A multilingual concierge is on hand to ensure you're equipped for a tour of Japan's temple-filled former capital—which should include a stop at the Kyoto National Museum, an easy five-minute walk away.
Kyoto: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
This 134-room urban hideaway exudes an especially strong sense of place, celebrating Japanese design through its futon-style beds, sliding screen doors, muted color palette, and traditional garden. The art collection—inspired by The Tale of Genji, a classic 11th-century Japanese novel—includes 400-plus works by 80 (mostly local) artists. And each of its six restaurants celebrates a specific culinary style, from sushi to teppanyaki. It should come as no surprise that the spa takes its cues from ancient Japanese culture, too; don't miss the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual, which incorporates green tea leaves and aromatic oils.
Kyoto: Kyoto Brighton Hotel
This 182-room hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from the Imperial Palace. You'll enter a light-flooded atrium before being whisked up a glass elevator to your simply decorated guestroom, outfitted in light woods and shades of plum. There are four restaurants, including the Cantonese spot Kakan, and Hotaru, which serves kaiseki, a multicourse meal of dainty, artistically presented dishes. The lobby bar doubles as an all-day tea lounge; get comfy with an organic brew or matcha green tea.
Singapore: M Social Singapore
Designer Philippe Starck is leaving his mark on Singapore, and this Robertson Quay property (which opened in mid-2016) is his latest project. The 293-room hotel is as contemporary as it gets: just take a look at the lobby's LED-screen walls and AURA, a robot that delivers towels, toiletries, and bottled water to guests. At the restaurant Beast & Butterflies, make sure to order the boneless chicken wings, which are marinated in a spicy oyster sauce. And exploring farther afield is easy, thanks to the property's shuttle bus service.
Singapore: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
If you prefer a beach stay, you'll love this resort on Sentosa island, where rooms and villas mimic the surrounding gardens with flower-shaped knobs and floral area rugs. Relax on the crescent-shaped Tanjong Beach or go for a dip in the aquamarine-tiled pool. After your dip, retreat to So Spa—each of the 14 treatment rooms and six outdoor pavilions are housed in 19th-century military barracks—for a Thai massage. For dinner, the Kwee Zeen restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine, while Il Lido specializes in modern Italian.
Singapore: The Warehouse Hotel
Over the last 120 years, this old building on the Singapore river has seen many incarnations: a spice warehouse, an illegal distillery, and even a discotheque. As of January 2017, it's now a chic, 37-room hotel. Details like exposed beams and peaked roofs have been reserved, while guestrooms feel contemporary with all-natural accents like traditional rattan and leather-lined desks. There's a stunning rooftop infinity pool and the restaurant Po, which turns out modern takes on classic Singapore dishes.