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Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Gold List - Best Hotels in Asia and Australia

The Best Hotels from the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Gold List for Asia and Australia. Asia and Australia is awash in luxury hotels, and Conde Nast Traveler carefully sorted them to choose the best of the best. Their picks include sleek high-rise hotels, beachfront estates, and Great Barrier Reefs resorts. Check the best ones out below before you check-in.

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Alila Diwa Goa | Goa, India

Alila Diwa Goa brings a refreshingly unique resort experience to Gonsua Beach in Majorda, just 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport. Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort. High pitched roofs and wide verandahs combine...


Alila Villas Uluwatu | Bali, Indonesia

Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean, the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing less than picture-perfect. Here contemporary Bali-inspired living design seamlessly integrates with personal journeys of cultural richness, continuing the Alila tradition of a total destination...


Ananda in the Himalayas | Narendranagar, Uttaranchal, India

Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. When living is but...


Cheval Blanc Randheli | Randheli Island, Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli represents a contemporary vision of the Maldives. Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived of uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surrounding. In...


COMO Metropolitan Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand

COMO Metropolitan, Bangkok, is the Thai capital's hotspot for those at the centre of the action. A cool and contemporary east-west aesthetic with modern Oriental accents is combined with award-winning cuisine, a holistic spa and Bangkok's chicest lounge bar. However, COMO Metropolitan, Bangkok, is also a place for the most demanding...


Conrad Bora Bora Nui | Bora Bora, French Polynesia

After completing a multi-million dollar renovation in early 2017, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, formerly a Hilton, combines Polynesian tradition with luxurious modern amenities. About a 20-minute boat ride from the airport, the Tahiti luxury resort is set on the islet of Motu To’opua with a world-famous lagoon, off the Bora Bora coast....


Fairmont Peace Hotel | Shanghai, China

The revitalized Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai offers 270 guestrooms and suites. A selection of six restaurants and lounges includes the greatly-endeared Jazz Bar- an elegant Tea Room- a heritage Chinese restaurant, Cathay Room and the Sky Terrace on the eighth floor. This level also hosts the Peace Hall- with its famed sprung-timber...


Four Seasons Langkawi | Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is a tranquil retreat in the Andaman Sea. In its spectacular setting on Langkawi’s northern cape, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers easy access to discoveries on land and at sea, from bird watching, snorkeling and diving to jungle trekking, golf and island-hopping tours. Breathe ocean air...


Laucala Island Resort | Laucala Island, Fiji

A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramatic rain forest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. No expense has been spared at the exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches and atop...


Longitude 131 | Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

In the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed you find the serene, silent sleep of the desert. Above the sweeping canopy of your palatial tent floats a greater canopy, endless and sparkling. Constellations brimming with Anangu, (local Aboriginal people), tales and stories. You dream the rich dreams found only in the heart of sacred,...


Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

With its impressive location in the heart of the fashion and business district overlooking Victoria Harbour, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is regarded as an icon. The winner of a stream of awards, echoes of a glamorous past add to the high style of the hotel's luxurious interior. 501 rooms and suites offer guests the ultimate...


Mandarin Oriental Tokyo | Tokyo, Japan

Guests arriving at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Tokyo are ushered from a private entrance, whisked directly to the 38th floor Sky Lobby and presented with a breathtaking view of the dramatic cityscape. Above, the sky is revealed through the vast glass windows. There is no doubt the new Mandarin Oriental hotel epitomises sophisticated...


One&Only Hayman Island | Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

One&Only Hayman Island, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, presents astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, indulgence and adventure. Located in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Within this private...


Pangulasian Island Resort | El Nido, Philippines

Pangulasian Island is El Nido’s luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the "Island of the Sun," Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach...


Park Hyatt Saigon | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) centre. Our grand boutique hotel in saigon majestically rises nine stories above District 1, steps from the elegant Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh...


Raffles Hotel Singapore | Singapore, Singapore

Note: The hotel will be undergoing renovations in phases starting in January 2017 to modernize the property. The hotel will be closing in late 2017 and re-opening in the 2nd quarter of 2018 for the final phase of upgrades. Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. More legend than hotel, this luxury Singapore...


Rosewood Beijing | Beijing, Chaoyang District, China

The 284-room ultra-luxury Rosewood Beijing is Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' first hotel in China. The luxury hotel presents contemporary surroundings that are warm, refined and serene. With residential-style layouts that are amongst the largest in the city, the hotel's guestrooms evoke sensations of luxury apartment living. Natural...



A proud prominent feature at the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the French colonial style Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition of welcoming playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state, a luxury place for many prestigious events, a popular rendezvous spot for both business and leisure travelers. This Hanoi's legendary landmark...


Taj Falaknuma Palace | Hyderabad, India

Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk the walk of Kings through this Palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace’s 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the glided ages, where grandeur...


Taj Lake Palace | Udaipur, India

Visitors will feel like honored guests of the Maharana at this exquisite white marble palace that seems to float majestically on the still waters of Lake Pichola. Originally built as a summer palace, Taj Lake Palace has recently been transformed to its former glory whose sole purpose is the pursuit of leisure. Set amid awe-inspiring...


Taj Palace Hotel | New Delhi, India

The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi is a perfect embodiment of all qualities synonymous with the quality of Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces. Standing apart in service, its facilities and of course, in its distinguished patronage, this hotel has played host to Heads of State, corporate moguls and high profile businessmen from across the...


Taj Tashi | Chubachu, Bhutan

Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. The mountain kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the old world’s last few strongholds, as yet unspoilt by civilization. In the charmed isolation of the Himalayan heights, Bhutan’s ancient and alluring ways of Mahayana Buddhism...


The Imperial New Delhi | New Delhi, India

The Imperial, New Delhi’s landmark Hotel, is located on Janpath, the erstwhile Queensway. The restored 1930’s Victorian – style building is a perfect confluence of old-world charm and modern day conveniences. A unique four – story, low rise, The Imperial is just steps away from the renowned shopping and commercial district...


The Oberoi Udaivilas | Udaipur, India

The Oberoi Udaivilas is a luxury resort located on Udaipur's legendary Lake Pichola, overlooking island palaces and the Udaipur City Palace. Set amidst 30 acres of landscaped gardens, fountains , and pavilions, Udaivilas is reachable by land and boat. Featuring the Aravali Hills as a backdrop, the property is built like a Rajasthani...


The Oberoi Vanyavilas | Sawai Madhopur, India

Nestling in the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. Tiger sightings are most frequent during the months of May and June. While it is warm during...


The Upper House | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Upper House’s 117 rooms, all featuring scenic harbour or island views, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, begin at 730sq ft – the largest in Hong Kong. Bathrooms of over 300 sq ft framed with panoramic windows, come with walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths. Cafe Gray Deluxe, a 21st century...


Trisara | Phuket, Thailand

Trisara, in Sanskrit meaning the "Third Garden in Heaven" is South East Asia's most intimate and exclusive resort & spa. Nestling over our own private bay just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the resort is hidden amongst lush tropical jungle, with all accommodation offering private pools, dramatic sea views and a true...


Umaid Bhawan Palace | Jodphur, India

Discover a fascinating past and an enchanting present at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur. The last of the great palaces of India, this luxury heritage hotel will leave you spellbound. The last of the great palaces of India, the property houses a family museum, as well as the resplendent...