Best hotels and hostels in Asia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Koh Kong Conservation Corridor

    Cardamom Tented Camp

    Nestled deep in Botum Sakor National Park on the banks of the wildlife-laden Prek Tachan River, Cardamom Tented Camp is both a model ecotourism success story and one of the most unique and enchanting overnight stays you'll find anywhere. Luxurious safari tents allow guests to live in style while participating in real conservation activities like forest patrols and tree planting.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chitwan National Park

    Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

    Chitwan's leading lodge is still on Top. Tiger Tops was the very first lodge in the park, before it even was one, and later helped lobby for the park's creation. When lodges were banned from the park in 2012, it constructed this new lodge, which is hard to beat. Accommodation is atmospheric, service is impeccable and the vintage Land Rovers pitch perfect.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bayanzag

    Three Camel Lodge

    To experience Three Camels is to know the epitome of the upscale Mongolian ger camp experience. Visitors stay in luxurious gers, which are decorated with handmade wood furnishings, and step down into sunken baths with private toilet, sink and hot showers. Their spectacular three-ger suites include a living room.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ikh Nartiin Chuluu

    IkhNart Wilderness Camp

    Nomadic Journeys operates this splendid tourist camp in the reserve, about 50km drive from Shiveegobi train station. Guided wildlife walks, multiday camel treks and jeep tours are available to guests, and the main camp offers true glamping, with 15 gers supported by gorgeous hand-painted pillars, and furnished with a dung-burning oven, a private sink and reading chairs.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nyūtō Onsen

    Tsuru-no-yu Onsen

    The jewel of Nyūtō, Tsuru-no-yu is the epitome of the Japanese ryokan: discreet, atmospheric and sumptuous. At every turn there's another picture-perfect moment, from the slick suites opening up to the forest floor to the Edo-era artworks lining the halls. Evenings are distinguished by memorable meals and guests in yukata (light cotton kimonos) socialising by lantern light. Reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lonavla

    The Machan

    This astonishing choice hidden away in forested mountains 16km south of Lonavla buries the competition for the state's best hotel. The 28 pine and red meranti wood tree houses rising 10 to 13m above the forest come in all shapes and sizes, but every one is a postcard-perfect getaway from which you will probably need to be dragged at checkout.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kaziranga National Park

    Diphlu River Lodge

    Easily the best place to stay in the Kaziranga area, this superb resort 15km west of Kohora near Bagori Police Outpost, combines fine luxuries and top-class service with a rustic look and relaxed atmosphere. The 12 bamboo cottages have soft beds, stylish bathrooms and pleasant verandahs. Oh, and the food is delicious. The November-to-April jungle-plan arrangement includes all meals and two safaris daily.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

    No expense has been spared on this superb palace-style building, from the dramatic entrance of Newari water pools to the modern Malla-style architecture. It’s worth popping in just to admire the gorgeous Patan-style chaitya in the foyer. As you’d expect, the spacious rooms are furnished tastefully, with huge bathrooms, and you can pay an extra US$20 for views over nearby Bodhnath stupa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tagong

    Nomad Homestay

    Organised by the Khampa Nomad Ecolodge, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay with a genuine nomad family in their tent. Don't expect anything about the experience to be comfortable. It will, however, leave you with stories you'll one day recount to your grandchildren.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Raja Ampat Islands

    Cove Eco Resort

    Centrally located from many of Raja Ampat's finest diving spots and land-based excursions, this year-old, intimate private-island resort simply has it all. Dreamy oceanfront villas? Check. Best meals in Raja Ampat? Check. Spectacular, knowledgeable staff. Check. And the actual cheque? Very reasonable, considering that boat transport and an excursion to Pianynemo and the Fam Islands are included.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Dwarika’s

    For stylish design and sheer romance, this outstanding hotel is unbeatable; if you’re on your honeymoon, look no further. Over 40 years the owners have rescued thousands of woodcarvings from around the valley and incorporated them into the hotel design. The end result is a beautiful hybrid – a cross between a museum and a boutique hotel, with a lush, pampering ambience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Panaji

    Panjim Inn

    One of the original heritage hotels in Fontainhas, the Panjim Inn has been a long-standing favourite for its character and charm. Run by the lovely Sukhija family and overseen by helpful staff, this beautiful 19th-century mansion has 12 charismatic rooms in the original house, along with newer rooms with modern touches to complement four-poster beds, colonial-era furniture and artworks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dhulikhel

    Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel

    One of the finest and most exclusive places to stay in Nepal, this beautifully conceived boutique resort built of red Newari brick sprawls over 22 lush acres. It takes in infinity pools with mountain vistas, meditation suites, massage rooms, several restaurants and bars, and huge but understated terracotta-style rooms, from the entry level junior suite to the two-floor Royal Suite.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Waikkal

    Ging Oya Lodge

    The Belgium artist-owners of this place were inspired by the safari lodges of Africa and they've done a sterling job of replicating the rustic-chic luxury. There are seven spacious cottages with filigree window carvings, beautiful four-posters and semi-open-plan bathrooms, plus a wonderful pool, birds and butterflies everywhere, and total and utter peace. It's the kind of place you only tell your best friends about.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gorkha

    Gorkha Gaun

    Located 6km south of town on a scenic hilltop, this is far and away the best place to stay in this area, and a model of rural tourism. Returning to Nepal after years in the USA, the owners have lovingly crafted their own gaun (small village) of guest cottages using local materials and intelligent engineering – and made it earthquake-proof.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Bund & People's Square

    Fairmont Peace Hotel

    If anywhere in town fully conveys swish 1930s Shanghai, it’s the old Cathay, rising imperiously from the Bund. One of the city’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Peace is cast in the warm, subdued tints of a bygone era. Expect all the luxuries of a top-class establishment, with rooms decked out in art deco elegance, from light fixtures down to coffee tables.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Xidi

    Pig's Inn Bishan

    There is no better way to experience the extravagant villas of the Huizhou merchants than to spend a few days living in one, waking for breakfast overlooking the courtyard, and spending a rainy afternoon in the wood-panelled study. At this nine-room boutique hotel, inside a Qing dynasty home masterfully restored by Shanghai artist Li Guoyu, you can do exactly that.

  • Lodging in Wanokaka

    Nihi Sumba

    Formerly Nihiwatu, few luxuries are excluded from this celebrity-favoured resort, where you might bump into the Beckhams. Hefty price tag aside (we've listed the low-season rate), you can understand the draw to this stunning accommodation, where every detail is considered and there's a virgin beach crashing with surf that folds into turquoise barrels on Sumba's ruggedly beautiful coast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ambarawa

    Mesa Stila Resort

    Nestled in a 22-hectare coffee plantation, the Mesa Stila Resort is one of Indonesia’s most magical hotels. At an altitude of 900m, the forest gives way to inspiring vistas from the villa-style rooms and a classically conical volcano looms over the neatly trimmed lawns and red-tiled joglos. It's some 12km southwest of Ambarawa; a taxi from town (60,000Rp) passes beautiful rice terraces.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mumbai (Bombay)

    ITC Maratha

    This five-star, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified hotel channels the most luxurious local character. The details are extraordinary: Muhammed Ali Rd–inspired jharokas (lattice windows) around the atrium, Maratha-influenced Resident's Bar (a guest-only level overlooking public areas), Warli painting–inspired tower rooms with fiery orange marble. The rooms, awash in lush colour schemes, exude Indian opulence. Peshawri, Mumbai’s most memorable Northwest Frontier restaurant, is located here.