Souring cities fringed by paradise islands
Looking for luxury with a touch of the exotic? The Far East is the place for you. Thailand’s beaches are the stuff of legend, with holiday hotspots Koh Samui and Phuket serving up spotless white beaches framed against a tropical backdrop, with fantastic diving and snorkelling. Further south-east, the island of Bali has long since been a paradise island idyll – think soaring volcanic landscapes punctuated by quiet temples and beachfront yoga retreats.
If it’s cities you’re after, Singapore’s sharp skyline houses mega-malls and contemporary art galleries between gleaming skyscrapers, and has one of the best foodie scenes in the Far East. Nestled in between are tranquil urban refuges in the form of gardens, including the famous Botanical Garden filled with rainforest, waterfalls and rare plant life. Then there’s Hong Kong’s yin and yang of futuristic and traditional, with traditional markets and eateries in the shadow of the cityscape.