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An exclusive collection of the best Asian hotels, resorts and spas

Best in Travel Poll 2017 - Asia's top airlines, hotels, destinations

 

How to navigate Beijing's onslaught of new luxe hotels

Beijing fun guide and luxury and business hotels review

The mausoleum of Mao Zedong is the central attraction at sprawling Tian An Men Square. Bring along a good selfie stick. You'll need it in the press of bodies as the tourist buses roll in.

NOSTALIGIA

Why not escape to Sri Lanka?

The best of Sri Lanka hill retreats and beach resorts

TRENDS

2017 Best in Travel winners

Asia's best airlines, and hotels. See Winners album

EDITOR'S RANT

Travel: it's the fear factor

Author - Vijay VergheseWhat stops people from travelling more? We polled readers to find out. You’ll surprised at what they said. Is it obnoxious folk who drink too much on transpacific flights? Terrorists? Overlarge passengers who inadvertently or unapologetically ooze out across your precious armrest?

AIRLINES

Widest economy seats and WiFi picks

Frequent flyer perks get squeezed, widest seats in economy, the widest business class seats to Asia, and how Small Asian airlines have opened up the region. Plus the A380 vs B787.

ADVENTURE

Angkor fun guide to beds and temples

Phnom Penh, a detailed Asian cruises review, wickedly good Tioman dives, an insightful Sabah fun guide to jungle adventure plus breathless Himalayan treks in Ladakh and Nepal treks around Annapurna. Plus Bhutan fun guide.

FAMILY ESCAPES

Amazing Saigon stays for all pockets

The best Asian child-friendly hotels, a big Bali fun guide, top Vietnam beach resorts, a detailed Bali resorts review, with a Penang spa resorts wrap, Hawaii, and some Sanya sizzle.

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

Taiwan spa resorts, and a Taipei fun guide with 22 must-do things. Plus our Taipei business hotels review.

ISLANDS

Best Palawan resorts, dives

Plus our Cebu resorts review for lovers, divers and an exotic Maldives resorts review for all tastes. Boracay dives.

Bali Mt Agung volcano eruption, evacuation and safety update

Bali's sacred Mt Agung continues to rumble with heightened seismic activity. On 24 September 2017, authorities called for the evacuation of all within a 12km radius. The revered Besakih Temple on its flanks is closed. By 23 October some hotels but not all had put evacuation plans in place.