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Neighborly Appeal • Known for its off-the-beaten path resorts, Six Senses has made a splash in Singapore with its first city hotel. Jeninne Lee-St. John settles in to the row of converted shophouses, where she finds the brand’s culture of spa and sustainability is alive as ever.
CANTONESE UNBOUND • Into the wealth of Chinese restaurants in Singapore enters a trio aiming to reframe the traditional menu with forgotten recipes, regional diversity, and health and sustainability as their driving flavors.
Pearl of the South • Beyond the bright lights of Phuket and the sandy shores of Krabi, Koh Mook—Pearl Island—is an oft-forgotten jewel of southern Thailand. Here’s how to spend a lazy few days on this idyllic yet underrated isle.
Valley and Vines • A frequent retreat for well-heeled Sydneysiders, the nearby Hunter Valley wine region is worth adding to your itinerary.
Testing the Waters • In Japan, home to tens of thousands of mineral-rich onsen, hydrotherapy isn’t just an occasional indulgence—it’s a way of life.
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Water Worlds • Hydrotherapy soothes the mind as much as the muscles. While flotation tanks have swept Asia recently, and the Aquatonic seawater therapy pool at Ayana Resort & Spa Bali is a perennial favorite soak, these destinations offer new remedies to try.
THE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS • WHO GETS TO DECIDE WHICH TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, DESTINATIONS AND COMPANIES ARE TRULY SUPERLATIVE? YOU DO. EVERY YEAR, WE ASK THE T+L AUDIENCE TO RATE AIRLINES, CRUISE SHIPS, CITIES, ISLANDS, HOTELS AND MORE FROM THEIR RECENT TRAVELS. THE RESULTS ARE A PICTURE OF THE VERY BEST IN TRAVEL NOW. FOR THIS, OUR 23RD EDITION OF THE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF READERS TOOK PART IN SELECTING THE WINNERS. AS ALWAYS, THEY SURPRISED US—AND INSPIRED SOME SERIOUS WANDERLUST.
Top 100 Hotels • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, a 60-room retreat near Ubud, got your vote as the No. 1 Hotel in the World. It was one of 27 properties in Asia that made the Top 100 list, the most of any region this year.
Cities & Islands • Though Mexico claimed the top two cities in the world, Udaipur led the six Asian cities that dominate the top 10. For island getaways, Indonesia was the runaway favorite, taking home the top three spots.
Destination Spas • Many resorts promise health-focused getaways—but which ones actually deliver? This year, our readers chose properties with deep experience in wellness, from Bali to as far afield as Germany and Mexico.
Transportation • Singapore Airlines soared along for the 23rd year in a row, while its home port of Changi continued to...