We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: When traveling in Asia, you ought to stay in a luxury hotel. This is, in part, because of the lack of alternatives—hostels or budget hotels in Asia are not generally deemed suitable for businessmen of any culture. But it’s also because Asian luxury hotels are some of the best in the world. A combination of traditional Asian hospitality and up-to-the-day modern luxuries awaits you. Here’s how to make the most of your stay in an Asian luxury hotel.
The concierge is your best friend.
Even if you’ve been to a given city a dozen times, you’re not going to know the area like a local would. And a concierge is like a local who’s connected to every high-class spot in town. Want a private tour of a local attraction? Talk to the concierge. Need a car to a business meeting? Hit up the concierge. Need a last-minute restaurant reservation? Call you-know-who.
The hottest restaurant in town might be downstairs.
Of all the advantages of luxury hotels, this might be the most underrated. Big-name hotels with big shot guests take great pride in hosting amazing restaurants. If you’re looking to take a date or client to an impressive restaurant, it’s pretty damn convenient to have one in your building. Plus, hotels often give priority to their guests for tables at their restaurants.
Relax and unwind.
The spa isn’t just for the ladies. If you’re traveling from the West, you’re likely jet-lagged and cramped up from a long plane ride. Lucky for you, you’ll find some of the world’s nicest spas and pools at luxury hotels in Asia. Swim some laps, wade under a waterfall or treat yourself to a massage, and you’ll be feeling recharged and refreshed in no time.
Join a rewards program.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there’s a great chance that you’ll find yourself back on the road. By picking your favorite hotel and staying with it in different cities, you’ll earn perks that are reserved only for frequent guests. Hotel rewards programs can give you free stays, room upgrades, discounts on flights and car rentals, and even all-inclusive luxury vacations.