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Verdant green creates a wild backdrop against India’s Fort Barwara

Trio of delightful holiday resorts make winters more spectacular

The snow-capped mountains of Hokkaido carry magic with its winter-kissed climate, making it a beloved ski mecca from all over Asia. Perched below Mount Niseko Annupuri is Hinode Hills

Three new faces of paradise in Asia

Glide into snowy ski slopes of Hokkaido, stay in the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok, or live like a true king in a magnificent palace in India – this trio of delightful holiday resorts will make summers more spectacular.

The snow-capped mountains of Hokkaido carry magic with its winter-kissed climate, making it a beloved ski mecca from all over Asia. Perched below Mount Niseko Annupuri is Hinode Hills, a tranquil upscale resort gorgeously wrapped inside acres of powdery, terrain, well-maintained slopes, and great off-piste sites. Hinode Hills lure skiers with interlinked resorts, onsen baths, a swanky retail village district and a locally cherished adventure park that trills with the sensation of summer. As the snow melts, trudge into a trek up Mount Yotai, bike around the verdant trails or explore the rivers by raft.

Accor reignites its love for Bangkok at the reopening of the Orient Express Hotel, set in the last quarter of 2019. Taking hues from the classic sleeper cars of the 1900s, the luxury hotel, perched inside the grand skyscraper King Power Mahanakhon, trills with nostalgic Art Deco inspiration—nomadic trunks, and a day-to-night atmosphere transformation that reflect the experience of riding a train. Interiors are brilliantly styled by French designer Tristan Auer. Indulge in its exclusive spa, lavish dining venues, and serene comfort while overlooking the majestic city of Bangkok from the tallest tower in the city.

A three-hour drive from Jaipur leads to Six Senses Fort Barwara, a striking stronghold of stone transformed into an otherworldly luxury hotel. Once owned by the noble dynasty of Chauhans, the 5.5-acre venue is re-envisioned with the help of conservationist experts, brilliantly merging modern-day conveniences into the historic rock wall. Retaining the spirit of Rajasthan, Fort Barwara showcases lofty ceilings, astonishing arcs, carved pillars and ambient lighting that breathes romance into the opulent space. Lush textiles paired with marble surfaces add to the resort’s grandiose charm, munificently lined with tangible relics of culture, history, and heritage reflecting India’s royal abundance.

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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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