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A Season-by-Season Asian Hotel Guide

Planning out your 2020 travels? Here are suggestions for hotels in Asia perfect for a spring, summer, autumn or winter trip

Some parts of Asia experience a much subtler change of seasons compared to the rest of the world. Even so, some hotels in the region truly come alive at one special time of year. Here’s why you should visit these four properties during spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Spring: Gangtey Lodge

Gangtey Valley, Bhutan

Gangtey Lodge, Gangtey Valley, Bhutan
Photo Credit: Ken Spence

Though many plan their trips to Bhutan to coincide with the migration of black-necked cranes during the winter, early spring is when lush green grass fields and pink rhododendrons come alive across the gently undulating glacial valley encircled by the Black Mountains. Here you’ll find Gangtey Lodge, a farmhouse-style inn with 12 suites, each featuring a balcony that allows you to take in the vast Himalayan panorama surrounding the valley. For another angle on the fertile flora, head to the bathhouse and dive into a traditional hot stone bath to soak away joint pains and minor ailments.

Gangtey Lodge, Gangtey Valley, Bhutan
Photo Credit: Ken Spence

Summer: Shinta Mani Wild

Kirirom National Park, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Wild, Kirirom National Park, Cambodia
Photo Credit: Thmor Rung Development

At this eco-friendly jungle retreat, guests slide straight into summer on arrival via a 380-metre-long zipline over lush canopy and the Tmor Rung river. After sipping on one of the tropical-themed liquid offerings at the Landing Zone Bar, guests head back to one of the 15 Bill Bensley-designed tents before exploring the surrounding 350-hectare private nature reserve on foot, by kayak, on the hotel’s river pontoon or by motorbike with Wildlife Alliance rangers, who protect the park’s gibbons, tigers and elephants.

Shinta Mani Wild, Kirirom National Park, Cambodia
Courtesy of Shinta Mani Wild

Autumn: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Photo Credit: Lisa Michele Burns

Guests at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, located in the historic Higashiyama district, should take advantage of one of the garden-facing rooms and suites as the city’s foliage adopts vibrant hues of red, orange and fuchsia. After visiting the hotel’s 800-year-old garden and attending a private meditation session at the nearby Kennin-ji Zen Buddhist temple, head to the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park as its maple and ginkgo trees don their autumnal outfits.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

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Winter: Kudadoo Maldives

Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Kudadoo Maldives, Lhariyani Atoll, Maldives
Courtesy of Kudadoo Retreat

Those looking for an escape from the dreary days of winter should head to one of the nearly 1,200 Maldivian islands, where the sun shines year-round but especially during winter’s drier days. Located on a private island, the Kudadoo Maldives resort runs entirely on solar-powered energy. And so can you: with 15 one- and two-bedroom villas, all built over water, guests can take advantage of private sundecks to soak in as much vitamin D as possible.

Kudadoo Maldives, Lhariyani Atoll, Maldives
Courtesy of Kudadoo Retreat

Cathay Pacific flies to Maldives from Hong Kong four times a week

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