Five unforgettable Asian escapes

The travelling elite recommend breaks in Cambodia, Baku and Bhutan

The Tiger’s Nest Buddhist monastery, Bhutan
The Tiger’s Nest Buddhist monastery, Bhutan

Christine d’Ornano, Sisley vice president“An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Sumba, a beautiful island in Indonesia, where I went for two weeks last summer with about 20 family and friends. We all surf, even my kids, and surfers follow the wave; August is the best time for it. The people of the island are very special too, full of mischief and extremely elegant.” For more Indonesian inspiration, click here

Belmond’s Myanmar cruise along the Ayeyarwady River on the Road to Mandalay 
Belmond’s Myanmar cruise along the Ayeyarwady River on the Road to Mandalay 

Simon de Pury, auctioneer and co-founder of De Pury De Pury“Bakuin Azerbaijan is a beautiful city, bustling with life, and there’s a vibrant artistic scene. It has some great architecture – such as the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre – and there’s an extremely well-preserved old town, and quite a lot of architecture from the early 20th century too, so it’s a great mix. You can feel the energy in Baku – it’s palpable. It’s a city on the move.” Click here to read more about holidaying in Baku

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Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer“I went to Bhutan with my dear friend Christian Louboutin and we hiked to various temples, including the spectacular Punakha Dzong. We stayed at Amankora Punakha, a paradise reached by a suspended bridge decorated with colourful prayer flags. This country is so lush and I loved the monasteries, the markets selling beaded handicrafts, the time to meditate and the delicious meals of watermelon and tomato gazpacho and Bhutanese lentil balls. Best of all were the kind people, who made this trip so magical.” www.amankora.com

Amansara Resort, Cambodia
Amansara Resort, Cambodia

Jacques Grange, interior designer“Myanmar is still so unspoilt that it feels like stepping back into the 19th century. I sailed along the scenic Ayeyarwady aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay, stopping at villages, Bagan, Mingun and the pagoda of King Bodawpaya. The hundreds of temples lining the river valley resemble a necklace of many gems. A balloon trip at sunrise was a magical highlight.” www.belmond.com

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Francisco Costa, former creative director of womenswear at Calvin Klein Collection“Cambodia is simply extraordinary, from Siem Reap and the spectacular Angkor Wat, to the delicious food and sheer force of nature I witnessed everywhere I went. My stay at the stellar Amansara – a very cool midcentury structure transformed into a luxury hotel – was particularly memorable. It once served as the King of Cambodia’s guest villa, and Jackie Onassis visited in the 1960s.” For places to stay and things to see in Siem Reap, click here

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