Top 20 Asian Golf Resorts
Travelling to Asia for a golf holiday is no longer a rare thing. With established countries like Thailand and Malaysia, along with new locations like Vietnam all trying to woo the travelling and discerning golfer, it is vital for people know where to go and what to expect. Here you have the chance to vote for your favourite Asian resort...
ALPINE GOLF RESORT CHIANG MAI - THAILAND
Nestled in a valley between the mountain ranges in the heart of the San Kampaeng natural forests, lies the award-winning Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai. Offering four-star accommodation, a luxurious spa, delicious food, and a challenging golf course, it is the perfect place for those looking for a family holiday in serene sorroundings.
ACCOMMODATION. Choose anything from a Superior to a Grand Suite, the rooms are modern and luxurious, with private balconies.
GOLF. The course, designed to championship standards by world-renowned course designer Ron M. Garl, is challenging and boasts exquisite lush greens and stunning natural beauty.
DINING. The resorts restaurant, enjoys wonderful views, serves a selection of local traditional dishes, as well as Western cuisine.
SPA. Let yourself be pampered in the Heritage Spa, which offers a wide variety of treatments including, Thai herbal massage, body wrap, facials and mineral spa baths.
BANYAN RESORT - THAILAND
Located just minutes from the centre of Hua Hin, this award-winning resort is amongst the best in South East Asia. Made up of small luxurious villas, set in beautifully landscaped surroundings with tropical gardens, infinite swimming pools, a Spa, 5-star restaurants and a championship golf course, it is a perfect idyllic retreat.
ACCOMMODATION. Stay in one of the luxury 1, or 2 bedrooms villas, which have been tastefully decorated and have spacious terrace, outdoor shower and a private swimming pool.
GOLF. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed and constructed by Thailand's leading golf course architect and offers plenty of challenges.
DINING. The resorts restaurant serves a menu of Thai and Italian cuisine, steaks and burgers, or if you wish you can enjoy a private barbecue on your terrace, cooked by one of the resorts chefs.
SPA. The Spa Villa offers anything from Thai massage to facials and aromatherapy treatments.
BANYAN TREE BINTAN - INDONESIA
On the Indonesian island of Bintan, lies the luxury resort, Banyan Tree Bintan. Surrounded by lush tropical forest, the resorts Balinese style villas climb the hillsides and offer spectacular views of the South China Sea. Here you can hike in rainforests, tee off on an undulating championship golf course, be pampered in the spa, or simply relax by the pool.
ACCOMMODATION: There is a selection of beautifully decorated villas in traditional style, some with their own private infinity pool.
GOLF: Laguna Golf Bintan is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, designed by Greg Norman, which winds through a diverse terrain of forests, natural wetlands, beachfront coconut groves and stunning rock formations.
DINING: There is a range of dining options, whether you are looking for a casual meal, a beachfront experience or just delicious Indonesia cuisine.
SPA: Surrounded by the natural beauty of rocks and old growth trees, the award-winning spa uses local ingredients and offers holistic treatments.
BANYAN TREE JIUZHAIGOU - CHINA
Jiuzhaigou, in China’s Sichuan province, is a network of valleys that are famous for breathtaking landscapes and centuries-old Tibetan culture. And this is the location of a stunning new luxury hotel, Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou. Perched 2,500 meters above sea level, the hotel offers panoramic views of turquoise lakes, plunging waterfalls and snow-capped mountains and is the perfect place for those looking for a golf holiday with a difference.
ACCOMMODATION: There are 209 elegant guestrooms and suites to choose from, all with spectacular views of the mountains, or valley below.
GOLF: Tee off at the neighbouring Jiuzhai Yunling Golf Club, which has utilised natural valleys, forests, waterfalls, and lakes to create one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in China.
DINING: With six restaurants and bars, there is plenty of choice. You can sample the local flavours of Jiuzhaigou and the Sichuan region, or dine on classic Cantonese dishes.
SPA: Banyan Tree Spa Jiuzhaigou features 12 treatment rooms and a myriad of award-winning spa treatments harnessing traditional Chinese herbs.
BLACK MOUNTAIN - THAILAND
Just ten kilometres west of the quaint city of Hua Hin, lies Black Mountain Resort. Nestled in the foothills of a valley, it was Swedish entrepreneur Stig Notlov that saw the potential to create this luxurious golf resort, with its private pool villas, outstanding restaurant, large water park and award-winning golf courses.
ACCOMMODATION: The luxury pool villas consist of 2, or 3 bedrooms, large outdoor areas, well-equipped kitchens and private pools.
GOLF: The award-winning golf resort has three courses, East, West and North and was in 2012, named one of the best 100 golf courses in the world outside the US, by Golf Digest.
DINING: The restaurant offers a mix of classic western and eastern dishes, serving anything from a hearty portion of Swedish meatballs, to some spicy Tom Yam.
SPA: The spa is a haven dedicated to ease away your stresses and strains, whether you want a facial, a Thai massage, or any other body treatments.
CHIANGMAI HIGHLANDS GOLF & SPA RESORT – THAILAND
Set in the foot-hills east of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, you’ll find multi award-winning Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, featuring a magnificent 27-hole championship golf course, spa and restaurant. The resort’s luxurious and stylish villas lie nestled in amongst trees, alongside a creek, offering guest peace and tranquillity.
ACCOMMODATION: The villas have been beautifully decorated, with all modern amenities and guest have access to the swimming pool and fitness facilities.
GOLF: Designed by award winning architects Schmidt-Curley Golf Design, golfers can expect plenty of challenges and magnificent mountain views on every hole.
DINING: The restaurant serves delicious Thai cuisine, as well as a small selection of Mexican dishes, in a modern and stylish setting.
SPA: Let all your troubles melt away in the luxurious spa, where you can enjoy anything from Thai massage, body scrubs and a mineral milky bath.
GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL – SINGAPORE
Asia is becoming a major golfing destination and now, with many of Singapore’s golf courses open for green fee play, this exotic city is more alluring than ever. Stay at the famous Goodwood Park Hotel, a green oasis in the bustling metropolis, which with its 5 stars has had plenty of famous guests through its 116 year history. It offers colonial style charm and access to the city and its many golf courses.
ACCOMMODATION: There are 233 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites, complete with all the contemporary amenities you expect from a 5-star establishment.
GOLF: The regions number one course is Sentosa Golf Club, home to two magnificent, championship 18-hole golf courses The Serapong and The Tanjong. The golf club is set in a lush and idyllic setting with stunning views of either the Singapore harbour or the South China Sea.
DINING: The restaurants at Goodwood are all famous places to eat in a city of excellence, among them Gordon’s Grill and the Chinese restaurant Min Jiang.
SPA: There are two outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre, with beauty and spa services also being available.
HORNBILL GOLF JOUNGLE CLUB – MALAYSIA
Cocooned in a lush jungle a 1000 meters above sea level, lies the environmentally friendly Borneo Highlands Resort. This is not a place for opulent luxury, but a place for simplicity and healthy eating. The spectacular Hornbill Golf Course, with its cool mountain air, stunning views and serenading jungle chorus, makes this an exotic golf destination with a difference.
ACCOMMODATION. There are 30 rooms and suites to choose from, all with spectacular views of the jungle and gardens. The rooms are simple, but comfortable.
GOLF. The 18-hole course lies on the highland plateau, which has a year round temperate climate. Its 6,249 metres length is magnified by the steep gradients of the rugged mountain terrain, to make it as much a physical golfing challenge as a mental one.
DINING. The Annah Rais Cafe, offers an exclusively healthy organic menu, with a tempting selection of local and international dishes, cooked to perfection.
SPA. As well as steam baths, saunas, spa pools and Jacuzzis, treatments available include traditional Bidayuh massage, foot reflexology, aromatherapy and organic facial and body treatments.
LAGUNA LANG CO – VIETNAM
Near Vietnam’s fourth-largest city, Danang, lies the 940-acre Laguna Lang Co integrated resort, which also includes a Banyan Tree resort with 49 villas and a 229-room Angsana hotel. The main buildings and villas are designed to reflect the cultural and historical legacy of Vietnam and will give you get a taste of the Far East.
ACCOMMODATION: The 32 lagoon pool villas and 17 beach pool villas that make up the Banyan Tree resort, are inspired by the artistic heritage of Vietnamese dynasties past.
GOLF: Laguna Lang Cô Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, is according to its designer, unique in Vietnam because it incorporates six environments: sand “blow-outs”, rice paddy fields, beach, river, jungle and exposed rock outcrops.
DINING: Eight restaurants and lounges serve up the best of local Vietnamese and international culinary delights.
SPA: Release tension and refresh your senses in the tranquil haven of Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co, where time-honoured healing therapies are offered as a way of achieving spiritual, mental and physical harmony.
MISSION HILLS – CHINA
Mission Hills, just over the border from Hong Kong, is recognised by Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest golf resort, boasting 12 courses, 216 holes, 3000 caddies, 1000 golf carts, 180 ground keepers, 2 hotels and Asia's largest spa. And with restaurants galore, there is plenty to choose from.
ACCOMMODATION: China’s only five-star resort features over 500 guest rooms and suites spread across two hotels, Shenzhen and Dongguan.
GOLF: Winner of multiple international awards, the 20-square kilometre golf complex features twelve 18-hole championship courses, designed by golf's greatest legends and architects.
DINING: There are several superb restaurants to choose from, where you can discover the savoury tastes of local Cantonese cuisine, or indulge in a variety of eastern and western cooking tradition.
SPA: Let yourself be pampered to perfection in Asia’s largest luxury spa, and indulge in experiences that purify, refresh and renew.
MISSION HILLS HAIKOU - CHINA
On the tropical island of Hainan, lies Mission Hills Resort Haikou featuring an 18-storey luxury hotel and annex, with breathtaking panoramic views of the golf courses and the surrounding volcanic landscape. In addition, the 168 hot and cold mineral spring pools, makes it the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs Resort” accredited by Guinness World Records.
ACCOMMODATION: There are 539 spacious guest rooms and suites, all are tastefully designed and have balconies with panoramic views of the golf courses.
GOLF: Of Hainan’s 50-plus golf courses, 10 of them are at Mission Hills Haikou, which spans a vast volcanic lava landscape in the north, near the island’s capital, Haikou.
DINING: Discover the savoury tastes of local Cantonese cuisine, or indulge in a variety of eastern and western cooking traditions at any one of the resorts dozen restaurants, cafés, and lounges.
SPA: With architecture based on the circular, UNESCO-listed Hakka earth buildings, it offers almost 170 hot and cold springs, 61 spa treatment suites, 29 spa villas, a café, nail spa and hair salon.
PODO HOTEL - KOREA
On Jeju, the largest Korean island, you’ll find the award winning Podo Hotel complex, designed by the world-renowned Jun Itami. This unique hotel, along with the first golf course in Korea to make the 100 Best Course lists, makes this an ideal exotic travel destination.
ACCOMMODATION: The hotel accommodation features one- and two-bedroom apartments, reflecting both Korean and Western influences and finished in traditional materials.
GOLF: Pinx Golf Club seamlessly blends traditional ideas with new concepts and with the sea and volcanic mountains as a backdrop, you feel surrounded by nature’s beauty.
DINING: The hotel restaurant offers locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood, which is complemented by the best wines from around the world.
FACILITIES: All rooms come with water from the hot springs and there is an indoor pool with glass walls opening onto the surrounding landscape.
RACHAMANKHA – THAILAND
Situated in the heart of the old, historic city of Chiang Mai, the Rachamankha is a luxury boutique hotel with Zen-like simplicity. Located right next to Wat Phra Singh, the city’s most famous temple, the colonnaded courtyards of Rachamankha welcome guests to a world of serenity and contentment.
ACCOMMODATION: There are 25 rooms and suites, which all have been decorated in a simple, yet elegant fashion, with attention to every detail.
GOLF: Nearby golf courses worth playing are Alpine Golf Resort, Chiang Mai Highlands and the picturesque Chiang Mai Green Valley.
DINING: You can dine al fresco on the intimate patio or in the restaurant proper, where they serve traditional dishes celebrating Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisines.
FACILITES: The enchanting open-air massage pavilion overlooks a tranquil 20-meter pool, where drinks and light snacks are served throughout the day.
SAUJANA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA
The Saujana Hotel, just 35 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Centre, is a 5-star resort hotel that sits on 160 hectares of lush tropical forest and gardens with lakeside views. And with two adjoining 18-hole championship golf courses, plenty of shopping and cultural attractions on your doorstep, it is perfect for the whole family.
ACCOMMODATION: The hotel has 250 luxurious rooms, offering picturesque views of the lake or golf course.
GOLF: Saujana Golf and Country Club offers two stunning championship golf courses, the Palm Course and the Bunga Raya Course.
DINING: The resort offers anything from Japanese and Cantonese cuisine, to grilled meat and seafood, as well as delicious cakes, light snacks and evening cocktails.
SPA: The award-winning luxury spa, uses ancient healing techniques and beauty treatments from Asia and is the perfect sanctuary to restore body and mind.
SHANGRI-LA’S HAMBANTOTA GOLF RESORT & SPA – SRI LANKA
On the pristine southern coast of Sri Lanka, lies the luxury resort Shangri-La's Hambantota. Set in 58 hectares of tropical gardens, it’s located along the ancient Spice Route, in a city steeped in history. The area is known for its natural beauty and with a splendid 18-hole golf course, it is the perfect setting for a memorable Asian holiday.
ACCOMMODATION. The resort boasts 300 luxurious rooms, including 21 suites, all offering magnificent views of the tropical gardens, golf course, or lagoon.
GOLF. Designed by world-renowned golf architect, Rodney Wright, the 18-hole golf course spreads across a vast coconut palm plantation, with a sapphire quarry, lakes and sand dunes, offering plenty of challenges.
DINING. You can enjoy local Sri Lankan cuisine at Bojunhala, with some dishes inspired by the famous hawker stalls at Sera. In addition, Gimanhala and Ulpatha provide refreshments throughout the day.
SPA. Chi Ayurveda Spa is a place of personal peace that offers ancient healing therapies and personalized Ayurveda consultations with our expert doctor.
SHANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA, KOTA KINABALU – MALAYSIA
The Rasa Ria Resort is located on Pantai Dalit Beach and perched on a verdant hill, surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest. With spectacular views to what our journalist described as miles of untouched sand, it is a superb tropical family retreat.
ACCOMMODATION: Guests can choose between the luxurious Ocean Wing and the elegant Garden Wing.
GOLF: The resort is home to the eco-friendly championship course, Dalit Bay, which follows the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers. Golfers tee-off with the stunning backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.
DINING: Rasa Ria Resort, with a choice of nines restaurants, offers popular western cuisines, as well as Malaysian and Asian dishes.
SPA: The Spa features a selection of treatments that showcase the diverse Sabah Culture and use natural botanical and herbal products.
SHERATON SHENZHOU PENINSULA RESORT – CHINA
Hainan Island, known as the “Hawaii of the East”, is situated just off China’s southern coast, and here, surrounded by palm trees, azure water, and picturesque mountains, lies the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort. It boasts eight kilometres of white sandy beaches, luxurious accommodation and has a superb golf course on its doorstep.
ACCOMMODATION: Resort comprises 276 guest rooms and 32 suites, tastefully furnished, with stunning views of the sea, golf course, or gardens.
GOLF: The award-winning Dunes At Shenzhou Peninsula was designed by Tom Weiskopf and consists of two stunning courses, The West Course and The East Course.
DINING: The resorts two restaurants offer tantalizing Cantonese cuisine, as well as western dishes, you can also enjoy light snacks and pastries over a cocktail.
SPA: Relax and be pampered at the Shine Spa for Sheraton, which provides exclusively-designed spa treatments, perfect after a workout in the gym.
SUTERA HARBOUR RESORT – MALAYSIA
Nestled between the shores of the South China Sea, fronting the tropical islands and the majestic Mount Kinabalu, lies Sutera Harbour Resort. Spread out over 384-acres, with two luxurious five-star hotels, a championship golf course, a marina, several restaurants and recreational facilities, here you’ll find all you could wish for and more.
ACCOMMODATION: The Magellan Sutera Resort and the Pacific Sutera Hotel have 956 exquisite rooms between them, with all the luxury amenities you’d expect from a 5-star hotel.
GOLF: The award-winning Sutera Harbour Golf Club offers 27-hole, which can be played in any combination of 18 holes and offers plenty of challenges and stunning scenery.
DINING: There are several places to eat at the resort, offering anything from Malaysian and Chinese, to Italian and barbequed meats, as well as tempting treats from the bakery.
SPA: Both hotels have their own spas, the Chavana and Mandara, where you will be pampered from top to toe, in beautiful, serene surroundings.
THE ANDAMAN RESORT, LANGKAWI – MALAYSIA
Located in an idyllic tropical setting on Malaysia's Langkawi Island, the Andaman lies tucked away between a 10 million-year-old rainforest and the tranquil Datai Bay, where you’ll find an 8,000-year-old fringing coral reef. This Luxury Collection Resort offers breath-taking views and world class service, with superb golf virtually on your doorstep.
ACCOMMODATION: The 178 exquisite rooms and suites reflect a contemporary Malaysian style, with sweeping views over the Andaman Sea and ancient rainforest.
GOLF: Set amongst unspoilt rainforest and natural beaches, The Els Club Teluk Datai lies just four minutes from the resort and was designed by former world champion Ernie Els.
DINING: The Andaman’s dining venues, entwine gourmet cuisine with indigenous flavours, offering anything from Japanese to International food.
SPA: The goal of the V Integrated Wellness centre is to inspire you to explore all aspects of your inner and outer self, trough organic treatments, healthy eating, fitness and meditation.
THE OCEAN VILLAS AND DA NANG GOLF RESORT – VIETNAM
Located between the charming town of Hoi An and Danang city on Vietnam’s central coast, The Ocean Villas is the perfect place to stay and experience Vietnam. With pristine shores ringed by mountainous jungle, here you can soak up the atmosphere, play golf at Da Nang Golf Resort, enjoy fine dining and let yourself be pampered in the resort’s spa.
ACCOMMODATION: The Ocean Villas features 110 luxury villas, arranged along the fairways, with views of the golf course, or the beach.
GOLF: Danang Golf Club, designed by Greg Norman, is located opposite resort and has been ranked the best in Vietnam as well as one of the top new courses in the world.
DINING: The signature dining venue, the White Caps Restaurant, serves a broad menu of classic regional dishes, Vietnamese specialties and international staples.
SPA: Let yourself be pampered in the Tides Spa, where experienced therapists offer foot rubs, full body massages, scrubs, wraps, facial and manicures.