With shimmering cerulean waters and near-limitless selection of palm-fringed white-sand beaches, it is little wonder that investors continue to look east in their search of paradise.
For decades now, Asia has perfected its own brand of wish-fulfilment for visitors seeking to realise their holiday fantasies. Southeast Asia, in particular, has come a long way since the early years of its travel industry when the main demographic was intrepid Western hippies and accommodation was rarely more sophisticated than a rustic wooden shack.
Nowadays, countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more recently, Vietnam and Cambodia, can ably cater to the most demanding of investors, with sumptuous properties ranging from secluded island hideaways to palatial residences with easy access to first-class restaurants and highly developed transport infrastructure.
Investors who are as keen on powder snow as granules of sand are equally well catered for. Japan has come into its own as a winter-sports destination, with the legendarily consistent supply of fresh snow in the northern island of Hokkaido matched by an ever-expanding portfolio of après-ski options.
For those in search of the ultimate bolthole, meanwhile, the Maldives continues to seduce with its brand of barefoot luxury.
With cutting-edge architecture and increasingly daring design concepts defining the new breed of Asian resort residences, the difficulty is no longer finding a suitable property – it is choosing the right one.
This also makes the task of selecting the region’s outstanding resort residences more arduous by the year. But after much deliberation and adherence to a strict criteria, we finally agreed on what we believe to be Asia’s Best Resort Residences 2015 – and here it is!