Top 5 destination hotels within 5 hours of Hong Kong

Whether you live in Hong Kong or around the world, the city, with its status as an international travel hub, offers the perfect oppoortunity from which to explore Asia. Locals enjoy its proximity to exotic locations, while for those from abroad, the city acts as a stopover for travellers from around the world, typically on their way to destinations within Southeast Asia, thanks to its unrivalled connectivity with direct flights. But beyond the popular destinations of Phuket and Bali, there are a series of destination hotels that are within about five hours of Hong Kong from airplane to resort, perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Below are five of the best and easiest accessed.

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Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Danang is one of the easiest to reach sun, sea and sand destinations from Hong Kong, and arguably the closest international destination, merely a less than two-hour flight away. Mixing the tropical paradise elements with the heritage and cultural exploration of the old town of Hoi An, the region features one of the longest stretches of a single beach. There are plenty of resort options available on this long stretch and beyond, but the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An is a real standout. With 60 resort villas and 40 pool villas, nearly all featuring some views of the ocean, the resort’s grand architecture with its landscaped areas and expansive beachfront make this one of the best resorts in Vietnam.

Total travel time: approximately 3 hours

Six Senses Yao Noi, Yao Noi, Thailand

On the quaint island of Yao Noi, a private boat ride off the eastern coast off Phuket, life moves at a very different pace to that on mainland Phuket: the island just got its first 7-11 store. This is part of the charm of the more jungly, lesser developed twin islands of Yao Noi and Yao Yai (Yao Yai has even less on it). But the real showstopper is on the eastern coast, with views out over the limestone rock karsts of Krabi and beyond, and the Six Senses Yao Noi, set cascading down a hillside fronting two small beaches, is the ideal spot to enjoy this beautiful island from.

Total travel time: approximately 4 hours
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Phum Baitang Siem Reap Cambodia

Phum Baitang, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor is a destination unto itself, with sprawling ancient monuments and temples, but Siem Reap, a 2.5 hour flight from Hong Kong, has become quite crowded. To be away from the crowds, escape to Phum Baitang on the outskirts of town, and yet only a 15-minute drive from the airport, where city life morphs into village life. Featuring 45 villas on stilts designed like traditional Cambodian wood houses, the interiors and exteriors reflect a modern and understated luxurious take on Cambodian living, some with pools.

Total travel time: approximately 3 hours

Hoshinoya Kyoto Japan

Hoshinoya Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Designed like a modern-day ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), Hoshinoya Kyoto is set in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, famed for its temples and bamboo groves. In this peaceful region, Hoshinoya Kyoto offers a stay for the senses, with traditional inn-style rooms overlook the river and Kyoto’s distinct seasons, spa treatments with deep roots in Zen Buddhism, and a refined contemporary twist on classic banquet cuisine featuring the freshest of local ingredients.

Total travel time: approximately 5 hours

Amanpulo Palawan Philippines

Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines

A private island resort with its own landing strip, this veritable slice of paradise is surprisingly easy to reach. Accessed by the resort’s own private twin-propeller plane, Amanpulo is an hour flight from a private hangar in Manila, which itself is only a two-hour direct flight from Hong Kong. With one of the softest, white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters we have ever seen, this is a more accessible and arguably better alternative to anything in the Maldives. The resort’s scheduled charter arrivals and departures are synched into to international arrivals for Hong Kong, so the early morning flight from Hong Kong to Manila gets you at the beach in time for lunch.

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Total travel time: approximately 5 hours