Leisure has released its list of
50 Best Places to Travel in 2020.
The list, which is compiled by Travel & Leisure editors as
well as travel writers, advisors, and other experts, includes
places that are “at the forefront of the global conversation” as
well as “perennial favorites that are reinventing themselves in
exciting ways,” according to a press release.
In Asia, eight destinations made the list, including Sri Lanka,
Singapore, and Kyoto, Japan.
Here are the best places to travel in Asia in 2020, according to
Travel & Leisure.
(Photo: The northern Indian state of Rajasthan is one of T+L’s best places to visit in 2020)
In the past year, China’s capital has seen the opening of
a $25 billion, 7.5 million-square-foot new airport designed
by Zaha Hadid as well as a new Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing,
which “has a boutique hotel feel, with 73 capacious rooms, yet
offers big-time amenities like a state-of-the-art spa, a sleek
fitness center with a lap pool, two on-site restaurants, and a
library,” Scott Bay wrote for Travel & Leisure.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Travel to Malaysia, and you’re likely to be headed to its
alluring beaches or the historic Straits cities of Penang and
Melaka,” Carey Jones wrote for Travel & Leisure. “But a
recent explosion of chic hotels and restaurants has put Kuala
Lumpur in the spotlight.”
Chic boutique hotels as well as Four Seasons and the W opened
locations in Kuala Lumpur in 2018, and the dining scene is having
a moment, Jones reported.
“As visits to Kyoto continue to climb, a trend that will only
intensify when the Olympics come to Japan this summer, innovative
hotels and museums are opening,” Lawrence Osborne wrote for
Travel & Leisure.
These openings will include an Park Hyatt Kyoto, an Ace Hotel,
and Aman Kyoto, which sits in the forested foothills northeast of
the city, according to Osborne.
“The Aman’s guest pavilions, all minimalist in style and largely
made of cedar, are set along a mountain stream,” Osborne wrote.
“The surrounding garden is landscaped with monumental stone walls
and pathways … The whole effect is one of simplicity and
In 2019, Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel reopened after a
two-year renovation, and next year the city-state will introduce
new green spaces, pedestrian walkways, and reconstructed railway
stations, Lila Harron Battis reported for Travel & Leisure.
Changi Airport, which has consistently been ranked among the
best airports in the world and which Battis describes as having
“the feel of an enormous botanical garden, thanks to lush
plantings and a towering central waterfall.”
Songyang County, China
Rural Songyang County in China’s eastern Zhejiang province has
been experiencing an architectural renaissance, according to
“Since 2014, architect Xu Tiantian has been radically overhauling
the region’s villages, bringing over a dozen serene, striking
buildings that serve as both tourist draws and community hubs,”
Battis wrote for Travel & Leisure.
“Sri Lanka has long been popular among surfers and adventure
travelers,” Madeline Diamond wrote for Travel & Leisure.
“Though the country is still on the mend after last Easter’s
bombings in Colombo, a new crop of resorts opening in 2020 make
the island nation a luxury destination to be reckoned with.”
These openings include Haritha Villas & Spa and new
sustainable resort Alila Koggala, Diamond reported.
“The colors, creative traditions, and opulent palaces of
Rajasthan are what many of us picture when we think of India –
but this coming year, even those who think they’ve been there and
done that should plan a return trip,” Flora Stubbs wrote for
Travel & Leisure.
In 2020, luxury hotel operators Six Senses and Raffles will both
open their first properties in India, according to Stubbs.
Travelers should look beyond Taipei to Taiwan’s mountains in
2020, Chadner Navarro reported for Travel & Leisure.
“Seventy percent of the island is covered with craggy peaks, but
until recently, red tape made hiking permits tough to come by,”
Now, the government has streamlined the application process,
Navarro writes, making it easier for travelers to visit “the very
best of the island’s scenery, such as the Lake Jiaming National
Trail, which runs through a hemlock forest, and the Nenggao
Cross-Ridge Historical Trail, an ancient trade path used by the
indigenous Atayal and Seediq tribes.”
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