Where to Celebrate Life’s Major Milestones in Asia and the PacificBy Katie Lockhart
Life gives you plenty of reasons to celebrate, both large and small. But when major milestones pop up, why not go all out? Whether you’re celebrating a big birthday or a new business, there are incredible hotels and resorts across Asia and the Pacific that are perfect for marking the occasion in style.
So grab your nearest and dearest and commemorate these life-changing moments with a life-changing trip.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
A Golden Jubilee
Completing your 50th trip around the sun is something to celebrate. So for your big five-oh, head Down Under to The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart, where Tasmania’s history and Hobart’s culinary creativity collide.
Known for its incredible produce and farm-to-table dining, The Tasman fits right into this small island’s food scene. Spend your birthday sampling some of the country’s best bites and bottles of wine. Book a local tasting in the hotel’s sandstone Wine Room, followed by a private tasting menu savored in the historic Printing Room.
Cheers to 50 more years!
Whether it’s been five, 10, 20 or 50 years since you said “I do,” wedding anniversaries are always joyous occasions. And when it’s time to celebrate cherished memories and continue to strengthen your connection, there are few places more peaceful or contemplative than Bhutan.
After a hike to the top of the country’s iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery, soothe your muscles with a massage at the chic Explore Spa before catching dinner with a side of stunning views over the Paro River and Himalayas.
Family reunions are about making memories that last for generations. Gather the whole gang for a tropical vacation in Fiji, where incredible island experiences await for the youngest and more seasoned alike.
At Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, adults can opt for a bucket-list overwater bungalow, while young families can bask by the beach in an expansive oceanfront villa. Spend days snorkeling colorful reefs, playing beach soccer, cruising Fiji’s islands or getting pampered at the Quan Spa. There’s an outdoor pool just for kids, and adults can take in the sunset from a breathtaking infinity pool.
Before the Baby
Babymoons are on the rise, with soon to be parents looking for one last getaway before they go from two to three. And what could be more relaxing than a beachside holiday?
On the palm-fringed south coast of Sri Lanka is Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa. This Indian Ocean island is all about laid-back living. Spend days by the resort’s dedicated relaxation pool or lounging on the pristine beach and afternoons in the Quan Spa getting a massage that will make you melt.
One Last Hurrah
While Vegas and Nashville are solid options for a bachelor or bachelorette party, why not do something different? The Indonesian island of Bali perfectly blends wild beach club parties and Zen yoga retreats.
At W Bali – Seminyak, steps from dreamy Kuta Beach, you and your closest crew can do a bit of both. Dance by the pool with a tropical cocktail in hand as a DJ spins and rejuvenate the next morning with daily yoga classes or even a personal yoga session by the waves.
Friends Till the End
Friends are your chosen family. Whether you’ve known each other since you were kids or you met later in life, there’s no better confidant than your BFF.
So hit the beach to celebrate your bond at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort. Nestled along a secluded cove in the south of Thailand, this luxury spot overflows with places to lounge, including the pristine beach and sprawling pool.
Feeling adventurous? Book a yacht cruise to snorkel the Gulf of Thailand and make some new fishy friends.
A Job Well Done
When retirement rolls around, it’s time to treat yourself. After decades of work, it doesn’t get any better than a trip to the ultraluxe Maldives.
Butler service and over-the-top indulgences await at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. While total relaxation is the Maldivian ethos, there’s plenty to do on this private island escape. From diving and snorkeling excursions to incredible overwater spa treatments to cooking classes, you can do as little or as much as you want. Now that you’re retired, you’ve got all the time in the world.
A New Venture
Starting your own business is equal parts nerve-wracking and exciting. And if you’re in need of inspiration, look no further than Tokyo.
At The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, you can enjoy the rotating calendar of creative events where artists, musicians and chefs show off their talents at the hotel’s four showstopping bars and restaurants. Or take out one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and immerse yourself in the city’s incredible art galleries and cultural sites.