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This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.

From overwater bungalows in the Maldives to a Mewari-style palace in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Asia offers a varied and diverse world of resorts. And the best resorts in Asia, according to Travel + Leisure readers, are the ones bearing a strong sense of place that makes them feel truly transportive. 

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

Among the resorts that have excelled in connecting guests to their destinations: the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, India (No. 12), an opulent property with views of the Taj Mahal; Nihi Sumba (No. 9), a surfer's paradise in tropicalIndonesia; and the Halekulani Okinawa (No. 7), the Japanese outpost of a famed Hawaii hotel. 

Capella Ubud RiverTent Exterior
Credit: Dewandra Djelantik/Courtesy of Capella Hotels & Resorts

"A bucket-list property" is how one reader described the Leela Palace Udaipur, in India, which earned the No. 8 spot this year. "It's a beautiful property with stunning views." Guests of the hotel arrive by a private boat ride across Lake Pichola, and the serene compound, which encompass 80 guest rooms, extensive gardens, and a swimming pool, seem to float atop the water. 

Four resorts in the Maldives on the list, including Soneva Fushi (No. 5). Located in the Baa Atoll, the tranquil resort occupies the otherwise uninhabited island of Kunfunadhoo, with 63 beachfront villas and eight "water retreats" that hover over the Indian Ocean and feature both a waterslide and a private pool. "Very friendly ambiance, amazing food and beverage, beautiful biodiversity, and great service," one reader enthused.

But the property that earned the highest scores from readers was Capella Ubud, Bali, an escape that is firmly rooted in its setting, yet immerses guests in a whimsical world of its own. Below, find out what readers had to say, and which other hotels join it on this year's list of the best resorts in Asia.

1. Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Aerial view of Capella Ubud
Credit: Courtesy of Capella Hotels & Resorts

Celebrated hotel architect and designer Bill Bensley transports guests to an extravagant expedition camp from the 19th-century with a series of tented, one-bedroom villas surrounded by the Keliki jungle. Antique furnishings and vintage telephones evoke a bygone era, and views out to the dense, verdant foliage add to the sense of tech-free timelessness, which readers seem to appreciate. "The most exciting hotel in Bali," declared one reader, who added that the "food and service were truly amazing!" The staff is known to deliver  experiences that illuminate local culture and traditions, including Balinese painting and dance.

Score: 99.34
More information: capellahotels.com

2. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Semi private pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas
Credit: Martin Harvey/Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Score: 99.12
More information: oberoihotels.com

3. Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa, India

The facade of Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa
Credit: Courtesy of Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa

Score: 98.76
More information: tajhotels.com

4. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore, India

The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Score: 98.72
More information: oberoihotels.com

5. Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives

Soneva Fushi 1 Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide
Credit: Courtesy of Soneva

Score: 98.59
More information: soneva.com

6. Alila Manggis, Bali, Indonesia

View of a personal pool at Alila Manggia
Credit: Courtesy of Alila Manggia

Score: 98.50
More information: alilahotels.com

7. Halekulani Okinawa, Japan

Bar Spectra at Halekulani Okinawa
Credit: Adam Bruzzone/Courtesy of Halekulani Okinawa

Score: 98.21
More information: halekulani.com

8. The Leela Palace Udaipur, India

The Leela Palace Udaipur Inner Courtyard
Credit: Courtesy of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Score: 98.13
More information: theleela.com

9. Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

Kanatar Sumba House at Nihi Sumba
Credit: Read McKendree/Courtesy of NIHI Sumba

Score: 98.00
More information: nihi.com

10. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Exterior view of The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 97.66
More information: oberoihotels.com

11. Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Soneva Jani 4 Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide
Credit: Sandro Bruecklmeier/Courtesy of Soneva

Score: 97.45
More information: soneva.com

12. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Aerial view of pool at The Oberoi Amarvilas
Credit: Courtesy of The Oberoi Amarvilas

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 97.44
More information: oberoihotels.com

13. (tie) Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud, Indonesia

Mandapa Suite Living Room at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Credit: Courtesy of Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Score: 97.00
More information: ritzcarlton.com

13. (tie) Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Two Bedroom Ocean Beach Villa with Pool view at Six Senses Laamu
Credit: Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Score: 97.00
More information: sixsenses.com

13. (tie) Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, South Malé Atoll, Maldives

Aerial view of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Credit: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria

Score: 97.00
More information: waldorfastoria.com

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2021.