In order to create this unique Asian-themed resort on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, more than 110,000 trees and plants were brought from Thailand, India, China and Japan. “The perfect micro-climate of Alicante has allowed us to create a little bit of Asia in the Mediterranean,” says Raul Gomez Carmona, Marketing Manager at Asia Gardens Hotel and Thai Spa at Royal Hideaway Hotel.
Overlooking the Costa Blanca, the Asia Gardens Hotel is an oasis of calm from the outside world. The attention to detail is exciting and a delight that surprises many guests. “To walk through the door is to be transported from Alicante to Asia,” says Raul. “A stay in the Langkawi Suite is especially delightful; the Balinese furniture and exposed roof beams help to create such a beautiful space.” For obvious reasons, this is the most in-demand room.
A delicate floral perfume coats the entire hotel. The gardens, filled with wild birds and the harmony of flowing water, help enrich the traditional Thai spa. “Our therapists have been trained at the temple-school of Wat Pho in Thailand,” says Raul. “Ancestral wisdom and aromatherapy are harnessed to balance mind and body. Traditional and modern treatments coalesce to recover the body’s energy; all the senses are recruited to release emotions and memories.”
The most difficult part of any stay is selecting between the nine restaurants. “Udaipur is an exquisite blend of Mediterranean and international cuisine,” explains Raul. “For a fusion of the most select Asian dishes, Koh Samui is wonderful. But, if I had one night left on Earth, I would choose In Black – the atmosphere makes it special and the food is faultless. To finish any evening, cocktails at the Champagne bar underneath one of Europe’s largest palapas structures is perfect.”
Above all else, the gardens make any time spent here special and is best described as a garden with a hotel attached. “Rare species of trees and plants are in every corner,” says Raul. “Each season there are more than 10,000 flowers in bloom. The sound of water is everywhere; Balinese pools, lakes, waterfalls. The scale of the gardens is staggering, the lawns alone produce enough oxygen each day to sustain 170 people. Nowhere else will you breathe so freely.”