Southeast Asia abounds in luxurious hotels and resorts that travelers seek for a retreat in idyllic destinations. It’s somewhat difficult to choose between such an extensive choice of accommodation types and experiences. At Luxury Travel we have ranked some of our top luxury hotels in different categories according to the experience they offer, whether it is for a wellness retreat, a romantic getaway by the beach or a wilderness experience in an Ecolodge.
Stroll through our selection and get inspired for your next trip to Southeast Asia.
1. Indulge a Wellness and Spa retreat at Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand
This true temple of Zen located in Pansea beach was the first Aman Resort and it´s still one of the world’s best luxury hotels. Amanpuri, meaning place of peace, will make your stay unforgettable. Can you see yourself set amid coconut palms on a private Phuket peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea? This idyllic surrounding is just what you need to relax, and enjoying their incredible Spa.
The luxurious pavilions invite you to sit back and relax on the terraces and open-air lounges and its villas overlook lush vegetation and the sea. The resort has beach access, an infinity pool and 4 dining options, including an Italian restaurant. Other amenities include a spa and cruises.
The best? The airlift and helicopter service to Bangkok and close islands.
2. Live in the Contemporary Elegance of Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos
Enjoy the charms of a contemporary classic boutique hotel in Laos. Deep in the heart of Northern Laos, along with the banks of the Mekong in the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang, there is no better place to get away from the crowds.
From your private terrace or balcony in the French colonial classic style, you will contemplate the sweeping views of the forested mountains surrounding this photogenic town. Sculpted grounds give way to an endless cloud forest. Revive yourself in a freshwater infinity pool, or indulge in their award-winning spa that will let you try all the benefits from Laotian herbal wellness in an enchanting garden location.
3. Support the Environment at the Luxury 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Tatai, Cambodia
Smoothly float into a river of tranquility in the 4 rivers Ecolodge. The idea behind this luxury hotel was to create an environment-friendly luxurious resort where you can contemplate the ecological miracle that is Cardamoms Rainforest. The hotel uses only sustainable materials, recycling resources, and managing waste.
The Koh Kong Region is home to an incredible biodiversity that needs to be protected and taken care of. The 4 Rivers Ecolodge was built around the idea of not being destructive to the nature that surrounds us and implements actions to protect it. They work with Wildlife Alliance and raise awareness about protection of both fauna and flora organizing for guests, different tours allowing them to discover the incredible nature and the villages around the resort.
Think of yourself, in a comfortable floating tent on the tranquil water of the Tatai River. Wake up to the amazing sights and sounds of the birds and forest, and rest yourself in a private, peaceful and exclusive Ecolodge when visiting Cambodia. Isn’t it the perfect representation of reloading in nature?
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4. Stay on a Private Island Resort in Song Saa Islands in Cambodia
An island, that is a resort. Enough said right?
Truly, the ultimate castaway fantasy you can find in terms of luxury hotels. For those privacy and exclusiveness seekers, this secluded resort will not disappoint you. Visualize a setting in a virgin jungle, with tropical reefs and pure white beaches all around. From its isolation, Soon Saa Private Island occupies a duo of untouched isles and feels like you are very far away while only being 40 minutes from Sihanoukville by speedboat.
As far as activities are a matter, you can choose to practice yoga and mediations or spa and massage as well as many water sports activities such as sailing, snorkeling or kayaking. The hotel often arranges beach barbecues by the sea breeze and sunset.
5. Have a Unique Boutique Experience at Mrauk U Princess in Myanmar
The Mrauk U Princess is truly one of the luxury hotels you should not miss because it is unlike any other in Myanmar, Set away from the beaten track and the usual spots, this unique boutique experience in one of the world’s last hidden wonders.
The hotel is comprised of a number of authentic villas created completely by hand of carved teak in the local style. Located along the Kaladan River this boutique hotel offers a premium view of nature amidst water buffalo, river birds, paddy fields and the temples and stupas scattered across the hills.
Imagine waking up to these views to enjoy your delicious breakfast? This is the summon for uniqueness and unforgettable moments.
6. Embark on a Luxurious Cruise in the Mekong River aboard the Majestic Jayavarman
Can a cruise be more majestic than the Jayavarman? This luxury cruise junk will take you on a journey on the Mekong River from South of Vietnam until the UNESCO heritage site of Angkor Vat. A serene journey throughout this luxurious vessel to explore, taking your time, some of the finest scenery in Asia.
With three-and-a-half decks, Jayavarman is as big as it is beautiful. Guests can admire Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings and wherever they look, guests are reminded of the local arts and culture. On the top sundeck, guests can enjoy the Jacuzzi surrounded by the spectacular views of the passing delta, or recharge at the Apsara spa.
7. Plan a Meditative Retreat in the Amanoi, a Conservation Site in Vietnam
Nominated as one of the 100 Greatest Hotels in the World by Harper’s Bazaar Travel Guide 2018, the Amanoi is Vietnam’s most peaceful retreat in a conservation site positioned on a hillside with impressive views. Set on the coast of Vietnam’s Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest natural conservation sites you will find in this hotel a meditative retreat. The evergreen-covered hills, overlooking the East Sea and pristine Vinh Hy Bay set the perfect peace for a meditative retreat in the middle of nature. And the pool views are just as incredible as Amanoi is set on a private beach looking out to the quiet and sheltered waters of Vinh Hy Bay, an uninterrupted horizon of blue.
We hope that you enjoyed the views and soon be coming to try it for yourself!
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