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Extravagant South East Asia hotels that range from palace-like resorts to forest hideaways to guarantee a memorable getaway.



Historical Homestead
137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

This elegant 1889 property once belonged to Louis Leonowens, son of Anna (of Anna and the King movie fame). It is no surprise then that the hotel strives to offer a personal home-away-from-home feel with its rooms and grounds. Rooms are spacious with private balconies. Some have four-poster or super-king beds with indoor and outdoor showers. For a splurge, the two ground-floor Louis Leonowens Pool Suites will make you feel totally at home. Laze away the afternoons by the 25-metre lap pool surrounded by a lush vertical plant wall. It’s a great hideaway in busy Chiang Mai that blends nostalgic with historic Thai architecture.


Oceanside Opulence
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali, Indonesia

A sophisticated oceanfront property, the sprawling Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is an excellent showcase of authentic Balinese heritage and culture. The resort has welcomed kings and queens, presidents, and other dignitaries over the years. Designed to resemble a Balinese palace, it combines regal presence with warm tropical hospitality. The three outdoor pools and a private beach are just amazing. Guests can soak in all things Balinese with the resort’s in-house activities such as Balinese dance classes, the art of Balinese beauty rituals, coconut weaving and fruit carving. Rooms range from comfortable to extravagant, including one that was previously reserved only for royalty.


Traditional Tranquility
Angkor Village Resort & Spa, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Styled like a traditional Cambodian village, Angkor Village Resort is an enchanting tropical oasis just minutes away from Siem Reap city centre. The grounds boast of an amazing landscape dotted with big old trees, water ponds with lilies and flowers while the hotel’s pool winds like a river through the tropical gardens. The main building is a stunning and traditional Khmer wooden structure, while rooms are designed cottage-like to further provide guests the Khmer aesthetics and feel.


Italian Opulence
The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam

Discover Italian opulence at this hotel that wows the senses with eye-popping interiors. Stepping into its many-styled rooms is like stumbling into a Prada advert with interiors that range from modern sophistication to classical European and whimsically sassy. Four of Italy’s leading furniture designers – Provasi, Colombostile, Giorgetti and Visionnaire – have lent their legendary talents to design the hotel’s spaces, rooms and suites. Further decadence is when you can request a butler or private chef and get a lift in a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, which are among the house cars. It’s all about glamorous lifestyle at this property.


Eco Glam
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

Jet-setters looking for jungle luxury will find no complaints here. The Datai offers peaceful privacy amid an exquisite virgin rainforest through its 124 secluded villas, each leading down to a private bay and the hotel’s white sand beach. In-room decor matches its lush surrounding with polished dark wood floors and beige-upholstered furniture. The Villa Hutan Datai is a Malay-style villa on stilts offering four bedrooms surrounding a 15m-long central pool and an outdoor bar/barbecue area. You can further commune with nature at the onsite spa that offers exquisite rainforest-inspired menu in open-air wooden villas.


Designer Den
Naumi Hotel, Singapore

If you want customised living, then Naumi is for you. In compact-living Singapore, the hotel cleverly sets out to provide guests an oasis of serenity and top-notch service. It may appear to be cramped from the outside, but once you step in, you’ll see Naumi triumphing in design. Rooms are conceptual and unique; take inspiration from the cool abodes – some contemporary, others arty – to recreate at home as everything from the toiletries to the mattress and bathrobe is for sale. Service is personalised to a fault. Staff will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Perfect for long-term vacations or even a staycation.


Legendary Luxurious
The Peninsula Manila, The Philippines

The Peninsula brand is synonymous with refined and personalised service, and The Peninsula Manila does not disappoint. The highest standards of luxury will define your stay. Rooms are equipped with signature tech-savvy amenities unique to the Pen brand and if you can tear yourself away from these havens for comfort, the Peninsula Academy programmes are stellar examples of how the hotel strives to provide a peek into the local culture. Take advantage of Burda, the local hand embroidery art; a personalised tour of Intramuros or an in depth look at the old houses at Taal town.

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