The Hotel Kalaw Hill Lodge (Myanmar Hill Lodges), Kalaw, Myanmar
This small, 3.5-star lodge has 32 clean and comfortable bungalows grouped around a central building with spectacular views of Kalaw and the surrounding countryside. The compound has an intimate setting that feels like home, complete with an organic garden and free-range chickens roaming about!
Kalaw is famous for trekking activities either in the surrounding hills or a 2-day trek to Inle Lake. The hotel also offers horseback riding and has a bicycle rental service. After a busy day, the spa has massages, Jacuzzi and sauna.
Natura Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Miles of Khiri Travel Cambodia inspected this 3-star property, which occupies a quiet location on the Siem Reap River. Natura Resort is beautiful, charming and surrounded by nature. The private rooms have an open plan green design and the staff offers friendly, personal service.
Only five minutes from the downtown restaurants and shops and ten minutes from the world famous temples, what more could your travelers want!
The Hills, Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia
This beautiful 4-star hotel’s special feature is the elegant Grand Foyer with its grand vaulted ceiling. The many open walkways and arches infuse this property with the architectural flair of southern Spain or Morocco. Located in the center of town, The Hills hotel is also a landmark of the Minangkabau style characteristic of west Sumatra.
From the hotel, it’s very easy to explore the town or take a hike to Ngarai Canyon or Harau Valley for beautiful views of the limestone karst hills, green valleys and meandering streams.
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, Hue, Vietnam
This family-owned, 5-star resort is located on the bay of one of the biggest lagoons in central Vietnam with views in the opposite direction towards lofty green mountains. Vedana is best known for their wellness program, which includes not only a wonderful spa, but also daily yoga and tai chi lessons, perfect even for groups on a yoga retreat.
The property has 27 pool villas and spacious bungalows featuring enormous beds and bathrooms. The Aqua bungalow is the perfect spot to see sunrise and sunset! Others are suitable for families but the design of each is inspired by a mix of Vietnamese culture and jungle elements.
Hue is located about 1-hour by car with a complimentary shuttle bus to the city and a beach located nearby. Without a doubt, this resort is definitely worth the extra travel time!
Luang Prabang View, Luang Prabang, Laos
This 4-star hotel is located on a small mountain outside of the town with fantastic 360-degree views. It is a great hub to explore Luang Prabang as transfers to the city center are provided free.
The well-maintained gardens and hotel buildings surround a huge pool so this large property with meeting rooms is also a good option for group tours. There are four villas with private pools and deluxe rooms with big balconies, each having fantastic views.
The Kiridara Hotel and Le Palais Juliana are good alternative options to Luang Prabang View.
Yathra by Jetwing, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Ghafraan Hamit inspected this new place which is actually a houseboat featuring all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel. Located on the tranquil waters of the Dedduwa River, this hotel offers the perfect ambiance of being immersed in the breathtaking views of this peaceful river. There are two private cabins each with a balcony view of the water and connected to a lounge area.
In contrast to this peaceful houseboat, there is no shortage of activities off the boat such as temples, beaches, a lighthouse, the UNESCO Galle Fort, boat rides and the country estate of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. After a busy day sightseeing, guests can enjoy a cocktail on the boathouse’s rooftop deck.
Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Khiri Travel Chiang Mai branch manager, Philip van Driesten, inspected this brand new 5-star property. Located on Nimmanhaemin Street, the new hub of Chiang Mai, this urban high rise is right next to sois (small side streets) with all kinds of entertainment such as coffee shops, galleries and nightlife.
This luxury boutique hotel’s special feature is large guest rooms equipped with a special sound system for TV and Internet. The hotel has a fitness center, meeting rooms and a rooftop bar and swimming pool.
Around the hotel there is also shopping and an interesting temple called Wat Suan Dok. There are other special Akyra experiences such as a photography tour, Thai kickboxing, mixology and free bikes with a neighborhood map.