Our Choice Hotels for February
Enjoy our February selection of unique hotel accommodation from around the region, inspected and reviewed by the Khiri Travel team, who go out of their way to bring you the latest hotel highlights.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka
The most striking feature about Wild Coast Tented Lodge is the architecture, a sort of Jules Verne-meets-Martian-style that sounds rather odd, but works beautifully – especially when it comes to the amazingly designed canvas tents, which are a real delight. Complete with copper bath tubs, super-comfy beds and even a lovely wooden deck, this is – by a long shot – the boldest architectural and interior design in Sri Lanka. Watch out for the accolades to pour in as there is nothing like it on the island.
The restaurant area is perhaps the coolest part of the design with its open-plan style and wooden tiling – something that needs to be seen to be really appreciated. There is also a long bar where you can hang out at the end of the day with your favorite bevvy and watch the ocean waves. Food too was superb and it’s worth remembering that this property is run by the same people as Ceylon Tea Trails and Cape Weligama. We ate so well while we were there and everything was top notch – especially the fish and sea food dishes – and don’t miss out on the roti with curry for breakfast.
Accommodation is suitable for groups, couples and also families with young children. Units for families are called ‘Family Cocoon with Urchin’ and for couples they’re ‘Cocoons Suites’, while another four units called ‘Cocoon Pool Suite’ come with large, private pools. Altogether there are only about 40 room choices, which makes Wild Coast relatively ‘boutique’ in terms of size.
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa is a 4-star property that focuses on providing guests with a peaceful, homey feel, located on Ma May Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. One of the newer properties of the Hanoi Elegance Hotels Group, La Siesta is in easy reach of major attractions, including Hoan Kiem Lake in the historical center of Hanoi.
Modern and stylish, the hotel has 50 spacious guestrooms, including Suites and Duplex rooms. All Suites provide guests with modern, comfortable facilities, while duplex rooms are ideal for families and groups of friends. Other facilities include a spa, gym and even a movie theater.
On the ground floor, guests can enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the hotel’s Red Bean Restaurant. Additional touches include 24-hour customer service, evening turn-down service, free unlimited wireless internet in every room and cable TV. The hotel’s spa also offers guests a range of skincare and wellness treatments, provided by an experience in-house staff.
An alternative hotel for clients also located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter is the luxurious 4-star Silk Path Hotel.
Ijen Resort & Villas, Java, Indonesia
Perched at the edge of the rainforest of Ijen National Park, overlooking terraced rice fields to the Ijen volcano chain, each of Ijen Resort’s 41 well-appointed, comfortable bungalows boasts superb views of the volcanoes from their balconies, with all the facilities of modern comfort, including free Wi-Fi access.
This resort is a special destination because of its proximity to the spectacular scenery of the Ijen volcano crater. In addition, Banyuwangi Regency features other tourist sites such as rural villages, a huge fishing port, national parks with endemic species, and plantations reminiscent of its colonial past.
Guests can also arrange a number of activities from Ijen Resort, including trekking in Ijen National Park and to the local plantations and rural villages, as well as journeying to Baluran National Park, a region with a relatively dry climate in the north-eastern extremity of Java that is home to Mount Baluran and consists mostly of savannah, lowland forest and mangroves.
Ijen Resort also has a bar and restaurant and provides a concierge service. An added bonus is that the resort is a pet-friendly establishment.
Baan Luang Ratchamaitri Historic Inn, Chantaburi, Thailand
This 150-year old heritage home in Chantaburi town, east Thailand, has been renovated as a boutique hotel for guests who want to learn more about its history and the town’s Thai, French and Vietnamese influences. Baan Luang Ratchamaitri Historic Inn is located in the town’s old Chantaboon Waterfront Community, filled with restored wooden houses situated on the banks of the Chantaburi River.
Awarded by UNESCO as a building of special merit, Baan Luang Rajamaitri is a beautiful example of Sino-Portuguese architecture that in addition to being a hotel is also a museum. It’s also a great location from which to explore the waterfront community around the hotel and even try some of the delicious Vietnamese-inspired Thai cuisine at restaurants in the riverside area. Guests can also witness the daily alms giving to the monks; have a look at the local market and witness locals enjoying their breakfast in the small riverfront restaurants.
All rooms are beautifully appointed in traditional period furnishings with picturesque views overlooking the river and waterfront. Organized by the Arsomsilp Institute under the auspices of the Chantaboon Waterfront Community Renewal Project, the hotel venture is owned by the community, ensuring that a percentage of revenue benefits local projects.
Bagan Lodge, Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan Lodge is a highly recommended accommodation for those visiting Myanmar’s ancient archaeological wonders in Bagan. The lodge reflects the decorative beauty of the ancient pagodas and perfectly blends into the surrounding environment. The spacious villas are equipped with a high level of comfort and attractive interiors. The design concept is meant to inspire guests with the spirit of 19th century exploration and adventure.
Bagan Lodge’s air-conditioned rooms and suites are upscale sanctuaries – a fusion of classic Burmese design and contemporary décor – each with its own private veranda. Room facilities include, cable television, Wi-Fi, a fully-stocked mini bar and en suite bathroom with hot shower. Baby cots are complementary and available on request. Guests can choose between a king or twin-bed room configuration.
Your clients will feel the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Bagan Lodge from the moment they arrive. This hospitality reflects the lodge’s commitment to excellent service. A big bonus is the inviting pool, which offers relaxation and refreshment after an exciting day exploring the temples and busy markets of Bagan.
Le Relais de Chhlong, Kratie, Cambodia
Once a colonial French villa, Le Relais de Chhlong is a 3-star boutique hotel that has been beautifully restored to its former grandeur, set in a lush tropical garden. Situated 30 km south of Kratie on the banks of the Mekong River in Chhlong village, the hotel provides guests with a unique lodging experience that is relatively off the beaten track.
Le Relais features just six spacious and elegantly appointed guestrooms, with silk furnishings and period Khmer and Chinese antiques. Room types include two standard rooms, two Mekong (Royal) Suites and two Junior Suites. All rooms provide air-conditioning and ceiling fans, satellite TV, and large en suite bathrooms with hot water. With so few rooms, a high standard of personalized service is guaranteed.
Chhlong is a picturesque rural village with only simple eateries and a central market square where a number of crumbling colonial period buildings can also be found. It is also home to the famous Chhlong Pagoda and offers some stunning views of the Mekong River. A night or two at Le Relais is a truly genuine opportunity to experience the rural side of Cambodian life.
Alternative accommodation of a similar standard in the area is Rajabori Villas, 20 km north of Chhlong.
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Inthira Vang Vieng, Laos
Situated in the heart of Vang Vieng overlooking the Nam Song River, the Inthira is the newest addition to the town and clearly stands out from other hotels, with its hip, stylish design. The hotel’s Laotian architect, who lived in France for many years, has set a milestone with the property’s chic, yet practical post-modernist construction.
Each of the 38 well-appointed rooms has its own private balcony, allowing you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the majestic mountains and the Nam Song River. The hotel also has a large, attractive restaurant with a contemporary design where all dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Menu choices include a range of delicious steak dishes, fresh fish delicacies and local Laotian fare. The bar and open restaurant area is also furnished with comfy sofas and low tables with stunning views across the Song River of the lush-green jungle and limestone mountains.