Our Selected Hotels for May
Check out our hotel selection this month, all of which have been visited by our Khiri Travel team on their adventures to some of the most beautiful and unique destinations to be found in Southeast Asia.
Cardamom Tented Camp, Koh Kong, Cambodia
With the tagline, ‘Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing,’ Cardamom Tented Camp offers eco-friendly packages to adventure enthusiasts keen to be a part of real conservation work. Well off the beaten track, the eco-camp is deep inside Botom Sakor National park, an area that is home to pristine lowland and coastal habitats linking wildlife corridors to the Cardamom Mountains. Guests who visit the eco-camp can enjoy their stay in relative luxury on the banks of the beautiful Preak Tachan River, knowing they are helping to preserve the park’s pristine environment and wildlife.
The eco-camp is equipped with nine comfortable safari-style tents that minimize the human footprint on nature and promote sustainable tourism. Each of the nine tents provides visitors with a fully-enclosed and mosquito-protected canvas tent. In-room amenities are the standard of a 3-star hotel, including twin or queen-size double beds, sufficient fans, bamboo and rattan furniture, bathroom facilities with hot water, rain showers and spacious patios with sun chairs.
Guests can book several different packages that enable them to take part in a number of exciting camp activities that are geared towards assisting in the park’s nature conservation and which also involve and benefit the local communities in the area. Multiple activities are scheduled on a daily basis and are included in the overall package price.
Other accommodation of a similar standard and concept in Koh Kong Province includes the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge and Rainbow Lodge.
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Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tucked away in beautiful gardens on the edge of Luang Prabang, La Résidence Phou Vao is one of Laos’ most luxurious resorts, with spacious suites and fantastic mountain vistas. Rooms have a soothing ambience that mirrors the atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Large windows open onto spacious balconies and traditional hand-made furnishings reflect the vibrant spirit of Laos.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is also home to one of the best Luang Prabang restaurants – Phou Savanh. Talented chefs create culinary delights in the kitchen, working with fresh, local ingredients to produce a fusion of Euro-Asian flavours. In the hands of the resort’s culinary team, French cuisine is brought to life with delicate Laotian accents. Guests can dine in the stylish interior or head outside for superb views of Mount Phousi.
The resort’s award-winning Mekong Spa is also renowned for its dedicated and professional service, with a unique range of Laotian healing and wellness therapies, such as its signature ‘Sib Sen’ massage, a treatment based on Buddhist philosophy that was previously reserved for royalty. This carefully choreographed massage detoxifies and balances by freeing the body’s energy channels.
La Résidence Phou Vao is a great retreat escape after a busy day exploring Luang Prabang and its surroundings. Promising excellent service, your clients will receive personal attention from staff with an eye for detail.
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Loikaw Lodge, Kayah State, Myanmar
This charming hotel is located is Loikaw, home to the famous Padaung hill tribe community, whose women wear brass coils around their necks to accentuate their beauty. Although Loikaw is not the most visited place in Myanmar, this little town is gaining popularity as a destination for community-based tourism, and the family-owned boutique lodge situated on the edge of Loikaw Lake, is an unexpected gem in this remote part of Myanmar.
As you enter the lodge, it’s as if you leave the modern world behind. Locally-crafted and designed accommodation provides privacy and comfort, while blending effortlessly into the natural surroundings. Your clients can indulge in the exquisite elegance of a Kayaw Suite, or experience the unique decor of the individually-styled deluxe and superior rooms. There is no TVs, although guests still have access to the outside world via Wi-Fi. Room amenities and furnishings are all handmade and designed locally to create a unique, warm and homey feel that you wouldn’t find in a large international hotel chain.
The boutique style lodge emphasizes sustainable tourism with benefits for the local population. This is reflected in the locally sourced produce used to create the lodge’s delicious menu at its Loikaw Lodge Café – cuisine that marries modern techniques with traditional cooking methods and flavors. There are no fixed menus, with lunch and dinner for the day decided, depending on the season and the availability of fresh ingredients at the local market.
Loikaw Lodge only works with experienced guides that have been trained in community based tourism and are supportive of the respective initiatives of the local communities.
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Azerai, Can Tho, Vietnam
Described as a new approach to affordable luxury, Azerai is certainly high on the luxury standards. Brand new, elegant, refined and private, this resort offers a real escape from the hustle and bustle, while maintaining a level of local charm. One key element is its ability to blend into the local environment. Unlike other resorts that stand out, Azerai masters the balance of top-level comfort and design and at the same time remains ‘part of the Mekong’.
Simply getting to Azerai is proof enough of the attention to detail. Located on an islet on the Hau River, the resort is only accessible by boat, enhancing the exclusivity of the resort. Rooms are either river-, lake- or garden-facing and are discreetly combined with connecting doors making them perfect for families.
With a plethora of activities and facilities, there is little time to be bored and with two restaurants serving a variety of cuisine there are always new dishes to try.
If you’re looking for that something special from your trip to the Mekong region, then this might just be what you’ve been searching for.
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Trisara, Phuket, Thailand
Trisara is one of Thailand’s most luxurious and exclusive resorts. Set amidst tropical forest-covered hillside on the quiet north-western coastline of Phuket, the name is derived from the Sanskrit language for ‘Garden in the Third Heaven’. And Trisara truly is a haven for the senses – a sanctuary of privacy, space and simple good taste. Trisara’s sumptuously appointed 60 Pool Villas enjoy wonderful views of the Andaman Sea from their various vantage points on the hillside.
The resort is set within 40 acres of gardens that rise gently from the seafront between the two private headlands and pristine beach, ensuring absolute privacy from any other developments. Wrapped in a tropical forest and exotic gardens, the 39 spacious ocean facing pool villas and 20 two- to eight bedroom private residences all embrace a quiet bay on Phuket’s sophisticated and natural north-western coastline, just 15 minutes from Phuket Airport. The multi-bedroom residences on the resort’s northern and southern headlands enjoy particular popularity.
With dedicated cooks and housekeepers who prepare home-cooked meals and anticipate your every wish, these villas are the epitome of privacy and luxury. Travelers looking for a peaceful vacation spot can now set their sights on three additional residential villas on offer by Phuket’s most sought after luxury resort, Trisara.
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Teardrop Hotels, Sri Lanka
Teardrop Hotels recently opened three new Sri Lankan properties in Central Province and Uva Province that follow the hotel chain’s three founding principles: Genuine Sri Lankan hospitality, fabulous Sri Lankan and Asian fusion cuisine, and experiences that put guests face to face with the colourful local communities in which they are situated.
Camellia Hills, Dickoya
Live the life of a modern-day tea planter at Camellia Hills, a luxurious five-bedroom boutique bungalow hotel near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country. From its verdant valley-side perch, views of the mirror-still Castlereagh Reservoir and surrounding tea-wrapped hills are spectacular. Drink in the panoramas while relaxing on large sofas warmed by an open fire, dining in the semi open air or swimming lengths of the cool garden pool.
Goatfell, Nuwara Eliya
Goatfell is perched on a working tea estate in Kandapola village, just 25 minutes from Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. This former estate manager’s bungalow will have four en suite bedrooms, a living and dining room as well as a swimming pool. With a focus on gourmet food and a butler service, guests will immediately feel at home, while being able to enjoy the fresh air and stunning views from the bungalow’s beautifully manicured gardens.
Nine Skies, Ella
Just a few minutes along the tea-lined estate roads from Demodera Railway Station near Ella, stands Nine Skies, a majestic former tea planter’s bungalow turned five-bedroom luxury hotel. Set within several acres of private gardens are the hotel’s croquet lawn, garden pool and sun deck, with wonderful views across the valley to the tea factory and famous Demodera loop. The bungalow’s name is a nod to the nine-arch viaduct, through which it is possible to see ‘nine skies’ when looking through the arches.
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Papua Paradise Eco Resort, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Fancy an early morning cacophony of chuffing hornbills and squawking black cockatoos – a place where you can relax all day and hear only the sound of waves crashing on the shore? Head to the tropical uninhabited castaway island of Birie in the North of Raja Ampat, the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity – a 2-hour speedboat ride from Sorong, West Papua, to the only resort on the island – Papua Paradise Eco Resort.
Built along a pristine white, sandy beach and with a backdrop of green jungle and coconut palms, the resort could be considered a picture-perfect tropical dive resort. With a long house reef and less than 10 km away from Raja Ampat’s best dive sites, Papua Paradise Eco Resort is a jewel in the Four Kings archipelago crown.
The resort features 25 over-the-water wooden cottages built from native materials in the traditional style, with comfy double beds and furnishings that include lounges, ocean-facing decks and hammocks, mosquito nets and specially curated local artworks. Each cottage has a spacious veranda, with direct access to the house reef – a great place to relax with a book and enjoy serene ocean views from your hammock
There’s a fully equipped PADI dive center and recently refurbished ocean view restaurant, a perfect place to try delicious Indonesian and international dishes prepared daily by local staff, using fresh local produce and ingredients bought mostly from the nearby village, collected from the little garden of the resort, or purchased in Sorong. Specialty items like yoghurt, bread and cakes, as well as pasta are all homemade and served fresh.
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