Featured Hotels for October
Check out our great selection of unique hotels from around the region this month, inspected and reviewed by our trusty team of accommodation experts, eager to let you in on their discoveries.
Mia Resort Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa,Vietnam
This contemporary 5-star resort inspires rest and relaxation with its exclusive beachfront villas set amidst manicured gardens, all with a private verandas and views overlooking the ocean. For guest wanting a larger family option, there are five-bedroom beach villas with private pools, fully equipped kitchens and outdoor barbeque grills. Mia Resort’s central location between Nha Trang City and Cam Ranh International Airport ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest.
Maison Polanka in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Set in tranquil tropical gardens the 4-star boutique Maison Polanka is within easy reach of downtown Seam Reap and the Angkor Temple complex. The property comprises of two unique Cambodian villas offering five rooms in traditional Khmer style, a design that reflects the owner’s interest in Asian and Cambodian crafts. Four bedrooms and a kitchen are located in The Maison villa, while the other villa, Khmer House, houses a large suite on two floors. All rooms are uniquely appointed and styled with lots of Khmer touches.
Between the two villas is the infinity pool surrounded by a wooden deck. With the leafy garden all around, it’s an ideal spot for a dip and for private al fresco dinner occasions. The Maison Polanka’s Sala restaurant and bar are located next to the pool – an open affair that offers a menu of delicious fresh Cambodian cuisine. This exclusive property’s organic garden helps to supply the restaurant with a staple of fresh vegetables. The Maison Polanka’s exquisite design, personalized service and great location all combine to make it a truly unique experience.
Shantaa Resort in Koh Kood, Thailand
Situated on the exotic island of Koh Kood in Thailand’s Trad Province, the 4-star Shantaa Resort Koh Kood offers comfortable and stylish beach accommodations in a peaceful and tranquil setting overlooking Tapao Bay, known locally as Ao-Tapao. Opened in 2004, the resort’s 10 simple and yet stylish villas are all situated on high ground providing them with amazing views overlooking the sea and the bay. Every villa is air-conditioned and has a private terrace.
With the tagline, ‘If you don’t want to wake up among hundreds of people, we are just the place you are looking for,’ the resort has gone out of its way to make guests feel at one with the natural exotic island surroundings. For example, certain electrical appliances have been discarded to cut down on noise and preserve an atmosphere of tranquillity. Surrounded by beautiful gardens there are also plenty of family friendly activities to take part in including snorkelling, diving, visits to waterfalls, and of course, an abundance of beautiful beaches to visit. The resort also offers several villa suite options for honeymooners and the more romantically inclined.
My Dream Boutique Resort in Luang Prabang, Laos
Perched in a quiet corner of Luang Prabang overlooking the Nam Khan River, the 3-star My Dream Boutique Resort offers an incredibly serene and relaxed atmosphere where guest can really recharge their batteries. Downtown Luang Prabang is within easy walking distance from the resort over a charming bamboo bridge that crosses the river and offers some specular views.
Guest rooms are housed in comfortable and spacious bungalow-style units featuring elegant rattan and wood furnishings. The bungalows are surrounded by lush gardens which include a large pool and relaxation area. The resort also has an open-style kitchen that ensures only the freshest ingredients are used in its menu of traditional Laotian and western-style dishes.
Inspected recently by Khiri Travel, it was noted that the resort has friendly and attentive staff devoted to providing excellent customer service. Two alternative accommodations in Luang Prabang that we recommend are the Le Sen Boutique Hotel and Sala Prabang both of which are nearby. Le Sen is a modern style hotel with a luxurious pool and restaurant facilities. Sala Prabang is on the Mekong Riverfront and features classic style restored heritage buildings.
Katamaran Resort, Lombok, Indonesia
Katamaran Resort is a 5-star luxury beachfront resort situated on the exquisite Mangsit Beach, a short drive from Lombok’s Senggigi village. Inspected by Khiri Travel, Katamaran has 32 Ocean View Suites and 20 Tropical Pool Villa guest rooms served by a very friendly staff. There is a huge swimming pool close to the beach with stunning views of Bali’s Mount Agung.
Approximately one hour from Lombok International Airport and 15 minutes from the boat pier to the Gili Islands and Bali, Katamaran Resort offers a wide range of facilities and activities to cater for a unique guest experience. River tubing, excursions to the Gili Islands, and day trips to north Lombok and Mataram city are just some of the activities possible, besides the swimming, spa and yoga available at the resort.
The resort also has two excellent restaurant options: The Kliff, with its open kitchen and beautiful views overlooking the ocean has a great selection of grilled seafood and meats, as well as an extensive a la carte menu. The Sail Café & Bistro beachside restaurant provides all-day dining and offers a choice of exotic local and international dishes for breakfast, lunch and romantic sunset dinners.
Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Located in the misty Knuckles Mountain Range of central Sri Lanka, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is a place of minimalist luxury, serenity and relaxation. Situated on a 48-acre site everything about the resort from its design to its expert staff focuses on providing guests with a unique experience of wellness and rejuvenation.
Santani’s minimalist design concept incorporates the careful use of space, providing a soothing environment that allows guests to focus on their wellness goals. The unique architecture has also been designed with energy efficiency in mind. Located in the cool hills, the resort does not require air conditioning and therefore saves on energy use. Almost 90 percent of the furniture and woodwork at Santani is created from reclaimed wood, including a whole timber deck salvaged from a demolished 100-year-old tea factory.
The resort also offers an array of outdoor activities including a 1,200 square-foot pavilion that provides the ideal space for yoga, Pilates and cardio. There’s also the option to swim in the outdoor infinity lap pool overlooking the mountain scenery or bathe in the nearby fresh-water river. Other activities include meditation, nature walks, cycling and hiking.
Hotel G Yangon, Myanmar
Hotel G Yangon is a new, young and lively hotel centrally located in Yangon’s entertainment district, making it ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Describing itself as a ‘vibrant lifestyle hotel’, this stylish newcomer is a mere 30-minute drive from Yangon International Airport and only a few minutes’ walk from Yangon Central Railway Station. It’s bright and vivacious designer rooms are available in four novel categories: Good, Great, Greater and Greatest, and come with high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TV with cable channels, a Handy Phone, an E-reader application with access to 6,000+ newspapers and magazines, and complimentary tea and coffee.
Hotel G Yangon also has a spacious and fully-equipped fitness center, Real Fitness ExpressTM, a G Shop with branded souvenirs, and a communal area where like-minded guest can get together. Sharing the ground floor with the hotel’s reception is Babett Eatery & Bar, which serves a broad variety of Western dishes and imported wines. This is a great mid-range hotel managed by professionals that is well situated in downtown Yangon close to popular sites like the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Market.