Featured Hotels for September
Every month we will present a selection of unique accommodations from around the region inspected and reviewed by our team members, who know a thing or two about what makes a great product.
Hotel des Arts Saigon in Saigon, Vietnam
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh, this 5-star property offers luxury and stylish accommodation ideal for high-end travelers staying in the city for business or leisure. When Khiri Travel inspected the hotel, we were welcomed by the very friendly staff and a lovely pianist who was playing classic hits – creating a very welcoming ambience for guests while checking-in.
The hotel rooms all feature a similar chic, Indochina-inspired style with fantastic views of the city, while the property itself is conveniently located nearby to a number of city parks, providing guests with beautiful green vistas and a sense of space.
One of the great things about this hotel is that it connects via a glass bridge to one of our favorite rooftop venues in the city, the Shri Restaurant & Lounge. It’s a great option for guests who want to enjoy the luxury of dining out at one of the city’s most popular restaurants without having to leave the hotel.
Alila Seminyak in Bali, Indonesia
This attractive 5-star accommodation is situated in a beautiful beachfront location right in the heart of Seminyak on Bali’s west coast. Rooms face the gentle, rolling surf and a wide stretch of white sandy beach. The contemporary architecture of the hotel’s spacious lobby is decorated with wall plants and other natural vegetation and the buildings and public spaces are designed with recycled wood and green areas, giving the hotel’s minimalist design a beautiful, rustic character.
The Alila Seminyak has also adopted some eco-friendly policies such as harnessing the waste heat from its air conditioning units to heat water, and turning its food waste into compost for the hotel’s organic garden.
Guests can enjoy an array of activities in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, such as surfing, horseback riding, swimming and even meditation at the small Balinese temple in the hotel gardens.
Settha Palace Hotel inVientiane, Laos
This 5-star hotel in the Laotian capital Vientiane evokes classic colonial style luxury with charming décor and high-class customer service. Situated in the heart of Vientiane’s old town, its 29 spacious guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed with marble tiled bathrooms.
Settha Palace is located within easy walking distance of the Mekong River and main tourist areas of Vientiane and yet the hotel is also a destination in itself. There is the Belle Époque restaurant featuring French-Asian fusion cuisine and a banquet room seating up to 130 persons for business meetings, weddings and other special events. An impressive garden and green areas, along with an elegant pool and spa, ensure guests will enjoy their leisure time while relaxing in the grounds of the hotel.
Jaya House River Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Situated on a leafy stretch of the Siem Reap River, only minutes from Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex and the town’s Old Market area, the 5-star Jaya House River Park offers 36 rooms in beautiful lush tropical gardens with a choice of balcony or direct access to the garden with its two unique pools.
The hotel’s contemporary décor and architecture complements the property’s natural surroundings and its spacious modern-style rooms. Suitable for both business and leisure travellers, accommodations come with Bluetooth connectivity, complimentary Wi-Fi, a genuine coffee machine and homegrown teas.
Inspected by Khiri Travel Cambodia’s sales supervisor, it was noted that the hotel had exceptional service and staff with a sustainable and responsible focus on environmental issues. One of its key projects to date is the ‘Refill Not Landfill’ campaign aimed at revolutionizing the way water is consumed by encouraging tourists to use specially produced reusable aluminum water bottles, thus reducing the country’s waste from the thousands of plastic water bottles discarded by tourists every year.
137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, Thailand
Set in the heart of Bangkok’s upscale shopping neighborhood close to Emporium shopping mall and the fashionable Thonglor district, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is the second property of the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts brand to open, following the success of the company’s flagship property in northern Thailand, the elegant 30-suite 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai.
Like its sister hotel, the 34 luxurious suites of the 5-star Bangkok property are based on a luxury boutique concept with a focus on high-end service and hospitality. All suites include a butler service with dining facilities, a maxi bar and even a private wine cellar. Elegant en-suite bathrooms are fitted with the chic circular 137 Pillar baths, while spacious green balconies offer high-end relaxation with the hotel’s signature rocking chairs, an expansive daybed for two and, of course, superb views of the Bangkok skyline.
Tri Lanka Hotel in Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka
Set in a beautiful location on the shores of Koggala Lake, not far from the picturesque town of Galle in southern Sri Lanka, the Tri Lanka is a contemporary luxury retreat with 11 suites built on a six-acre peninsula overlooking the lake and surrounding countryside.
Designed by an award-winning architect, Tri Lanka incorporates living walls, green roofs, edible gardens and uses locally sourced materials with 100% recycled wood in all its structures. The hotel’s water tower which also incorporates the Water Tower Rooms, offers spectacular 360° views of the area, while the suites situated symmetrically below it on the peninsula’s gentle slopes, offer a stunning panorama of the lake and green forests beyond.
Cuisine is an important part of Tri Lanka’s sustainability with organic and seasonal dishes guiding the culinary concept – a fusion of Sri Lankan and contemporary western fare that is a highlight for many hotel guests and for those visiting for lunch or dinner.
Hotel by the Red Canal in Mandalay, Myanmar
This cozy boutique hotel is a great option for clients looking for small-scale accommodation with personalized service and facilities that include a pool, a small gym, and a business centre. The bonus is the extravagant Prana Spa designed to reflect the rural surroundings of Mandalay with running water features, rattan fixtures and terracotta tiles, giving it a rustic and earthy feel. Guests can choose from a variety of Ayurvedic, holistic and natural body treatments or indulge in the à la carte menu of aroma and vitality massages.
Each of the four room categories is named after Myanmar’s major ethnic groups and decorated in a style that reflects the cultural heritage of each ethnicity. All Chin and Shan rooms feature balconies overlooking the pool and garden, while Chin rooms on the ground floor enjoy a ‘water moat’. Rakhine rooms offer spacious comfort and the Kachin rooms boast an outdoor shower with a slate wall of cascading water, ideal for romancing honeymooners.
The hotel also has an excellent restaurant called the Spice Garden which serves a delicious choice of local dishes and northern and southern Indian cuisine prepared by Indian chefs. It is the only Indian-Myanmar fine dining option in Mandalay and has a policy of preparing food the same day, thus ensuring the menu offers only the freshest fare.