Hotel Pick of the Month for August 2021
Plataran Menjangan – West Bali National Park
Our favorite pick in West Bali has to be Plataran. Plataran Menjangan provides an idyllic setting for your corporate retreat or working getaway. Featuring a stylish and nature-inspired accommodation, award-winning spa treatments, exciting underwater activities, and extraordinary natural scenery.
This boutique eco-resort is certainly nestled inside the West Bali National Park forest. Besides the abundant Flora and Fauna in the forest, the National Park is also home to large mangrove forests, world-class reefs, and beautiful beaches. The resort forest villas are built in true Indonesia ‘Joglo’ style. However, our pick would be one of the two beach-front Mangrove villas. The Villa looking out of the ocean with stunning sunrise views. Experience the prime of luxury, privacy, and comfort in the traditional Joglo villas of this unique eco-retreat. At once with nature surrounding in the midst of the national park or right by the ocean.
Although the park isn’t home to much larger wildlife, it lends itself perfectly for bird watching, deer spotting, and cozy walks. The quality is in serenity and Plataran has been awarded ‘Best of the Best Resort in Tripadvisor Travelers Choice 2021 Top Safari Stays – World Category.
Treeline Urban Resort
From the minute you arrive at Treeline Urban Resort you know you are somewhere extraordinary, with the warm welcoming smiles of the staff. The modern contemporary yet Cambodian ambiance, and the setting give you that true sense of travel.
Additionally, Treeline Urban Resort is a privately-owned, 48-room luxury Art & Design hotel on Siem Reap’s Riverside in Cambodia. Founded, designed, and built by local architect Hok Kang. It is home to a growing private collection of contemporary art by acclaimed Cambodian artists. While the hotel curates exceptional ongoing exhibitions by both established and up-and-coming local artists.
First impressions reveal the simple styling with natural colors providing a modern feel. The design roots run deep with a focus on an organic and minimalist aesthetic, combining sustainably sourced native timber. On the other hand, stone features locally handmade soft furnishings that create a serene and unique place to rest after a day of discovering the majestic temples of Angkor.
Boasting four unique dining areas each with alternative menu options, Seed which is the in-house restaurant that serves a nutritious East-meets-West breakfast menu, Hok Noodle Bar & Grill has some of the best plant-based dishes available in town. While the Canopy Bar which overlooks the Infinity pool offers a truly International menu and some exclusive signature cocktails and fine wines.
Treeline is not only a short drive or cycle to the Angkor archeological park but walking distance to the various markets, restaurants, bars, cafes that make Siem Reap an exciting and enchanting village-like a small city.
Topas Riverside Lodge
The original lodge was built in 2013 together with one of Nam Cang’s oldest Red Dzao minority families who have lived in the village for four generations. Previously a very homestay-style experience, the lodge was then rebuilt in 2019. The styles incorporating the original aspects and culture with modern updates to the facilities. Today it is a boutique lodge infused with charm and family spirit. Placed in the wild jungles of Hoang Lien National Park, connected to the quaint Nam Cang Village. Where a wooden suspension bridge across a white water river.
Nam Cang village is a hidden gem, tucked away at the head of one of the more remote valleys in the Sapa region. The hiking surrounding the lodge is some of the best in the nation. Relatively easy treks from the lodge will lead you through minority villages and stunning rice terraced valleys dotted with wooden farmer’s huts. In addition, Topas has recently built a small ‘BBQ hut’ in an incredibly beautiful nearby hidden valley. While trek there from the lodge enjoying knockout views all the way. You could enjoy a well-earned private BBQ lunch to the sound of a wild river and birdsong.
The main lodge kitchen specializes in locally-inspired northern Vietnamese cuisine. The menus are rich in fresh ingredients sourced from the organic garden, community farmers, and local markets. A spa with river views has recently been opened and offers the best local specialty. The Red Dzao herbal bath and a massage.
In 1899, Satri House became the residence of Prince Souphanouvong. Prince Souphanouvong, also known as the “Red Prince” became the first president of Laos after the communist takeover in 1975. In 2002 Ms. Lamphourne Voravongsa refurbished Satri House and has operated as a unique and luxury hotel ever since.
From the moment that you arrive at Satri House you are transported back in time as the ambiance, décor and lush tropical gardens conjure a sense of royal opulence and majestic etiquette. The staff are welcoming and are a shining example of Laotian hospitality.
Each of the 31 rooms and various and often hidden spaces of Satri House is laden with Buddha statues, traditional artifacts, antiques, oriental furniture, art, and black & white photographs of Lao ethnic minorities. The rooms are all unique and have an old-world feel, complete with four-poster beds, exquisite fabrics, and textiles.
The hotel boasts two outdoor swimming pools set amongst lush gardens, throughout the gardens. Therefore, there are quiet and peaceful seating areas where one can escape for some solitude, perfect for writing a journal or reading a book. Satri House restaurant serves both good French cuisine and Laotion classic dishes.
Located on the cusp of where the historical center of town starts, the hotel is only a short 10-minute walk from the famous Luang Prabang night bazaar. Where some of the town’s best bars and restaurants.
Satri House certainly is now among the more exclusive and exquisite places to stay in Luang Prabang. It is a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its ancient temples, French colonial, and Lao fusion architecture.
Aarunya Nature Resort
International award-winning collection of luxury private villas which is a hidden gem tucked away in the outskirts of Kandy. Aarunya, meaning first rays of the sun in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Without a doubt, the best thing about Aarunya is its location, set high on a mountain top surrounded by spice and tea gardens. While, enjoying the splendid views of the Knuckles Mountain Range, UNESCO Natural World Heritage.
The main infinity pool offers one of the best views to be found on this part of the island. Also, most of the rooms come with either an outdoor jacuzzi or a private plunge pool. In addition, each room has its own unique surrounding whether it views over vistas or of the thick foliage of trees.
Meanwhile, the word Aarunya means the first rays of the sun. Therefore, if you are an early riser you will be treated to a stunning sunrise while you are having your breakfast. Or rather, the sunset scenery where the sun is slowly fading into the tip of the mountain is unforgivable.
Aarunya’s gourmet cuisine is founded on the love of creating wonderful, healthy, fine dining options with the best local produce catering. Similarly, to international tastes, inspired by the uniqueness and diversity of Sri Lankan cuisine. Their food is a treat for the tastebuds. We recommend you to try out especially their Sri Lankan lunch and breakfast which is authentic as it can get.
137 Pillars Chiang Mai
Nestled in the quiet environs of Chiang Mai the 137 Pillars Hotel is home to a unique and historical teak house. At first the history began in the late 1800’s known locally as (Baan 137 Sao) which translates to 137 Pillars. Then, Teak House was once the headquarters of the renowned Borneo Company and is now one of the main focal points located within the well-appointed hotel. Where it took its name after this beautifully restored teak house.
Additionally, 137 Pillars House Suites are havens of tranquility with every imaginable convenience — large terraces with expansive daybeds and our signature planters rattan rocking chairs – high ceilings with large super king-size beds, en suite dressing room with walk-in closet and views to the tropical gardens. Large bathrooms with separate indoor /outdoor garden showers and Victorian baths make these suites unique in every sense.
During your stay take time to explore this beautiful historical house, which has been carefully restored to its 19th-century origins. Additionally, 137 Pillars House is offering guests a rare opportunity to dive into the rich history of Chiang Mai. “Tales and Trails of the Teak Wallahs” tour. Includes a visit to Wat Ket museum, one of the oldest houses in Chiang Mai since Lanna Ancient, Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, and Lampang 100-year-old Forestry Department office, Ban Sao station, and more.
All of the above, the house is now home to the hotel’s food & beverage outlets. Therefore, you can experience some wonderful gourmet northern Thailand cuisine or sip a cocktail and take in the ambiance of a bygone era.