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Our Selected Hotel Picks for February

February 18, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Our February selection of fantastic hotels from around the region have all been experienced by our Khiri Travel team – ensuring that you begin your holiday on the right foot.

Demoso Lodge, Loikaw, Myanmar

The newly opened Demoso Lodge is a haven of tranquility, where you can kick back and enjoy the view across the Seven Stages Lake. Opened in December 2018, the cozy lodge is just a 25-minute drive from Loikaw Airport. It is near Pan Pet village populated by the famous Lahwi people of Kayah State, whose women are known for wearing brass coils around their necks. In addition, there is also the lively Demoso Market nearby.

Demoso Lodge has 23 beautiful wooden bungalows with modern facilities, one all-day restaurant, a sunset bar and an outdoor swimming pool. It also values sustainability and uses reusable glass water bottles over plastic ones, and grow their own organic vegetables with a system that cleans and uses old water from the bungalow bathrooms and the pool.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Kudakalliya Bungalow, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

You will be a bit taken aback when you first encounter the rustic gates, bent with age. But once the caretaker opens them, Kudakalliya awaits with its warm, homey glow to welcome you. Arrive in the evening and the cream-colored walls give off a pleasing hue and the rooms look spacious and inviting.

Luxury is not the keyword here, but laid-back relaxation is the epitome of this place, as it has that communal vibe. The wild, free ambience of Kudakalliya also complements the overall effect, with a sprawling garden scape, filled with thorny bougainvillea and other exotic flora and fauna – providing a welcome habitat for the local wildlife.

The property comprises of two wings, the Sayura wing, facing the Indian Ocean, and the Ganga Addara, which faces a tributary of the Heda Oya River and is connected by a long-roofed corridor. Rooms open up to the sprawling mass of green paddy fields, and if the farmers have taken in their crops, you might be lucky enough to see elephants roaming around as you open the large French-style wooden veranda doors to your room. Kudakalliya also has a wonderful cook and an assistant, who is there at your every beck and call.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Hôtel Khamvongsa, Vientiane, Laos

Situated in downtown Vientiane, the 3-star Hôtel Khamvongsa is in an ideal spot from which to explore the surrounding cafes, riverfront, temples and side streets of the older parts of the capital. Hôtel Khamvongsa is named after the owner’s mother, who was one of the first Lao ladies to take advantage of the opportunities presented by market liberalization in the early 90s. Located in an old French colonial building, the family first launched the hotel as Khamvongsa Guest House, but after 10 successful years, the decision was made in 2005 to upgrade it to a hotel.

Hôtel Khamvongsa has 26 spacious rooms and apartments with wooden floors, high ceilings and large French windows. All rooms have their own individual character, furniture, and décor, with views overlooking Inpeng temple to the east, and to the west, the Mekong River. Care has been taken to ensure that the layout and room furnishings are functional and comfortable. There are also four very spacious ‘loft’ family rooms, spread over two floors. Amenities include ceiling fans and air conditioning, as well as en suite bathrooms, a fridge, mini-bar, TV, writing desk, telephone and Wi-Fi, and safe boxes for valuables. There is also guest parking with 24 hour security.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Bambu Indah, Bali, Indonesia

One of the first true eco-resorts in Bali, Ubud’s Bambu Indah, which overlooks the rice paddies of Sayan, needs no further introduction. Established by John Hardy, the founder of Green School, the resort has now opened new accommodation along the Ayung River.

From the hotel one takes a very special all-bamboo lift through the hills, arriving at a maze of riverside pathways, bamboo bridges and jungle crossings that take you to one of the four new units: Riverbend is a family-sized riverside house, with two natural plunge pools; Moon and Copper houses are romantic hideaways, with open-air accommodation and air-conditioned areas for sleeping; and The Tents is where you can experience life in the jungle canopy – sleeping on floating platforms in Mahogany trees at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Ayung River valley.

Dining is also an experience in itself at Bambu Indah, which sources many ingredients from its own organic gardens and what it cannot produce from carefully selected local suppliers. Bambu Indah Kitchen is open daily and serves delicious traditional dishes prepared by a talented Indonesian kitchen team. The restaurant received the Snail of Approval in 2014 by complying with the Slow Food Bali’s guidelines of using at least 75 percent Indonesia-produced ingredients, sustainably managing its waste and paying fair wages to its staff.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Azerai La Residence, Hue, Vietnam

Azerai La Residence has now opened its doors in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, following a rebranding of the property and the most extensive renovation in its recent, 14-year history. Housed in a historic 122-room French colonial mansion on 5 Le Loi Street, the boutique hotel is located on the south bank of the Perfume River.

All 73 superior and deluxe rooms in the hotel’s west wing were stripped and redesigned with an understated aesthetic that affirms Azerai’s devotion to simplicity and elegance. Its expanded and completely renovated spa now features six treatment rooms (four singles and two doubles), each with a dressing area, vanity and shower. Separate wet areas for men and women offer steam, sauna and ice fountains. The spa’s menu of massages, therapies and scrubs draw from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Le Gouverneur, the hotel’s bar, was moved from the rotunda of the historic mansion to another part of the building, while the restaurant, Le Parfum, has been refurbished with the same simplicity and elegance of the Azerai design.

In the hotel’s east wing, 39 more rooms will soon undergo the same makeover as the west wing. The most striking aspect of the rooms’ redesign is in the bathrooms, which have evolved into more inviting, open spaces with mosaic tiles on the walls, rainforest shower heads and double sinks in marble.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Raya Heritage introduces an all-new approach to resort design with its recent opening in the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai. Nestled in a lush-green garden on the banks of the Ping River, Raya Heritage is just a 20-minute drive from the town center, yet a world away in ambience.

Inspired by the artistry and craftsmanship of Lanna, a kingdom that once encompassed northern Thailand as well as northern Laos, Myanmar’s Shan State and Yunnan in China, Raya Heritage blends the simple charm and character of Lanna’s past with discreet, personalized service and state-of-the-art guest comfort.

Thirty-three spacious suites overlook the tranquil Ping River in low-impact, three-story buildings designed by Thai architect Boonlert Hemvijitraphan. Terracotta tiles, hipped roof gables, vintage hardwood columns and beams, and mulberry-paper screens evoke traditional northern Thai design, while high ceilings and a color palette of whites and creams give the interiors a light contemporary twist.

At Khu Khao, Raya Heritage’s signature restaurant, Chef Somyot, the resort’s Executive Chef, has created a unique crossroads concept, offering a menu of delicious, healthy and original recipes drawing influence from the greater Lanna region.

Raya Heritage is the latest addition to the Premier Group of Resorts & Hotels’ portfolio.

For more information please contact [email protected].

 

Tamu Koh Rong, Cambodia

Situated on the beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong, Tamu Koh Rong offers guests the opportunity to escape the modern world in tented accommodation or in a bungalow – offering the ease and advantages of a luxury hotel. The new concept, known as ‘glamping’ allows guests who opt for the camp-style accommodation, to sleep in a tent that has all the comforts and amenities of a luxury room.

Located on Pagoda beach, Tamu Koh Rong is only 30 minutes away from Sihanoukville by ferry, and is easily accessed by a private jetty. The journey is made even easier by the hotel’s reservation team, who can book tickets for guests and organize private boats, arranged on request.

Pagoda Bay has a stunning one-kilometer-long, white sand beach that provides ideal conditions for snorkeling and swimming in the azure-blue waters of the bay. It also close to Koh Rong’s main highway that leads to Coconut beach, Long Set beach and the well-known Sok San beach.

Tamu’s Seafront Deluxe Tents are the closest rooms to the sand, located on the edge of the resort’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the resort’s pool. All tents enjoy a beautiful view of the Pagoda Bay.

Garden Deluxe Tents are nestled a little further back in a wild, jungle setting, although a few are also located in Tamu’s gardens. In addition, the resort has a number of bungalows in a beautiful jungle setting that feature terraces. These are ideal for families, as several of them can serve as adjoining rooms on request.

For more information please contact [email protected].

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