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Where to Stay in Asia – Our top picks for November

November 20, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Here are our picks for places to stay in the month of November. Immerse yourself in the tropical surroundings on your next vacation!

 

Ancient Hue Garden Houses, Hue, Vietnam

Ancient Hue Garden Houses are located between the Hue Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda. Overlooking the perfume river, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon while getting a glimpse into the ancient Vietnamese lifestyle. The design of this small and intimate Mandarin style home was carefully laid out using Feng Shui principles.

Balance within the garden is achieved with winding walkways from the ponds, enjoy the tranquil ponds and lush greenery as you soak in the positive energy from the surrounding environment. As the original family still maintains the estate and preserves its traditional roots, they graciously share their personal family history with you as you walk around their estate.

 The Ancient Hue house consists of five sections with a total of eight private rooms: they are constructed from ancient hardwood nestled around the main pond. Each section is designed with its own theme in mind. We recommend dining at the adjoining restaurant, Kim Long. They serve traditional Vietnamese-Chinese cuisine and sometimes host royal feasts in the evenings. Feel like an emperor in the restaurant’s lounge and bar.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

FCC Angkor, Managed by Avani, Siem Reap, Cambodia

“Feel at Home, in the heart of Angkor.”

Located in the heart of Siem Reap along the river, this old world, French colonial building has been recently renovated with modern luxuries. The hotel still preserves the warm-rustic atmosphere with rattan and hardwood accents. As the residence of the former French Governor, there is an air of relaxed luxury when you stroll around the property. Lemongrass, palm trees, and other indigenous evergreens make it a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city. The hotel is walking distance to the Siem Reap market and old town center: it’s perfect for exploring the city after enjoying a freshly-brewed cup of coffee and breakfast.

 

The antique decor pays homage to the property’s illustrious past and takes you on a journey back in time. The saltwater pool is also magnificent using natural stone. Relax in the evening at the outdoor bar, beautifully-tiled and surrounded by the lush tropical garden. Guests also enjoy the rooftop bar with a spectacular view of the river promenade. The Mansion restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while snacking on a plate of Khmer grilled tapas. They also serve modern French cuisine alongside Khmer favorites, such as fish amok.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

Sala Done Khone, Laos

Sala Don Khone hotel is located in the heart of Don Khone island near the Old French Bridge. The main property was built around an original French-colonial building from the late 1800s. Now named “The French Heritage Villa,” it once welcomed many senior officers from the Mekong Exploration Commission, including Mr. Paul Dumer, the former governor of French Indochina.

The property is a 3 stars hotel with a rustic colonial charm. Located just at the banks of the Mekong River, the hotel offers rooms in five different stylings: one of which is the Floating Studio built right on top of the water. They are eco-friendly with water treatment systems and perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sunset.

Guests can also enjoy swimming in one of the two pools available on the property or swim near the Khon Pa Soi Waterfall. Kayaks are also available for rent to explore the Mekong river.

The newer eco-rooms are built of clay and eco-friendly materials: at least 80% of the room is made from recycled materials in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. While the French Studios were originally part of the French hospital, they have been renovated and fitted with air-conditioning, modern facilities, and feature a large balcony.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

Amangalla in Galle, Sri Lanka

Back in 1684, next to the Dutch Reformed Church, the Dutch Commanders at the Galle Fort decided to build a headquarters for their soldiers. It is this building, which has endured for centuries and stood the test of time, that has become the majestic Amangalla. From a bygone era, located within the ramparts of the Galle Fort, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the hotel has immaculately and beautifully preserved its old-world charm.

With its last incarnation as the New Oriental Hotel, the front of the building remained true to its original form. As you walk on the hardwood floors and through the archways, the property will take you back in time. Duran Duran fans might remember seeing this hotel from their “Save a Prayer” music video, that was shot at the New Oriental Hotel in 1982.

The 31 Rooms and Suites are connected by a two-story Garden House. As you gaze upon the thick-solid-roof beams, antique furniture, all the way down to the silver service, soak up the history and re-live the heritage of old Ceylon. Experience the world-renowned hospitality and luxuries of “Aman” while paying homage to the colonial marvel of Galle Fort at Amangalla.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa, Sukhotai, Thailand

Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa is an eco-friendly boutique resort offering a unique experience in the heart of Sukhothai. The resort is located only 1.8 km away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sukhothai Historical Park. Blending its lush-green landscape with Thailand’s cultural heritage, guests can enjoy the various cannonball trees, hibiscus, butterfly pea, and coral trees around the lotus pond. The resort has 52 rooms and 2 suites. It integrates an old stupa and neighboring rice field to create an atmosphere that carefully blends the historical Old Siam city with the Thai countryside.

The luxurious resort supports the local community and businesses by sourcing local products ranging from textiles, pottery, and local ingredients. They minimize waste by using fewer plastic bags and bottles on site. The hot-water heater is also powered by solar panels. The infinity pool utilizes an eco-ionic-smart-system which uses zero chlorine. Being safe for the environment, you may see birds taking a dip in the morning as you enjoy your breakfast. Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort provides a calm space for all guests to relax and leave rejuvenated.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

Heritage Bagan, Myanmar

The recently opened Heritage Bagan shares the tranquil atmosphere that you will find in temples around the area. With 12 buildings, they symbolize the 12 dynasties of Myanmar. Using stone, hardwood, and red brick as its foundation, the hotel draws inspiration from ancient Myanmar architecture.

With 120 spacious rooms and a large swimming pool, it’s a great choice for groups and those looking for a quiet and relaxing place to unwind. Guests can enjoy a traditional massage or oil therapy at the spa. As it’s away from the city center, the sky bar is a perfect way to end the evening and enjoy the sunset. If guests want to make their way into the city, E-bikes are available as well. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities, so kick-off your shoes and unwind after an eventful day exploring the 3000 temples in Bagan!

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

 

KAPITOO GLAMPING AT TORAJA, Indonesia

Located near the historic Toraja area in Sulawesi, Kapitoo Glamping is a cozy ecolodge. Waking up in the camp, the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you enjoy breakfast in the café: the wall-to-wall glass windows showcase the beauty of the rolling hills and valleys. On the terrace, immerse yourself in beautiful natural surroundings and enjoy the perfect sunrise or sunset. The safari-style-canvas tents allow you to reconnect with the great outdoors and get away from it all, while providing you with all the modern amenities: some tents even have a private jacuzzi! As the lodge is situated high up in the mountains, start the day with the unforgettable experience of waking up with the clouds below your feet.

With these accommodations, you have the option of adding several tours to explore the surrounding areas, such as seeing the tribal Toraja villages or hiking around the beautiful rice paddies nearby. For a more leisurely experience, simply relax in your luxury tent and recharge.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

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