From urban oasis to beachside retreat, Southeast Asia is overflowing with impeccably designed hotels to appease the eye. These are three of the sleekest and chicest boutique properties and resorts in the region.
Covered by the flora of the Royal Residence’s garden, these ten private villas don’t get more exclusive. Created with a Cambodian king in mind, Bill Bensley designed each multi-level villa with eye-catching murals, private pools, uniquely patterned surfaces and eclectic custom-made furniture. The high-end marble finishings are as refined as the personal butler service. While it’s hard to leave these spectacularly stylish villas, venturing out to nearby Angkor Wat is a must, as is sampling Khmer cuisine at Shinta Mani’s equally stunning steak restaurant.
The gentle sounds of the river and lush mountain views are prevalent in each of the 23 spacious rooms, villas and tents at Rosewood Luang Prabang. Designed by the legendary Bill Bensley, it combines bold colors, wood accents and Lao patterns to create a visual orchestra of beauty and sophistication. Its jungle setting and tented spa offering traditional Laotian therapies create a supremely relaxing environment after sightseeing Luang Prabang. The local herb cocktails at the wooden Elephant Bridge Bar don’t hurt either.
This swanky beachside getaway is just fifteen-minutes from Hoi An’s historic Old Town, but it feels a world away. One hundred luxurious standalone villas are spread out over a sprawling property sprinkled with 4,500 palm trees. The villas, featuring traditional Vietnamese wooden platform beds, are modeled after Huế’s historic garden homes and include elegant, cultural touches throughout. The resort has major wow-factor, from its floating spa rooms to its spectacular butler service to its eye-popping stretches of pool and ocean. Not to mention its dedicated AntiGravity Yoga pavilion and Nam Hai Cooking Academy with an organic garden.