Some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, properties and boats can be found in Southeast Asia. Be it a grand palace tucked away in the historical surroundings of Myanmar, or even a classy resort situated on the stunning coastline of the Philippines, this region certainly has something splendid in store for every traveller. So, it is about time to give in to your wildest dreams of opulence with a trip to these lavish destinations.
Atmosphere Resort, Philippines
Famed for its macro diving, Atmosphere was ranked 5th for the ‘Best Dive Resorts Worldwide’ in 2017. The Dauin coastline is home to fascinating critters such as frogfish and devil scorpionfish. Having claimed top spot for the ‘Best Luxury Garden Spa’ in last year’s World Luxury Spa Awards’, the Sanctuary Spa promises to offer world class rest and relaxation. If you’re all about living the extra life, feel free to request for a private dinner under the stars with your special someone, before lazing back into the resort’s penthouse.
Le Meridian, Thailand
Surround yourself with hill tribe villages and historic Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai’s luxurious Le Meridian. Located on the banks of the beautiful Mae Kok River and right in the heart of the town, this is the perfect spot go explore the mysteries of Chiang Rai. This includes the stunning White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples built in Thailand in this century. What sets this swanky resort apart is the Unlock Art programme, where guests have exclusive access to beautiful art displays. Once you’re done, retreat to your top floor Grande Suite and take in the gorgeous views of the majestic river from not one, but two spacious private balconies.
Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei
Brunei may be small, but what It lacks in size it makes up for in luxury. With a private swimming pool, movie theatre, sauna, steam room and elevator, it is no surprise that the Emperor’s Suite was voted the ‘World’s Leading Hotel Suite’ from 2003 – 2005. Make the most of your stay in this resort by stepping outside and working on your golfing skills. The Sultanate of Swing golf course overlooks the picturesque ocean. While you’re in Brunei, check out the majestic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan for a truly memorable experience.
The Danna, Malaysia
Having claimed the top spot on Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia’ and ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia’, The Danna is nothing short of spectacular. Stay in the grand Princess Beach Villa and surrender yourself to “The Danna Experience”, as the white sandy beach is a simple step away from your villa. Situated on the French Rivera inspired Telaga Harbour Park, this resort offers you a dose of the Mediterranean, while staying amid the lush backdrop of Langkawi.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Nothing says big baller like vacationing on a private island. Enjoy an unforgettable overwater experience in the Royal Villa which comes with a Mojito-making station, a private chef and your very own Guest Experience Ambassador. While you’re here, feel free to take in the majestic beauty of the island or dive into the crystal-clear waters of the ocean and immerse yourself into the vibrant colours of tropical fish and corals.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Start your day by taking a dip into the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. Once you’re done, go on a shopping spree in any one of the 170 premium brand stores. Before your bellies start to growl, embark on a gastronomical adventure at the prestigious double Michelin-starred Japanese inspired Waku Ghin or the single Michelin-starred steakhouse, CUT. If you’re a fan of Gordan Ramsay, then check out his Bread Street Kitchen which serves up a British European menu. For something a little more private, head up to the jewel in the crown of this lavish resort, the Chairman Suite, and dine in the luxurious balcony with the glittering city laid out beneath you.
Aqua Mekong, Viet Nam
Tired of cruising through everyday life? This is the very first five-star small luxury cruise ship to travel on the Mekong River. Under the guidance of Australia’s celebrity chef and Thai cuisine expert, David Thompson, the Aqua Mekong provides a feast for you with its five-star Southeast Asian cuisine. Meanwhile, the outdoor deck and the floor to-ceiling panoramic windows in all 20 classy designer cabins provides a constant treat for your eyes with a beautiful view of the magnificent Mekong at every turn.
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Lao PDR
Situated atop a hill terrain, gazing the sacred Mount Phou Si, this hotel is a must visit when enjoying luxury travel in Lao PDR. Stay at the splendid Phou Vao Garden Suite and take in the beauty of lush tropical gardens. For the ultimate grand escape, rejuvenate your body with the signature Sip Sen Lao Massage, which was once reserved only for royalty.
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Myanmar
Set in 27 acres of lush garden in the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, dotted with ancient artefacts and surrounded by ancient temples, this is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bagan. Take a dip into the luxurious infinity pool for a stunning view of ancient pagodas and gorgeous sunsets. Once you’re done, check in to the Lotus Villa and enjoy the ultimate rest and relaxation.
Plataran Borobudur Resort and Spa, Indonesia
Dubbed ‘God’s most favourite courtyard’, this five-star accommodation sits against the backdrop of the magical Borobudur Temple. With an unparalleled view of the temple at every turn, ‘Borobudur follows’ is an experience unique to the resort. The traditional Javanese villas enables you to relax in peace and privacy while the spa services provide the ultimate pampering for your skin. The gorgeous Royal Pool Villa also comes with a spectacular private pool and outdoor terrace, along with the majestic view of the temple. While you’re here experience gastronomical delights at the elegant European influenced restaurant, The Kastil, and have your meals brought to you by your very own butler.
With must visit splendid hotels, resorts and boats, maybe it’s time to indulge in a luxurious adventure. If you’re looking to feast your eyes on some of the grandest opulence available in Southeast Asia, then kick back with some champagne and caviar and tune in to GOASEAN’S Grand Escapes.
Written by: Sandeep Dhanoa
Sandeep Dhanoa is a content intern at GOASEAN, is pursuing a major in Communications at Monash University Malaysia. KL born and bred, Sandeep believes “tomato ketchup should no longer exist in our lives”.
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