Somewhere fabulous to lay your head - our top hotel picks.

September 10, 2015

Somewhere fabulous to lay your head - our top hotel picks.

Whilst selecting our diverse product range for Temples and Markets, it got us thinking of all the incredible places to be found in the countries we are featuring on our E-store. We began reminiscing about the amazing locations, hotels and resorts we have been lucky enough to stay at over the years and started to list our favourites.

We wanted to share our favourites with you but where do we start and where do we end, every hotel wonderful in its own way? There are just so many factors that set Hotels in Asia apart from anywhere else in the world; the breakfast buffet, the décor, the spas, the gardens, the warm welcome and service, the landscaping of the pools and so much more. Each hotel we’ve shortlisted here have all those factors in common but also stand out because they have left us with memories we’ll treasure forever. #Bringbackthememories

THAILAND

Bangkok

Mid Range

  • Vie Hotel, a member of the MGallery Collection – positioned perfectly next to the Ratchathewi, BTS station. Love the rooftop glass walled pool that prVie Hotelotrudes over the city and from where you can watch the BTS skytrains go past. he craziest part about the Vie is it could only cost you under $200 depending on when you go and included is an absolutely superb breakfast buffet with many authentic Thai delicacies. And you may just be lucky enough to be upgraded to an enormous suite as has happened to us twice. 

  

Luxury

  • Intercontinental – the biggest, best and most diverse buffet breakfast we have experienced anywhere full stop. From Sushi to Noodle Soup, Dim Sum to endless tropical fruit selections and everything in between. Just need an endless appetite to do it justice.

Chiang Mai

Mid Range

  • Dusit D2 – On our recent sourcing trip we fell in love with the Dusit D2. Cocktails in the bar at Happy Hour sitting amongst the bright orange decor that coordinated so well with our company colours. Dusit D2Just Priceless! Location can’t be beaten – practically on top of the night markets and the rooms were enormous. All for under $250 depending on when you stay. 

Luxury

  • Four Seasons Chiang Mai – set amongst the rice paddies, when you stay at the Four Seasons you literally feel you are part of the Chiang Mai landscape. And the divine spa – just wow.
  • Anantara – Sublime Luxury is to be found at any Anantara in South East Asia and the AnantaraFour Seasons Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai is no different; with its long pool that runs parallel to the river and the daybeds on the balcony overlooking the river, this is a special place indeed.  Anantara

 

 

Koh Samui

  • The Sala Samui – on calm and oh-so pretty Choeng Mon beach, Koh Samui, set away from the centre of the island. It would take too long to explain why the Sala has to be one of the best resorts in the world, too many reasons to list here, but being able to make your own Bloody Mary’s for breakfast is a good place to start! The Sala Samui
  • Banyan Tree - Perched high upon the hilltops overlooking the water, what an incredible vista from you room. And taking the golf buggy trip up the winding hill to one of Samui’s best and most authentic Thai restaurants Saffron is a teeth clenching thrill ride all of its own.

Phuket

  • Movenpick Bangtao – Movenpick is situated away from the centre of Phuket in a quieter part of the island but near enough should you wish to go into town for dinner. The huge pool villas are perfect for families but it was another elephant friend we made there that captured our hearts. Every morning Lucky the Elephant would visit with his mahout to greet us after breakfast and we’d play with him and share our fruit. When we weren't playing with Lucky we were 'lucky' (excuse the pun) to be sipping cocktails on these fabulous daybeds by the poolMovenpick Bangtao

 Krabi

  • Shangri-la - Impossible to forget Rara, the hotel’s resident elephant for 4 years. She had women from all over the world returning each year just to spend time with her. Feeding her fruit taken from the breakfast buffet everyday and swimming on her back or hosing her every day was an experience that will stay with us forever. Sadly Rara has passed away since we met her. However the resort is still utterly exquisite with heavenly landscaping and the spa pure serenity. Head into Krabi town for the seafood night markets.Shangri-la 1Shangri-la 2

 Hua HIn

  • Evason Six Senses - Out of the main Hua Hin town, stunning memories are made exploring this resort; lotus ponds with their resident frogs are scattered througout the grounds and large family pool villas complete with outside spa baths make this the family getaway of your dreams.

Evason Six Senses

 

  • Grand Hyatt - The nearest beach escape from Bangok, Hua Hin is a seafood lover’s paradise and an easy 3-4 hours drive from Bangkok. The Grand Hyatt Regency is the place to stay there, the grounds are breathtaking in their beauty, the resort boasts a beachfront location and a lazy river style meandering pool that is staggeringly sublime. The kids will adore the water slide too. Grand Hyatt

 

     VIETNAM

     Saigon

    • Majestic Hotel – Walking distance to the centre of Saigon, looking out over the Mekong River and steeped in history but for us, the Majestic is most memorable for the man at breakfast who had the words “Mr Tea and Coffee” emblazoned on his coat. We thought him an absolute super hero!

    Phu Quoc Island

    • La Veranda, a member of the MGallery Collection - If just once in your life you can stay in a room where you can walk straight out onto the beach and stay there until its time to watch the sun go down. La Verandah should be the place to do it. And it’s hard to forget the little tubs of cooling sorbet served twice a day to all the guests lazing on the beach. La Veranda

    Hanoi

    • The Metropole by Sofitel. For this beautiful hotel, steeped in history it may just be easier to quote the hotel’s own description “A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoï welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves! When in Hanoi – splash out a bit and stay at this stunning hotel that featured in Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam TV show. 

    Hoi An

    • Victoria Hotel - Anywhere you choose to stay in the magical lantern town of Hoi An in central Vietnam would be a dream come true but the Victoria, with its beachfront location and easy access to town offers the absolute best of all
      worlds. And make sure you grab a ride in the hotel’s vintage motorbike and sidecar to town. The outdoor shower room here with iVictoria Hotel 1ts pebbled floor was so stunning it inspired an entire bathroom renovation back in Sydney. Victoria Hotel 2

    Hue

    • La Residence - another member of the MGallery Collection – exudes colonial grandeur, overlooking the Perfume River of Hue in central Vietnam. Once the residence of the French Colonial Governor it was a delight to step back in time amidst the art décor design and breakfast outside on the terrace taking in life on the river. La Residence

    Dalat

    • Dalat Palace Hotel - Another chance to soak up Vietnam’s Colonial History is the Dalat Palace in Vietnam’s Cooler Central Highlands. Each room has the name outside the door of a celebrity who has stayed there – ours was Robert De Niro's who had stayed there in 1974. Some contributors to Trip Advisor have complained that the décor is dated here but that is the point – the hotel is a piece of history.

    SINGAPORE

    With so many exquisite hotels to stay in Singapore, its hard to choose somewhere to stay each time we visit so we keep to a couple of favourites that we return to time and again.

    • Intercontinental – as a backpacker. I visited this hotel as I had a friend who worked here and drooled over the huge pillows and the crisp white linen. Since then it’s always been a joy to return and I will never break the tradition of a welcoming plate of Satay sticks and a Pina Colada by the pool. Intercontinental Retro that cocktail may be but sometimes that’s hard to beat. The Intercon’s location, just next to Bugis MRT is a bonus. This hotel will always be a perfect oasis in a busy city.Satay sticks
    • Pan Pacific – if you like big this is the place for you. Big rooms – so perfect for families, where else could you find a separate living room in a Singapore hotel room that’s great for the kids to have separate space? And as for big buffet breakfasts – this has to be the world’s biggest - by the time I finished walking around browsing what was on offer I was starving!

      CAMBODIA

      Siem Reap

      Since the beginning of the 21st Century Siem Reap has grown into what feels like a purpose built tourist town exploding with creativity, superb restaurants and several wonderful places to lay your head after a hard day walking around the temples of Angkor.

      Mid-Range

      • Viroths had only been open a few months when we stayed on our recent sourcing trip and we were blown away by the 50s inspired design that just worked perfectly. Indulging in a Coffee and a Bloody Mary (ok there’s a theme emerging here…) by the pool before anybody else is awake is the best way to start a working day! And depending what time of year you stay, you could get change out of $200 per night. Can’t recommend Viroth’s enough but at the same time don’t want our secret to get out in case its full up next time we need to stay!
      • Viroths 1Viroths 2Viroths 3

      Luxury

      It's a hard task to pick a hotel from the luxury selection of hotels in Siem Reap to call our favourite. We’ve been fortunate to stay at the boutique Anantara and Shinta Mani as well as The Park Hyatt. Cambodian warmth, service and feeling like you’re one of the family at all of these hotels is what made them memorable. The simplest thing to say is this “if you stay at any of these you’ll never want to leave!”

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