The Siam Kempinski, Bangkok
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The Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok touts itself as a hotel which gives a resort-like experience in the city center, and the tagline is not wrong. The service given is highly rated, as well as the facilities that the hotel provides, coupled with a “European flair”. Furthermore, the hotel offers a myriad of restaurants, of which one is perfect for those with an exquisite palate. The sister restaurant of Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is the only Thai restaurant to boast a Michelin star, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin excels in Thai molecular gastronomy – where stunning food presentations hide the familiar taste of traditional cuisine.
Samujana Villas, Koh Samui
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Samujana prides itself as Koh Samui’s premier luxury villa estate, and having just completed its phase two expansion in 2015, it has all the reason to do so. Currently touting a total of 27 boutique villas, each one is unique in design with a private infinity pool, and many house private gyms, cinemas, and even nightclubs – perfect for travellers to either relax in a sequestered area, or host exclusive gatherings.
Ani Villas Thailand, Koh Yao Noi
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Intimate estates meet opulent resorts as Ani Villas Thailand opens in the island of Koh Yao Noi, situated slightly off the popular tourist locations of Phuket and Krabi for an exclusive villa experience. Launched in December 2015, the villa prides itself on offering a team of dedicated service staff including chefs, butlers and massage therapists to provide for those in comfort, substantiated with a wide array of activities located within and around the estate for the more adventurous.
The Anam, Nha Trang
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The Vietnam coastline of Nha Trang welcomed its first five-star beach resort The Anam with a soft opening in September 2016, before its official launch in December this year. The buildings follow a design dating back to the colonial era with all 105 villas are decorated in Vietnamese hardwood, decorative stone and antique-style tiling. The old-school exterior is then matched by a modern interior, with plush beds with goose down pillows in bedrooms and sunken bathtubs and rain-showers in bathrooms – adding contemporary comfort to its furnishings.
Since September 2015, hidden in the greenery of the tropical rainforest surrounding Phuket is Keemala, a utopia of pool villas away from the hustle of the city. Guests are offered the chance to rest and rejuvenate while being surrounded by lush woodland in the privacy of their own villas, and are even supplemented by Keemala’s special retreat therapy packages, which include meditation sessions and body detoxification. With personalisations available for each and every visitor, this chance to unwind at Keemala should not be missed.
Banyan Tree Phuket, Phuket
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Banyan Tree Phuket recently revamped their Deluxe Villas in August 2015 to include private pools in any villa category. Newly christened as Banyan Pool Villas, the villas are specially designed for couples – specifically providing separate dressing rooms for both him and her as well as an en-suite bathroom. The private pool villas are now the ideal holiday choice for couples looking to getaway just for the weekend.
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap
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Unwind in one of the 45 private villas within boutique hotel group Zannier’s first Southeast Asian venture, Phum Baitang, which opened on Sep 1, 2016. Located in proximity to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Angkor, guests can return to the luxury resort after a day of exploring to recharge in their rooms or in the hotel’s Temple Spa, a first class wellness centre that features seven spa treatment rooms. Therapies are rooted in Khmer rituals for an authentic Cambodian feel.
This story was originally published in The Peak.