South East Asia has plenty of boutique hotels that are just perfect: neither too big, nor too small, with fine architecture, outstanding service, and great locations - why would you ever miss out?
1. The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand
Located 100 kilometers north of Phuket, Phang Nga boasts some absolutely stunning beaches. It is also home to the Sarojin, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. Its 56 suites and its spa are spread out across the perfectly maintained tropical gardens, while the buildings' minimalist architecture blends perfectly with their surroundings. The perfect location to relax while surrounded by nature.
2. Kalundewa Retreat, Sri Lanka
Deep in the heart of Sri Lanka, here's the perfect hotel for nature lovers and anyone who likes to eat locally sourced produce, because the restaurant almost exclusively uses ingredients that are grown on site to produce its delicious dishes. It is truly surrounded by nature, near a lake, with verdant views that reach far into the distance. With just six rooms, the hotel is a true haven of peace.
3. An Lam Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The perfect blend of comfort, charm, and authenticity is here, just fifteen minutes by fast boat from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, which used to be called Saigon. This venerable old house was once home to Mr. Lam, a furniture maker, before being transformed into a charming fifteen-bedroom hotel, with rooms that feature Mr. Lam's creations. The hotel also benefits from a delicious riverside restaurant that has its own, unique atmosphere.
4. Knai Bang Chatt, Kep, Cambodia
When Cambodia was a French colony, the local elite used to spend their weekends in Kep, one of the country's most beautiful places. It's just as beautiful today, as the Knai Bang Chatt allows you to confirm! The architecture, which is a reinterpretation of 1970s styles, provides an effective contrast to the decoration and its antique furnishings.
5. The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
This is the ultimate boutique hotel: in the heart of a metropolis like Bangkok, yet located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, and so calm you'd think you were in the Seychelles. The hotel offers villas with private pools, a long riverside pool and incredibly fine decoration, inspired by Art Déco and interspersed with antiques and splashes of color.
6. Como Shambala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
A few kilometers from Ubud, a haven of peace in the depths of the forest. Here, guests sleep, swim, and eat in the forest canopy thanks to wooden buildings on stilts. Everything is warm, welcoming and yet rather minimalist. Nature is the real star of the show, but that takes nothing away from the standards of comfort or service.
7. Capella, Singapore
Here's a perfect blend between a colonial atmosphere and pure modernity at the water's edge in Singapore. Perfectly maintained gardens, a swimming pool that overlooks the sea, a warm and welcoming library that's bathed in light, a perfect little tea bar, and an exceptional spa that offers treatments that change with the phases of the moon... everything seems supernatural here, yet you are just a few minutes from one of the world's most modern and dynamic cities!