1. The Nam Hai: Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam’s China Beach is a pristine patchwork of bright blue sea, lush jungle flora and golden-sand shores – and credit goes to the beachside Nam Hai hotel for being just as much of a draw. Its ocean-view, French colonial style villas drip with designer detail, the spa is an award-winning sanctuary of serenity, and its awe-inspiring opulence is balanced with tradition and tranquility.
2. Gayana Eco Resort: Sabah, Malaysia
A quick hop from Singapore, Gayana Eco Resort – a spread of stilted bungalows perched over a peaceful lagoon – is a tropical island hideaway that balances an eco-conscious attitude with a pared-back take on luxury. Take advantage of top-drawer diving after you’ve swotted up at the onsite marine research centre.
3. 137 Pillars House: Chiang Mai, Thailand
This nostalgic blend of historic Thai architecture and sleek modern design is home to delicious dining, a superlative spa and a dramatic pool. Set in the arty Wat Gate district, 137 Pillars House was once home to Louis Leonowens, son of schoolteacher Anna (of Anna and the King movie fame). Now this romantic 19th-century beauty is all yours, with seductive rooms scattered among day-bed-dotted gardens.
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.