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Asia's Special Stays

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

Asia is home to many unique, boutique and heritage-style accommodation options. From hilltop tea plantation retreats in Sri Lanka to traditional yurts in rural Mongolia, here’s your guide to Asia’s special stays.

Topas Ecolodge

Topas Ecolodge

Sapa, Vietnam

Situated atop the hills of Sapa, the sustainable Topas Ecolodge offers luxury accommodation in Vietnam’s north. Ecologically beneficial to the local community, the bungalows are fully serviced and come with a private balcony. Take in the views of surrounding rice terraces, unwind and relax in the Topas spa and herbal baths or take to the outdoors and hike the surrounding mountain ranges.

Ryokan

Ryokan

Japan

Stay in a traditional Japanese inn, dating back to the Edo period. Many ryokan are located in scenic areas which offer guests views of mountains and the sea. Complete with tatami mats, sliding doors and communal baths, most ryokan also offer dinner and breakfast as they pride themselves on the quality of their food.

4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Rivers Floating Lodge

Koh Kong Province, Cambodia

Accessible only via boat, the postcard-worthy floating bungalows of Rivers Floating Lodge offer a luxurious experience. Unspoilt forests surround the lodge with rare orchards and birds of paradise plants. Stunning views, luxurious tented villas and a delicious restaurant combine to give the villas a quality unlike any other. Guests can enjoy kayaking to nearby waterfalls and take in the view of Cardamom Mountains.

View of Taj Lake from the floating palace

Taj Lake Palace

Udaipur, India

Considered one of the world’s most romantic hotels, the floating white palace offers 360 degree views of Udaipur. The five-star resort was built in 1746 and has now become one of the world’s most recognisable residences. With 66 rooms, 17 suites, a spa, an outdoor pool and yoga facilities, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.

Hang Nga Guesthouse

Hang Nga Guesthouse

Dalat City, Vietnam

Also known as the Crazy House, this hotel looks like it’s been plucked right from a fairy tale. The hotel has been joyously designed and sculpted from the imagination of owner and architect Mrs Dang Viet Nga. The guesthouse is designed to bring people back to nature with rooms designed to look like spider webs and caves. A maze of precarious tunnels and high walkways, the guesthouse is not safe for children.

Sheraton Huzhou

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Huzhou, China

Located on the Taihu Lake, the ‘doughnut hotel’ has 27 floors above the water and two below. The luxurious hotel features a children’s pool, four restaurants, a café and a fitness and wellness center. Famous for its shape, the hotel embodies modern infrastructure and its surrounding nature. Venture from the hotel and find hot springs or soak up the views of the lake from the balcony of your room.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

The former Elizabethan era mansion offers luxurious space in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The sprawling country-style manor is located in the misty hills, surrounded by tea plantations. Escape the hustle and bustle of Sri Lanka and retreat to comfort 1,800 meters above sea level.

Capsules

Capsule Inn

Osaka, Japan

Sleeping pods of miniscule proportions offer room to sleep and nothing more. Focusing on the bare necessities, Capsule Inn stack sleeping pods, or units, in layers of two. There are many capsule-style inns and hotels popping up around Japan, popular for their affordability. Many capsule inns have public baths and lounges, free WiFi and a power socket in each unit.

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