Dreamy infinity pools, warehouse-style hideaways and even a mind-bending bamboo structure… these are some of Southeast Asia’s most Instagram-worthy hotels
Hanging Gardens – Bali
Float above the treetops at one of the world’s most Instagrammed swimming pools. At Hanging Gardens in Bali, its award-winning, twin-tiered pool appears suspended over the lush, surrounding rainforest. But the pool isn’t the only drawcard; this forest sanctuary sits at the edge of a valley and is surrounded by rich rainforests and the famed rice terraces of Ubud. Each of its 44 private villas is also a peaceful haven decked out with both contemporary and Balinese decor and the finest amenities. Swoon!
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali, Indonesia, e. [email protected].
Phum Baitang – Cambodia
Imagine waking to the sun rising above idyllic lemongrass meadows, verdant gardens and rice paddies from the comforts of a plush villa in the Cambodian countryside. Modelled after traditional Khmer wooden houses, the resort comprises 45 villas – some come with private terraces, and others are equipped with private plunge pools. Decorated throughout with wood and wicker, brass and chic antiques, the rooms are essentially sanctuaries on stilts. Much of the resort’s appeal also lies in its stunning pool bar – photo ops are aplenty with its infinity open-air pool, and adjacent thatch-roofed bar.
Phum Baitang, Phum Svaydangkum, Sangkat Svaydangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia 1700, p. + 855 63 961 111
Sekeping Retreats – Malaysia
If you’re travelling to Malaysia, you need to check out Sekeping Retreats – the group has gorgeous industrial-style guest houses dotted around the city. We particularly love its Victoria location in Penang, as well as Sin Chew Kee. All of them have have a converted warehouse-feel, with intentionally sparse rooms, raw concrete flooring, exposed brick walls and pipes, and bed frames and chairs made from wires.
Sekeping Retreats, multiple locations including Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Nay Palad Hideaway – Philippines
As the saying (of a very successful tourism campaign) goes, it truly is more fun in the Philippines. Case in point? Nay Palad Hideaway. The resort is your quintessential Southeast Asian paradise outside of Indonesia and Thailand. Located in the island of Siargao, its nine villas cluster along palm trees and a pristine, bone-white beach, where aquamarine waters await. These are an Instagrammer’s dream as they’re furnished with dreamy, hanging day beds and carved wooden headboards made by local craftsmen.
Nay Palad Hideaway, 8419 Malinao Rd, Siargao Island, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
Bangkok Tree House – Thailand
If you’re desperately escaping the Bangkok bustle, pack an overnight bag and head to Bangkok Tree House’s cosy nests in the sky. You’ll want to book a stay in the three-storey Tree-Top Nests which feature open-air rooftops (with daybeds no less), bamboo showers and even bedrooms. But if you’re raring to rack up the likes on your photos, shoot the open skies at “The View with a Room” or float on a bed in your very own River Nest (obviously not for the faint-hearted). Just hold on tight to your camera.
Bangkok Tree House, Bang namphueng, Moo 1, Samut Prakarn, Greater Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand, e. [email protected]
Sharma Springs – Bali
Located within a valley along Ayung River, the six-storey bamboo house is part of Green Village, a community made up of 18 dramatically hand-constructed bamboo properties. Sharma Springs is the latest addition – the jaw-dropping six-storey landmark is a forest-fantasy escape. It’s made entirely out of bamboo, and boasts custom-made furniture, four double rooms, a private pool and sunset views over the Ayung river valley and Green Village.
Sharma Springs, Green Village, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Bali, Indonesia.
Crazy House – Vietnam
Resembling a bizarre Gaudi-esque fairytale treehouse, this kooky hotel is a top priority in any Vietnam bucket list. The fantastical 10-bedroom guesthouse is an exploration of surrealism with its cave-like staircases and hallways, uneven windows and hidden nooks. The bizarre, topsy-turvy hotel is also open to visitors during the day, but why not just spend a night here? Now that would be a story to tell.
Crazy House, 03 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ward 4, Dalat City, Lam Dong, Vietnam, p. +84 63 3822 070, e. [email protected]
Rayavadee Krabi – Thailand
Be the envy of all your friends with a stay at Rayavadee Krabi.. Located in the heart of Phranang Peninsula on the border of Krabi Marine National Park, the resort’s 96 two-storey pavilions and five luxe villas are flanked by soaring limestone cliffs, coconut groves and three stunning beaches. These abodes – with their richly coloured interiors, tropical architecture and open-air rooms – are outshined by The Grotto: the resort’s restaurant tucked away under an ancient limestone cliff on Phranang Beach.
Rayavadee Krabi, 214 Tambon Ao Nang, อำเภอ เมือง Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand.
Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
Marina Bay Sands is all about the IT factor and the location. Its famous infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel has seen countless celebrities frolicking in it. Perched 57 floors atop the iconic building, it feels like you’re swimming on the edge of the world. If you prefer to party while you’re at it, head to the SkyPark where you’ll find CÉ LA VI, a nightclub-slash-restaurant that serves a fab mix of cocktails and music.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 8868.
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