See the stunning new resorts we’ve picked for our weekend escapes, from luxury wellness retreats to idyllic beachfront hotels
Resorts in Southeast Asia may be a dime a dozen, but it’s not every day that a property worth raving about opens near our shores. These six hot new hotels and villas have got it all, from sublime accommodation, upscale facilities (we’re talking jaw-dropping infinity pools) to five-star, dedicated service. Ahead, your next luxury destination for a weekend getaway…
The Residence Bintan
Luxury has a new name in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago: The Residence Bintan. Located just 55 minutes away via ferry, the resort is our all new weekend escape. The beachfront destination is made up of a cluster of 127 terraces and villas, and surrounded by verdant forests and a calm bay. Relaxation is guaranteed no matter your choice of stay. Wake to the sound of crashing waves in the beachfront villa (these come with your own outdoor deck and infinity pool), be greeted by sunrise views and in-villa breakfast at the massive The Estate, or soak in the sea breeze from the double-storeyed Vista Terrace. We recently treated our readers to a three-night stay at The Estate Villa, and yes we’re jealous.
The Residence Bintan, Kampung Galang Batang RT 005 RW 003, Desa/Kecamatan Gunung Kijang, Bintan, Kepri, p. 62 778 6000 888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Longhouse Bali
If you’re looking for a new way to do Bali (in an alternative neighbourhood no less), head to Jimbaran. There, paradise awaits on the hills in the form of The Longhouse Bali. Designed by famed architect Popo Danes, the intimate property boasts only six bedroom suites, each reflecting Indonesia’s rich heritage with individual designs. The Sumba Suite pays tribute to the people of Sumba with its Ikat tapestry while the dramatic Sumatra Suite evokes the island’s rich forests with its colour palette of warm woods and greens. You’re getting top-notch round-the-clock service too, with staff personally handpicked from some of the finest hotels in the world. Guest experiences cater to all types of travellers – it ranges from Indonesian cooking classes, village tours and Balinese massages. Choose to rent a single room for a boutique hotel experience or rent out the entire villa if you’re here with the whole gang.
The Longhouse Bali, Jalan Goa Gong, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Meaning “I’ll live again”, REVĪVŌ Bali ups the game for Asia’s luxury wellness retreats. This is destination decompress – located in the hills of Nusa Dua, the property is surrounded by some of Bali’s best sights, including the Indian Ocean, teak forest and rainforest. 16 Balinese-style suites are available, with two of those being four-bedroom villas. Here to heal? Holistic programmes are available, with bespoke and regular options. Ranging from three to 14 days, these promote relaxation, good sleep, emotional balance and anti-aging. Fitness is at its heart: the 8000 square metre workout area has got it all, including a yoga barn, martial arts hall, reformer Pilates studio and boxing equipment. Naturally, nutritious, organic food goes hand-in-hand with its #fitgoals, along with a spa which focuses on ancient Balinese healing traditions. Our Honeycombers Bali team is road testing REVĪVŌ, so watch this space for the inside scoop! The property is set to open on 30 March.
REVĪVŌ Bali, Jalan Desa Sawangan, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
When thinking of Phuket, it’s hard to quiet the images of the rowdy party streets, or the tourist hordes found on popular island-hopping excursions. But what if we told you that the island is home to a secluded island escape? Nestled along a 600 metre beachfront space along Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket features 71 pavilions and villas overlooking the Andaman Sea. These are outfitted to the nines, with floor-to-ceiling windows, king-sized beds, spacious living areas and private infinity-edge pools. We’ve also got major love for its environmentally sensitive design. The resort features the largest solar renewable energy system on the island, rain water retention ponds to fuel the water supply and “landscaped” rooftops for energy conservation.
Rosewood Phuket, Muen-Ngoen Rd., Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
Located on the pristine Chaweng Beach, this stunning new property is all about luxe pool suites and villas. Paying homage to Thailand’s lunar seasons, the circular motifs plays heavily into its design, with circular bathtubs, curved archways and full moon-inspired lighting fixtures. White is its primary colour, resulting in a clean aesthetic that has one thinking of Santorini. Its other star is the restaurant: The Tent Beachfront Restaurant and Bar, which offers an array of dining spaces for different moods (think private gazebos, outdoor decks or intimate dining rooms) and a menu of fresh seafood, Thai classics and international fare.
Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, 100 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for a full-service resort, the five-star Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa has it downpat. 257 rooms, pool villas and family suites make up the property, with facilities like two outdoor swimming pools and a kids club to cater to the whole fam. On site is also a luxury spa for the (very necessary) ah-and-ah seshes, as well as multiple restaurants and bars for all your food and bevvy needs. This is the place to soak in the island vibes without a care in the world.
Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa, 9/9 Moo 3, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
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