We’d say get out there and explore, but really, can you bear to leave these magnificent suites?
Just 1 minute away from the famous Kuta Beach, this heritage hotel’s outdoor pool overlooks the glimmering ocean. On the architecture front, contemporary design meets a marine-inspired theme, a nod to Kuta Beach’s history as a fishing village and later an important trading port.
NEXT: The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang, Malaysia →
From its beginnings in 1885, the Eastern & Oriental hotel has seen 2 World Wars, the wane of the British Empire as well as the birth of Malaysia. Which is why even today, this luxury suite-only hotel is still reminiscent of architecture of the British colonial era. The hotel exudes an air of grandeur, with its rich wood furniture and lofty ceilings.
NEXT: Praya Palazzo, Bangkok, Thailand →
This elegant riverside mansion (Have their private barge take you across the river!) is a graceful oasis in the middle of the busy city of Bangkok. Beyond its Italian-style facade are tastefully furnished rooms – think earthy hues, intricate wood carvings, and more.
NEXT: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam →
It may be part of a chain of hotels, but this gem, housed in a restored 100-year-old building, oozes old-school colonial charm. With all the luxuries that go beyond just creature comforts: at your service are bellboys in pillbox hats and desk staff in velvet traditional Vietnamese ethnic wear. Look, if the bathroom is this luxurious (spot the TV screen on the extreme left), imagine the rest of the hotel!
NEXT: The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo, Java, Indonesia →
This is what greets you when you step into The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo: A lobby decked in traditional Javanese heritage decor, leading up to your room that’s equally plush. It’s the little things that count: free drinks and desserts while waiting for your room, speedy housekeeping and more. And the big things, too: guests swear by the buffet breakfast here.
NEXT: Toraja Heritage Hotel, Tana Toraja, Indonesia →
At an altitude of 700m with views across a huge mountain range – all the rooms have balconies facing the rice fields – the Toraja Heritage Hotel follows the architectural style of traditional Torajan clan houses with a massive roof shaped like a ship’s prow. All aboard!
NEXT: The Peninsula, Bangkok, Thailand →
Not all heritage landmarks have to be set in restored buildings or colonial mansions. Case in point: The Peninsula Bangkok, a new-ish 37-storey hotel that nonetheless stays true to the heritage of its city. Think Thai silk-clad finishes, marble bathrooms and rich wood furniture. Plus, one-on-one Muay Thai classes on the Chao Phraya riverbank, exotic cooking classes and more set this hotel apart from the rest.
NEXT: Balquisse Heritage Hotel, Bali, Indonesia →
In the Balquisse Heritage Hotel, you’d think you’re in a palace – plus, you’ll definitely be treated like royalty. This secluded hideaway, enveloped by a flowering garden within an old coconut plantation, is artfully adorned with opulent antiques and the finest fabrics. In awe? You haven’t even seen your room!
NEXT: Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam →
One of the oldest hotels in Vietnam, this French colonial-style sits at the heart of Dong Khoi Street, Vietnam’s most popular shopping strip. Come nightfall, head to the Grand Cafe, the rooftop bar on the 20th floor for happy hour, live music and superb views over the city and Saigon River.
NEXT: The Majestic, Malacca, Malaysia →
Malacca is a city stepped in heritage – go full on culture vulture with a stay at The Majestic, a serene mansion dating back to the 1920s. The hotel encompasses the culture of the Chinese, Portuguese, British, Peranakan and others that have left their mark in the city, promising a blend of old and new, historic and modern.
NEXT: Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel, Bali, Indonesia →
By Pinky Chng, December 2017
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