Many countries in Southeast Asia rank among the most underrated tourist destinations in the world. Many Western tourists remain pretty much clueless about this beautiful region, not realising that it actually boasts some of the best luxury hotels and resorts at extremely affordable prices. Travelling to one of these great featured destinations might be the ultimate way to get more out of your next holiday, perhaps somewhere you never planned to visit!
Tir Na Nog – Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia
Close to the picturesque Mount Rinjani and overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Gili Trawangan beach area, Tir Na Nog is a hidden Indonesian gem. It’s the perfect example of an exotic hotel offering luxurious relaxation and fun beach activities during the day, but also at the centre of the local nightlife. The area is highly rated among tourists, including those on their way to the ever-popular Bali as part of a longer trip. Tir Na Nog’s accommodation includes luxury villas and bungalows with bed and breakfast, an Irish bar and many more great facilities for guests.
Shinta Mani Club – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodia is not the most common destination, but if you’re visiting for the first time, the stunning ancient temples and landscapes may leave you wondering why you left it so long. While you’re there, the Shinta Mani is a top choice for accommodation. The rooms are affordable, modern and above all a cool retreat to escape from the heat! The small luxury details make a lot of difference at this particularly popular hotel and resort.
Chateau Spa& Organic Wellness Resort – Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia
This French-inspired hotel may look a little bizarre among its Malaysian jungle surroundings, but its placement is carefully planned. Everything about this accommodation is geared towards catering for people looking for a luxury escape and some relaxing time away from the stress of the outside world. It’s only 60 minutes from Kuala Lumpur by road, but the high-end French restaurants, spa facilities and yoga sessions on offer will make you feel a world away from city living.
The Layana Resort & Spa – Ko Lanta, Thailand
This extremely highly-rated resort is not one for families, as it’s strictly adults-only. This is because every aspect of the accommodation and the facilities is carefully designed to make it a romantic and luxurious getaway destination, especially perfect for couples on their honeymoon. The professional massage treatments on offer in the spa are highly recommended, especially since The Layana Spa was awarded the title of “Best Luxury Destination Spa” in the country in 2015.