You got an almost un-inhabitant tropical island on one side, an up and coming beach destination on the other and one of the world’s greatest archeological sites thrown in between. Sounds like a great itinerary for that perfect Southeast Asian holiday, doesn’t it? Just in case you were wondering, these places are Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, Ngapali in Myanmar and Siem Reap, Cambodia. If you are wondering about hotels, then we got you covered right here!
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
The Gili Islands are one of Indonesia’s most sought after islands. Why? The three islets off the coast of Lombok are very relaxing and laid back. All this while no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. Pretty cool, huh? Just exactly what you expect an ideal tropical island getaway should be. Gili Trawangan is the largest island of the three and your safe bet to enjoy some sort of luxury. So, without further ado, here’s…
• Hotel Villa Ombak – The first international hotel on Gili Trawangan, Hotel Villa Ombak offers all of the pleasures of first class accommodation with touches of island charm. The 110 rooms and villas are designed in traditional Lombok style with modern amenities. Home to four restaurants and bars, a three-tiered swimming pool, spa and on-site diving school this beachfront property is a great resort-style stay for couples and families alike.
Watch out Southeast Asia (and the world for that matter), there’s a new beach destination in town! Keep an eye out for Ngapali. Home to acres of white sands and blue waters, this Burmese town holds a distinct advantage over its regional rivals. It is less visited than the rest. ‘Nuff said.
• Thande Beach Hotel – Located directly on Ngapali Beach, just a 45 minute flight from Yangon, the small room property is renowned for its warm Burmese welcome. All 38 bungalows are elegantly furnished with polished teak, rattan furniture and traditional Myanmar handicrafts and have private terraces overlooking the Bay of Bengal; the perfect spot for a sundowner. The quiet restaurants serve up seafood fresh from the ocean and traditional Myanmar and Rakhine cuisine.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Some of Southeast Asia’s, if not the world’s greatest monument are here. If you have never heard of Angkor Wat, then why not see it in all its grandeur? Don’t forget, there are also countless other temples here. So put on your archeological hat and start exploring.
• The Samar Villas & Spa Resort – Appealing for all those who are looking for a stay off the beaten track and in a unique bourgeois house with a refined welcoming spirit. The two villas, one apartment and five Junior Suites are perfect for individual bookings as well as for privatization of the entire property for a family or a group of friends. Comfortably equipped with assorted antique furniture and tastefully decorated, the rooms are grouped around a charming swimming pool and garden. A jazzy bar in the style of Shanghai in the 1930s and two restaurants round up are the perfect place for a Khmer cooking class.
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