Sick of crowds of people? Looking for a quiet spot where you can be free to find yourself? We’ve got you covered with Secret Retreats‘ 8 new properties.
If you want to enjoy luxury accommodation, but are not keen to stay in generic five-star chain hotels that seem to offer the same-old same-old wherever in the world you are, then look no further than Secret Retreats.
Here, you’ll be able to locate some of Asia’s best-kept boutique hotels, retreats, and cruises lovingly curated by a team of hoteliers, independent owners and chefs. Besides hotels, you can even plan your travel itinerary around the activities you’re interested in. For instance, if you’re keen on picking up Shaolin Qi Gong or Silat, simply drop the good people at Secret Retreats an email to find out how just how you can learn these ancient martial arts in China or Indonesia. They can also help you plan your perfect yoga or weight loss retreat.
Whether it’s the sea you love, or the sight of lush green fields when you step out of your hotel, these 8 new properties under Secret Retreats that we’re sure will make you want to plan your next getaway, stat.
1. Nepal, Pokhara Valley
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Perched 1000 feet above the Pokhara Valley in central Nepal, with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is an oasis of tranquillity. Ideal for pre and post-treks located in an authentic Nepalese rural setting.
2. Taiwan, Pingtung County
This hot spring resort is situated in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, set amidst remote mountains on the banks of Tou-Mu Lake. Each suite features both an indoor and outdoor hot tub with spring water that can be adjusted to any temperature.
3. Indonesia, Bali (Ubud)
Surrounded by lush greenery and breath-taking views overlooking its own rice paddy fields, Kenanga Hotel offers an ideal gateway to Ubud’s culture. Just 5 minutes by car from the town centre, replete with a swimming pool and restaurant.
4. Thailand, Andaman Coast
Away from the tourist crowds, Koh Phra Thong is a gloriously unspoilt remote island. 28 privately owned traditional wooden homes sprinkled along the shoreline of a sheltered bay along a beautiful and deserted 12 km beach. Give this serious thought if you’re tired of fighting for space on the sand with everyone else at Phuket or Krabi.
5. Cambodia, Siem Reap (Angkor)
Set in the spacious grounds of a family estate, with a gorgeous saltwater swimming pool and a fine dining restaurant, Maison Polanka is a collection of two Khmer wooden houses on stilts and villa with five stylish rooms making one’s stay here a truly authentic Cambodian experience.
6. Cambodia, Battambang
Les Maisons Wat Kor
Located in the heart of a Khmer Village with beautifully preserved traditional wooden homes on stilts, within the atmospheric Cambodian countryside. Maisons Wat Kor features a restaurant-bar and salt-water swimming pool, with Khmer cooking classes and classic Khmer massage services to boot. Now, doesn’t sound like what the doctor ordered after a day of temple-hopping under the hot sun?
7. Vietnam, Mekong Delta
The Island Lodge
Located 90 minutes by car from Saigon, this lodge is set on a small island in the Mekong Delta with Mekong River views and tropical gardens. With just 12 rooms, you can be assured of privacy and some peace and quiet. We also like that it was built with the environment and sustainable development in mind, as it not only employed villagers for its construction, but also as staff. Plus, all bath and cleaning products used here are biodegradable.
8. India, Ladakh
An architectural jewel built by one of the King of Ladakh’s cousins, this unique 30-room home features two Buddhist temples, stables, and a large orchard laden with hundreds of apricot, apple and walnut trees. Nestled at 3, 100 metres above sea level, it’s a luxurious way for you to embrace the Himalaya’s rich cultural heritage.
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