Luxury does not come cheap in Singapore. But just a short hop away, a stay at a luxury resort and villa is not only more affordable, but also often more of a treat thanks to the beauty of the natural world our Southeast Asian neighbours have been blessed with.
Here are some luxury resorts and villas you can escape to on your next weekend getaway.
Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
Address: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
There are luxury resorts aplenty in Bali, but Ayana Resort and Spa is one of the most well-known and most sought-after as it is home to the famous Rock Bar, probably the most scenic drinking hole you will ever have the pleasure to sip a cocktail at.
At Ayana, you will not only enjoy all the usual 5-star creature comforts, but also get to drink in amazing views as the resort is perched on top of a cliff overlooking Jimbaran Bay. Choose between garden and ocean view rooms and suites, or splash out on villas with private pools.
The resort itself houses 19 restaurants, bars, a private beach, 12 swimming pools as well as a very luxurious spa, so you might be forgiven if you never leave for the duration of your stay.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Thailand
Address: 123, 123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
There’s more to Thailand than just beaches. At Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, you’ll enjoy the charm of northern Thailand from a very stylish five-star boutique resort.
The rooms are extremely spacious and modern, many with a view of the river or greenery outside. You can also choose a room or suite with a balcony or terrace facing the pool.
Despite the resort’s idyllic surroundings, it is actually located in the heart of Chiang Mai within easy walking distance of the historic walled city, making it the perfect option if you are looking for a luxurious base from which to explore the city.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
Address: Pangkor Laut Island Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
Ever dreamt of staying in an over-water bungalow in the Maldives? There’s no need to travel that far, thanks to Pangkor Laut Resort on Malaysia’s Pangkor Island, a private island that, other than the resort, is more or less untouched.
The 5-star resort has overwater bungalows built over bay or ocean, as well as spa villas where you can get a massage while gazing at the sea. The resort also has several restaurants and bars, as well as tennis and squash courts, a gym, two swimming pools and a jet pool for when you’re not too busy admiring the ocean view from your room.
Sanctum Inle Resort, Myanmar
Address: Maing Thauk Village, Inle Lake Nyaung Shwe Township, Myanmar
Inle Lake is one of Myanmar’s most scenic areas, with cool temperatures and a fascinating riverine lifestyle. At Sanctum Inle Resort, you can stay right by the lake in luxurious rooms and suites with views of the resort’s garden or Inle Lake itself. You can also opt for stand-alone villas.
Other perks include a spa, gym, massage facilities, as well as an outdoor swimming pool with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. The service and cleanliness are reportedly exceptional.
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