Gifted by nature to grow vivacious lush forests, tropical islands, turquoise gulfs, and remarkable and impeccable biodiversity, it sure should not be any wonder that Southeast Asia is a magnet for people seeking to rewind and unwind from daily hectic lifestyles and thereby escape the bustle that daily life puts us through. Thereby the region naturally boasts of upscale resort hotels, the options for a restful getaway are unlimited. As you will see most of the properties on this year’s list are located in Thailand, and two places in Vietnam and Laos have also made it to the list of cuts. The grand Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, in Luang Prabang, Laos, is unique as a boutique hotel that combines luxury with history in a UNESCO World Heritage city. “A beautiful, restful, well-situated oasis of peace and serenity,” stated one such client of the Belmond. The stunninh getaway resort proudly has three-acres of gardens, an open-air spa, and a freshwater pool. Did you also know? That the resort has a picturesque and dramatic setting, for it is set high on a hill where ages ago, young Laotian princes would come to fly their kites. Hoi An, Vietnam, has gained a view of being a popular beach destination, with the recent addition of 100-room Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai — one of the first notable beach resorts there by an international brand. Such states one customer of the property, which placed a reputable position: “It was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. A superlative experience in every possible way.” But the Nam Hai was not the only Four Seasons property that charmed prospective tourists: three of the brand’s Thailand resorts (in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, and on Koh Samui) also made it to the list. So let us get started on the lists.
10. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos
9)Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
8)Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand
7) 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
6) Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand
5)Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand
4) Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
3)Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
2)Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
1)Six Senses, Yao Noi, Thailand
A new addition, this 56-villa resort stands at first position in 2018 after updates to the spa and some of the private villas. Located on Yao Noi, an island in Thailand’s striking Phang Nga Bay, the Six Senses Yao Noi is surrounded by crystal-blue water, mangrove forests, and limestone cliffs. Since it was launched in 2007, the property has become an iconic symbol of the area per se, with respect to its keen determination upon community engagement and sustainable tourism. Guests have praised the scenery, with comments such as “otherworldly” and “breathtakingly beautiful”.
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