I love traveling so much that I do whatever possible to stretch my budget so that I can travel longer, including picking budget hostels. Yet, I appreciate the comfort of a good hotel and I admit that every now and then I check myself into one, just for the sake of some quality sleep and pampering. Besides, good hotels don’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. In fact, when it comes to South East Asia, it is actually quite easy to find real gems at a splurge.
During my multiple trips across South East Asia I stayed at some incredible hotels. Here’s my favorite five.
Ubud Dedari Villas, Beduli (Bali, Indonesia)
When I finally arrived at Ubud Dedari Villas I was exhausted. It was the end of a very tiring trip across Indonesia, with an itinerary packed of activities. I fell in love with this hotel so much that I hardly got out of it during my stay.
All rooms at Ubud Dedari Villas are huge and beautifully furnished, and have either a balcony or a patio that overlooks a gorgeous garden with a lovely infinity pool and the lush forest right in front of it.
What I enjoyed the most about Ubud Dedari Villas is the location: at 15 minutes drive from Ubud (and there is a free shuttle for guests), the place is incredibly quiet, and there is no noise at all other than that of the creek running through the forest and the cicadas.
The Phoenix, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
The Phoenix has to be one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at, not only in South East Asia but in the world. It is set in a beautiful colonial building, and although all rooms are furnished in a traditional way, they have all the modern comforts.
There is a beautiful swimming pool, a spa and a fitness center, and the buffet breakfast is delicious.
What I loved the most about The Phoenix are the little touches here and there that made me feel truly pampered. Every night, someone from the staff would prepare my bed and leave a different sweet on my pillow.
Chivapuri Beach Resort, Koh Chang (Thailand)
Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand, and there are many hotels and resorts from which to pick. I got there at the very end of my trip across South East Asia and I knew I would need somewhere quiet to relax for a few days. Chivapuri Beach Resort was perfect. The large and comfortable rooms are a guarantee of quality sleep.
The resort is located at the southern tip of the island, on Klong Koi beach (right off Bang Bao). It is beautifully hidden in the nature, and has direct access to a lovely, clean beach. There is a restaurant and a bar, both at the beach.
What I loved the most about Chivapuri Beach Resort is the care of its personnel, always kind, polite and ready to help.
Rose Royal Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap (Cambodia)
The Rose Royal Boutique Hotel was an incredible find, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody visiting Siem Reap. It is tucked away in a tiny street, which means there is no traffic noise at all. Yet, it is literally a 2 minutes walk from all the mayhem of the night market and Pub Street.
Rooms are spacious and very comfortable, there is a fantastic pool which is great to cool off after a day of exploring Angkor Wat and the bar makes delicious (and slightly addictive) cocktails. There is a wide selection for breakfast.
The personnel is very kind and helpful and all speak fluent English. They are always available to provide information, organize transportation and guided tours. I truly enjoyed my stay there!
The Corner Homestay, Hoi An (Vietnam)
The Corner Homestay isn’t a simple hotel. This is a family run business, located in a beautiful house tucked away in a small and quiet alley in Hoi An, Vietnam. Location is simply perfect: it feels like a local neighborhood, but it is a 2 minutes walk from the historic centre and the night market.
Rooms are nice, spacious and spotless, and have all the modern comforts. Breakfast is delicious and filling. The lovely personnel helps guest arrange activities, transportation, scooter and bike rentals, and even laundry.
What I liked the most about The Corner Homestay was the feeling of being with a local family, yet having all of the privacy and comfort I needed.
South East Asia is packed with good hotels that can be easily booked online at a real steal. Sure enough, there is no point in roughing it up when it is possible to be comfortable at a reasonable price.
Do you have any favorite hotels around South East Asia? Let us know in the comments below!