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Southeast Asia’s 7 Unique Luxury Hotels

Each year, I try to explore many parts of the world to see and experience the various types of their luxurious hotels. This year my interest falls into Southeast Asia region, from Singapore to the Indochina region such as Cambodia and Laos. For centuries, history has taken note that the region was home to some of the most opulent kingdoms in Asia. During my first visit to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang this year, I was impressed not only by their glorious historical past but also by the presence of the great luxury hotel establishments. Here is my selection list of seven unique luxury hotels in the region this year!

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection:
A Monochromatic Luxury

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The element of black and white as a theme is an eternal classic duo that has been used from ancient time until the present. However, this classic duo transformed fabulously when Bill Bensley added his design touch into it. The new 10 super-luxe expansive two-level villas in the cultural heart of the historic town of Siem Reap becomes the new testament of Bensley’s visionary concepts and extraordinary design on creating a monochromatic luxury.

Returning after a decade to the city where he designed his first hotel (Park Hyatt Siem Reap), Bensley is ready to bring his flamboyant design characteristics to a whole new level. The Khmer-inspired villas put monochromatic theme as piece-de-resistance from the tile designs, brass details and native palettes, to the high walled facades featuring three-dimensional carvings that portray Jayavarman’s robe (a renowned Khmer king who reigned from 1181 to 1218). Each villa offers 156sqm and is equipped with a 30ft swimming pool, Bensley’s iconic lush tropical garden, and a rooftop deck with a daybed to gaze the stars while enjoying delicious barbecue that is privately set by your bespoke butler. The highlight includes the floor-to-ceiling glassed bathroom with views over the garden and an exotic outdoor shower.

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Being a hotel within a hotel, this new 10 luxury villas property is built in the compound of a larger hotel known as Shinta Mani Angkor that was also designed by Bensley back in 2012. Opened at the end of 2017, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection is really a cool and sophisticated laid-back oasis that Bensley himself would like to live in.

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