Style seekers, we’ve come a long way since holidaying in south-east Asia either meant staying in a backpacker beach shack or hiding out in a could-be-anywhere five-star hotel chain.
Having paused in paddy fields and palaces, high-rises and hammocks, Mr & Mrs Smith’s team of intrepid design hounds, anonymous reviewers and bon viveurs have been hard at work, rest and play to sniff out the slickest city pads, hippest heritage hangouts and most blissful beachside boltholes in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for our new south-east Asia guidebook.
‘Infrastructure and investment are making breathtaking cultural and natural wonders more accessible and, let’s face it, comfortable – you no longer need a backpack to get to some of the most beautiful and spiritual places on earth.
SEA cities are changing faster than any other because of the boom economies. There’s so much creativity and energy flowing through to design, food, arts and fashion cultures‘
– Simon Westcott, MD of Mr & Mrs Smith, AsiaPacific
We defy you not to get wanderlust when you leaf through our brand-new cherry-picked collection of stylish stays in this tropical subregion. We take you to hideaways where form matches function and where the most discerning travelers want to go right now…
Chic eco retreats made from locally sourced materials and support local communities win our love, such as Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, and Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort in Langkawi.
Wellness escapes have never been so sexy thanks to Alila Cha-Am, Alila Villas Soori and Alila Villas Uluwatu, not to mention Bali-based The Legian & The Club, The Purist Villas & Spa and Como Shambhala Estate; Trisara and Rachamankha in Thailand; Capella Singapore; and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.
Culinary hideaways found their way to our hearts through our stomach, includes The Library in Koh Samui for its ‘breakfast culture’, the Sukhothai in Bangkok for the legendary chocolate buffet, the Apsara Rive Droite in Luang Prabang for its retro-cool interiors, Abacá Boutique Resort for its modern Med-feel magic, The Amala in Bali for the Jacuzzi-enhanced spa villas, and YL Residence No 17 in Koh Samui because you have your very own chef all to yourself.
Luxe-for-less city pads, such as Ma Du Zi Hotel in Bangkok and Maison d’Hanoi Hanova Hotel in Hanoi offer urban allure.
Grown-up, yet child-friendly getaways, such as Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket, Kirimaya in Khao Yai, Karma Kandara in Bali, and Knai Bang Chatt in Kep.
Hot under the collar yet? Just wait until you see our biggest yet guidebook in print. Pure, unadulterated hotel porn. When’s our next holiday, Mr Smith?