Best hotels and hostels in Southeast Asia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Koh Kong Conservation Corridor

    Cardamom Tented Camp

    Nestled deep in Botum Sakor National Park on the banks of the wildlife-laden Prek Tachan River, Cardamom Tented Camp is both a model ecotourism success story and one of the most unique and enchanting overnight stays you'll find anywhere. Luxurious safari tents allow guests to live in style while participating in real conservation activities like forest patrols and tree planting.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Raja Ampat Islands

    Cove Eco Resort

    Centrally located from many of Raja Ampat's finest diving spots and land-based excursions, this year-old, intimate private-island resort simply has it all. Dreamy oceanfront villas? Check. Best meals in Raja Ampat? Check. Spectacular, knowledgeable staff. Check. And the actual cheque? Very reasonable, considering that boat transport and an excursion to Pianynemo and the Fam Islands are included.

  • Lodging in Wanokaka

    Nihi Sumba

    Formerly Nihiwatu, few luxuries are excluded from this celebrity-favoured resort, where you might bump into the Beckhams. Hefty price tag aside (we've listed the low-season rate), you can understand the draw to this stunning accommodation, where every detail is considered and there's a virgin beach crashing with surf that folds into turquoise barrels on Sumba's ruggedly beautiful coast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ambarawa

    Mesa Stila Resort

    Nestled in a 22-hectare coffee plantation, the Mesa Stila Resort is one of Indonesia’s most magical hotels. At an altitude of 900m, the forest gives way to inspiring vistas from the villa-style rooms and a classically conical volcano looms over the neatly trimmed lawns and red-tiled joglos. It's some 12km southwest of Ambarawa; a taxi from town (60,000Rp) passes beautiful rice terraces.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manila

    Raffles Makati

    Two five-star hotels in one skyscraper. The Raffles consists of 32 stunning suites on the 9th and 10th floors. They feature high ceilings, wooden floorboards, stand-alone baths with city views and on-call butlers. Its opulent palm-lined pool is straight out of a Beverly Hills mansion. Beneath the Raffles, the sister Fairmont is just a small step down in luxuriousness.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    Raffles Hotel

    The grand old dame of Singapore has seen many a famous visitor in her time, from Somerset Maugham to Queen Elizabeth II. It's a beautiful place of white colonial architecture, lush pockets of green and historic bars. The most recent upgrade, completed in 2019, has seen the property meticulously revamped with all the finest modern comforts but without losing one iota of charm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sop Ruak

    Four Seasons Tented Camp

    If you can fit it into your schedule (and budget), this safari-inspired resort is among the most unusual accommodation experiences in Thailand. The ‘tents’ are appropriately luxurious and are decked out in colonial-era safari paraphernalia. A minimum stay of at least two nights is required, and guests take part in daily activities ranging from longboat river excursions to spa treatments.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manila

    Manila Hotel

    One of Asia’s grand and regal hotels, where everyone from General MacArthur to the Beatles to JFK has spent the night. It’s more than 100 years old, yet has kept up with the times brilliantly, adding elegant Filipino touches like capiz-shell dividers and two-poster beds to rooms that include every modern convenience imaginable, such as a flat-screen panel in the bath.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Coast Road to Kusamba

    Hotel Komune

    A resort in the true sense of the word, Komune offers everything needed for an active and enjoyable holiday. The surf here is among Bali's best, although not suitable for beginners. Other activities include yoga, meditation and kids movie nights. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, and the beachfront Beach Club (restaurant/bar/pool) has a party vibe at every time of the day.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karimunjawa Islands

    Breve Azurine

    With a private beach, this gorgeous hillside resort offers a genuine island welcome. Rustic cottages with open-air bathrooms have magnificent sea views or there's a main lodge with a hardwood verandah that serves as the common area. The restaurant is nested above a tropical garden and candlelit suppers can be arranged under the rustling palms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manila

    Hive Hotel

    The lower-budget sister of Cocoon is hardly a downgrade. Rooms are slightly smaller, but efficiently designed with open closets and lovely room dividers in trademark purple-and-orange. Recycled hardwood floors, downy beds and noise-reducing felt wall panelling ensure you'll sleep soundly and in style. Adjoining rooms available. Bonus points for the wall of Lonely Planet books in the airy lobby.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Con Dao Islands

    Six Senses Con Dao

    This astonishing hotel enjoys a dreamlike location on the island's best beach, 4km northeast of Con Son town. Its 50-or-so ocean-facing, timber-clad beach units fuse contemporary style with rustic chic, each with its own pool and giant bathtub. Eating options include a casual cafe and a magnificent restaurant by the shore.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manila

    Makati Shangri-La

    With a soaring lobby lounge punctuated by floor-to-ceiling bay windows and sequoia-sized columns, the Shangri-La wins the award for Makati’s most stunning interior. The rooms are masterpieces of originality, all swoops and swerves, coves and curved lines. You could throw a party on the California king beds. There are two tennis courts and a recently renovated swimming pool and bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Phnom Penh

    Raffles Hotel Le Royal

    From the golden age of travel, this is one of Asia’s grand old dames, in the illustrious company of the Oriental in Bangkok and Raffles in Singapore. This classic colonial-era property is Phnom Penh’s leading address, with a heritage to match its service and style. Indulgent diversions include two swimming pools, a gym, a spa and lavish bars and restaurants.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Palawan


    The Philippines' top resort has one of the remote Cuyo Islands all to itself and can be reached only by private plane from Manila. The island is ringed by a ribbon of fine white sand, and everything is exquisite, from the incredible island scenery to the luxurious bungalows (accessed by your personal golf cart), to the nonpareil service.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Villa Samadhi

    It’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of KL when staying at this gorgeous boutique property that epitomises Southeast Asian chic. The black polished concrete, bamboo and reclaimed-timber rooms combine with luxurious light fixtures, idyllic central pool, lush foliage, poolside bar (serving complimentary cocktails) and intimate modern Malay restaurant Mandi Mandi to conjure an antidote to urban stress.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Phu Hin Bun NPA & Tham Kong Lor

    Spring River Resort

    These stilted bungalows sit in an immaculately landscaped, jungle-like garden at the edge of Nam Hin Bun. The more expensive rooms have en suite bathrooms, considerably more space and private balconies to enjoy the lush river view. Easily the most charming place to stay in the region. The attached riverside restaurant (mains 35,000K to 50,000K) has a memorable setting and tasty food.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ubud


    Set in a spectacular river valley enclosed by rice fields, this stunning Ritz Carlton resort is the size of a small village. It's replete with facilities – the luxe spa and Kubu restaurant are particularly impressive. Guests are offered a programme of 17 complimentary daily activities including yoga, aqua aerobics and a kids club. Suites and villas are large and gorgeous.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang


    You can imagine Graham Greene writing under a wood-blade fan in the wicker-accented restaurant of this beautifully renovated French colonial-era building. Flanked by manicured lawns, a centrepiece jade swimming pool and dreamy spa and gym, suites here are capacious, with living room, four-poster beds and most featuring a private pool in their back garden. Surely Luang Prabang's finest hotel?

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luang Prabang

    La Résidence Phou Vao

    With its stunning hilltop grounds, seamless service and stylish wood rooms, Luang Prabang's first luxury hotel minted revivalist Indo-chic. The infinity pool reflects distant Phu Si and is flanked by a top-notch Franco-Lao restaurant. The Mekong Spa is spectacular and has won several global awards. No other hotel has such a sublime view of the city and mountains. Bliss!