Boutique hotels offer a unique intimacy and wonderful idiosyncrasy that you just can’t get in bigger, faceless hotels. They have a beating heart and an eccentric personality that charms you while making you feel whole heartedly welcome, and Asia is home to some of the world’s finest, most endearing, quirky and incredibly serviced boutique hotels.
These hotels are easy to find if you know where to look and are difficult to leave because you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with them.
Here are a few boutique hotels from across Asia that offer individuality, quirky design, real character, fantastic location, tantalizing gastronomy and a superb level of service.
Editor’s pick: Belmond
The wonderful world of Belmond welcomes guests into 47 extraordinary hotels, luxury railway journeys, and tranquil river cruise experiences.
For the last 40 years, Belmond has constantly been adding to its distinctive portfolio, offering guests unique experiences.
Belmond La Residence D’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a leafy retreat set on the river, just moments from the mystifying temple complexes and close to the town centre.
The enchanting traditional Khmer architecture, hand-woven silks, local artefacts and bespoke artworks give the five-star hotel a genuine sense of place.
Belmond La Residence D’Angkor’s award-winning Kong Kea Spa offers a unique sensory experience taking traditional Cambodian-style healing techniques and combining them with contemporary methods to deliver utter relaxation of body and mind.
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life you can travel to Laos or Myanmar. You’ll find Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, set in Luang Prabang’s secluded heritage zone atop Phou Vao Hill, or Belmond Governor’s Residence, in the quiet diplomatic district of Yangon, the perfect boutique hotels for you.
Immerse in an enchanting world of culture and adventure at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao where guests recline around a freshwater infinity pool looking towards spectacular mountain vistas. Let the fresh scent of frangipani transport you back to simpler times.
Meanwhile, Belmond Governor’s Residence is a colonial-style mansion where old world elegance mingles with rich Burmese beauty, providing guests with a classic pinch of Myanmar magic. Relax beside the large fan-shaped pool before discovering the city sites. After all, Shwedagon Temple is just 10 minutes away. Then return to the Governor’s Residence for signature cocktails and alfresco delectable dinner featuring the finest and freshest seafood.
Or perhaps you’re looking for a beach-side paradise for your vacation? Belmond Napasai on Koh Samui, southern Thailand, and Belmond Jimbaran Puri on Bali Island, Indonesia, will fulfil your dreams of golden sand, crystal clear water and fantastic flora.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri offers delightful stand-alone villas and cottages embraced by lush jungle and enjoying perfect privacy. Each villa is designed to reflect true Balinese style with alang-alang thatched roofs and bamboo interiors complemented with stunning ocean views.
Soak up the atmosphere around the beachfront pool carved from Javanese stone. Then dash across the golden sand to the glistening ocean. At Belmond Jimbaran Puri, you’ll feel a million miles from anywhere.
Last not least among Belmond’s brilliant collection of boutique hotels across Asia is Belmond Napasai on the paradise island of Koh Samui.
Here you’ll find some 17 acres of beachfront tropical gardens and accommodations offering an authentic Thai tropical island feel. The stylish split-level multi-bedroom residences, providing direct access to the glimmering ocean, are entirely unique to this Belmond property.
When you’ve finished admiring this slice of perfect paradise nestled between cashew and coconut groves, enjoy the botanical secrets of Asia at Napasai Spa. Then feast on the finest regional cuisine and enjoy further flavours of Koh Samui mixed in a cocktail while ensconced in this beachside haven.
If you’re looking for a unique tailor-made experience in Australia, stay at one of Lancemore Group’s properties where each of the award-winning boutique hotels are as individual as you are.
Mansion Hotel and Spa by Lancemore at Werribee Park in Victoria is one of the grandest hotels in Australia and perfect for those who have an interest in history.
Guest will experience a cosmopolitan haven of tranquillity and charm through luxurious guest rooms paired effortlessly with exquisitely kept 19th century estate gardens.
Indulge in the spa treatments and take a walk through the English gardens, full of flora and bumbling bees.
Enjoy a delicious meal and fine wine and forget the bustling outside world.
Step outside of the old English style of life and into a world of swimming, snorkelling and diving at Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore in Queensland.
Set against a backdrop of endless turquoise waters and golden sand beaches lined with coconut palms, this boutique hotel is perfect for romantic escapes and family holidays.
Each of the huge rooms reflect the serenity of the hotel’s surroundings and the brilliant staff at Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore will undoubtedly provide you with a perfect holiday.
Back in city life, Larmont Sydney by Lancemore offers a boutique hotel in one of Sydney’s avant-garde hubs, Potts Point.
The unrivalled location of the hotel looks out over spectacular harbour views from gorgeous rooms full of bespoke amenities for the well-traveled guest who wants more than a standard hotel room.
China may not be your first port of call for boutique hotels, but there are some stunning properties waiting to be discovered.
One of these is Rosewood Beijing. The hotel presents contemporary, warm, refined and serene surroundings which give guests the impression of luxury apartment living.
The 282 spacious rooms and suites have walk-in closets, top of the range immaculate bathrooms, chic furniture, beautiful fine art prints, floor-to-ceiling windows and touches of individuality to evoke a home-like atmosphere.
Rosewood Beijing is set in the prestigious Chaoyang District surrounded by urban skyscrapers and high-end shopping.
Guests here are in the perfect place to discover all the culture and history the packed capital has to offer, safe in the knowledge they can stroll through the elegant doors at the end of a busy day and dine at one of the six onsite restaurants offering everything from fine pastries to local cuisine and tapas to French bistro.
There is no doubt boutique hotels are the only way to stay, travel and play.
Why stay anywhere else in Asia when you could have a personalized piece of paradise at any one of these featured properties?
*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia