The World Boutique Hotel Awards was held in London during the closing of 2016, announcing the crème de la crème of boutique hotels worldwide. The Asian region saw two boutique hotels nabbing top honours. Let’s discover these two outstanding properties that might make it into your hotel wish list.
THE CHEDI CLUB TANAH GAJAH
WORLD’S BEST RELAXATION RETREAT
Many associate Bali with its turquoise waters and colourful culture. But there is an artful element to this Indonesia hot spot that is subtle yet deeply relaxing. The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah understands the importance of artistic design, creating a relaxation retreat to calm the senses.
The 5-hectare property was the former residence of Indonesia’s most respected art collector, Hendra Hadiprana. 20 villas ranging from the spa pool villa to family villa and the exclusive Hadiprana with its outdoor Jacuzzi are designed in the traditional Balinese design and decorated with Hendra’s extensive art collection.
If you think the villas are enough to invoke a sense of serenity, the spa treatments and health club will elevate that to another level. They curate complimentary yoga classes for guests and have an array of spa packages conducted at their paddy- facing spa suites.
Pangulasian Island, Philippines
WORLD’S BEST BEACH OR COASTAL HOTEL
When one wins an award on beach beauty, expect it to be on a secluded island with powdery white sands and waters in every shade of blue. That paradise lies in the Palawan Province in a town called El Nido that is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world ranked by Condé Nast Traveler’s List.
The Pangulasian Island features 42 deluxe accommodations built in a contemporary Filipino architecture. Their canopy villa perched 15-18 meters from the ground host expansive views of the sea and the surrounding islands while their pool villa is equipped with a private pool right outside your balcony.
Besides lounging around and doing nothing, guests can indulge in their luxurious spa treatments and dine in a romantic dinner by the beach. Plus, we heard that the sunsets are spectacular in these parts of Palawan.