1. Point Yamu by Como: Phuket, Thailand


At Italian-influenced Point Yamu by Como, rooms are immaculately styled by Paola Navone and brilliant pizzas are served poolside at La Sirena restaurant. Thailand sings through, too, thanks to the Phuket-inspired artworks in the lobby, Peranakan-Thai cuisine in Nahmyaa restaurant and the jaw-dropping views of Phang Nga Bay.

2. Sungai Gold: Bali, Indonesia


Get the five-star treatment with the exhilarating independence of a private villa at Sungai Gold hotel in Bali’s low-key Cepaka Village, just 20 minutes outside Seminyak. A posse of staff that cater to your every whim will facilitate luxury lounging in airy living areas or by the cool jade-green pool. Those with an entourage can snag the sister property next door, Villa Sungai, to double the fun (and room).

3. Belmond La Residence d’Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia


As if seated in meditation, Siem Reap hotel Belmond La Residence d’Angkor gazes towards a contemplative courtyard with a midnight-blue swimming pool, and exudes an ambience that encourages a relaxed pace. The tranquil rooms blend the traditional with subtly contemporary touches, ensuring that both modern-design mavens and heirloom habitues will feel right at home at this stylish sanctuary.

4. Kahanda Kanda: Galle, Sri Lanka


Kahanda Kanda in Galle is an eight-room residence on a lush green tea plantation, popular with peacocks, parakeets, mongoose and monkeys (and discerning tourists, too.) We have British owner George to thank for the cosy colonial charm, and after trying chef’s Sri Lankan curry breakfasts, you’ll scorn cereal forever.

5. One&Only Hayman Island: Great Barrier Reef, Australia


Ducking and diving is the name of the game at One&Only Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by the aquatic wonderland of the Coral Sea. Beyond the allure of the light, bright contemporary rooms, a raft of activities beckons, from scuba diving to tennis lessons. Afterwards, relax with a massage in an ocean-view pavilion or picnic on nearby Whitehaven Beach.

6. Empire Retreat and Spa: Margaret River, Australia


The owner’s ancestral abode anchors the Empire Retreat and Spa hotel’s stone and timber presence on Western Australia’s Margaret River. At this rural retreat with Asian accents, quaff a glass of chardonnay from the on-site vineyard after indulging in mud wraps from the signature spa.

Adapted from SilverKris.