Discover the Islands of South East Asia

With a wealth of natural beauty, from azure blue waters and sandy beaches to lush rainforests and rich underwater biodiversity, the islands of South East Asia are each as alluring as the last. From popular hotspots to remote escapes, this week in The Edit we explore our favourite islands in South East Asia.

 

Bali, Indonesia

One of the most popular destinations in South East Asia and a ‘must see’ on any bucket-list, Bali doesn’t cease to impress. Renowned for its iconic sandy beaches and coral reefs, the island is also home to famous religious sites, as well as a number of meditation and yoga retreats. Bali is renowned for its unique and sophisticated forms of art and performing arts, as well as its vibrant cuisine.

Set on a verdant hillside overlooking East Bali’s Lombok Strait, Amankila, meaning ‘peaceful hill’, offers the perfect retreat in the area. The 34 private Amankila suites, fashioned as Balinese beach houses with their private terraces, offer spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hillsides. Guests can enjoy these views from the hotel restaurant, serving up a mix of Western and Indonesian cuisine, and the hotel bar. Amankila also features a traditional Balinese Spa and is the ideal location to discover East Bali’s spiritual heritage. Watersports such as sailing and scuba diving can also be enjoyed in the pristine waters.

Total Management Benefits:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
A complimentary lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

El Nido, Philippines

El Nido, in the archipelago of the Philippines, is a top destination for its marine and wildlife reserve.  Water activities are very popular with over 30 sites dedicated to scuba divers of different levels and skills. With over 50 pristine beaches to discover, lagoons with turquoise-green water and secret caves that lead to hidden coves, El Nido is an utterly enchanting island to discover.

Just off the coast of El Nido, Pangulasian Island Resort offers the perfect hideaway on the unspoilt Pangulasian Island, overlooking the Bacuit Bay. The resort offers 42 villas with a private balcony and some with a private pool as well. Each created with a contemporary Filipino design, the property offers 8 Canopy Villas, built on stilts above the forest, 24 Beach Villas, 6 Pool Villas and 4 Kalaw Villas, perfect for the ultimate privacy.

Total Management Benefits:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Preferential rates

 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

The Andaman Islands are in an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. The archipelago comprises more than 300 islands that are inhabited by ancient tribes, still living a very traditional life, and only a dozen islands open to tourists. The Nicobar Islands are strictly off limit to tourists.

With just 6 Suites and a Villa, Jalakara aims to offer the privacy of the villa rental with the services of a boutique hotel. Strategically located in the secluded rainforest, all the rooms are designed in a contemporary style and feature pieces collected from all over India. The Sunset Suites boast a private veranda with ocean view and the Garden Suites a private garden with pavilion. The Tower Room has stairs leading to a private rooftop garden. The Jalakara Villa has a private yoga deck, garden, infinity plunge pool and giant hammocks.

Total Management Benefits:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Preferential rates

 

Ko Yao Yai, Thailand

Ko Yao Yai or “Big Long Island” is also known as Thailand’s last unspoilt island. Located only 30 minutes away from the touristy Phuket, Koh Yao Yai is a secluded tropical island in the Andaman Sea. This narrow and long island has avoided becoming another hectic island resort and the local population keeps a traditional way of life.

Six Senses Yao Noi is nestled into the lush hillside overlooking the awesome Phang Nga Bay. The 55 Pool Villas present glorious vistas and a personalised service for exceptional experiences, offering both a sense of privacy and of adventure. The hotel has a Six Senses Spa and offers many excursions and activities to its guests. Several restaurants and bars present world cuisine, with an emphasis on Thai.  The Dining Room offers European organic cuisine and features a glass floor with a creek beneath, and a Chef’s Table. The Living Room presents Thai and world cuisine and an open grill, while The Hilltop offers Thai set dinners and light lunches.

Total Management Benefits:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability per villa
Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests per villa
A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, officially known as “Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah”, is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea in the North West of Malaysia. The island is the perfect getaway for nature lovers; it is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and exciting attractions such as the Underwater World Langkawi and the Cable Car in Pantai Kok.

With its tropical rainforest setting and secluded white sandy beach on the Andaman Sea, The Datai Langkawi provides the ultimate escape. Choose from several room styles, including the luxurious Beach Villas, which feature separate living areas that flow effortlessly into an enclosed lush outdoor garden, complete with a rain shower and 40-foot private swimming pool. Make time for treatments at The Datai Spa. Later, savour Thai specialties along with rainforest and ocean views at The Pavilion, local curry and Indian specialties in a lush setting at The Gulai House or a mix of Malaysian and Western cuisines at The Dining Room.

Total Management Benefits:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily full buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests
Early check-in/ late check-out, subject to availability
A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
Complimentary Wi-Fi

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