April 13, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
If you’re anything like the team at The HUNT Guides, when you go on vacation, you don’t spend much time in your hotel room – there’s just too much to see, do and taste!
That said, there are few things better than retiring to your room after a long day of getting to know a new city, and realizing that there are gems within the hotel to discover, be they great design, rooftop bars or glittering views.
At our top picks for boutique accommodations through Asia Pacific, you’ll never cease to find (oh-so Instagrammable!) nooks and crannies to marvel over.
At this retro little spot, each room is uniquely designed and decorated with wooden furniture, colorful textiles, and mid-twentieth century Thai kitsch. The in-house restaurant plates up a complimentary breakfast of organic, veggie fare, which is never a bad thing, and what’s more: there’s a rooftop terrace with a killer view o Wat Intharawihan.
Right in the heart of Kowloon is The Mira Hotel, a sublimely comfortable, oh-so stylish, boutique accommodation. There are tech-friendly amenities (including over 2,000 digital editions of international newspapers and magazines), morning tai chi classes and an open-air bar. Not convinced yet? There’s a smashing Champagne brunch at European eatery WHISK and an award-winning spa.
Take a 1930s military base, add some starchitect magic and, if you’re in Shanghai, you get The Waterhouse at South Bund. Most of the concrete and brickwork is original, there’s a neon Tracy Emin light sculpture in the lobby, and the rooms will have you thinking you’ve walked into a designer’s personal minimalist digs. Oh, and there are two bars – one in the lobby and one up on the roof – as well as swoon-worthy restaurant, Table No. 1, helmed by chef de cuisine, Christopher Pitts.
Though it may seem that when you visit Singapore the only place for you to stay is in one of the luxury high-rises in the CBD or centered around Orchard Road, we urge you to consider Little India. For it’s here that you’ll find Wanderlust, a funky little lodging full of eccentric décor. The lobby is industrial-glam and the minimalist black-and-white rooms have neon lighting. Then there’s Cocotte, the on-site award-winning French bistro. Yes, please.
At Medusa Hotel in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, each of the 18 rooms are an adventure in complementary colors and patterns: think sunburnt oranges paired with cobalt blues, and mustard yellows with violets and red polka dots. Plus, there are divine Aesop soaps and lotions in each room. Though there aren’t myriad in-house dining and drinking options, you are in Darlinghurst – get out there and explore!
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