Opened Feb 2012
This getaway is 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital Malé and 10 minutes by speedboat from the new domestic airport. The 100 villas are styled with classic Maldivian woodwork and contemporary Thai elements. Rooms feature sustainable product lines from Molton Brown, Bose surround sound systems and Nespresso machines. The hotel’s award-winning Devarana Spa also offers East-meets-West treatments using Thai herbs and indigenous ingredients. To further unwind, take a dip in their infinity swimming pool—the largest in the Maldives. Rooms go for US$720.
P.O. Box 2188, Mudhdhoo Island, Baa Atoll, +96-0600-8888, www.dusit.com
Opened Nov 2011
This resort never sleeps. Not only does it offer a 24-hour butler service and spa treatments (including sleep inducing massages), it also houses the world’s first underwater music club, Subsix. Located 500 meters offshore and six meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean, the prime nightlife spot hosts a rotating line up of international artists from the US, Asia and Europe. When you’re not enjoying the late-night activities, the secluded beach getaway also offers fiber optic lit private pools, dive courses and a marine biology lab for coral rehabilitation. It’s just a 40-minute seaplane flight from the capital Malé to boot. Room rates go for US$650.
Dhaalu Atoll, +96-0676-2828, www.niyama.peraquum.com
Opened Apr 2012
This scenic getaway has 61 villas set on white sand beaches or suspended over the lagoon. There are seven spa treatment suites—for individuals as well as couples—with holistic treatments based on Maldivian culture, Ayurvedic programs and yoga classes. There is also an on-site dive center with scuba diving courses. Room rates start at around US$1,350.
Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, +96-0654-5000. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Opened Mar 2012
This urban oasis has 70 rooms, two swimming pools, a restaurant and two bars. It is also walking distance from top attractions such as the Royal Palace, the National Museum and Wat Botum (Royal Pagoda). The building itself offers a refurbished 1930s design and boasts an eco-conscious solar water heater system. The surrounding grounds are lush with 45 different species of plants. For souvenirs, check out the on-site shop, selling locally made handicraft and food products. Rates start at US$70.
28, 184 St., Phnom Penh, +8550-2321-5151, www.theplantation.asia
Opened Feb 2012
Just a 30-minute speedboat ride from the coastal city of Sihanoukville (US$71 per person per trip), this resort rests on two footbridge-connected islands called Song Saa (or The Sweethearts in Khmer). The setup comprises 27 intimate villas built from sustainable materials and modeled after Cambodian fishing villages (expect thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and drift wood furnishings). An on-site spa offers Khmer treatments using local herbs, sand and iron-rich stones. There’s also a marine reserve home to dugongs and seahorses. Rates start at US$527 per person per night (includes meals and drinks, laundry, minibar, transfers and leisure activities).
Koh Ouen, Sihanoukville, +8552-3686-0360, www.songsaa.com
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