Luxurious accommodation options in Asia that make you go, "Seriously? Can I stay here?"
China: Castle on the Bund, US$190 ($245)/night
A two-bedroom penthouse in Shanghai’s famed waterfront district, the Bund, this place has a private balcony with 360 degree views and castle-like furnishings such as latticed window grilles, wrought iron chandeliers and arched wooden doors.
Indonesia: Villa Sunset with Private Boat, €515 ($820)/night
Just 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, this three-bedroom villa in southern Bali is right by an ocean lagoon, and boasts a 20-meter swimming pool and pier with private boat ($170 for four hours). Kayaks and three bikes are free to use.
Malaysia: Guesthouse, $428/night
A 1941 pre-war art deco building, sleeping up to four and furnished with both antique and contemporary pieces (right down to the Lavazza espresso maker). Other highlights include a lap pool and a bougainvillea-covered rooftop patio boasting panaromic views of Old Malacca.
The Philippines: Coco’s Garden, $70/night
Housing up to six people, this vintage home in the historic Paco District of Old Manila has a traditional Filipino dipping bath, airy patio and lush green garden. Foodies take note: Local grub, including vegetarian and organic options, can be arranged (from $5 per meal).
Sri Lanka: Bird Sanctuary Villa by the Lake, US$50 ($64)/night
Less than half an hour from Colombo city, this villa is next to a bird sanctuary and boasts clear lakeside views. A swimming pool with jacuzzi, and rooftop terrace are also part of the four-bedroom space.
Thailand: Cave House, $141/night
Held up by two imposing sandalwood poles salvaged from a sailboat is this rugged chic abode on Southeastern Thai island Koh Phangan. It sleeps four (one double, two singles), boasts an impressive kitchen with a wood-fired brick pizza oven and is entirely solar-powered.