Cheap and chic! The top hotels to stay in under $1,600 HKD
Instagram-worthy design, on-the-pulse mixologists and beachfront settings often come at a price, but when it comes to boutique hotels, it needn’t be a hefty one. We’ve asked the travel experts at Mr and Mrs Smith to find us five of the most alluring budget breaks in Asia from their hand-picked collection of stylish stays – get packing for a luxe-for-less getaway.
Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa – Koh Samui, Thailand
Rooms from HK$1,515 a night excluding tax
This beachfront resort subtly embraces Chinese-inspired design with a scattering of delicate birdcages, hurricane lamps and elegant calligraphic art. Wood-panelled walls and billowing mosquito nets up the ante in the bedrooms – seek out those with a private pool and enormous outdoor baths to make a splash. Stop by the thatched-roof treehouse restaurant for a considered take on fine dining, or book into the spoiling spa for a soul-soothing treatment for two.
Smith Extra – A welcome drink and fruit basket, 15-minute head and shoulder massage, premium internet access and 10 per cent off at the spa, restaurant and bar
Hotel Muse – Bangkok, Thailand
Rooms from HK$1,005 a night excluding tax
At the heart of the trendy Langsuan district, Hotel Muse has seductive Euro-inspired style and drool-worthy city views. Dusky, grey-hued rooms come with glass-walled bathrooms and freestanding tubs. Nestled on the 19th floor, the foliage-fringed infinity lap-pool is pleasingly breezy, but for the best vistas head to the rooftop Speakeasy, a sprawling two-floor hangout serving vintage cocktails that have become the talk of the town.
Smith Extra: An exclusive Muse platter at rooftop bar, the Speakeasy, ideal to enjoy at sunset on arrival day
Wanderlust – Singapore
Rooms from HK$888 a night excluding tax
Stepping inside this heritage-listed former school feels like tumbling into a vivid dreamscape: no two rooms are the same in this high-concept boutique hotel inspired by pop art, origami and childhood fantasies. Expect vintage bath tubs, typewriter-shaped sofas and funky lighting. For city slickers, the third floor has a series of black and white rooms – a restful retreat from the nearby bustle of Little India and the hip shops and cafés of Kampong Glam.
Smith Extra: A welcome Singapore Sling cocktail each
Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rooms from HK$1,078 a night excluding tax
A short tuk-tuk ride from the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor Wat, this rural spa resort has the feel of a blissful beach retreat. Sleek white pavilions, roof terraces and dreamy day-beds nod to soothing Mediterranean style. Set in luxuriant tropical gardens, three pretty pools offer welcome respite after long days of ruin-clambering, but for true indulgence book into the intimate Honey Comb Spa, where treatments span traditional Khmer, Thai and tropical therapies.
Smith Extra: A bottle of Italian prosecco
Mia Resort – Nha Trang, Vietnam
Rooms from HK$1,229 a night excluding tax
Set on a private bay within easy reach of Nha Trang, this seriously stylish bolthole is decked out with romantic drapes, a peaceful spa and a shimmering beachside pool. Guests can happily work on their tan all day, but there’s plenty here to keep the active happy, too: paddle board on the tranquil waters, strike a yoga pose on the sands or snorkel through the coral with shoals of gem-coloured fish.
Smith Extra: A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival; a 15-minute massage on arrival; return transfers from the city centre and a snorkelling lesson in the resort’s swimming pool
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.