Buildings of the past get a fresh look as luxury accommodations paint an oasis for visitors while retaining its old world charm. Better yet, embrace a culture through its architecture with hotels that encapsulate the country’s rich history.
EASTERN & ORIENTAL HOTEL | Penang, Malaysia
The colonial meets Moorish grandeur of the E&O Hotel has span over 100 years beginning with a vision by the Sarkies brothers of Armenia. Their tastefully decorated rooms of dark wood furniture and poster bed face the city or the Andaman seas. Dine at any of the 3 restaurants featuring local and international cuisine and even a charming colonial coffee shop called Sarkies Corner.
BURASARI HERITAGE | Luang Prabang, Laos
Next to the majestic Nam Khan River stands a 20-room resort that evokes the Laotian heritage thanks to its cozy rooms, lined in wooden panels of brown and white with cute balconies for sipping tea and watching the boats pass by. Their award-winning spa specialises in bespoke treatments using ancient remedies while their riverside dining will bring you the best of French and Lao cooking.
THE HERMITAGE | Jakarta, Indonesia
An art deco building from the 1920s is turned into one of the most architecturally stunning hotels in Jakarta. The halls are lined with Carrera marble and wainscoting throughout, even in the rooms for an accommodation as close to The Great Gatsby as you can get. The décor also features a hint of Indonesian flair with its accessories, creating rooms that will take you back in time. Plus the swimming pavilion with its veined plants is a sight worth Instagramming.