New Affordable Boutique Hotels in Southeast Asia

New Affordable Boutique Hotels in Southeast Asia

Courtesy of The Seven Seas Resort
Courtesy of The Seven Seas Resort
Courtesy of The Seven Seas Resort

A new crop of affordable boutique hotels is coming to some of Southeast Asia’s less traveled shores. Just 50 miles east of Singapore is Nikoi Island (beach houses from $190), a 37-acre private isle off the coast of Bintan fringed by powdery white-sand beaches. Its 10 Indonesian-inspired bungalows are constructed from driftwood and outfitted with built-in daybeds, stone-floored bathrooms, and thatch roofs. On Siargao Island, in the southeast corner of the Philippines, two Paris transplants recently opened Kalinaw Resort (villas from $130), a haven for surfers and Manila urbanites. The property’s five airy beachfront cottages have dark doyok-doyok–wood floors and small balconies with rattan hammocks. Not far from the coast of Malaysian Borneo you’ll find Bunga Raya Island Resort (doubles from $600, including meals and speedboat transfers), a secluded jungle hideaway that includes 56 timbered villas—some with private plunge pools—set in a lush rain forest. The 32 villas at Thailand’s Seven Seas Resort (villas from $188), a two-hour drive from Krabi, have open-air rain showers and terraces, many of which look out over the Andaman Sea.

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