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Rooms with Views: Hotels in Asia

By Allanmwilson @BoutiqueBangkok

In the past 3 years of travel we’ve found ourselves working from all sorts of weird and wonderful places; on the road, in the air, through umpteen hotels, countries, towns and cities. By far the most memorable of these makeshift offices would have to be the resort hotels where we work in harmony with beauty of destination views. Sunset views, big city views, ocean views, we’re not overly fussy. We sit with a bottle of red wine by our side, and a window of inspiration in front of us. Here are some of the best hotel room views in Asia to date. We’ll add to them as we go along.

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Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

One of the most iconic landmarks of Southeast Asia would have to be Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers, the majestic crown of Southeast Asia. From the Traders Hotel (Shangri-La), we find ourselves with front row seats, up close and intimate. During the day the scenes are picturesque and serene but it is at night when Kuala Lumpur and the towers really come to life. On our first night we pass time with a bottle of wine (as always) and haul the guestroom sofa to the front window for the perfect frame. We sit to watch as the city night views unfold. First is the park below which lights up, closely followed by the neon shop fronts. Then it is the office buildings surrounding but soon they are all completely dwarfed by the marvel of the Petronas Towers. Tiny tourists gather by the foot of the towers for the scene’s prestige with a ‘Lake Symphony’ of music, dancing fountains and shimmering lights. Hard to beat.

Traders Hotel KL, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Malaysia
Petronas Towers, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Malaysia
Traders Hotel Bar, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko Hotels (Fuji, Japan)

Unobstructed views of Mount Fuji… do I need to say more? This well deserved respite was during intensive travels in Japan as we indulge in the many pleasures of Japan’s prestigious Ryokan hotels. Our stay is in a traditional Japanese suite with floors of Tatami matting and partitions of sliding doors. Complimenting the unmatched views of a snowy peaked Fujisan; we indulge in onsen baths with water from surrounding hot springs, before feasting on traditional kaiseki fine dining. Between hot spring baths we still find time to organize a community treasure hunt almost 10,000 miles away in Northern Ireland. Our office none to shabby. At night the views do disappear with the darkness, but come first light they are unbeatable as the lake sits untouched and still, allowing for the most beautiful reflective views of mount Fuji. This hotel is one of a handful found in the Kawaguchiko lake area (Kawaguchiko Ryokans here).

Mount Fuji Ryokan, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan
Eating Sushi Fish, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan
Kawaguchiko Lake, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan

Santhiya, Koh Yao Yai (Thailand)

There are seemingly endless numbers of ocean view resorts in Thailand alone. For our favorite to date? This would have to go to the pool villas of Santhiya where we sit perched on the cliff-sides of the smaller, lesser known island of Koh Yao Yai not so far from Phuket. I remember arriving to Santhiya Koh Yao Yai and as we are being ushered through door after door of the extensive villa my eyes are firmly fixed to the horizon as the infinity pool spills out towards the ocean below. With such perfect views I fail to even notice the intricacy of the carved teak wood interiors. The focus from every room is of course on the horizon and some of the better spots to lounge and indulge include the veranda with panoramic views, the bedroom suite which is set just back from the pools edge and the hidden sunken bath. We share the perfect Andaman sunset with complimentary red wine and local ‘bah bin’ coconut cakes courtesy of the restaurant head chef. Alone and private, the only chance of prying eyes comes from the local fishermen who plow the seas far below.

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan
Sunken Bathtub, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Japan
Koh Yao Yai, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Thailand

Alila Ubud (Bali)

In the past we’ve stayed in umpteen ‘jungle’ retreats; from the primary rainforests of Borneo, to unspoiled, lesser known islands of Southeast Asia. Of these, we’ve never experienced nature and wildlife quite as abundant as we do at the Alila Ubud resort where we are holed up in a villa overlooking green canopies of the Ayung River valley below. On our first morning we share breakfast with a troop of passing macaque monkeys. Soon after, as we sit watching the life in the treetops a draco flying lizard lands on the tree directly in front of me. Later, on our walk to the resort restaurant, we are held up by a friendly snake who passes on an evening slither. At night we sleep under a chorus of frogs, lizards, crickets, and other jungle beasties which hide in the canopies that surround us. All shared with some unforgettable infused cocktails.

Alila Valley Villa, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Bali
Bird Spotting, Best Hotel Views in Asia, Bali
Draco Flying Lizard, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Bali

The Cherry Resort (Sikkim India)

This experience was very much in the budget range of our travels. It was also a one of a kind experience. Having visited numerous tea hills throughout Asia we are yet to find one with a hotel or resort overlooking them. At the Cherry Resort, in the Indian Himalayas, we are set right in the center of traditionally cultivated tea gardens and our balcony views look out to hills above, and clouds below. We are in the Temi Tea Gardens of Sikkim India, 7,000 feet up in the Himalayan ranges, and an area so remote that the ‘nearby’ city of Gangtok is a 3 hours drive away. When we arrive it is to bewildered staff as we are the only guests at the resort. For half the night we plunge into darkness with a power outage, and failing to find the cook our driver helps prepare our dinner of Dal Baht and Curry Aloo (he tells me the following morning). All this adds to the experience where the only other souls are found in surrounding tea gardens where they plug tea leaves from 7am – 4pm daily.

Himalaya Tea Fields, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Bali
Allan Wilson, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Bali
Temi Tea Gardens, Best Hotel Room Views in Asia, Bali

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