Sukoon Houseboat: "“Wondurful stay – perfect service”"
It was the perfect ending to a trip through Ladakh. The boat just looks amazing with all the fine woodwork in the rooms and the small lobby. Add to that the perfect service and smile of the staff - thank you Dah en Annan- and you get a wonderful experience. We spent 4 days on the boat while there was a curfew in the city and still Annan managed to cook us every evening a wonderful meal.
"I stayed at the Rachmankha last year and was very impressed. At the end of my stay we decided to enquire about booking the hotel to celebrate my partners birthday for November this year. Since then we have had a lot of email exchange with Wanida. She is always very accommodating and helpful and very quick in responding - we knew we were in good hands. Let me start with the cons of the hotel. It is not a brand new property and some hardware (especially bedroom and bathroom in superior rooms) could benefit from a renovation; the service by the pool could also be a problem sometimes due to language barrier. However those are the only improvement I could think of. The hotel is tucked away on the West side of the old town. It's so peaceful and quiet but you can also walk to any part of the old town easily. Being a small property it has a very intimate and cozy feel to it, and the public area is just stunning - beautiful pool, stunning public lounge and garden and great flower arrangement in the restaurant. Breakfast is a highlight. They had some simple buffet spread of juices, cold cut, bread, yoghurt and fruit, and you can order two items from the a la carte menu. It was a very relaxing experience to have breakfast in the sunny courtyard to start the day. We also had dinners at the hotel. Again the courtyard provides a great set up for a romantic evening thanks to the local Thai music (live instrument) and the decoration of the place. We host a celebration dinner at the courtyard. The team has put in a lot of efforts to make it a memorable evening. The pool area is always nice to spend your day, or just for a dip after a hot day in Chinag Mai or Elephant Nature Park. The hotel does not accept children so the place is quiet. Few of my friends had massages by the pool and they were all happy with the treatment. We were very happy we came back to this lovely hotel and in fact few of us are already planning for our next trip. I have stayed at so many hotels globally, but Rachmankha is just a special place."
Beautiful place - if you go there, you never want to leave.... amazing food, great yoga lessons, very friendly staff, excellent food, nice spa. Like Thailand was 30 years ago but better. If you want internet in your room, buy a prepaid card at the airport, wifi only in at the restaurant. Be aware of the monkeys!
It was one of the best weekend breaks ever, 10 hours door to door travelling didn't mean anything, the moment we arrived at the lodge, we felt that this is a true gem. The place is just perfect in all aspects, tranquil location, stylish rooms, lovely landscaped garden, picturesque surroundings, sumptuous food, most importantly friendly and caring crews who delivered the service from their hearts with warm hospitality. We have been very impressed, and I can say that it is even better than some luxury resorts in the region. The only regret is that it was too short this time, we will definitely be going back and enjoy more. Thank you making our 3 night-stay an enjoyable break. See you again.
Absolutely beautiful in every way! This was the highlight of our 2 week vacation in Inle Lake. The staff is courteous and friendly, and the food we had for dinner each night was better than some of the meals we have had in New York City. The bikes they rented us for our ride up to forest monastery were so much better than the ones we saw other tourists walking up the hill (mountain bikes with different gears) and they customized an itinerary for us for our one full day in Inle Lake so we could visit the hot springs at Khaung Daing (highly recommended towards the end of the day) and see the floating markets and various other sites. I wish I could remember the name of the man who took us around on our motor boat for the day -- he was an absolute pleasure! The outdoor showers in the rome are a nice romantic touch, and the sunsets from the deck of the rooms have to be seen to be believed (will try to upload pictures and add later). Though the Wi fi connection was spotty, who wants to be on the Internet when you rate surrounded by so much nature and beauty?! (If totally necessary, the connection by the reception and restaurant was reliable). Kudos to all of the staff -- you made our stay in Inle Lake a highlight of a lifetime of traveling!
The Apsara Rive Droite: "Boutique, lovely and the closest hotel to the heritage area with a pool"
"Mr Han and the team made me feel very welcome and went above and beyond as hosts. The attention to detail in this hotel is wonderful, and it feels like there is a genuine connection with each guest. Lovely breakfast, coffee machine in the room, peaceful location, good wifi, brilliant private balcony in the room, stylish but not frou frou, nice pool and never difficult to get a lounger. There is honestly nothing negative I can think of about my stay here. Thankyou you for having me!"
Tugu Malang: "Luxury hotel with outstanding atmosphere"
This hotel set an example for other luxury hotels on how to create an unique atmosphere, this hotel is everything but the usual concrete block with a failed attempt to create atmosphere through modern design. The staff is very welcoming and helpful. At least one night is a most if you ever visit Malang!
MesaStila: "Jewel in the heart of Central Java"
"We traveled the world and stayed in some of the most beautiful hotels but we have to say that Mesa Stila is a class of its own. The fantastic combination of Dutch colonial buildings and the most beautiful Javanese historic villas in the middle of a functioning organic coffee plantation surrounded by impressive volcanoes is second to none. We loved the restaurant with its organic vegetables from the resort's own garden. Every meal we had during our 9 days at Mesa Stila was delicious, beautifully presented, well sized and well prized (we usually had two courses each, one or two vegetable side dishes, water, tea, or fresh fruit juice or beer and never paid more than app. 40 US$ which is OK for a 5 star resort even for Java). Breakfast was very good and never boring. A special treat at breakfast was a complimentary health tonic of herbal combinations presented by the Jamu lady. We also enjoyed the complimentary high tea in the afternoon as well as the free yoga classes and all the other activities offered by the resort. The villa we stayed in (Merapi 3) was spacious, beautifully decorated with Javanese antiques had a gorgeous bathroom with a sunken bathtub and a huge deck with stunning views. We loved the magic pool and of course the Hamman Spa for the most relaxing massages. Top of all is the wonderful staff. Always friendly, good English speaking and very helpful. We loved our stay at Mesa Stila and can absolutely recommend this jewel in the heart of Java to everyone."
The Blue Mansion was a wonderful, unexpected experience, a beautifully restored house with a calm and quiet environment. Large comfortable room, good choice of breakfasts and delicious food and good service in the Indigo restaurant. It is well worthwhile doing one of the tours to learn about the fascinating history given by a very entertaining Chinese lady. We found all the staff without exception to be very friendly and helpful, but in particular Shirley (I think that was her name) who gave us lots of advice of where to go and what to do which we did - the street art in Georgetown, markets, restaurants, Penang Hill and Battu Ferringai, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for a very different few days, we haven’t stopped talking about theBlue Mansion.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge: "Great peaceful and beautiful break from the city!"
"We stayed at 4 Rivers for three nights during the rainy season and had a great experience. The hotel staff was amazingly friendly and accommodating. Vy, the tour guide, adjusted the day of sightseeing perfectly when the torrential rains came. While I'm sure that this resort is even more amazing in the non-rainy season, we were able to have a peaceful couple days relaxing and reading, while still touring parts of the river in between rain showers. The food was phenomenal - it is largely western, and is very inventive and artistic. Apparently 4 Rivers recently added a young phenom chef who is putting out dishes like you see in New York. There are a few local dishes also that were tasty. All in all, we had a great time despite the rainy season. The hotel managed every detail from booking to check out perfectly and made the trip a very relaxing break from our tours of the larger (stressful) cities in Vietnam and Cambodia."