ART OF LUX­URY

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Sof­i­tel ho­tels and re­sorts are tai­lored to trav­ellers who ex­pect beauty, qual­ity and ex­cel­lence. As Ac­corHo­tels’ mod­ern lux­ury brand, it blends lo­cal cul­ture and French art de vivre to cre­ate mag­nif­i­cent mo­ments for those seek­ing a uniquely el­e­gant and in­dul­gent ex­pe­ri­ence. Promis­ing con­tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, each ad­dress is distinc­tive, with its own per­son­alised ser­vice, stylish in­te­ri­ors, and in­spired gas­tron­omy.

Across South­east Asia, Sof­i­tel de­liv­ers a touch of the ex­otic in ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tions that de­liver gra­cious hos­pi­tal­ity and glam­orous ad­ven­ture with a re­gional twist. Sof­i­tel Luang Pra­bang re­flects the time­less ap­peal of its tran­quil des­ti­na­tion. A cen­tury-old for­mer gov­er­nor’s man­sion com­plete with for­ti­fied walls and watch­tow­ers was re­stored to its ma­jes­tic grace and given new life as a lux­ury ho­tel. Rang­ing from spa­cious to pala­tial, the 25 suites are shrines of old-world grandeur with tow­er­ing ceil­ings, hand-carved poster bed frames and ex­quis­ite Lao arte­facts. A cou­ple’s dream re­treat, each suite also has its own pri­vate gar­den with an over­sized bath­tub or pri­vate pool. At Gov­er­nor’s Grill steak­house res­tau­rant, guests en­joy the distinc­tive flavours of tra­di­tional Lao cui­sine and de­li­cious West­ern fare un­der the sa­fari tent over­look­ing the botan­i­cal gar­den, em­pha­sis­ing Luang Pra­bang’s fo­cus on en­joy­ing life slowly.

An in­spired lux­ury ho­tel, Sof­i­tel Ph­nom Penh Pho­keethra is an ideal base for dis­cov­er­ing the his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and cul­tural won­ders lin­ing the grand boule­vards on the banks of the Mekong River. Hard­wood floors and colo­nial-in­flu­enced aes­thet­ics cre­ate a time­less aura in rooms and suites of­fer­ing views over the river or city. Fit­ness en­thu­si­asts work up an ap­petite at Pho­kee­tra Sports Club’s state-of-the-art gym, ten­nis courts, squash and pool, then in­dulge in Ph­nom Penh’s most sub­lime din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. La Coupole does fab­u­lous in­ter­na­tional buf­fets, live cook­ing sta­tions and cham­pagne brunches, while the spe­cial­ity restau­rants are per­fect for Ja­panese, Chi­nese and Ital­ian de­lights.

Nes­tled be­tween Kong Muong Beach and the pris­tine trop­i­cal rain­forests of Naga Moun­tain, Sof­i­tel Krabi Pho­keethra Golf & Spa boasts an idyl­lic set­ting, lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion, and gra­cious Thai hos­pi­tal­ity. At the re­sort’s on-site golf course, nine holes worth of chal­leng­ing fairways, di­verse ter­rain and fab­u­lous views re­ward golfers with an in­vig­o­rat­ing game, while the mag­nif­i­cent la­goon-style pool is per­fect for a re­fresh­ing af­ter­noon with the fam­ily. In each of the spa­cious rooms and suites, tra­di­tional colo­nial-style ar­chi­tec­ture in­cor­po­rates nat­u­ral teak floors, ex­otic Thai furnishings and pri­vate bal­conies. And, for the ul­ti­mate Krabi ex­pe­ri­ence, a lux­ury speed­boat trip to the dra­matic cliffs and un­in­hab­ited beaches of nearby is­lands is a must.

A sanc­tu­ary of colo­nial ele­gance, Sof­i­tel Angkor Pho­keethra Golf & Spa is set in lush gar­dens sur­round­ing a lav­ish swim­ming pool just min­utes from the world-renowned tem­ples of Angkor. Serene rooms re­flect French so­phis­ti­ca­tion and yes­ter­year re­fine­ment, while So Spa’s lux­u­ri­ous pri­vate suites cre­ate a tran­quil am­bi­ence for clas­sic Kh­mer mas­sages, her­bal body scrubs, mud wraps, and Ayurvedic oil treat­ments. A haven of rich culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences, guests can dine by moon­light at Royal Court, en­joy flavours of Asia and Europe at Ci­tadel, or opt for the ro­mance of Siem Reap in Mouhout’s Dream, a re­fined French-Kh­mer res­tau­rant. Pho­keethra Coun­try Club, Cam­bo­dia’s first cham­pi­onship golf course, of­fers im­mac­u­late fairways, chal­leng­ing wa­ter hazards, ex­cep­tional beauty, and the 11th-cen­tury Roluh Bridge from the Kh­mer Em­pire.

Sof­i­tel Luang Pra­bang

Sof­i­tel Krabi Pho­keethra Golf & Spa

Sof­i­tel Ph­nom Penh Pho­keethra

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