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MGALLERY BY SOF­I­TEL IS A COL­LEC­TION OF BOU­TIQUE HO­TELS DED­I­CATED TO LOVERS OF LIFE, LIT­ER­A­TURE AND CUL­TURE. EACH EX­UDES CHARM, CHARISMA AND A PRO­FOUNDLY LO­CAL CHAR­AC­TER THROUGH ART­FUL DE­SIGN, SIG­NA­TURE CUI­SINE AND COCK­TAILS, AND MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENTS. AND EACH IS A GATE­WAY TO A BY­GONE ERA, A HID­DEN HAVEN, OR A SPEC­TAC­U­LAR NAT­U­RAL LAND­SCAPE.

A time­less ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of Laos’ cher­ished cul­tural cen­tre, 3 Na­gas Luang Pra­bang prom­ises a jour­ney through his­tory. Sur­rounded by lush, wooded hills at the con­flu­ence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, the ho­tel em­bod­ies a touch of mytho­log­i­cal lure, with ‘na­gas’ be­ing fa­bled ser­pent spir­its pro­tect­ing the an­cient town. The prop­erty’s el­e­gant beauty is en­hanced with ex­otic wood floor­ing, tra­di­tional ‘torchis’ walls and clay roof tiles. Its three re­fur­bished homes, each over 100 years old, mark the by­gone colo­nial era of Luang Pra­bang, blend­ing vin­tage French architecture and clas­sic Lao de­sign. The La­mache House, shaded by mango trees, and the Kham­boua House of­fer just 12 Deluxe Rooms and 3 Ex­ec­u­tive Suites, each well-ap­pointed and com­pli­mented by a pri­vate ter­race or bal­cony with post­card-per­fect views. Lo­cated on the cen­tral her­itage street of Luang Pra­bang, guests can en­joy glimpses of au­then­tic lo­cal cul­ture and tra­di­tion, such as Bud­dhist monks pass­ing the ho­tel as they col­lect morn­ing alms.

Lo­cated in Myan­mar’s new cap­i­tal, The Lake Gar­den Nay Pyi Taw is a serene es­cape for trav­ellers and world lead­ers alike. From the lux­u­ri­ous Pres­i­den­tial Suite to the el­e­gant Su­pe­rior Rooms, in­dul­gent sleep is as­sured through ex­cep­tion­ally fine ma­te­ri­als and state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy. Show­ing a pas­sion for ex­cep­tional din­ing, Primo Ital­ian restau­rant cre­ates an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of au­then­tic Ital­ian cui­sine, while The Oak Room of­fers sig­na­ture cock­tails, mar­ti­nis and vin­tage whiskeys,

as well as one of the coun­try’s finest se­lec­tions of cigars. As the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre of Myan­mar, Nay Pyi Taw is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for con­fer­ences and events. Just two kilo­me­tres from Myan­mar In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and with its own se­lec­tion of ex­cep­tional venues that can host up to 300 guests, the ho­tel is ideal for MICE travel.

Boast­ing in­com­pa­ra­ble views of the Viet­nam’s fa­mous ter­raced paddy fields, the open­ing of the Hô­tel de la Coupole brings a new level of hos­pi­tal­ity to the re­gion. The only 5-star in­ter­na­tional ho­tel in Sapa, it fuses lo­cal cul­ture, French his­tory and a vi­brant am­biance into one im­pres­sive des­ti­na­tion. Mod­ern and com­fort­able, rooms are uniquely dec­o­rated with hill tribesin­spired de­sign touches and fea­ture bal­conies over­look­ing the quaint town or the in­ner gar­dens. En­ter­tain­ment op­tions within the ho­tel are ex­cel­lent, with two floors of retail shop­ping and a unique se­lec­tion of bars and restau­rants. Out­side, trav­ellers can revel in a na­ture-lover’s play­ground with easy ac­cess to trekking, wa­ter­falls, and the Fan­si­pan ca­ble car for up-close views of the dra­matic peaks. Im­bued with the rich her­itage and cul­ture of the re­gion, Legacy Yen Tu takes guests on an en­chant­ing jour­ney back in time. A mon­u­ment to Tran Royal Dy­nasty architecture and de­signed with metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail, the re­sort is crafted from wood, cop­per, stone and Viet­namese ceram­ics for an at­mos­phere that’s in har­mony with its sur­rounds. Just an hour from Viet­nam’s Ha Long Bay at the foot of Yen Tu Moun­tain, it’s long been a place to es­cape daily stresses and re­fresh the body, mind and spirit. To­day, the grounds sur­round­ing the re­sort main­tain that peace­ful ideal with a Zen gar­den, a med­i­ta­tion and prayer hall, and an up­com­ing well­ness cen­tre spe­cial­is­ing in her­bal baths and detox­i­fi­ca­tion. In the vil­lage, guests can also en­joy au­then­tic Viet­namese and in­ter­na­tional restau­rants, lo­cal retail shops, or board a ca­ble car to the top of the moun­tain for an en­tirely new per­spec­tive.

The Lake Gar­den Nay Pyi Taw

Legacy Yen Tu

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