Design-led hotels perfect for your urban and nature retreats

From scenic locations to mood-boosting colour palette, hotels have the power to transform experiences at every turn. For those looking for a source of escapism and a chance to recharge, reset and rise to new challenges, we’ve rounded up the best design led destinations with international allure and local sensibilities that are perfect for your urban and nature retreats. 

Historic enchantment in Siem Reap

Minutes from the old market and the temples of Angkor Wat is a French governor’s mansion that pays homage to an art deco style from the 1960s. The Mansion and the spaces surrounding it have been renovated and expanded in neo-colonial style known today as FCC Angkor by Avani. Local touches pervade the property, evident with artisanal textiles, Apsara sculptures, a centuries-old Banyan tree and the scent of fresh lemongrass that envelops the air. The hotel lobby features an art gallery and rooms reveal views of the central courtyard with a saltwater swimming pool. 

FCC Angkor by Avani

Minimal seascape in Vietnam

Imagine being so close to the beach you could spot the serene white sanded bay dotted with dozens of fishing boats. At Avani Quy Nhon Resort, that’s exactly what you can expect from the minimally laidback observatory. Think white-washed walls, clean lines, light earth-tone hues and woven wood furniture and decors inspired by the fishing culture from the charming fishing village nearby. Every suite comes with hanging cocoon chairs perfect for birdwatching while the floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows provide a clear spectacle of the beach. 

Avani Quy Nhon Resort

Wilderness exploration in Zambia

If the stunning backdrop of a majestic waterfall and close encounter with amazing wildlife are what you’re searching for in your quest for leisure, look no further than Avani Victoria Falls Resort. Located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, the resort is just a five-minute walk from Victoria Falls and offers a chance to get up close with the wild creatures that roam the land such as zebras and gazelles. Reflecting the richness and diversity of the land’s heritage, the resort has the feel of a centuries-old walled city achieved with earth-coloured buildings featuring turrets and chimneys, a grand lawn and a swimming pool at the centre. Vibrant African artwork, colourful mosaic tiles and smooth stone floors come together to create a sense of simplistic enchantment.  

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

50s revival in Samui

Set to open in summer this year,  Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club aims to bring the golden age of the 1950s to buzzing Chaweng Beach. Inspired by 1950’s Americana, the resort takes on and bold and fresh design evoked with abundant use of metallic and opulent fabrics, high-contrast geometric patterns and curves and mirrored furniture. The property will feature 76 cozy yet spacious rooms, a swimming pool with multi-level deck cabanas and a social bar that doubles as a check-in area. Guests can also hang out at SEEN Beach Club Samui, an exhilarating retro beach club that brings you back to a time when life was a little easier and a little more fun.  

Avani Chaweng Samui Resort

Cultural admiration in Laos

Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel is a modern boutique hideaway that was converted from a French military officer’s residence. Built around an ancient Banyan tree, the hotel combines contemporary style with the authenticity of the UNESCO World Heritage destination and flares from French neoclassical architecture. Enjoy rooms and suites with teak flooring, indigenous fabrics and French louvred doors that open to private balconies and terraces. Relax by the pool or unwind in the open-air library that houses books and photography on Asian history.  

Avani+ Luang Prabang

Sky-high spectacles in Bangkok

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel redefines style and comfort with its 26-story temple of modernity. The light wood, open plan space with high ceilings and big windows maximises natural light so guests are embraced by the expansive city views. Every room overlooks the Chao Phraya River, ensuring the most upscale urban retreat. The 25-metre-long infinity pool makes it easy to unwind without being disturbed while the SEEN Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s sky-high bar, provides the opportunity to experience one of the city’s hippest rooftop venues and restaurants where chef Olivier da Costa has brought his playground of cuisine and cocktails.  

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel