7 Stunning Hotels in Asia You Can Actually Afford

Jehanne Teo

Jehanne Teo

Last updated 19 February, 2016
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If there’s anything we can agree on, it’s this: we Singaporeans love travelling. A study found that 95% of Singaporeans travelled abroad for leisure in 2015. And if there’s anything we love more than traveling, it’s doing so in style for less.

That’s why credit cards for frequent travelers are so popular in Singapore. In addition to giving you miles for free upgrades or air tickets, credit cards like American Express also give generous discounts on five-star hotels.


Here are some truly stunning five-star hotels in Asia you can book for 10% off if you had an American Express credit card:

1. Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia

alila villas uluwatu

A five-star hotel in its own right, Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali is a romantic hotspot for honeymooners and young couples in love. Set right on a limestone cliff overlooking the ocean, the hotel is made up of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas with a private pool each.

Each villa has the right amount of seclusion—not so much that you wouldn’t feel you’re not getting service—and is the perfect combination of balinese beauty and comfort. Surprise your significant other with a trip here.

Price: From S$844 a night

2. Phum Baitang in Siem Reap, Cambodia

phum baitang

Indulge yourself in Cambodian luxury with Phum Baitang after a sweltering visit to Angkor Wat. With beautifully designed villas on stilts right on lemongrass fields, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the past, albeit a past of understated splendour.

Choose from a terrace villa or a pool villa that have both an indoor and outdoor seating area. Let yourself immerse in the culture with the jungle views and spa massages.

Price: From S$651 a night

3. 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai, Thailand

137 pillars house

Chiang Mai is Bangkok’s idyllic, tranquil sister. And 137 Pillars House characterises the city to a tee. With 30 suites designed to fit its colonial settings, this hotel would give you a taste of what Chiang Mai was like years ago.

And unlike most luxury hotels, 137 Pillars House is located right in the heart of the city, where most art and cultural sights are just a 10-minute walk away. The two-acre compound is, in spite of its location, an oasis of calm retreat.

Price: From S$512 a night

4. Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort and Spa in Yunnan, China

Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort and Spa

You don’t have to fly to Bali or the Maldives to get away from city life. At the Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort and Spa, you’ll feel right at one with nature in China’s Spring City. Yunnan, known for its snow-capped mountains and rice paddies, is a lovely break from bustling Beijing or Shanghai.

With a decor inspired by the Dai tribe near the Mekong, you get to choose from a variety of suites and villas. Enjoy your stay at one of China’s regions untouched by swarming tourists.

Price: From S$368 a night

5. Dusit Devarana in New Delhi, India

Dusit Devarana

You’ll be surprised to find a design boutique hotel tucked away in the capital of India. Dusit Devarana might be a little away from the city, but it’ll be the luxurious break you’ll need when you visit New Delhi.

Each room is just as visually appealing as the next, and is run by an iPad that controls most of the facilities in the room. Take a walk in the acres of gardens for a break before heading out to the city.

Price: From S$298 a night

6. Fairmont in Jaipur, India

fairmont jaipur

Fairmont in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the hotel of equal opulence as Princess Jasmine’s palace in the movie Aladdin. With hand-painted ceilings and glass chandeliers, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new world that you’d almost expect to see Rajah the tiger prowling around.

Complete with a restaurant housed in a canopied tent right by the pool, the Fairmont in Jaipur might be the best hotel in the chain brand yet, and is the perfect place for a different kind of romantic holiday.

Price: From S$192 a night

7. Tokyo Station Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

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Looking at the exteriors of the Tokyo Station Hotel, you wouldn’t think it’s located right above a train station (which was what it was named after, obviously). The hotel used to be the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, a solid structure from before World War Two.

The interior decor has exactly the lavishness you’d expect from looking from the outside, with a modern twist to the century-old details. And it’s conveniently located, with just a short walk away from the Imperial Palace.

Price: From S$546 a night

How to Get 10% Off These Hotels

Make your booking through Expedia.com and enter the voucher code “AXPSG2” + first 6 digits of your American Express card number at the checkout page. And you’re all set!

Get an American Express credit card today!


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Starting out as a lifestyle writer, Jehanne currently writes for SingSaver.com.sg about saving money in everyday situations.


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