If you’re feeling a little drained or down (who isn’t at this point?) heading to an off-the-grid hotel in South East Asia could be just the fix you need.
There’s nothing quite like waking up in a remote destination in South East Asia. The sound of exotic birds chirping and the smell of the lush tropical greenery are reasons enough to make us want to sell everything and relocate permanently.
Luckily the wellness benefits of spending time in nature aren’t just available when we are on our remote adventures. Research confirms that the happiness and relaxation we feel when spending time in nature continues when we return back to our normal, everyday life.
From treehouse bungalows to remote resorts surrounded by rice paddy fields, South East Asia has no shortage of incredible off-the-grid spots. To streamline the process of getting you from your desk to a tropical paradise ASAP we’ve done the research for you. Here are 9 of the best off-the-grid Hotels in South East Asia:
Top 8 Off-the-grid Hotels in South East Asia
Farm House Smiling Gecko, Cambodia
Head to rural Cambodia to completely disconnect while staying at The Farm House by Smiling Gecko. This resort and spa not only pride themselves on their sustainability practices but is also an NGO social project that supports young Cambodians in their professional development.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind, you’ll be able to completely relax staying in a traditional stilt-style bungalow, surrounded by rolling hills and paddy fields. While the noises of urban life are long gone, you won’t have to compromise on gastronomy excellence. The Farm House educative chef, Mariya Un Nou uses the local ingredients to make Michelin star-worthy farm-to-table meals.
The Sticks, Malaysia
Nestled in the Malaysian jungle you’ll find a quaint “glamping” resort with 12 serene tendoks. The campsite is bordered by a river on one side and surrounded by thick lush greenery on the other three. Nature will become your playground for the duration of your stay. You can adventure out into the wild on a guided trek, head to the yoga hut to unwind or spend your day lounging in a hammock taking in the scenery.
The Float House, Thailand (Kwai River)
Off Thailand’s beaten path on the Kwai River is a chain of floating teak villas. This serene nature hideaway infuses Thai folk-style traditions with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Spend your time on the river taking a traditional long-tailed boat trip, or for the adventure-seekers grab a kayak or a Stand-up Paddle to explore the river on your own.
For those who prefer to stay on land, The Lawa Cave in Saiyok National Park is a short bike trip away. As one of the world’s most famous caves for its massive size, impressive stalemate formations and chambered layout is a must-see.
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An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Tune into the rhythms of nature at An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay. The intimate beachside resort is compromised of 37 eco-villas. Whether you want to wake up steps away from the sea, or you’d rather be surrounded by trees, each villa offers a unique and secluded experience.
Their wellness offerings offer a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese treatments. Find deep relaxation with the traditional sound healing mediations or salute the sun by partaking in a yoga class in the outdoor pavilion.
Naya, Indonesia (Bali)
When you think Bali, you probably don’t think remote, or off the grid. The island’s become a tourism hotspot for gap year explorers and yogis alike. However, Naya Gawana Resort and Spa is a hidden gem tucked away in North West Bali. Set on 3 hectares of land in a monsoon forest in West Bali National Park, this tranquil setting is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
Unwind on one of Indonesia’s lesser-known islands head to Belitung. The island boasts a breathtaking rocky shoreline, that you can enjoy from Arymdalu Resort. This little slice of heaven is strategically placed far enough from the main city to escape, but close enough that it’s only an hour and a half from the airport.
The resort was made for unwinding and reconnecting with ourselves. If you’ve had your fill of floating in the crystal clear water, you can learn to forage as the locals do, try your hand at pottery, or take a traditional Batik painting class.
Pu Long Treehouse, Vietnam
Reconnect with your inner child at Pu Long Treehouse in Vietnam. Four hours from the metropolitan city of Hanoi, the tree-top retreat is set in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, which is one of Vietnam’s most stunning protected areas. Greenery-covered mountains dart up from the vibrant green paddy fields surrounding Pu Long. The breathtaking views set the scene for a rejuvenating holiday in nature. When you’re there you’ll be encouraged to embrace the natural flow of each day, letting go of the routines and regimens that you follow in your daily life.
Avana Retreat, Vietnam
Set in the remote Mai Chau Valley, among dense tropical forests, rice fields, and waterfalls, forty-one villas perch on the mountainside. With 56,454 hectares of natural landscape to explore, this off-the-grid retreat is a splendor for both the soul and the senses. Think morning hikes through the lush scenery, afternoon meditations set to a waterfall soundscape, and a dinner made with fresh local ingredients.