The Luxe List 2014

  • Abode, Mumbai, India

    Abode, Mumbai, India

  • Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

    Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

    Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

  • Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

    Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

  • Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

    Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

  • Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

  • Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

    Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

  • Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

    Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

  • Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Sofitel So Singapore

    Sofitel So Singapore

  • Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

    Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

  • Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

    Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

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The Luxe List 2014: Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The scent of lemongrass permeates the palm- and frangipani-filled gardens at this atmospheric Siem Reap bolthole, which more closely resembles a rural Cambodian village than a boutique resort. In efforts to help preserve Khmer architectural heritage, the property’s 11 traditional stilted houses, discovered by the Swiss and French owners during their travels around the Cambodian countryside, were dismantled and then reassembled here, with interior designer Marina Cardis melding in new accents. The exteriors and their wide covered verandas, antique-tiled roofs, and decorative wood remain in their authentic state, but inside, Cardis has combined rustic Indian furniture (tipping a hat to Cambodia’s Hindu roots) with sleek European pieces—for instance, a contemporary Scandinavian-style rocking chair. A thatched roof covers the light-filled restaurant, Monolith, where an East-West menu features dishes such as an Asian version of Spanish gazpacho, made with green tomatoes and aromatic herbs. And even more striking than the rock-bottomed swimming pool are the accompanying vistas of rice fields.

498 Salakomroeuk; 855-63/766-699; Sala Lodges; doubles from US$190

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