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5 coolest places to stay with Hotels.com on my bucket list

The moment I successfully book my flight for my next adventure, I am always filled with the excitement of exploring the destination I am about visit – discovering unique cultures, unearthing some alluring landscapes as well as embarking on an exciting adventure and so much more. After all, each travel journey we take will surely be one that is always remembered.

Besides activities, one fundamental element that I always consider to ensure my journey is smooth, filled with lots of fun activities and at the same time a relaxing one, is selecting an ideal accommodation to relax and refresh in. With countless accommodations options – from international chains, boutiques to resorts – I usually use Hotels.com to find the best hotels that possess traits and offerings that match my preferences closest. 

Besides an exciting travel experience, I have no doubt you guys will be on the lookout for some of the coolest and unique places to stay. With that, here are my top picks (read: bucket list) of cool places to stay in the world.

Alila Ubud (Bali, Indonesia)

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Loved by Guests of Hotels.com, Alila Ubud is one of the 5-star luxurious resorts in Bali that grants guests an opportunity to indulge in a serene tropical setting – surrounded by lush green forests.

Source: Alila Ubud Hotel on Hotels.com website

Besides its lux wood-cladded rooms, the thing I love about this property is that it has a huge picture-perfect infinity pool overlooking the valley. I can just imagine myself relaxing in it, sipping some refreshing drinks while enjoying the breathtaking views the property has to offer.

Andon Ryokan (Tokyo, Japan)

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We generally know that most hotels in Japan might cost us an arm and a leg but there is still a chance for us to find places of accommodation with affordable prices and excellent facilities. Ando Ryokan happens to be one of them! It is a traditional guesthouse located in a quiet neighbourhood.


Source: Andon Ryokan on Hotels.com website

If you are into architecture photography like me, this property is undoubtedly a perfect sanctuary for you as it features stunning interior and exterior designs. On top of that, you can also participate in some of their interesting events like Japanese calligraphy lessons, origami workshops and tea ceremony presentations, which is what makes this property to be loved by Hotels.com guests. *pun intended*

Hotel Capuccino (Seoul, Korea)

Source: Hotel Cappucino on Hotels.com website

If you are looking for a hotel that has vintage vibe to it, Hotel Capuccino in Seoul is certainly the one for you. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this hotel impresses the guests with its modern and minimalist interior design from the café, to the restaurant and rooms.

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I could imagine myself sitting down at the end of the communal table and searching for inspiration for my next journey, reading books and simply enjoying what the hotel has to offer or perhaps just a refreshing drink. 

Mai Chau Eco Lodge (Vietnam)

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The Vietnam countryside is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, making it as one of the major reasons why nature enthusiasts are flocking to this land. One of the gems is Mai Chau valley, where Mai Chau Ecolodge is situated. This community-minded gem grants its guests a valuable opportunity to delve into Vietnamese tribal culture and immerse in spectacular nature setting.

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I have been dreaming of waking up to a magnificent panoramic view of the valley and experiencing the local lifestyle firsthand by joining locals on their daily errands – that’s what travelling to me really is. Due to its impeccable offerings, Mai Chau Eco Lodge has been listed as the Top Hotel by Hotels.com. Hopefully I get to experience this very soon.

Terrapuri Heritage Village (Terengganu, Malaysia)

Source: Terrapuri Heritage Village on Hotels.com

Terrapuri Heritage Village is one of my favourite places to stay at when in Terengganu, Malaysia. Located at Kampung Mangkuk, this gem is also part of a conservation and restoration project seeking to preserve classic Terengganu Malay houses. In line with its concept, this property features traditional facilities including a wooden bathtub, a library furnished with antique furniture and more.

Source: Terrapuri Heritage Village on Hotels.com

If ever I wish to detach myself from the virtual world, I will choose to rejuvenate here – breathing in fresh and breezy air, admiring the beauty of the surrounding village, enjoying a cooling coconut drink and indulging in local culture. 

No matter which destination I want to go in the world, Hotels.com helps me plan and search through a wide range of properties to suit my preferences and make my stay more memorable –  after all, planning is half the fun of travel!

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