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The most stylish remote retreats to escape to

Discover design-savvy boutique hotels that still maintain a sense of far-flung adventure

Mairead Walsh
Added 15:37 | March 15, 2017

1. Raas Devigarh, Rajasthan, India

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Raas Devigarh is a restored 18th-century palace in Udaipur, India, that features contemporary interiors juxtaposed with the ornate exterior. 

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Rejuvenated in 1999, Raas Devigarh is a testament to the beauty and charm of old-world Rajputana, showcasing an array of decorative styles and landscaped gardens. 

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Style notes

  • This historic gem showcases the artistry of the Raj era with hand-decorated interiors and local textiles.
  • The modern, spacious suites combine clean lines with ornate and traditional motifs, which are beautifully carved across long stretches of wall and flooring.
  • Restored from the original palace, Indian white marble pillars and semi-precious stones adorn the interiors, creating a majestic setting.

Raasdevigarh.com 

2. Solio Lodge, Solio Game reserve, Kenya

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Solio Lodge, with its six private cottages, is located on the Solio Game Reserve, Kenya’s oldest private rhino sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with wildlife and sits on the foothills of the Aberdare Mountain range.

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Style notes

  • This stunning retreat is decorated in muted savannah tones with the occasional burst of colour; illuminated alcoves and a fireplace add further warmth and atmosphere.
  • Each cottage features natural materials and finishes, including wood and stone, while a soaring thatched roof enhances the sense of space.
  • Panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the suites and main dining area provide natural light and access to the low decks and lawns to enjoy sunrise and sunset views of Mount Kenya.

Thesafaricollection.com/properties/solio-lodge

3. Phum Baitang, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Perched on the doorstep of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap’s phenomenal World Heritage Site, this luxury resort features a village-like cluster of villas on stilts reflecting traditional Cambodian style and mystique.

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Style notes

  • This stunning property hints at a French colonial feel in the public spaces, with an earthy palette that creates a serene, peaceful ambience.
  • Custom finishes using local materials include the hand-carved wooden side tables and headboards, rough-edge stone coffee tables, rustic flooring and woven rugs, which combine beautifully with antiques sourced from local markets.
  • In this bathroom, the symmetry of the twin basins and hanging paper lights ensure the focal point is the fabulous, lime-finished wooden bathtub. 

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Phumbaitang.com

Mairead Walsh

Mairead Walsh