Located along the banks of Chao Phraya River, the 26-room Sala Ayutthaya in Thailand overlooks the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, which is now an extensive archaeological site. Guests have deluxe, in-room river views, along with a front-row seat to Wat Phutthaisawan. Top choice is the 2-level riverfront suite with a private deck opening up to the river and the monastery. Recommend clients eat at the onsite restaurant’s outdoor dining deck as it offers views of the nearby temples and river life. salahospitality.com/ayutthaya

Private island at Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji.
Private island at Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji.

2. Eco-Friendly
Accommodations at the newly opened Rosewood Luang Prabang include six luxury tented villas situated on a secluded hillside in north central Laos, each of which is inspired by a specific Laotian hill tribe that still inhabit the surrounding mountains. In all, there are 23 accommodations that range from Riverside Rooms and Suites to the Riverside and Waterfall Pool Villas, as well as the Luxury Hilltop Tents, with oversized balconies that put the focus on the mountain and river vistas. There are also three tented spa villas where guests can get an authentic therapy performed by a native villager; a Laotian farm-to-table restaurant, The Great House; and a forest-enveloped pool adjacent to a natural waterfall. rosewoodhotels.com

3. Boutiquey
Located alongside the Siem Reap River in Cambodia and surrounded by the Angkor World Heritage Centre, the new Jaya House River Park is a 36-room boutique hotel with rooms that feature either a balcony or direct garden and pool access. Our accommodation pick is the Junior Pool Suite with private plunge pool. At the onsite restaurant Trorkuon, guests can dine on traditional Khmer cuisine, while the spa offers treatments using the ancient Khmer art of healing that involves applying gentle finger pressure to the body to reduce tension in tired muscles to stimulate general well-being. jayahouseriverparksiemreap.com  

Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos.
Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos.

4. Private Island
At the all-villa Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji, set along a 2-mile beach on the archipelago’s main island Viti Levu, there’s a Private Island Overnight Experience ideal for adventurous souls. Guests will make the deserted, 2-acre island, which features a sand beach, lush rainforest, swaying coconut palms and sandy trails meandering through the shaded canopy, their own while they swim along its shoreline, go snorkeling and jet skiing, enjoy a dinner cooked over their private campfire by a Nanuku chef, and sleep under the stars. nanuku.aubergeresorts.com

5. Gen Z
The first hotel in the Zabeel House by Jumeirah collection, the Zabeel House MINI, has debuted in Al Seef, the new neighborhood on the south bank of Dubai Creek. This three-star experience puts the focus on “maximum attitude, minimum frills,” with a push to create a deliciously playful experience that features complimentary bikes for exploring the surroundings, instant cameras that clients can take with them while sightseeing, a roaming barista, and an array of “pets” roaming the hotel, including the monkey climbing around the swings that hang from the lobby ceiling. Accommodations look more like a hip city apartment than a hotel room, with a pop-art map of Dubai on the ceiling. zabeelhouse.com