Melaka, Malaysia and Borneo
Occupying an evocative 1920s mansion, this stylish heritage hotel recalls the colonial heyday of Melaka. Floor-to-ceiling windows, framed by opulent silk drapes, make the most of the fabulous views, which extend across the river and nearby Malay village to the distant sea, and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own indulgent chaise longue. Little touches such as the clawfoot tubs in the bathrooms, and handcrafted Nonya sweets left in your room at turndown time, increase the overall sense of delight and luxury. Should you really feel like splashing out, book one of the suites on the top floor – they’re huge and have the finest panoramas.