If you’re anything like us, bookmarking postcard-perfect destinations for your Instagram bucket list is how many epic trips start. With enough travel eye candy to feel your Instagram feeds for days, Avani Hotels & Resorts (www.avanihotels.com) worldwide have no shortage of swoon-worthy, take-me-there-now spots. To make things easier for novice Insta-travellers, the brand has put together a list of the top ten most Instagramable hotels in its collection to drop your pins on for when travelling becomes a reality again.
Top of the list is Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand. With both its scene-stealing marble white infinity pool and private villa pools positioned to best capture the setting sun, the resort looks like a collection of mirrors reflecting the cloudless sky. Resort’s camera-happy guests are equally enamoured with the serene waters of Phang Ka Bay, providing another stunning backdrop.
Just a drive away from Avani+ Samui Resort, the happening SEEN, a beach club still in Koh Samui, was built to look good on camera, thus earning you brownie points from your followers. Retro Beach-esque palm trees edging the waterfront, eye-catching stripy parasols, a fun-looking circular swim-up bar — you can spend all day here and never run out of angles or photoshoot ideas.
Soaring high above the Chao Phraya river, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel is a treasure trove of delightful sunlit corners and reflective surfaces that will turn any old snap into a masterpiece. But it’s the rooftop infinity pool that sits above Bangkok’s skyline that every social media influencer worth their salt starts or ends their day at. Equally captivating at sunrise and sunset, it’s virtually impossible to get a “meh” shot here.
The Andaman coast of Thailand, where Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort provides the perfect picturesque with the giant limestone or the infinity rooftop pool that tricks the lens as if you are floating into the endless ocean.
The zen looking pool at Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel in Laos, on the other hand, lies in a combination of heritage architecture in the background and centuries-old Banyan trees obligingly providing both a sense of time and place.
It’s hard to outdo Mother Nature when it comes to perfectly framed landscapes, but Avani Quy Nhon Resort on Vietnam’s south-central coast comes close. Right there in the lobby, an arcade of wooden arcs combines the central water feature, azure swimming pool, shimmering bay, endless sky and the mountain range in one brilliantly compact frame.
FCC Angkor by Avani in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is often described as an urban jungle thanks to its mix of heritage design, contemporary features and lush tropical nature. Be sure to schedule a poolside photoshoot early in the morning when the sky and the water are bathed in delicate colours — #nofilters will be required.
If you don’t post at least one shot with the UAE’s iconic Burj Al Arab, have you really travelled to Dubai? Providing the perfect “been there, done that” photo opportunity with the architectural landmark in the background, Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites’ pool deck is streamlined and minimalist the better to let the city’s futuristic skyline do the talking.
The Sky Bar at Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel makes the most of its central location in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, with a 360-degree view of the city’s signature red rooftops, colourful buildings, pockets of greenery and avenues cascading towards the sea. A quirky mural adds a pop of colour to the otherwise monochrome décor of the bar and doubles as a backdrop for cheery selfies.
For out of this world Insta-spot, then head to Victoria Falls in Zambia, you will need to brave a microlight flight, but the views are well worth the nervous jitters. Avani Victoria Falls Resort’s Guests recommend the experience as one of the most epic, jaw-droppingly beautiful adventures they’ve ever embarked on during their travels.
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