Canny travellers seeking upscale adventures that leave plenty of spending money to weave memories of their journeys into their living spaces, without compromising on style and design, need look no further than Avani. From Africa to Asia, the brand’s international allure meets local sensibilities, whether it’s a gently restored art-deco governor’s mansion or a slick rooftop bar in the heart of a bustling metropolis.
A minimalist Vietnamese retreat
At Avani Quy Nhon Resort in Vietnam, white-washed walls and clean lines offer a pure, minimal canvas on which to spotlight a serene white sanded bay dotted with dozens of fishing boats. Sitting cheek-to-jowl with a charming fishing village, the resort imbues the interiors with local touches, from lamp shades inspired by fishing baskets to the jungle spa with its lemongrass and ginger grove. Suites come with hanging cocoon chairs the better to indulge in a spot of bird-watching, while floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows overlooking the beach turn every shower into a multi-sensory experience. Rates start from 150 USD per night based on two sharing a Deluxe Studio Room.
Into the wild in Zambia
Located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, Avani Victoria Falls Resort gives guests unlimited access to Victoria Falls, which are just a five-minute walk from the hotel. The resort has the feel of a centuries-old walled city, reflecting the richness and diversity of the land’s heritage. Earth-coloured buildings feature turrets and chimneys, with a large lawn and swimming pool at the centre. Well-polished smooth stone floors combine with colourful mosaic tiles, patterned fabrics and vibrant African artwork to create a sense of place. Doubles start from 300 USD at Avani Standard Room, with breakfast, including taxes.
Cultural immersion in Laos
A modern boutique hideaway with a storied history in the heart of Luang Prabang old town, Avani+ Luang Prabang was converted from a French military officers’ residence. Built around an ancient Banyan tree, the hotel combines contemporary style with the authenticity of the UNESCO World Heritage destination. French neoclassical architecture is integrated into rooms and suites with teak flooring, indigenous fabrics such as hand-stitched waxed batik cloth, and French louvred doors that open onto private balconies and terraces. Hmong patterned canvases hang on walls, while an open-air library houses books and photography on Asian history. Rates start from 120 USD based on two sharing an Avani Deluxe Room, with breakfast, including taxes.
History meets modernity in Siem Reap
Set back from the banks of the Siem Reap River, next to the Royal Residence and minutes from the old market and temples of Angkor Wat, FCC Angkor by Avani is a historic mansion renovated in neo-colonial style turned buzzy hotel. The Mansion, an art deco-style 1960’s villa that is now home to the hotel’s restaurant, has been renovated and expanded in neoclassical style, with local touches including artisanal textiles and Apsara sculptures. The hotel features an art gallery in the lobby, while its rooms look out onto a central courtyard where the swimming pool is shaded by a centuries-old Banyan tree. Nightly rates start from 150 USD based on two sharing an Avani Deluxe Room, with breakfast, including taxes.
A taste of Bangkok’s rooftop culture
Overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, the gleaming Avani+ Riverside Bangkok is a 26-story temple of modernity. Open plan spaces, light wood, high ceilings and big windows combine to make the most of the expansive city views. The 25-metre-long rooftop infinity pool is both a place to be seen and to escape the bustle below. SEEN Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s sky-high bar, is one of the city’s hippest rooftop venues and restaurants. Nightly rates start from 150 USD based on two sharing an Avani River View Room, with breakfast, including taxes.
Samui’s new socially-minded glam spot
Opening in summer this year, Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club’s bold and fresh design is inspired by 1950’s Americana, with a contemporary take on mid-century modern aesthetic. The 50’s vibe is evoked via high-contrast geometric patterns and curves, mirrored furniture, abundant use of metallic and opulent fabrics. To promote socialising, the architects kept Avani Chaweng’s footprint intimate. In addition to 80 rooms, the property will feature a swimming pool with multi-level deck cabanas for mingling and a social bar that doubles as a check-in area for guests who want to keep things casual before popping next door to hang out at the equally swish SEEN Beach Club Samui. Doubles start from around 170 USD per night with breakfast, including taxes.