Amara Mountain Resort is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. A quaint colonial cottage which dates from 1909, Amara Mountain Resort is the best hotel in town, and...
The official top ten
If you’re hankering after something a little different, a little special for your next holiday, we have 10 secret gems that are truly lovely yet off the radar of most travellers. We’ve selected a range of quirky options, from Rajakkad Estate, an ancient teak home in the forested hills of Southern India, to Li’An Lodge, a traditional Chinese chalet perched in Longsheng’s terraced rice fields, to The Amara, a beautiful English-style country cottage in Burma.
Habaraduwa House is Sri Lanka’s chicest new beach villa, or for Dutch Colonial splendour, spectacular golf and sweeping views, Clingendael is another of our secret gems – an exclusive 5-bedroom boutique hotel in the ravishing hills near Kandy.
In Japan, The Garden Terrace overlooks the bay in Nagasaki, 'San Francisco of the East.' It's a design afficionado's dream making great use of bamboo in the building and grounds, by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Nearer to Kyoto in central Japan, Ryokan Kurashiki by a scenic old trading canal has just six lovingly furnished traditional rooms with open beams and a fine collection of antiques from Japan, China and Europe. At once homely and luxurious, it served as Sophia Loren's hideaway on her recent visit to Japan.
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp in Lombok is a place to completely switch off from modern life and enjoy one of the most beautiful white beaches you will ever see; Lakshman Sagar is a candy-coloured heritage fort hidden away in the Rajasthani desert; or for the true luxury nomads amongst you, we highly recommend The Ultimate Travelling Camp which pops up in some of India’s most beautiful and remote regions. Secrets are for sharing!
Amara Mountain Resort
Habaraduwa House is one of our Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems, Top 10 Private Villas in Asia and Top 10 Venues for a Wedding or Party Originally built in 2001 but completely re-designed and renovated in 2011...
Li'An Lodge is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. Struck by the beauty of the Longsheng rice terraces, artist Keren Su returned to the area to open the Li-An...
Ryokan Kurashiki is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems and Top 10 Luxury Ryokans. This ryokan is halfway along the idyllic willow-lined canal in Kurashiki, and shares a 300-year history with the converted...
Clingendael is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. Located on the Victoria Golf and Country Resort, around 40-minutes from Kandy town, The Clingendael is situated on a hill at...
The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Chamba Camp
The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Chamba Camp is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. The first truly mobile luxury camp in India, ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’ offers the opportunity to...
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems and Top 10 Beach Hotels. Situated two hours from the airport in the remote and untouched southeast of Lombok,...
Lakshman Sagar is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. Opened in 2011, Lakshman Sagar is a hidden gem of a hotel, located in a remote rural setting between Jaipur...
Rajakkad Estate is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. Set 1,000 metres above sea level, in the cool foothills of the Wester Ghats, Rajakkad Estate is an intimate garden...
Garden Terrace is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Secret Gems. By all accounts this is the superlative place to stay in Nagasaki. Designed by Kengo Kuma, it impresses from the...
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India