It’s often said that what counts is not the destination, but the journey. Perhaps it was with this sentiment in mind that a just announced, utterly unique tour around Southeast Asia has come to fruition. When we first heard about it, we felt a sudden rush of excitement – and frequent readers will know exactly why.
The self-declared Bensley-philes we are, we’ve stayed at many of ‘starchitect’ Bill Bensley’s cutting-edge hotels and resorts, from the eclectic Shinta Mani Angkor to Phuket’s The Slate. But there are more properties to discover still, and February 2021 will offer experiential travellers the unprecedented opportunity to stay at the very ‘best of Bensley’: conceptualised by none other than the ‘luxe-venture’ crafters of Remote Lands, this is the cross-border hotel-hopping journey we’ve been waiting for.
An ultra-exclusive and design-led experience, the trip is limited to a maximum of eight couples looking to explore Southeast Asia’s greatest attractions from the comfort of five of Bensley’s hotels, with the architect’s masterpiece retreat, the Shinta Mani Angkor, giving holidaymakers VIP access to and a helicopter tour of the ancient Khmer temples of nearby Angkor Thom.
Each destination tempts with its very own deluxe offerings, though the culmination of the voyage, we should add, is perhaps the chance to visit Bangkok’s Bensley Design Studio before being escorted to the architect’s own residence, Baan Botanica, to party it up with the man himself: in this case, it seems, both the journey and the destination are the goal.
Photography courtesy of Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild