130 years ago, the Sarkies brothers opened this opulent property and gentlemen’s club for affluent Victorian travellers on the banks of the Malayan Andaman Sea. It’s not the most famous of their hotels, but it was the blueprint for their more majestic properties to come, the Raffles Singapore and The Strand Hotel Yangon, Myanmar. The old wing of the hotel is everything you’d expect a colonial Grand Dame to be – marbled floors and shuttered bay windows opening to sea – complete with grand pianist to accompany guests supping high-tea. Recently, the property unleashed its new ‘Victory Annexe’, bringing a more contemporary option for their guests. Here you’ll find among other luxurious mod-cons, an infinity pool, fully-fitted gym, and rooms featuring standalone roll-top baths and breathtaking balconies looking out to sea. Their beachside sister property, The Lone Pine, is just as sublime.

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