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What is Gold accommodation?

| Words by Kian Rackley |

For 2015 you have the option of upgrading your accommodation on our Classic Small Group Journeys, where properties are chosen for their charm and location, to Gold accommodation where you’ll experience some of the finest and most unique hotels Asia has to offer. By day you’ll enjoy the same well-planned itinerary, expert local guides, tour leaders and unforgettable Insider Experiences.

Upgrading your accommodation to Gold is available on 17 of our Small Group Journeys across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China and India. Ask your Asia expert for more guidance and of course their first-hand knowledge of these properties.

Here’s a taster of some of the hotels you can look forward to when upgrading…

  • Jodhpur, India: Raas Jodhpur. Located right at the foot of the Meherangarh Fort within the ancient city walls, this hotel delivers an unbeatable location and excellent views. With most of the 39 guestrooms having views of the fort and a relaxing pool, this exceptional heritage property is the perfect retreat after a day spent exploring Jodhpur. For travellers not looking to dine in town The Raas boasts two highly-rated restaurants.

  • Siem Reap, Cambodia: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor. Opened in 1929 this French-colonial building has been excellently maintained leaving every bit of its colonial grandeur intact. Each room is located in the the original main building or the adjoining 'new wing', including the Landmark rooms which feature a classic four-poster beds and poolside Cabana rooms.

  • Hanoi, Vietnam: Sofitel Legend Metropole. Originally opened in 1901 while Vietnam was still under French-colonial rule, this property has long been Hanoi's leading hotel. Each room remains classically appointed and, despite being over 100 years old and enduring two long wars, the original Art Deco features in the historical Metropole Wing Luxury rooms remain intact.

  • Laos, Luang Prabang: Victoria Xienthong Palace. The last residence of Laos' royal family, this 19th century mansion is now a boutique hotel set in the heart of the UNESCO protected old town of Luang Prabang. The hotel takes its name from the neighbouring Wat Xiengthong monastery and is also just a few moments walk from the Mekong River and Luang Prabang's famed night market.

  • Thailand, Elephant Hills: Khao Sok National Park Set on the banks of the Cheow Larn Lake in southern Thailand's largest rainforest, this is one of Asia's most unique accommodation experiences. 30 luxurious tents are well appointed and built from natural materials delivering a truly authentic experience.

  • China, Beijing: The Peninsula. With 525 rooms this hotel is far from boutique. However, in the heart of Wangfujing shopping district, its location is unbeatable. Unlike other deluxe properties it is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Each guestroom is well appointed and come with all the amenities you would expect from a leading hotel brand.

  • Laos, Luang Prabang: Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel. The former home of a Lao prince, this boutique hotel is a wonderful mix of tradition and modernity, with the interior design mixing Asian and Western influences. It is currently the only property in Luang Prabang's UNESCO protected old town to have a pool.

  • Cambodia, Phnom Penh: Raffles Hotel Le Royal. A hotel since 1929 this exceptional property combines luxury and character making it one of our most popular hotels in The Kingdom. Each room is simple, always immaculate and classically furnished. Raffles Hotel Le Royal also boasts expansive gardens and two swimming pools.

  • India, Udaipur: The Taj Lake Palace. One of the oldest properties we use in Asia and an highlight for many of our travellers in India. The Lake Palace was built in 1746 for the Udaipur royal family before, as with many heritage properties, being converted into a hotel. Opulent guestrooms feature rich colours, hand carved woods and elegant bathrooms with unbeatable views across the lake to Udaipur. It is for these reasons and many more that this iconic Indian property remains one of the most sought after hotels in the world.