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#SquadGoals: Best hotels in Asia for a holiday with the girls

Day in, day out, we go about our busy routines, sometimes neglecting that all-important support system – our friends. Press ‘pause’ for a second.

When was the last time you and your best buddies have had a proper meet-up, much less gone for a BFF getaway?

If it’s been far too long, then what are you waiting for? Just a few taps in the Traveloka App and you’ll be one step closer to a much-needed holiday with the girls.

Whether you’re looking for sun-soaked beaches, a wild shopping spree, or a serene oasis away from the daily grind, you can book any one of these affordable hotels and resorts across Asia for that long-overdue heart-to-heart session:

The Beach House Resort | Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

The Beach House Resort

If Bali’s too crowded for you, then head to Lombok – its white sandy beaches and lush rainforests are still relatively untouched by development.

Just a 30-minute boat ride northwest from the island lie the Gili Islands, which includes Gili Trawangan, where The Beach House Resort is. The three-island archipelago prohibits the use of cars and motorized vehicles, so the main modes of transportation are by foot, bicycle, or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo.

Strategically located between Lombok and Bali, visitors to Gili Trawangan can view sunrise over Lombok’s Mount Rinjani to the east and sunsets over Bali’s Mount Agung in the west.

Nearby attractions
Several enterprising beach resorts on the west side of the island have built swings in the sea, which are open to the public and popular among tourists for that Instagram-worthy sunset shot. The most popular one is the
Datu Swing.

Popular activities
Snorkeling off North Beach, scuba diving, island-hopping.

Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa | Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa

Conveniently set right in the heart of Old Town Hoi An, the city’s historic district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa is within walking distance to the main tourist attractions.

You’ll enjoy strolling around the quaint colonial buildings scattered around the ancient town, as well as the bustling port and riverfront, painted in cheerful shades of yellow.

If you visit during the monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival, you’ll be met with a sea of colorful paper lanterns that light up the night.

Nearby attractions
Cam Pho Temple, Song Hoai Square, Japanese Bridge.

Popular activities
Bike tours in the countryside, sampling Vietnamese cuisine, exploring the markets.

Secret Cliff Resort & Restaurant | Phuket, Thailand

Secret Cliff Resort & Restaurant

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason: it’s where sun, surf, and sand effortlessly come together in a heady mix of fun and relaxation.

Situated in the gorgeous waters of the Andaman Sea, the resort island is home to some of the world’s best beaches.

Secret Cliff Resort & Restaurant offers a stunning cliffside view of the ocean and is a mere 10-minute drive away from the popular beach resort city of Patong. The city is known for its lively nightlife, and has nightclubs, bars, and discos aplenty.

Nearby attractions
Tri Trang Beach, Patong Beach, Bangla Road, Jungceylon Shopping Center.

Popular activities
Bar-hopping, spas, scuba diving, snorkeling.

Park 22 Hotel Chinatown | Singapore

Park 22 Hotel Chinatown

Want a change of scene, yet still enjoy the creature comforts of a city? Welcome to Singapore, where you’ll get a bit of everything you would look for in a city.

Explore the island republic’s iconic ethnic enclaves, particularly Chinatown, where you can chow down on some of the best hawker food around.

Park 22 Hotel Chinatown is the perfect location to set base, as it’s right in Chinatown and is near Outram Park MRT Station, making it easy to get around.

Nearby attractions
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple.

Popular activities
Souvenir shopping at Chinatown Street Market, street food, checking out the other ethnic enclaves nearby (e.g. Little India, Kampong Glam).

Seashell Villas – The Villa Hotel | Goa, India

Seashell Villas - The Villa Hotel

Besides being blessed with scenic unspoilt beaches, Goa is rich in culture and history. The Portuguese ruled the region for around 450 years before India gained independence from British rule, so you’ll be able to appreciate remnants of Portuguese architecture and food.

North Goa, known for its hippie markets and yoga retreats, is where you’ll find Seashell Villas – The Villa Hotel, near Candolim Beach.

The nearby town of Calangute to the north is famous for its party vibe, so you and your girlfriends will always find something fun to do.

Nearby attractions
Candolim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Fort Aguada, St. Anthony’s Chapel.

Popular activities
Check out Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesdays, take part in watersports on Baga Beach, bar/club-hopping.

Spices Boutique Residence | Penang, Malaysia

Spices Boutique Residence

Formerly known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, the port city of Penang is now recognized as Malaysia’s food paradise.

You and your friends will delight in the narrow streets and alleyways of Georgetown, the island’s charming historic quarter.

Spices Boutique Residence is centrally located, making it easy for you to get around by foot or public transport.

Nearby attractions
Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls, Penang Heritage Trail, Penang Mural Street Art, Khoo Kongsi, The Blue Mansion.

Popular activities
Try Penang’s famous cuisine (e.g. nasi kandar, Penang laksa, char kuey teow), go hunting for murals hidden in Georgetown’s alleyways, visit ornate historical buildings.

Tea Garden Resort | Bandung, Indonesia

Tea Garden Resort

The third-largest city in Indonesia is quickly winning the hearts of travelers from around the world who are looking for a green, leafy escape from urban concrete jungles.

Set among the tea plantations in the countryside beyond the city’s borders, once you step foot on Tea Garden Resort’s grounds, you’ll be able to take a deep breath of fresh air.

Nearby attractions
Tangkuban Perahu volcano crater, Hot Spring Ciater, Bandung Treetop Adventure Park, Grafika Cikole Park.

Popular activities
Get a hit of adrenaline by jumping on the Sky Swing at The Lodge Maribaya, enjoy a cozy lunch and coffee with a striking mountain view at Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee, pick strawberries in the hills of Lembang and Ciwidey, visit any of the nearby waterfalls (e.g. Maribaya Waterfalls).

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