While doing a world tour or any long-term traveling, having a budget is essential to keep you going. However, there should be some room for splurges. What to splurge on completely depends on the individual.
For those who want to splurge on unique accommodations, the options are endless. In cheaper countries, it can even be possible without going too much over a backpacker’s budget.
MO Rooms speaks to me because of its unique theme. At this boutique hotel, you will find only twelve rooms. Each of the twelve rooms is based on an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. But being more than just a creative concept, each room is designed by a different artist, resulting in a livable art sculpture. I was completely taken away after a tour of the rooms. The monkey room is an overall favorite, but no matter which room you choose, the experience will be memorable. We met a couple that stayed one week and had a lot of fun sleeping in a different room each night.
Citadines Quartier was my highlight during our visit to Jakarta. This apartment hotel got me at hello because of its contemporary design, yet comfortable, and subtle mix of vintage antiquities. My favorite features include the caged staircase in the lobby and the overlooked details such as the hidden outlets in the wooden floor panels.
If you are looking to splurge on accommodations, a great resource for ideas is Mr & Mrs Smith, but they do not currently cover Asia.