The World's Most Beautiful Hotel?

The World's Most Beautiful Hotel?

Sarah Coffey
Jan 7, 2010

You'll have to forgive us for being waaay behind the curve on this one, but since we traded cable for a Roku box that streams Netflix into our TV, we've been watching television in a time warp without any connection to real-time programming schedules. Recently, we were slogging through past seasons of Anthony Bourdain's travel show, No Reservations, when we came across the most beautiful hotel we've ever seen.

The Kampung Sampireun in Java, Indonesia isn't a designer hotel or a hip new destination. It's a ten-year-old "village" of bungalows based on traditional West Java huts constructed of bamboo with coconut roofing.

Guests are escorted to their rooms by canoe, and—this is the best part—every morning, a pancake boat floats up to your private porch with traditional rice cakes and syrup. It's hard to see the beauty of the place from our sorry screenshots, but trust us—it looked amazing.

Bourdain, a famous curmudgeon, seems to go out of character when he talks about "how much I love my little house on the lake. The way it looks, the way it feels, the sounds. A paradise where all I wanna do is be still and take it all in." You sold us, Anthony.

• For more information on the Kampung Sampireun, check out their website.
• The "Indonesia" episode is from No Reservations, Season 2, 2006.

Screenshots: No Reservations, Photos: Kampung Sampireun

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