Like Christmas and New Year’s, the Chinese New Year holiday is a popular time to travel. If you want to get in on the best flight and hotel deals, it’s time to start planning – you’ll thank us when prices start skyrocketing in January! Here’s our round-up of great destinations to head to.
THAILAND – InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Treat the fam to a fun getaway to the sunny island of Koh Samui this CNY break. Enjoy a stay at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, a stunning beachfront property on the island’s southwest coast. Rest and relax in the resort’s elegant rooms, suites and villas – including the Club two-bedroom residence villa or Club Napa Reserve three-bedroom residence villa that offer loads of space for the entire brood. You can even arrange for an in-villa barbecue and enjoy it by your private pool. As a kid-friendly resort, the property houses a great kids’ club, Planet Trekkers. In addition to regular games and toys, the club kicks it up a notch with fun and interactive cultural activities including palm leaf weaving, traditional Thai games and crab hunting.
Don’t miss the Stay Longer Offer, stay four nights or more and enjoy special rates (from THB 18,200+ for two-bedroom and THB 43,200 for three-bedroom villa). It includes daily breakfast and 20% off F&B and laundry. Available for a limited time only. Also, at the recent World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony, the resort won three awards including “Asia’s Leading Beach Resort 2018”.
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MALDIVES – Niyama Private Islands
Located on the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, the luxurious Niyama Private Islands Maldives is spread across two islands, dubbed “Chill” and “Play”, and aimed at couples and families respectively. Whichever you choose, you can look forward to sandy white beaches, blue waters and amazing views. Take your pick of the gorgeous studios, suites and pavilions, many of which come with a private pool. Rooms come with in-room delis, and guests are treated to complimentary refillable ice-cream – you won’t want to leave! Dining-wise, there are six spots to choose from, including underwater restaurant Subsix, and Tribal that serves African, Central and South American cuisine. If you’d like some adult time, send the little ones to the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club (available for ages 1 to 12 years, and free for three-year-olds and over). Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the beautiful waters – the resort offers a variety of watersports including parasailing, kayaking and snorkeling.
Stay for seven nights in February and enjoy a 35% discount; also, two children under the age of 12 can stay and eat for free!
PHILIPPINES – Amanpulo
Amanpulo is a luxury private resort on the island of Pamalican in the Philippines. Modelled after bahay kubo (traditional stilt houses), each casita and villa offers direct beach access and gorgeous sea views. Enjoy the spacious wooden decks and an afternoon lounge on your hammock. Two of the property’s villas also include private plunge pools, and the one-, two- and four-bedroom villas come with a private chef and butler, so you won’t need to lift a finger. The resort offers a good balance between relaxation and activity, with a 30-metre pool at the Club House and loungers at the Beach Club and a selection of fun things to do including guided diving tours and kayaking. There’s also a turtle conservation programme, so you may even have the chance to see turtles hatching during your stay!
Little ones will be kept busy by the dedicated kids’ activity coordinator who can arrange everything from arts and crafts and movie nights to cycling and tree-planting.
MALDIVES – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Escape to paradise this Chinese New Year and enjoy a getaway to Cheval Blanc Randheli, located in the Noonu Atoll of the Maldvives. This all-villa property offers guests a choice of island, water and garden water villas, including one- and two-bedroom villas with tropical gardens and private beach access. For the ultimate experience, treat your party to a stay at the Private Island, a grand four-bedroom villa that includes its own spa and 25-metre outdoor pool. You’ll be kept entertained with a selection of activities including water sports and even private excursions to nearby islands. If you’ve got something special in mind, get the help of the resort’s team to arrange tailor-made activities for your group. Little ones are also in for a good time at the resort’s Le Carrousel kids’ club and Le Paddock teens’ club.
Book your stay during the CNY period and enjoy little surprises on the eve and first day of the celebrations such as themed sweet treats, special villa decoration and a bath ceremony, along with a Chinese beach dinner featuring a traditional dragon dance.
THAILAND – Kamalaya Koh Samui
Looking to recharge over the CNY holidays? Kamalaya Koh Samui is an award-winning luxury health resort in Thailand with a wide variety of room types, from hillside rooms and suites to one- and two-bedroom villas. You can take part in the resort’s wellness programmes that target different needs such as detox, relieving stress and burnout, and emotional wellness. You can also have the resort’s team of international naturopaths craft a personalised health programme during your stay and take your pick from an extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies, which take into account your medical history, preferences and desired outcome. If you enjoy yoga, opt for the Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy that offers private one-to-one yoga sessions and complementary therapies through three-, five- or seven-night programmes.
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