One of the great things about living in Singapore is that you don’t need a long-haul flight to find paradise. Since these short-break options are right on the doorstep, even a weekend away is a breeze. (Then again, why not make it a week? Or two). Last time, we brought you this amazing guide to the most popular countries to visit from Singapore, while the below is more focused on specific hotels and places to visit. Click through the gallery below for lots of photos from the fabulous resorts and areas mentioned.
For the young and the young-at-heart
What: Angsana Laguna Phuket
Perched on the white sandy shores of scenic Bang Tao Bay, the Angsana Laguna Phuket is a tropical playground that offers fun-filled days on a sun-kissed beach. Parents can relax with a pampering spa ritual while the kids are entertained at the Tree House Kids’ Club, before you all meet up again in the comfort of a Two-Bedroom Loft or Angsana Suite, featuring two expansive bedrooms, spacious living areas and spectacular garden or lagoon vistas.
Special offer! Book the Suite Family Offer and you’ll also enjoy daily breakfasts, complimentary dining for children under 12, access to the Kids’ Club, use of bicycles, a complimentary 25-minute elephant ride and daily evening cocktails. Valid for stays from now until 31 October 2014.
For the culture vulture
What: The Golden Triangle
Where: Laos, Thailand, Myanmar
If the Golden Triangle isn’t on your travel bucket list, now’s the time to add it! This hilly landscape that has its epicentre at the border areas of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River, is rapidly increasing in popularity. Among the attractions you won’t want to miss are the fabulously mellow Laotian town of Luang Prabang (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the nearby Pak Ou Caves, the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand’s scenic Mae Taeng valley, and, slightly further afield, Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and the two-thousand-or-so temples of Bagan. Flight Centre’s Golden Triangle Tours also take in visits to the Hall of Opium, Don Sao Island, the Ancient Kingdom of Chiang Saen and the magnificent, ancient ruins of Wat Chedi Luang. Or you can choose to cruise down the Irrawaddy River and board a private motorboat on Myanmar’s picturesque Inle Lake.
For the shopaholic
What: Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Bangkok
Here’s a five-star solution to your quest for an indulgent long weekend away. Bangkok’s Pan Pacific Serviced Suites are luxurious, spacious and sleekly designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows and premium furnishings. Amenities include a full kitchen (for when you need a break from spicy street food!), laundry and entertainment facilities. The Pan Pacific also offers dedicated 24-hour Personal Assistants who’ll make sure you’re fully connected with the vibrant sights of Bangkok, whether you’re shopping on Sukhumvit Road, taking a boat ride around the floating markets, or uncovering fresh perspectives at the Grand Palace. Then you can return to your serviced suite for a dip in the pool or an energetic workout in the fitness centre. Either way, you’re going to receive warm Thai hospitality all weekend.
For the lover of peace and quiet
What: Telunas Private Island
Get away from the crowds in one of 15 Sea Villas at the newly launched Telunas Private Island. Each villa offers spacious overwater living and spectacular views – and we love the distinctive furnishings made from repurposed wooden boats. There’s a daily limited-choice menu for seaside dining, when you can finally drag yourself away from the infinity pool and beaches. Elsewhere, unwind with a traditional massage, or get active through a variety of natural sea and land activities; there are great opportunities to explore the local culture in nearby villages, including learning to cook local cuisine. All of this is just 50km south of Singapore by boat.
For the diving enthusiast
What: Turtle Bay Dive Resort, Moalboal, Cebu
Where: The Philippines
Turtle Bay Dive Resort should be on the list of any diving fan. In fact, the resort was built for divers by a family of divers. The villas and two-storey hotel building are set in landscaped tropical grounds with views of Moalboal Bay and the hills that run down the spine of Cebu. Moalboal has been a well-known and popular dive spot for three decades, made famous by Pescador Island. Other attractions are the large, resident shoals of sardines, the many turtles, and excursions to dive with whale sharks at Oslob. Divers can also enjoy wall dives, drift dives, a sunken plane, muck dives, gorgeous hard and soft corals, and plenty of macro diving.
Special offer! During August and September, enjoy a free check-out dive and free Wi-Fi. Just quote the promotional code “EXPATAUG” to secure this deal.
For the beach bum
What: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Where: The Philippines
The Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is a sprawling six-hectare beach resort and spa with 40 luxurious private villas featuring individual plunge pools, and 250 guestrooms that combine comfort with contemporary Asian style. The award-winning Aum Spa is recognised as one of the top hotel spas in the world, and in October, the resort will open its new Azure Beach Club, to add to its three existing dining outlets.
Special offer! With the Ultimate Villa Experience, you can enjoy the luxury of an Ocean Front Private Pool Villa for three days and two nights (maximum of three adults, or two adults and two children aged up to 12), plus unlimited massage at the Aum Spa for two adults (at least two services are guaranteed per person per day), buffet breakfast in the Saffron Café, nightly complimentary cocktails at the Tempo Lounge, airport transfers, 20 percent off food items in the various resort outlets, 20 percent off aqua sports, and more.
For the urban explorer
What: Parkroyal, Kuala Lumpur
Ideal for a short break or an extended stay, KL’s Parkroyal has 287 studios, one- and two-bedroom units and executive suites, all with plush furnishings, kitchenettes and state-of-the-art home entertainment; there’s also a rooftop pool and fully equipped gym, while those who are travelling with children can make use of the dedicated play area for young ones. The city is right at the doorstep, so you can spend the day discovering the Malaysian capital’s hidden gems.
Special offer! Get the most from your stay with the Sweet Suite Deal starting from RM690 (S$265): it includes accommodation in a two-bedroom Premier Suite, breakfast for four, complimentary parking for those who drive up from Singapore or rent a car in KL, and check-out as late as 3pm.
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