If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you still like looking at new hotels or destinations – even while you wait. The good news? There are plenty of new resorts and hotel updates to check out for your future getaways! And, of course, there are some great hotel deals right here in Singapore, with staycations and walking tours to explore too!
Award-winning adventure tour company Exodus Travels has just unveiled its itineraries for 2022, with trips that will take intrepid travellers on overland expeditions through Africa, Eastern Europe and exotic destinations like Costa Rica. The tours are led by experienced explorers including Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) Photographer-in-Residence Scott Forsyth and award-winning reporter and television producer Aliya Jasmine Sovani. The group’s longest itinerary is led by adventurer and author Mario Rigby – also known as “the man who walked the length of Africa”; it starts in Cape Town and ends at Victoria Falls.
The Londoner Debuts
Is London calling? When you get back there, book into boutique hotel The Londoner, which has just opened its doors in iconic Leicester Square. Some of the hotel’s spaces – including stylish rooms, suites and penthouses, a 24-hour residents’ area and a wellness floor – are located beneath street level, making it one of the deepest habitable basements in the world! There’s also a range of concept eateries like Whitcomb’s, the hotel’s signature Mediterranean restaurant, and 8, a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit.
Conceived and designed by architect and developer Jonathan Leitersdorf, Ibiza’s newest luxury resort lies sequestered away in an agricultural estate in Xarraca Bay. The year-round destination offers a comprehensive array of amenities and promises intriguing experiences for creatives and culture-seekers across the globe. Its flagship restaurant is helmed by Master Chef Eyal Shani. Here, organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients take centre stage and the menu features a focus on plant-based dining. The restaurant also features an open kitchen with a 50-seat chef’s table that gives you front-row seats to Shani’s culinary prowess. The resort’s other amenities include an innovative spa as well as a beach club lead by producer and recording artist Tomer Biran.
Private Island Paradise
Welcoming guests back from November 2021, Naladhu Private Island Maldives has just received a fresh new makeover that sees its top suite – the Two Bedroom Pool Residence – reopen with its own 20-metre private beach. Leading the redesign is New York-based designer Yuji Yamazaki whose style is characterised by sharp modern lines and a brighter colour palette. The resort is sequestered away on a private island in the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll and can be reached by luxury speedboat directly from Velana International Airport.
With the pandemic severely impacting touristreliant communities across the globe, the Potato Head group has embarked on a food project to aid the Balinese people. Co-founder of the Desa Potato Head “creative village”, Ronald Akili, was troubled by how quickly Bali’s main source of income was being affected, so he started the Sweet Potato Project. The initiative saw volunteers create two fully functional farms in West Bali that have produced over 1,800kg of and 12,500 meals since August 2020. A portion of the produce is donated to the community as well as Potato Head staff and families. The rest is delivered to vulnerable members of the community and those who’ve tested positive for coronavirus.
Coinciding with Cambodia welcoming vaccinated tourists in November is the opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh between now and the end of the year. The city’s newest luxury hotel is designed by Singapore-based architects and centred around a magnificently restored French villa that serves as the hotel’s lobby. Its modern interiors seamlessly blend Khmer architecture with French colonial influences and are adorned with artwork by contemporary Cambodian artist FONKi. Facilities include a rooftop restaurant bar, a spa and an outdoor infinity pool.
Luxury World Cruise
Reservations have just opened for Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2023-2024 voyages that will take passengers to 15 new ports of call. The latest additions to the itineraries include Vanuatu’s Mystery Island, Syros, Puerto Banus and the Lofoten Islands in Norway. Sailings range from short seven-day getaways to a 132-night world cruise that will take guests to 129 overnight calls in destinations like Saint Petersburg, Kyoto, Lisbon, Portugal and Bordeaux. The line has also curated four exceptional Grand Voyages, with sailings from New York to Barcelona and a 67-night adventure that circles South America.
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