If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you’re always on the hunt for a new hotel or destination to head to for your next getaway! Here are some great spots and hotel deals to check out.
Planning for 2021: New Openings
Located in Thomson Bay on Rottnest Island (18km off the coast of Fremantle and famous for its quokkas!), Samphire Rottnest is a new 80-room property that celebrates Western Australia’s stunning natural surroundings. We like the relaxed coastal vibe evident here, with private balconies that overlook the bay, and a design that’s in sympathy with the rugged coastlines and flora of the island.
In a serene spot beside the Chao Phraya River, the newly opened Capella Bangkok is one to add to your list. The luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas all come with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that offer wonderful views of the famous river. This is Capella Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Thailand.
The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi has opened in the country’s bustling capital city. Located on the highest floors of a new 39-storey tower, the hotel offers panoramic views of the Imperial Palace, and showcases a gorgeous mix of Japanese traditions and European aesthetics, put together by renowned architect and designer Jean-Michel Gathy.
Inspired by jewels and gemstones, the Sheraton Guangzhou Panyu has opened its doors in the vibrant Panyu district of Guangzhou. Aside from a raft of amenities – 24-hour fitness centre, three restaurants with local and international cuisine, event spaces and more – the hotel is located next to the popular Chimelong Resort, China’s largest amusement park. Chimelong has one of only two rollercoasters in the world where the track turns upside down 10 times during one ride!
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia is offering guests a unique opportunity to dine in … underground! At Jeff’s Cellar, you can sip on wines and enjoy a delicious seven-course meal in an illuminated limestone cave chamber, next to natural water features and underneath stalactites.
The Banyan Tree Group is launching a range of organic plant-based menus at its resorts, starting with Thailand this year. They’ve started various collaborations including promoting local and sustainably sourced food by partnering with two star Michelin chef James Noble. Banyan Tree and Chef Noble have started ORI9IN, a 350-acre organic farm in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.
Save the Sea!
When we can travel again, why not go all out with a trip to the Maldives? One great option is a stay at Six Senses Laamu, where the emphasis is on sea sustainability; the resort has a full-time sustainability officer and marine team, and runs a partnership with sea conservation charity The Olive Ridley Project. In some good recent news, the team has recently spotted parrotfish and surgeonfish spawning on the resort’s house reef. Scott Dunn is offering a seven-night stay package at Six Senses Laamu that includes Lagoon Water Villa accommodation, breakfast, domestic flights and shared speedboat transfers.
Six Senses has joined the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to become plastic-free by 2022. The campaign is led by the UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Six Senses resorts will be continuing their policy of no single-use shampoo and amenity bottles, plastic water bottles or straws.
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