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Hokkaido's Kiroro reopens as Vietnam exerts its charms

From summer hikes and golf in Hokkaido to private pampering in Vietnam, a grab bag of offerings coming on line as travel slowly reopens.

Kiroro - a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

A touch of green in Hokkaido


A summer escape in the Yoichi mountains of Hokkaido, Japan, is available from 1 July 2020 as The Kiroro (www.kirorohokkaido.com/) a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, reopens with heightened 'Kiroro Cares' safety protocols. This premier ski region, home to a Sheraton as well as a ski-in-ski-out private residence, has gained a reputation as a summer escape with Kiroro Village offering ample apres-ski or play distractions and easy access to verdant surrounds for hiking, golf, cycling, and trips to local waterfalls. Hokkaido remains a popular year-round destination for families and honeymooning couples with varied landscape and great food..


From Banyan Tree a brand new luxe bolthole opening 1 Ocftober 2020 on secluded Tubkaek Beach, Krabi. Sited a 35-minute drive from Krabi Airport, Banyan Tree Krabi (above left www.banyantree.com) offers a stretch of white sand sliding into a shallow coastline (the sea recedes a great deal here at low tide), with 72 pool suites and villas, and even one roomy three-bedroom villa with space to swing an elephant by the tail. Expect a wedding chapel, a ballroom, a spa and a kids’ club for typhoon tykes. Or head to Felicité Island, Seychelles, a private bolthole for the rich and famous or simply those looking to unwind in spectacular privacy. Stay at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon (www.sixsenses.com/) that serves up 28 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom pool villas as well as two stunning residences. At a blushing 330,000 euros for groups of up to 20 for a week, also bag breakfast, lunch and dinner and special excursions.

Alma Cam Ranh

Alma says come run to Cam Ranh


The Alma Resort Cam Ranh (www.alma-resort.com/) is an immaculately neat welcoming sprawl for families, weddings, and meets, arrayed on sunny Cam Ranh peninsula, Vietnam. Launched 31 May, the 196-pavilion getaway boasts 384 contemporary suites set on 74 acres of beachfront. Also expect 14 restaurants and 12 beachfront swimming pools well spaced out for the socially distancing set. Cam Ranh is seen as an upmarket alternative to the Nha Trang dive haven not far away. Alma is large enough to accommodate a mini supermarket for munches and more, a science museum, a waterpark, spa, art gallery, cinema, convention centre, a youth centre with virtual reality distractions, a kids' club, water sports centre, gymnasium, yoga room and an 18-hole putting green.

Banyan Tree Krabi Six Senses Zil Pasyon Seychelles

At the swish Emirati-style residence, Al Bait, Sharjah, UAE (above left, www.ghmhotels.com) a tempting offer on every second night spent at this understated earth-tone retreat. Al Bait offers 75 percent off on every second room night booked (minimum two night stay of course) with daily breakfast. In the Himalayan mountain kingdom, Six Senses Bhutan (www.sixsenses.com), has all its ducks in a row with the opening of its fifth and final lodge in Bumthang set amidst the pine forest near a "trout-filled stream." Bumthang and its four valleys sit on the corridor leading to the east of the dragon kingdom and come, as most parts of the country, accoutred in rich forests, green glades, and spiritual retreats with the scent of pine and burning juniper in the air.

Al Bait Sharjah arrival, vintage Mercedes Six Senses Bumthang - Bhutan escape

Opened 1 December 2019 to add a touch of Malaysian class is the Anantara Desaaru Coast Resort & Villas (www.anantara.com/en/desaru-coast, left) on the southeast of the peninsula near Johor Bahru. This 123-room getaway also includes 20 humungous three and four-bedroom residences with butlers on hand and infinity pools to splash out in. At the new Azerai Can Tho (azerai.com/, right), Vietnam, rejuvenating mask-free yoga retreats from four to six days. Expect two yoga sessions daily, spa treatments and special healthy menus for all meals. This holistic wellness escape is priced at US$1,656 (Essential Yoga Getaway) and US$2,833 (Ultimate Yoga Retreat) depending on length of stay. Start your days with detox tea - and one invigorating breakfast aboard a luxe cruise boat - enjoy a harmonious facial, hatha yoga session, a gluten-free diet, cooking classes, meditation, and immunity boosting concoctions with everything from apple and beetroot to ginger, celery and spinach in various combinations. The resort is sited near the mouth of the Mekong River delta.

Anantara Desaru Azerai Can Tho

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