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Bali deals, Bangkok river stays, and a vintage Mercedes

Plan your honeymoon on Kuta Beach, Bali, splash out in Sharjah, enjoy quiet Kyoto in a secret garden, rediscover the Bangkok river, and sample the best of Bengaluru.

Honeymoon package at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Big sunsets for honeymooners


At the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort (www.marriott.com/sheraton-bali) an 'Ultimate Honeymoon Getaway' for a freewheeling couple in search of mega-sunsets, bubble baths and attractive discounts on the spa. The deal is available with a minimum two-night stay and comes with a bottle of wine, a bubble bath, breakfast in bed (or a floating breakfast), airport transfers and late check-out. The rates for this spot of island idyll hedonism start at US$236 per night for a deluxe room. The hotel faces the busy sun-drenched Kuta Beach from across the road. Its small elevated pool offers staggering sunsets but you can of course get a better view by simply waltzing off on the sand.


Romantics listen up. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok above left) has been gussied up as never before. It's elegant River Wing started accepting guests from 11 November, 2019 (the storied Old Wing has already undergone a serious freshening up). The entire ensemble will be humming seamlessly by January 2020 when the River Wing renovation is complete. Early birds can avail of a 'Be the First to Stay' deal at Bt25,350 per night with butler service, buffet breakfast for two at The Verandah, and a daily credit of Bt2,000 for spa services or a restaurant binge (check out the new Japanese Kinu by Takagi). Valid for reservations before 31 March 2020. Aman Kyoto (above right, www.aman.com) arrived 1 November 2019 set in a secret garden - what could be more quintessentially Japanese? Sited in a 32-hectare forest, this lushly quiet retreat with airy darkwood pavilions and pale-wood interiors serves up a soothing rustic vibe with mossy boulders, inviting pathways, verdant forests and tinkling streams.

Al Bait 1967 Mercedes Pullman,  classic, for a classy tour

Leave your tyre-tracks in the sand


If you happen to have some spare change Al Bait Sharjah (www.ghmhotels.com/en/al-bait-sharjah/) has an unforgettable weekend deal for you. Priced at a modest US$68,000, this is something you will remember for quite a while as you set about selling your home and renting the dog. Well, it does include accommodation. As the hotel describes it, "The weekend begins with a yacht transfer from Dubai with exclusive welcome amenities that include edible, 24 karat gold. Dockside, a 1967 Mercedes Pullman – one of only 304 in the world – transfers guests directly to the hotel." Boats, stretch limos, butlers, sand, it's all here. Guests are housed and studiously pampered at the Bait Al Midfa Heritage House. Watch an outdoor movie in eye-popping style, with gold popcorn. Sleep on a US$22,000 mattress (no, there's no money stuffed inside alas), enjoy the spa, and leave your footprints on a private island while picnicing with a butler in attendance.

The sparkling renovated Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is open for business on the river Opening 1 November 2019 Aman Kyoto is set in a secret garden

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor (www.raffles.com/siem-reap/ above left) returns after a six month workover. Most of the 119 rooms have been gussied up with "careful restoration and refurbishments" to introduce this vintage confection to the 21st century without unduly ruffling its elegant heritage appeal, says General Manager Oliver Dudler. Think bright spotlights and USB ports for your hi-tech paraphernalia and plenty of new Italian tiles in the bathrooms (also kitted out with rain showers). The Grand opened in 1931 with just 63 keys. On offer till 31 December 2019 at the recently opened Ganganagar Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy One (above right, www.fourseasons.com/bengaluru/) a nightly credit of Rs1,500 and daily breakfast for two, a 'Business' deal at 10 percent off with breakfast, and 20 percent of on 'Extended Stay' rates for five nights or more plus airport transfer and laundry. This is a contemporary high-rise in a developing district midway between airport and town for quick getaways to beat the city's legendary traffic.

Grand Hotel d’Angkor by Raffles reopens in Siem Reap Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

Andaz Seoul Gangnam (www.hyatt.com/andaz-seoul above left) has opened in the bustling Apgujeong neighborhood known for its fashionable teen crowds, lively cafes, and clubs. Upscale Cheongdam-dong is the neighbouring district. The hotel is close to the metro with fast access across the river. Expect 241 mod pastel-tone pale-wood rooms with open spaces, unfussy minimalism and pops of colour. Find an indoor 16m pool, spa, whirlpool, hot baths, sauna, several dining options, and meeting space. The lively Just Sleep Taipei Ximending (above right, www.justsleep.com.tw/ximending) has returned after a massive NT$100m makeover. Sited at the bustling intersection of Zhonghua Road and Hankou Street, the brand was part of the development of this hip quarter a decade back and was also the first of its line from Silks Hotel Group. Rooms are bright with dollops of cheery colour and practical touches. Park in a Superior room (with an innovative twin design) at a special rate of NT$2,900 (valid until 20 Dec 2019) and choose one exclusive offer. Breakfast is included in the reopening package.
Andaz Seoul Gangnam opens Just Sleep Taipei Ximending returns with a deal

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