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From spa deals in Muscat to Bali and luxury in Vietnam

Whisk your main squeeze to Muscat for a spa escape, cart your kids to Bali, or holiday in style in Vietnam if you can find your bed through all that steam.

Chedi Muscat spa experience

A sweaty Muscat luxury escape


At the elegant breezy palm-lined The Chedi Muscat (www.ghmhotels.com/muscat/), a bunch of spoiling spa escapes for you and your main squeeze from two to seven nights. Need a luxe escape? This could be the one. Think an 800sq m spa retreat with 13 private treatment suites and an array of amenities for stretching out and burning calories. A 'Two-day Escape' bundles a stay for three nights in a Chedi Club Suite, a specialist consultation, a two-hour 'Indulgent Oriental' or 'Nurturing Envelopment Ritual', plus a one-hour 'Rejuvenating Beauty Ritual' with a cooking class throw-in. Seems to cover all bases. The 'Six-day Escape' includes a room for seven nights. During the low season (till 19 September 2019), a two-day package is priced at US$3,186 rising high season to US$4,915). Six days high season cost US$11,443.


Korean Air's 14-a-week Busan-Osaka route ends 16 September along with Jeju-Narita and Jeju-Osaka 1 November 2019. The Japan-South Korea political sabre-rattling means Korean Air will refocus on Southeast Asia and China. A new daily run to Clark, Philippines, starts 27 October followed by four more weekly services Incheon-Chiang Mai and Incheon-Bali. And Incheon-Brisbane goes up to seven flights each week. Flights between Incheon and Beijing soar to 17 times weekly. From the luxe Mulia Resorts & Villas Nusa Dua, Bali (www.themulia.com/mulia-bali/) a 'Gourmet Getaway' deal for bookings until 20 December 2019. Bag what the hotel touts as a 'once-in-a-lifetime dining experience with a Michelin star award-winning chef' - at The Lounge, overlooking a mirror-smooth infinity pool. The deal is valid when purchasing a two-night stay at The Mulia over Fridays. The deal includes a special dinner experience at Apericena, and breakfasts at The Lounge – 'where guests can choose from French toasts to Fillet Mignon'.

Indian Hotels Company Limited - Chikmagalur plantation escape in India

Hills are alive with coffee aromas


From trail walks and jeep safaris to birding, golfing, white-water rafting and interactions with locals, an immersive experience amidst verdant coffee plantations in South India's Coorg and Chikmagalur from the Indian Hotels Company Limited in a collection called Ama Plantation Trails (www.amaplantationtrails.com/). Pick your heritage bungalow and get started getting to know the countryside with the help of people in the know. Also get to know a Crested Serpent Eagle, a Golden Back woodpecker, or a warbling koel perhaps. Take in temple visits at historic places like Belur and Halebeedu. In Chikmagalur, TATA Coffee's splendidly romantic Aribadacool Bungalow (above) awaits at 4,000ft above sea level. This is the birthplace of Arabica coffee in India. The project carries the Taj hotels stamp.

Korean Air cuts japan adds SE Asia and China flights Mulia Bali - blue vistas

From Banyan Tree Phuket (above left www.banyantree.com), a new batch of Serenity Pool Villas and Residences for the sybaritic crowd. Forget your bags but pack your wallet - you'll need it. These posh new villas set a new benchmark for luxurious living and are available from 1 November 2019. Dabble in golf, football if the feet are nimble and willing, and feel-good tree planting events. This long hot summer consider a Vietnam spa escape near the former Imperial Capital of Hue at the stunning Alba Wellness Valley (by Fusion resorts, albawellnessvalley.com/). "Wellness Voyages' serves up three packages by the group. Think wellness treatments, cooking, craft classes and more. A Deluxe Voyage (two nights) starts at US$659 for a couple, while a six-night Bungalow Voyage is at US$2,709 for two. Natural steaming hot springs loop lazily through grounds. Slow down and breathe in.

Three Bedroom Serenity Pool Residence at Banyan Tree Phuket Alba resort onsen near Hue - Vietnam spa escape

In Bali it's time for some 'chilled' and very pleasant non-sweaty summer fun at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud (www.ghmhotels.com/tanah-gajah) as cooler winds blow in from down under. Stay in a family villa and enjoy cooking classes, fishing, kite-flying and picnics with the 'Indulge in Style – Family Fun' deal. Take a three night break (minimum stay) and wrap it up with a private portrait with each family member dressed like a Balinese royal. For pedal-power freaks, from Spice Roads Cycling (www.spiceroads.com) an e-biking experience in Thailand during November 2019. Pick from the Bangkok-Phuket tour or the Chiang Mai-Bangkok option. For the scenic Chiang Mai to Bangkok run plan on a distance of 925km over 10 days of pedalling (aided by some power. Both runs are priced at US$2,200
Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Spice Roads launches an e-cycle tour Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 2019

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