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No fake snow in Beijing, and fresh spa ideas for Vietnam

Shop till you drop in Hong Kong, indulge in diamond whitening facials in Shanghai, surf in the Maldives or head to Dubai.

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

Spa romp in Phu Quoc


Find it on your map. The island off the southern tip of Vietnam. The Fusion Resort Phu Quoc - spread out over 20 expansive hectares along prime beachfront - serves up 97 pool villas, all just 40 minutes from the airport. For the wellness inclined there's a 11,210sq m spa area with the latest potions and remedies and 20 double treatment rooms arrayed arround a tree packed pepper garden. Villas are spacious and light filled, with gardens and private pools. Feeling nibbly? There's Cantonese, Vietnamese and organic fare. The resort opened in June 2017. fusionresortphuquoc.com/


At the newly opened Travelodge Sukhumvit 11 (pool pictured above, www.travelodgehotels.asia) in Bangkok a launch special of just Bt1,199 per night for stays until 31 March 2018, and at the iconic far-from-the-madding-crowd Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 20 percent off on its 'Winter Breaks' deal until 31 March 2018. Yes the WiFi is free. So are the grand views over the lake. Cycle, jog, work, meet, it's a special outing and with the Great Wall within reach. www.kempinski.com
Travelodge Sukhumvit 11, Bangkok Winter breaks at Sunrise Kempinski Beijing at Yanqi Lake

 

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Brief

A really tall
tale in Hanoi

InterCon Hanoi Landmark72

The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, finally opened after a few years' delay as Vietnam's tallest hotel with 3,000sq m of function space for MICE and more.

Now Cathay
gets the point

Responding to passenger ire, Cathay Pacific is making elusive Marco Polo points easier from 8 Dec 2017. Additionally, it says, "Our Green members can now maintain and renew their status with just 20 club points within a membership year, rather than the 100 club points that used to be required."

USA flights security upped

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific has stopped city check-in for US-bound flights and asks passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before the flight for pre-screening checks and interviews. Other airlines are following suit around Asia.

Ayana heads
to Komodo

Ayana's Komodo escape for 2018

The Ayana Komodo Resort hopes to launch by summer of 2018 with 12 suites and 189 rooms bringing you closer to Indonesia's 'dragons'..

VietJet wings it
to Cambodia

VietJet - next Phnom Penh
VietJet linked Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from 24 Nov 2017 with inaugural fares from just US$9 for the 45-minute flight.

S'pore formula
for success?

Singapore confirms it will continue to host the popular F1 night race till 2021. The event runs in conjunction with live concerts by international groups.

ROOM PACKAGES

  • Hong Kong shopper spree

    JW Marriott HK Harbour View SuiteTill 31 March 2018 at the JW Marriott Hong Kong, a luxe shopper mad 'Stay and Shop Package with Harvey Nichols' featuring suite or executive room stays starting at HK$3,200 per night (HK$4,900 for a suite). Guests will get a Harvey Nichols VIP pass offering a 10 percent discount on purchases below HK$10,000 and 15 percent off if you cross that magic number. The JW is located at the elegant Pacific Place mall at Admiralty, one stop from Central Business District. www.marriott.com

  • How to stay longer in Seminyak

    L Hotel SeminyakAt the luxe L Hotel Seminyak, Bali, a 'Stay 4 Pay 3' deal with breakfast for two, a one-way airport pick-up, one hour Balinese signature massage, WiFi, Seminyak shuttle service and round-the-clock butlers. Seminyak is the hip and happening strip on the west coast of Bali about 70km from Mt Gunung Agung. This is the area for fine dining and nightclubs. thelhotels.com/

  • Macau grab bag with Soda Panda

    Sheraton Macao stay with Soda Panda vibesAt the Sheraton Grand Macao bag the 'Uniquely Macao Winter Package' before 15 February 2018 to get an exclusive Soda Panda shopping bag by Macau Creations and almond delights from the celebrated Choi Heong Yuen. But that's not all. An outlay of HK$1,288 serves up a Deluxe with kingsize bed, breakfast for two (or lunch) , one-way Cotai Water Jet tickets for a couple or an HK$200 credit for inhouse dining. www.sheratongrandmacao.com/

  • Grab some more on Samui

    Mantra SamuiOn the lazy, sometimes idyllic, island of Samui, a new wellness escape with organic homegrown botanical blends and aromas. Newlook rustic chic Mantra Samui Resort has contemporary lines with breezy views and a 'Mantra for Mantra' deal at its Jai Spa. Till 31 March 2018 starting at Bt19,680 (roughly US$600) bag three nights for two with private meditation classes, yoga, two wellness treatments each day for a couple, breakfast and healthy meals. Grab some more on Samui. mantrasamui.com/

  • How not to be cowed by Bali

    Freshly raked sands at InterCon BaliAt the sprawling mega-escape InterContinental Bali Resort, an eco-friendly touch with a twist. Long a green advocate, the resort has brought this philosophy to the broad swathe of sand fronting the hotel with the beach now regularly raked at day-break by Balinese cows pulling their specially designed ploughs. They are part of a family of nine bovine assistants. Get in with nature the old fashioned way. More reliable than planes, we say. bali.intercontinental.com/

  • Bali romance with chocolate spa

    Holiday Inn Resort Bali BenoaAt the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, a 'Retreat to Romance' deal for three nights starting from US$135 per night valid until 31 December 2017. Think airport transfers, an ocean view room, welcome flower garlands, chocolates and sparkling wine and breakfast in bed if you're feeling lazy. Enjoy a Balinese massage, romantic dinner, chocolate strawberries, welcome wine, and rose petals strewn on your bed. Sound nice? balibenoa.holidayinnresorts.com/

  • Bag the heart of KL at 30 percent off

    New look Dorsett KL roomsAt the completely refurbished 322-room Dorsett Kuala Lumpur (returning after a lengthy RM40m facelift) smack in the heart of downtown, a 30 percent off on the best available rate till end December 2017. The rooms are bright and functional with WiFi and flatscreen TVs and there is meeting space for up to 200 persons. You'll need to book directly with the hotel to avail of this offer. www.dorsetthotels.com/

  • Beijing: smog-free indoor camping

    Sunrise KempinskiAt the iconic Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing, overlooking a scenic lake 40 minutes from town camping with a difference. At Rmb3,491 bag a one stay in a Deluxe Lake View Suite with breakfast for two adults and one child plus indoor camping gear including a tent with a star shadow lamp to make things real. Enjoy sleeping bags, storybook for children, and a kids' club ticket per night. Reservations must be made one day in advance. It's one way to beat the pollution. www.kempinski.com

  • Lead a balanced life in Singapore

    Fullerton Hotel SingaporeAt the venerable Doric-column Fullerton Hotel Singapore and Fullerton Bay a 'Wellness Journey' starting with healthy savoury bites ranging from gluten-free tea sets and salad buffets to Chinese treats and leading on to spa treatments and a wellness experience followed by yoga, a splash in a 25m pool and exploring the hotel's heritage district on a Segway or an e-scooter if you doubt your sense of balance in a two-wheel gyroscope device. All goes to prove Fullerton is not just a suits' getaway.  www.fullertonhotels.com

  • Holiday on the rails in Hong Kong

    Lanson Place HKThe stately Lanson Place Hotel Hong Kong in Causeway Bay at a remote edge of the shopper carnival has teamed up with Hong Kong Tramways to offer a 'TramOramic Hong Kong' stay with a one hour sightseeing tour on one of the city's historic groaning trundling wood-and-steel monsters that amble on rails through the better part of Hong Kong island's harbourfront and through diverse cultural districts. Get to stay in stylish rooms and bag a free pass for two days on the tram network. hongkong.lansonplace.com/

  • Bali turns on imperial style for meets

    InterContinental Bali Imperial Villa for meetsPlanning an exclusive meeting or CEO chinwag for about 40 guests or less? Look no further than the private Imperial Villa at the InterContinental Bali Resort where a specially calibrated 'New Executive Meeting Package' is on offer with AV equipment, support staff and even a private swimming pool should you need to cool down after a particularly hot session. You'll need a minimum 15 guests with a stay of three nights in a revamped Singaraja room. The wallet will be dented a modest US$14,000 and you get a dinner, a cocktail and a Balinese welcome. bali.intercontinental.com/

  • Buy out this Bali rice fields retreat

    Opposite House BeijingWhy not really splash out for your birthday or special occasion and rent out a whole resort? Not some giant cinderblock, but a boutique 20 suite and villa retreat nestling in verdant paddy fields in Ubud, Bali. Yes, you can buy out The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah for just US$7,500 per night with resort credit up to 10 percent of the rooms' value. You'll need to book a minimum two nights (three nights during the high season) to have this delightful rustic playground all to yourself. www.ghmhotels.com

  • Bag a RIMOWA with a Bangkok stay

    New look Mandarin Oriental BangkokStay at the rejuvenated classic Mandarin Oriental Bangkok that has just completed a top-to-toe remake of its Authors’ and Garden Wing, and leave with a luxury RIMOWA suitcase. Try out the 'RIMOWA x Mandarin Oriental Bangkok' deal celebrating the hotel's 140th at Bt39,140 per night for a minimum of two nights. Enjoy afternoon tea and other goodies along with a limited edition bit of premium luggage. The offer is available till end December 2017. www.mandarinoriental.com

  • Who's for Hua Hin?

    Hua Hin MarriottFrom Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa, an ongoing 'Sublime Spa Experiences' deal for city slickers in search of some sun and spa distraction. The deal starts from Bt6,800 a night in a Superior with a one-hour massage (or pick aromatherapy) for two at the soothing, well equipped Quan Spa. You get the whole works each day. As an additional carrot, there's a 20 percent discount on all rubdowns and treatments plus the civility of complimentary breakfasts. www.marriott.com

  • Saying 'I do" in Sanya

    Shanhaitian SanyaAt the Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, a new escape from Marriott's Autograph Collection for dreamy-eyed lovers in need of a destination wedding escape. Priced at Rmb29,999, the 'Unlimited Love at Autograph' offers romancers an exchange of vows at the alfresco poolside venue. The T-shaped area offers the added lure of big sunsets and space for lavish functions with that breezy ocean backdrop. There's two-nights' accommodation at an Autograph Suite, 60 minute spa treatment, candlelit dinner with wine and engraved bathrobes. www.marriott.com

  • In Tokyo, the beat of your own drum

    Taiko drumming lessons with Palace Hotel Tokyo dealCelebrating its fifth anniversary the swish Palace Hotel Tokyo overlooking the Imperial Palace grounds and moat in the heart of town has rolled out its 'Celebrating Tokyo' deal. Expect a complete sensory experience with five glorious nights in a deluxe room with its own private balcony, tickets to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, massage treatments, aroma reed diffuser, fancy dinner, 'taiko' drumming lesson, and homemade chocolate. This includes breakfasts and club lounge access for two. The package is available from 1 June to 18 December 2017 priced at Y785,000. en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

  • HK: get your head in the right place

    Head treatment at the Chuan spa Langham HKAt the Langham Hong Kong a 'Chuan Retreat' starting at HK$5,000 with a raft of wellness pampering. Park in a one bedroom suite, and pick up a Chuan Signature Balancing or Chuan Harmony body massage for two in the all new 604sq m Chuan Body + Soul. The wellness treatment is valued at HK$1,960. Guests stretching their feet at this Kowloon property close to shopping and transport also gain access to the The Langham Club lounge with its nibbles and refreshments. Internet is complimentary, of course. www.langhamhotels.com

  • Taipei sights are a whiz year-round

    Aloft BeitouTill 29 December, 2017, at the hip and upbeat Aloft Taipei Beitou, a "Travel like a local" deal with a visit to 10 popular destinations in day. These include Longshan Temple, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Lin An Tai Historical House, The Grand Hotel, Beitou Hot Spring Area, the National Palace Museum, and the buzzing Shilin Night Market. Priced at NT$9,300 for one person or NT$12,000 for two, the deal includes free WiFi and breakfast. www.alofttaipeibeitou.com/

  • Once in a baby moon in Phuket

    Banyan Tree PhuketAt the swish villa resort Banyan Tree Phuket, a Babymoon package for couples expecting - not just planning - a child. Presumably with a baby bump to show, pick up a two-night escape from Bt44,500 and up in a Pool Villa with breakfast for a couple. The deal offers in-villa barbeques, goodie-bags, and special discounts. Think chocolates for her and a cigar or cognac for him. But that's not all. Couples also bag a Bt2,000 gift voucher for the shopping boutique. www.banyantree.com

  • Big Phuket karst country splash

    Trisara PhuketAt the secluded and chic villa hideaway Trisara, Phuket, dig deep into your wallet for a US$3,350 deal per night for six, parked in a plush Two Bedroom Villa for three nights. This is part of the hotel's 'Private Land-And-Sea Chartered Experience' involving a helicopter flight over Phang Nga Bay and its karst limestone outcrops, private yacht cruise with a stop at a deserted beach for a quick "I do", in-villa barbeques, and a recount of it all in digital format. Edit the footage yourself. trisara.com/

  • Why seven is for lovers in the Maldives

    Six Senses Laamu, MaldivesAt the Six Senses Laamu Maldives a 'Discover Laamu' package for four or seven nights with snorkelling, island experiences and cooking classes to savour the Maldivian way of life. The seven-night deal also tosses in a private 'cinema under the stars' movie screening, dolphin cruise and picnic lunch on a deserted island. And if this doesn't float your boat, there's a special cocktail too on a private sandbank. You can't get more secluded than that. No, your boss won't find you. Rates from US$642 and US$1,097 depending on nights, for two persons. www.sixsenses.com

  • Bali island-hopping twin treat

    Legian Bali, stunning poolThe Legian Bali and the Nihiwatu Resort Sumba come together to offer the best of Indonesia with a minimum two nights at The Legian Bali (in the hip and happening Seminyak district) and three nights at Nihiwatu. The five nights must run consecutively. At The Legian get an upgrade to a One Bedroom Deluxe Suite with airport transfers and get upgrades and transfers on Sumba too. Some blackout dates will apply like from 16 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.

  • Flower shower through the year

    Banyan Tree romance, Angsana Ihuru MaldivesBanyan Tree and SilkAir have teamed up for an extended Valentine's romance push with a series of specially priced packages covering the group's resorts in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Maldives at 10 percent off the best available room rate, 20 percent off spa deals, and 20 percent off on golf. The deal is valid till 31 December 2017. Why limit the love to just one day in Feb when you can toss flowers and get some wellness treatments in the bargain through the year? www.silkair.com

  • What's new in the world of suites?

    New World Millennium HKAt the New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel with its great views over the East TST harbourfront, a 50 percent off 'Suite Stay' offer till 31 December, 2017. Get complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments in the Residence Club, a free Handy Phone with unlimited calls to various countries (including local dials), free minibar soft drinks, and deep discounts on laundry, restaurants and the business centre. newworldmillenniumhotel.com

  • Smoked duck and Vespas in Saigon

    Reverie Saigon cruiseFrom the luxe Reverie Saigon a 'Cruising Saigon' deal with an evening sunset speedboat cruise, a picnic served by a Reverie butler - think smoked duck sandwiches, cherry compote and lip-smacking Vietnamese banh mi. Also try 'Saigon after Dark' with a glorious scamper through the city's food stalls, including Chinatown, on a Vespa. Don't worry, you won't be driving. The deals start at US$1,152 for a minimum three-night stay. Also bag breakfasts and roundtrip airport transfers in a gleaming Mercedes-Benz S-class or a muscle BMW7 series. www.thereveriesaigon.com/

  • What's the alm in Chiang Mai?

    Sireeampan Chiang MaiAt the chic Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai, a 'Family Holiday' deal at Bt58,720 for four. This bags you a Thai dinner, a two night stay, spa treatment, a Chiang Mai tour and a crack at local cooking if spice is your things. The resort is 15 minutes from the airport. A bit of everything for everybody. If you feel this 45 percent off deal is far too decent, you could opt to hand out alms each morning to meditative monks and make 'merit'. Or check out the 'Girlfriends' Getaway' package at Bt39,900 for two. sireeampan.com/

  • How to stay cool in Danang

    Furama DanangThe sprawling, breezy, sea-fronting Furama Danang would like you to 'Be Cool on a Danang Beach' with a two-night stay starting at VND10,097,000. This frightening array of zeroes translates roughly to a not-too-pinching US$450 for a couple. It includes daily breakfast for two, a complimentary bus transfer to and from the airport, complimentary shuttles daily to Hoi An, the old silk town, tai-chi class in the morning, and even a 1,150,000 Vietnamese dong credit for F&B. There may be a peak period surcharge so do check and, of course, the WiFi is free. Now dive into the 'pho' noodle soup, or catch some rays on China Beach. www.furamavietnam.com/

  • Santa arrives by boat in the rain, dear

    Four Seasons Sayan BaliWith the 'Festive Special' up in the green hills of Ubud, Bali, the Four Seasons Sayan offers discerning travellers 30 percent off on regular rates for Suites and Villas. It's ho ho ho all the way this Christmas. The hotel specialises in wellness menus and will also serve up a whirl of distractions like 'Family AntiGravity Yoga' and New Year’s meditation in rice fields at Dharma Shanti Bale. Also expect a 'star-gazing dinner at the rooftop Lotus Pond'. The hotel has catered for minor things too - with kids entertained by Santa's river arrival and magic shows. www.fourseasons.com/sayan/

  • Presidential style in Hong Kong

    Four Seasons HK Presidential SuiteFor the ultimate getaway why not explore the 'Ultimate Suite Dream' at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which offers an all-in smorgasbord of upscale pampering in its Presidential Suite. If your wallet is supple enough to strrrretch, for HK$139,000 per night (plus 10 percent service charge and a minimum two-night stay) you get to dawdle in decadent roomy luxury with grand views, unlimited spa treatments, airport roundtrip transfers, 24-hour butler, and a decent amount of complimentary quality nosh with drinks. Dip into three-Michelin-star Lung King Heen for delicate dim-sums or two star Caprice for French. press.fourseasons.com/hongkong/

  • All in good taste at Seminyak

    The Legian BaliIf you're headed to Bali and are in the mood for some fun and exploration, nothing better than the 'Art & Taste' deal at The Legian Bali, a quintessential hipster hangout with tasteful surrounds, a sun-drenched seaside pool and, for sign-ups, a special dinner as well as a visit to the breezy Ubud-based John Hardy workshop and showroom with its craftsmen and designer showpieces. The Ubud tour runs around eight hours, a generous slice of the rice-field landscape included. A three-night deal in a Studio Suite may start at around US$1,490 depending on season and offer. lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali/

  • Vitamin D and team building in Phuket

    The Slate PhuketUp north along the west coast of Phuket at Nai Yang is The Slate (formerly Indigo Pearl, www.theslatephuket.com/), a tin-mine theme resort with acres of space and attitude. Take for example, collaborative meetings and brainstorming sessions kicked off by a blessing from a Buddhist monk, yoga, and brain-food meals prepared by an inhouse nutritionist. Hard to beat. Check their imaginative meeting packages to see the latest offers. With the MICE Wellness deal at US$200 per night for a minimum three nights with 10 rooms booked, expect airport transfers, three healthy meals a day, yoga, meditation, workouts, Thai boxing, archery, and jogs, and even Thai cooking.

  • Why its so rewarding to meet in KL

    Grand Hyatt KLAt the award winning and centrally located Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, the more rooms you book for company meetings, the more rewards you bag. Meeting planners can look to earn double Hyatt Gold Passport rewards and more. For 10 to 20 rooms per night, earn two rewards, and for 21 to 50 rooms, pick three rewards. Options include 10 percent off meetings, one free room for every 30 confirmed, a one hour treatment at the spa, a dinner voucher for four, or a VIP Club Room upgrade. Take your pick. kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com

  • Chiang Mai photo opp with luxe trim

    akyra MANOR Chiang Mai Deluxe SuiteUp in the relative cool of Northern Thailand, the akyra MANOR Chiang Mai serves up an unusually inviting photo-tour with a pinch of sightseeing. The 'Behind the Lens' deal involves three days and two nights in a 60sq m Deluxe Suite at Bt27,307 for a couple, with breakfast, a temple-and-markets tour with professional photographer Kevin Landwer-Johan, and set dinner. www.theakyra.com

  • Sri Lanka in style - with turtles

    Taj Bentota, Sri LankaAt the Vivanta by Taj, Bentota, Sri Lanka, a 'Pay 3 Stay 4' deal. Expect early check-in, late checkout, and complimentary treats. This is a summer promotion so check it all out quickly. In this picturesque region explore the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project, drive out to see historic Galle Fort or enjoy a romantic private seafront dinner at the hotel itself. vivanta.tajhotels.com

  • Tokyo, but only for the discerning

    Palace Hotel TokyoFrom the swish Palace Hotel Tokyo overlooking the Imperial Palace moat and cherry trees, a 'Discerning Tokyo' experience with a two-night stay from Y230,000 in a Club Grand Deluxe. Also pick up an eight-course signature lunch from an award winning chef, a Y10,000 credit for the bar, and a three-hour cultural tour tailored to match each guest's needs. It's called the 'Astute Aesthetes' tour. This highly regarded luxe hotel for business travellers and weekend trippers is a 10-minute stroll from Tokyo Station. en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

  • How to hug a teddy bear in HK

    Cosmopolitan Hong KongAt the Cosmopolitan Hong Kong, a 'Fantastic 「4」 Family – 25% OFF' deal with a 25 percent discount on the best available rate, teddy bears for kids, snack boxes, and special amenities for children including baby care products and a storybook library for mobiles. Pick a roomy Family Room that accommodates four and get free breakfast for the entire brood and complimentary babysitting service for two hours (subject to availability).

  • Boracay spa discounts for partygoers

    District BoracayThe District Boracay, a stylish and contemporary retreat on the party island promises not only the best rates on direct bookings but also a 40 persent off on spa treatments for earlybirds. This hip hideaway has frequent offers running through the year so keep an eye on them and check in from time to time whenever party fever strikes. www.thedistrictboracay.com/

  • Bali getaway for hyperactive couples

    Banyan Tree UngasanAt Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali, a luxe getaway for the hyperactive - think surfing Bali style at Uluwatu, one of the sports' surf-junkie havens, a volcano ascent to over 1,700m with stunning surise views if the Island of the Gods is in a kind view and the weather permits, spa treatments, and local cooking experiences. Quite a heady - and active - mix for the right sort of adrenaline seekers in a very secluded luxury villa estate with cliff-top sunset views and sweeping panoramas. www.banyantree.com/en

  • Why you'll be all smiles in Bali

    Villa Kubu Hollywood smilesTeaming up with ARC Dental Clinic, the Villa Kubu Boutique Hotel & Spa, Seminyak, Bali, has geared up to deliver guests a genuine Hollywood smile with a full set of gleaming pearlies. Grab nine nights in a spoiling luxury villa with 20 porcelain crowns - or veneer restorations - that you can flash at leisure from Singapore to Tokyo. Yes, you can pick a two or seven-night package if you wish but why interrupt those flashing white teeth? A three-day and two-night deal starts at US$780 for a Deluxe one-bedroom pool villa, with airport and clinic transfers, plust 'dental consultation, digital panoramic X-ray, professional cleaning, bleaching and whitening (for one person)'. www.villakubu.com/

  • Shanghai deal with all toppings

    Party at The Ritz PudongAt the swish Ritz-Carlton Pudong a three-night 'This is Shanghai' package' for intrepid city explorers with a few bucks to spare. At US$5,880 for a three-night double occupancy this will pinch your wallet a bit but not unduly, and it does include some exceptional extras like a two-day city tour including to the storied and characterful Zhujiajiao water village. You get a personal chauffeur, a photographer, a posh Chinese meal, a rooftop tai-chi lesson and a private yacht party. What more could you ask for? www.ritzcarlton.com

  • Minor details a major plus in Thailand

    Family-friendly Aleenta PhuketWith the delightfully spirited Anchalika Kijkanakorn at the helm of the AKARYN Hotel Group, it is perhaps unsurprising that Aleenta (the group's flag bearer) is focused a great deal on the comfort and wellbeing of families with kids. Check out its 'Family First' deals at Aleenta Phuket and Aleenta Hua Hin. Bag a seven-night retreat at Hua Hin from Bt69,611 (Phuket is at Bt84,000) for two grown ups and two kids, with breakfast, complimentary meals for children under six, a kids' concierge, any amount of babysitting, high chairs, baby cots... you get the picture. Ms Kijkanakorn means business when it comes to kids. She should know. She has her own to deal with. www.aleenta.com/

  • Macau kids go wild - in your room

    Ritz-Carlton MacauHelping build your kids' adventuresome spirit is 'The Ritz Kids Night Safari' at the luxe marble-slathered Ritz-Carlton Macau. While parents indulge in an ESPA escape or a smidgen of romance unencumbered by ankle-biters, children can indulge in a world of fantasy designed by oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau. Typhoon tykes will set up camp, indoors of course, in a Ritz suite equipped with a roomy tent. No grit and grime here. Expect soft duvets and fluffy pillows. And they'll pick up a certificate later. There's chocolates and afternoon tea too for two adults and two kids. The adults get club access too. Priced at MOP4,398 up for two adults and two children. www.ritzcarlton.com/

  • Indian tiger lodge for roaring meetings

    Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur LodgeCEOs in the mood for some tiger stalking instead of chasing tails at the office, should get the Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur Lodge in their sights. Built by the Jaipur royal family in 1930 for their use during hunting trips to Ranthambhore, the lodge is an art deco delight with 36 rooms and acres of green for all manner of functions and meets. Special rates are on offer for small conferences with the added lure of a talk by a naturalist, a visit to the tiger reserve, and a maharajah tent if you so wish. You get picked up from the railway station, an overnight rattle from New Delhi. www.vivantabytaj.com/sawai-madhopur

  • Win the heart of Wanchai in 21 days

    Eaton House Serviced ApartmentIn bustling Wanchai in the heart of Hong Kong, a '21 Day Advance Purchase Privilege' for daily stays at the Eaton House Serviced Apartment. Book through the official website to get 25 percent off plus a HK$100 Starbucks credit for a quick wake-up cup of Joe. Personal butlers are on hand too. The Wanchai Gap location is in a busy local neighbourhood a short walk from the MTR. Best of all, you can hike up the hill for green walks and city views. www.eatonhouse.com

  • A grand way to tour Incheon

    Grand Hyatt IncheonAt the rebranded Grand Hyatt Incheon, an ‘Explore Package’ throwing open the secrets of this South Korean town. Get a welcome drink, a stay and a tour with a 3pm late checkout. There's a free shuttle bus to the airport terminal so there's no hurry to depart. Pick from a temple tour, or a city tour. The temple tour may include the Incheon Metropolitan City Museum while the city tour throws in visits to traditional houses in Wolmi Park. Priced at W274,000 per person, this is a good little deal for a post-Seoul romp. incheon.grand.hyatt.com

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