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Only if you have
a Jen for travel

Hotel Jen Tanglin
At Shangri-La's Hotel Jen Tanglin till 30 June 2017, a Golden Circle member's rate of 20% off plus free WiFi and a Handy smartphone with international calls to 15 countries.

Brand blitz in Macau, 80% off

At The Venetian Macao from 11-14 May a Sands Mega Brand Sale of up to 80% off. Available 11am to 10pm with names like Armani, Bally, Michael Kors and much more.

Sofitel Foshan design kicks

Sofitel Foshan's Allegria Italian restaurant
The soaring 236m Sofitel Foshan (July 2017) , in Shunde, is smack next to the 200,000sq m Louvre International Furniture Exhibition Centre. This is an escape for furniture and design enthusiasts. Sleep in unique one-of-a-kind showrooms and get acquainted with Kung Fu and more. In the Sofitel mould, the hotel marries Parisian accents with Cantonese motifs.

Bangkok gets hands on

The Handy smartphone has arrived at Anantara Siam Bangkok with free calls to 10 countries and 4G messaging.

Seoul finally touches the sky

Signiel Hotel by Lotte
South Korea tosses up its tallest building yet, the 555m Lotte World Tower, Seoul, with the luxe Signiel Hotel by Lotte launching April 2017. In the tower, also find a huge mall, an aquarium, a movie theatre, concert hall, and panoramic observation deck.

No crystal ball in HK, but bus, yes

Hong Kong's restaurant's can be a moving experience, especially if you're on the Crystal Bus. Nibble on Michelin-star dishes as you tour the city and take in the sights.

Pattaya gets a luxe addition

Renaissance Pattaya

On 1 September, 2017, the new Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa throws open its doors in Na Jomtien district. The beachfront hotel will be kid friendly with pool villas and family suites. Pack your bucket and shovel.

  • 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/

  • Gaggan for gourmets in Tokyo

    Gaggan comes to the MO TokyoGourmets should make a beeline for Japan 15-17 June 2017 when Gaggan - voted one of Asia's finest restaurants - does a pop-up presentation for a select few at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Chef Gaggan Anand has been running his fusion Indian restaurant in Bangkok to high acclaim for a few years and this marks his first foray into Japan. MO has a package for two priced from Y135,000 in a Mandarin Grand room and Y215,000 in a Mandarin Suite. Guests get a one night stay with dinner at Gaggan for two, plus breakfast, if you still have space.

  • 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

  • Fun with a five-year-old in Bangkok

    Sofitel Bangkok SukhumvitTill 31 October, 2017, at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit a '5th Anniversary' deal in a luxe Club Millésime room from Bt5,500 per night. That's small beer for a fine business (or leisure) art hotel smack in the middle of town walking distance from a BTS SkyTrain station. Get daily breakfast, a special gift basket, access to the club lounge with its flowing refreshments and nibbles. Later enjoy some spoiling wellness treatments at Le SPA run by L'Occitane. www.accorhotels.com

  • Spa power in Vietnam, at a price

    Le Spa du Metropole, HanoiTill 31 October 2017, a 'Spa-Tacular Package' featuring five top Vietnamese luxury spa hotels priced at US$3,346 with breakfast and spa treatments for one person. Each participating hotel will serve up two one hour or 90-minute treatments as part of the package. At the 108-year-old Metropole Hanoi, its Le Spa is winning accolades by the month. In Ho Chi Minh City, The Reverie is a marble confection like no other. The deal is on offer on the Paradise Elegance cruise vessel (three hours from Hanoi), at The Anam, and at La Residence Hotel & Spa. The package involves 10 nights with two-night stays at each participating property. That's quite a feast. quintessentialcollectionvietnam.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

  • HK apartment romp not for limp wallets

    Landmark Mandarin HK Apartment SuiteTill 30 June, 2017 at the quietly lush and contemporary Landmark Mandarin Hong Kong, a stay in the new 1,500sq ft Apartment Suite designed by Joyce Wang, with a HK$5,000 credit for Amber Restaurant, the MO Bar or spa treatments, roundtrip airport transfers, breakfasts, complimentary minibar and bespoke bath experiences if you enjoy a luxurious soak. This apartment-style escape at HK$50,000 per night will hammer the wallet but you'll savour MO's signature service with brilliant shopping and dining all a short stroll away. www.mandarinoriental.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

  • 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$228 per night. 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 180-minute 'chocolate spa' aromatherapy massage, cooking and mixology classes and a romantic dinner. balibenoa.holidayinnresorts.com/

  • Bali luxe five nights bags a week

    Two Bedroom Villa at The Legian BaliAt The Legian Bali, a swish and hip playground in the happening area of Seminyak, a 'buy five nights and get a week' deal till 31 July, 2017. Book into a two-bedroom villa at The Club and get daily breakfasts, evening cocktails, and personalised butler service. The Club offers an enhanced experience close by the main hotel with its beachfront pools, spa and magnificent sunsets. lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali/

  • 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/

  • Who must get to Hue and why

    La Residence HueFrom the delightfully colonial and laid back La Residence Hue, Vietnam, a 'Memorable Family Getaway' till October 2017. This is for four persons including breakfast for all and with the added lure of 15 percent off on food and beverage as well as spa treatments. Kids get movies and access to a kids' club and the hotel will arrange adjoining rooms. The deal runs at US$270 per night. Don't be daunted by all the zeroes when looking at the Vietnamese dong value of VND5,940,000 per night. The former imperial city of Hue is slow paced and charming. The resort is on the banks of the river. la-residence-hue.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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