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Vietnam pampering and some escapes from Bali to Japan

Historic Quy Nhon (Vietnam) gets a new feather in its cap and Bali announces some new brands. Also enjoy summer hikes and golf in Hokkaido.

New Maia Resort Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Garden Villa

Say 'My oh my' at Maia Quy Nhon


At the sparky new Maia Resort Quy Nhon (quynhon.maiaresorts.com/, 29 August 2020) with its spread of stylish garden villas with pools, travellers will find fresh pampering on offer, welcome news for depressing Covid times. A product from the Fusion Group, this retreat serves up 32 villas beachside, in a garden setting or private pool villas during the soft opening period wsith a special discount of 30% off on all villa categories. Set ony the sea in Central Vietnam, Quy Nhon's historic roots stretch back to the Champa period and later the Ming dynasty Admiral Zeng He made regular stops here on his great voyages. Expect rustic countryside with mountains, beaches, islands and marshes.


From Banyan Tree a brand new luxe bolthole opening 1 October 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. On the Island of the Gods, in Jimbaran is the new Raffles Bali (July 2020, www.raffles.com/bali/) a small luxury resort perched on the hillside with private pool villas (including two-bedroom escapes and a grand Presidential Villa). The resort offers a spa, a very generous pool that catches the rays and the views, and an excellent private beach that outclasses much of the competition. Bathrooms are generously proportioned and rooms have a rich but minimalist feel with sloping mat-weave roofs, patterned head walls, lazy woven-reed fans and pastel decor outlined by simple but elegant black lines like a cream Chanel coat with piping. It's very much contemporary colonial if you like.

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.

Banyan Tree Krabi Raffles Bali brings a new luxury vibe to Jimbaran

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. Or head to Pita Maha Ubud (www.pitamaha-bali.com/), Bali, where the group has a range of properties including the grand spa retreat Royal Pita Maha, ready to welcome guests as soon as travel returns. All Pita Maha resorts are full service and well positioned for access to Ubud's culture, art and food scene.

Al Bait Sharjah arrival, vintage Mercedes Pita Maha Ubud main pool

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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