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From coffee in Coorg to kite flying in Bali's secluded Ubud

Live like a coffee planter in South India, cart your family off to Bali, shop in Hong Kong or Taipei, and cycle through Thailand. Or wait for the new Hyatt Centric HK.

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.


Whether you're in need of 'bespoke meanswear' or 'vintage treasures' Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (above left, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong) has it covered. Just in case... the hotel also offers personalised tours (by stylist and shopping guru Carla Snajder of CARLA Personal Styling) for 'trendy designs' and sophisticated jewellery'. Expect everything from blingy Crazy Rich Asians to cutting edge designer fashion. The personal guide costs HK$750 per hour and a B&B rate at Mandarin is from HK$4,480 per night. From Gloria Group Taiwan a 'Gloria Outlets Shopping Fun' deal in Taipei where you might stay at the wonderfully elegant Hotel Proverbs (above right, NT$8,399 per night), the whimsical Hotel Quote (NT$5,139 per night), or Gloria Prince Hotel with a complimentary one-time entry to the Jut Art Museum and a 'VIP gift' from Gloria Outlets. Book through the hotel website. Tax and service fees inclusive.

Summer fun at Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud

Bali's shades of summer green


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 rustling the rice paddy fields and the brushing the stone Ganesha statues scattered across this splendid retreat. The Chedi Club appears to float over the green fields with Mt Gunung Agung as a distant backdrop. 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.

Mandarin Oriental HK shopping spree with a guide Hotel Proverbs Taipei and a spot of shopping

The 665-room Hotel VIC on the eastern Hong Kong harbourfront is undergoing a quiet pummelling and rework to rebrand as the Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong (above left). The new hotel, one of the first for Asia (Tokyo has one), flies its flag late 2019 under the new marque. The hotel remains open. Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo opened last year. The Andre Fu design turns the harbor-view rooms into socially connected spaces with Hirsch Bedner touches across two towers. Expect a specialty restaurant and bar, bakery, gym, and an outdoor swimming pool on the roof. The property is part of a large integrated development rolling together hotel, shopping, serviced apartments, luxe digs and a promenade. Till 1 October, 2019, at the spoiling pool villa hideaway Fusion Resort Phu Quoc (fusionresorts.com), Vietnam, a US$235 per night deal with breakfast while the luxe Banyan Tree Lang Co (www.banyantree.com/) celebrates the group's 25th anniversary with 25 percent off till 18 December, 2019. It's time for Vietnam.

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Fusion Phu Quoc pool villa deal

In bustling Shenzhen right across the Hong Kong border, a “Love Art at The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen” package offers guests special access to the Artron Art Center and its rather striking and colourful book wall (above left) - believed to be the biggest anywhere - that contains rarely seen art and exotic literature. The deal is priced at Rmb2,488 (per room per night). Think luxe Junior Suite at your disposal with extras like club lounge access, guided tour of the Artron Art Center, Rmb500 daily credit for books or dining. Till 31 Dec 2019. 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
Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen art offer Spice Roads launches an e-cycle tour Chiang Mai to Bangkok in 2019

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