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Vietnam yoga, HK staycations and a breezy Bhutan escape

Enjoy a yoga retreat on the Mekong delta, splash out on a staycation in Hong Kong or make your way to Bhutan when travel permits.

Azerai Can Tho, Vietnam, yoga retreat

Can do yoga in Can Tho, Vietnam


At the newish Azerai Can Tho (azerai.com/), 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.


At the swish The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (top left, www.mandarinoriental.com) a staycation 'Urban Escape' deal priced from HK$4,300 per night till 25 April with a "guaranteed" room upgrade, breakfast for two adults and one child, Le Petit Prince distractions for typhoon tykes, a "bespoke bathtub experience" (if you don't know how to turn on the tap), and a HK$500 dining or spa credit per day. Book a suite to get a HK&1,000 credit per day. Across the harbour in Kowloon, the boutique and whimsical The Luxe Manor (www.theluxemanor.com) serves up a 14-day 'Long-Stay Package' (perfect for that self quarantine?) at just HK$6,720 with welcome pastry, maid service twice a week, a 50 percent discount on breakfast, 30 percent on laundry and 25 percent on dining. The deal is valid till 31 May 2020.

Clean elegant lines of the Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

More than one night in Bangkok


On Bangkok's sleepy Lang Suan street just off Lumpini Park watch for the smart three hotel combine including the Thai-inspired Sindhorn Midtown Hotel (1 March 2020, www.sindhornmidtown.com/), the 280-room Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok (16 April 2020 now put back to later in the year, www.kempinski.com/bangkok/sindhorn) with Grand Deluxe rooms from 66sq m with elegantly rich (if understated) furnishings with a classic feel, and the InterContinental's new 362-key Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok (1 April 2020 soft opening with a bigger rollout 1 March now put back till October, www.kimptonmaalaibangkok.com/), a lifestyle boutique brand offshoot. The new Kempinski (above) will not masquerade as a Muscle MICE hotel, preferring smaller boardroom meets and CEO confabulations. The room design is painstakingly detailed with a focus on intimacy with slimline darkwood furniture, carpets, lampshades, and cream ottomans.

Landmark Mandarin Oriental HK Luxe Manor Hong Kong

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. In the Himalayan mountain kingdom, Six Senses Bhutan (www.sixsenses.com), has all its ducks in a row with the opening of its fifth and final lodge in Bumthang set amidst the pine forest near a "trout-filled stream." Bumthang and its four valleys sit on the corridor leading to the east of the dragon kingdom and come, as most parts of the country, accoutred in rich forests, green glades, and spiritual retreats with the scent of pine and burning juniper in the air.

Al Bait Sharjah arrival, vintage Mercedes Six Senses Bumthang - Bhutan escape

Opened 1 December 2019 to add a touch of Malaysian class is the Anantara Desaaru Coast Resort & Villas (www.anantara.com/en/desaru-coast) 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. Meanwhile the Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort (www.melia.com/) gets a breezy makeover from Chula Fashion in the form of chic Spanish inspired ao dais for female staff who cruise the lobby in demure catwalk style. Run by tourist-turned-entrepreneur Spanish couple Diego Cortizas and Laura Fontan since 2004, the company employs the disabled with a focus on zero waste.

Anantara Desaru Melia Ho Tram gets a style makeover with designer ao dais

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