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Marriott muscle, world's biggest

Marriott completed its US$13bn acquisition of Starwood on 23 September 2016 to become the world’s largest hotel company with 30 brands, 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms (166,000 of these in Asia-Pacific). The behemoth yearly serves 8.7 million burgers and 1.6 million sandwiches and uses up 116 million ounces of shampoo and 84 million toilet rolls. What does it mean for travellers.

Nagaland for India glamping

TUTC Luxe Camp Nagaland

The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC) moves its luxury tents from Ladakh to Kohima, Nagaland in Eastern India with WiFi, electricity and fulltime paramedics.

VietJet links HK with Saigon

Budget airline VietJet Air launches its daily HK-Ho Chi Minh City service on 9 December, 2016. A price boon for all travellers.

Free arrival in
a seaplane

Angsana Velavaru Maldives

Now a couple can fly free in a seaplane to Angsana Velavaru from Male airport, whenever they book a minimum of four nights until 30 November 2016.

Stay longer, save more in Bangkok

Till 15 Dec 2016 if you stay at the Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 for a minimum three nights you can pick up a 25 percent discount.

Xiamen Airlines
to Seattle

Xiamen Airlines launched a ground-breaking thrice-weekly service Shenzhen to Seattle on 26 Sep 2016.

Summer sunrise
in Beijing

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing

Lots of special deals are on this summer at the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing & Yanqi Island, from early bookings to family escapes, many till 31 December, 2016.

Cathay extra 10kg all classes

Cathay Pacific has tossed out its weight manual and offered all passengers an extra 10kg on all classes from 15 September 2016. Bag some extra kilos.

Foxy theme for Best Western

The Best Western Premier Genting Ion Delemen will open later in 2016 with rooms ranging from studios to larger three-bedroom suites. In the pipeline are malls and a 20th Century Fox theme park.

How to get on track in India

Deccan Odyssey train journeys in India
The award-winning Deccan Odyssey Indian train tour operated by Cox & Kings is offering a royal 25 percent discount for a companion fare for tours from 1 October 2016.

HK Express to
Chiang Rai

Hong Kong budget airline HK Express launches two flights a week HK to Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand from 25 November 2016.

  • Deals to watch in Hong Kong

    Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, Hong Kong serves up two new packages to watch in association with Piaget, the Swiss watchmaker and jeweller. The 'Piaget Rose Package' starting at HK$9,888 offers a night in a Harbour View Room with a great view and the added distraction of a Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K gold, scented candle, exclusive nibbles, breakfast, welcome champagne and high speed Internet for up to six devices - though you may have your hands full counting the carats. The 'Suite Package' starts at HK$20,888. Both deals are valid until 30 December 2016. www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong

  • Perky Phuket deal sans bubbles

    Aleenta PhuketTill 20 December 2016 an 'All you can Dream' deal at Allenta Phuket Phang Nga from Bt6,500 per day alcohol inclusive' but without champagne, or without alcohol at Bt5,000 per person per day. Get three meals per day, drinks and a minibar replenished daily. Later try the Ayurah Spa and Wellness Centre for a limber up and stretch or a massage rubdown. Aleenta is a fun hotel that caters for romantics and families and manages to pull it off with panache.

  • 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/

  • In Macau, a ferry tale come true

    Ritz Macau SuiteTill 30 November 2016 at the sprawling JW Marriott Hotel Macau a 'Stay the Way You Like' deal for a Deluxe (MOP1,687) with a pick of two complimentary options from a list of four at an extra MOP109 per night. Choose from one way economy ferry tickets for two from Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong, daily breakfast for two, upgrade to Premier room , or an afternoon tea set for two. And at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau an 'Elevate Your Stay' deal in a Premier Suite (MOP1,887) with three throw-ins (at MOP200 per room per night) - ferry tickets, breakfast and afternoon tea for two. www.ritzcarlton.com

  • 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 starts at US$1,485. 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 families are heading to Bali

    Grand Nikko BaliAt the Grand Nikko Bali - where stunning cliff-edge views and sunsets await - a special 'Family Package' from Rp2,050,000 per night (minimum of two nights) to bag daily breakfasts, a room upgrade, one-way airport transfer, 10 percent off on food and drinks, welcome gift for kids and discounts at the spa. There is a 21 percent service charge and government tax but this re-invented playground is worth a look-see. Also check out the 'Grand Promo for Villas' with a 25 percent discount on One-Bedroom Villas for a four-night escape with all-day butlers and some free laundry tossed in. www.grandnikkobali.com/

  • 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

  • Bangkok 20th anniversary bash

    Serenity Club room at Banyan Tree BangkokAt the soaring Banyan Tree Bangkok with breathtaking views in all directions, a 'Sense of Celebration - 20th Anniversary Package' - till 31 October, 2016. Check into a Serenity Club room at Bt8,896 with club benefits, a 90 minute massage session, one-way airport transfer, a bottle of wine and cocktails at the rooftop Vertigo TOO. Move up to a one bedroom suite for an extra Bt1,000. A wedding document needed to avail of all these goodies. This is an excellent spa hotel on Sathorn Road with grand views. Not close to a BTS station. Minimum stay two nights. www.banyantree.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

  • A touch of romance in Hong Kong

    Hyatt Regency Hong KongAt the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui a Romance Package till 31 December 2016 at HK$4,450 per night with a bottle of chilled Champagne and chocolate coated strawberries, a set dinner for two (Hugo's fine dining or Chinese), room service breakfasts and a bouquet of flowers to really underline it all. And yes there's a late checkout till 3pm. The hotel is smack in the heart of Kowloon shopping with fine views from higher floor rooms. hongkong.tsimshatsui.hyatt.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

  • Summer start with art in Beijing

    Opposite House BeijingAt the designer chic, minimalist Opposite House Beijing, a 'Summer in the Capital' deal at Rmb3,000 for a Studio 70 or Rmb6,50 for a Studio 95. Get a city drop off - perhaps to the 798 Art District, or explore the street food at Wangfujing - daily breakfast for two, complimentary use of stylish e-bikes or the hotel's bamboo bicycles to explore Sanlitun, complimentary mini-bar, 500 Asia Miles and flexible check-in and check-out. The offer is valid for stays of two consecutive nights and city drop-offs will need to be within a range of 10km from the hotel. www.theoppositehouse.com

  • BKK hideaway for 'staycation' escape

    Silver Palm Rama 9 BangkokWalking distance from the in-town HuaMak Airport Rail Link, the new Silver Palm Rama 9 is serving up a 'Staycation' for couples until 30 October 2016. Priced at Bt5,200, the deal offers three nights, two breakfasts, one set lunch and one dinner for two, and roundtrip transfers to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Silver Palm is a 89-room modern urban resort with a residential feel, free WiFi, and F&B flourishes. It is close to the highway about halfway into Bangkok from the international airport. www.thesilverpalm.com/

  • Three's the magic number in Saigon

    The Reverie SaigonAt The Reverie Saigon, a luxe marble slathered 'Haute Ho Chi Minh' deal combining a three night stay with a three-hour shopping experience and three signature spa treatments. The wellness workouts include Classic Vietnamese (cupping and massage), Thai Oriental (body and foot massage), and an Aromatherapy rubdown. The hotel is well positioned on Dong Khoi for street shopping and back alley browses. So what's the catch? Well, a modest wallet pummelling with a price tag of US$1,656 inclusive of tax for a twosome. But then, it's top drawer all the way, and the hotel is an Italian design experience in itself. www.thereveriesaigon.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/

  • Kids need a break, and so do you

    Swissotel family deals in Asia - 2016Nothing quite like a family romp - at half price! Well, almost. Swissotel serves up a BIG 'Family Offer' valid until 31 December 2016 with a host of throw-ins including 50 percent off the best available rate for a second room and 50 percent off on children's menus for the under-12s. Kids get a special room set-up with 'age-appropriate' toys (rubber duckies only for the parents), and special amenities. Everyone gets a complimentary breakfast. Park at Swissotel Shanghai, the green and child-friendly Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore , Swissotel Sydney or a host of other spots around Asia. The views of course are best from the towering Swissotel The Stamford Singapore. www.swissotel.com/promotions/family-offer/

  • Taj launches Kerala summer breaks

    Taj Kerala summer breaksFrom India's top-notch Taj hotels group some 'Incredible Kerala Escapes' with five night packages running from Rs55,000 without transfers and Rs67,500 double occupancy with transfers. This circuit includes stays in Cochin, Kumarakom and Kovalam at Taj Vivantas. Get breakfasts, one big meal, sunset cruise and lake cruise on the house. Or opt for a five night break with Taj 'Premium Kerala Escapes' from Rs45,000 taking in Ernakulam, Kumarakom and Varkala. www.tajgetaways.com

  • A Dalat summer deal for locals

    Swiss Belresort DalatAt the Swiss Belresort Tuyen Lam Da Lat a special (for Vietnamese residents only, alas) 'Summer Escape' deal at 2.8 million dong for a three-night retreat valid until 31 October, 2016. The deal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and free sauna for 30 minutes with free shuttles into Dalat town and 15 percent off on food and spa treatments. This price includes tax and is availble to local expatriates. www.swiss-belhotel.com

  • How families celebrate in Phuket

    Manathai Surin PhuketAt the relaunched Manathai Surin Phuket, a Sino-Portuguese Thai confection a minute's stroll from a pristine beach, a 'Family Celebration' deal until 31 October 2016 at Bt4,800 per night with breakfast, airport transfers, complimentary WiFi, a 30 minute massage for the two parents poolside with a spa drink. So what's the catch? You need to book a minimum three nights. www.manathai.com/phuket

  • Make sure it ends well in Bangkok

    Well Hotel BangkokFrom the friendly and quietly stylish Well Hotel Bangkok on Sukhumvit's Soi 20 a 'Sleep Well' promotion valid until 31 October, 2016, priced at just Bt3,052 per night for a Deluxe. The package requires a minimum two-night stay with daily breakfasts for two, complimentary mini-bar (soft drinks and local beer - which can pack quite a nice fizzy wallop), free WiFi and late checkout at 3pm. The 235-room hotel is a short stroll from the Soi Asoke BTS SkyTrain Station, Terminal 21 for shopping and the uber chic and upscale EM Quartier by Emporium. You'll certainly sleep well at this attractive rate and the money saved can be splurged on shopping. www.wellhotelbangkok.com

  • In the Maldives it's rah-rah for Raa Atoll

    Loama Resort MaldivesFrom Loama Resort Maamigili Maldives a summer saver at 50 percent off till 31 October, 2016 with a villa stay, 20 percent off on spa treatments, a complimentary excursion to a private island for snorkelling, and free room upgrade subject to availability. What's the catch? None really. But the bookings must be made on the resort's website. Expect four poster beds, timber floors, and a simple rustic feel. Rates start at US$200 plus taxes and service charge. The resort - with 105 over water or beach front villas - is on Raa Atoll, a 45 minute seaplane flight from the International airport at Male. Or you could take a 30-minute domestic flight to Ifuru Airport with a boat transfer. www.loamahotelsandresorts.com/

  • In KL they'll throw flowers at you

    Mandarin Oriental Kuala LumpurAt the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, within spitting distance of the Petronas Twin Towers, a 'Romantic Rendezvous' deal from RM1,039 per night in a Deluxe City View for three days and two nights with breakfasts, one set dinner for two at the Mandarin Grill, champagne, discounts on spa treatments and late check-out till 6pm. Now that's a decent late check-out. The offer runs till 29 December, 2016. Arrive to a floral bouquet welcome and later pootle across to the KLCC for a spot of shopping or window watching if the purse is not quite up to it or the hubby is glaring.

  • Maldives romance - underwater

    Angsana IhuruExplore a 'Perfect Proposal' deal at the idyllic Angsana Ihuru, Maldives, with a half day speedboat jaunt through the azure Indian Ocean, snorkeling, soft drinks and sparkling wine. All this at US$460 for an intrepid couple with a few extras tossed in. The resort suggests you combine this with a ‘Live For Romance’ package starting at US$852 per night till 26 December 2016. This includes a Beachfront Villa stay with romantic dinner on the sands, a complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar, a free bottle of champagne and 90 minute spa treatment. www.angsana.com/en/

  • 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).

  • Singapore bus tours, or Penang for free

    Hotel Jen Tanglin, SingaporeAt Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore a special deal till 31 December 2016 with dining credits and tickets for local bus tours. Or opt for a free stay at Hotel Jen Penang. Lots of goodies to aim for at S$200 a night with complimentary WiFi, free bike rentals, and hearty breakfasts. The somewhat compact 26sq m rooms have been kitted out anew and are easier on the eye than the old product. All in, the hotel now has a jaunty stride and a lot more colour.

  • 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. 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/

  • Bangkok in five courses? Of course

    Okura Prestige ClubAt The Okura Prestige Bangkok a 'Celebratory Package' till 25 December, 2016 for couples planning something special. Book a Prestige Club or Premium Club room for two nights at the best available rate from Bt12,300 per night to get a bottle of sparkling wine, anniversary cake and flowers, a five course meal for two at Elements, breakfast, a 15 percent discount at the spa, and free laundry/pressing of two items each night. Of course, there's access to the Club Lounge too. www.okurabangkok.com/en

  • 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/

  • Friends make it a cheap date in HK

    JW Marriott Hong KongTill 31 December, 2016, special stay rates for groups arriving for social events, birthdays, weddings, or corporate functions at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. Turn up with 10 or more friends in tow to receive a special at HK$2,400 per room (for 10 rooms or more). Better yet, the weekend rate Friday-Sunday is HK$2,200. The hotel has a splendid mid-town location for shopping, train connection, food and street prowls. www.marriott.com

  • Why Maldives is really kids' stuff

    Sun Siyam Maldives kids' offerAt freshly laundered and revamped The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives, a splendid deal for families and kids. Two children up to 12 years may 'Stay, Play, Eat' free with parents while at swish Beach Pool Villas up to three children will be able to avail of the offer. The deal doesn't end there. Kids can eat from a la carte menus at 75 percent off the regular rate. A fair amount of activity awaits kids from arts and craft to cooking classes, beach games and water adventures. The Koamas Kids Club has its own play areas and pool. www.thesunsiyam.com/irufushi/

  • Hoi An gets more upscale tours

    Nam Hai, Hoi AnAt the celebrated and secluded villa retreat The Nam Hai on fabled China Beach, Hoi An, a Vietnam spectacular with the assistance of knowledgeable local operators who have curated a range of excursions like the 'Villages Tour', and the 12-minute 'Helicopter Tour' for aerial views of Danang town and Marble Mountain. Or pick tours of World Heritage Sites like Hoi An, Hue and My Son. Nam Hai offers splendid seafront pools, acres of sand and excellent nosh. www.ghmhotels.com/en/nam-hai

  • Surf's up in Bali for beginners and experts

    Surfing at Four Seasons Bali at JimbaranFrom the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, bespoke surfing holidays for the surf and sun inclined. Pick a beginner's 'Dream Programme" at US$110 per hour, the experienced 'Perfect Wave' a half-day excursion at US$225 (minimum two persons), or go for 'Standup Paddleboarding'. The resort is a luxury hideaway with excellent service and accommodation and breezy views over arcing Jimbaran Bay. The programmes are in association with professional Tropicsurf guides and coaches. www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay/

  • 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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