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Bangkok bops with new luxe threads + Maldives blue romp

Enjoy a new trio of hotels in Bangkok, splash out in the Maldives, or cruise slowly back in time to Angkor and its lost civilisation in the jungle.

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, 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, 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.


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. The Indian Ocean welcomes its latest white-sand retreat, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives (1 Nov 2019, www.standardhotels.com/maldives/), the American brand’s first foray in Asia. The Standard takes the Maldivian experience beyond just honeymooning to include larger gaggles of friends or even singles in search of a unique experience. Straddling Raa and Baa Atolls, the island is accessed by a 35-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport. There are speedboat options too.

Heritage Lines introduces river tours from Saigon to Siem Reap and more

Slow boat to a lost civilisation


An exciting offering on the sleepy Mekong River from Heritage Line (heritage-line.com) until 25 April 2020 with select seven-night cruises at an enticing 20 per cent off. Book by 15 February for a memorable cruise back in time up this majestic river artery from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Siem Reap (Angkor, Cambodia) to view historic stone temples lost in the jungle (well until a screaming tour group comes along). Do the journey slowly and in style on the Jayavarman or Jahan with gourmet food and specially tailored itineraries. As the original 'roads', rivers have a habit of surprising and entertaining with the passage of real life - unchanged for decades - within touching distance. Promo deals from US$ 1,908 per person

Anantara Desaru American style Standard comes to the Maldives

Romantics listen up. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok above left) has been gussied up as never before. It's elegant River Wing started accepting guests from 11 November, 2019 (the storied Old Wing has already undergone a serious freshening up). The entire ensemble was humming seamlessly by January 2020 with the River Wing renovation completed. Early birds can avail of a 'Be the First to Stay' deal at Bt25,350 per night with butler service, buffet breakfast for two at The Verandah, and a daily credit of Bt2,000 for spa services or a restaurant binge (check out the new Japanese Kinu by Takagi). Anantara Seminyak, Bali Resort (above right, www.anantara.com/seminyak) launches a range of gussied up areas for the Festive Season including its stylish and breezy MoonLite Balcony to catch vast sunsets and serve up starlight cocktails. Also enjoy the new-look spa, fitness centre and swimming pools.

The sparkling renovated Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is open for business on the river MoonLite Balcony at the renovated Anantara Seminyak, Bali

It's the closest thing to getting some serious wind in your hair at 30,000ft. Aman (www.aman.com/expeditions above left) rolls out a private jet for those wishing to part with their cash in a hurry. Surrender your wallet and have the group curate a customised luxury whirl anywhere from Bhutan's fabled peaks and monasteries to Indonesia's storied spice islands. But why stop there? The sky's the limit for any Aman destination, or beyond. The lively Just Sleep Taipei Ximending (above right, www.justsleep.com.tw/ximending) has returned after a massive NT$100m makeover. Sited at the bustling intersection of Zhonghua Road and Hankou Street, the brand was part of the development of this hip quarter a decade back and was also the first of its line from Silks Hotel Group. Rooms are bright with dollops of cheery colour and practical touches. Park in a Superior room (with an innovative twin design) at a special rate of NT$2,900 (valid until 20 Dec 2019) and choose one exclusive offer. Breakfast is included in the reopening package.

Aman's private luxury jet Just Sleep Taipei Ximending returns with a deal

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