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Try a sustainable wedding in Bali; hop over to Samui...

Tips on how your Bali wedding can be managed sustainably with a small environmental footprint, and how to party on Mai Khao Beach, Phuket, or in Samui.

Apurva Chapel at the Kempinski Bali

How a Bali wedding can give back

At The Apurva Kempinski Bali, (www.kempinski.com/en/bali/), a chic modern testament to resort design with rich Indonesian textures, sustainable weddings with inspired local partners utilising the swish seafront Apurva Chapel. The chapel can hold up to a hundred persons. It is light and airy, modern but minimalist, a construction that enhances rather than impedes a wedding function. 'Sustainable Wedding Packages' are offered by the hotel in partnership with Designmill Co (wedding decorations), SukkhaCitta (fashions), Puri Ata & Taga Woodcraft (local crafts), along with F&B touches from Tanamera Coffee, Plaga Farm and Balian Water. Contact the hotel for details. Since 2019 this Kempinski signature escape has focused on sustainablity. It has dropped single-use plastics in favour of biodegradable products, grows its own fresh greens in a rooftop hydroponic garden and recycles hotel linen for face masks. 

Tembo Beach Club & Resort (above left, https://www.tembo-samui.com/), opened November 2021 in Koh Samui (Thailand) with a dash of old-world romance, virginal white decor, a simple touch with appetising menus, and a beckoning Bangrak north-island seafront. Expect a breezy pool, beachside tapas, vegan options, and 10 bungalows to choose from, including a beachside Honeymoon Villa. In-room expect USB ports for the gadget afflicted, Jim Thompson fabrics, lush cotton bathrobes, flatscreen TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, ceiling fans with airconditioning and high thread count linen. Rates from Bt3,500 a night. With Bali throwing open its doors to welcome visitors anew with visas-on-arrival and more, Anantara Seminyak (www.anantara.com/) invites you to soak in the rays or surf at its cosy and chic beachside escape. This is an informal resort for the young and restless with a hip vibe and enticing dining, much of it seafronting. Expect a rooftop lounge and spa. Try out a three-night stay in a well appointed suite with a Balinese blessing at check out, breakfast for two, regular minibar restocking, airport transfers, 20 percent off on all dining, and one set menu sunset dinner. All this for around US$575 plus extras. Check other packages too like the Anantara StayCation or Anantara Stay Longer deals. Packages change seasonally.

WM Hotel Hong Kong - Chapel

HK resort right on the sea

While Hong Kong dealt with Covid-19, closing borders and tightening restrictions, the 260-room WM Hotel, Sai Kung (www.wmhotel.hk/), quietly slipped into first gear August 2021 sited on the seaside town's waterfront promenade and offering a genuine escape from town. This smart woody cubist getaway is striking for both its minimalist airy design and its spread out arrangement with a virginal white chapel in its midst for a small wedding. The hotel boasts a well-equipped gym, eight flexible function rooms for small meetings, a 1,000sq m Grand Ballroom holding up to 800 for company conferences or events, and a cafe (with a fairly average HK$388 tea set for two). Service is friendly. Outlets and activity are ramping up. StayCations start at around HK$1,800, there's rooftop 'glamping' with an infinity pool and sea views, and long stay guests can avail of a seven-night deal at HK$7,350 going up to HK$28,500 for 30 nights. Soundproofing is a problem and Bluetooth connectivity may jump rooms at times with disconcerting results as you listen in to your neighbour's music or snatches of conversation. This is a pet-friendly hotel with plenty of space for walks and runs, and ample basement parking. StayCations come with free parking and WiFi. The neighbouring beach is welcoming of dogs too and kayaks abound for the more adventurous. Most rooms offer breezy balconies with a Superior starting at 26sq m going up to Studio Seaview rooms with balconies at 40sq m. Some Studios offer a private roof as well. Dive in.  

Tembo Beach Club & Resort Anantara Seminyak

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao (above left, www.melia.com/mai-khao), has opened to shake up the Thailand beach scene with its 30-suite 70-villa bolthole on the Andaman Sea. North of the airport with easy access, but some distance from the nightlife and restaurants of Surin and Patong, this escape looks onto one of the island's longest stretches of unblemished sand. Close at hand are Sirinat National Park, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, and Wat Phra Thong temple. Expect healthy sun-dappled saline swimming pools, secluded pool villas, and water gardens with waterfalls. Food is served by the yard and comes in all shapes and spices. There is the YHI Spa too. At the Cordis, Hong Kong (above right, www.cordishotels.com) three fabulous staycation deals for the New Year. 'Sleeping Beauty' (till 30 June 2022), is in conjunction with Langham Beauty with a Superior from HK$1,198 per night with buffet breakfast for two and gifts worth HK$1,000. The 'BabyMoon Staycation' runs till 30 June 2022 as well priced at HK$2,798 per night for a Superior with buffet brakfast for two and a special massage for a pregnant mother-to-be. There is a set dinner for two as well. The third, a live action role-play deal (LARP), runs till 28 February with a wide range of scripts to pick from.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Cordis Hong Kong Babymoon staycation massage

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