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Laze in the Mekong Delta at Can Tho, party at a new resort on Mai Khao Beach, Phuket, or dive a restored reef in Bali.

Azerai Can Tho, Vietnam

Why can-do Can Tho will charm


Adrian Zecha's alluring new range of posh digs gets better all the time. The Azerai Can Tho (azerai.com/), a three-hour breezy and bracing drive from Ho Chi Minh City in the southern Mekong Delta has a new ace up its sleves - one and two-bedroom pool villas that add to the larger collection going up to five bedrooms for larger groups and romping families. Perfect for couples and stolen romance the villas range from 636sqm (Pool Villas) and 784sqm (River Pool Villa) to the 1,583 sqm (Mekong Pool Villa). Villa hosts scurry about ensuring service is personalised and discrete. In addition to luxury cruises around the Mekong Delta, think picnics under vast shady banyan trees and exciting immersive excursions. Sited on a private islet, the resort is only accessd by boat. Designed by Pascal Trahan, the villas serve up sliding-glass doors and a muted and quite agreeable blend of stone, grey slate, and pale wood that revel in natural light. Zecha was the man behind the original Aman Resorts and his appetite for creating unique lifestyle escapes is keener than ever.


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.

Naladhu, Maldives reopens

Newlook Naladhu quietly returns


The fabulously sequestered Naladhu Private Island (www.naladhu.com/en/) draped across the Maldives' stunning blue, is a 30-minute boat ride from the international airport. It has reopened after a dramatic transformation and facelift. This hideaway had a complete makeover by New York designer Yuji Yamazaki and emerged with a breezy contemporary feel. The island hosts just 20 ‘Houses’, at it likes to call its villas. And that's exactly what they are. Home. The resort says its "guest experience is enhanced by a personal Kuwaanu (or storyteller) who provides unobtrusive and friendly butler service" round the clock. The signature 600sq m Two Bedroom Beach Pool Residence offers a 20m private beach. Dining is dream-it-up bespoke, with an all-day breakfast and a no-menu concept at the restaurant. A spa room for a couple is also part of the new lineup.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Cordis Hong Kong Babymoon staycation massage

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui (above left, www.hyatt.com/koh-samui/) brings you rooms at the north end of Chaweng Beach on the island's east that are light and airy - welcoming of light and views - in simple white with deep blue rugs and powder blue sofas and cushions with flashes of turquoise. The suites have more colourful flourishes and features.. At a 70sq m Hyatt Regency Suite enjoy two 55-inch flat-screen televisions, 'Sleepwell' mattresses, iron and ironing board and digital newspapers for executives on the go. Expect four freeform pools at this family-friendly Samui resort, a spa, and a Camp Hyatt for kids that runs from 9am to 6pm. At the swank but restful Siddhartha Oceanfront Resort & Spa in Bali (above right, www.siddhartha-bali.com/) a restored, recultivated and expanded house reef is cause enough to celebrate with a dive package or two from April 2022. The development of an artificial 100m reef, recycling discarded objects, and the expansion of an existing reef, have been enduring passions of Managing Directors and owners, Stefan Brand and Barbara Ebel. Kubu Marine Park has had a small facelift at long last. "Discover East Bali" is a 10-night package with guided dives to the house reef, two 60-minute Balinese massages, and plenty of scuba and snorkelling thrown in. Rates are from US$1,130 per room. Airport transfers, breakfast and yoga sessions are bundled in. Shorter deals are on offer too.

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui opened 2021 Siddhartha Bali

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