From the Indian Ocean to a quiet corner of the world, these four travel destinations will satisfy your wanderlust.

Swim among the manta rays
For the fi rst time, the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, together with Hanifaru Bay, the world’s largest feeding site for manta rays, will give guests an opportunity to bond with these aquatic wonders. During the Southwest monsoon, over 100 manta rays migrate towards the Indian Ocean until the end of November — more so under a full moon. Although scuba diving is not permitted, guests can choose between snorkelling and freediving, with licensed divers and proper training provided for safety purposes.

Nature study
Singapore Airlines’ new direct route to Canberra is the perfect reason to escape from city life for a while. The Canberra Centenary Trail is a good place to start if you want to see the city’s cultural landmarks on foot. To interact with Australia’s exclusive wildlife, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve guarantees kangaroo sightings, with a good chance of encountering koalas and emus. The more adventurous travellers can scale Mount Ainslie and catch a scenic view of the Old Parliament House.

Experience culture
Singaporeans will now have access to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, via “Capital Express”, which connects Wellington to Singapore via Canberra four times a week on Singapore Airlines. This is made possible by Tourism New Zealand and Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. Wellington is best known for its cuisines, hills and infrastructure. Some of the most recommended destinations to visit include the wildlife haven in Zealandia and Wairarapa wineries. Events such as the Zest Food Tours and Weta Cave Workshop Tours are other ideal choices for travellers who want to be better acquainted with the city’s culture.

Resort chic
The newly completed North Hill City Resort offers a charming getaway from the bustle of central Chiang Mai. Only 20 minutes from the city, the resort’s chic design offers an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor amphitheatre (for barbeques and weddings) and a view of the Doi Suthep mountain that overlooks the northwest of Chiang Mai. The rooms feature a mix between contemporary and Thai-styled interior, with options like Deluxe Garden and Deluxe Mountain view rooms, and President Suites. Other standard facilities include a swimming pool, spa and steam room.

This article appeared in the Options of Issue 749 (Oct 10) of The Edge Singapore.