Pick one of the locations highlighted here for a delightful and relaxing holiday.
YTL Hotels is making its mark as one of Southeast Asia’s leading hospitality groups. Now it is venturing further afield to Britain with three new properties in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London. The Glasshouse in Edinburgh is a 77-room luxury boutique hotel. It is formerly the Lady Glenorchy Church. The Monkey Island Hotel in Bray-on-Thames is a cosy getaway from urban living. The location is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is accessible only by foot or boat. Further east, YTL has opened The Academy Hotel at West End of London. This prime tourist spot is mere metres away from restaurants, shops and the British Museum. The boutique hotel also pays tribute to England’s heritage by merging and refurbishing five Georgian townhouses.
Work and play
A group of hospitality brands have come together to banish the dullness of executive retreats. For adventure lovers, Chõsen offers activities such as exploring canyons, surfing and volcano adventures to keep you on your toes. The resort’s locations are in Bali, Guatemala, Iceland and New Zealand.
If you want to unwind, a private yacht cruise or morning beach yoga session at Samujana in Koh Samui, Thailand should do the trick. The resort has 25 villas, each with a breathtaking view of the sea. Team-building programmes such as workshops, Pilates classes and cove explorations are available, along with high-end Thai cuisine and spa treatments.
Flying in style
Flying from North America and Europe with EVA Air on its newly revamped “Premium Economy” (ELITE) class has its perks. As part of its rebirth, the Taiwanese international airline has partnered aromatherapy brand, THANN, to upgrade its amenity kit. THANN is well known for its essential oils, sunscreens and hair conditioners. The kit offers a moisturising cream, lip balm, socks, comb, earplugs and sleep mask. In addition, EVA Air has increased its hand-luggage capacity for trips from Singapore to Taipei and other parts of Asia. ELITE members can bring up to 40kg worth of luggage, 10kg more than the previous limit.
Keeping the kids occupied during family vacations has become a lot easier with the Anantara Vacation Club in Mai Khao, Phuket. The resort is located near Turtle Village, home to many restaurants and shops by the beach. Club membership includes the Kids Club programme, which offers activities such as origami, cooking classes and rock climbing for toddlers right up to preteens. The “Teen Zone”, open to teenagers up to 16 years old, offers console gaming, air hockey and movies. Batik painting, Thai boxing, movie nights and water sports are also available for groups.
This article appeared in the Options of Issue 751 (Oct 24) of The Edge Singapore.