SINGAPORE (Jan 23): What better way to kick off the Year of the Rat than with a luxury weekend getaway? Whether solo travelling or with family, here are some ultimate #travelgoals that are guaranteed to recharge and refresh you ahead of another year of the corporate rat race. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

The Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives sets the bar high for luxury amid pristine white sands and blue waters. With striking architecture naturally blending with the atoll’s surrounding landscape, this resort of 45 exclusively appointed villas – some over water, others lining the
Beach – offers infinity pools with breathtaking ocean views and privacy in spades.

There is something for everyone, from adventure to wellness – experience Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island – a breathtaking haven home to a four-bedroom villa with over 1,000 sqm of lush, modern island living accessible from a private berth. 

Those into wellness can set sail aboard a traditional dhoni to the maison’s dedicated Spa Island, where six thatched treatment villas overlook the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, offering guests exclusive treatments by Guerlain. There are also yoga sessions, pristine beaches with water sports and diving, and other unforgettable experiences.

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

If you have ever wanted to wake up in a luxury hotel amid a haven of wildlife, the andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania will definitely not disappoint. Here, you can wake up in an elegant baroque chateau which transports you into one of the most famous African landscapes. Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive experience, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. 

Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort, Maldives

Not for nothing is Maldives is renowned as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is where snow white sand leads travellers into a gorgeous turquoise lagoon. Located on the southernmost tip of Raa Atoll, the resort is
around a 35-minute ride by seaplane from Malé International Airport. 
This luxe sanctuary offers 81 luxurious Beach, Lagoon and Overwater Villas and Residences with tasteful Maldivian designs, unobstructed views of breath-taking ocean panoramas and each equipped with their own private terrace and pool. 
Travelling with little ones? Fret not. The resort caters for families, and a kids’ club keeps the little ones occupied while the grown-ups takes a time-out at The Retreat, an exclusive adults-only area with a private bar or drop everything and head to the overwater AVI Spa. 

Sri Panwa Phuket, Thailand

Nothing says romance like sunsets from your own private villa, perched on one of the
globe’s most beautiful coastlines. Get a taste of celebrity luxury within the 40 secluded acres of Phuket’s tropical paradise, often visited by Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio. This luxury hotel private pool villa and spa resort offers accommodation of the highest quality, maximum privacy and superior service. 

Just for the special occasion, Sri Panwa is also offering its Romantic Escape package which includes accommodation for three nights in exclusive private pool suite or pool villa with complimentary breakfast, a 60min couple’s Aromatic Thai Oil Massage at the award-winning Cool Spa and one five-course candlelit set dinner at Baba Soul Food restaurant.

The Pavilions Himalayas

Breathe, hike, explore the beauty of Nepal and throw away the conventional. Why not head out for a getaway in the Himalayas? Nestled in a forested valley, set against the Himalayan mountain range, The Pavilions Himalayas is an eco-sensitive luxury resort that gives back to the community.

Meliá Bali, Indonesia 

Meliá Bali welcomes the Year of the Rat with special offers on room bookings as well as a whole range of activities for the whole family. From Tai Chi classes in the morning in the spa garden, to Yin Yang aqua stretching and aerobic beside the main pool, there is something for everyone.  Children can enjoy Yin Yang Marshmallow on the beach, while watching movies. There are also special dinner experiences to usher in the prosperous new year; with delicacies specially crafted by the chef.