1. IMMERSE INTO WELLNESS IN VIETNAM
Wellness is an experience best paired with nature, and “Aman Junkies” (disciples of the brand) embarking on one of the new Individual Wellness Immersions at Amanoi in Vietnam will find themselves in awe of the magnificent natural surrounds,and perhaps equally in awe of the resort’s two new Spa Houses.Newly unveiled, these two spa houses, which can accommodate up to four, are a first for Aman, offering wellness guests the utmost discretion as they indulge with comprehensive, private spa facilities in their own luxurious pavilion. Styled with Aman’s signature architectural minimalism and adjacent to the 11,000 square-metre spa, Thuy Lien Spa House has tranquil views over a calm lake strewn with lotus flowers and a contemporary hammam, while An Son Spa House overlooks Núi Chúa National Park with a wooden-clad banya. Both feature double treatment rooms adorned with a mural from Vietnamese artist Mr. Bui Huu Hung, along with steam rooms, ice-fountains, cold plunge pools, and outdoor infinity pools with relaxation decks.
Along with every wellness technique or treatment under the sun– from Reiki and craniosacral therapy to pranayama breathing and TRX suspension training – the three new Individual Wellness Immersions are three to ten-day programmes designed to steer participants to renewed health. The Eastern Approaches to Weight Management immersion is a personalised approach to accomplishing desired weight loss and encouraging Qi flow; Movement, Mindfulness & Stress Control is ideal for executives plagued by high-stress lifestyles; while Longevity, Rejuvenation & Detoxification aims to reduce toxic accumulations, promote circulation and support immune and lymphatic functioning.
PRICE: Three-night immersions in a Lake Pavilion start at US$3,345 per person or US$3,945 per person (excluding taxes)in a Spa House. Rates are based on two sharing on a full board basis and include all treatments and airport transfers.
2. MANOLOS IN MILANO, ITALY
Shoe fetishists, get thee to Milan where Four Seasons Hotel Milan is celebrating the touring exhibition “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” with an exclusive package that honours the legendary footwear designer. The highlight? A super-chic hotel slipper designed by Blahnik himself exclusively for the hotel. Crafted in a deep blue velvet and satin, these limited-edition slippers feature golden embroidered motifs and are ideal for soothing weary feet tired a busy shopping day in Milan – but to ensure your feet are pampered even more, the package includes a luxuriant Aromatic Foot Ritual for two, including a foot bath scrub and a massage. Along with daily buet breakfast in La Veranda restaurant, guests also enjoy privileged access to the nearby exhibition at Palazzo Morando.
With a display of the footwear designer’s favourite shoes from the 1970s to some of his more modern creations, the exhibition includes the collection of Marie Antoinette shoes that Blahnik created for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette,and 80 original drawings. It’s a fitting tribute to the eminent designer, who is a fixture in Milan and the Four Seasons Hotel Milano. “Shoes help transform a woman,” he says, and with a pair of these slippers on your feet, who wouldn’t agree?
PRICE: “The Manolo Blahnik Package” starts at EUR 830 (US$871) per night based on double occupancy in a Superior Room (excluding taxes)
AVAILABLE: Until April 9, 2017 (based on availability)
3. A SPARKLING STAY IN THE BIG APPLE
As if the reflective brilliance of Baccarat crystal – there are some 15,000 pieces of handmade glassware in every corner – scattered throughout the grand Baccarat Hotel New York isn’t enough to put a sparkle in your eyes, a new package dreamed up by the French-crystal maker’s hotel surely will. “A Sparkling Stay” includes a bespoke shopping experience at the upscale luxury retailer, Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, with a personal shopper assigned to search out the perfect accessories prior to your arrival to the store.
Back at the hotel, it’s time for a classic portrait “photo-op” experience with a professional photographer and the hotel’s sparkling décoras the backdrop, and for the ultimate keepsake, guests can frame their photos in their very own 5x7 Red Baccarat “Eye” Photo Frame. The dazzling Manhattan hotel is the definition of luxury, with spectacular suites, from intimate pieds-à-terre inspired by Parisian apartments to the outstanding pièce de résistance: the enormous 161.6-sqm Baccarat suite, with an en-suite Baccarat Bar and skincare products by La Mer.
PRICE: “A Sparkling Stay” includes breakfast for two and a food and beverage credit of $100, and is priced at US$1,480 for a Classic King and $2,200 for a Classic Suite
AVAILABLE: Valid for stays through March, 2017. The Henri Bendel shopping experience requires 72-hour advance notice
4. HELI TO SURF IN INDONESIA
‘Tis the season for chasing the surf in Bali, with April to November offering prime conditions in Indonesia, though you won’t have to worry about crowded waves if you book a bespoke “Heli-surfing Tour” with Four Seasons Resort Bali At Jimbaran Bay and Tropic surf. Zipping across to Java in a 45-minute flight, the helicopter journey will land you at the Plengkung Beach along the inimitable Grajagan(better known as G-Land) just footsteps from the surf.
The choppers in question are Air Bali’s jet turbine-powered Bell 206L3 helicopters,which can carry up to four passengers accompanied by a professional Tropicsurf guide-slash-coach. The package includes the day’s charter,speedboat, coaching and insurance, and Four Seasons Resort Bali At Jimbaran Bay. With its 156 villas and opulent private residences,therapists at the Healing Village Spa will soothe away any tense muscles – meaning you can do it all again the following day. In summary, the ultimate luxe-surfing getaway.
PRICE: “Heli-Surfing Tour” starts at US$10,000
5.1. PARIS WITH THE FAMILY
If you were inspired by the Paris feature on page 44 (and who can blame you?) then why not book a stay at Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, which is offering 50 per cent off a second room.
During the family-friendly stay, kids dine for free and are also gifted a very sweet Urban Safari Backpack, created exclusively by Margherita Missoni. Packed with snacks and goodies, it even comes with a little guidebook disclosing Missoni’s favourite Parisian places for family outings.
PRICE: from €325 (US$ 341) per night
5.2. JAZZ IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
B.B. King, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton – these are just a few of the greats who have played at the legendary Jazz Club Etoile in Paris. Now Le Méridien Etoile, where the club is situated, has created a package that pairs a live concert with a night’s stay at the hotel – meaning you can indulge in great music (with a free drink too) and saunter upstairs post-performance.
Facing the Paris ConventionCentre in the 17th district and just a leisurely stroll to the Champs Elysées, the1,025-room hotel is not only ideally placed, it’s showing off a chic new mid-centurymodern look, with room interiors overseen by French designer Jean-Phillipe Nuel.
PRICE: rates from €217 (US$227) per night
AVAILABLE: Free entrance to Jazz Club concert on Thursdays only
6. LIVE LIKE A MAHARAJA IN DUBAI
There’s no need to travel to India to live out your maharaja or maharani fantasies – you can simply check into Taj Dubai’s luxurious Maharaja Suite. This extravagant suite, which spans a truly regal 225 square metres in size, is reminiscent of palatial India from the times of the royals and maharajas. Decorated with traditional Indian motifs and handicrafts, and ultra-luxe fabrics, this highly individual suite is located on the 33rd floor with unobstructed views over the equally regal Burj Khalifa.
There’s an opulently appointed living room, a large private outdoor terrace, a master bedroom with an attached bathroom and dressing area – also with views over Dubai – and a dining room with pantry. Replete with grandeur, the suite can accommodate a couple and two children under 12, while the stay also includes access to the Taj Club Lounge and butler service.
PRICE: Rates from AED 9,000 (US$2,450) excluding taxes per night for Maharaja Suite with breakfast, Taj Club lounge access and two-way Dubai airport transfers. A deluxe dinner with wine pairing in the Maharaja Terrace and Spa for two dining is AED 2,200 ($599)
7. STAY & DINE IN DOHA
Guests should bring a larger-than-life appetite when checking into the luxurious beachfront InterContinental Doha, which is offering a “Stay& Dine” package ideal for travelling gourmands.
Where you choose to dine in the hotel is up to you –authentic Greek at Mykonos, Texan meets Mexican at Paloma or themed buffets at Coral – but surely one of the most tempting venues is the well-loved Belgian Café, with pots of mussels and chunky frites washed down with 23 types of draughts of Belgian beer, not forgetting those panoramic views of the Arabian Sea at the outdoor terrace. The choice is yours –or rather, your tastebuds.
PRICE: “Stay & Dine” package starts from QR1,004 (US$275) per roomper night. Minimum two nights stay. Rate is inclusive of buffet breakfastfor two at Coral and dining credit worth QR365 ($100) to be spentduring your stay