A getaway from SG can be relaxing for you (and your wallet).
Looking to indulge in a sta-cay around the SEA region? Here are 5 options that offer convenience and splendour (think heated pools, rooftop bars, spectacular ocean views and lush greenery) at a price that should give you peace of mind even while you spoil yourself silly.
Its secret gardens, naturally shaded public spaces, vertical green walls, and landscape terraces – all designed by singapore-based architecture firm URBNarc – provide an element of peace. It also features not one, but five swimming pools; the modern rooms (from $288 a night) with floor to ceiling glass windows offer stunning views of the ocean.
Love the hip atmosphere at Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak? Then you’ll dig Katamama, a resort opened by the same people – the Jakarta-based Potato Head (PTT) Family – that’s located right next door.
Katamama, which means “what mama says” in the Malay language, wants to be your home away from home. Choose from a selection of 57 suites – from a cosy 82 square-metres Island Suite to a grand 320 square-metres Katamama Suite – with each having its own outdoor private area, and a bar station complete with cocktail equipment and a full-sized selection of fine infused spirits, natural syrups, and aromatic bitters (from $365 a night).
Kuala Lumpur is not a city known for its hip boutiques, so The Journal is a nice alternative to the big established hotel chains, but still comes with amenities and facilities such as a free high-speed Wi-Fi, a creative communal work space called Workers’ Union; a local coffeeshop concept diner called Kedai Kopi Journal; and a rooftop saltwater infinity pool that just re-opened in June 2018!
Imagine Dreamland Beach at your doorstep, popular surfing spots between Kuta and Uluwatu, beach clubs and champion golf courses just minutes away – this is Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali. Found in a secluded area of Pecatu – a beach resort in the southernwestern peninsula of Bali – the aim is relaxation here, with its three swimming pools, a full-service spa, and a wellness centre that’s fitted with a yoga studio.
All 177 rooms (from $80 a night) here come with their own balcony, which means you can welcome mornings with an ocean view. If you upgrade to its villa accomodations, you also get extras like a private pool, and spacious living and dining areas. And since it only opened in January this year, the amenities will be spanking clean to boot!
All the suites (from $240 a night) cleverly mix Balinese fixtures with concrete, steel, and glass elements, with each of them furnished with a King-sized bed and an in-room sofa, and come attached with an outdoor balcony or sitting area. The highlight: A voluminous Japanese-inspired Goemon soaking tub crafted from aromatic cedar wood and which comes accompanied with bath salts specially created for Bisma Eight, that spells luxurious “me” time.
By By Stacey Pamela Chia, Female, 28 April 2016/ Updated by Christopher Ong Ujine, 10 July 2018
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