Club Med Bali
The recently revamped Club Med Bali is part of the brand’s move to cater to families with an all-inclusive myriad of activities. With almost 400 rooms spread over 14 hectares of Nusa Dua’s white sands, the resort offers the likes of yoga, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, archery and a trapeze act
Weekend getaway ideas
The biggest island in Thailand is stocked with adventure, cheap food, and – of course – panoramas that’ll make all your friends jealous. But it’s also home to the creature comforts that some of us (including yours truly) look for in a beach getaway. Here’s how to kick back without slumming it out completely.
Con Dao islands
After a 1hr plane ride from the frenetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the first thing you notice is the silence. With quaint, colonial-era seaside promenades, manicured hedgerows and the occasional loudspeaker issuing forth communist slogans, Con Son, the main (and only inhabited) island on the Con Dao archipelago, feels like it’s stuck in a time warp.
Denarau Island, Fiji
The friendliness of the Fijian people starts the moment you step off the jet at Nadi Airport. ‘Bula’, you can expect to hear – it literally means ‘life’ – is something the Fijians are full of and the key ingredient for a relaxing break on the buzzing Denarau Island, 10km west of the landing strip. Book a room at the Radisson Blu Fiji Resort Denarau Island (Resort Dr), where you can expect contemporary Fijian-influenced rooms along with a day spa and several dining and drinking outlets, including a swim-up pool bar. Next door at the Wyndham Resort Denarau Island Fiji, a relatively new US$30 million extension features luxurious suites and a beach club that are set to give the island a new beat. Wyndham has just partnered with Karma (the team behind the uber-cool beach club in Ungasan, Bali) to open up Karma Fiji (Resort Dr), a beach club on the shores of Denarau. It has quickly become the spot to hit for original takes on martinis, daiquiris and other creations courtesy of the Karma’s global mixologist, Ioannis Gianopolous. The local bure-styled hut (traditionally made of wood and straw) also serves up a classic local dish called kokonda, a Fijian version of a ceviche featuring coconut, taro root and sweet potato. For food, chef and restaurateur Peter Kuruvita of Flying Fish Sydney fame, has two eateries on the island – Flying Fish Fiji and Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita – that serve up as good-quality fare as you’ll find at his original den in Sydney’s Pyrmont. Order the loc