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Located in the fishing village of Balapitiya on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Calamansi Cove is a boutique, beachfront hotel that only has 12 villas. The bright and airy villas are modern and spacious. Besides butler service, the villas all come with airconditioning, WiFi, TV, indoor and outdoor showers, a rooftop terrace and a private garden. Calamansi Cove is close to some great natural attractions; you could go island-hopping, trekking, or scuba diving at Jungle Beach or Bentota.
Bed and breakfast from USD210 (about RM800)
Done all the touristy bits of Vietnam? Then try the newly refurbished AVANI Quy Nhon, which is located 320km south of Da Nang (there are daily trains servicing this route). This idyllic resort, sandwiched between a private beach and orchard covered mountains, now sports a brand new look that’s fresh and contemporary, from its lobby and public areas to the rooms and restaurants. The deluxe rooms and junior suites each has an oversized glass bay window along with either a balcony or a terrace – all overlooking the sea. The open bathroom now comes with rain shower, and there’s WiFi everywhere. The resort also houses a range of facilities, including a fresh water swimming pool, a gym and the AVANISPA, which features a Japanese dry sand and salt sauna.
Rooms from USD120 (about RM443).
Here’s how you can make the most of the afternoon between the 12noon checkout time and your late night flight. Get a day pass into Canggu Club (only ten minutes from Seminyak) and you and your family will be sorted. There’s the Splash Water Park (supervised by fully trained life guards) to occupy the kids, and the Cubby House Kids Club to take care of the younger ones. For you, there’s a fitness centre, a lap pool, a spa, shower facilities, three restaurant choices including a sports bar, and free WiFi. Other facilities include a bowling alley, a trampoline centre and a tennis centre. Of course, your luggage will be stored securely until you’re ready to leave.
Day pass: IDR300,000 per adult (about RM84); IDR180,000 per child (about RM50)
Sukhumvit has it all, really: good shopping, good food and the convenience of the BTS Skytrain. This new Mövenpick hotel, located near the Asoke BTS station and just 500m away from Terminal 21 shopping centre, looks modern and classy. Besides the usual rooms and suites, Mövenpick Sukhumvit also features family rooms, each comes with a king bed and a single bed. If you plan to stay in, there are lots to do; you have a rooftop pool, a courtyard with a two-storey waterfall, and the Rainforest Rooftop Bar where you can sip cocktails while admiring the city
Special opening offer from THB2,499 per room night (about RM273), inclusive of breakfast and late checkout until 4pm. Book online and enjoy 30 percent discount for two nights and above
If you think Phuket is too crowded, check out the nearby islands, especially the beautiful Khao Lak which is located just an hour away. It is known for its white beaches, lush forests and world-class diving sites, and now you can stay in luxury at the newly opened Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort and Villas.
The resort is sitting on 600 metres of private beach and has 223 rooms on top of the 97 lavish villas. Some of these villas are prime beachfront properties and even come with their own pool. Fret not, if you don’t splurge on the rooms, you can still head to two of the six restaurants for a meal with a view – both The Terrace Oceanfront and Bamboo open out to the sea. Other amenities include five swimming pools, a spa, two fitness centres and a Kids Club.
Special introductory rate starts from THB3,300++ (about RM366)
Sometimes, all you want is a simple yet modern and comfortable hotel to stay, and the new Courtyard by Marriott South Pattaya is all that and more. The 132 rooms are furnished with contemporary decor and lots of natural lighting, plus amenities include satellite TV, electronic safe and free WiFi. The famous Pattaya Beach and Walking Street are within strolling distance, but if you choose to stay in, the hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour gym and massage services (to open soon).
Get 15 percent discount on the ‘Stay for Breakfast’ rate with the promo code ‘J5P’