We don’t mean to sound cavalier about health and safety. But it is true that COVID-19 has seriously impeded the lives of travel junkies. For now, let’s just cooperate with governments and health authorities to lick this bug as soon as possible. Hopefully, we can satiate our wanderlust again before too long. And since it doesn’t hurt to shop early, we’re putting these new holiday resorts on your radar.
Shima, Japan: Amanemu
When it’s safe to travel freely again, treat yourself to a vacation at Amanemu, situated at the edge of Shima’s Ago Bay in Japan. The rustic ryokan-inspired getaway is the perfect spot to refresh the senses. Be sure to try the spa treatments in the mineral-rich waters of the property’s onsens, which are fed by a natural hot spring. Just a hop and skip away from the resort are Unesco World Heritage-designated pilgrimage trails and forests to explore. The bay itself also offers a slew of cultural treasures to discover.
See more at aman.com/resorts/amanemu.
Uluwatu, Bali: Home away from home
The next time you go to Bali, consider staying at Hidden Hills Villas. Located atop the stunning highlands of Uluwatu, the luxurious retreat breathes with the rhythm of the Indian Ocean.
It’s a great getaway for travellers who value serenity and discretion. Unlike typical hotels, there are no common areas and everything is provided in the privacy of the villa by a dedicated butler. Guests are not dictated by set mealtimes. Instead, chefs grill just-caught fish or anything you like, whenever you feel like eating. Also at your service is a mixologist who can whip up any cocktail that strikes your fancy.
Each of the seven villas has its own personality too, as inspired by various beautiful places around the world. While you’re there, be sure to catch the mesmerising sunset at the Uluwatu temple, which is just a short drive away. Simply have your butler make the arrangements.
Explore more possibilities at slh.com/hotels/hidden-hills-villas/.
Desaru, Malaysia: Double your joy
We are thrilled to learn that the One&Only hospitality group is opening a new property in March 2020. And it’s just a proverbial stone’s throw away from Singapore, in Desaru.
The brand has long been associated with weddings, honeymoons and proposals by virtue of its O&O initials resembling a pair of rings. What’s more, its mature resorts – in the Maldives, Cape Town and Australia – have been privy to many a nuptial celebration.
The new resort on Desaru Coast is designed by Kerry Hill Architects, whose distinct linear style features in some of the world’s top luxury hotel properties. Whether facing the ocean or wrapped by rainforests, each of the resort’s 42 suites is self-contained, and offers exceptional levels of privacy and generous spaces to relax.
What is even more exciting is that the resort will also have 50 private homes available for sale or rent. Which is perfect news for Singaporeans who are looking to establish a beautiful holiday home not too far away.
Discover more at oneandonlydesarucoast.com.