Directory: Summer 2016

newslide Backyard Travel, Bali Explore Bali this summer with Backyard Travel‘s Bali Delight package. The six-day itinerary will take in the seaside town of Candidasa; the village of Sidemen; the markets of Ubud; the rice fields of Jatiluwih, a Unesco World Heritage Site; and Tanah Lot, a rock formation off the island. Visitors will also […]

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Backyard Travel, Bali

Explore Bali this summer with Backyard Travel‘s Bali Delight package. The six-day itinerary will take in the seaside town of Candidasa; the village of Sidemen; the markets of Ubud; the rice fields of Jatiluwih, a Unesco World Heritage Site; and Tanah Lot, a rock formation off the island. Visitors will also explore the water palace of Taman Ujung and the Balinese Hindu pilgrimage site Tirta Gangga and have the option to trek through an ancient village of the first inhabitants of Bali, try a hand at farming or taking part in a series of artisan workshops. The Bali Delight Package starts from US$730 (Dh2,714) per person, based on a two-person stay, and includes accommodation, breakfast, private tours with English-speaking guides and taxes. International flights are not included.

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The St Regis Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After the April opening of The St Regis Langkawi, the brand’s first property in Malaysia, the group has now officially opened its doors to the public in the country’s capital. The new property is located in the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Precinct, an upscale neighbourhood in touching distance of the city’s largest park, the National Museum and Parliament. The St Regis Kuala Lumpur features 208 rooms and several eateries. Guests can also indulge at the Iridium Spa and use the hotel’s fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Double rooms at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur start from 1,047 Malaysian ringgits (Dh980) per night, including taxes.

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The Chedi, Muscat, Oman

GCC residents can save more than a third on the normal nightly rate at The Chedi Muscat by booking its Summer Breeze offer, available until September 30. Travellers can indulge in the hotel’s Zen-like surroundings and chill themselves in the region’s longest infinity pool or the waters of the Indian Ocean, before relaxing on shaded daybeds. The nightly rate is 116 Omani rials (Dh1,105) per night, including taxes and breakfast, and the hotel will throw in a complimentary three-course dinner for two on bookings of two or more consecutive nights. There are also discounts of 30 per cent at the spa and 20 per cent on additional food and soft drinks. Fly direct to Muscat in an hour from Abu Dhabi or Dubai with Oman Air from Dh685 return in economy or Dh2,265 in business class.

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The Beekman hotel, New York

If you’re headed to New York City this July and looking for something extravagant, book into The Beekman hotel. One of the most anticipated of the city’s recent hotel openings, the new property is located in what was once the city’s first theatre. Situated across from the World Trade Center, the 287-room hotel has a nine-storey Victorian atrium and pyramidal skylight. Dining options include Fowler & Wells and Augustine. Double rooms start from $619 (Dh2,275) per night, including taxes.

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Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort, Turkey

Take a “you” holiday this summer and book into Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya on Turkey’s south coast. The five-night Discover Package begins with an in-depth consultation, followed by various treatments including deep-tissue massages, reflexology, a Thai massage and facial. Also included is a skin analysis and access to many other activities. From €5,130 (Dh21,592), per person, for a two-person stay for a minimum of five nights, with accommodation, meals and taxes.

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Grace Hotels, Santorini, Greece

Book into the newly refurbished Grace Santorini hotel, where all the rooms and suites now have a contemporary design. The 400-square-metre double suite Villa is the most luxe option, offering views of the Aegean Sea and its own spa, kitchen, pool and sunbathing areas. An on-site Mediterranean restaurant, Vassalti, will be led by chef Spyros Agious. Also new at the hotel are a yoga and Pilates studio, accompanied by a fitness area featuring Technogym equipment. Guests can book private training sessions or attend free yoga sessions twice a day. Grace Santorini is priced from €600 (Dh2,485) per night, based on a three-night minimum stay, including breakfast and taxes.

– Compiled by Ashley Lane

Read this and more stories in Ultratravel magazine, out with The National on Thursday, May 19.

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