Awesome Stays

These hospitality properties are providing travellers with more than just a comfy bed

Published: 11 September 2017

Convenient Lodging
Right in the heart of Singapore is Park Hotel Farrer Park, an upscale retreat that opened its doors to guests recently. The 20-storey establishment boasts 300 elegantly furnished guestrooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the city skyline. Guests of the Crystal Club and Sky Loft rooms will enjoy access to the Crystal Club Lounge, which includes exclusive privileges such as personalised check-in and check-out services, buffet breakfast, all-day refreshments and complimentary business facilities. Work out at the 24-hour fitness centre or take a dip in the pool, before indulging in a variety of dining options, from classic Thai to an American-style gastrobar and a coffee place.

Retro Resort
Relive a piece of history at Alila Yangshuo, a lifestyle destination amid a backdrop of karst mountains, rolling hills and winding rivers in China’s Guilin region. Housed in a former sugar mill that dates to the 1920s, it now features 117 rooms and suites that combine modern amenities with a rustic touch. Take a dip in the spectacular swimming pool, transformed from the original sugarcane loading dock overlooking the Li River. Then, enjoy a drink at the 1969 Bar, which was the mill’s former pressing room, or tuck into a meal at The Sugar House Restaurant, with old tools displayed in its contemporary designed interior.

Riverside Sanctuary
Nestled along the banks of the Mekong river in Vientiane is new luxury hotel The President by Akaryn. Its neo-classical style reflects colonial-era architecture blended with traditional Laotian elements. Intimate and cosy, the hotel’s 32 spacious rooms and suites offer high ceilings and large comfy beds with oversized velvet headboards, all looking out to expansive views of lush, manicured gardens. Venture out to attractions such as the Presidential Palace, Parliament House and Chou Anouvong Park, all of which are only steps away, and return to be pampered like a star at Ayurah Wellness, which houses a spa and salon with exclusive availability of Linda Meredith products.

Elegant Accommodation
Located at Talan Towers in Kazakhstan’s capital city, The Ritz-Carlton Astana is the latest addition to the country’s luxury hotel landscape, joining a business centre and shopping gallery to create Astana’s first high-end, mixed-use complex. The hotel boasts 157 gracefully designed rooms with spacious layouts and panoramic city views, with full marble bathrooms equipped with heated floors, climate control settings and walk-in closets. Private check-in services and a dedicated Club Concierge add to the seamless experience. Other facilities include a peaceful spa retreat, fitness centre with indoor pool, and a 1,000-square-metre ballroom for functions.

Surfers Paradise
Enjoy luxury accommodation coupled with adrenaline-charged activities at Niyama Private Islands, a luxury resort in the Maldives. Made up of adjoining twin islands, fondly dubbed ‘Chill’ and ‘Play’, the resort’s 134 studios, suites and pavilions extend over an azure lagoon and come with their own private pools. Ride on uncrowded waves suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers, with several spots for beginners. In the evenings, kick back at the resort’s Surf Shack at Vodi surf point while sipping on classic cocktails and chilling to laidback island rhythms of reggae music.

Tram Tour
Discover another side of Hong Kong on a historical 1920s-style open-top tram, as Lanson Place Hotel is offering guests a TramOramic Hong Kong accommodation package. This includes a one-hour sightseeing tour aboard the city’s iconic vintage tram and two days of unlimited tram rides, on top of a deluxe stay at the hotel.  Established in 1904, Hong Kong’s trams are an integral part of the harbour city’s landscape. Equipped with audio guides that broadcast tales of local life and culture, the trams take visitors on a scenic tour of Causeway Bay, Central and the historic Sheung Wan neighbourhood. After the tour, unwind in the comfort of the hotel’s luxury rooms with free Wi-fi, cable TV and other amenities.

Tailored Stays
Whether for business or leisure, enjoy an unforgettable stay at Hotel Capitol KL, located just steps from the city’s shopping and commercial district.  The contemporary hotel boasts 235 rooms and suites, in addition to the 10Rooms concept, which features a collection of unique rooms occupying the building’s 19th and 20th floors. The experience begins the moment guests enter the hotel, where they’ll be escorted up to their luxurious accommodation that sports floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuite bathroom with bathtub, comfortable king-sized bed and state-of-the-art facilities. Enjoy privacy and security with dedicated electronic key cards in the elevators, 24-hour personal assistance and seamless billings before check-out. To celebrate the hotel’s 20th anniversary, book a special package that includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, RM20 F&B cash voucher per night, an anniversary drink special at Cafe Rasa, and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Personalised Touch
Housed in a beautifully restored 1930s art deco building, The Grace Hotel in Sydney boasts 382 spacious guest rooms, each with a large, comfortable bed, soft feather comforters and fluffy pillows. Similar to its sister hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the Hotel Capitol KL, guests to the Grace Hotel will be pampered with an unforgettable experience at 10Rooms, a collection of unique rooms that occupy the hotel’s 9th to 11th floors.  Taking the term ‘personalised’ to a whole new level, guests have the exclusive option of selecting their room decor and style, such as furniture and colour scheme, to suit their needs. In conjunction with the hotel’s 20th anniversary, enjoy a special package that includes accommodation in a superior room, AUD20 F&B voucher per night, a complimentary drink at the hotel’s elegant Piano Lounge, and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

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