Best Hotels For Rest and Relaxation

Recharge and unwind with some downtime at these luxurious hotels

Published: 08 February 2018, Text by: Eris Choo

Right Balance

Poised between the raw creative energy of East London and its own brand of experiential luxury, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is the place to be seen and heard in town. Its bold concrete and steel facade is a tribute to the neighbourhood’s industrial identity, merged with a distinct Japanese narrative throughout its 148 guestrooms and suites, each equipped with custom-made yukata robes and traditional Japanese tea sets. At the lobby, a sweeping back-lit staircase leads to a subterranean restaurant and bar where Chef Matsuhisa Nobu’s iconic Japanese-Peruvian cuisine pulls in star-studded crowds. Meanwhile, guests looking to invigorate the body and mind can do so with bespoke treatments at Nobu Spa or a workout session at the hotel’s 24-hour fitness centre.

Homely Comforts

New to Ho Chi Minh City, Sherwood Suites is a plush 20-storey property aimed at travellers seeking quality hotel service and amenities in a posh apartment setting. Marble floors paired with black and gold lines lend an opulent aesthetic to the lobby, inspired by London’s stately Knightsbridge area. The property’s 157 units are available in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom configurations, all elegantly furnished with contemporary Italian designer furniture, luxe mattresses and fully-equipped kitchens. Choose from a range of lifestyle amenities, including an outdoor pool with an adjacent bar, Jacuzzi, gym with a sauna and a steam room, as well as a games room with billiards table and table football.

Surfer’s Paradise

With its golden shores and balmy waters, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is bringing the best of the local surf scene to guests. Partnering with boutique operator Tropicsurf, the resort’s Surf Centre will have a seasoned Surf Guru on hand all-year-round to guide guests through the thrills of the sport. Beginners can sign up for small group lessons at beach breaks nearby, while intermediate and experienced surfers can head out on a guided trip to seek out the southern coast’s biggest swells. Avoid the hassle of travelling with your board by booking with the resort in advance. At the end of the day, retire to a luxury private pool villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, dine on a cliff top or sample locally inspired fiery teppanyaki on the beach.

Tropical Paradise 

Experience the ultimate beach holiday at Mövenpick Resort and Spa Boracay, a luxury resort at Punta Bunga Cove on the island’s northwest coast. Its 312 rooms and suites, most of which offer panoramic sea views, are decked out in tropical shades that exude warmth and relaxation. Lounge with drink in hand underneath swaying palm trees on a pristine 200-metre private beachfront, where guests can take a dip in the turquoise blue water. The resort is well-catered to families as there are facilities for guests of all ages, including the island’s largest multi-level swimming pool that spans 3,300 square metres, a spa and fitness centre, as well as a children’s pool and Little Birds Kids Club, which focuses on cultural and environmental awareness.

Holistic Destination

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has opened its doors to guests in the dynamic neighbourhood of Robertson Quay along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and art houses. Boasting a stylish but relaxed feel, the residential-inspired property has 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse with unparalleled views of the river and city. Interiors are designed to magnify the familiar comforts of home, as guests sink into soft, plush furnishings and enjoy bespoke amenities such as a specially designed in-room cocktail kit. The hotel is fully equipped for business travellers, with five intimate meeting and event spaces as well as an exclusive 24-hour Club InterContinental lounge. Maintain your wellness routines at the lap pool and fitness studio, or tuck into delicious cuisine from a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts.       

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