The Great Escape

This month's pick of best hotels and resorts for business and leisure

Published: 10 April 2018, Text by: Eris Choo

DREAMY DESTINATION

Nestled in nature alongside beach clubs and quaint cafés, the new Wyndham Dreamland Bali welcomes guests to the Island of the Gods. The upscale resort’s 177 rooms feature a stylish blend of traditional Balinese and modern architecture, while its eight luxurious villas come with private swimming pools – perfect for honeymooners and families. Just a stone’s throw away is Dreamland Beach, which boasts glorious stretches of white sand, breathtaking sunsets and some of the most iconic surf breaks on the island. Golfing enthusiasts can try for a hole-in-one at the New Kuta Golf Course, an 18-hole links-style fairway terrain with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, before returning to the resort for a pampering treatment at the in-house wellness centre, Tirta Spa.

SERENE ESCAPE

Luxury beckons at Ambong Pool Villas, a boutique property with nine private villas, perched on a hill on the beautiful tropical island of Langkawi. Elegantly decorated to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, each villa features generously sized rooms, king beds, a lounge area, walkthrough wardrobe and spacious bathrooms. Guests will also find a convenient in-room Nespresso machine, fridge, microwave and ovenette. On the outside is a terrace for those who wish to dine al fresco, a well-manicured lawn with sunbeds to bask on, and a 12-metre-long infinity pool. Some villas can be combined to house bigger groups for extended families, events or yoga retreats. Enjoy top-notch amenities and personalised experiences, from in-villa breakfasts to curated dining menus, or arrange for a sunset barbecue with a private chef at your service as you dine with views overlooking the gorgeous Andaman Sea.

WELCOME RESPITE

The Sukhothai Shanghai is set to be a lifestyle landmark in the city’s vibrant Jingan district, with tasteful interiors, an elegant ambience and thoughtfully curated facilities. Its 170 guest rooms and 31 suites feature soothing neutral tones and natural materials, complemented by bathrooms stocked with organic amenities from Australia, high-definition TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, in-room refreshments and a wine bar. Fine dining awaits at the hotel’s urban Italian restaurant La Scala, helmed by Michelin-starred master chef Theodor Falser and chef de cuisine Stefano Sanna. A state-of-the-art Fitness Studio, a 25-metre heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room, as well as a Retreat Spa with a range of Southeast Asian healing therapies and programmes complete the health and wellness facility. For business and events, the hotel’s second floor houses the Grand Shanghai Ballroom, along with six multi-purpose function rooms and a communal space called The Pantry.

MODERN RESIDENCE

Following an extensive one-year transformation, the former Bayview Hotel Singapore reopens as 30 Bencoolen, with a new and refreshed concept targeted at tech-savvy guests. The hotel uses a smart in-room solutions system, which seamlessly connects its 131 rooms to the operations team, allowing them to monitor the room’s status and to fix any defects before a guest’s stay is impacted. Guests will also be able to communicate directly with the hotel team via Whatsapp, or utilise the HandyPhone with access to free local and international calls to six countries. Enjoy a host of facilities such as a well-equipped Fitness Room, rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi, or retreat to LOCAL Restaurant and Bar to enjoy hearty culinary creations.

UNDER ONE ROOF

Families with young children will have more reasons to stay at EAST Beijing as the hotel unveils its latest facility: a 36-square-metre Kid’s Corner. Tucked within Feast, its international restaurant, the space will feature a large assortment of play sets, picture books, toys with popular cartoons as well as the latest children’s movies to keep the little ones entertained, while parents indulge in scrumptious global cuisine at the restaurant. This latest addition to its facilities makes the 369-room hotel more inclusive for lifestyle travellers, besides catering to its business clientele. The hotel’s high-tech environment features paperless check-in and out experiences, alongside amenities such as a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a contemporary meeting and event space called The Workshop.

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