Our top picks for the best accommodation to round off 2019.
Experience five-star service and facilities in a stylish, modern setting along Penang’s famous Gurney Drive at G Hotel Gurney. Its 312 chic guest rooms are fitted with contemporary interior décor and luxurious designer furniture for the utmost comfort of guests. Gurney Drive’s famous open-air hawker centres are located within walking distance of the hotel, but for those opting to dine in, G Hotel Gurney offers delectable dining at the all-day dining Taste Café, as well as places to unwind at G Lounge, the alfresco Tree Bar and G Pool Bar. With nine meeting rooms and two ballrooms fitted with modern furnishing and quality audiovisual systems, G Hotel Gurney has the facilities to cater to a wide variety of events. Stay active with the hotel’s 24-hour gym, take a dip in the large infinity pool or opt to get acquainted with historic George Town on the hotel’s rental bicycles. Guests can also enjoy more facilities at neighbouring sister hotel, G Hotel Kelawai or indulge in retail therapy at the adjacent Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon shopping malls.
Oasis In The City
Set high above Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Bangsar district, Alila Bangsar is a unique urban retreat that blends relaxing accommodation with a lively city vibe. Its 143 rooms and suites feature an elegant and modern look, with subtle, natural tones and in-room facilities such as a large-screen television, comfortable bed, minibar and safe. The Alila Living Room, located on every guestroom floor, offers free-flowing refreshments throughout the day. Unwind by the pool on Level 40, where an open design provides guests with spectacular views of the city, complemented by tropical-style landscaping and luxurious loungers. Wine-and-dine options are aplenty, including Entier, a French semi-fine dining restaurant with an avant-garde approach, the Pacific Standard cocktail lounge, and Lido Rooftop Bar. Alternatively, opt for wholesome, delectable dishes made from fresh, quality produce at Botanica + Co on the ground floor.
Wake up to breathtaking views of Jimbaran Bay, Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung at Four Points by Sheraton Bali Ungasan. Perched atop the verdant Jimbaran hills, the hotel is the third under the Four Points brand to open in Bali and offers 270 rooms and suites. Designed to be modern and practical, the rooms also feature private balconies or terraces as well as direct pool access for some. Enjoy a wide variety of international cuisines and local specialities with indoor or outdoor seating at all-day dining restaurant Evolution and unwind with refreshing drinks at the Garden Pool Bar. Besides the infinity pool, the hotel also offers recreational facilities such as the state-of-the-art fitness centre, spa, as well as a family pool and kids’ club. Host exciting events here with the 1,694 square metres of flexible function space available. Couples will be hard-pressed to find a more scenic venue in Bali to hold their wedding than the Rama Shinta Wedding Chapel.
As the Christmas season rolls around, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is going all out to entice travellers with its holiday offerings. The most premier of the resort’s three hotels, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel offers special packages where guests can book two types of themed suites, the Kingdom Club Cinderella Suite and the Kingdom Club Frozen Suite. Hotel guests will be welcomed with a complimentary cookie and a unique Christmas towel in each room. Enjoy a Christmas Buffet feast at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant or a special Christmas and New Year’s Eve Set Dinner at the Victorian-themed Walt’s Café. Hotel packages include theme park tickets where families can have a magical experience with the Frozen 2 themed show, A Magical Frozen Snowfall, the Frozen Fantasy Gardens Village, the Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball and ‘A Holiday Wish-Come-True’ Tree Lighting Ceremony, as well as meet-and-greets with Disney characters and mascots.
Located six kilometres from Al Masjid Al Haram, the world’s biggest mosque and Islam’s holiest site, Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Aziziyah is an excellent choice of stay for pilgrims and international travellers alike. The brand’s second property in the city houses 355 comfortable rooms and suites, equipped with modern necessities and wireless high-speed Internet access. Savour a full range of dining options at Al Sharq Restaurant or explore the lobby café and its selection of sweet and savoury snacks. Guests can take their time to unwind and recharge in the hotel’s gender-segregated fitness centre and spa, which offer many kinds of hydrotherapy treatments, a steam room, sauna, hairdressers and a nail spa. The hotel also has two meeting rooms with capacities of up to 100 guests for business travellers to utilise. Muslim pilgrims staying here will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to multiple holy sites, including Mount Arafat, Mina, Muzdalifah, Jabal Thawr and Jabal Nur.