What better way to start the year than to go on a vacation? We list five escapades

Rejuvenating Refuge

Find rest amid thriving tropical foliage at Alila Villas Koh Russey, just 4.5 kilometres off the coast of Sihanoukville. With just 50 pavilions and 13 villas on 24 hectares of lush grounds, this low-density boutique resort makes for a quiet getaway for families and honeymoon couples alike. The environmentally sustainable resort offers wellness and rejuvenation through its beachfront Spa Alila, featuring signature treatments that include local Khmer healing techniques. Guests will love the complimentary daily yoga and Tai Chi classes, as well as the infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy French and Khmer cuisines at speciality restaurants Horizon and the Beach Shack respectively, and explore southern Cambodia with complimentary shuttle boat transfers to the mainland.

Exquisite Sanctuary

Facing a spectacular view of the South China Sea, the Capella Sanya is set to take travellers through an exquisite hospitality experience. Celebrated luxury resort architects Jean-Michel Gathy and Bill Bensley drew inspiration from the rich culture surrounding China’s historical Maritime Silk Road to create this extraordinary contemporary holiday haven along a secluded beach on the southern edge of Hainan Island. Be spoiled for comfort in 190 spacious rooms and villas surrounded by wide, lush gardens and let tired bodies be rejuvenated through a selection of spa treatments inspired by Eastern traditions. With private pools, terrace dining and dedicated service, Capella Sanya is set to redefine hospitality standards.

Stylishly Modern

Modern, chic and contemporary, G Hotel Gurney is conveniently positioned in a prime location along the iconic Gurney Drive, between Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon shopping malls and near the famous Gurney Drive open-air hawker centre. The 312 spacious rooms are stylishly furnished with Camerich lifestyle furniture from the U.K., Serta Royal Platinum Mattresses, 300 thread count linen, Herman Miller designer work-chairs and 55-inch smart HD LED televisions to provide elevated levels of comfort for both business travellers and holidaymakers. Restaurant and bar options are in abundance outside the hotel and within, at the G Lounge, Taste Café, the alfresco Tree Bar and the G Pool Bar. With an executive lounge for affluent travellers, a state-of-the-art 24-hour gym and a large infinity pool, G Hotel Gurney is the place to go for a relaxing retreat within Penang’s urban sprawl.

Hidden Gem

Tucked away by the sea in Kuala Rompin, Pahang is Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort, an idyllic getaway for both business and leisure travellers. The 196-room resort boasts a contemporary design, with a striking double height lobby, bespoke interiors and sweeping public spaces. Choose from a variety of rooms catering to different needs, such as the spacious Junior Suite or the Superior Twin Room, which comes with connectivity options for families. The Anjung Brasserie Coffee House offers mouthwatering local favourites as well as fresh seafood dishes, while Cafe Strada carries freshly baked pastries and snacks. Take a stroll on the resort’s private beach, which features a unique ‘mirror’ phenomenon at certain times of the day. There are two pools for guests to enjoy – a half Olympic-sized pool and a children’s pool with fun water features. Meanwhile, golfing enthusiasts will want to head to the 18-hole par-72 golf course, located adjacent to the resort’s accommodation. Fun recreational activities, such as beach sports, fishing activities, jungle trekking, firefly watching and clam picking can be arranged on request. For business meetings and corporate retreats, the resort has a fully furnished ballroom, meeting rooms and flexible setups for events of any kind.

Family Enjoyment

Resembling an urban oasis, the newly opened Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel is designed to provide a quality holiday experience for families. In addition to access to exclusive Ocean Park benefits, the resort’s special M Passport programme encourages parent-child bonding by offering rewards for participation in fun activities such as seashell art, scavenger hunts and dinner events. Surrounded by three hotel wings, the large lagoon pools make for a cool spot to play and relax. For adults, the executive M Club is an exclusive space to work and enjoy premium services for breakfast, evening cocktails and premium drinks. Guests are also spoiled for choice when it comes to having a meal, with options for all-day dining, an extensive international buffet, Cantonese specialities, American steakhouse and cocktails to satiate one’s appetite.