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Long Weekend Escapes

by Caramella Scarpa & Theresa Shalini Stephen 26 Apr 2017
Long Weekend Escapes

Katamama, Bali

This boutique hotel is part of the Potato Head Family and opened a year ago in Seminyak. It has already received prestigious accolades including being part of Condé Nast Travellers’ 2016 Hot List, and more recently the 2017 edition of the same list, where it was the only Indonesian property included. Come here for its unique architecture, handcrafted furniture and what they aptly describe as ‘old-fashioned fun-loving cocktail-shaking hospitality’. This all-suite establishment features tastefully decorated rooms of which the Rooftop Suites with their great views of the Indian Ocean are particularly inviting. If you’re travelling with family, the two-bedroom suites are the perfect option. The famed Potato Head Beach Club is right next door and there’s an endless selection of restaurants and cafés in the vicinity.


Aman properties are the epitome of elegance and are located in some of the most beautiful spots in the world. The Amanoi is located on the coastline Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam and set between a national park and a marine reserve. The nearest airport is Cam Ranh which is serviced by flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. What sets this resort apart is the Amanoi Spa which is considered one of the most innovative in the region and has an extensive menu of treatments. There are two exclusive spa houses where you can have a hammam, and various treatments including Reiki, acupressure, reflexology and craniosacral therapy. A trip here is a feast for the senses and more than worth the journey.

Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu 

A staycation is always a great option for a long weekend and this gem of resort on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is designed along the lines of a 17th century Malay palace and is as far away from the maddening crowd as you can be, but easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur.  Come here to chill out and to enjoy genuinely good service. The award-winning Spa Village is a must-visit and houses gardens and pools, and a therapy centre offering a myriad treatments based on traditional methods designed to relax, rejuvenate and relief stress (very important with our busy lives!). You can also indulge in walks, diving courses, traditional handicraft classes and visiting a nearby elephant sanctuary.

Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket 

If it’s a proper retreat you’re after, the Amatara Wellness Resort fits the bill. This resort prides itself on its wellness packages that cater to everything from weight loss management to anti-aging and detox treatments. Tip: book a three-night wellness retreat package and enjoy two additional nights at the resort for free! While here, make sure to experience the Thai Hammam experience at their luxury spa – a treatment that honours the bathing traditions of Morocco and Turkey, and comprises deep body exfoliation, massage and Himalayan thermal mud therapy with salt cave relaxation. You’ll come back from here a new person!

Nihiwatu, Sumba Island

Head off the beaten track and discover this stunning property on the island of Sumba, an hour’s flight from Bali. This island became famous due to its awesome surf and it was only a matter of time before travellers discovered the Nihiwatu, which was voted the best hotel in the world last year by Travel + Leisure magazine. The resort boasts a very unique spa which can only be reached after a 90-minute trek over hills, and through villages and rice fields. The Nihi Oka spa is perched over the sea and offers a variety of treatment packages of which the Sumbanese Dream comes recommended and involves a signature massage, scrub and body mask – all in the name of blissful relaxation.

Gaya Island Resort, Sabah

For a getaway close to nature, we suggest the Gaya Island Resort where you’ll find your accommodation set amidst the lush rainforest of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Save more when you book selected packages with the resort as you will be entitled to a complimentary 50-minute couple’s massage with your booking. The traditional spa menu at the Spa Village offers an intriguing Kadazandusun treatment for couples called Tadau Kaamatan which starts with a body scrub and hair masque followed by an indigenous themed massage and a facial. Due to island’s location there are several signature experiences you can embark on including the Coral Garden Marine Expedition and the Seven Wonders of Gaya, both of which focus on the natural aspects of the island.

Anantara Siam Bangkok, Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and a stay at the Anantara Siam Bangkok is the ideal weekend getaway. Located in the centre of the city, this grand establishment is as renowned for its spa as its sumptuous rooms. After a day traipsing around the city, try their signature 90-minute Siam 2482 treatment where bamboo sticks will be used to knead your muscles with detoxifying massage oil to invigorate circulation. It feels much better than it sounds and you can be sure you’ll be back for more treatments the day after!



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