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Travel news: Places to stay and play

If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you’re always on the hunt for a new hotel or destination to head to for your next holiday! Here are some great spots and hotel deals to check out.

Vietnam Beach Break

You’ll need to be quick, but the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is celebrating its second anniversary with great deals for stays until 25 April. Besides enjoying airport transfers and 10 percent off rates (minimum two-night stay), you get daily breakfast, a three course daily lunch or dinner for two, plus dining and spa credits and more. marriott.com

JW Marriot

Malaysia Plans?

Accommodation in George Town on Malaysia’s Penang Island tends to be hotels, Airbnbs and hostels. Albion House is another option. Designed by a French architect, this charming shophouse sleeps three couples and comes with a housekeeper and on-call manager, and it is available for short- and long-term rentals. It’s located close to vibrant Beach Street, which means you have plenty of fabulous culture and gastronomy right on the doorstep. albionhousepenang@gmail.com

Penang

Changi’s New Gem

Singapore’s already awesome airport stands to get even better with the opening on 17 April of Jewel Changi Airport, a huge 10-storey lifestyle destination with more than 280 shops and F&B outlets, plus the Rain Vortex – the world’s highest indoor waterfall. jewelchangiairport.com

Exclusive escapes

Looking to jet off somewhere new and exciting in 2019? “Signature Departures” is a collection of exclusive small group tours by luxury tour operator Scott Dunn. Choose from a broad offering of destinations and experiences, each with their own set departure date and fixed price – from hiking along the ancient Japanese pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo, and taking to the skies for a Madagascan air safari, to journeying through the heartland of Mongolia. 5806 1600 | scottdunn.com

Scott Dunn

Bangkok from above

Heading to the Thai capital? Don’t miss Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Moon Bar, which recently debuted a new look. The popular rooftop bar on the 61st floor has added a swanky diamond-shaped bar and the Moon Walk, where those who are brave enough can take in the astonishing city views from a special glass jetty built for two. banyantree.com/thailand/bangkok

Bayan Bangkok

Conscious Cruising

Burma Boating has added a new boat to its fleet – the S55, a 16.7-metre solar-powered yacht offering expeditions around the Mergui Archipelago. Accommodating up to six guests and three crew members, the catamaran spans three levels and includes four cabins with private en-suite bathrooms. Built in 2018, the modern yacht has 30 mounted solar panels that create enough energy to allow her to travel an unlimited distance on a sunny day. burmaboating.com

Burma boating

Island Life

Now open in the Maldives is LUX North Male Atoll Resort, featuring 67 bright and breezy villas with private pools and rooftop areas, and a design aesthetic inspired by the curves and lines of luxury boats. Pick from a contemporary penthouse that sits by the beach or – always a favourite Maldives option – a room set over the water. luxresorts.com/luxnorthmaleatoll

LUX Male Atoll Resort

Downtown Dubai

The newly opened Mandarin Oriental Jumeira offers ocean and city views, and a host of facilities including a spa with a range of locally inspired treatments and a Little Nomads kids’ club. The six restaurants and bars include Tasca by Portuguese celebrity chef José Avillez, and Netsu, a warayaki-style Japanese steakhouse helmed by Aussie-born chef Ross Shonhan. mandarinoriental.com

Mandarin Oriental Jumera

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